Hello there. This is a little service message to announce that from now on Sir Arthur’s Den won’t allow new user accounts registration anymore. The accounts of the few registered users have been removed and I apologize with the concerned people for this, but frankly speaking I don’t think it be much of a loss considering that until now I haven’t found the way to make the account creation a somehow useful procedure.
One year ago, a month more or a month less, Sir Arthur’s Den was born. At that time I wasn’t fully aware of what could mean to manage a blog in two languages, to have to update the back end code every few months and to deal with DDoS-alike traffic peaks on an hosting service sold as a “premium” one but that clearly is worth just the few bucks it costs. The webmastering experience was zero but the desire to manage a personal project largely compensated the lack of familiarity with WordPress and its issues.
It was mentioned earlier and now, one of the best WYSIWYG editors for off-line blogging has finally landed the FOSS and community-driven development world. In the past days Zoundry Raven has officially become an open source software, ready to accept contributions from coders willing to improve a product that already offers remarkable qualities as to code stability, ease of use and compatibility with various publishing platforms and CMS.
In what sounds as an unexpected and dangerous development of the lasting industry’s war against the P2P users, last Friday the Wall Street Journal has reported that RIAA, after years of intimidations, mistakes, twistings and abuses of the USA judiciary system now wants to change strategy, dismissing its mass lawsuits campaign to focus on the “next level” of the prearranged plan with which the majors would like to survive to the technological progress while keeping forever the privileges from a past (anyone should have this clearly in mind) that will never come back.
After several months of development and bug-hunting, the Zoundry programmers have released the first official version of Raven, a client for off-line management of blog contents endowed of several features that make it an interesting option for publishers and micro-publishers as well. First of all, the software usage is free.
Google Blogger, the blogging platform available since 1999 has turned into a privileged spreading tool for computer infections, going as far as hosting 2% of all the malware currently circulating through the connected world. So say Sophos security enterprise, that with numbers in its hands raises the alarm and states that the fault is not entirely of Google. Maybe.
When I confessed to him the will to open my own blog, Paolo De Andreis - accountable director for Punto Informatico - kindly offered to me the availability of the zine’s servers to let me have my own domain and with extremely favorable conditions too. I decided straightway to refuse and open an on-line space on a foreign server because, putting it into simple and straight terms, as I see it Italy isn’t a civil country neither outside nor inside the Net and the facts of the last days confirm this.