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This website is composed of information connected through taxonomy. It is simultaneously a proof-of-concept and a means to allow Agaric to share and store information both within the collective and the world as part of our open documentation philosophy.

Stigmergic's a good thing, right? Open source software meets the academy

If words this large are used to describe it, open source free software has to be good (sigmergic pretty much means "marked work"):

To appear in: B. Lutterbeck, M. Ba?rwolff & R. A. Gehring (eds.), Open Source Jahrbuch
2007, Lehmanns Media, 2007

Why is Open Access Development so Successful?
Stigmergic organization and the economics of
information
Francis Heylighen

ECCO, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
http://pcp.vub.ac.be/HEYL.html

Foreign Exchange Risk and End of U.S. Dollar Dominance

We at Agaric Design are considering hosting our sites on a server in Germany, but we're concerned about receiving money in dollars and paying out in Euros as the dollar has fallen to three-quarters of a Euro even while the U.S. pretends to be the world's only superpower.

I sort of veered the discussion off into economic policy, so I'm posting it here for all of you who get your geopolitical analysis from web developers:

Did you know that modular homes are stronger than frame-raised houses?

The best part of this work is meeting cool people doing cool things, and working with them and helping them do what they do.

Driscoll Associates Modular Homes is our entry into the world of prefabricated modular housing.

Because they're built in units, modular homes are actually stronger than typical wood-frame houses built on-site.

Bet you didn't know that before now either.

Of course, you've probably seen lots of modular homes and never known they were modular.

Wireless networking: changing the router ID

This has very little to do with web design, but lost souls on the internet may find it useful, if they need to know how to change their wireless router's network name.

From Agaric Design's own Dan Hakimzadeh:

to change your router name:

plug into it with a cord.
open browser
goto 192.168.1.1
default user is admin just hit enter, no pw
change ssid
save
relax

Weird Apple Bug, or Strange Coincidence?

So I have burned hundreds of DVDs without a single one failing – which isn't supposed to happen, from what I've read.

Then, today, twice I told it to burn by typing Command-b instead of clicking "Burn." Both times the burn failed 5 minutes into the 15 minute burn, with a visible messup (a stripe like the space between songs on a vinyl record).

Does the DVD burner actually care whether I use a keyword shortcut or use the GUI (graphical user interface).

Can Web Design Save the World?

Short Version: Can web design save the world? I bloody well hope so, because we need saving. If all people who give a damn can talk and act together, we may be able to replace a lot of societally suicidal behavior with systems and actions that help all of us help each other.

Business is going very well for the Agaric Design Collective, but it doesn't take a trained anthropologist to look around the United States and know a lot of people aren't getting the opportunities they need in life.

First Notes on "Getting Real," a book by web app company 37signals

Once you iterate quickly and react on customer feedback, you will establish a customer connection. Remember the goal is to win the customer by building what they want.

—Sanaz Ahari, Program Manager of Start.com, Microsoft

(I can't believe I started with a quote from someone at Microsoft, but it's a good one.)

From "Caveats, Disclaimers..."

Major Search Engines adopt Google Sitemap Standard

The important part for our clients to know: we already use sitemaps on our sites, and in fact install the Google Sitemap module for Drupal as a matter of course.

For those of you technology news aficionados, here's teh full scoop:

Please call us first (the Ghostbusters post)

When you have a ghost, you don't look up books on exorcism or buy the Encyclopœdia Apparitionia on an installment plan. YOU CALL GHOSTBUSTERS.

It's exactly the same with web sites and Agaric Design.

(We can take ourselves more seriously, but it costs extra.)

Getting Real and Web Development 2.0

I'm starting to read "Getting Real" by 37signals, "a smaller, faster, better way to build software."

And it turns out we already got real, from the start.

Getting Real is about skipping all the stuff that represents real (charts, graphs, boxes, arrows, schematics, wireframes, etc.) and actually building the real thing.