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Linux Experts: Looking for Help With Redirecting a Directory and It’s Contents

OK, here’s what I would like to do. I had to move a blog to the root directory of a site and everything works great. But, I want to make sure that if someone saved a link to a page in the old blog directory they will be redirected to the correct page on the new directory.

Example:

Original location:
tld.com/blog/someblogpost/
or
tld.com/blog/someblogpost/somepage.php

New location:
tld.com/someblogpost/
or
tld.com/someblogpost/somepage.php

I can get everything from the old /blog/ directory to root directory, i.e. home page using a 301 redirect. I can also do it for individual pages, but I want it to redirect so essentially the only thing removed from the address is the /blog/ directory, without having to write a line of code for every page. How can this be done?

Thanks for the help!

Amazon Takes a Shot at Apple With it’s New Cloud Drive & Cloud Player

Amazon is taking a shot at Apple’s dominance in the online music industry with it’s new Cloud Drive and Cloud Player.

Here’s what Amazon has to say about it.

“Managing a digital music collection can be a bit of a mess. It’s possible to buy music from your phone, but then it might get stuck there. It’s possible to buy music from your work computer, but then you have to remember to transfer it to your home computer…”
“…We’re solving those problems today with tow important new offerings: Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player. Cloud Drive is your personal disk drive in the cloud. Anything you put in Cloud Drive is robustly stored in Amazon’s datacenters. You can upload your music collection to Cloud Drive, as well as any other digital documents.”
“Cloud Player comes in two varieties: Web and Android. All you need is a computer with a web browser and you can listen to your music with Cloud Player for Web – no software to install – just a web browser. The Android version is an app that lets you do the same thin from your Android phone or tablet.”

Rumor has it that Apple has something similar in the works, but really I don’t see them giving away the free space on their servers like Amazon.

“To start we’re giving you 5 GB of free Cloud Drive storage. Plus, new purchases from the Amazon MP3 Store are stored for free and do not count against your storage quota.”

In the end you can see how Amazon will get you hooked on using the cloud and want more. You can store what ever you want on the cloud drive. It’s the old give away something for free and people will ask for more, and that’s where you charge.

It will be interesting to see how this fairs. Android based phones continue to grow in sales and with all the new Android based tablets coming out, this could be a very strong market in the future.

Microsoft’s New Phone Commercial “Really”

I’m not sure how Microsoft’s new phone is going to “get you in, and get you, and back to life,” but the commercial is pretty cool. I know we have all seen or,  well… done some of the stupid things in the ad. Check it out.

Steve Jobs & Bill Gates: on Testing the New iPhone

Jobs and Gates discuss iPhone

Blog Feed Changed

For all of you that have been using the feed for my blog, since I switched from Blogger to WordPress the address for the feed is slightly different.

The old one looked like this:

http://bryancoe.us/feed/rss.xml

The new url looks like this:

http://bryancoe.us/feed/rss/

Hopefully the change has not caused too many readers to fall off.

Net Neutrality — A Letter to US Senator Arlen Specter

From e-Life: Discussions about Blackbird e-Solutions and the Search, Tech and Localization Industries

After seeing the news article “FCC rules Comcast violated Internet access policy” I was reminded of the importance of net neutrality. So since I’m located in Pennsylvania, I decided to right US Senator Arlen Specter. You can read my letter below.

Dear Mr. Specter,

After seeing the news article this morning “FCC rules Comcast violated Internet access policy” this morning I was reminded of the importance of “net neutrality”. I commend the FCC for taking a stand with Comcast. Comcast is a huge business that in most areas operates almost as a monopoly, yet they continue to cry that their infrastructure is being unfairly used. They claim that companies and people are getting a free ride on their pipeline. I always get a kick out of how they try to justify the policy of slowing down different types of traffic just because that type is popular. One example is Google. They talked about implementing a way to slow traffic to companies such as Google and then charging them a higher fee so that the traffic will run at normal speeds. That sounds like a form of racketeering, which is not unlike what the mob does when they force people to pay for protection. “Protection from what?”, you ask. In actuality the money being paid is to protect the victims from the mob itself.

The idea of slowing different types of traffic could also be equated to Microsoft saying you can install any program on a Windows computer, but you will have to pay MS more money so the software will run correctly.

Companies like Comcast feel that they can’t support their networks with the fees they are charging, but their fees continue to go up and they continue to see profits and growth. Comcast Reports First Quarter 2008 Results Furthermore do they really think that Google and friends are not paying for their connection the internet? I would be interested in seeing the numbers on how much they pay to keep all their data centers connected… It’s not like they are running a billion dollar business on a dial up connection that costs them only a few dollars a month. Plus, all those people using Google, are they not paying for their connection as well?

As a business owner myself I support finding creative ways for new revenue, but it has to be done in an ethical manner. If the telcos are allowed to decide at what speed traffic travels over their networks it will stifle the economy. There are number of reasons this is true. For instance, the US has become a service economy and many of those services are performed via the internet. Many companies live or die by their ability to reach customers online. There is also a big conflict of interest for the telcos. For example a company such as the VOIP breakthrough Vonage could be squashed out of existence if Comcast decided they wanted to hinder Vonage’s VOIP traffic. Since Comcast also has a VOIP service this would give them an unfair advantage. Then where does it stop? The telcos could start picking off different markets by eliminating their competition in this manner.

Then fundamental idea of the internet is based on neutrality. This has creating a new economies, new markets and new jobs. Allowing the telcos to hold companies and individuals hostage would be disservice to the country and its people.

For further information about net neutrality please visit: savetheinternet.com

Best regards,
Bryan Coe

iPhone — Industry Breakthrough or Just Another Expensive Gadget?

Do you have your iPhone yet? Is it living up to Steve Jobs’ promises? It seems to be getting some pretty good reviews. So, far the biggest concern that I’ve heard is the speed of the internet connection, but that isn’t really the phone but the network from At&T that it is using. I’ve also had a couple of other reports that the phone seems to freeze up a lot.

Check out what the folks at The Associated Press has to say.

Review: Slick iPhone Suffers on Slow Network
Q&A: Is the iPhone Living Up to the Hype?

Medieval Tech Support

This is great! It seems not has changed much with tech support through the ages.