Weblogging or blogging is a relatively new phenomenon, and an interesting decentralized social commentary and information propagation network. It has earned itself both accolades and criticism.
Blogging grew out of online journals and diaries, of people simply documenting their day, or covering interesting things they had read on the web. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogging) offers the following definition: ?A weblog, or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic, reverse chronologically-ordered posts on a common web page. Such a web site would typically be accessible to any Internet user. Part of the reason ?blog? was coined and commonly accepted into use is the fact that in saying ?blog?, confusion with server ?log? is avoided. Blogs run from individual diaries to arms of political campaigns, media programs and corporations, and from one occasional author to having large communities of writers. The totality of weblogs or blog-related webs is usually called the blogosphere?.
Big Gun: Don Marti go_open Episode 2 on Saturday, 12 February 2005
Image Don Marti, a graduate of Indiana University, is Editor-in-Chief of Linux Journal. He is responsible for directing the editorial content of the magazine and its web site, LinuxJournal.com. He is best known for his outstanding support of the Linux community as a whole, and his community activism. Don helped organize Windows Refund Day and Burn All GIFs Day. He co-founded Electric Lichen, LLC, and joined VA Software (formerly VA Research) when it acquired his firm in 1999.
Open Source Means Business: Brett Strydom, Systems Engineer go_open Episode 2 on Friday, 11 February 2005
Image Brett Strydom is a young man who exemplifies the determination to overcome serious obstacles. Born a sighted child, at the age of 6 he contracted an extremely rare degenerative eye disease. He was afflicted with blindness when the retinas of both his eyes became detached. At the start of his High School career, Brett developed what can only be described as a ?passion? for computers, and ?nagged? his family until everybody chipped in and bought him an IBM286. The fact that it wasn?t adapted to accommodate his special requirements didn?t deter him: he made a plan, as they say, and began a course of Computer Studies. Eventually, he acquired a Braille keyboard, and went on to study full-time at Wits, where he got a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Maths. Read more...
What is hot: Drive By Internet go_open Episode 2 on Thursday, 10 February 2005
Image We all know that to connect to the Internet, you need a telephone line and a modem, a satellite uplink, or some other means of tapping into 'the Net'. Unfortunately, in South Africa, the necessary telecommunications infrastructure is not always there to tap into. About a third of South Africans don't have a phone line, and roughly 88% of schools in the Northern Province lack an Internet connection. Telkom has promised to make access available to rural schools, but even where such access exists, the associated fees can be prohibitively expensive. Read more...
Geek of the Week:Alastair Otter go_open Episode 2 on Monday, 07 February 2005 ALASTAIR OTTER ? TECTONIC. He has been a journalist for a number of years, more specifically in running on-line news sites. Alastair has a passion for open source and is regarded as a local hero. His most recent project is an on-line news site dedicated to free and open source software (FOSS). Alastair shares his views on open source in South Africa and the role the media has played.