Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: technology

defensio anti-spam

I’ve been using the Defensio anti-spam plugin on here for a couple of weeks now. I’m a happy man … and I believe it’s superior to the defacto wordpress spam blocker, Akismet. Why? 1. Defensio seems better at learning what’s spam and what’s not – and it admits its mistakes. there’s an nice little performance […]

videotron’s *online* hour restrictions

Videotron’s *online* account management service is unavailable from midnight to 5am. (Videotron is my ISP and mobile carrier). I thought this was strange, so I sent an email to them asking why. Here is the response: Thank you for having taken the time to write us. The on-line services on our web site at Vidé […] and the geo-restricted web

Michael Geist writes a worrying article about how the web is starting to look more and more like cable. Until recently, the Internet was precisely the opposite [of cable], offering unlimited user choice, continuous interactivity, and technological capabilities to copy and remix content. That is gradually changing as broadcasters seek to re-assert greater geographic control […]

launch of Defensio anti-spam

The enigmatic Mat Balez announces the official beta release of Defensio, a new anti-spam plugin for blogs: There’s a bunch of things to love about Defensio, including the ability to sort by “spaminess” (bubble those false positives up to the top of your spambox!), RSS feeds of your spam and ham, and individualized performance statistics. […]

teen podcasting

I’m watching a session at Podcamp Boston on teen podcasting, by kabren levinson of (started when he was 15, 2 years ago)… the intro was pretty interesting, about Kabren’s experience of NOT getting his session accepted in the original schedule (read his blog post here and the follow-up here… Podcamp, being run by good […]


With reference to this post, kara pointed me towards: Jumpcut, which is an application that provides “clipboard buffering” — that is, access to text that you’ve cut or copied, even if you’ve subsequently cut or copied something else. The goal of Jumpcut’s interface is to provide quick, natural, intuitive access to your clipboard’s history. Seems […]

twitter proves useful

Two recent examples: 1. it helped me find an accountant 2. it confirmed for me that dreamhost was acting crazy for others, not just me.

the most famous professor and his students

Michael Wesch of Kansas State University is probably the most famous university prof in the world, or at least he will be soon. Millions have read seen his articles videos in academic journals on Youtube, most famously, Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us, and more recently Information R/evolution. The latest looks at students […]

Ministry of Communication Limitations

… I refer to the big cellphone carriers as the “Soviet ministries.” Like the old bureaucracies of communism, they sit athwart the market, breaking the link between the producers of goods and services and the people who use them… From the wall street journal.

funny old post

for various reasons, I just landed on this page by Will Johnston, from August 17, 2004. thoughts on the ipod: This brings up a topic for discussion that I’ve been contemplating lately. What is the ‘hype’ with the iPOD about. Some say it’s the design, some say the memory capacity and others say it’s the […]