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February 20, 2018 by Frogboy
Every few months I write something that incites a twitter mob.  There are people out there are compelled to right the smallest of wrongs by hurling days of abuse at the villain.

As the said villain, I’ve developed many different strategies for dealing with these mobs.

This week’s outrage: A pronoun joke (someone demanding to be referred to as "they" instead of "he" or "she" while referring to the other person as "honey" and siccing her (sorry their) followers on him in whi...
February 8, 2016 by Frogboy
It never ceases to amaze me that someone online will direct something vile my way and expect me to just turn the other cheek simply because I’m “powerful” (whatever that means).

What they don’t understand is me shining a spotlight on them is about as kiddie gloves as I can get. 

And frankly, they’re lucky to get the kiddie gloves.  I know ignoring them doesn’t work.  Being polite doesn’t work.  Social Justice Warriors aren’t interested in truth or fairness.  T...
January 4, 2012 by Frogboy
This is a very good study for people who design websites:
December 10, 2009 by Frogboy

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that “this” – the Internet – does exist in the physical world too.  Millions of servers around the world.

Here’s a picture from one of the Stardock data centers. This rack contains one of the Impulse cluster manager servers and just inches below is’s servers. 

The Neowin requires 5 very high end servers to run the site that is almost purely database/text is a testament to how popular that site has become over the years.

July 20, 2016 by Frogboy
Yesterday, Breitbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter.  The reason, ostensibly, was that he was targeting Leslie Jones, the actress in the recently released Ghostbusters reboot. It would probably be more accurate to say that it was “the last straw” from Twitter’s point of view given Milo’s engagement with Jones was relatively mild and no reasonable person would argue that Milo is responsible for the abuse his followers do. Twitter’s tolerance tends to be based o...
August 29, 2014 by Frogboy
Have you been getting a bit frustrated in recent weeks about having your well crafted or well-intentioned point mischaracterized as something vile and disgusting? Maybe they just misunderstood right? Nope. You have just run into someone who intentionally chooses to misrepresent your position in order to cheaply gain the moral high ground.

Nearly every bit of PR trouble I’ve gotten into over the years has been the result of someone mischaracterizing something I’ve said or posted in...
August 28, 2014 by Frogboy
The game industry as been ablaze for, really, the last couple of years about misogyny within its ranks. This really came to a head in the past couple weeks when an outspoken “indie” game developer was accused of some sordid activities in exchange for media coverage.  

Online culture has a serious toxicity problem. It gets worse every year. Here are 3 things that are driving it:

#1 The tabloidiziation of the gaming media. 

First, I want to emphasize that the gaming...
November 8, 2007 by Frogboy
Running a blog community as well as a multiple sites that involve people submitting articles has taught me one thing: most people do not know how to use word processors or web editors correctly.

Programs like Word, Expression, DreamWeaver make it relatively easy for people to communicate with words very effectively provided that you know how to use them.

Today, I'm going to write a brief set of rules on communicating effectively on the Internet.

Rule #1: Use TagsIf you find yourself sel...
August 8, 2007 by Frogboy
Our friends over at deviantART are celebrating their 7th birthday this week.  In 7 years, deviantART has become the world's largest art site on the Internet.   With over 40 million pieces of art on the site and rising, deviantART continues its explosive growth.On behalf of everyone at and at Stardock, we wish deviantART a happy birthday! Congratulations!
July 8, 2005 by Frogboy
Everyone show us your home computing rig.  Here's what I've got going at my house.  I have two PCs connected up using Multiplicity.  One is a P4-3.4 Ghz Dell gaming setup and the other is a P4-2.8Ghz Dell black box.  Both ahve 2 gigabytes of memory on them (I do a lot of video editing and such).
January 18, 2005 by Frogboy
I regularly get emails sent to me from websites that want free products to run as part of a "contest" or other promotion. We often do this kind of thing.  But the first thing I do is make sure I'm on a computer that has Alexa toolbar installed and hop on over there.

The reason I do that is that Alexa's toolbar will actually display the numerical ranking of a given website.  If it's ranked in the top 100,000 websites, it's very popular.  So with it, I can quickly find out the re...
January 5, 2005 by Frogboy
I'm involved in a lot of virtual communities on-line.  And one of the trends I see regularly is, if someone knows what you do for a living, inevitably they'll twist what you say to fit some sort of stereotype of the evil capitalist.

For instance, if I'm on a skin site and I say "I like your Litestep theme" it's only a matter of time before someone says "Oh you're just trying to trick him into letting you make a WindowBlinds version! Can't you ever stop trying to sell your stuff?"  ...