Category Archives: Internets

Friendly Reminder – mod_rewrite needs AllowOverride All

Running WordPress locally and not sure why the permalink or category pages are resulting in 404 errors?

It’s more than likely due to mod_rewrite not being allowed to do its job. If you don’t know anything about mod_rewrite, here is a nice howto. Also, of course, is Apache’s own documentation.

In a nutshell, the redirects created by WordPress in your .htaccess need the authority to send a page request elsewheres. Open httpd.conf and make sure that you have AllowOverride set to All.
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Shred No More

Humorless Metalheads Shut Down Popular YouTuber:

Three humorless guitar heroes who were lampooned in a series of YouTube “shredding” videos have had the clips pulled offline after citing copyright infringement.

What really stinks here has nothing to do with copyright laws or ridiculously luddite guitarists. No, the tragedy is that I previously posted a crap-your-pants-laughing video by the guy who created the shredder videos, and now my embedded U-tube clip is dead.

UPDATE: If you’ haven’t yet seen them, and wonder what the fuss is about, Wired has made the shredding series available at their site.

Now Available on the Free and Legal Menu

Did you hear? Major Labels Allow P2P Music Sharing on Qtrax:

At the Midem conference in Cannes, France, Qtrax announced deals with all the major music labels and publishers to offer the first free and legal ad-supported P2P service to include major label music.
Klepfisz pegs the service’s catalog at more than 25 million songs, which would dwarf those of iTunes and other online music stores. The songs will be wrapped in Microsoft’s Windows Media subscription DRM. …… The application is based on the Songbird engine, so sharing and downloading occurs within a Firefox browser — no separate application required.

In case you missed it in the quote, here’s the QTrax site.

Of course, DRM sticks itself out like a big red flag, and you know what that mean! Its time to head over to BoingBoing to see what Cory Doctorow has to say about all this (which I’m sure will be very interesting). So, free and legal PtoP music? I’m sorta excited.

UDATE: whoops!
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Via Wired, here’s the current draft HTML5, representing “the 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web, HTML“. It was published this past Tuesday (1/22) as their first draft. I don’t know if it’s common to have such language included as part of these documents, but close to the opening one starts to get the distinct feeling that reaching this point in the document’s life was not easily accomplished:

The publication of this document by the W3C as a W3C Working Draft does not imply that all of the participants in the W3C HTML working group endorse the contents of the specification. Indeed, for any section of the specification, one can usually find many members of the working group or of the W3C as a whole who object strongly to the current text, the existence of the section at all, or the idea that the working group should even spend time discussing the concept of that section.

Got it…(awkward)
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Closed Wesabe

I just deleted the three accounts I had created at Wesabe. I don’t remember when I started, but it was probably sometime around 1.5 to 2 years ago. And up until about four months ago, I kept them pretty well updated and maintained. There were a few of my OCD style obsessive rounds of updating/adding/removing tags here and there for the sake of consistency and data organization. It was one of those nights of reworking when I encountered a problem.
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