Wednesday, 26 October 2011

WordPress?

Word is that Salon have adopted the WordPress "blog tool and publishing platform". I dont know that this is true, but it seems plausible.

The word amongst web developers of my acquaintance is that the classic mistake made by neophyte site-owners is to do all the work themselves, in order to save money.

You see, WordPress is open source; there's no charge for the code itself. However, much like the Red Hat Linux business model, there are people and organisations that specialise in adapting the software installation to your specific needs. Of course, as well as having some experience doing this work, these people cost money.

I'm sure the IT folks at Salon are technically competent: that's very likely not the issue here.

This is about a false economy, "saving" money from a highly visible business project budget by pushing the costs into IT, and/or onto the customers.

The consequence is a gross under-estimation of the complexity of the new software, and the associated learning curve that has to be negotiated before the in-house IT folks are sufficiently up to speed to deliver all the promised benefits.

Those benefits typically don't come "out of the box" but in the form of plug-ins, add-ons, and other features that have to be customised, tweaked, and cajoled into operation. That remains true, typically, no matter what software product we're talking about.

None of this inference, speculation, and guesswork does anything to improve matters, however, and nor is it intended as any kind of defence of Salon on this point.

I've had recent communication with a Salon staffer who was very frank about the issues facing them. I've more or less begged them to plead in turn with their management, to get them to talk to us about this.

As always, I'll keep you posted.

But Dont Hold Your Breath, ok?



13 comments:

  1. As of 5:30 this afternoon, all comments have disappeared on all articles. I can read the article, see posted 294 comments, but when I click on the page a white screen comes up.

    Someone took us to the river alright...

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  2. yeah, me too ... and I've cleared my cache, tried to open in another window ....

    though I'm about to give up unless some sort of troll/spam filter is offered ... there's virtually no air in that room anymore ...

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  3. Yes, I also noticed that time of craziness last night. Not sure how long it lasted; I turned off and went to sleep.

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  4. he Attorney-General should have a close interest in any attempt by the courts to secretly scrub the internet clean.

    By way of example, a super injunction might conceivably accompany an order from the court for stories to be taken

    down from the internet so as not to ''prejudice'' a forthcoming trial. A whole series of global and local internet

    publishers may be affected by this order, and some of them will be presumed to know about it without being

    officially informed. Strictly speaking they are not allowed to know the reasons for the orders, or even that an

    application has been made.

    justinian@lawpress.com.au

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/not-so-super-attorneygeneral-must-stay-alert-to-mighty-gag-orders

    -20111027-1mm4f.html#ixzz1c7UA21eC

    Not so super: Attorney-General must stay alert to mighty gag orders


    snip

    Anyway, Smith revealed that he did not know how many injunctions had been issued under the legislation, nor did he

    know whether any super injunctions had been made.

    In fact, in the Supreme Court, two super injunction have been made since the act came into force in July. That's two

    in four months - not bad going.

    Often it's hard for journalists to know how far to go, and you might recognise that this is being written incredibly

    gingerly. Stories in this newspaper concerning one recent no-publication order resulted in the Crown Solicitor

    asking the Director of Public Prosecutions to bring proceedings against two of the Herald's journalists.

    Fortunately, this has not happened.

    Smith said that he was prepared to look into whether any injustices might arise with the court's use of super

    injunctions and whether this affected ''the candour the public is entitled to have''.

    Indeed he should.

    By way of example, a super injunction might conceivably accompany an order from the court for stories to be taken

    down from the internet so as not to ''prejudice'' a forthcoming trial. A whole series of global and local internet

    publishers may be affected by this order, and some of them will be presumed to know about it without being

    officially informed. Strictly speaking they are not allowed to know the reasons for the orders, or even that an

    application has been made.

    The Attorney-General should have a close interest in any attempt by the courts to secretly scrub the internet clean.

    justinian@lawpress.com.au

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/not-so-super-attorneygeneral-must-stay-alert-to-mighty-gag-orders

    -20111027-1mm4f.html#ixzz1c7UVBMNZ

    anyone not think salon does what it is told, told to do. Posts dissappearing? Its bigger than that, Tracy McCormack.
    .....
    Building on WikiLeaks
    Philip Dorling
    October 29, 2011

    Opinion

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/building-on-wikileaks-20111028-1mo38.html#ixzz1c7ZIS7NZ



    james fingleton wild.

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  5. After getting rid of conime.exe I went back to salon and logged in. The next time I started my computer conime.exe was there in system32. This time I was the owner and it was immediately shreaded.
    Only a fool would think someone would help you, because;
    they are working for the clampdown.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfTe_vIxumQ&feature=related
    What are we gonna do now?
    Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
    'Cause they're working for the clampdown
    They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
    When we're working for the clampdown
    We will teach our twisted speech
    To the young believers
    We will train our blue-eyed men
    To be young believers

    The judge said five to ten-but I say double that again
    I'm not working for the clampdown
    No man born with a living soul
    Can be working for the clampdown
    Kick over the wall 'cause government's to fall
    How can you refuse it?
    Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
    D'you know that you can use it?

    The voices in your head are calling
    Stop wasting your time, there's nothing coming
    Only a fool would think someone could save you
    The men at the factory are old and cunning
    You don't owe nothing, so boy get runnin'
    It's the best years of your life they want to steal

    You grow up and you calm down
    You're working for the clampdown
    You start wearing the blue and brown
    You're working for the clampdown
    So you got someone to boss around
    It makes you feel big now
    You drift until you brutalize
    You made your first kill now

    In these days of evil presidentes
    Working for the clampdown
    But lately one or two has fully paid their due
    For working for the clampdown
    But ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!

    And I've given away no secrets
    Who's barmy no

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  6. After I used salonkillfile I had 200 errors over 5 months but page loading, preview etc on the salon site always ran slow and I put it down to the script from greasemonkey. After the sign-in using facebook On 1st oct I had 40,000 errors in 7 days with a one day total of 20,000 errors. After removing conime.exe Errors dropped to a few.
    The internet is being primed so any story, information or directives can be flushed from the entire system.And I've given away no secrets Who's barmy now?
    james fingleton wild

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  7. US President Barack Obama adds Darwin to his Australia trip

    Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/us-president-barack-obama-adds-darwin-to-his-australia-trip/story-e6frfku0-1226179840102#ixzz1c8B6qxn2


    The 44th US president will arrive in Canberra on November 16 after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum summit in Hawaii, where he was born.

    There is speculation he and Ms Gillard will use the Darwin visit to announce an increase in military cooperation, possibly including greater US use of Australian training facilities.

    "In this 60th anniversary year of the ANZUS alliance, the president's visit to Darwin is also a chance to remember the long and shared history of the two nations' defence forces in the Northern Territory and the contribution of the United States to the defence of Australia," Ms Gillard said in a statement today.
    ...
    I think I read about that in salon in july and then sept. Glenn still selling his book not writing about much at all now but self promotion. I'm not even going to read greenwald anymore and therefore there is no need for me to post anymore here. cheers all.
    james fingleton wild

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  8. I think you are self promoting Mr Wild. The speculation mentioned in the news report and the postings in salon were done by you. Teri is right you talk too much.

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  9. I too think Mr Wild just likes to see his name in print. Most people know that using your own name is foolish or egotistical. The, 'I feel so passionately about matters that I am prepared to the have courage of my conviction such that I use my real name'is antidemocratic. Only cowards hiding in obsurity should be taken seriously. Mr I am Mr Wild has made many postings that have consistently shown his acumen. I am glad he will post no more useless truth. Talking truth to power can not do anything, Teri is right you have said too much, but really you haven't said enough.

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  10. What has this to do with Teri? It's james that's sprouting shit offering no logic or proof. Please get back to talking about preview and thread weaving. I think Glenn is God.

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  11. I know Mr Wild wrote a poem for you, an at moment ad lib free flow, musing on the ScuzzaMan's statement 'they are all Murderers' but ban him.

    Pieces of flesh from a child's face
    Mixed in the dust in utter disgrace
    Feel the freedom of death's fast pace
    Liberating Libya, by bombing the place.
    When a drone is held higher than a baby's life,
    Sure the MIC's dream of trouble and stife,
    Seeks fools to agree to democracy
    To play and decieve all humanity.
    Scuzza is right they are all murderers.

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  12. Scuzza,

    Salon and Glenn both said that Wordpress was the underling software. I have a little experience with wordpress but still know very little. I only know that your post defines exactly what I have learned over the years. Ever since a "Red Hat" squid update took down an important server; I have known that having professional backup people is needed.

    Salon needs a consultant team to get them straightened out. I hope the local IT guys and gals are not saying "no; we can handle it" out of false pride.

    By the way; who ever is holding the "to do list"; please add that the reply feature needs to nest to deeper levels to keep the flame-wars in one place better.

    :)

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  13. has there been any significant change in the last week????
    if so, I missed it, except we now have a third level of indent ...
    oh, never mind

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