Getting email validation straightened out for successful email transmissions (DKIM, SPF and PTR, oh my!)

One of the things Drupal does is generate emails for a variety of reasons. For example new account registrations include a step to validate the account, by sending an email containing a validation link. On the large online community website I run, a long-running problem has been that the validation email does not always get delivered. This shows up as a user registration that never gets validated.

Could companies who pay bloggers for positive posts be forced to reveal who they're paying?

Do you get paid to blog on given topics? You may be forced to reveal such arrangements. The judge hearing the Google/Oracle case has ordered the two companies to reveal the names of reporters, bloggers and other commentators they have paid. This demand comes following the intellectual property lawsuit between Google and Oracle over Android and whether that operating system infringed on Java.

Penelope Trunk: Publishers’ revenue model “assumes authors are going to flake”

Popular blogger and Brazen Careerist founder Penelope Trunk has a new book, “The New American Dream,” and she’s gotten a lot of attention because of a post that she wrote about that book last week. This attention, she said, surprises her.

paidcontent.org/2012/07/17/penelope-trunk-publishers-revenue-model-assumes-authors-are-going-to-flake/

Learning from this week’s crash course in citizen journalism

As newspapers and other traditional media outlets continue to lay off reporters and even shut down their printing presses, one of the big questions has been what will fill the gap that is left — where will the journalism come from?

Could Kickstarter be used to crowdfund journalism?

Curious idea - use of crowdfunding systems like Kickstarter to raise funds enabling journalists to cover stories. I suppose the result would be people paying for stories they'd like to be covered.

Scott Rosenberg, one of Salon.Com founders, "Says Everything" (About Web Media)

Scott Rosenberg, author of the blogging history "Say Everything," founder of mediabugs.org and executive editor of Grist, skyped in with my Pace University Blogging a Better Planet class last fall. If you're interested in Web communication, it's worth a half hour!
Rosenberg's book: http://www.sayeverything.com

http://www.Grist.org

Dreamhost Sucks, Time to leave Dreamhost, looking for a VPS to host my Drupal sites

I've been hosting my Drupal sites on Dreamhost for quite awhile, but it's time to move on. They're a decent web hosting provider that offers a combination that suits me well, but if you peruse http://www.dreamhoststatus.com/ you see a lot of customers complaining bitterly about downtime and slow service. I'm one of those customers, but do not want to focus on this part of the story, and instead want to focus on seeking a proper useful home to house my websites.

Simsimi: The Robot You Can Have a Real Conversation With Via Text

Simsimi, an app for Android and iPhone users, is taking the world by storm. 2.7 million people are already using it, and that numberis expected to grow over the next few months as word spreads about this innovative and entertaining app. Simsimi is a robot that has the ability to converse with users about a wide variety of topics. Simsimi also has the ability to learn from each and every user it converses with.

Canonical Entity representation for Drupal, sounds like it could fix one core critique I have of Drupal

This project just popped up on my radar - Canonical Entity Representation (see http://groups.drupal.org/node/197588 and http://groups.drupal.org/node/197583). The description of this sounds like it would resolve one of the key critiques I have against Drupal. Namely the lack of a import/export format that's part of Drupal Core. I'd like to call some attention to this and hopefully, as the two posts above suggests, this can be a standard part of Drupal starting with v8.

Looking at the Facebook strategy used by Bank Transfer Day

The American version of the Arab Spring (2011) is underway as I write in late October 2011.  The encampment near Wall Street is now in its second month and there are Occupy encampments in other cities around the world.  One of the side actions is Bank Transfer Day, which is a call for people to transfer their money out of big banks into credit unions, and to do so before November 5, 2011.  The hope is to generate awareness of the role big banks played in the financial crisis, and especially in the questionable practices they followed in mortgage foreclosures etc.

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