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Michael McCallister
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Defending the Open Internet requires challenging corporations AND governments.
We all deserve access to the real open Internet. Stand with people around the world demanding Zuckerberg's Internet.org stop restricting access to the net.
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Nothing new here that's earthshaking, but progress nonetheless. I agree with the overview:

"WordPress is continuing the trend of improving upon its existing systems. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this is a welcome direction and I think the only one which will lead to the longevity of the project as a whole."
WordPress 4.2 is due to be shipped next week and includes a bunch of new features. Here's our round-up of what to expect in the new release, including screenshots and a bit of history behind the features-as-plugins.
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Discovered by way of +Chris Guillebeau and  "The Art of Non-Conformity." This post by +Laura Vanderkam  is partly about the weirdness of generating (and receiving) freelance income, but overall keeps a hopeful and confident tone. As I often say, "It will work out." Sometimes I even believe it!
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(Rant coming): While I suppose it's a good thing that 1 in 3 WordPress sites now run the latest version (4.1) as opposed to 1 in 10, the numbers really have to be closer to 3 in 3. Anyone who wants to complain about security problems in WordPress and isn't updating the software regularly is just wrong, wrong, wrong.

So go check your site now! I check my site for updates once a week (and whenever I post). Good habit to get into.
Over the weekend, WordPress lead developer Andrew Nacin announced a major update to WordPress version stats for PHP, MySQL, and WordPress. While the stats page looks much the same as before, more s...
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Latest "Notes from the Metaverse": Where I hope the Internet Social Forum realizes its goals. The fight over Internet governance should ultimately focus on "One Netizen, One Vote," where all Netizens are well informed.
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Plasma 5 will spend the next week or so in QA before becoming the default Tumbleweed desktop. Always good to NOT rush a release!
 
Status of the move to Plasma 5 as default in Tumbleweed. 

The last few weeks the KDE community team together with the Factory Maintainers have  been working hard to get everything in place to switch Tumbleweed to a new default Desktop: Plasma 5. 

In order to get this change done, we needed to update the patterns, ensure the correct upgrade path for the KDE Applications and most importantly change the tests on openQA, so that it can actually test a Plasma 5 environment. 

The current status is that the patterns have been changed and the required openQA changes have been submitted upstream. As soon as these openQA changes have been accepted, a final QA test needs to be done on the Plasma5 staging area before all the packages can be accepted into Tumbleweed. My expectation is that this will not happen before the 2nd half of next week (or even later in case of errors in the tests). 

The KDE repositories have already been rearranged to reflect the changes that were made in KDE upstream (Frameworks, Plasma, Applications) and you can find the new layout on the KDE Repositories page on the openSUSE wiki (https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:KDE_repositories). 

As soon as there is more news I will update you through this channel.
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Post w/slides: Sharing Platform Goodness with Independent Writers of Chicago

I had a terrific time with the Independent Writers of Chicago last week. What a lively group! They took my instructions that this was an interactive presentation to heart. Folks were so engaged, and asked so many questions, I barely got halfway through my…
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"So we thought we’d offer a new measure by running a poll, which we’re asking you to take. The purpose (of) this unscientific poll isn’t to replace other established metrics, such as the DistroWatch rankings, but merely to add another measure to the mix.... Our poll will run through 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, March 18th and we’ll publish the results the next day."
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+Suzette Franck at +WebDevStudios notes that the WordPress community is quite exemplary in involving women. Other tech companies and communities should take note. There's still more to do, though. Good ideas!
There's a dearth of women in tech, but there are female figures in WordPress changing the game. Here's Suzette on empowering women in WordPress...
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It's two weeks into the new year, and +Rochelle Melander, the Write Now Coach, is concerned about how you're feeling about your writing resolutions. If you're already mad about your lack of progress, she says: Don't worry about what you haven't done -- focus on what's next.

Truer words were never spoken/written. Three great quotes here too.

Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? —L.M. Montgomery. How are you doing with those New Year's resolutions? Have you had difficulty keeping all of them? Or, like me, did you simply postpone making them? Fear not. I have a plan for those of us who've ...
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You're welcome +Rochelle Melander !
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Michael McCallister writes mostly about technology and software. I live in an industrial suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When not writing, I watch baseball in the summer, football in the fall. I don't read enough fiction, but read a fair amount of history and current-events material. 
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Published "Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules" (BenBella, May 2014) with +Carole Jelen. Coming down the road: "Ubuntu Touch: Using the Ubuntu OS on your Smartphone or Tablet." Older stuff: Wrote "openSUSE Linux Unleashed"; Co-Author, "WordPress in Depth"; #57 in 2012 MindTouch list of "most influential in TechComm and Content Strategy."
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