I donated to Wikimedia

Again. 🙂

I use Wikipedia dozens of times a day. My most important internet resource.

Here’s the donation page.

Here’s an excellent list weighing the pros and cons of donating to Wikimedia.


the future of the NEWS

What will the most popular news sources of the future look like?

I’m hopeful for the soon to be launched Wikitribune.

Evidence-based journalism

People today mostly get their news from TV (not bad) and social media (terrible).

My favourite news source right now is Axios, just 6 months old.

Smart brevity.

Axios covers 7 areas: politics, tech, media trends, health, science, energy, and future of work (AI, robotics, etc.).

They want to deliver the cleanest, smartest, most efficient and trust-worthy experience for readers and advertisers alike.

It was founded by Mike Allen, former chief political reporter for Politico. I like Politico too, founded in 2007. And  Jim VandeHei.

John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei left The Washington Post to become The Politicos editor-in-chief and executive editor, respectively.

So … Washington Post begat Politico begat Axios.

If interested, start by signing up for any of the Axios email newsletters.



Battle For the Net

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.


Rick on web since Jan 19th, 2000

My first site was I-NeedtoKnow.com. Now defunct. That domain name cost me $75 / year, back in the day.



AdBlock or Adblock Plus?

I hate 99% of advertisements. All businesses that rely on advertising dread me.

Google and Facebook hate guys like me. Apple and Amazon don’t much care.

All companies should evolve to be less reliant on advertising. Micropayment are the best alternatives still, I think.

My online life is greatly enhanced with extensions that block advertising. Right now I have AdBlock installed on Safari. Adblock Plus installed in Chrome.

AdBlock vs. Adblock Plus: The Ultimate Comparison With Pros & Cons


I don’t really have much of a preference between the two.


WHY I switched from Bluehost to WordPress.com

Finally. All my sites are on WordPress.com. Happy. Happy. 🙂

WordPress.com is a blog web hosting service provider owned by Automattic and powered by the open source WordPress software.

This website provides free blog hosting for registered users and is financially supported via paid upgrades, “VIP” services and advertising. …

Registration is not required to read or comment …

Some notable clients include CNN, CBS, BBCReuters, Sony, Fortune.com and Volkswagen. It is estimated that more than 40% of internet bloggers use WordPress as their publishing platform. ..

Click PLAY or see how it works on YouTube.

I’ve been sending money to Bluehost every month for years. It is still rated one of the best hosts though I’ve been dissatisfied from the start.

Bluehost sites frequently go down.

When you inquire why, they blame the customer. 😦

Seems Bluehost is unable to keep servers shared by many people secure. WordPress.com has almost never been hacked.

One guy at Bluehost is super. Matt Greenwood <mattgreenwood@bluehost.com> If you MUST host on a for profit server, I’d recommend you contact him.

WordPress.com is by far the best of the free web hosting services. I do pay for some add-on services with WordPress.com. Happy to support that excellent company

I'm recommending WordPress.com, not WordPress.org
I’m recommending WordPress.com, not WordPress.org

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org – What’s the Difference?


watching Mr. Robot

Quite good. So far. I like the dysfunctional lead character. And the Tech perspective.

Mr. Robot is an American drama–thriller television series …

It stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. Alderson is recruited by an insurrectionary anarchist known as “Mr. Robot”, played by Christian Slater, to join a group of hacktivists. …

Mr. Robot has received widespread acclaim from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 96% with an average score of 8 out of 10 based on 55 reviews. It set a record on Rotten Tomatoes as the only show to earn perfect episode scores for an entire season since the site began tracking television episodes. …


Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.