Adina on the JavaBlogs and Java.net communities:
...The discussion on the Java.net and JavaBlogs shows some classic tensions between a commercial software vendor, which wants to support a community of developers, and developer community, who self-organize, and want support from the commercial vendors.
It will be interesting to see how the communities evolve. Will there be syndication and federation techniques that bridge communities in different locations, or will developers choose affiliations?
Meanwhile, this is a strong sign of commercial interest in the value of weblog and wiki tools in supporting developer communities.
As with the hybrids between independent blogging and traditional journalism, the interesting question isn't the "purity" of any model. It's the process of evolution at work creating new variants. The most compelling new variants will survive.
Community bridging already occurs through RSS and Federation. Java.net RSS feeds are easily added to JavaBlogs. Sure, more can be done. But that's the beauty of these simple blog protocols, they open communities. You wouldn't have this level of discussion and interchange between communities on a Bulletin Board based community.[Ross Mayfield: On Blogging]
11:53:00 PM comment  trackback 
The Live Web Lives.
Minding Mark's Words about GlobeAlive...
Roland Tanglao: GlobeAlive + Blogosphere + software = goodness.
Mark Carey at Web Dawn: GlobeAlive as a pillar of the Blog community.
Clay Shirky at Corante's Social Software blog: Mark Carey Explains GlobeAlive.
Something going on there.[The Doc Searls Weblog]
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Didn't strike me that way, but maybe that's cuz Iike oatmeal. It's off the diet, but still.[The Doc Searls Weblog]
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Chris Lydon: "In the booming energy of blog world, we are glimpsing the fulfillment of an Emersonian vision: this democracy of outspoken individuals." [Corante: aa Corante on Blogging]
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Esther Dyson, a few weeks ago: "As a new blogger, I am learning that the only way to do it is to do it regularly..." [Corante: aa Corante on Blogging]
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Landing a Job Can Be Puzzling. Microsoft is legendary for running job applicants through grueling interviews full of brain teasers and bizarre questions. Now, other companies are following suit. By Amit Asaravala. [Wired News]
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Road Map. Road map from here on out? I'm going to pick a topic at a time from the wiki and explore it in depth on my weblog. ... [Sam Ruby]
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HTML With Just Five Tags and CSS.
Read about Don Ulrich's adventure into HTML and CSS jungle that resulted in a client-side XSL stylesheet able to render his XML documents into fast loading HTML pages using just five tags: <div>, <span>, <a>, <img>, and <hr>. His XSL stylesheet is here (.XSL). Neato.
[Don Park's Blog]
"A while back you pointed to Adventcode and myself [Fireball as a Candle]. You spoke of CSS style coflicting with CSS design. The conversation was about CSS Zen Garden and the inability to read it. I took what you said as a challange to use CSS a tool for construct while maintaining style. AdventCode now uses just 5 HTML tags and CSS to control the XML/XSL output. It is very fast. Using a minimum of HTML tags also allowed me to tighten up the content. Thank You for the encourgement. Yes CSS can do more than look pretty. It can also control content." - Don Ulrich by e-mail.
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Hermann der User. OS 10.3 revealed! [Industrial Technology & Witchcraft]
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Mac Essentials. Die "Nacht des Apfels" war nicht nur für Apple, sondern auch für :itw: ein voller Erfolg: viele hundert Gäste verfolgten den Live-Ticker, und die im Senfkeller "Anwesenden" (falls jemand einen Elefanten gesehen hat - er war wirklich da!) hatten beste Laune und ihren Spaß. Apple präsentierte Produkte und Ankündigungen, die man wohl getrost als "historisch" bezeichnen kann. Hier ein Run-Down mit Links zu weiteren Infos:... [Industrial Technology & Witchcraft]
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We can blog it!. "we can blog it" Franz Schmidbauer: Die Zulässigkeit des Linkens aus urheberrechtlicher und wettbewerbsrechtlicher Sicht. »Der Hyperlink an sich tangiert als bloßer automatisierter URL-Aufruf weder das Wettbewerbs- noch das Urheberrecht.« [Der Schockwellenreiter]
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I am John's brain.. I am John's brain. Amusingly written, yet astutely raising an important point. What exactly are we to do about consciousness? Although clearly different theories abound, one must still ponder whether or not the problem is even solvable in the first place. Where then can we turn to for our solution? Why, bicamerality, of course. [MetaFilter]
11:56:43 AM comment  trackback 
TIME on phonecam blogging. This week's Time Magazine features a brief feature on phonecam blogging, and mentions textamerica.com -- the free service I've been using for mine. Hey, if your blog is a moblog *and* a photoblog, and you don't want limit the scope to phonecam pics only, could you just call it a mo-pho blog? Link, Discuss, (via Jason DiFilippo's Journal, which is always filled with amazing photos that you really must see.) [Boing Boing Blog]
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"MT clarifies license structure, announces developer/service provider network" [Daypop Top 40]
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WatchBlog Statistics. Since launching WatchBlog a little over a week ago, I've been waching the referral logs and closely monitoring the statistics. When I built the site I knew that the idea would be well-received but I underestimated the amount of traffic... [CamWorld: Thinking Outside the Box]
10:58:42 AM comment  trackback 
First play with the new Blogger. We were "upgraded" to the new version of Blogger Pro this weekend and, to echo Jack's comments below, I'm not hugely impressed. The interface is a inelegant thing, and there are little changes to the usability which grate. You can't see previous posts from the create new post page, which means it's harder to get a sense of context as you create your new post, for instance. I can't post and publish - only preview first. And some of the RSS settings weren't copied over correctly. Still, at least it works in Apple's Safari browser, which is something, and it feels a lot faster than the old interface. What it needs - real soon - is some new features, to keep up with the Movable Type crowd. For all that system's complexity, it is starting to look very attractive to me... [onlineblog.com]
5:49:16 AM comment  trackback 
Innovative Uses for a Computer Classroom?. flard asks: "I will be teaching a Freshman English class at a medium sized public university, in a computer classroom for next semester. Every student has their own machine with an internet connection. I am thinking about using a weblog for them to post their work and critique each other. Do you guys have any other cool ideas on what to do and what NOT to do?" ... [Slashdot]
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Best Offer: Amazon Software Tech. Jeff Bezos wants his company to offer mini-Amazons to companies needing a successful Web commerce tool. The technology that runs the popular shopping site may be its most valuable product offering. [Wired News]
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Mark Carey: "If GlobeAlive could combine efforts with Blog community sites, it could gain the users, and broader scope required for it to take off." [Corante: aa Corante on Blogging]
2:10:00 AM comment  trackback 
My new phonecam blog, and syndicating moblogs with RSS. I've been fooling around with some new phonecams and a free phonecam blogging service called Textamerica lately. You can see the results at xenijardin.textamerica.com. Each of the phonecams I've demoed have been wildly frustrating in one way or another. Motorola's T722i add-on cam produces grainy thumbnails at best; image quality on Sanyo's 8100 (Sprint) is teh suck in all but bright light conditions. Until those megapixel phonecams hit America, mobile photobloggers might be better off combining a good, small digital camera like the Pentax Optio S with a wireless PDA for uploads and text captions. But despite limitations, the convenience, speed, and novelty of phonecam blogging has been fun so far -- even if the results are mediocre, stamp-sized snapshots.
Chris Pirillo -- whose terrific phonecam blog inspired me to finally get off my digital butt and publish one of my own -- has been corresponding with the textamerica.com folks for weeks with service improvement suggestions. His persistent e-badgering led to the company's introduction of RSS feeds last week. Free, instant phonecam blog syndication. How cool is that? I'm exploring other phonecam blog services, and plan to post more on that soon.
Discuss [Boing Boing Blog]
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Marc Canter: "Technorati is quickly becoming the Google of the blogosphere... If you ain't in Technorati, you ain't in the blogosphere." [Corante: aa Corante on Blogging]
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Euro censorship (Washingtontimes.com) [STOP1984]
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Dave Sifry says Technorati's now keeping tabs on more than 400,000 blogs: "We hit 100,000 back on March 5, and 200,000 on April 6."
Andrew Acker on that news: "At this rate, there will be more than 6 million blogs by the end of the year."
Phil Wolff: "I expect Technorati's growth to accelerate until the blogosphere is mostly mapped; then we'll see periodic bursts as new clusters are discovered or services come online."[Corante: aa Corante on Blogging]
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