... since the beginning of the Internet

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Jan 1, 2015

LinkedIn network and mobile sites

All the sites belonging to this network – excluding this one and Intranet – have been set to forward posts to LinkedIn. The task is accomplished by means of the Jetpack plugin from Automattic (Wordpress' company), while The New Blog Times and NIBBLE are using Add Link To Facebook plugin.

Besides this, all sites are now mobile device compatible: The New Blog Times and NIBBLE have been upgraded with WPTouch Pro theme, which allows a seamless, dynamic interaction with mobile devices; IK∅MHG HAM Radio site is using a responsive theme from Automattic.

May 27, 2014

Advertising and social again

As explained by Marco V. Principato, most readers won’t seem to deserve special attentions regarding privacy. During time, most of them revealed that privacy – the real one – does not matters as it should.

Hosting providers are expensive, so it’s useful to earn something. None of us wants to enrich by means of advertising or social networking: the only need is to get some bucks to pay hosting charges.

Here’s why after a long time without ads and social integration, we have again widgets and buttons and why we switched again on some advertising circuits. They track you, we know. But there is absolutely no tracking activity from us, rest assured. By the way, you get the same tracking when you head up to the vast majority of the other Internet sites, so you already know what you get.

Sep 10, 2013

What «think before writing means»

In our philosophy, we do not write just because there is need to write. We write when one of us feels the need to do it. That means: when there are ideas, critics, analysis, suggestions, discussions or facts really deserving time and efforts to write them down.

This does not mean that our writings will necessarily start a conversation (in the form of comments or social networks interactions). It can happen, but it has no obligation to happen.

We do not write with keywords, search engines and SEO in mind. We do not agree with the global imperialism of search engines, whose diktat, if obeyed, would force every netizen to speak, write and publish according with search engines’ language and rules, rather than with their own language. We rather write to reach readers’ minds, to let them – and not search engines – understand sentences and concepts.

We totally ignore mechanisms like Google’s PageRank. Once upon a time, PageRank was a smart, intelligent way to classify. Today it is just a (residual) business way to classify sites with a number. And this number can be the borderline between your site’s life and its death: if you plan your site’s life in a way that makes it depend from how many times your site is found and clicked among the first results, then your site’s life depends from Google (or other similar giants) in a way that you can barely control. Because those giants won’t tell you the rules behind those mechanisms. They change those rules whenever they want, and it’s up to you to redo from start all optimizations to get again well listed on those SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages).

Certainly, Google is today the fastest, smartest, cheapest and easiest way to search the Internet. All Google’s web properties are outlined to be a big business. But for them, not for you. Here’s why we really think to readers, and not to search engines, when writing. At the same time we obviously work hard to keep our pages clean, plain and easily understandable. But when it comes to search engines, it is our policy to let them have the total charge to scan, index and list informations correctly. We think that they should adapt themselves to our sites, outlined according with our brains, and not the contrary.

Sep 12, 2013

Once upon a time...

Several years ago, Marco V. Principato had a real network connection to the Internet. That connection was outlined to be reliable: there were 2 different G-SHDSL based connections.

The main line was a bi-directional 2 Mbps dedicated line with a 16 IP addresses subnet. As a failover line, initially there was one more bi-directional 2 Mbps HDSL dedicated line with its own 16 IP addresses subnet. As it was too expensive, it has been replaced with a  bi-directional, 1 Mbps G-SHDSL line, also with its own 16 IP addresses subnet (see image on the right, click it to enlarge).

Both subnets were regularly delegated (RFC2317) and there were 3 different DNSes to serve them up, one Web server and two mail servers. There were also a NAGIOS based server to perform network monitoring tasks and several other computers, for a total of 11 online machines. All of these were in a dedicated, air conditioned room in Marco V. Principato’s house. See this image for the main communication rack.

Those were gold times. Today such configurations would be way too expensive and not fast enough. In the meantime, dedicated hosting service became cheaper and more reliable. Here’s why all those systems and connections have been removed.

But the activity is still going. It relies on external, dedicated hosting but still runs two Intranet servers (of course not available on the public Internet), where several automated processes are still in charge of taking care of backups, site testing, site modifications and so on.

When it comes to deal with MVPNetwork‘s, you’re not dealing with kids, or newbies, or just geeks. You’re dealing with passionate people having a “professional” form of addiction. That form of addiction means study, analysis and deep comprehension of scenaries and theories behind the ICT world.