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daily link  Monday, November 29, 2004


Intelliseek's BlogPulse: Nifty tools and reports on what's active in blogspace.  9:55:50 PM  permalink  


daily link  Thursday, November 25, 2004


Blog Torrent - Simplified bittorrent by Downhill Battle: "A greatly simplified bittorrent experience."  Said to be suitable for sharing home videos, or other large objects.  11:53:47 PM  permalink  


daily link  Wednesday, November 24, 2004


Eliyon Technologies: "provides the most comprehensive source of information on business professionals available. Our growing database currently contains over 22 million executives, managers and professionals in 1,538,217 companies. "  Impressive demo.  A natural fit for LinkedIn or Spoke.  Could impact journalism, business competitive research, intelligence.  7:11:12 PM  permalink  

Groove needs external interfaces: I wrote a comment to another weblog about Groove's limitations from a user's point of view; you can read it here.  5:19:25 PM  permalink  


daily link  Tuesday, November 23, 2004


Linux backdoors: Scott Lemon points to a paper on how to introduce back doors into Linux kernels, and speculates that as its popularity grows, Linux may become a more attractive target for hackers.  I imagine uncontrolled distribution of hacked distro's (via bitTorrent, etc) providing a slow vector for the spread of hackable operating systems.  9:51:37 AM  permalink  

Adam Bosworth's ISCOC04 Talk: Nice rant on simplicity in protocols and systems:  "That software which is flexible, simple, sloppy, tolerant, and altogether forgiving of human foibles and weaknesses turns out to be actually the most steel cored, able to survive and grow while that software which is demanding, abstract, rich but systematized, turns out to collapse in on itself in a slow and grim implosion. ..

Consider search. .. today half a billion people search every day and what do they use? Not Query by Example. Not Boolean logic. They use a solution of staggering simplicity and ambiguity, namely free text search. The engineering is hard, but the user model is simple and sloppy. ..

When HTML first came out it was unbelievably sloppy and forgiving, permissive and ambiguous. .. HTML is today the basic building block for huge swathes of human information. ..

You want to see the future. Donít look at Longhorn. Look at Slashdot. 500,000 nerds coming together everyday just to manage information overload. Look at BlogLines. "  More in this spirit here.

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daily link  Saturday, November 20, 2004


Salesforce.com as Nonprofit CRM Donor Management Database:  For up to 10 users, "Salesforce.com provide their hosted [Professional Edition] CRM dB to nonprofits for free [as part of their] philanthropy and giving back to the community.. several nonprofits are using Salesforce, including the United Way.  ..

Literally, within minutes of signing up for a free thirty day trail, I was phoned by an account manager to help me get started (not to  make a sell since it was obvious I was a nonprofit). In seeing that I was a nonprofit, she got me connected with their nonprofit CRM manager who in turn got me connected with Clearport.org. Clearport.org is working with Salesforce to develop a template for nonprofits to help configure  Salesforce for nonprofit data management processes (to be released sometime in the Spring)." The author likes salesforce's modules for management of contacts, loans, and donations, with Office integration and an API.  He says Kintera has more features for marketing nonprofits, but salesforce covers the basics for free.

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DotOrg Media:  Good source for info about tech for nonprofits, including:
  • Open Source Survey Results
  • Using Open Source Software
  • A Guide to ASPs, Internet Services and Online Software
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    HitMaps: Awesome service to generate geographic maps of web page usage automatically.  "Ghe display maps for ClimatePrediction.net [and other sites] now include a thumbnail display with a live daily update, which in turn links to larger maps of different views for world, continent, and a few country maps. .. Hits to a web page are collected by including the thumbnail HitMap image into the page. The IP of the page requester is translated into geographical coordinates and stored in a database. Once a day, the HitMaps map images (the thumbnail image and the rest of maps it links to) are updated according to the database..."  Currently about 1400 sites are tracked, and the service is being upgraded to handle more.  I'll try adding it to this site soon.  10:07:19 PM  permalink  

    10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time / by Jonathan J. Harris: cool take on the news at the moment.  12:11:56 AM  permalink  


    daily link  Friday, November 19, 2004


    Bloglines, Flickr, and del.icio.us make RSS delectable: Good review and comparison of these tools.  12:27:22 AM  permalink  


    daily link  Thursday, November 18, 2004


    Hugh on the Bloglines API: Nice story of how he built a Groove interface to collect RSS from the Bloglines API.  11:43:10 PM  permalink  

    Sifry's Alerts: Oct 2004 State of the Blogosphere: Good 4-part series with nice graphs.  A few facts:

    • About 400k blog posts are created daily (about 4.6 per second)
    • About 4 million weblogs exist, at least 2m active
    • About 5000 corporate bloggers are active, with Microsoft, Sun and SAP the best represented companies
    • The number of blogs is doubling every 3-5 months, growing now by 12,000 per day, of which over half remain active (defined as having a post within the last 3 months)
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    daily link  Wednesday, November 17, 2004


    312, Inc. LeanOnMe: "Using innovative Peer-to-Peer technology, LeanOnMe allows you to backup your files to your friends, family, or colleague's computer. This is all done quickly, easily, and safely, using encryption standards similar to that used by banks and the military. LeanOnMe is platform independent! (Windows, UNIX, Linux, Macintosh) "  One time software sale, no monthly fees, $50 for a pair of machines.  11:05:57 PM  permalink  


    daily link  Tuesday, November 16, 2004


    Korean Cyworld - commercial blogging: "Cyworld is a popular site that provides personal homepage services. As of yesterday, the site surpassed 10 million members, or more than a quarter of the South Korean population. Within just a few years of launching, it has become an important part of mass culture.  Cyworld's main feature is a type of Web log called a "mini hompy," short for mini homepage. Like other blogs, users can create various Web boards, produce online photo albums, and upload other content. Its specialized content includes a "mini room," which users can decorate with items from a cyber shop.  Arcade games and music can also be bought to be included in one's hompy. These are bought with acorns, which cost 100 won (9 cents) each. Currently, Cyworld earns about 150 million won a day from acorn sales."

    I was a Cyholic:  Good description by a young user, with screen shots and insights into the social processes cyworld builds on (vanity, status-seeking, and even the pleasures of being stalked).

    A recent essay by Clay Shirky provides a valuable counterpoint.  Looking at mailing lists and SlashDot, he notes how a focus on personal computers and individual users obscures what they are used for.  Networked computers are less like "boxes" than "doors" into a social space.  Simple means and rapid experimentation can create a lot of value.

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    daily link  Monday, November 15, 2004


    MetaVNC -- a window-aware VNC: Neat way to remote control multiple machines. "MetaVNC is a window aware VNC. MetaVNC merges windows of multiple remote desktops into a single desktop screen. MetaVNC also comes with its own task bar and application menu, which makes it easy to control applications or windows on different hosts. Furthermore, MetaVNC trys to merge remote desktops with local desktops."  10:12:35 PM  permalink  


    daily link  Thursday, November 04, 2004


    Linux Open Logic Distribution Service: "BlueGlue is more than one-stop shopping for Open Source software. It provides a way for enterprise managers to impose consistency, better documentation and orderly upgrades on what can often seem like a very random Open Source world.   Specifically, OpenLogic sells its BlueGlue Open Source tools platform as an annual subscriptions that include

    1. software from more than 100 different Open Source projects,
    2. professional documentation,
    3. regularly scheduled updates, big fixes, upgrades, and
    4. technical support.

    Developer/architect training and consulting are also offered as optional upgrade services. Moreover, the BlueGlue platform automates some of the trickier aspects of using Open Source on enterprise tasks, including installation, configuration, integration, deployment and testing. "Many Open Source packages just don't play well together... so as part of our value-add, we have devised a knowledge based engine that integrates these together," Grolnick said.  ..

    OpenLogic releases a new BlueGlue release every 4 months, which aggregates all changes to all listed Open Source projects. Further, BlueGlue engineers confirm the bug fixes and code updates by taking the code through test cycles, and make sure that any integration that may have existed between Open Source projects before the updates remains intact. OpenLogic's BlueGlue is available on CD, in a subscription, starting at $199. "

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