A river that needs crossing political and tech blogs - On the political side, there is arrogance and ignorance, on the geek side there is naivety and over- complexity

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I love this image, it says so much about geek/lifestylist's

 

I love this image, it says so much about geek/life stylist's that push bad technology down peoples throats till they vomit and go back to such black holes as facebook and twitter (though twitter at least is open). 
 
And the solution doesn’t lie in single user blogging platforms such a wordpress as they aren’t designed to scale (when you add the needed plug-ins) to challenge corporate solutions. 
 
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I've tried a lot of Open source solutions and I would like to highlight only two of them:
BuddyPress:
About: BP is created upon the WordPress Engine, with tons of features but still has some missing. Pros: it is really easy to set up and customize, there are plenty of plugins if you're not wanting to mimic absolutely every feature Facebook has. Cons: it's kinda not fully optimized for large amount of traffic, since its a pack of plug-ins built on WordPress (so it has to make some strange and twisted ways to get some things done).
elgg:
It's the only REALLY open source social community "a la Facebook" app.
Pros: You have ALL the features you would like, videos, photos, events, etc. It's VERY similar to Facebook.
Cons: It's not so-easy to customize... not so so hard neither. It's still not fully optimized for large amounts of traffic, but still it's much better at that problem than buddypress.
Depending on your developing skills i would recommend elgg (if you are better than worst) :)
But, give them a try, they're the best apps (except for the ones one can make for oneself).
Hope I had helped!
From - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/698110/open-source-facebook-like-cms-social-network
 
We went with http://liferay.com as it is proven to scale, though it has its own configuration issues that we are slowly working through.

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Mobile Review - The HTC desire Z leaves some things to be desired...

The hardware is soled, its very well made, screen is good, keyboard OK (though can be a stretch to reach the keys).

Battery life is pretty bad, have not made it through a day yet.

Android is kinda clunky in a lot of places, not shore if this is HTC sense making it better or wares?

Camera is average, its hard to get a good focused shot and low light generally sucks. Ergonomics, of the camera is very bad, generally it is hard to hold the camera, to find the buttons and then actually know that you are pressing them.

Processor is fast and the UI responsive but the phone seams to suffer from wifi signal drop while holding it naturally to type with.

Conclusion: bad battery life, clunky software, problematic ergonomics as a camera.

7/10

NEXT: must be a better phone out there? Wright more about using it as a grassroots journalism tool soon.

Mobile Review - Nokia 95-8GB

A highly regarded early smart phone.

When you get used to Symbian the functionality is there is the best that could be said.

Its well made and has good battery life (though drops if use smart functionality).

Has an excellent camera best I have used on a smart phone But impossible to use the web beyond a basic level through lack of any keyboard.

Lots of geeky applications, but software support starting to fall behind

Conclusion: OK phone, excellent camera, some geeky potential, but limited as general web smart phone due to lack of keyboard and touch screen.

6/10

The recent police violences at the student demo's is nothing new - rather a new group of people are experiencing systematic police abuses.

The recent police violences at the student demo's is nothing new - rather a new group of people are experiencing systematic police abuses. This film is about what happened at the Kingsnoth Climatecamp 2008, at the big G20 demo after this they killed a man.

The harassment and exclusion of legal observers, the violent arrest of women refusing to be searched, the aggressive interrogation of local residents, the threatening of journalists with arrest for doing their job, the confiscation of 100s of items such as childrens' costumes and crayons, attempted dawn raids on the camp, the use of batons and CS gas against peaceful protesters, and the forced search of 1000s of people and the adding of their personal data to a secret database. This type of political policing has to stop, and the right to legitimate protest re-established. 

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The battle for the internet is switching from a cold war to a hot war

The battle for the internet is switching from a cold war to a hot war, and the proxy battles over piracy have spilled into the open war over freedom of speech. The government/corporate extra-judicial attacks on the funding and domains of such groups as wikileaks and the counter-attacks of groups like “anonymous” are the visible fire of a wider battle. The open internet is under sustained and systematic attack, and we can't be sure that there are strong enough forces in the field to keep in place the “stupidly simple and open” standards that the the web/internet is built on. The danger is that a “peace settlement” over net neutrality will replace them with something “better” and it is in this that the danger lies.

As the battle lines are now clearly drawn, it's time to rally the forces of openness to counter the forces of closure.

How to help with building a news Channal on visionOntv

its interesting times... here are the editorial guidelines http://visionon.tv/wiki/-/wiki/Main/Editorial%20guidelines

The channels have a separate login at the bottom of the channel page (to do with the software we use) you need to create an account there then send me the user name so can make you an admin. if you click remember login it stays logged in for a long time so you don't have to keep putting in PW.

When you are logged in all you need to do is "submit video" at top of channel page with the video URL from youtube, or video file URL etc. Then its up to you if you wont to promote it to featured area if its very good.

Then we send out the link to the channel rather than the individual video - to promote the film as for alt-media flows are more important then individual videos http://visionon.tv/grassroots

London Anarchist Book Fair - Catholic Worker

Are a community of the international radical Christian ‘Catholic Worker’ movement. The Catholic Worker is Catholic, ecumenical, pacifist, communitarian and anarchist in the spirit of gentle personalism. The London Catholic Worker was brought together by the action of the Jubilee Ploughshares in 2000. Those who came together had long sensed the need for a Catholic Worker community of hospitality and resistance in the world’s second imperial city. Our work is now made up by two houses of hospitality, a community café and a drop-in soup kitchen, and continue to focus our resistance on the ‘war on terror’, British nuclear weapons and the arms trade. More info at http://londoncatholicworker.org/

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