November 10, 2011 | Digital Policy

Amazon has been in the news over the years opposing efforts by states like California and Texas to get Amazon to collect state taxes on purchases by buyers in those states. At one point, Amazon dropped affiliates living in California in order to avoid nexus in the state which might have forced it to collect [...]

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November 8, 2011 | Software and Downloads

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GeoGebra: Free Software to Learn Algebra and Geometry

GeoGebra is free Java-based software to learn and teach algebra and geometry. Installation packages are available for Windows, Linux/Ubuntu, and Mac.

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November 4, 2011 | Linux/Unix

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Mint Overtakes Ubuntu in DistroWatch

This just in: More people are checking out Mint on DistroWatch than Ubuntu. This is the first time this has happened. Normally Ubuntu reigns supreme here as the top Linux distribution that people are interested in. Note: this doesn’t mean more people are running Mint than Ubuntu. But it can presage future trends. Especially since [...]

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November 2, 2011 | Digital Privacy

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The Telegraph reports that Google is going to start indexing JavaScript-based comments like Facebook comments, Disqus, and IntenseDebate. Traditionally, comments have been managed by websites themselves. They were saved on the website to which they pertain itself, and they showed up even if you had JavaScript turned off. In the past two years, Javascript-based comments [...]

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October 31, 2011 | Web/Software Development

Pantheon, the new Drupal hosting service, has a web-based method for migrating your website from your old server to the Pantheon servers.

But it doesn’t work so well for large sites. For one thing, the web upload option doesn’t support archives greater than 150MB. Even that size is pushing it. Browsers aren’t really meant for transferring large amounts of data.

Here are some notes on importing large websites into Pantheon.

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October 30, 2011 | Web/Software Development

I needed to create a archive of a site in order to migrate it to Pantheon, a new service for running Drupal sites in a more straightforward way than has been available up to now.

Pantheon provides a Drupal module which is supposed to automagically create a complete backup of your site, which can then be used to migrate it to Pantheon’s servers.

Unfortunately, it seems it doesn’t always work, calling for more unorthodox methods.

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October 30, 2011 | Digital Life

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So Google Street View is moving indoors, allowing business to have pictures taken of their shops. But that’s not all. A little birdie told me Google Street View is also coming to your house. Want to know what’s in the fridge? Don’t get up off the sofa, go to maps.google.com. Can’t find the kids? Google [...]

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October 29, 2011 | Digital Privacy

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Dolphin HD, one of the most popular alternative web browsers for Android devices, has now been shown to spy on every website you visit by sending the URLs to a website, en.mywebzines.com, owned by the browser vendor. The company came up with an excuse relating to a “webzine” feature, but that was really weak. Anyway, [...]

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October 28, 2011 | Interesting Web Sites

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Royalty-Free Photos: Public Domain Photos for Your Website

One of the things about maintaining a nice looking website is using attractive images when appropriate. The problem is stock photos can cost a lot of money. One of the places you can get free, royalty-free photos is public-domain-photos.com. It’s not the Getty Archives, but you can’t beat the price.

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October 27, 2011 | Digital Life

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If you want a free iPad, you might want to check out your local library. It’s not just books they’re loaning out anymore. They expanded a long time ago into lasing CDs. But now they’re also loaning out the devices you need to play them: iPods, iPads, laptops, digital cameras

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