Creative Complicated?

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![Creative Commons](https://www.creativecommons.ca/images/cc/cc.logo.circle.jpg)The issue of copyright law has never been a simple one. This week a family from Texas has launched a lawsuit against Virgin Mobile for the use of their daughter's picture in an advertising campaign. [![CC Attribution Only](https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by/3.0/88x31.png)](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)The catch? The mobile carrier got the photo from Flickr where the photo (at the time) was listed under a [Creative Commons](https://creativecommons.org/) Attibution-only license.  The photo was used without notifying the photographer, or the 16-year-old girl in the picture, whose face is now associated with Virgin Mobile's campaign; though it should be noted that the advertisement _**did**_ contain the required attribution. This story has garnered lots of media attention since [CNN ran this clip](https://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/09/24/intv.virgin.flickr.lawsuit.cnn?iref=videosearch) late last week and I don't want to get into too much detail on it. What I wanted…
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WordPress Plugin: Admin Links Widget

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I've just launched the first version of a new Wordpress widget, the [Admin Links Widget](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-links-sidebar-widget/). This very simple widget does as the name suggests. It provides links to administrative functions from the sidebar of your Wordpress installation. The catch is, only administrators will be able to see the links so the general public won't have their view cluttered up with links they can't use. Give it a try! 1. [Download the Plugin](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/admin-links-sidebar-widget/) 2. Unzip into your Wordpress plugins folder 3. Activate the plugin 4. Add the widget to your site! If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to post below.
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WordPress Plugin: Random Image Selector

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**UPDATE**: December 9, 2007: The Random Image Plugin has been updated! Please see [the new post](http://kdmurray.net/2007/12/09/random-image-selector-120-released/) for updates on features, or to comment.     Have you ever wanted to display a random image from a folder on your site? Maybe for a background or banner for your blog? Now there's a quick and easy way to do it: the Random Image Selector plugin for wordpress! The initial release, version 1.0.2 is available from the Wordpress.org plugins site. The download location is [http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/random-image-selector/](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/random-image-selector/) The premise of the plugin is quite simple, create a folder on your website where you want to store your randomly selected files. The plugin will select from all the files in that folder, and choose one at random to display. This is a great way to…
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DD-WRT: Routers the Next Generation

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I realize it's not a new technology (its on ver. 23), but its one I've recently adopted.  We're planning on doing some re-arranging to put an office in the house, and that means computers in different rooms.  _What I need now_, I said to myself, _is a way of extending my wireless network to another room..._ preferably with a router on the other end too so I can plug in a non-wireless computer. The problem: The [firmware](http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=define%3Afirmware&btnG=Search) for my [Linksys WRT54G](https://sourceforge.net/projects/wifi-box/) doesn't allow that, at least not easily. Enter the [DD-WRT](http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/index.php) firmware package to save the day.  This package gives you full "[god-mode-like](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_mode)" control over your router's settings, and thus your entire wireless network.  Multiple routers can be placed in the same space to allow a [WLAN](http://www.wlan.org.uk/) to be extended…
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Enterprise Dilemma – J2EE vs. .NET

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These two platforms have been fiercely competing for the lucrative "Enterprise" business customers since the .NET Framework made it's Beta debut in late 2001\. Since that time the debate has raged on in organizations of every size and in Internet forums of every description: Which platform is the **best** platform? Pundits from all sectors of the computing and business sectors chose a side early on and began to incite one of largest technological debates in the history of computing. Proponents for each side have argued their case both for their chosen platform, and against the other. The arguments which have been put forth supporting both the Java/J2EE platform and the C#/.NET platform have been very strong. Conversely, the arguments against each platform are often steeped in half-truths, myths and hearsay.…
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50 years of programming history

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I stumbled on a couple of articles recently pointing out the history of programming languages. What originally pointed me at this was an article in [Nikhil Kothari's blog](http://www.nikhilk.net/). He pointed to a chart on [O'Reilly's website](http://www.oreilly.com/pub/a/oreilly/news/languageposter_0504.html) which listed out the history of programming languages from the 1950's right through to the present. It's amazing to see which languages influenced others... and how old some are. I personally had no idea that [Ruby](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_programming_language) had been around since February 1993 (Same approximate time as [AppleScript](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AppleScript)). Check it out... it's worth a look! There's also a good textual [history of programming languages](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_programming_languages) in Wikipedia, not quite as visual, or as complete, but also interesting.
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A Little Perspective

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I friend of mine sent me a link to a YouTube video (video no longer available) recently, his intent I'm sure was for me to marvel at how large some of the entities in our universe are. What happened, is that I realized without any hesitation something else: how small we are. Most of us have a pretty good idea how much larger [Jupiter](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jupiter) and the other [Gas Giants](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_giants) are than our [humble little blue globe](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth). But seeing how much larger the Sun is in comparison to our world can come as something of a surprise to people, particularly those who haven't studied much astronomy. Sure we all know that the sun is a very long distance from us, and that on average it takes its [light a full 8…
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MacBook: Day 1

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Well the beast finally arrived! I'd like to think it was my scathing review of Apple's customer service from earlier this month, but I highly doubt that Steve Jobs is an avid reader. Well having had the chance to play with this new machine for only a couple of hours, I have to say I'm very impressed so far. The only practical applications I've put it to the test with so far are sending a few emails, taking some notes (questions about the MacBook), and writing up this post. The overall Mac experience has been very good, there certainly has been a great deal of care and attention put into "the little things". However there are a couple of pet peeves I have so far.... 1. Maximizing Windows is hard…
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AntiVirus software lacking effectiveness

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At the recent [AusCERT 2006 Conference](http://conference.auscert.org.au/conf2006/), a survey was published by Graham Ingram general manager of the [Australian Computer Emergency Response Team](http://auscert.org.au/) (AusCERT) which discussed the effectiveness of several leading anti-virus products.  The survey states that an average of 8 in 10 threats are getting through the protection that these products provide. Some research done by ZDNet Australia's Munir Kotadia in a [series of articles](http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Eighty_percent_of_new_malware_defeats_antivirus/0,2000061744,39263949,00.htm) notes that the three top products (by market share) in 2005 were Symantec's Norton Antivirus, Mcafee Virusscan and Trend Micro VirusDefense.  If the survey results are accurate, or even partially accurate, that could mean that running even two of these security defense products at once may only provide a 20%-40% protection.  Not exactly a comforting thought. So where does this leave us?  Do we need to install…
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Charity begins at Start

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This past week, [Fortune magazine](http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune) ran a story on [Warren Buffet's recent decision](http://money.cnn.com/2006/06/25/magazines/fortune/charity1.fortune/index.htm) to give away 85% of his net worth.  The vast majority (83%) of this donation will be given to the [Bill and Melinda Gates foundation](http://www.gatesfoundation.org) to assist with their continuing work fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis worldwide. The donation itself is tied to shares in [Berkshire Hathaway](http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/), Buffet's main umbrella corporation for everything from Dairy Queen to Fruit of the Loom.  Every year the charitable organization will receive a portion of shares in BH.  The contribution for 2006 amounts to more than $1.5 Billion USD. This story is proof in and of itself that absolute power need not corrupt absolutely.  Between Gates and Buffett, the Gates' foundation has been pledged more than $60 Billion USD over the…
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