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Swift for All

Swift is now downloadable without a Mac or iOS Developer account.

Downloading now.

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Charleston to sting, fine, and potentially jail UberX drivers

Charleston to sting, fine, and potentially jail UberX drivers

Remember when the RIAA and Metallica sued Napster virtually out of existence and eventually turned its legal firepower on consumers, ensuring the dominance of the compact disc format and stamping out any sort of digital distribution of music?

Me either.

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TechCrunch asks, “Is Twttr Interesting?”

Is Twttr Interesting?

One of the rare cases where I will encourage you to read the comments.

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Two weeks to go

Two weeks to go until WordCamp Charleston

Get your tickets, yo!

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Beyond net neutrality: The new battle for the future of the internet – Vox

Beyond net neutrality: The new battle for the future of the Internet

I can only see peering agreements between companies and ISPs increasing costs for what we would find as acceptable speeds now and choking off innovation online for those except the most capitalized (or connected), and that is a damned shame.

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The Spaces You Control

“It always goes back to the spaces you actually control.”

He’s right.

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Don’t forget your WordCamp Charleston tickets

Don’t forget your WordCamp Charleston tickets!

We are working hard to put on an incredible day for you to get your WordPress on with some of the best and brightest in the WordPress community. For $15, it is an unbeatable deal. What are you waiting for?

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Updated: IEM Chat Alerts using Adium and Growl

Updated: IEM Chat Alerts using Adium and Growl

The public Iowa Environmental Mesonet chat rooms, which relay real-time NWS products over XMPP, have moved to a new conference server (conference.weather.im), so I updated my reasonably popular (popular has a strange meaning on this blog) post about how to set up popup alerts using Growl to reflect this new info. I also have confirmed that the message phrasing in NWSChat (the National Weather Service’s private chat system for emergency managers and media members) is the same as what is relayed over the public weather.im chat server, so those of you who use Adium with NWSChat will be able to take advantage of Growl’s priority system. I know Growl is less popular now that Notification Center is integrated into OS X, but Growl is still immensely powerful for the right use case (and this is still a great one).

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Twitter reverts to the old blocking scheme

Twitter is restoring the old blocking scheme.

Good news.

As a side note, this would be a good opportunity for Twitter to look at a mute feature, which roughly would be the new blocking behavior, just implemented alongside the block feature that forces an unfollow. Third-party apps have been doing this for a long time; it seems to make sense to give people the ability to curate their feeds more carefully if someone is being loud (like live-tweeting sports, for instance).

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WordPress 3.8

WordPress 3.8 is out.

WordPress’s new development methodology — developing major new features as plugins — has several huge wins in the admin area in this release (including the new design). It’s a great release and is worth the time to upgrade.