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daily link  Thursday, October 30, 2003


album - themeable HTML photo album generator: Nifty perl package for windows or mac or unix for all-html output photo album site.  Also, ORNJ has a comparable windows executable.   Haven't tried either yet.  12:23:50 PM  permalink  

BlogRolling.com: Interesting web service for maintaining links to interesting sites on a weblog.  12:14:24 PM  permalink  


daily link  Saturday, October 25, 2003


Winning the War on spam: Comparison of 2 Bayesian spam filters: "

  • SpamBayes is currently the best solution to the spam problem. In fact, after I started using it I hardly notice there is a spam problem at all.
  • POPFiles' support for multiple buckets can actually be a very useful feature for sorting your normal mail.
  • both function as POP3 proxies "
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daily link  Friday, October 24, 2003


Trusted Email Open Standard: 10-point summary of TEOS, which includes extensions to SMTP to verify identities, make assertions about message contents, and allow multiple authorities to certify the correctness of assertions.  ".[Messages] that come from senders who are prepared to identify themselves are more likely to be legitimate than those that don't..  [Assertions will be useful because] it is a lot riskier to lie about messages when people know who you are".  More details here  12:44:20 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, October 20, 2003


FisheyeMenuDemo: Flash demo of a better way to do long scrolling lists.  9:59:04 PM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, October 17, 2003




daily link  Tuesday, October 14, 2003


offlineimap: "OfflineIMAP is a tool to simplify your e-mail reading. With OfflineIMAP, you can read the same mailbox from mul- tiple computers. You get a current copy of your messages on each computer, and changes you make one place will be visible on all other systems."  I have read that it is a good tool for synchronizing with IMAP server-to-server, or as a platform for agents.  6:57:29 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, October 13, 2003


As The Blogs Churn:  A summary of stats about blogs.  About 4m have been created, with 25% abandoned within a day, and about 40% updated in the last 30 days.  Surveys seem to run between 900k and 1.6m active blogs (as of Oct 2003).   An ongoing census with factoids finds about equal male and female bloggers, English still the dominant language, etc.  11:23:44 AM  permalink  


daily link  Sunday, October 12, 2003


Searching the BlogSphere: "Trusted Blog Search Tool:  A search box that lets readers search the web, your site, or blogs you read."  4:59:25 PM  permalink  

Perl scripts and java scripts: Free and for-sale form processors, search scripts, Bulk email software and mass mailer, email software, Attachment mailer, shopping cart software, Web statistics software, for any web site with a cgi-bin".  4:58:01 PM  permalink  


daily link  Friday, October 10, 2003


Asterisk - The Open Source Linux PBX: "Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more. Asterisk does voice over IP in three protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware. Asterisk provides Voicemail services with Directory, Call Conferencing, Interactive Voice Response, Call Queuing. It has support for three-way calling, caller ID services, ADSI, SIP and H.323 (as both client and gateway)."  2:50:27 PM  permalink  


daily link  Thursday, October 09, 2003


POPFile - open source Bayes: "POPFile is an automatic mail classification tool. Once properly set up and trained, it will work in the background of your computer, scanning mail as it arrives and filing it however you wish. You can give it a simple job, like separating out junk e-mail, or a complicated one - like filing mail into a dozen folders. Think of it as a personal assistant for your inbox."  Related program:  Robin Keir's K9: "K9 is an email filtering application that works in conjunction with your regular POP3 email program and automatically classifies incoming emails as spam (junk email) or non-spam without the need for maintaining dozens of rules or constant updates to be downloaded. It uses intelligent statistical analysis that can result in extremely high accuracy over time. K9 learns from its mistakes and becomes better and better at being able to identify spam. More importantly it learns to recognize what you consider to be spam. "  1:51:34 PM  permalink  


daily link  Tuesday, October 07, 2003


Mason HQ: "Mason is a Perl-based web site development and delivery engine. With Mason you can embed Perl code in your HTML and construct pages from shared, reusable components. Mason handles caching, debugging, templating, maintaining development and production sites, and more. Mason is 100% free and open source." Features and documentation online.  XSLT has some supportSQL interface with session management provided via Perl libraries.  1:41:01 PM  permalink  


daily link  Monday, October 06, 2003


ITS Central Authentication Service:  CAS is an open single-signon system that is maintained at Yale.  Associated programs are uPortal  site builder, Sympa listserver, and HypersonicSQL.  (uPortal claims it can work with other SQL's, as does the Sympa tutorial).  6:20:33 PM  permalink  

Spam Fighters Turn to Identifying Legitimate E-Mail: Partial summary of standards-based anti-spam efforts.  "Put simply, these efforts are trying to develop the Internet equivalent of caller ID, a technology that will let the receiver of an e-mail message verify the identity of the sender. As with caller ID for telephones, senders will be able to choose whether to remain anonymous. But also like caller ID, recipients may presume that those who do not identify themselves are sending junk. The loudest calls for such a system are coming from the banks, travel companies and online stores that are finding that much of their e-mail is getting caught in spam filters."  Per-message and per-MTA authentication methods compete for attention.  10:30:06 AM  permalink  


daily link  Sunday, October 05, 2003


SmartClone from SkyDesk: Interesting workstation backup and restore product, built on @Backup.  Designed for migrating from one computer to another, and subsequently keeping a online backup.  9:52:32 AM  permalink  

E-mail's special power: Email is broken for some types of collaboration, but not all.  Nice summary of its special value. "Every interpersonal e-mail message creates, or sustains, or alters the membership of a group. It happens so naturally that we don't even think about it. When you're writing a message to Sally, you cc: Joe and Beth. Joe adds Mark to the cc: list on his reply. You and Sally work for one department of your company, Joe for another, Beth is a customer, and Mark is an outside contractor. These subtle and spontaneous acts of group formation and adjustments of group membership are the source of e-mail's special power. Without any help from an administrator, we transcend the boundaries not only of time and space but also of organizational trust.

An ad-hoc group convened by e-mail dissolves unless membership is reaffirmed by each message. This is a feature, not a bug, [like] a hallway conversation is over in minutes; a spontaneous collaboration can last a day; a project may take a week. Software that requires people to explicitly declare the formation of these groups, and to acknowledge their dissolution, is too blunt an instrument for such ephemeral social interaction. ..

Could a protocol other than SMTP, and an application other than e-mail, support such interaction? Sure, but any other communication medium that has e-mail's special power to convene groups will suffer the same diseases that afflict e-mail: spam, abuse, infoglut. We're going to have to figure out how treat these ills with a mix of technical, social, and legal remedies. As we proceed, let's be clear about what e-mail is uniquely qualified to do. There are other ways to publish newsletters, send automated alerts, transfer files, and hold long-running discussions. If we can relieve e-mail of some of these burdens, it will be easier to heal its wounds."

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daily link  Thursday, October 02, 2003


Boa Constructor home: "Boa Constructor is a cross platform Python IDE and wxPython GUI Builder. It offers visual frame creation and manipulation, an object inspector, many views on the source like object browsers, inheritance hierarchies, doc string generated html documentation, an advanced debugger and integrated help."  12:22:41 PM  permalink  

ecartis: Modular Mailing List Manager: "Ecartis is a open-source (GNU License) software package that administers mailing lists (similar to Majordomo and Listserv). "  12:16:22 PM  permalink  

OSCOM - Open Source Content Management: "OSCOM is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to Open Source Content Management."  Many high-profile members.  12:08:07 PM  permalink  

Event Swarms: "We had a lot of success with the use of Groove during Operation Iraqi Freedom. .. The day that "event swarming" became obvious was the day that the statue of Saddam was brought down. As Rapid Assessments were received by members of the space, we would receive Groove IM's directing us to the form and space in which it resided. What was fascinating was to see the number of people that would click through the IM and arrive in the shared space. Where there had been 5 people working in the space, there were now 50. Instantaneously, the space became super-charged with activity, which was most evident in the chat pane as people, separated by thousands of miles, began to discuss what needed to be done, who needed to do it, and decide when it would happen"  9:55:02 AM  permalink  

SUITELAB tools for Groove, including a 3D molecule viewer.  9:44:10 AM  permalink  

Collaboration tools for conflict resolution: "The Virtual Negotiation Table in Southern Asia/New York/Helsinki: Groove was used less than eight weeks ago to broker peace in a nation in southern Asia. .. Groove was embraced by both constituencies because of the virtual nature of the shared space. While one shared space served as the meeting place for the factions, each had separate spaces to discuss their positions and provide context for the negotiators."  9:42:07 AM  permalink  

Cabezal NewsClient for Groove.  (Used in Iraq for publishing news stories to the field DART teams.)  9:38:50 AM  permalink  

Parallelspace eMail 2.0: New release of Groove-Outlook integration tool.  9:26:16 AM  permalink  

Mail within Groove: "AvantMail is a Groove tool developed by Zalba Studio."  9:16:36 AM  permalink  

Treemaps for space-constrained visualization of hierarchies: very interesting tool.  Among its applications are management of disk space, understanding work done in a collaborative space, and more.  9:08:02 AM  permalink  

Tim Knip's grooveInterop 0.5 available.  interesting link between radio and groove using GWS.  Possibly different version at SUITELAB.  9:04:29 AM  permalink  

Mailbucket: an email-to-RSS gateway  "Back in March, I mentioned that Tom Dyson is working on XPath bindings for PostgreSQL. Today he wrote to announce something completely different: an email-to-RSS gateway called MailBucket. It couldn't be simpler to use. Moments ago I sent an email to clever@mailbucket.org. Almost immediately, I was able to subscribe to http://www.mailbucket.org/clever.xml, which is also rendered here. "  12:35:03 AM  permalink  

Ray Ozzie's Weblog: "If you're doing a critical process in e-mail now, you won't be doing it there for long."  12:32:09 AM  permalink  

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