Syria blocks Facebook access

The people have Syria can sleep safe tonight. Rumor has it that everyone’s start page was set to in order to quell the masses.

Syrian authorities have blocked Facebook, the popular Internet hangout, over what seems to be fears of Israeli “infiltration” of Syrian social networks on the Net, according to residents and media reports. [From Syria blocks Facebook access, citing Israeli ‘infiltration’ – International Herald Tribune]

Wifi on Planes, Bout Time

To borrow a phrase from Brad Feld, American can now legitimately claim that they suck less.

Starting next year, transcontinental 767-200s will be equipped with Wi-Fi and broadband access via Aircell, who has a similar deal in place with Virgin Airlines. The technology has been around for awhile, and I must say “It’s about damned time.” [From Breaking: American Airlines to offer Wi-Fi service next year; takes lead as first totally not-crappy airline]

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.

While the various oral history projects seek to capture the history of WWII in that generation’s own words and spoken voice, the fact remains that their numbers are dwindling and Pearl Harbor Day is but a far away historical event to many generations today, indeed it is somewhat telling that the Wikipedia page actually begins with “this article is about the actual attack. For the arcade flying game of the same name, see Attack on Pearl Harbor (game)”.

There are now only a handful of living survivors of Pearl Harbor, including one extraordinary veteran, John Finn. At 98 years old, Finn is not only a survivor of Pearl Harbor but also the oldest living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, this nation’s highest honor. Despite being wounded 22 times, Finn manned his battle station and shot down the first Japanese plane of the war.

Chester Nimitz himself presented the CMH to Finn aboard the USS Enterprise the following year, yet in a fashion that is typical of true heroes, Finn says he was just doing as he was trained, saying “I just did the duties of a chief ordinanceman”.

In addition to the links below, I highly recommend jumping to the National Geographic special section, which I linked to last year as well.

Wikis and Spammers

My blog has been offline for a little over the last hour with a message stating that “this account has been suspended”.

Upon reaching support via chat I was told that someone was using my Tikiwiki site to run scripts and because of the excessive CPU usage my account was suspended and deactivated. It was pretty clear that this was not my doing so they turned things back on with the condition that I remove the offending scripts, I instead opted to remove Tikiwiki altogether.

Coincidentally, I have been battling spammers for over a month on another wiki I have, the Web 2.0 in the Enterprise wiki. In the interests of ensuring as much public and unfettered access as possible, this wiki required no registration for updating and spammers were hitting it with startling efficiency and replacing all of the content with links for fake Rolex watches.

Thankfully the Socialtext versioning made reverting back to the authentic version quick work, but without exception the spammers would change the page back within hours. Finally, I removed guest editing privileges and required registration and login for editing, which has stopped the spammers for now.

I am using this experience to issue a call to action to wiki developers to do something about this before it becomes a problem that disincentivizes wiki adoption. Obviously this affects a slice of the wiki market, those that are deployed in environments where public usage is encouraged, but that makes it all the more important because consumer usage often drives business adoption.

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The Experts

Michael Dukakis, a former Massachusetts governor, says he’s “baffled” why Barack Obama’s campaign has not turned his grass-roots following into a more powerful ground organization.

Because if there’s anyone you want to call on for campaign advice, Dukakis would be on that shortlist considering the bang up job he did in 1988.

Maybe get Walter Mondale on board too, and while Obama is at it, he can get Zbigniew Brzezinski to channel Neville Chamberlain for foreign policy advice and John Kerry as head speechwriter. I’m baffled why Obama doesn’t go with “0-8” Bob Shrum to manage his campaign.