How Should I Respond to Copied Photos?

Update (2009-11-02): I had the content removed this summer. Pretty fast, too; Facebook’s DMCA team had both offending albums deleted within about 24 hours. All right, it’s time to get this issue out there.  I tweeted it a few times before, many months ago, but last night I was just reminded of the issue by an entire Facebook album of photos uploaded by someone I went canoeing with last summer — but represented as original works.  No credit, no acknowledgment, not even anything about the fact that someone else took the photos! Fine, I did upload the photos to Picasa…

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What Does “Friend” Mean?

Image by Veronica Belmont via Flickr This was inspired by a recent experience I had when I went back to Evanston, IL for the NHSI Musical Theatre extension presentation.  I’d rather not talk about the details — I’ve decided not to blog about that part of my life, despite its significance, as it’s rather painful — but I did get to thinking.  This is what I came up with in the time since. Social networking websites have really degraded the concept of friendship.  I suppose it’s not their fault entirely — other things like amateur radio have been doing the…

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Hampton Inn Internet Issues

Image via Wikipedia All right, so obviously I managed to get online.  But it took about half an hour.  Let me begin the saga… (And this was after something of a disappointment at the NHSI Musical Theatre extension’s presentation… but I don’t think I’ll blog about that.) We checked into the hotel around 22:00, then got up to the room.  I set up my computer and started looking for clues as to how the Internet access was delivered (RJ-45 plug or Wi-Fi).  I finally figured out that it was wireless (the amenities book gave the impression that it was wired)…

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Google, Please Don’t Disrupt the Continuity of Google Page Creator Sites

Don’t worry, I’m working on a post about my summer at Northwestern University. It’s just a lot of writing, thinking, and recalling, so it’ll take some time. Meanwhile, this post has a very important message I wanted to get out. All right, someone needs to think. Hard. Someone at Google, that is. Why? Because a lot of people, including me, will be potentially made unhappy when Google Sites takes over for Google Page Creator. Google Blogoscoped published “Google Slowly Closing Page Creator” a few days ago, which got me thinking. How much do I use Google Page Creator? For its…

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Twitter’s Problems: Getting Worse

I once told myself I’d never write about Twitter‘s downtime, because everyone in the tech blogosphere writes about it. Today I’m going against that. The problems have simply become ridiculous. Back when I first started using Twitter, it was very responsive. (I tried to find my first tweet as an example, but there’s currently a paging limit of 10 which blocks everything but the 200 most recent tweets.) Posting was nearly instantaneous, the API allowed 70 requests every hour, one could get replies to one’s own tweets using a convenient tab on the site or simple call to the API,…

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Blogging vs. Social Life

I’ve found a pretty compelling trend in the last few months. As my social life in the “real world” space has expanded, this blog is one of the things that have suffered. Whereas a year or two ago I was writing posts a mile a minute (especially last Fall), posting is now spread out over increasingly long periods of days and even weeks. I’m really not sure what to make of the trend, but I do know it’s there. Whether it’s a universal constant or something peculiar to me, I don’t know. Perhaps Twitter has something to do with it,…

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SPAMfighter Tagline is Just Spam to Me

This is what I was doing while I was supposed to be finishing my coursework for the year. Don’t worry, I’m working on homework now; this was supposed to publish four hours ago and didn’t, so I tried again. Manually, because scheduled posting is temporarily borked. Image by Josh Walker via FlickrSpam is something everyone’s heard of, and probably gotten at least a few times. Messages like the one on the right have been going around with different month names for a long time. These are the kinds of things most of us know to ignore (but somebody must be…

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Yokway Review

Last night I got an invitation to try Yokway, a social sharing service that seems to focus on the sharing of useful information (in the form of links and info about music, restaurants, and movies). The invite came from Stephan Osmont, the site’s co-founder. Stephan’s email asked for my feedback, and this is how I’m providing it. Purpose As part of the email conversation I had with Mr. Osmont while revising this review, I received this paragraph regarding Yokway’s purpose and mission, along with some general future plans: Indeed, Yokway is about sharing useful information, and news articles are useful…

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Google Friend Connect: Interesting Service, Can’t Sign Up

Yesterday, Google launched a preview release of Google Friend Connect at Campfire One. The premise is neat: Google provides you with a directory of pre-programmed social widgets (slash gadgets, slash modules, slash whatever you want to call them) that you can install on your website simply by pasting HTML code. All kinds of authentication formats are accepted, from Google Accounts to OpenID and beyond. For more nitty-gritty details, head for the official blog post or the Google Webmaster Central version (the latter is simpler). Incidentally, there was a huge blogstorm about this yesterday, before it was officially announced and before…

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Enhance Web Form Usability with JavaScript

This is my last canned post for the week. I wrote it on Wednesday, before leaving for Chicago on Thursday morning. I’m getting back tonight, so hopefully a fresh post will arrive sometime tomorrow. I didn’t can any more, so I better be up for writing. Probably a recap of my trip. Earlier this month, I had the dubious pleasure of filling out applications to a couple of summer programs. The first was at the University of Chicago, studying Greek drama — in Greece — for three weeks. The other was at Northwestern University, studying theater — just in Chicago…

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