Had a great time at Joi's party in Palo Alto last night. The buzz was certainly reminiscient of the days of yore. The difference is humility, an interest in making things people actually use and that nametags have blogs behind them.
Yesterday Donna Wentworth linked to a Stanford project to help people in their community start weblogs. Right on. [...] Also note that it's important to have a Pied Piper. It's not enough to put up a server, you'll wait a long time before the weblogs start. Someone has to make it look interesting and fun and point to the cool stuff. That's what Jenny does for librarians, and Denise and Ernie for the attorneys. I always keep an eye open for a Pied Piper. I of couse am a PP myself. [Scripting News]
If you're reading this, if your area isn't well covered in blogspace, and if you don't run a weblog yet, please consider becoming a Pied Piper. We'll all learn so much.
This article reviews the development and need for Free and Open Source movements in software development. Part 1 provides a global overview of climates and conditions that fostered the revolution. The climate in software development in 1984 is being mimicked in education today - closing doors, content as individual property, proprietary offerings, and for-profit challenges to the education environment. Part 2 (to be released March 8) calls for a similar revolution in the field of educational content and will announce the formation of an organization committed to fostering Open Source content development.
Radio Stations Learn From Online Music Sharers. [...] someone had the bright idea, "hey, the music that people are sharing online might be the stuff that people really like - instead of the awful music that we play." Of course, while the industry is suddenly realizing how helpful file sharing systems are as a research tool, they're still trying to shut them down.
I added a new feature to [my blog] Puzzlepieces today: Comments I’ve Made. You’ll find it on the right hand side after my links and such. Whenever I post a comment on someone else’s blog or a forum, I will post a link to it there. Actually, this “sideblog” is another blogger-powered blog, included on this page using SSI.
This simultaneously resolves two issues I have with comments:
1) Authentication. It becomes possible to verify that comments with my name on them were indeed penned by me.
2) Return on investment. The comments I leave elsewhere are given a second chance to be read and reflected upon, presumably by a different set of people.
I don't know to what extent Michael has automated this process, but it sure would be cool to have an intermediate commenting software layer that posts to both places with a single click...
Accuradio.com offers a number of quite narrow (in terms of styles) radio channels - there's even a subchannel that only plays Ninja Tune artists! I like their simple interface. They tell you upfront what artists and albums they're playing, let you skip tunes and remove artists from the playlist. Don't try to remove too many, though!
Audioscrobbler (site down right now) captures your playlists and tries to compute how your tastes overlap with other members', making it easier to find "like ears". You don't have to register to explore the database. MusicMatch's recommendation system does the same, but that one is a commercial service.
The Blue Oxen folks and friends are having great forward-thinking, eyes-wide-open conversations on collaboration technologies over on the yak-tools mailing list. Here are a few nuggets that I found quite interesting:
A QuickTime Movie Tour of the BuddySpace system under development at the Open University, which aims to address the challenges of "High-impact, low-effort, large-scale group communications; Community of practice group awareness; understanding 'where people' are mentally (cognitive and affective states) as well as physically (geo-location services) given increasing mobility and multi-tasking; ".