As you may be well aware, this blog doesn’t get the focus and attention that is deserves, it has become a (still nice) collection of travel narratives with some technical posts randomly interjected. As of now, that will end. I am going to refocus this into a travel/personal blog for friends and family to keep abreast of my doings around this small blue ball we call Earth and will keep technical musings out. “Where?”, one might ask will they be able to go to find the deep technical insight (ha) and the clarity of current technical issues; the answer is my new blog Security Counterpoint, where I will diligently muse and report on happenings in the security landscape from my perspective.
A few days ago, I received an email from IBM mainframe global PR team, which was starting a grass-roots PR campaign using bloggers to announce IBM mainframe related news. They didn’t specify much about their program, only asking for a URL to my blog, which I responded with. The other day, I received another email from them, with a post I should put on my blog, extolling the virtues of IBM mainframes and their educational programs. Needless to say, I was rather disgusted that IBM wanted to use my blog (which doesn’t get much traffic anyways) to get free publicity. The point of blogging in my opinion is to diseminate as many varied opinions as possible to provide readers with as much choice as possible. Using the blogosphere to market their mainframes is an abuse of the bloggers, and is an attempt to bend the independant voices of internet users around the world to corporate America’s will.
Obviously I will not be posting their pre-written PR statement, and I urge all bloggers who have thoughtlessly posted IBMs statements to rethink why they are blogging and perhaps add their own opinion to the fray.
Peace and chow,
Yesterday I migrated my blog to WordPress, as LifeType was outdated and pretty buggy. While I liked LifeType, it’s nice to be using a more standard blogging software that supports all the latest APIs. The transition was simple, I merely installed WordPress, and then set LifeType to publish all my posts in it’s RSS feed, which I had WordPress import. WordPress was smart enough to add the posts and categories from my old blog.
Peace and chow,