Archive for the ‘World Wide Web’ Category

After around two day work I have finally started a new on-line scrapbook called The Aethernaut’s Halt which replaced a previous on-line scrapbook. It is a new venture which should allow me the fun of creating a scrapbook full of my own taste in music, comedy and miscellaneous items. It should end up a fun mix of articles.

In the process of creating The Aethernaut’s Halt I learned how to setup, modify and use the Textpattern CMS package. All of which I found easier than I expected though you do need a working knowledge of Apache, CSS, HTML and MySQL to go through the whole set up on your own server. It is lucky I have already gone through similar processes setting up a WordPress.org page on the same file server.

At the start I did have a crisis of confidence in my own abilities which I soon got over playing around with the Textpattern CMS software which created a very passable blog page though I will still will be tweaking over the next few weeks. But the whole process was very quick and easy one you got the hang of modifying the software.

All has been a very good exercise which keeps my hand in setting up and using software packages like Textpattern and WordPress. Though I still have to learn how to set up secure web sites especially if I go down the path of setting up Linux on old laptops as a business.

So another journey starts and to follow it just visit The Aethernaut’s Halt site at the url: http://theaethernautshalt.duckdns.org/.

If you require more information about the Textpattern CMS software I used to create the site go to the url: https://textpattern.com/.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to The Abode of The Steam Powered Story Teller.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Freinds by Gas Light!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my on-line scrapbook just follow the link to The Aethernaut’s Halt.

Please Note: If you are interested in my new venture a local role-playing group specialising in story telling systems just follow the link to The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford.

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I am thinking of resurrecting my on-line scrap book under the new name ‘The Aethernaut’s Halt’ as a place where I can put my favourite music, videos, pictures and other things. It is something I did before and I am doing again mainly because I am bored again and want to look into setting it up using a different software package to host it.

Now I have the fun of searching for a new software package I can host on my own server here one which will allow friends to comment and add to the scrap book. This search and setting up is something I like to do every few while as it keeps my mind active and gives me a chance to learn something new and potentially useful.

So watch this space for the launch of ‘The Aethernaut’s Halt’.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to The Abode of The Steam Powered Story Teller.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Freinds by Gas Light!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my new venture a local role-playing group specialising in story telling systems just follow the link to The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford.

This is journal entry is a reminder to friends and those who want to know more about my personal view of my life that I now never post personal statuses about my life on the mainstream social networks, the likes of Facebook and Twitter, but on closed social networks, the likes of Anybeat and Friends by Gas Light.

This is because I do not trust the security and privacy of the mainstream social networks, especially Facebook which has in the past and it is still doing at the moment that is abusing their position of trust to sell personal and private data to third parties including corporations and governments. It is not that I have anything to hide but it is the fact that they have broken the trust between providers and users by making a profit at the expense of people’s privacy.

So now I only use these social networks to bang my political drum and promote my local role-playing group though on the rare occasion to broadcast something important to all my friends there. There you will not get a view of my more personal side of my life including my taste in music and photographs of our dogs etc.

The more personal statuses and views of life are made in closed social networks where my privacy is respected plus the networks in question are not run for profit but so people can socialise on real terms free from the pressures and falsehoods of the mainstream social networks. I also feel less constrained what I can say because of their very nature they are closed networks with people who are more likely to like myself so they will be less likely to take what I say the wrong way.

So if those out there want to see a more personal view of my life at the moment you will have to join one of these closed social networks whose details are given below.

Currently I am member of two such closed social networks which are called Anybeat and Friends by Gas Light. Anyone can apply to join these social networks though new members have to be approved by the Administrators first before they can become part of the social networks.

Anybeat is a small social network using HumHub which describes itself as ‘Where drifting beatniks harbour….’ which is the latest incarnation of the Anybeat social network which has been around on and off for last few years. It is Administered by one Boot Sector who maintains the site I believe single handed. It is a good place to hang out with more liberal minded people which is small enough to be personal and I would recommend it.

Friends by Gas Light is my own personal social network which I host on a server at home again using HumHub which acts as place where I can socialise with friends and keep up with members of the local role-playing group, ‘The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford’, I am attempting to organise. The social network has unusually has two aspects depending on the group a new member joins on creation of their account. That is if a new member joins ‘The Proletariat (Members)’ group they will see the social aspect of the social network while if a new members joins ‘ The Proletariat (Players)’ will see the role-playing group aspect of the social network. Those who want to see more personal view of my life need to join ‘ The Proletariat (Members)’ group.

Please note on both social networks if you want to see my personal comments about life you need to add me as a friends.

The above sites are found at the following urls:

Anybeat: https://anybeat.org/.
Friends by Gas Light: http://friendsbygaslight.duckdns.org/.

So if you brave enough please join me on one of these social networks as I know Anybeat is always on the look out of new and interesting people.

For those of you are interested about the HumHub software used to create the two social networks just follow the link for more information: https://humhub.org/.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to The Abode of The Steam Powered Story Teller.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Freinds by Gas Light!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my new venture a local role-playing group specialising in story telling systems just follow the link to The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford.

Looks like Facebook yesterday tried to censor anti-government posts targeted at the Mrs May’s Government here in the United Kingdom which has not gone unnoticed by those who were effected!

I suspect that Facebook will feel the backlash though it has gone unnoticed by the mainstream press which makes the whole situation highly suspicious indeed!

There are those out there who will say I am making a mountain out of a molehill but on past form of Facebook and Mrs May’s Government it would not surprise me if it was an attempt by our government with the conclusion of Facebook to suppress any opposition to their policies here in the United Kingdom.

Be warned this may be the first of the attempts by Mrs May’s government to censor any opposition post on Facebook and beyond so we need to be very vigilant just in case they try this again!

I don’t call Mrs May’s government Fascist for nothing!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal miscellany of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to The Abode of The Steam Powered Story Teller.

Please Note: If you are interested in my small social network just follow the link to Freinds by Gas Light!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my new venture a local role-playing group specialising in story telling systems just follow the link to The Enlightened Company of Role-Players of Stafford.

I still do not get the fact that some people out there do not who still do not get that posts on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and the such is in the public domain unless they specify otherwise.

It is as if they do not get they are connected to a worldwide network which accessible by billions of people, groups, governments and even governments, though in this case most governments have failed to grasp the concept of the internet which is another story.

So still I regally hear stories of people around me of people who have posted things on Facebook which have landed them in trouble both at work and with other people simply because they did not understand what they posted was public.

Though in the end I suspect more that none has never pointed out to them that posting on a social network is public unless you specify otherwise. It might have been an idea if someone did as it would of saved a lot of people, even celebrities, a lot of red faces!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

Once again in a conversion with someone who never experienced the virtual world Second Life who thought it was a game not what it has actually become a vibrant and colourful social network. That is a place where people meet socialise some of which would normally not be able to get out of their homes for various reasons.

This further enforced by a Computer Gaming industry which still fails to grasp the simple fact what Second Life has become. Though we should not be surprised by this as both the industry and it’s players tend to be very focus on their games to a point they tend to be socially inept and extremely closed as individuals. Over the past few years gamers have not helped their causes by blatant discrimination against female players as it is still a male dominated industry and hobby.

But what this highlights is a real issue with some who socialise on the internet which can be directly attributed to this gamers attitude towards games in general in so much they have become detracted from people in general and seam to have lost the ability to associate people with images and words with the real people behind them.

This has rubbed off on general users of social networks and the such who have followed the gamers along the same path. The upshot of which people think it is acceptable to verbally bully, abuse even say anything they want even if it is criminal as they have this strange disassociation that they are somehow anonymous and safe on the internet.

But one thing all have forgotten and those of us who have the perception already know you cannot hide behind words or an avatar on the internet as your words and actions there can have the same effect and land you in as much trouble, even legally, much as face to face encounters of people.

The internet does not protect you or gives you the right to treat people badly or with disrespect.

It is a simple fact much as face to face interactions when dealing with people on the internet you are dealing with a real person who has real feeling and issues. Just because the interactions are via words, Avatar even within a game it is no different than dealing with them face to face.

In conclusion when you are interacting people on the internet you are still interacting with a REAL PERSON and you cannot hide behind the internet as you will be still have to face results of your bad behaviour there.

What I find so sad even after 20 years of the internet some people still cannot get this simple concept!

As a final note there are gamers and employees within Game Industry who do get this concept but they form a quiet majority who seam almost afraid to speak out for some reason!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.

I am retiring my Social Web Site, BitQS, as I need the space on the hard drive which holds the site and it has served its purpose in so much it it proved that I could create and maintain a social web site if I wanted to.

As all things it has come to its natural end as I need the space on the drive on the server to start to create the next version of my home page whose idea is starting to form in my head. At the moment I am looking around for ideas and tools to create the new site.

So with the closing of the year it will be closing of old and start of the new so watch this space!

Please Note: If you are interested in a more personal scrapbook of mine just follow the link to Patterns in the Static!.

Please Note: If you are interested in my home page just follow the link to Experiment No. 3.