Saturday February 11, 2006

Narrowband Connectivity

In the News...

China will pass the US in Broadband Lines by late 2006. US Broadband Penetration Breaks 65% Among Active Internet Users.

The US has fallen to 19th overall in household broadband penetration, and is in danger of being passed by Slovenia in early 2007.

Slovenia?! ...
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Thursday February 09, 2006

Do You Digg It?

I have started to use digg.

Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.
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Do You Digg It? - posted at Thu, 09 Feb, 08:30 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday February 08, 2006

More Communication Sources

I started my weblog in mid-2002. But I really got going in February 2003 (three years ago). I've been typing and posting ever since.

According to Technorati's recent State of the Blogosphere

A new blog is created every second and the phenomenon has grown 60 times larger than it was three years ago,

Wow. ...
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More Communication Sources - posted at Wed, 08 Feb, 00:09 Pacific | Comments (0)

Thursday February 02, 2006

Linking Up With LinkedIn

I have had a LinkedIn account at the free (aka "Personal") level for almost a year, since February 10, 2005. I joined because a former co-worker suggested it on one of the mailing lists I subscribe to. He queried the list wondering if we had enough mass to make a LinkedIn "group". I was curious, as were others, and we entertained a brief flurry of membership and connection requests.

Things slowed down for a while. Then I began to notice a steady increase in LinkedIn invitations in my Inbox. At this point I have 89 connections and 17 outstanding invitations pending. ...
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Linking Up With LinkedIn - posted at Thu, 02 Feb, 08:09 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday January 18, 2006

Excluding Categories in Movable Type

We wanted to be able to post "draft" weblog articles, accessible for review by a selected audience but not publicly available to the world yet. We wanted to exclude one or more named categories from all indexes and lists; however, we also wanted to ensure that the "excluded" articles could be found by direct URL to their "Individual Archive" pages.

We use Movable Type which has many useful plugins available, including quite a few choices for handling categories. That's the good news. ...
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Friday December 30, 2005

Sending Web Form Data by Email

A friend asked me for some software advice:

I need a CGI for taking a simple web form (name, address, phone, email, etc.) and sending the data to a specific email destination in a format that could be loaded into excel or a database. Ideally, I'd like the email address (in the form) validated for basic address compliance.

This would be running on a Mac OS X Server (Tiger) w/Apache, Perl 5.8.6, mod_perl.

I could write that myself, but it just so happens that I know of two programs to recommend. ...
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Friday December 16, 2005

Waiter Rant

I found a fun new weblog to read. Apparently it's been around for a while — the archives go back to April 2004. Recently (November, 2005) moved from Blogspot to its very own domain.

It's called Waiter Rant (subtitle "Do you want pommes frites with that?" :-) The author is a real waiter, sharing anonymous (and often funny stories of life in the food service biz.

Start here ...

Waiter Rant - posted at Fri, 16 Dec, 12:44 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday December 10, 2005

Civility

By now you may have heard of the altercation that took place between Mena Trott (SixApart.com) and Ben Metcalfe (backstage.bbc.co.uk) at the recent Les Blogs conference in France. ...

Read my commentary ...

Civility - posted at Sat, 10 Dec, 10:55 Pacific | Comments (0)

Saturday September 10, 2005

We Are The Web

Ten years ago, Netscape went public, bringing the WWW to the attention of Wall Street and the masses. The masses took the Web as their own.

Kevin Kelly published an excellent article on the Web phenomenon of the decade in the August issue of Wired magazine.

My own comments, on both the Wired article and my own experience, are posted today in commentary.

We Are The Web - posted at Sat, 10 Sep, 00:11 Pacific

Friday June 17, 2005

Blogger Meet-up (and I missed it!)

Is the "traditional media" doing anything like this where you are?

The personal media revolution came to the KRON 4 studios Saturday [June 11] when more than 100 members of the Bay Area blogger community accepted [an] invitation for a meet-up.

[ Bay Area Blogger Meet-up ]

KRON 4 ("The Bay Area's News Station") is one of our local television stations and a big player in the "traditional" media channels. I find it intriguing that a television station is interested in connecting with weblogging; I would have expected a newspaper to do something like this.

KRON 4 recognizes the importance of the blogosphere in connecting with our local communities. If you don't have a web log or "blog" yourself, chances are one of your friends or neighbors does. Bloggers take the time to post their thoughts on virtually any subject imaginable. Their efforts are already changing the media landscape.
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In the coming days and weeks, KRON4.com will be launching two major new initiatives designed to support the Bay Area Blogosphere. We will be posting and maintaining a comprehensive list of Bay Area blogs. Also we will be launching a new aggregator that will allow you to come to one place to see the latests posts from local bloggers.

Kinda cool...

I missed the meet-up (I vaguely recall seeing and discarding the evite) but I got the second notice, sent both as email and posted on the KRON-4 website. (Hmmm. They found my weblog :-)

They're asking for feedback. I'll have to think about what I want to say.

Blogger Meet-up (and I missed it!) - posted at Fri, 17 Jun, 08:12 Pacific | Comments (0)

Wednesday June 15, 2005

Grafedia - Grafitti meets the WWW

It's certainly nothing I would have thought of. Words written in blue, underlined, painted on a wall. Use your cell phone or computer to send email or a text message to that blue word "@grafedia.net" and get back an image or sound file by return mail.

It's hyperlinking in the physical world. It's weird. It's strange. It's also a really cool concept.

Grafedia is hyperlinked text, written by hand onto physical surfaces and linking to rich media content - images, video, sound files, and so forth. It can be written anywhere - on walls, in the streets, or on sidewalks. Grafedia can also be written in letters or postcards, on the body as tattoos, or anywhere you feel like putting it. Viewers "click" on these grafedia hyperlinks with their cell phones by sending a message addressed to the word + "@grafedia.net" to get the content behind the link.

Grafedia was created by John Geraci at the Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU. It was recently written up by CNN. I wonder if there's any in San Francisco yet...

Grafedia - Grafitti meets the WWW - posted at Wed, 15 Jun, 16:42 Pacific | Comments (0)

Friday January 21, 2005

Men, Women, and Web Services

You've probably heard the statement that when it comes to communication, men are from Mars, while women are from Venus? A concept straight from the title of a book by John Gray, this highlights an idea made popular by Deborah Tannen (You Just Don't Understand) in 1990. When men and women try to communicate, they often seem to be from different planets.

On the other hand, I bet this is the first time you've heard of the idea that men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and web services are from Betelgeuse. :-) That's the title of a paper (in PDF format) that I found while surfing around on the web. The authors extend the theme to the problems of communicating between legacy applications and new Web applications. ...
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Men, Women, and Web Services - posted at Fri, 21 Jan, 21:26 Pacific

Wednesday January 19, 2005

Comment but nofollow

First it was graffiti on walls. Then it was junk mail,. In the "information age" it's junk faxes and an increasing torrent of undesirable offers in our emailboxes. In the past year, there's been a major increase in the volume of a new kind of graffiti junk spam — weblog comment spam (ich).

Comment spam has lately become more than a minor annoyance for the site owner. But, with the help of other members of the weblogging community, we've been fighting back.

One tool, available for those who use Movable Type, is MT-Blacklist, a plugin that lets you easily manage and delete comment spam. I've been using the Blacklist plugin for about a year now; it prevented the need for me to turn off comments entirely. Even better, as of MT 3.*, comments can now be moderated as well. Between MT-Blacklist and moderating, a lot of my troubles have vanished. ...
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Comment but nofollow - posted at Wed, 19 Jan, 18:33 Pacific

Thursday January 13, 2005

IT & Tea - Weblogging Presentation

I attended a presentation on weblogging today. Rich suggested I attend as he couldn't promise a properly complete recap :-)
Speaker: Terry Huwe - Director of Library and Information Resources- UC Berkeley

It seems everywhere you look these days, people are talking and thinking about Blogging. But just how relevant is Blogging? Is it just another "transitional" technology, or is it here to stay? Terry Huwe will explore these questions, covering what Blogs are, how they work, and what their value points are. This talk will explore both the "big picture"--how Blogs fit into the "information ecologies" of today's organizations--as well as the basic technical skills you need to get started. Attendees will learn what the top Blogging products are and how to find out more about them, what's new and emerging in the Blogosphere, and how to make strategic, informed decisions for evaluating Blogging as an information management tool.

The presentation focused on the potential that weblogging has for organizations, such as research organizations, libraries, institutions and corporations, more than individuals. Apparently weblogging has been the hot topic at the last two "Internet Librarian" conferences and the most recent "Computers in Libraries" conference. As Mr Huwe said, weblogs provide fast movement of content to the web without touching a server. "What's not to like?" ...
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IT & Tea - Weblogging Presentation - posted at Thu, 13 Jan, 21:00 Pacific

Tuesday August 12, 2003

Weblogging - The Next Generation

I have begun a weblogging experiment.

I created a private weblog for my family, a kind of Family Bulletin Board. Then I invited 10 family members to join as Guest Authors. So far, 5 of the 10 have accepted the invitation and one is considering the idea. All of the guest authors have posted at least once and several have also added comments.

In addition, my sister has been sufficiently interested to ask me to help her set up her own, personal, weblog. Now that's a success story.

Weblogging - The Next Generation - posted at Tue, 12 Aug, 22:34 Pacific

Monday August 04, 2003

TypePad registration opens RSN

TypePad registration will open on Monday, August 4 at 11:59 pm (PDT) as a Preview Release. That's less than 2 hours away as I write this... Features will continue to be added and the system will still be considered to be under development, but the service will be open for any user to sign up. Pricing and features at typepad.com home page.

Get it while it's hot! It's not free... but it's very nice and the support is excellent.!

TypePad registration opens RSN - posted at Mon, 04 Aug, 22:29 Pacific

Monday July 28, 2003

TypePad is in sight

When I first started playing with weblogs, I used Greymatter. I didn't do much with it, and things just sort of lay fallow for about a year. Then I heard about Moveable Type at the O'Reilly Mac OS X conference and (eventually) got around to installing Moveable Type in February, 2003. I really like MT and I've been steadily adding to my journal ever since.

Fortunately (for me) but unfortunately (for many potential users) MT provides a wealth of options for configuration, most of which require a knowledge of HTML coding to use! To address this "problem", the developers of MT have announced (and will soon be releasing) releasing TypePad. ...
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TypePad is in sight - posted at Mon, 28 Jul, 22:42 Pacific

Wednesday May 21, 2003

Shortening URLs

Which URL is easier to remember, send via email without breaking, etc?
http://quizilla.com/users/laur/quizzes/Which%20famous%20feline%20are%20you%3F/
or
http://xrl.us/catquiz
If you didn't have much difficulty deciding the second was "better", you'll want to know about the Metamark Shorten™ Service at http://metamark.net/.

Some related tools are also available, including a pair of "bookmarklets" (one in a popup window, the other not), and a Services menu item for Mac OS X.

Shortening URLs - posted at Wed, 21 May, 21:07 Pacific

Monday April 14, 2003

Safari has Tabs!

The latest Safari beta has tabs! It has AutoFill as well. My first and second most desired enhancements are now part of Safari. My new favorite browser now has everything I wanted!.

Tabs have been a big deal since Safari shipped the first Beta. There are Tabs in Mozilla and (most) users like tabs (count me among them). Giles Turnbull wrote an article comparing Safari to Camino (formerly Chimera), the Mac OS X Aquatized Mozilla project. He wrote:

No sooner had Safari made it out into the wild, than many users were clamoring for tabbed browsing. Long available in Mozilla, Opera, and other browsers, the use of tabs to bring together a screenload of web browser windows into a smaller, single-window package has become a very popular feature (although there are some who consider tabs alien to the Mac way of doing things).
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Safari has Tabs! - posted at Mon, 14 Apr, 14:07 Pacific

Saturday February 01, 2003

Weblog renovation

I have upgraded my weblog to use MoveableType (http://www.moveabletype.org). I like the look, prefer the configuration, and it gives me a chance to learn about CSS.

Weblog renovation - posted at Sat, 01 Feb, 14:37 Pacific