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Taking a break from politics today, I thought I should introduce our readers to some interesting new technologies that are “all the rage” right now.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed these small orange icons to the sides and corners of web pages.
Try to click one of the above, then return to this page.
Well, that’s strange, what does it mean?
It’s a file that stores part the entries of this blog and contains links and informations to the content here.
XML is a very good way to store information and there are a great multitude of tools with which to manipulate it. The particular format of this file is RSS.
Essentially, the file you just saw is called a “feed,” and is used by various applications to get to the content here. Feeds can store all sorts of informations, from blog entries, to audio and video media (also called podcasts).
That’s fine, but how does this affect me?
Feeds are a great way to keep in touch the blogs and sites you like. You can use bookmarks to achieve the same thing, but with this technology, these sites will tell you when they are updated. You can, with just one tool, check out news, podcasts or interesting articles from hundreds of sources. Once you’re using it, you will wonder how you ever managed without it. Such a tool is called an aggregator.
OK, tell me more
You don’t need to collect the individual files from the sites you visit, you can have a program do that for you. That program is called FeedReader. All you need to do is give FeedReader the links to the site that contains an RSS feed (such as: http://anarchy.wordpress.com), or the link to the feed itself (http://anarchy.wordpress.com/feed/).
That’s cool, but what if FeedReader breaks, a better reader comes along, or I have to re-install Windows? Will I have to go through the same tedious task of re-building my feed collection?
People already thought about that, readers can store their feed http addresses into a separate file, which you can use as a back-up, or you can give to other people (so they too would have access to them). Such a format is called OPML.
This is my OPML, for instance (just click the link “Download for free with FileFactory Basic”)
What do I do now?
Play with the menus for a few minutes to get a feel of the program. The interface is rather intuitive, so it should be a breeze to navigate. If you have some more questions, there is always the manual.
For a more in-depth look at all of this, you can check out this article by DeveloperWorks.
And that is the story, folks.
Have a nice time, as always. Fly away and spread the word!
Statist media is always entertaining. And how much more when I woke up this morning with a picture of the Hungarian Public Television in flames. Right there on EuroNews, in all its glory.
Unfortunately, no politicians were harmed during this footage.
“We f***ed up. Not a little, a lot,” Gyurcsany was heard saying. “No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have.”
“I almost died when for a year and a half we had to pretend we were governing. Instead, we lied morning, evening and night,” he told his fellow Socialists.
With a public deficit running at 10% of GDP, and a burgeoning welfare state, Hungary is not in an envyable position right now. If this is “pretended” governance, I shudder to think what real, meaningful governance looks like.
You cannot separate the concept of right from that of property, as Murray Rothbard puts it so eloquently:
LIBERALS GENERALLY WISH TO preserve the concept of “rights” for such “human” rights as freedom of speech, while denying the concept to private property.1 And yet, on the contrary the concept of “rights” only makes sense as property rights. For not only are there no human rights which are not also property rights, but the former rights lose their absoluteness and clarity and become fuzzy and vulnerable when property rights are not used as the standard.
In the first place, there are two senses in which property rights are identical with human rights: one, that property can only accrue to humans, so that their rights to property are rights that belong to human beings; and two, that the person’s right to his own body, his personal liberty,, is a property right in his own person as well as a “human right.” But more importantly for our discussion, human rights, when not put in terms of property rights, turn out to be vague and contradictory, causing liberals to weaken those rights on behalf of “public policy” or the “public good.” As I wrote in another work:
Take, for example, the “human right” of free speech. Freedom of speech is supposed to mean the right of everyone to say whatever he likes. But the neglected question is: Where? Where does a man have this right? He certainly does not have it on property on which he is trespassing. In short, he has this right only either on his own property or on the property of someone who has agreed, as a gift or in a rental contract, to allow him on the premises. In fact, then, there is no such thing as a separate “right to free speech”; there is only a man’s property right: the right to do as he wills with his own or to make voluntary agreements with other property owners.2
In short, a person does not have a “right to freedom of speech”; what he does have is the right to hire a hall and address the people who enter the premises. He does not have a “right to freedom of the press”; what he does have is the right to write or publish a pamphlet, and to sell that pamphlet to those who are willing to buy it (or to give it away to those who are willing to accept it). Thus, what he has in each of these cases is property rights, including the right of free contract and transfer which form a part of such rights of ownership. There is no extra “right of free speech” or free press beyond the property rights that a person may have in any given case.
(Many thanks to Adi and Ken for their editing of this article)
Patriotism as defined by M-W states:
“One who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests.”
That definition is quite an interesting statement. I would like to break down various aspects of patriotism to show that it is yet another bizarre example from the cult of government.