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daily link  Thursday, September 30, 2004

Bush debate response war room: "The Bush campaign has set up a network of Web sites to carry instant analysis of tonight's debate. The "Debate Feed" will provide the GOP spin in real time to as many as 5,000 conservative Web outlets, according to Wired News. "Our rapid response effort is based on the premise that no attack or no misstatement will go unchallenged," Michael Turk, director of the Internet campaign, told the Web site. A "war room" is outfitted with 15 computers and two TVs, monitored by two dozen staffers, ready to send out a Republican response or comment, Wired added. The Kerry campaign is not so well organized. It has e-mailed supporters who work with local newspapers and media, telling them the Kerry campaign will provide a response after the debate, Wired reported."  11:42:44 PM  permalink  

daily link  Tuesday, September 28, 2004

FeedBurner - Amazon Web Services Integration: "You can add the Amazon Associates service to any FeedBurner feed. Here's how the service works: FeedBurner detects your feed categories and then asks you to assign an Amazon store to any category for which you want to include the Amazon Associates program. For example, you might choose to associate the music store with your music category, DVD's with your Pop Culture category, and nothing at all with your Personal and Family categories. You, the publisher have total control over the frequency with which Amazon Associates links appear, and whether they should appear alongside really short posts or only very detailed posts."  12:26:43 PM  permalink  

Bloglines Web Services: New interface for more featureful RSS aggregators.  9:39:26 AM  permalink  

daily link  Monday, September 27, 2004

Kiwi Syslog Daemon:  "Kiwi Syslog Daemon is a freeware Syslog Daemon for Windows. It receives, logs, displays and forwards Syslog messages from hosts such as routers, switches, Unix hosts and any other syslog enabled device. There are many customisable options available."  Useful free version; for $99 it can do ODBC logging and more.  10:26:41 AM  permalink  

ipodder.org: There are groups active in turning iPods into TiVo-like radios, filling up with content served in RSS.  8:22:25 AM  permalink  

daily link  Saturday, September 25, 2004

Five Across:  InterComm:  A new product that provides the essential tools of Groove, in a lightweight package that works for both Windows and Mac.  4:59:44 PM  permalink  

daily link  Thursday, September 23, 2004

How News Portals Serve Up Political Stories:  Why Google News shows so many second-tier conservative news sites. Google won't fully explain it, but Harvard fellow Ethan Zuckerman offers likely explanations.  First, they are organized as alternative news networks, rather than just 'blogs'.  Second, they use more specific phrases like "John Kerry" rather than standard journalism's tendency to use just "Kerry" after the first mention.  The more specific term is considered a better match.

""You have to wonder why some of these wacky sites make the cut..". With an occasional exception, Weblogs are generally not found among the Google News results, so Zuckerman had some advice for aspiring political publishers who want to game the search engines: Don't blog -- start an alternative news network. Use terms like George Bush and John Kerry frequently, rather than their last names alone, in both your text and headlines. Publish new works frequently.  What Zuckerman calls gaming the system, others call optimizing your site."

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Iran's bloggers in censorship protest: "Earlier this month, three reformist websites - Emrooz, Rooydad and Baamdad - re-appeared in a stripped-down form after having been blocked by the authorities. One of them moved the content of its site onto a blog as a means of getting around the block.

It is thought that the number of Iranians keeping blogs is now between 10,000 and 15,000.

However, some recent reports have now suggested that Iranian authorities are considering the creation of a national intranet - an internet service just for Iran - which would be separate from the world wide web. This would potentially mean that users would not be able to access anything the authorities do not want them to see. But Mr Derakhshan said he and his fellow bloggers are working on a strategy to get around the intranet, using email subscription services. "

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Bloggers as disruptive innovation for media: "disruptive innovations--those destined to change the structure of an industry--tend to attack from below. They usually first appear in a form that is in some ways inferior to the existing dominant technologies, and hence are unlikely to get the attention or respect of industry incumbents. They provide examples in industries ranging from steel to semiconductors. In steel, for instance, the challenger technology was "mini-mills" using electric arc furnaces to melt scrap. At first, the steel produced in these mills wasn't as good as the steel produced with the incumbent technology, the gigantic integrated steel plants, so they focused on an unglamorous and relatively low-margin market: reinforcing bar (rebar). Big-steel executives could afford to disregard the mini-mills and to focus on higher-end business.

I would bet that the comments made by some big-steel execs about their mini-mill counterparts were quite similar in tone to the comment recently made by a CBS exec about bloggers in their pajamas. After all, they (the big steel guys) had the vast facilities, stretching out for miles. They had the globally-recognized brand names. They had the big cash balances and large market capitalizations...

This kind of thing happens all the time. Manufacturers of mainframe computers--and their corporate IT customers--tended to discount the personal computer, which was initially a toy for hobbyists. Most incumbent telephone companies did not intitially perceive the Internet as a threat. And so on."

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Speech Code From I.B.M. to Become Open Source: "I.B.M. plans to announce today that it will contribute some of its speech-recognition software to two open-source software groups. .. The software for speech-recognition applications once had to be custom built, but now packages of reusable and standardized tools are becoming available. The speech software can now be added to a Web application so that programmers can use familiar tools and need little additional training. ..

I.B.M. is donating code that it estimates cost the company $10 million to develop. One collection of speech software for handling basic words for dates, time and locations, like cities and states, will go to the Apache Software Foundation. The company is also contributing speech-editing tools to a second open-source group, the Eclipse Foundation.

I.B.M. has contributed code to open-source programmers in the past. In August, for example, the company contributed Cloudscape, a database written in the Java programming language, to the Apache Foundation. And I.B.M. is a leading corporate sponsor of open-source projects like the Apache Web server and the Linux operating system. "It's our usual play," Mr. Mills said. ..

Microsoft has developed its own standardized tools for making speech recognition applications, and in March it introduced Microsoft Speech Server 2004 for running speech-enabled applications. More than 100,000 software programmers have downloaded Microsoft's free software developers' kit for building speech applications on its Windows .Net technology."

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Microsoft Community Blogs: How to find bloggers within MS.  There are reportedly over 1000 bloggers at MS now.  12:12:25 AM  permalink  

daily link  Monday, September 20, 2004

Genezzo: A multi-user, multi-server distributed database, written in perl (!), still under development.   4:38:13 PM  permalink  

daily link  Friday, September 17, 2004

Groove app-launcher:  3-part mini-tutorial on extending Groove.  "In part one I showed a Windows application using Groove Web Services to talk (in a very minimal way) to Groove's collaborative workspace services. Note that this is how Groove File Sharing works too: in that case, yes, GFS is a shell extension which talks SOAP to the local Groove instance.."  11:10:29 PM  permalink  

Jon Udell says it: This is exactly my motivation for this blog:  "as I process my daily RSS inflow in Bloglines, it's very much in my own interest to put the few items of most value in a place where I can find them later. That I'm also putting them someplace where you can find them, that you may be doing the same thing for me, that we may collectively move toward standardized use of shared topics as we iterate this process, that reputation-based filtering may then begin to operate on the emergent set of topics -- all this is goodness, and may ultimately matter, but my participation (and yours) does not depend on these outcomes. Pure self-interest is a sufficient driver. "

Also like my authoring tool, Jon uses a "bookmarklet, so that selected text on the target page is used for the (optional) extended description of the routed item. This makes the items I route easier for me to scan. And for you too."  At least twice a week, I search my blog to find collections of links for friends or colleagues.  Cut and paste into an email, super quick. And the few that use news aggregators or bloglet for email delivery already get it as I write it.

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daily link  Wednesday, September 15, 2004

KwikiKwiki: "Kwiki is perhaps the simplest to install, most modular, and easiest to extend Wiki. A Wiki allows users to freely create and edit web pages in any web browser. Kwiki is Open Source Software written in Perl, and is available on CPAN."  9:53:30 AM  permalink  

What is ecto?: "ecto is a feature-rich desktop blogging client for MacOSX and Windows, supporting a wide range of weblog systems.."  9:52:42 AM  permalink  

Spammers using sender authentication too, study says: August 31, 2004: "2.8 % of legitimate e-mail passes SPF checks, compared with just 3.8 % of spam, CipherTrust's survey showed.  .. spammers have been faster to adopt the technology than legitimate e-mail senders, Judge said.  "Spammers are now better than companies at reporting the source of their e-mail," he said.  ..

Only 31 Fortune 1000 companies publishing SPF or Sender ID records, and only 6 % of CipherTrust's customers publish SPF records, despite the fact that the company's products can check for and validate SPF records, he said.

But Wong, who co-authored both the SPF and Sender ID standards, said that stopping spam was never the intention of SPF or Sender ID. The technology is merely a way to stop one loophole spammers use: source address spoofing. Evidence that spammers are publishing SPF records is a good sign, Meng said. "Spammers are buying into a future that will wipe them out," he said.

In theory, when all spammers are forced to publish SPF records, along with all legitimate e-mail senders, it will be easy for legitimate companies to develop e-mail reputations for Internet domains that do and do not send spam, he said. ..

Meng said that SPF was never intended as an antispam cure-all, likening the difference between SPF and antispam technology to the difference between "flour and food."  "There are about 12 things that we need to do to fix e-mail, and this is one of them," Meng said, paraphrasing comments by Nathaniel Borenstein of IBM Corp., another antispam expert. "When we have all 12 in place, we'll start to win the war." "

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daily link  Sunday, September 12, 2004

Michael Helfrich describes a mobile WiFi cloud experiment during Strong Angel II:  "The Pony Express was nothing more than a Chevy SUV, housing a Groove Relay, a yagi mast, and a 5-watt in-line linear amplifier between the PC's WIFI card and the yagi. The vehicle was driven in a large circle linking three camps, much like the [refugee] camp described above, spread across the big island. These camps had personnel with laptop computers and WIFI capability, but no uplink to the internet. As the Pony Express was driven into each camp, the devices would detect the mobile cloud and dispense their locally cached Groove payloads, while taking in messages that were housed on the relay from the other camps and from others around the world. The Pony Express moved from camp to camp, and to the base camp where the internet was available. ..

Actual applications were distributed to these far flung camps. From the base camp in Kona, we created a Rapid Assessment capability using the Groove Forms tool. The Pony Express was able to actually DELIVER the application to those in the field without any IT intervention. The space was created; the form added; and invites sent. Upon acceptance in each camp, messages were delivered back to the inviter and the space/application was delivered using the Pony Express. Subsequent data was delivered back to base camp automatically. It just worked."

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Port Reporter (PortRptr.exe): "Port Reporter logs TCP and UDP port activity on a local Windows system. Port Reporter is a small application that runs as a service on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 this service is able to log which ports are used, which process is using the port, if the process is a service, which modules the process has loaded and which user account is running the process. On Windows 2000 systems, this service is limited to logging which ports are used and when. In both cases the information that the service provides can be helpful for security purposes, troubleshooting scenarios, and profiling system's port usage."  3:58:12 PM  permalink  

daily link  Friday, September 10, 2004

Wikipedia Reputation and the Wemedia Project: The rationale for the value of Wikipedia and other open-modification resources.  Describes one test where a dozen errors were introduced, and all were corrected within 3 hours.  Reminds me of "single text" conflict resolution, open source intelligence, and the codification of traditional knowledge.  As long as there are enough authors paying attention, it may work for capturing collective knowledge.  11:23:24 PM  permalink  

Rick Klau explains FeedBurner:  How it cuts bandwidth costs, records usage, and cleans up RSS, all at once.  10:58:04 PM  permalink  

daily link  Thursday, September 09, 2004

Automated Tree Drawing: XSLT and SVG: XSLT code to convert a compact text syntaxes for a tree into XML, and from there into SVG for rendering in documents or onscreen. 

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daily link  Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Converting Between Julian Dates and Gregorian Calendar Dates: has formula and sample fortran code.  9:22:07 AM  permalink  

daily link  Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Overture- Search Term Suggestion Tool: Neat, to compare with Google AdWords.  12:11:37 PM  permalink  

Disney's Social Software Service: Magical Gatherings.  Description of Disney's travel planner app, allowing groups to share a schedule, chat, vote, and browse together online.  10:00:34 AM  permalink  

daily link  Wednesday, September 01, 2004

June 2004 Phishing attack report:  Useful background data from http://www.antiphishing.org/,  9:23:03 AM  permalink  

Must-download TV:  "In recent months, a host of developers and TV enthusiasts have been working on ways to improve the TV trade online -- they're building sophisticated trading networks to record and encode and distribute shows, and they're improving peer-to-peer transfer systems to make downloading easier. The hottest new improvement is made possible by the merging of two of the Internet's newest innovations, the p2p protocol BitTorrent and RSS, the popular Web syndication standard. Together, these systems allow a computer to automatically find and download a user's favorite shows -- something like having a TV station designed just for you. "  Examples: TV RSS Linux Client: "Gtk2-Perl Torrent RSS feed reader for linux."; and Buttress: "will be a Application to automatically download and run .torrent files from RSS feeds, without user input"  12:20:11 AM  permalink  

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