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Michael McCallister
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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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Excited to share a story I wrote for the +WPMU DEV blog.

You'll learn about the reasons for and history of Remote Process Calls in WordPress and other blogging platforms. You'll also learn how to protect your site if you happen to like some of the tools that use XML-RPC.

It's not a fear-mongering story, with some practical advice, and a look to the not-too-distant future when the WordPress REST Application Programming Interface fixes this problem. Go check out the story. Participate in the discussion. Share the link with your networks. Let me know what you think, too.
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Is this a new use for rel=author? Are we now "verified individuals"?
The search giant has a new feature that allows verified individuals to create short posts that show up in a special search carousel
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+Rupert Wood I don't have time to moderate communities that are no longer relevant. 
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Nice piece from a veteran Python developer on how best to help devs deal with burnout. While +Ian Murdock​ may have been a little beyond hugs, I couldn't help but think of him when reading this.

How I stay happy making open source software - Or, what you can do to help make OSS contributors feel appreciated
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KNOW YOUR MAGAZINES
These two headlines showed up in my mailbox within minutes of each other:

WIRED: Tesla's Model X Is Here - and It's as Awesome as We Hoped
http://www.wired.com/2015/09/tesla-model-x-suv-reveal-specs-price

Grist: The new Tesla SUV is perfect for paranoid billionaires who care about the climate
http://grist.org/article/the-new-tesla-suv-is-perfect-for-paranoid-billionaires-who-care-about-the-climate/
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This is a wonderful piece from +John McPhee on writing, editing, and What to Leave Out. But my favorite quote here has nothing to do with that:

"Forget market research. Never market-research your writing. Write on subjects in which you have enough interest on your own to see you through all the stops, starts, hesitations, and other impediments along the way."
Credit Illustration by Tamara Shopsin
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+Michael McCallister Of course, he didn't mention Twitter! Green one line, and you're no longer on Twitter. :)
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If you're a compulsive updater like I am, and an openSUSE KDE user as well, read this post from +Luca Beltrame before you update Friday.
 
Heads-up if you're using the KDE:Unstable:Applications #openSUSE  repository: we changed the version format of almost all packages there, to ensure that we have time and git revision hash in their version string (since they're snapshots) to ease debugging. 

From tomorrow, if you want to update from there, "zypper up" will likely not update everything on the first time due to this change. Therefore, you need to run 

zypper dup --from <your KDE:Unstable:Applications repo name>

This assumes you use all applications from there. If you aren't, force installation of  packages of your interest from YaST or issue

zypper in -f -r <KDE:Unstable:Applications repo name> <packagename>
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"Structured writing is not about assisting the machine. It is about enlisting the machine to assist the writer." +Mark Baker on the Semantic Web as augmented intelligence.

There's a bunch of good and interesting ideas here. Need to catch up on this +TechWhirl series.
If computers have gotten so good at reading language, why do we need structured writing? Mark Baker's case that quality means machines should assist writers.
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Excited to see Leap in action!
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Worthwhile piece. Very much like the "What, So What, and What Next" classifications. The latter two used to come under the "Feature" category, but writers who help us understand the world are intensely valuable.
The site made two major innovations.
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This is a wonderful piece from on writing, editing, and What to Leave Out. But my favorite quote here has nothing to do with that:

"Forget market research. Never market-research your writing. Write on subjects in which you have enough interest on your own to see you through all the stops, starts, hesitations, and other impediments along the way."

Don't ever forget this!
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A quick summary (courtesy of +audioBoom and +The Guardian)  of today's announcement by Dr. Jim Green. The news is amazing and genuinely awesome!
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Very interesting (un)conference idea. Methinks it should spread around the country...
NPR's Linda Holmes delivered the keynote at the annual unconference, trying to find hope in the content chaos.
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