Updated: 4/30/2003; 12:37:10 PM.
About Weblog technology and usage

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Best of Show. [Sam Ruby]

About Alan Kay, Social Software and Chandler.

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Cool Mozilla Toolbar for Web Developers  [kdub's log]
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Radio UserLand Links Outline.  [UserLand Product News]
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Google's Exponential Returns. [Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

About Google's use of wiki equivalent and weblogs.

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Blogs and InfoWorld. [Jon's Radio]
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Infoworld's Collaboration Platform of choice. Infoworld's Chad Dickerson about Groove [Jeroen Bekkers' Groove Weblog]

I'd also like to see groove on the Mac, since I will soon switch.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2003

There's an interesting conversation going on about Blogshares.

Joi has a Chat with Seyed, creator of Blogshares, and Pierre Omidyar gives his own thoughts bout it in Joi on Blogshares.

I don't know have a definite point of view about this experiment yet: I think that the sociology of influence games warrant a much more complex regulation system than a market, but at the same time as Omidyar points out, this may lead to some interesting results in the area of "collaborative, value-creating  blogs".

An example of analysis of influence games and their complexity is Pierre Bourdieu's excellent The Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field, where he analyzes the autonomization of the literary field, led by Flaubert in the 19th century. See http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=0745611524 and http://www.semcoop.com/detail/0804726272 to get an idea of the content.

Clearly a simple market mechanism will not be a good enough mechanism to regulate the complex relationships that the actors are involved in the literary or scientific field.

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My ex-Netscape colleague Anders Eriksson started a java blog (I just discovered it on javablog).

Welcome Anders !

Your RSS is valid but Radio cannot understand it. Maybe because it is RSS 1.0. I need to switch to a more tolerant RSS reader.

[Valid RSS]

I get

Can't subscribe to the channel. The most likely cure is to check the URL in a web browser and see if you can get it to read the feed. The following message probably won't help you figure out what went wrong, but we include it here because it might. "Can't evaluate the expression because the name "title" hasn't been defined."

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Brian Behlendorf on the air. [Sam Ruby]
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Matrix reloaded

Name calling at Sam's Intertwingly about CSS.

Mark Pilgrim's concluding remark "Instead only try to realize the truth. There is no trunk. Then you'll see that it is not the trunk that locks, it is only yourself. " reminded me my favorite Zen Koan.

"Two monks were arguing about a flag. One said: `The flag is moving.'
The other said: `The wind is moving.'
The sixth patriach happened to be passing by. He told them: `Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving.'"

I would say that Mark is closer to enlightment than Dave :-)

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Monday, April 28, 2003

Pierre Omidyar on Blogshares. [Joi Ito's Web]
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JBoss 4 : JBoss Remoting framework documentation available. [Welcome to the real world]
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FOAF Autocreation. [Raw Blog]
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foaf weblog. [Raw Blog]
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Gibson Kicks the Blogging Habit.[Wired News]
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slashdot rss. . [Adam Curry: Adam Curry's Weblog]

I noticed the same thing. I'll wait one week and if they don't change their policy I'll just remove /. from my blogroll.

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Mozilla Midas support in Roller.. [Blogging Roller]

Premature but promising.

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Google eats own Pyra dog food.[InfoWorld: Top News]

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Re:, About: Link: proposed prefix convention in weblog titles

Anthony Eden's weblog today gave me an idea I want to try out.

In his posts for april 24 several of his entries are titled "Re: something", like in email.

I post a few types of entries:

  • most of my posts are just interesting links with very few comments to indicate why they are interesting, or no comments at all most often, because I have too little time to blog. Usually I give them a title like "original title [source]", and just replicate that in the body of the entry.
  • In some posts I comment and discuss ideas presented in a link
  • In very rare entries I post an original thought (I'm not a very original or creative guy, more like a librarian lost in Borges Library of Babel :-)

I will generalize Anthony's practice with Re:, andf use other prefixes for the different types of Posts: Re: for an answer, About: for a deeper discussion, like the rdf:about attribute, Link: for a simple link with no added value, nothing for original posts.

Let's see where it leads me.

2:28:47 PM    comment []

management by blog [d2r]

Agreed, it's just another tool. But I expect it to change organizational habits as profoundly as email did.

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gibson ending his weblog

"The watched pot never boils."

It is true that weblogs brought me a great source of information, and an ability to share and synthesize them, but my creativity and productivity when I am actively weblogging took a hit.

I guess it must be a matter of finding the right balance in the use of the tool, just like it took me a few years to find a productive set of habits to deal with email.

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Saturday, April 26, 2003

One of my friends sent me and others the following mail. We both ordered one of these cool sleek shiny Powerbook 17'': they both arrived 2 weeks ago and his got some display problems very quickly.

He tested mine before shipping it to me in France, but his mail from today makes me wonder if I took the right decision to switch from Dell to Apple.

I'm curious to hear other blogger's stories about Apple support: was my friend just unlucky or is Apple support consistently bad like this ?

            Apple Support, it's Hell
            Fri, 25 Apr 2003 13:06:14 -0700

After a week with my notebook Apple Care says that they cannot reproduce the problem. I've asked them to check their support/repair database to see if they had similar issues to help identify what may be wrong. The answer was, Apple's policy is not to replace something that they don't see malfunctioning. They won't even bother checking the existence of similar problems if they cannot reproduce what the customer says. They are shipping me back the notebook as is. Ah, and they told me that if the problem appears again I should take it to an Apple store so some Apple employee can see the problem. Bottom line, they don't believe anything you may tell them and they won't attempt being proactive to help address customer problems. They do not have a loaner program neither. I hope that the problem does not appear as soon as I go to Europe and I find myself stuck with a dead notebook for 2+ weeks.


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Friday, April 25, 2003

MT. Dave has his Movable Type migration well on the way. [Simon Fell]

I've read Dave's previous post, Spring cleaning,  about why he chose to move and can echo very similar feelings. I just renewed my UserLand registration and am too busy these days to consider a migration, but I am definitely thinking about it.

I really agree with his characterization of Radio: the object database and UserTalk was interesting to look at and is an original architecture, but I don't want to delve too deep into it because it is not reusable elsewhere. After I got my hands dirty fixing Jon Udell's blogroll macro (to discover that he had fixed it himself before and much more elegantly) I wanted to implement trackback in UserTalk but never found the time to get to it. What I've read about MT's plugin architecture made me salivate enough to want to play with it.


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Google buys Applied Semantics. Deal will boost Google's search and ad programs [InfoWorld: Top News]

I hope they'll apply this technology to a more interesting (for their users) use than ads :-)

I can see some synergy between this kind of semantic matching technology with the blogger techno they acquired recently. Blogging + RSS feeds + matchmaking = community forming.



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The World as a blog. the World as a Blog is doing some interesting things...... [Raw Blog]

Looks like an interesting visualization... but I don't see anything apart from the map !

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

For my friends who begin to use RSS after a conversation we had, here are 2 good lists of RSS Feed Reader / News Aggregators:




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Thursday, April 10, 2003

Quickiwiki, Swiki, Twiki, Zwiki and the Plone Wars by David Mattison
An excellent synthesis about wikis. Many excellent links: a very good way to get started in this field. I knew a lot about wikis already, having tried to push Twiki as a collaboration tool in my company 2 years ago, but I learnt about many new developments in this article.
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Stay on Top of the Latest Technology with News Feeds from O'Reilly.  [O'Reilly Network Articles]
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Movable Type templates tutorial. [dive into mark]
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