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  donderdag 15 juli 2004


What's the best way to test if a restore of my Radio installation worked?

Well, blog about it,of course!

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  zondag 23 mei 2004


Dave Winer: "It's never been a problem in Radio's aggregator, it knows if it has seen an item before and if it has, it doesn't present it to the user. I gather some reading software isn't keeping track of what they've already shown the user. This is not a bug in the feeds as some people believe, rather a missing feature in the aggregator."

Sometimes, a feed keeps showing up on the News page in Radio. I have this a lot with two of the Manila driven Harvard Law blogs I'm subscribed to, the BloggerCon and Tech feeds. Every now and then, the entire feed shows up, while there's actually not one new message in there.

Can the missing of a timestamp be the cause of that?

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  vrijdag 21 mei 2004


Rogers Cadenhead: "I hope some of the outliner junkies can pry the outliner out of the code and create a standalone program. I've been popping into Radio to use the outliner to create to-do lists, manage bookmarks, and draft magazine columns and other essays."

I totally agree with that. I would love to have the Radio outliner as a standalone thing, so I can use it on my laptop for outlining (my copy of Radio runs on my workstation).

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  vrijdag 14 mei 2004


John Robb: "They, like everyone else, want a family, a house, a car, and vacations in the future.  That costs money.  So its time that they get paid for their effort like everyone else."

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  dinsdag 11 mei 2004


The Google Blog doesn't seem to have an RSS feed. Why not?

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  vrijdag 7 mei 2004


I like the new designs of the UserLand, Radio and Manila sites. It's fresh, more professional, calm to the eye. Nice!

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  woensdag 5 mei 2004


Robert Scoble: "Personally, I say get rid of your darn browser altogether and try an RSS News Aggregator."

I have tried several aggregators, but the one I like the most is actually one running in my browser. So why throw away the browser?

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  dinsdag 4 mei 2004


This one. It says test. Tha's nice. Everybody points at it, saying: "look! it has 'blog' in the URL, and, wow, it says 'test'!"

It probably isn't really anything. And if it is, it's maybe tracking referers, to see all those bloggers write about it. ;)

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Rogers Cadenhead is doing some work on the horrible way Movable Type outputs RSS feeds. I think it's a great job. I am subscribed to some MT feeds in my aggregator, and all of them contain HTML-stripped excerpts, which I think are annoying.

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  maandag 3 mei 2004


Hmm. I'm doing a lot of pointing to the same people over and over again, don't I?

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Robert Scoble: "Very cool, the next version of OneNote will support importing OPML outlines."

Very cool indeed.

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Robert Scoble: "Is your weblog service or tool pinging it? Why not? If you are a weblog, you should ping this when you update."

Both my blogs are pinging Weblogs.com. I've been doing so since somewhere in 2003. Sometimes I visit the page. It's when I want to discover new blogs, read new insights, find out about new things that interest me.

Only, it's so difficult finding good stuff among the dozens of weblogs there. It's a large list, and everyone is pinging it. It has become just a list of blogs. There's nothing more to it.

Wat I mean to say: it's a cool service, but it's become too large.



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  zondag 2 mei 2004


Dave Winer, celebrating in Europe!

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Dave: "We all say okay all the time. It's an acronym, right? What is it an acronym for? I bet you'll be surprised."
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Keith Devens wants file extensions to disappear from files that are accessible through the internet. I agree with the point he seems to make that extensions do not have added value to a URL. How does the average user benefit from the knowledge that an index.php file is apparently written in PHP? He doesn't.

But what's the use in, as Keith suggested, adding .html when a file contains HTML source code, or .xml when it's XML? None, I think. When I visit a website, I don't need to know what's beneath the hood. I just want to see the content, read some text and move on. I don't care that it's HTML, or XHTML source code.

Of course, I'm a web developer, so personally, sometimes I do want to know. But I'm not the kind of internet user developers should be developing for.

So, if you leave out extensions, leave them all out.

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  vrijdag 30 april 2004


Scott Rosenberg, december 21, 1998: "Google isn't a finished product yet. Its creators, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, started their company only three months ago, and the Google.com home page calls itself an "alpha test." (via)

And look where they are now..

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  donderdag 29 april 2004


Dave Winer: "Where should we have the European BloggerCon?"

Well, maybe the Dutch edition won't be the European edition, but it's in Europe, so it's a European editiion. How's that for starters?

By the way, I'm doubting if designating a BloggerCon edition to be the European one will work. Europe is rather large, and the separate countries have too less in common (language, for instance, allthough probably everyone speaks a bit English) to really connect, I think. And I don't see many bloggers, regular people from the street with a blog, take a plane to another country to attend a bloggercon. Ofcourse, some will definately come, but not as many as would be interested.

I think Europe is still too divided to do this.

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Jason Calacanis: "Want to email me and don’t know my email address? Visit my blog — which you will find by Googling me — and fill in my contact form. Try finding someone’s email address using Google — good luck."
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  dinsdag 27 april 2004


This sounds like I have been sitting at the wrong side of the table. Interesting stuff. And true, too. If the Atom vs. RSS thing keeps going on, we'll get in trouble.

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And of course we all blog about it: Dave, Adam, Charles, Jort. More to come?

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Me: "Bam, out of order. I don't know what happened."

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So, I had fun. I did.

It was like a real life aggregator. I'm used to meeting people through the internet, because I participate in a large Dutch internet community and we do a lot of meetings. But this was different. We were all bloggers, with all of us our own interests, and we talked about stuff, and I listened to people talking about stuff.

And while listening, it allmost seemed like I was scrolling trough my aggregator, reading story after story. It was really interesting listening to Andrew, Dave, Jon, Adam (thanks for the sponsoring!), Jort, Ed and others of whom I don't know URLs. I might even have learned about some things (I really need to check out BitTorrent, having never used that before), so tonight was rather okay.

Let's do it again some time.

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  zondag 25 april 2004


Dave has arrived in Amsterdam and writes about his blogging tool Channel Z. First: welcome to Holland, Dave. Second: I'm so very curious about Channel Z. Will it be a tool that others can use or try, in the (near) future?

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