Drupal and clean URL's

What do I mean by "clean" URL's? The URL is of course the string appearing in the browser location bar, and means 'Universal Resource Locator'. Theoretically the URL is used by computer software and maybe it doesn't matter to the user what the URL contents are. However people do share URL's with each other, they read URL's over the phone, write them down on note paper, post them on billboards, etc. For those human uses it is helpful to make URL's useful to humans.

First impressions of Drupal 6

Drupal is moving forward, and the team is getting ready with Drupal 6. I'm doing a test installation and live-blogging what I see as I do it.

I first went into my web hosting control panel, and added a new mysql instance. Since the Drupal 6 beta 1 page says this beta version should not be used on production sites. We've resolved most errors reported so far, but there are outstanding known issues in bold letters, I'm not converting a production site (yet). Instead it's a test site on one of the "spare" (unused) domains I own.

Installation steps were:-

    Chris Hedges on “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America”

    Chris Hedges on “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America” is a very stunning interview about the role of fascistic thinking in America, that has subverted the Christian Right, and is threatening to turn the U.S.A. into a Theocracy. Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves.

    Viacom and YouTube duking it out over video sharing

    In this CNET article Viacom moves on without YouTube a very strange argument is made. The situation is that clips from Comedy Central programs like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show are very popular on YouTube. Viacom, the owner of Comedy Central, has demanded that over 100,000 clips be removed from YouTube.

    Self-publishing made easy online

    Self-publishing made easy online is about a service from blurb.com that lets people easily write and publish their own books. The books can be just for your own use, or sold through the blurb.com online bookstore.

    The books in question can't be sold through regular stores .. because they do not currently offer ISBN's.

    Self-publishing made easy online

    Self-publishing made easy online is about a service from blurb.com that lets people easily write and publish their own books. The books can be just for your own use, or sold through the blurb.com online bookstore.

    The books in question can't be sold through regular stores .. because they do not currently offer ISBN's.

    A documentary exploring the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism and the Neocons

    Pt.1 The Neocons - Ideology and Fantasy goes over two founding philosophers.

    Sayed Kotb was sent to the U.S. in 1949 to study the U.S. educational system, but saw here the dangers of liberalism and individualism. His ideas directly inspired those who conducted the attacks on September 11, 2001. He came to believe "we" are trapped by our own selfish and greedy desires.

    Stonehenge Reloaded

    How did they build Stonehenge or other monuments made from massive stone blocks? One man thinks he knows the answer.

    The idea is simple leverage, it seems. This man is a retired construction worker who has worked out methods for moving very large and heavy objects with very simple techniques, and by himself. It's not mysterious at all.

    Disabling the Dashboard on Mac OS X

    With OS X 10.4 this nifty keano new feature came into being. The Dashboard. At the simple press of the F12 key you could have a secondary screen of little software applets jump up. At your beck and call is great power and flexibility, with simple-to-write applications offering untold flexibility to customize your computing experience.

    Cool Tool: Programming the Universe

    Cool Tool: Programming the Universe: This book hasn't been published yet, but it sounds like it's right up my alley. It's described as using quantum physics to look at the world as a "computer", and not just that the quantum world is doing calculations that cause our world to exist, but also that we can engage the world in that computation and reprogram the world. Holy co-creation batman!

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