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WordPress, Linux, Windows, and GoDaddy

17 Jul

Last night I got the debit card for my new bank account, dedicated to my nerdy Web projects. I immediately purchased a hosting plan from GoDaddy, and this morning attempted to install WordPress. I got the error, “”Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL which is required for WordPress.”

Crap!

However, a quick search of the WordPress support forums revealed the truth of the old axiom “When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” Given the choice between Windows-based and Linux-based hosting, I’d opted for Windows. The trouble is, Windows-based hosting doesn’t support PHP. So I need to switch operating systems.

However, the hosting setup is apparently still churning on GoDaddy’s servers and I can’t switch until it’s finished. Which is fine, I’m not in a hurry. I’m just eager to get it done.

Interviews with talented writers Jaq Greenspon, Wolfgang Baur, and Zia Munshi are in the can. The first episode of the Writing For Pay podcast is almost finished – I just need to tweak my intro a little more and record a final segment. Then I’ll switch operating systems, set up WordPress, sign up for AdSense, configure the Blixkrieg theme, upload the audio files, pipe them to iTunes, and start promoting the ‘cast.

And I need to create a 300×300 graphic for the show, or pay/persuade someone to do it for me.

Your page views are sad to me. Maybe you like sad things? Look here!

26 Apr

When I checked the MapStats page for the Redeemer Arts and Music blog, this Google ad appeared in the sidebar:

Sad Internet

Yes, I’m dying to see the “Saddest Thing on Internet”. Please Internet, make me sad!

EMI goes DRM free, and the 99 cent iTunes song begins to disappear

2 Apr

Reuters:

“Apple said iTunes would make individual tracks available from EMI artists at twice the sound quality of existing downloads, with their DRM removed, at a price of $1.29, 1.29 euros and 99 pence.”

I’m glad that EMI decided to sell digital music without DRM. No, seriously. It’s awesome.

But on the other hand:

Imagine if every car was built with an onboard computer that prevented you from driving it on certain streets. The auto manufacturers claim that while it may seem restrictive, this onboard computer is actually a feature that makes the whole car manufacturing and owning experience better for everyone.

Consumers become dissatisfied. They think to themselves, I own the damn car, I should be able to decide what streets to drive it on.

So then one of the car companies–let’s say Ford–announces that you can now buy a car that does not have the onboard computer built in. Plus, it’s faster than the old type of car. And it costs more.

Consumers might rightly ask, “Since it doesn’t cost you extra to not put the onboard computer in a car, why am I paying more?”

To which Ford might reply, “You’re paying for the extra speed and functionality.”

“But that’s functionality that ought to be part of the car to begin with. You sabotaged it, and now you’re selling it back to me like it’s an extra.”

“Okay, then you’re just paying for the extra speed.”

“I never asked for a faster car. Just one that drives where I want it to go.”

“Look, do you want a car that drives on every street or don’t you?”

My guess is that this is the end result of a lot of backroom dealing, where EMI would only agree to sell its music without DRM if Apple agreed to sacrifice its policy that every song on the iTunes Music Store would cost 99 cents, no more, no less.

Now that there’s a leak in the 99 cent dam, how long before every song is $1.29?

An even bigger cliffhanger: Will EMI take a step further and stop suing file-sharing music fans through the RIAA?

Via Defective by Design

UPDATE: Boing Boing has some more info. The price of DRM-free albums and music videos will not go up, and you can replace your old DRM’d tunes with shiny new ones by paying the difference!

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