Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for August 15

Personal Telco gets some ink

Via the Personal Telco blog “The Willamette Week gave us some space in their ‘How to Live Cheap in Portland’ piece this week. I think it does a good job on the ‘modelling good behavior’ front and not being too much “these dudes will sprinkle the magic pixie dust on you (and give you free stuff)” that we sometimes see.”

Location Based Services: How is Shizzow Unique?

Jason Harris writes “Shizzow has one thing going for it: it knows business names, not just addresses. This is useful because I may want to broadcast that I’m at Starbucks on 4th street, but most LBS services will say, “Jason is as 214 4th Avenue”. Having the business name makes it easier for my friends to find me.”

Across the Wikiverse

Steven Walling writes “WikiWednesday is a meeting of all wiki folk on (usually) the first Wednesday of every month. As some of you may know, Portland has its very own WikiWednesday, hosted by AboutUs. For most of its history, it has been organized primarily through a Google group. But now, thanks to bountiful generosity of Ward Cunningham in providing the subdomain, we now have a wiki of our own at pdx.wiki.org.”

The DNS Bug: Why You Should Care

Via Linux Journal “Yes, the bug is that bad. Everyone should be paying attention to this one. Fortunately, most of the big sites out there have been patched, for now. But the current patch only buys us some time, it doesn’t actually fix the real problem.”

Blog Action Day 2008: Unite for Poverty by COLOURlovers

Via the COLOURlovers blog “Global issues like poverty are extremely complex. There is no simple, clear answer. By asking thousands of different people to give their viewpoints and opinions, Blog Action Day creates an extraordinary lens through which to view these issues. Each blogger brings their own perspective and ideas. Each blogger posts relating to their own blog topic. And each blogger engages their audience differently.”

Location Sharing Options (The response to the “What makes Shizzow unique?” post above)

Audrey Eschright writes “This week Portland added a new service to the location tracking options available. It’s called Shizzow, and it does a neat job of addressing the local Twitter crowd’s desire to see not just what others are doing, but where they’re hanging out (so we can stop by). I’ve been seeing a lot of people asking ‘How is this different than other services?’, and since I’m using most of them, here’s how things stack up for me.”