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Creative Commons

Actually I’ve written this article long time ago with the title Licensing Your Works
But seems like there are still some people do not really understand what is Creative Commons yet, so I will try to write again with more detail information, and I am going to make it as easy to understand as possible.
Some of the contents in this article will be quote from the Creative Commons website, as I think it would be the best to avoid delivering wrong information.

So, what is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is something like Copyright ©.
The difference is, things that is copyrighted with “Copyright ©” does not allow you to copy the contents and republish it else where.
If lets say you are running a website or a blog, or even make your photo albums available to the public on the Internet. You allow other people to share them all over the Internet, but you wanted to reserve your rights on these contents which people are sharing them all over the Internet. Then Creative Commons is something you need, instead of “Copyright ©”.

From the picture at above, you can see there are several icons. These are the icons of several rights you wanted impose on your works.

new layout

As you can see now, I had changed a bit on my blog’s layout. Not changed the whole theme…

There is some widgets removed and added 1 custom widget.
The reason why i removed some of these widget is because they are making the page load very show. Those widgets are off loading contents from other websites, and since it fetch stuffs from other website, it will take more time to load the whole page.

The widgets that is removed is as listed at below:
Censorship Rating
Although it did not slow down the site, but I think it is not that appropriate to put the censorship rank as G anymore as the words I used is far more gentle and polite. Yes, my words is damn fucking polite until you can say “mah chao hai!”
Garfield Of The Day
If you can remember, it is the daily Garfield comic updated daily and it is fetching the data direct from the official Garfield website. It does slow down the site a little bit, but not much. Anyway, it seems like not much people like to read Garfield comic, so I removed it and read myself.
Twitter Updates
This widget slow down the site damn fucking much. It slow the site down until like loading youtube video in this site. It fetches my most recent 5 updates at my Twitter and show at the site. Since I see now people prefer to read Twits direct at their Twitter account, so I think there is no point placing that widget here and slow down the site. Furthermore, if people wanted to read my Twits, they can click my Twitter link at the new widget and follow my Twits.
Subscribe Update To Email
It is the email subscription to my Feeds Burner feeds. I found that people prefer to directly save the link of my RSS feeds and check it directly from their web browser according to the traffic record. So I just remove it since it is taking space in the site’s layout.

And I just added a new custom widget:
My Social Network Links
Instead of showing my Twits, I had replaced with this widget that I customly coded myself. It has 6 social network icons where I joined which they are Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Digg, Delicio.us and the link to my Feed Burner. You may see this widget at the top right side of the site. Since they are just PNG pictures with links only, so it can be loaded very fast compare to the Twitter update fetch I used before this.

Besides adding and remove widgets, some of the widgets has been relocated and changed some settings.
The Bookmark This Site widget has been moved from middle of the sidebar to top at below the My Social Network Links as I think these two things are closely related. Furthermore, it is better to let people able to see the bookmark widget to bookmark this site. Can get more traffic this way, hehehehe.

Before this, the Archive and Category is fully listed at the sidebar. And since it had become very long already and it makes the site looks too messy, so I decided to set it become a dropdown selection. So when people really interested to read more of my old articles, they can select the one that they wanted to read. And by doing this, it takes less time for the site to load as well.

By the way, I might temporary change the site’s theme to Christmas theme soon. hehehehe.

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The “W” logo is not Wolksvagen logo, ok? It is WordPress logo!

Anyway, as promised at my previous post, I will write a tutorial on how to use your own self hosted blog URL as your open ID.

Now I selected to teach you how to do it with WordPress and ClaimID.
The reason why I select WordPress is because it is widely used by most of the bloggers. You may do the same thing if you are using Movable Type or B2evolution. But since majority of the self hosted blog is running on WordPress, and myself prefer WordPress. So WordPress is selected.

While the OpenID service, I have chosen ClaimID.
Why among so many OpenID service, I choose ClaimID? The reason is very simple. ClaimID had been used by a lot of people and it has a very good feature where you can link your other OpenID into ClaimID. Not much OpenID provider have this features.

Ok, first you need to have an OpenID plugins in your WordPress to be able to use your URL as OpenID. Go to the Plugins tab and click “Add New” then search for “Yadis”. When you see there is a plugin names “WP-Yadis”, just click install. It will then automatically downloaded into your WordPress plugin folder. Once the download and extraction process completes, just click “Activate” to start use the plugin.

Now, you need to register yourself a ClaimID account before your can start use your URL as OpendID.
Go to http://claimid.com to register.
I am not going to teach you how to register there as it is something very simple.
Once you had completed with the registration, find the link which is written “Make your blog or website an OpenID” or you may simple go to http://claimid.com/openid#delegate.

You will be sent to the page with a box like as below.
ClaimID Delegate
These will be the information you need to use for configure your WP-Yadis before you can start use your URL is your OpenID.

Now go back to your WordPress admin page, find the “Settings” tab and click on “Yadis”.
Now you should be seeing this:
At the “Add New Service” drop down selection, select “ClaimID”, then fill up your username.
Ok, now what you need is the information provided to you at the box you see just now at ClaimID, like shown as above.

At the OpenID Server part, fill up http://openid.claimid.com/server
and at the OpenID Delegate part, fill up http://openid.claimid.com/yourusername
Just click “Submit” when you are done.

Now, you blog’s URL or domain name will be able to use as your OpenID. Whenever you see places that accept OpenID, just use your blog’s URL to login without even need password.

If you forget to sign in at ClaimID before you use your OpenID, you usually will be redirected to ClaimID site and ask you to login. Once login and authorized the site to use your OpenID, you will be redirect back to the site where you login just now.

Anyway, besides blogs, you can also use your normal websites URL as OpenID. The steps is very simple and it has shown in ClaimID. But you must know a little bit about HTML coding.
All you need to do is just copy everything in the box shown as above.
ClaimID Delegate
and paste them into the tags between<head> and </head> then it is all done.

OpenID serve as an identity for yourself when you are online.
Since a lot of websites now are accepting OpenID, it is just like a credit card’s “Visa Accepted Here”. lol
So what makes different between normal OpenID like yourname.blogspot.com and your own domain name OpenID like yourname.com?
Very simple only lah yourname.blogspot.com as OpenID is just like normal credit card, everyone also have.
While yourname.com as OpenID, it will be like American Express Gold, Master Card Gold and Visa Gold. Got more face when you using it.

Anyway, as you can see, I am already using my own domain name as my OpenID. But I am not using this method to run my OpenID, my blog itself is the OpenID server which it does not need to delegate with ClaimID. So I am consider using American Express Platinum Card, lol.

There will be a part 3 for OpenID which I will teach you how to use your WordPress as OpenID server without depends on 3rd party OpenID provider services. If your interested, make sure you follow up my next articles.

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Technorati Claim Code


I’m sure that a lot of you already know what is OpenID.
It is a decentralized standard for login/authentication where you may use it to directly login to most of the website without the needs to register for an account in those OpenID compatible websites. When you login with your OpenID, an account is created with your OpenID immediately when you use your OpenID to login to those websites.

So, how do OpenID looks like and how it works?

OpenID is usually your own website’s URL, such as yourname.blogspot.com or yourname.com.
How it works? All you need to do is to login to your website, blog or any of your account which have OpenID function, then use the URL that is given to you to login other websites or use it to post comments in other people’s blog. Not all blogs or website have OpenID function. And your own website which you design yourself without integrate OpenID in it will not have OpenID feature!

As you can see above, I had written yourname.blogspot.com. And the answer is yes, your blogspot account comes with OpenID function, and your blogspot URL is your OpenID.

There is a lot of online service provider do provide OpenID to users. Believe it or not, you may actually already have an OpenID and you never realized it yet. So use it, don’t waste it!
Here is the example of the list.

  • Google
  • Your Google email address is your OpenID.

  • Yahoo!
  • Yahoo have several way for you to use your OpenID. 1 is to login to those OpenID enabled website using your Yahoo! account. Another one is to use their idproxy.net where you are given a URL to directly use the URL as your OpenID.

  • Myspace
  • Your myspace URL such as http://myspace.com/yourname or myspace.com/yourname is your OpenID.

  • WordPress.com
  • Your blog URL such as http://yourname.wordpress.com or yourname.wordpress.com is your OpenID

  • Blogspot
  • Your blog URL such as http://yourname.blogspot.com or yourname.blogspot.com is your OpenID.

    You might be worry that you do not know how to use it.
    Actually it is damn simple.
    Lets say if you want to use your blogspot OpenID, just login to your blog, and when you go to some websites which have this icon or it have a text bar saying “Login using OpenID”, just fill it up with your OpenID URL, then click “Login” or “Submit” depends on what the website says. You will then redirected to a page to ask you whether you want to authorize this login or not. Just click “Trust” or “Grant”. Each OpenID provider uses different words, but it is basically the same.

    If you are using wordpress.com or idproxy.com, just do the same thing as blogspot ones.
    If you not yet login to your OpenID provider website yet such as blogspot.com, wordpress.com etc, you will see the login page of the service provider first. After that, the page for you to click “Trust” or “Grant” will be the next page after you login.

    OpenID actually reads the cookies files according to the URL that you have login to verify whether you are the rightful owner of the OpenID or not, so it saves lots of hassles for you to register different account at each different websites. Anyway, although it reads your cookies, it is completely safe as the cookies is something important when you login to certain websites. And these cookies is not for eat!!!

    OpenID can also be use for eliminating the issue where people stealing your identity to make mess in other people’s blog. This often happen in the blogspore where someone uses your name and post some unpleasant comments and pissed people off. So if the comments is posted with OpenID, it will show the OpenID beside your name at your comments. So you can protect yourself and prove that the impostor who uses your name do not have OpenID authentication. It proves that the person is not you.

    Having the OpenID logo does not 100% confirm that you are the person who posted the comment at people’s blog. Another thing to see is the OpenID URL when hover over your nickname. If the URL is your own URL with the OpenID logo beside your name, then only can identify the person who posted the comment is you.

    Another words, your OpenID is also consider as you identification prove.

    Now, where can you use your OpenID?
    At facebook. You can add your OpenID to your facebook account. So when you go to facebook.com, you will be automatically logged in to your facebook account.
    At all blogspot blogs, unless the blog owner disable to accept OpenID for comments. Just select the OpenID, then write your comment and post. Your comment will be shown as a comment that posted with an OpenID.
    At wordpress.com. Just the same like blogspot.com
    At Flickr. Just login using your OpenID, saves the hassles.
    At garfield.in. As you can see, at the bottom of the comment submission area of this blog, there is a place for you to tick to authenticate your comment using OpenID to prove that it is really you.

    As I had written at above that you can use your own website or your own self hosted blog as OpenID URL. So how to do that? If you want to know, read the next article with it has scheduled to be autopost 4 days after this article is released. This article is already too long, so I will continue the part 2 at the next article.


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    chicken run

    A blog community website owner, Rei, has asked me before, why do I sponsoring blog hosting to people.
    My answer is very simple. I have space which I don’t want to waste. So I use it for sponsoring people.
    It is an effort to promote open source softwares since when there is people running a self hosted blog, they will need to use a blog script. And the most common use blog script nowadays is WordPress, which it is an open source project.

    There is another reason.
    Nowadays, most people is using blog service like blogger.com and wordpress.com.
    They are not flexible enough for total customization, there is too much restriction where you can only do very little customization.

    The wordpress.com I just mentioned is actually a free blog service running on the WordPress script. Although it is using the same script, but since it is a shared hosted service, you are not provided access to modify the files and install plugins as you like.

    While blogger.com, people think it is very customizable.
    Actually it is not correct. Although you can edit the layout via the xml file, but still, you are not able to upload plugins and totally customize it. You can only use 3rd party widgets or widgets that is already provided.

    To get the blog hosting sponsorship, is very simple.
    Just go to http://fik4.com/signup.php and register.
    There will be 2 registration option. But the best is if you choose the first one as I will install and setup the wordpress script according to my hosting server’s configuration.

    If you have any question after you had started to use the blog hosting service, you can always go to http://forum.garfield.in and ask your question there.

    Tutorials on how to setup the wordpress script yourself will also be posted in that forum.
    Of course, if you already know how to setup the blog yourself, you can always write your own version of tutorial at there.

    There is no limit on how many account a person can own, as long as you want another account, just register.
    If you intended to use the hosting for other thing besides blog, you can also do so as long as you know how to do it yourself. So this means you can even register an account to run a forum, personal website, charity website or anything.

    You might be curious about the hosting specification.
    Here is the link where you can see what you will get for this hosting.

    You might feel that the space and bandwidth that provided is too less. But I can tell you, it is more than enough for sustain more than 1 year. If really not enough, then it means you already become very popular and had earn a lot from your blog. Then that will be the time you should upgrade to paid hosting service. But until then, it should be enough.

    My blog until now also didn’t use that much bandwidth and space, it has run for about 2 years already. So I think that the space I sponsor should be enough for use very very long time.

    I hope that this program can help more people to have more freedom in blogging.
    And I also hope that you can promote it to everyone just in case they are looking for a hosting for their blog.
    A link/blogroll to http://fik4.com is much appreciated.

    If you wanted to place a badge of Chicken Run Project at your blog/website, you mat use the codes below.
    Chicken Run Badge

    <a href=http://fik4.com><img src=http://www.imagechicken.com/uploads/1259439478083499000.png></a>

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