Hugh McGuire

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

Category: web

spybook, facesnoop

if you love facebook, you’ll love this: After seeing this, I decided not to import my blog into facebook anymore. I prefer not to give them unlimited and total rights & access to everything I write on my blog, thanks. UPDATE: cf. zura’s comment below, i am careful about what I would or would […]

Your Parliament is Copyrighted

They may be paid by Canadian citizens, and they may work for Canadian citizens, and letting citizens know what they say may legitimately be considered an important component of a functioning democracy … but no no no, you can’t post to the net vids of Candian politicians talking in Parliament, without getting PERMISSION FORM THE […]

pageoftext and recaptcha

Two great little aps: Page of Text Nice simple little aps are such a pleasure. Page of Text is a brilliant little wiki environment – so easy and clean. I’m not quite sure what it’s good for, but if you want a page of text on the net, without having to host anything or do […]


I think I’d better do a post on something other than US generals, so: I got an invite to, which looks to be a very cool project: Free + Database = Freebase It’s about film, sports, politics, music, science and everything else all connected together. Our contributors are collecting data from all over the […]

my barcamp presentation


scaling ruby on rails

I’ve had a few conversations lately with people about Ruby on Rails as a development framework. My understanding (as a non-programmer): “it’s a fantastic and flexible way to build a new webapp, but scaling might be an issue.” The Rails fans I know say, nonsense. Well, Twitter is apparently the busiest Rails site on the […]

globalvoices redesign

Boris (with help from Jer) has just launched the redesign of GlobalVoicesOnline, which: …aggregates, curates, and amplifies the global conversation online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore [more …] The site is jam packed with info from blogs all over the world, and this new design is much cleaner & […]

Democamp – Round-Up

I presented collectik last week at Montreal’s second Democamp. It was much bigger than I thought i would be – and there were more suity-looking folk than I expected. I guess there were about 100 people in the crowd to watch 5 of us present our projects. I showed off Collectik, and the other presentations […]

collectik @ democamp

I presented Collectik at Democamp Montreal#2 … a great evening and I got some really great response and feedback. Josh, at Yashlabs, has an excellent review of the event, including some vids. I’ll be posting more on this soonish, I hope. Austin hosted a great post-event cocktail party at his pad for presenters and an […]

redirect/.htaccess kungfu

Thanks to Evan for the .htaccess/redirect kungfu code. Thanks to Boris for the .htaccess/redirect kungfu implementation. Now if you follow a google link to the old dose, say: You should get redirected to the equivalent page on … google & other search-engines, apparently, will follow the links too. Now I will see if […]