Web 2.0 doesn’t exist

Well, the expression exists. There it is: “Web 2.0”. But as a concept, it’s almost like talking about “Onion 2.0” just because you now do pickles differently.

I remember Andrew Keen and his position regarding this phenomena. His criticism is totally valid as long as you start with assuming that “Web 2.0” actually exists. The name itself invokes criticism. Put aside this assumption and you’ll find yourself actually talking about criticizing large scale mediocrity and large scale deification of mediocrity,  which is historically unprecedented.

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I freakin’ hate Javascript!

Wait, I actually freakin’ loathe it! And since I’m currently and unintentionally involved in a big project demanding JS, all my old hatred shall spill in this post. That or I’ll just go out in the streets screaming like a lunatic.

I’ve worked with most of the great languages, loved some, liked some, disliked some, but Javascript – now there’s an absolutely horrific story of hate at first sight. Never in my entire programming career have I come so close to smashing the computer and/or my own head than when I had to deal with prodigious complexity in Javascript.

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Slappa Velocity Matrix Laptop Backpack Review

I needed a laptop backpack to slap(pa) around my brand new 17 inch Dell Studio 1735 and being such a thorough consumer, you know, the kind that drives shop staff crazy with endless question, I absolutely had to do some thorough research on the topic.

Laptop backpack versus laptop bag

If you move around a lot and don’t care much about that business look that the laptop bag bestows upon you (at least you think so, with your imitation leather crappy bag), the backpack is definitely the way to go. Easier to fill with things, easier to carry when heavy. The only downsides to backpacks are the poor accessibility when you have them on (you have to strip them off to go inside) and the fact that a lot of them are not designed for real urban business style, with their sometimes flashy colors and bulky metal things all over them. I also found that 17 inch laptop backpacks are kind of hard to find, they’ll be more widespread along with the increase in popularity of 17 inch laptops.

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RSS fluxes

Per author RSS flux

On Netarhia, each author has his/her own personal RSS flux, containing only his/her writings. Just an extra-feature for better exposure, does not require any tweaking or particular attention on your side.

Global RSS flux: Netarhia Hyperflux

It is the flux containing all writings on Netarhia, by all authors. Just the same, you need not worry about it, it’s automatically generated.

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Article management

Login

Obviously, you won’t be able to create, publish/unpublish, edit, delete or group articles, unless you are connected to the system. So register an account, or login if you’re already registered.

Creating a new article

  • simply click “[Write]” in the main menu or anywhere you are invited to write stuff

OR

  • click “Write a reply!” or other similar links you may find, to post a full scale reply to the article you’ve just read

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Comments

Comments to your articles

As you’re already accustomed on the world wide web, nowadays pretty much everything can (and will) be commented on, on the same medium, and you writings are no exception. The good news is that you have total control over comments on your works and over visitors that post those comments on your Netarhia writings. Comments on your articles and books, and even on your profile are enabled by default.

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Replies

Replying is democracy

Netarhia offers a not-so-common replying system, which is only partly innovative, it’s more of a twist of things that are already there on the today’s web, and its originality gains substance expressly within the whole of Netarhia: a democratic, yet controlled platform dedicated to publishing content by multiple authors.

Put simply, feedback to what is being writen should not be limited to mere comments on the author’s page or linkbacks. Anyone possesing the interest, patience and dedication to approach the same topic, even using the reversed angle, should get the opportunity to express such thoughts in a perfectly egalitarian environment: such potential web author should be able to write a full scale reply on the same website, using the same tools, in the same conditions, with the same restrictions – the online democracy at its peak.

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Link-backs

Short version

Those funny looking comments you may find on your pages, with the author having a small icon to the left, those are pingbacks. You’re able to moderate them just like you would any ordinary comments.

After you’ve published an article, just hit “Ping!” in the article admin interface. Have no fear. That’ll just send pings to all links in your article (actually, to certain pages of all servers hosting content that you have linked to, but stop… this is the “short version”, after all).

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Editorialist

The editorialist

The editorialist is that special author that gained the right to have his/her articles posted on Netarhia’s homepage, as excerpts and as links in specific categories (“Top authors”, “Best”, “Most read” etc.).

Becoming editorialist

Write a minimum of 10 quality articles (we mean “quality” other than the quality of not being bad enough to be banned). Upon seeing such marvelous thing, one of the administrators, filled with sentiments of joy and respect will press a button, which in turn will set some bits and you’ll be promoted to the editorialist status. This is the democratic way, for those that need to convince. For selected writers, proving their quality and, more importantly, their common sense end character, so that we’ll be certain they will not abuse the system, there is the fast-track: editorialist after first article, if so requested. But don’t put your hpoes on the fast-track pathway…

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FAQ

1. Why would I write stuff on your website?

Because: Free advertising. If not, just because you can freely spread your ideas, critiques etc.. If not, don’t. No worries.

2. I’m a webmaster, writing to promote my website. You got PR 0. What gives?

Think again. Harder.

3. Why is there a minimum of characters per article?!

If you just want to throw a link on some site, take your pick from the infinity of web directories out there or risk it on some forums. If you want to be special, insert that link within a minimum of relevant content, of superior quality, in a place that not only does not forbid you to advertise, but even encourages it as long as it’s done in a civilized fashion. What more do you want?

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