Archive for January, 2003

BlogPlex: Oldie but Goodie

Matt Mower expounds upon the concept of BlogPlexes, ridiculously easily formed communities centered around blogs. I find much that resonates but the analysis of why communities form somewhat lacking. In particular, getting a community to a self-sustaining configuration is quite difficult as evinced by any number of community dotcom craters. Also, attempting to form communities […]

TrackBack NG

TrackBack is one of those neat ad hoc technologies enabled by The RSS Network. The technology has reached critical mass though and design now needs to proceed in a more considered fashion. Or so says Timothy Apnel in his thoughts on “The Next Generation of TrackBack.”


I’ve long thought the vector that The RSS Network is headed on is essentially a reinvention of NNTP. Modulo the efficient distribution of items. DJ Adams has provided the technology prototype by combining NNTP and RSS. However, it’s an open question whether the result can grab any social traction and large scale momentum.

MovableType 2.6

Two features of the upcoming MovableType 2.6 seem prominent. The support for PostgreSQL and SQLite means DB drivers at the high end and the low end. MT on the high end means more blogs/processing per installation. MT on the low end means bleeding edge LAMP in one reasonable package. Meanwhile, the text formatting is a […]

SI Goes to Digital Photography

Sports Illustrated, one of the most profitable properties of AOL/WT, used digital photography to capture images of Super Bowl XXXVII, one of the most central events in US culture. If that isn’t the official stamp of approval on a digital technology, I don’t know what is. Not really a news flash to those of us […]

Edgie Awards

The Newspaper Association of America runs a contest and awards prizes for the most innovative uses of digital media. Memo to self: take a look at the winners and see what common themes and motifs came out. What are the widgets that appeared most? Interviews

Originally drawn in because of the Guido van Rossum interview, I’ve discovered that has an overall good collection of interviews with prominent software developers.

Selling Those PDFs

The Christian Science Monitor has a neat marketing angle for its online PDF version of the paper version. They bill it as the “Treeless Edition”!!. Personally, I think PDF replicas are a relatively unintelligent way to publish online, *but* this does highlight a value add that might be appealing to CSM readers.

RSS and The News

Great overview/backgrounder by Rusty Coats on what RSS can do for news operations. Additional cred due to couching the tech in traditional newsie terms and appearing in a relatively straightforward press venue. Similarly, JD Lasica has a news aggregator roundup in the Online Journalism Review. His take is couched as more of a time saver […]

In Defense of Monolinguism

Many people are combining PhP and MovableType in interesting ways. However, there is a significant limitation. PhP has no direct access to the beautiful Perl API of MovableType. Enter Mason. Perl based dynamic pages with much the same spirit of PhP. Yet since Mason is written in Perl, it can use the MT Perl modules. […]


As Perl is to Python, so seems Vellum to MovableType. [Via]

Piling on SMIL

So now the W3 is embarking on a mission to add synchronized text to multimedia, as if they didn’t already have a standard (SMIL) that was supposed to cover that already. Weird. My advice, stick with Flash.

Sam Ruby: Cohesion

Sam Ruby tries to cohere various linking notification mechanisms (trackback, pingback, automatic linkback) around the types of group communication that they enable.

Drag to Blog

Details of combining Folder Actions, AppleScript, and the Weblog API, to make blogging as easy as dragging a link to a folder.

Kung-Log Reworked

Looks like Kung-Log has been reworked to use Cocoa instead of AppleScript. May have to kick the tires. Via [0xDECAFBAD]

Understanding Information Architecture

Rusty Foster of Kuro5hin fame, pens a nice article on “Understanding Information Architecture”. Oddly enough, the piece resolves little about what an information architect actually does, but still has an interesting Q & A regarding the reworking of NPR’s Web site.

Baseball Prospectus: Pay To Play

Baseball Prospectus, a great baseball analysis and commentary site, is going from a free site to a subscription model. Their writing is really good, but I’m not sure they have a strong enough hook and a big enough audience to support $39.95 a year. We’ll see.

Mic Checka

One two, one two! Is this thing on.