Day: January 10, 2003

  • Weblog Moderation

    While I was crossing the street (Connecticut Avenue in Kensington, Maryland: 6 lane divided highway) this evening, I thought to myself: why isn’t my weblog moderated? [context is important here]

    I link to a lot of stuff. I write some personal stuff, and then every once in awhile I write something quite worth reading.  Why can’t someone view my weblog at a Slashdot threshold of 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, or -1 depending on what they’re looking for.  If they viewed my weblog at 3, they’d catch some of my better work, probably the stuff that gets me flow from various sources.  I would probably set the default for my weblog to 1, that way the stuff that doesn’t matter would get modded down, but everything else would be 1 or above.

    The stuff deemed useless by my readers would be modded -1 Redunant, Unfunny, Dross or something of the sort.  Users who found a particular post helpful would rank it +1 Insightful, Interesting, Amusing, Funny, Productive, Useful, etc.  It could be done on a per-post basis or someone could moderate several posts at once on the main page.

    Now here’s the kicker for everyone who complains about weblogs always being in reverse-chronological order: There’s a little menu on the sidebar that allows you to view posts by date (chronological or reverse chronological) OR by rank (highest moderated weblog posts first).  This way someone can come to my weblog and view my stuff staring at the most intelligent things I’ve said.

    I can see this easier to implement (in theory) with a dynamic weblog (like Roller) but I’m sure Sam could hack this up in about 6 lines of Perl (I’m being generous) and the obligatory new template.

    Moderators: Please mod this post up.

  • Weblogging Best Practices: Updates

    Reverand Jim is thinking about weblogging best practices as they pertain to updating content.  I tend to link out to external pages for longer standalone content and use an Update: to note changes or updates if they occur recently after the post.  If it’s been awhile (> 1 day) I will usually link back to the update in the present.

    My solution sounds like a 1-2-3 hybrid.

  • San Luis Obispo

    Doc Searls stopped in SLO (San Luis Obispo for those who have never been there) while on a road trip back to Santa Barbara.  The funny thing is that I stopped in Santa Barbara for lunch while driving between LA and SLO.  I don’t think that I knew that Doc lived in Santa Barbara at the time.  I also didn’t try to search out net access in coffee shops at the time.

    Here’s an entry from right before the trip.  I had been blogging with Radio for a little more than a month at that point, though I started Livejournaling in September 2001.

  • Revocable Open Source Licenses

    Nathan Myers thinks out loud about the revocable nature of open source licenses:

    A quick scan through the Free Software licenses I have immediately on hand showed one thing in common: none say the rights are waived perpetually or irrevocably. On the face of it, it seems, I could release a program under the GPL, and then announce five years later that it and all derived works are under my private control again.

    The rest of the article goes into ways to resolve this sticky issue.  IANAL so most of this stuff flies over my head.

  • WebCore in NetNewsWire?

    Brent is looking into embedding WebCore into NetNewsWire:

    WebCore is the framework developers can use to add Safari’s HTML renderer to their applications. There’s a pretty good chance NetNewsWire will use this. Step one for me will be to get it working with a simple test app.

    I really wish my old 8500 (hotrodded with a 400MHz G4 card) were able to (easily) run OSX.  I’m missing out on all this cool stuff.

  • Red Hat 8.1 In April

    LinuxToday confirms what I suspected: Hat 8.1 is due in April:

    Linux software vendor Red Hat plans to fortify its desktop Linux lineup by shipping Red Hat Linux 8.1 in April, a 32-bit technical workstation this quarter and a full-fledged corporate desktop in the next six to 12 months, the company confirmed.

    Today’s Linux Celebrity Deathmatch: UnitedLinux vs. Red Hat Corporate Linux.

  • New Bill Kearney Weblog

    Heads up: Bill Kearney has set up a new weblog.  His new blog also has an RSS feed.  RSS subscribed-a-go-go.

  • Weblog APIs

    Go read Sam Ruby’s post about weblog APIs:

    Why do I say it is dramatically simpler?  Let’s propose a challenge.  In the spirit of the BDG to SOAP 1.1 which exposed all of the machinery of SOAP, I’d like to request that proponents of either the Blogger API or the MetaWeblog API produce a similar BDG for their protocols, and would like to request that it include the first item from the Radio Weblog Post Module example.  I’ll start by providing a sample for RESTLogPost.

    Any takers?

    Has anybody implemented any clients or servers with the Blogger2 API?  I read the specs and the arguments back and forth after the specs were released, but I’m not quite sure if things were resolved.

    I personally like (and have more experience with) the metaWeblogAPI since it has support for stuff like titles and anything else you want to drag out from the RSS2.0 spec.

    So what else do you have up your sleeve, Sam?  Your RestLogPost sample leaves me wanting more.  🙂

  • SPOT

    Thanks to Steve “Furrygoat” Makofsky for a pointer to Microsoft’s press release on expensive smart watches with SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology).  I’d love an RSS aggregator on my wrist, that would be geeky-cool.  It’s interesting that Fossil, one of the initial manufacturers, is hedging its bets: it released a palm-based wrist PDA just a few months ago.

    If you go to their Tech page, you can see Microsoft technology on the left and Palm technology on the right.  Freaky.

  • Microsoft .NET Connected

    Phil Wainewright:

    How long before some version of Linux earns the “Microsoft .NET Connected” badge? That day may be closer than anyone expects — I predict it will be in the first half of 2004.

    Bold prediction.  I’d love to see it happen.

  • Blogger Pro Does Not Play Nice With Safari

    Dave Hyatt on Safari:

    Blogger, if you’re listening, you can treat us just like Mozilla. We will work. What do you think I used to post blogs on the Mac before you started blocking it? 🙂