WPTip – How to Install WordPress Locally with XAMPP

Recently, one thing I find myself doing more often is building local WordPress environments on my computer for clients. Unfortunately, I’ve run my database cap on my own hosting, so I can’t host working versions of their sites online. To get around this, I turned my computer into a local WordPress environment through the help of XAMPP, or the LAMP environment. When you do this, you not only have the ability to just host a multitude of sites on your computer, but you’re also able to play around with themes, theme modifications, and styling.

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The Future Pitfall of an Evolving Digital Landscape

As I was scrolling through my usual feed this morning consisting of ten different platforms with ten similarly guarded accounts, I came across the news that a recent malware exploit, dubbed “gooligan” compromised 1 million Google accounts. The exploit roots your phone (if it is running any flavor of android 4 or 5) and compromises authentication tokens. The process continues by installing unwanted apps to your phone linked to the malware, and rates them to raise the app’s reputation. People (not including myself thankfully because I run the latest OS [Nexus and Pixel users get special treatment]), then flocked to usual safe havens like haveibeenpwned.com or checkpoint.com to see if their details were compromised. If details were compromised, users have to evaluate their situation with a list of questions:

  • How many accounts was my Google account linked to?
  • Do I use the same information for multiple outlets?
  • Why haven’t I changed my password in over two years?
  • Did I feed my dog this morning?

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Twitter Bots: Useful, Dangerous, or Both

The world of tomorrow is a terrifying place – looks like we have some tidying-up to do.


Recently I was asked to take a look at two articles related to Twitter bots. Rob Dubbin’s The Rise of Twitter Bots was a more relaxed take on the subject: Twitter bots represent a long spanning gamut between wasting time and a reminder of surveillance. The other, Mark Sample’s piece on protest bots, looked to take a deeper look into how to effectively create protest on the internet by arming bots with more than just simple repetitions, but rather intricate creations of an uncanny environment that captures attention. Twitter has graciously opened their API for development which made all of these creative and powerful ventures possible, but we should rather look towards the future of Twitter bots, specifically how artificial intelligence will affect a platform like this.

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Returning to MTurk: It’s Still Impossible to Make Money

In the past I used MTurk because my brother found it to be a decent money maker back when he was in high school in 2008. I was curious after doing class readings to revisit Amazon Mechanical Turk and see what’s new on the platform. When I first logged on, I noticed that my hit history was available: 17 hits submitted for a grand total of $12.20. It probably took me at least a couple of hours to make it that far. During our reading, we learned about the harsh realities of MTurk where 52% of users make less than 5 dollars an hour.

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My Time as an Editor for DHNow

Housekeeping

As an editor-at-large for DHNow, your job is to nominate content that will eventually be pushed by the system’s feeds. The system they use is extremely similar to dh+lib where PressForward allows the editors to both view and nominate the content that gets picked up by their submissions and subscribed feeds. First I want to give a thanks to Jenna for providing a detailed guide on the entire PressForward system featured on both DHNow and Dhlib – that guide can be found here. To amend a small detail to that guide: one of the best features about it is the fact that you can keep track of which articles you have read already by ticking a small “Mark as Read” button on the upper-right hand corner of the article.
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