The Creative Commons licenses are a great way to ensure that others are legally authorized to reuse our work. But being licenses, they still talk Greek for the common man’ unless someone simplifies them for you in a comic strip. And while we are on the topic, make sure you do pick a license.
Matt Jadud has written a guide for students on blogging. It is a must read for any student who is looking at doing more with his/her academic work. Blogging is one of the best ways for students to communicate with rest of the world, including the industry. [Continue]
The big publishers are coming together to build the Fair Syndication Consortium to fight sploggers and online plagiarism (via Erick Schonfeld). While solutions in the past have tried to modify the content or syndication to fight sploggers, the consortium aims to eliminate the root cause. The consortium wants to negotiate with the ad networks to pay them for their content being reproduced elsewhere. [Continue]
Indian bloggers are getting in legal tangle. Bloggers have already faced legal threats from the mainstream media. But, because of the lack of laws, an individual usually chooses to back off and retract his/her opinions. [Continue]
I guess I have finally found a word for what I did with this blog for last month or so – unblogging! For various reasons I could not be near an Internet connection. That and some personal reasons kept me from being active on this blog. [Continue]
If moving your data has been the main hurdle for you to switch between blogging tools and services, then Google is coming to help you. Google Blog Converters (via Lidija Davis) contains converters to and from various blog tools. It is a set of Python scripts, and some hosted services, though with certain limitations. [Continue]
In an attempt to support the Breast Cancer awareness month, this blog is going pink for October, like the last year. Many of you might feel that the decoration does not help. However, if a bunch of us do it together, it will definitely draw attention to the matter.
The good people at RevResponse.com got in touch with me to offer free magazine subscriptions for you, the readers. There is a widget in the sidebar called “Free Technical Resource Center” that will lead you there. You can subscribe to some good software development magazines and journals for free. [Continue]
I read a lot of feeds, which include group blogs and newspapers. Over the years I have observed, that their USPs fall in one of the following: Being first with the news Carrying exclusive news Offering unique analysis and opinions However, recently a lot of the group blogs are carrying content that I just skim over. There are the occasional ones that I click through, bookmark, comment or blog about it, but over time their percentage has dipped down. [Continue]
So, like other bloggers I am facing the problem of content theft. It is being done by scraping the full feeds. Man, it is so easy to use technology the wrong way! [Continue]