Plenty of members in the blogger community are discussing this important topic. I am all for aggregating content to make people find information easier for how they use the web. The issue is that most of the blogger content is protected by copyright. That is sacred. Being a published author, this topic is sensitive for me. Very early in my consulting career, I was on a project where a consultant working for a competing firm and from a country that had few protections for the written word, borrowed the training material from a Lotus class paid for by the customer. He then went around to all of the other customers asking who wanted a copy. I declined. He then asked my trainer who was a CLI. She gave him an attitude adjustment and went to the client. Being a man of integrity, the client immediately saw the issue and fixed the problem. The point is that we take our protections of published work seriously here. For someone to disrespect the author's wishes for how their information is to be disseminated is shameful.
Another aspect is of the marketing on the site. Do the vendors know that the content on the site is being provided in a manner that is questionable in character? I would guess, and this is conjecture on my part, but most are probably sold on the concept sans seeing the site. If there were involved early on, then most definitely, in my opinion. Curious how the sponsors would respond if they knew there name was appearing adjacent to potentially illegally published content. If the business owner has integrity, I would think the advertising revenue stream would dry-up quickly. But that is a guess on my part, knowing nothing about LotusLearns particular arrangements therein.
If the CEO of LotusLearns chooses to publish the works from blog sites, then that is fine, so long as she provides attribution. If the author published the information as copyleft, then there is no issue. In grade school, most domestic children were taught that if you use another resource other than your own in your report, research, review, or other writing, you must provide a bibliography, reference page, or footnote section to properly cite your sources. It is sad to contemplate that school children have more sense of responsibility than some adults. To take --- without permission --- what is not one's and publish as one's own is dishonorable, illegal, and equates to cheating, in my opinion (I state this as such as I am not an attorney, nor do I disseminate legal opinions--just my perspective).
Would it really be that much harder for LotusLearns to append either as a prefix or suffix, a proper cite reference for her content? If you consider all of the community heat that site is going to take with its approach, plus all the time the LotusLearns CEO will spend defending its actions, it would be a better use of her and everyone else's time if she would just put the URL, source article name, and blog title for each post. That builds goodwill, earns respect and would make a potentially useful site an asset in our community.
Running Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu x64
Thu, Apr 11th 2013 6:17a Bill Malchisky Jr. Adobe Acrobat Reader is i386 code that needs one i386 library file --- when installed on an x64 OS --- omitted with the native x64 installation of Ubuntu 12.x. As such, you'll see this error. To fix the issue, run this command From here you'll see this window, which will flow into several screens of files being unpacked and then installed. It's quite a lot. When finished though, Acrobat will run. The process continues with suggested packages and alerting the end-user t [read] Keywords: linux
Some Fun at BLUG
Thu, Mar 28th 2013 7:14a Bill Malchisky Jr. Our illustrious BLUG organizer Theo Heselmans had a surprise for us. During a special event for the speakers and sponsors, he arranged for a Dutch artist to arrive and sketch caricatures for anyone invited. As I recall, there were 31 completed in about three hours (plus time for a couple of breaks). So the artist named, Tice, worked tirelessly creating art. He had two LCD monitors setup, the second was facing the victim volunteer, so we each could see the picture evolve. I believe that Tice used [read] Keywords:
Train Tips for European Traveling
Wed, Mar 27th 2013 6:15a Bill Malchisky Jr. Train travel is fun and certainly exciting. You can easily get to anywhere with enhancements to the multi-country rail network in Europe. Here are a couple of tips (hardly plenary, I'll add) to aid you on your way. 1. Rail travel is expensive on mainland Europe (UK is quite reasonable comparatively); with the advent of cheap (for some travel situations) airfare like Easy Jet https://www.easyjet.com/ ,but if you have luggage you need to move around, it can be by far the easiest and most cost [read] Keywords: laptop
BLUG Slides Uploaded
Tue, Mar 26th 2013 6:15a Bill Malchisky Jr. After a fabulous event in Leuven, Belgium with BLUG 2013, I adjusted the deck to account for a few new morsels provided by IBM since the release of IBM Domino 9 (link in yesterday's post). I also provided the changes to the BLUG Team to ensure currency and consistency across versions. The slides are located in My Presentations section. Title: Infrastructure Fitness and Design Simplicity for IBM Mobile Connect Session ID: A13 Track: Administration Absolutely enjoyed the event and to be p [read] Keywords: administration
IBM Connect Slides Uploaded
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 7:10p Bill Malchisky Jr. I took some time today to update My Presentations page and insert the latest (updated) slides from my IBM Connect 2013 session. Title: Infrastructure Fitness and Design Simplicity for IBM Mobile Connect Session ID: BP406 Track: Best Practices Really enjoyed speaking once again with the Lotusphere/Connect team and working with René Winkelmeyer as well. Happy reading and enjoy the slides. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Great to meet some many people at IC13 this year t [read] Keywords: ibm
New Upgrade Tool in Fedora 18
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 6:14a Bill Malchisky Jr. Fedora 18 comes with a new upgrade tool entitled, FedUp. It allows you to perform system upgrades. You can also install it on Fedora 17 so that you can load the RPM there and then utilize the tool to get to version 18. This is a command line tool (CLI), which will download several to a lot of packages (depending upon your configuration), a new kernel, initrd, the will reboot the box to perform the final operations. Know that the code is new and may very well change before Fedora 18 is released. [read] Keywords: notes
A Difficult Change of Plans Regarding SkiLUG
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 5:14a Bill Malchisky Jr. This is the blog entry I never thought I would have to write. With apologies, SkiLUG 2013 is cancelled for this year. My team and I started planning SkiLUG 2013 during Lotusphere 2012 and garnered a lot of interest in what we were planning for the community. People from multiple time zones were excited. From that basis, we started immediately with finding a location and proceeding with all of the action items that one does when planning such an event. Things were going along well, until... H [read] Keywords: ibm