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.

Why the new MacBook Pro is a better deal than the new MacBook Air

The sweeping updates of Mac hardware today just fell in our laps, and I'm looking at the options now available, not that I have the funds to make an upgrade.  My two-year old 13" MacBook Pro is fine enough to be good enough for another year or two, thank you very much.  But that didn't stop me from looking in the Apple Store, comparing between the MacBook Pro's and the MacBook Air's.  The advances are terrific, and the addition of USB3 and Thunderbolt could make high powered accessories available to laptops.

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Mocha is a feature-rich JavaScript test framework running on Node and the browser, making asynchronous testing simple and fun. Mocha tests run serially, allowing for flexible and accurate reporting, while mapping uncaught exceptions to the correct test cases. ---

Monetizing your self-hosted wordpress blog with the Amazon Link plugin for Wordpress

The Amazon associate program is the grand-daddy of all affiliate programs.  That program began in the late 1990's (?1998?) with the idea that individual website owners could place links to products being sold by, and earn a sales commission.  Today there are thousands of online stores with their own affiliate programs perhaps hoping to replicate Amazon's success that's in part due to finding a way to incentivize zillions of individual website owners to promote as a place to buy stuff.

Resolving perplexing "the iPad could not be synced" problem - it could be real simple

Recently both my new iPad and iPhone4 stopped syncing with the iTunes on my Mac Mini.  Plug the device in to the computer, and a couple moments later this message pops up:  "the ipad could not be synced because the sync session failed to start".  I tried several things at random, nothing worked.  I yahoogled the phrase and found some complex discussion on the Apple Support discussion boards.  For example, this problem existed for Mac OS X 10.5b1.  In my case I'm on Mac OS X 10.7.3 and iTunes 10.6, so that wasn't the culprit.

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

Scott Rosenberg, author of the blogging history "Say Everything," founder of 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:

Erasing all content from an iPad, so that you can sell your iPad 1 to replace it with a new iPad

If you're like me, you've just purchased a new iPad and you have an older iPad 1 or iPad 2 that the new iPad is replacing. I have my old iPad 1 on eBay right now, the auction is due to end in a few hours, I'll be getting a reasonable price for the iPad, and in any case I really want to make sure my data is completely wiped from the iPad before selling it.

Turns out that it's pretty simple.

Side-by-side comparison of the iPad 1 and the new iPad

Now that we've unboxed the new iPad, and set it up, how about a comparison look between the two of them? I have both on the table in front of me, and my old iPad 1 is on eBay right now, about to be sold to a high bidder, so we have no time like the present to compare the iPad 1 against the new iPad to see how they stack up.

First boot-up of the new iPad

After the unboxing of a new iPad, comes turning it on for the first time. The skimpy instruction sheet that comes with the new iPad says simply to "Turn on your iPad by holding down the Home key for a few seconds" then to "follow the on-screen instructions to set up your iPad".

First step is to select your language. As well as your country.

Then you select enabling of "Location Services" which allows Maps and other applications to know where you are. While that's incredibly useful, some think this is a privacy violation.


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