Monthly Archives: November 2012

Infected WordPress Installation

Zombie GirlWell, it looks like this site has managed to become infected with the “WordPress Pharma Hack” and I can’t seem to get rid of it.

If I can’t get rid of it soon I will abandon WordPress all together. I wish I could figure out why this has happened, but I just cannot see why.

I’ve followed this Pearsonified article on how to remove it, but I couldn’t find anything on my site that matches his recommendations. In the meantime I’ve removed every template and plugin I don’t need. I’m now using the default template, no other templates installed, and I’m down to a small set of plugins. I’m going to disable a bunch and see if that makes any difference.

Developer Reality Show?

Eat your own dog food.TechCrunch: “Where do I start? Does everyone in Silicon Valley look like Sarah Austin, Kim & Hermione? Are all the guys wasted and hung over like Dwight? Where are the Wozniaks and Jobses? I am absolutely sure there are smart plain or even ugly people who live and work there. Perhaps they are all kept in the basement hunched over their computers doing the hard work while the “beautiful people” have all the marketing and camera time.”

This is exactly what I predicted. It sounds like Bravo’s Start Ups:Silicon Valley is a complete disaster. The only thing Hollywood understands is itself, so they have to transform everything they do into something that looks like Hollywood. A land of disfunction and self absorption.

I don’t think a show about real developers would be all that interesting. Could you imagine a reality show with two grey beards, sitting back to back, nothing said to each other the entire day? No cat fights, no boys taking off their shirts and strutting around like peacocks, no brogrammers, just real software engineers, doing real work. It would bore you to tears, but at least it would be real.

Twitter as a photo sharing app?

NY Times [Bits Blog]: “According to one Twitter employee, the company’s V.I.T.’s, or Very Important Tweeters, as they are known internally, usually celebrities and media personalities, would be especially happy to see filters in the Twitter mobile apps. Most V.I.T.’s now use Instagram to take photos, and then share them on Twitter, where they often have a larger following.”

Twitter has some issues to solve to make itself a great site for photo sharing, but I think they have the infrastructure to make it work.

First off they acquired Posterous and have allowed the service to languish, but that infrastructure could be the basis of a photo sharing service, much like Instagram. I’m fairly certain it’s difficult to track down old pictures on Twitter because they archive old tweets and we can no longer see them in our timeline. First and foremost they need to fix that. That’s just a technology issue. They have smart folks, they can figure something out.

As for their mobile client what about buying Hipstamatic? I’d imagine since the layoff in August they may be open to talks? Again, this isn’t a real problem. Smart people will come up with great solutions.

Watch out! It's a blog fly!I think the biggest problem Twitter has is the idea that some people are more important than others. Hollywood, for some strange reason, has the eye of Twitter. Why? Movie stars aren’t important people. They’re just like us, nothing special. That is a real cultural problem.

Twitter was built on the backs of third party developers and all us everyday people. Since the VC’s have taken over the company the focus has been on the in crowd, which apparently, are Hollywood stars.

Where will Twitter be when the only people here are the stars and the advertisers?

If you’re looking for a social site supported by users please visit App.Net. It’s full of everyday people like you and me.