We Love WordPress So We Use It, but We Also Hide It

Several months, after a lengthy mailing list discussion about Chameleon, a so-called CMS that ironically was built on WordPress. I say ironically because nowhere on their website or spec sheet does Flip mention this fact. The software was being sold by FlipCorp for a lofty $6,800 USD, I wrote an entry about it spouting about GPL licensing especially as it pertains to plugins.

Now as I’ve said multiple places, I have no complaints about forked open source project. I don’t even have a problem with forked WordPress-based projects. However, give some credit where credit is due, especially since most of the workforce that built a rock-solid product is volunteer labor. Flip is simply stealing it without attribution, thanks or acknowledgement. Of course, none of the above is required by GPL which perhaps highlights a weakness in the license.

I bring this up again today because Martin Diessner is wearing out his Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V keystrokes by finally catching up with the news that (whisper) people are talking about him and is pasting identical responses all over the net.
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The IT Gigolo

SyncMag interviews the IT Gigolo:

So, how long have you been a tech-support manwhore?
A few months. A friend was having trouble connecting to the Internet, this really attractive girl, and the idea just popped into my head: “Wow, it would be really nice if I could get sex for this.” I placed an ad on Craigslist that read, “WILL FIX COMPUTERS FOR SEXUAL FAVORS,” and I’ve had an overwhelming number of responses.

So, this scam actually works?

Yeah. Most of the calls I get are for spyware removal and viruses. One girl didn’t even wait for me to finish the virus scan’€”she just grabbed me and gave me a …..

Any women need some computer help in Minneapolis?

Scoble Fiction: What the Flock?

Go Flock Yourself is entering the relms of Mills and Boon with their new syndicated fiction: Scoble Nights. Part 1 here, Part 2 here.

A taste:
“Robert steps up and opens the door. A faint musk of patchouli and indica lazily seeps out into the evening air as he shuffles his girth into the seat. A roll of pudge catches itself on a pile of discarded iPods laying haphazardly around the belt.”

The new Google Pages song

To the tune of the Prince song 1999:

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray

But when I woke up this mornin’
Coulda sworn it was a Google beta day

The blogosphere was all buzzing
There were posts popping up everywhere

Tryin’ 2 run from the distraction
U know I didn’t even care

‘Cuz they say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
So tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995

I was blogging when I wrote this
So sue me if I go post to fast

But life is just the internet
And home pages weren’t meant 2 last

Web 2.0 is all around us
My mind says prepare 2 write

So if I gotta post
I’m gonna read my Bloglines subs tonight

Yeah, they say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
So tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995
Yeah

Lemme tell ya somethin’
If U didn’t check the beta
Don’t bother knockin’ on my door
I’ve got a 486 in my cupboard
And baby she’s ready 2 roar

Yeah, everybody’s got a blog
We could all burst any day
But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll going to retro my life away

They say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
We’re runnin’ outta time
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Say it 1 more time
Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
No, no
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Alright, it’s 1995
You say it, 1995
1995
1999 don’t stop, don’t stop, Google Pages is here….

Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
Yeah, Yeah
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Yeah, 1995 (1995)
Wanna blog using Google Pages (1995)
Give me that Geocities feeling (1995)
The past is so much fun (1995)
I don’t want home pages to die
I’d rather blog.

Green Blogathon this weekend

One of the wonderful things about working with b5media is that I get to read stuff that is like the anti-everything of me and still respect it, like Kevin’s participation in a Green Blogathon this weekend. If you are into tree-hugging and prefer your sushi Dolphin free, take a look…in the mean time I’m going back to working on my import licenses of whale meat from Japan and miniature coal fired power stations to sell to local farmers who aren’t on mains electricity :-)

Top 5 Blogging Clichés That Need To Die

Brian Clark provides a great list of the Top 5 Blogging Clichés That Need To Die over at Copy Blogger.

I’d like to add to the list
6. Referring to TechChrunch every day
7. Linking to Scoble every day
8. Saying there isn’t an A-List or that it’s not important when you are an A-Lister and you only ever link to other A-Listers excluding everyone else
9. Saying there is 27 million blogs (or sometimes less) in the blogosphere because that’s how many blogs Technorati tracks
10. Writing about the blogosphere as though it only exists in the United States