One of the mottos of iLOVEprodos.COM is:
Shop! Learn! Leap! Love!
Not only will this site be an online shopping mall offering products and services which I personally recommend, it will also include 4 “Zones”.
I’ve just commissioned Israel-based Linux technician, Guy Cohen, who has repaired my server in the past – and has been very effective – to monitor and maintain the PRODOS server for the month of October.
Thanks to a donation from Sydney Kendall for making this possible.
Last week Guy set up a script that is currently blocking about 5 “brute force attacks” on my server every day.
If you’ve noticed greater speed, smoothness, and reliability using PRODOS project sites lately, it’s all due to Guy’s work.
A few days ago I received 15,000 spams.
Since that day, the amount dropped to “just” 3,700 per day.
Yesterday I hired a Linux expert to trouble-shoot my server and plug up several security holes in it since it was apparent to me that the spam was being launched via my own server.
I used this same Linux expert about a month ago because my server was periodically crashing. In fact it crashed every time I brought a new domain or subomain online.
He found that the cause was spam being sent into my system and overloading it. Since he fixed this problem all PRODOS websites have been working much faster and smoother and I’ve had no server crashes.
Over the past few years my server has crashed near every ICD (International Capitalism Day).
Just finished recording an interview with Dr Andrew Bernstein about his new book, The Capitalist Manifesto.
This should be available online at PRODOS.COM within the next couple of days.
With my wife, this evening I attended an Australian Adam Smith dinner meeting featuring a talk by lawyer, Julian Burnside, arguing against the proposed ID card being put forward by the Howard Government.
He raised many important issues and presented his case very clearly and openly. I disagreed with a lot of his arguments against the ID card (even though I am currently neither for nor against it), but I (and everyone there) enjoyed the discussion quite a lot.
My friend, Tim Warner, who is one of the key organisers of the Adam Smith Club meetings, a regular attendee at both my Discover Capitalism™ and Free Market Roundtable meetings raised some very good points about the nature of privacy and how it relates to owning one’s own life.
On Saturday, October 1, I’ll be setting up an information table on the corner of Church Street and Bridge Road for the Richmond South Branch of the Liberal Party of Australia, of which I’m a member.
I’ve been a member of the Liberal Party for about 18 months.
On Monday, July 11, 2005 I won the Australian Adam Smith Club Achievement Award
… for his continued work to further the understanding
of free markets and support of individual liberty through
his campaigns such as Celebrate Capitalism ™ and
Discover Capitalism ™ and to honour his dedication
and unstinting efforts to promote freedom around the
world through International Capitalism Day …
I’ll post some pics from it soon.
Most Tuesday nights here in Melbourne I organize and chair a discussion group called Discover Capitalism™
The idea is to discuss, debate, explore, celebrate – the inspiring ideas and accomplishments of history’s greatest Creative Heroes, plus some of our favorite thinkers and activists for freedom, creativity, and prosperity (while you dine and drink), including:
I have just gotten a copy of Winston Churchill’s second most rare book: FOR FREE TRADE.
First published in 1906, it’s a collection of his speeches defending free trade.
The Free Market Roundtable will be creating an e-text of this book. It’s about 175 pages long.
I’ve set up a test site for the Eurekapedia™ which will be an “Encyclopedia of Creative Heroes”.
It will only include historic (non-living) creative heroes.
It will include creative heroes from every field, including entrepreneures, composers, scientists, educators, inventors, sculptors, explorers, etc.
The PRODOS Thinking Club currently provides non-profit “by-donation” worksops in the Constructive and Lateral Thinking methos of Dr Edward de Bono in Melbourne every Monday night.
For a long while I’ve been planning to also provide free online tutorials on this.
The tutorials have started and then ground to a standstill several times, unfortunately.
Now that the live workshops are moving along nicely, I feel optimistic that the online tutorials will be able to get going soon.
A few months ago I worked with a coder on creating a “user management system” at MY.PRODOS.org
The idea of the MY.PRODOS system is that you create a MY.PRODOS account and can use the username, password, and other details to register for almost all other PRODOS projects.
If you change your email address, you log in to your MY.PRODOS account and when you enter your new email address it will update it for ALL the PRODOS projects you are registered to.
Unfortunately, the previous coder was unable to continue working on this system and it languished for several months.
Last week I commissioned a new coder to continue working on it.
He’s given a timeline of 60 days to complete the system.
The MY.PRODOS system will integrate (tie together) nearly ALL the various web-based PRODOS projects: Message boards, campaign websites, blog systems, mailing lists, etc.
I have spent several days comparing commercial and open source message board scripts to be used for several PRODOS forums.
Test sites were created to try out phpBB and FUDforum
I worked with 3 different coders to install these scripts and try out a variety of modifications. The two most important features I need are: Moderation Queue and Email notification of new messages delivered in an attractive manner.
There are other features which are important, but these two were MOST important.
phpBB is by far the leader in terms of number of users and installable modifications. However, I decided to go with the much plainer presentation.
The reason is that the functions that are most important to me are standard features in FUDForum, but they are Beta status add-ons with phpBB that still need further development.
I’ve also been comparing two commercial message board scripts: Invision Power Board and vBulletin. The providers run fully functional onine demos.
Both are outstanding scripts and both do everything I need.
I tested them out, read many articles and forum discussions about both.
I’ve decided to set up “The 1776″ using Invision. But I would have been equally happy to have gone with vBulletin.
I’ll be moving a whole bunch of forums that are currently using Mailman email lists (run via prodoscope.com) to message board format.
The big forums will be powered by Invision Power Board. The smaller ones by FUDForum.
Texas based writer and US Marine, Craig Ceely, was recently announced as the Editor of the forthcoming Capitalism Worldwide™ magazine, which will be the official online magazine of the Celebrate Capitalism™ campaign.
I was hoping to have the 1st issue ready for September 11, 2005, but there’s still more preparation to do.
There is no official date of commencement at this stage.
I will be setting up The1776.org as a discussion board (also known as a “message board”)
It is currently a list located on a server @ http://prodoscope.com
The new discussion board will be installed and configured this week.
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