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From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Local Development Environment: Apache, PHP, and MySQL with Homebrew

OS X 10.10 Yosemite comes with Apache and PHP pre-installed, but it's not in a great configuration, requires root to make lots of changes, and can introduce issues with file ownership and permissions. We prefer to use Homebrew to avoid these problems and because it's easier to keep up to date with newer versions of each component and extend customization. We can also set things up to be fully automatic so you can create new websites locally without needing to edit any configuration files. Read on for our tutorial on settings this up in Yosemite.


Sites that make you go "Oooh"

I have found two very cool sites in the last few days that have monoplized a good amount of my time - so if I owe you a phone call or something, apologies.


My first Blog post

Two short months ago, I was a normal twenty-something who survived the work day by listening to NPR and checking Then along came EchoDitto. By the end of the first day I found myself slipping phrases like "beta testing" in casual happy hour conversation.


Michael Silberman's picture

Spreading jam on sliced bread: contest launches!

Terrance asks if we remember the last good idea to come out of Washington. Well, it's a good question — 'cause I certainly can't think of any, and it looks like I'm not alone...


"A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life."

Yesterday I ventured over to the Arlington County Public Library after work. As a self-professed bookworm, I have been to hundreds of public libraries


Liveblogging Al Gore at the We Media Conference

10:00 am - New York City: OK. So Al Gore is speaking. (Yeah, yeah.


Liveblogging Bill O'Reilly's "Worst of the Web"

So I found myself watching Fox News at 11:30pm and was surprised to see a Very Special O'Reilly Factor about The Worst of the Web...looking deep into the dark heart of websites that are out to DESTROY people with whom they disagree!


Happy Blog-aversary to Me

It's rolled around again. It was two years ago today that I started my blog. Had I known it would go on this long, I'd have written something more in that first post.


Just desserts for DeLay

There was a buzz around the EchoDitto office yesterday when Tom DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury on one count of conspiring to violate Texas state campaign finance law.


Michael Silberman's picture

MobileActive Convergence

Toronto -- I'm here for MobileActive, which is shaping up to be one of the best conferences i've ever attended -- billed as "the first global strategy meeting of activists using mobile phones in campaigns and public interest work." No boring panels, just


Blogging From the Base of the Long Tail

I finally took some time to read Peter Daou's -- of Salon.Com's Daou Report --latest essay on the limitations of political blogging.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: