Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke

Born February 16, 1977

Ian Clarke is the creator and lead desgner on a project called Freenet.

FreeNet

“Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication. It uses a decentralized distributed data store to keep and deliver information, and has a suite of free software for publishing and communicating on the Web without fear of censorship. Both Freenet and some of its associated tools were originally designed by Ian Clarke, who defined Freenet’s goal as providing freedom of speech on the Internet with strong anonymity protection.” – Wikipedia

We’re hoping that the gap between amateur creativity and creativity funded by large, centralized media companies will probably continue to shrink.

-Ian Clarke

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Matt Mullenweg YOU are my hero!

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Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg was born on this date in 1984. And to him, I say: Matt Mullenweg YOU are my hero! From WordPress to Polldaddy, he has been behind some of the coolest and most innovative pieces of technology that exist on the internet today

Noteworthy

  • WordPress – I don’t know that I can do WordPress service in a blurb. It will have to have its own article at some point. At last count, WordPress runs over 26% of the internet. WordPress posts and comments are in the milions. 44k+ plugins and more than 1 billion downloads. 56 translations of WordPress. WordPress.com is powered by less than 500 people. I love WordPress and it has made the internet friendlier, more open and more accessible.
  • Akismet – Crowdsourced spam and trackback filtering service. Think of this as a spam service that uses the total info provided by all of its users to help combat spam and trackbacks in the content marketing space. Comes preloaded with every WordPress install and it works like a champ.
  • Gravatar – Another service from Automattic (Mullenweg’s company). This service provides globally unique avatars. Register your account and it travels with you from blog to blog.
  • Vaultpress – WordPress backup and security. And with WordPress running a lot of the interwebs – you need to back that thing up and lock it down.
  • IntenseDebate – Bought by Automattic in 2008, IntenseDebate is a move to better comments. I have not used this plugin but to be honest after learning about it from this article I may give it a shot.
  • PollDaddy – It is in the name. Polling made easier… better… whatever you want to call it. This is one of the leading pollster services/platforms on the web today.

We’re not done yet, but two things WordPress has been able to exemplify is that open source can create great user experiences and that it’s possible to have a successful commercial entity and a wider free software community living and working in harmony.

-Matt Mullenweg

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25 Leaked New Features of the Galaxy S8

25 Leaked New Features of the Galaxy S8

samsung galaxy s8Below is a list of the 25 Leaked New Features of the Galaxy S8 which is set to be released on April 21st. Hopefully, I will have one of these sooner than later. I will be waiting to make sure it doesn’t blow up first.

  1. 5.8 Inch Display
  2. 148.9mm x 68.1 mm x 8.0 mm and weighs in at one gram less than the S7
  3. The S8 Plus has a 6.2 inch display – holy crap that is huge
  4. Ultra wide aspect ratio on both versions
  5. Standard resolution is 1080p to save battery life
  6. Curved OLED displays
  7. No physical home button
  8. External stereo speakers
  9. 4 GB of RAM – no upgrade has been mentioned
  10. Exynos 8895 chipset in both phones
  11. Along with the standard fingerprint scanner, both models will have gesture recognition
  12. Fingerprint scanner is still set to be on the back at the top of the phone near the camera lens
  13. Iris scanner – if it is fast enough to unlock this might be what I use
  14. 8MP front facing camera
  15. samsung galaxy s812MP just like the S7 series but they also have laser autofocus so, these cameras will be fast
  16. Same batteries as the S7 and with bigger displays this might be an issue. Of course, when you take in the issues they had with the Note 7 – it might be a good thing in the long run.
  17. Faster wireless charging
  18. 64GB os internal storage and they are keeping the SD slot – thank god. I assumed they would lose the SD slot this time.
  19. Dual-band gigabit WIFI plus Bluetooth 4.2 – WOOT!
  20. USB Type C
  21. They are keeping the headphone jack. With the battery life concerns, this is a good move.
  22. Look for the pricing to be between 799 and 949 USD depending on the make and model you choose.
  23. Multiple colors: black, blue, gold, orchid gray and silver
  24. Guard S8 warranty system
  25. DeX Station – charging station with all kinds of cool features. Literally, it has a cooling feature.

This is my dream phone as of right now. It will depend on how they perform over the first month of being out. If it works well and doesn’t explode… I will have to have one.

I got this information primarily from an article on Forbes.com – here is the link:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/03/26/galaxy-s8-galaxy-s8plus-specifications-camera-release-date-price/#cb5a5b0b918d

Reddit from a Redditor

Reddit from a Redditor

Reddit from a Redditor

Jenny was a\only looking for kisses, waiting to see what was in the safe the guy found in his house, and Kevin showing up at the front door to ask for bananas. If you understood those references then hello fellow redditor and if not let me explain….sorta.

Reddit proclaims to be to the front page of the internet but it’s much more than that and less all at the same time. Confused? Well then you’re on the right path already. Millions of hits per month with thousands of post, most you never see because they don’t get enough upvotes to make to the front page, make Reddit a site unlike others. With users mostly anonymous it does make for some weird posts but for the most part, it’s about allowing freedom to post, view, and upvote/downvote without worrying about what Aunt Gertrude thinks is appropriate.
Inside Reddit you have subreddits, r/earthporn is an example and not a NSFW one. What’s NSFW? Sorry, I keep forgetting to break it down even further. Reddit also uses tons of abbreviations to let you know what the post is or concerns before you even click on the link like not safe for work or NSFW. Just don’t click on not safe for lunch NSFL because they are usually right about that one.
Sticking to the front page does allow you see many posts from lots of different subreddits but when you start to find ones that have to do with your own interest, this is where you find, at least to me, the beauty of Reddit.  One of my favorites is r/talesfromthesquadcar with stories from police and correction officers telling some of the funniest, heartbreaking, and day-to-day stories you never get to hear from someone in their profession.
Don’t know what you’re into or have no idea where to start, hit the random button and be taken at – you guessed it – random, to a subreddit. Last time I used it I ended up on r/notmyjob and laughed for a good twenty minutes at screw ups that should have been caught but somehow passed inspection, bosses approval, and made to the public for us to point and laugh at getting imaginary internet points when we are OP and post it before others.
Still confused… well the more I explain the more confused I become as well. Look, the highlights are this:
  • Don’t ask others IRL what their Reddit username is.
  • Ignore what they say about your mother if your OP, or if not make sure to tell OP what you did with his mother.
  • Always have a banana for scale
  • Pay your cat tax
That’s it, now you are ready to go and conquer the inter-webs and bask in the glory of upvotes from all your peers with insightful discussions and original thoughts. Of course, after you’ve been on Reddit for awhile you see what all was wrong with that last statement as well.
Podcasts – Talk Radio Whenever You Need It

Podcasts – Talk Radio Whenever You Need It

podcastMuch earlier in y life, I was Talk Radio junkie. High School and college, if I was in the car be myself I was most likely listening to the local talk radio station. Saturdays I looked forward to ar Talk and Wait Wait Don’t Tell me on NPR. At some point, with my tastes in radio changing, I fell out of love with terrestrial talk radio and started listening to more and more music, or a book on tape if I had the extra scratch to drop on an expensive set of Cds – and none of this abridged crap for me – unabridged only. Then, sometime in 2011, I found a new way to listen to talk radio,on demand anytime I wanted to; the podcast. Podcasts – Talk radio whenever you need it.

My first, the podcast that stole my aural cherry when it came to podcasts was Hollywood Babble-On. I found out that it existed from reading an article about Kevin Smith. I was intrigued, what was this thing called a PodCast? What was Hollywood Bable-On? I went to the person that I always went to for technology questions, the person that I still depend on to have their ear to the geek-grindstone – one of my coworkers. He knew what podcasts were and had been listening to them for a while. He told me how i could download them and use an app on my phone to stream them or listen to them after I downloaded them. I was even more intrigued. Now, at that point in my day job, I worked in the IT department doing travel writing and photography. One of the other guys in the department had been using an app called Beyond Pod to manage his podcasts. I wasn’t sure why I would need to manage one podcast but I figured it was worth downloading the free version and checking this out. I am a huge Kevin Smith fan so it made sense to make this my first/only podcast.

rss-feed-iconDownloaded the App, added HBO and got ready to listen to my first podcast. To say that I was an easy adopter of this technology was an understatement. To say that I am hooked on this type of audio formatted entertainment is also underselling how addicted I am. I love the variety of the content. I love the ease in added podcasts to my playlist. I love that I don’t have to do anything more than slide the screen downward on my phone to update the playlist.

It has become part of my morning ritual. My alarm goes off (the alarm on my phone of course). I pick up mu phone, turn off the alarm and then open Beyond Pod and start the app checking the feeds that I have stored, looking for new podcasts to download. Feeds – RSS Feeds – Really Simple Syndication – this is the tech that podcasts use, that podcast apps like iTunes and Beyond Pod use to find updates. Very easy technology and easy to setup on a website. Podcasts, in and of themselves, are easy as well. MP3 or 4 format. Save the file, use a plugin or some other service to push them to a distribution service – viola – You have a podcast.

the hard part about a podcast is making it interesting, finding an audience and keeping it going. We are going to have a podcast on This Geeks World. Who knows, down the road we may have several. Podcasts are yet another easy, cheap way to be entertaining instead of being entertained. That was actuallly something I picked up on one ofthe first SmodCo podcasts that I listened to back in 2011. Kevein Smith challenged those listening to be entertaining instead of eing entertained. This Geeks World is an offshoot of that challenge.

Here is to hoping that you are being entertained.