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daily link  Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Microsoft: No IE7 for Windows 2000: "With Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 set to debut next month, Microsoft has quietly closed the door on Windows 2000 users planning to adopt the new Web browser. IE7 will require Windows XP Service Pack 2 due to internal security changes that rely on Microsoft's latest operating system release. .. Microsoft says the task is too complex due to security features not available in the older operating system. Company officials also noted that Windows 2000 is moving into the "Extended" support phase of Microsoft's product lifecycle as of June 30, 2005."  Sounds like an opening for Firefox; there are a lot of Win2k desktops and servers that won't upgrade.  9:18:04 AM  permalink  

daily link  Friday, May 27, 2005

The Long Tail: The dangers of "Headism"  Tight summary of the ideas and implications, comparing the head and tail in many dimensions.   12:23:35 PM  permalink  

daily link  Thursday, May 26, 2005

Firm to use PR methods on online media and the blogosphere:  I've been wondering when blogs and new media would attract PR professionals and political money.  In this case, it's someone from Fox and Cato.  "Next Generation Advertising has opened its doors in D.C. to produce online "virtual" public policy campaigns.   Founder Richard Pollock says the goal is to use what is known as "rich media," video/flash, audio and animation for "entertaining, compelling and interactive" campaigns that can be posted on a variety of online sites.  Pollock says Next Generation will also turn to influential Web-log sites run by bloggers, podcasters and video bloggers. Broadband now permits downloadable video to move around the Internet in a matter of days.  In an online campaign, Pollock says, policy advocates are free of the time limitations of 30- to 60-second TV spots and can reach out to specific audiences by advertising precisely where they visit. 

Pollock is a former Washington producer for ABC's Good Morning America and in 1993 won a daytime Emmy. He also was a senior producer for Fox News Sunday.  Before founding Next Generation, Pollock was executive vice president of Shandwick Public Affairs and vice president of communications for the Cato Institute." [Via John Furrier]

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daily link  Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Web 2.0 programming:  First Flash MX, then AJAX, now more browser programming tools:

  • Dive Into Greasemonkey:  Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension that allows you to write scripts that alter the web pages you visit.  Scripts can be shared.  Has a compiler that generates full Firefox extensions, and a script generator (called Platypus).
  • Piggy Bank 2.0: Piggy Bank is a Firefox extention that turns your regular web browser into a semantic web browser.  Supports scraping and sharing.  Uses Java for cross-platform consistency and deep functionality.   Code, a paper, and a primer online.


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daily link  Monday, May 23, 2005

Fundable: A web site for pooling money in small groups.  "Get it to happen or get your money back."  Could be great for non-profits, open-source coders or freelancers wanting to get paid for making a contribution, fans raising money to fund a concert, bulk buying, school projects, and more.  (How about a private lottery: if we all chip in, one of us gets to go somewhere amazing..) [From Hugh Pyle]

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Game skills pay off in real life: "there's a growing wave of research and firsthand reports about children, parents, workers, corporations and even medical patients experiencing notable benefits from computer or video games. There's also a push to change the mindset of people who dismiss video games as dangerous or worthless."  Cites a variety of studies.  10:52:20 PM  permalink  

daily link  Friday, May 20, 2005

Ontology is Overrated -- Categories, Links, and Tags: A rollup of Clay Shirky's writings on the collective organization of the web.  "It comes down ultimately to a question of philosophy. Does the world make sense or do we make sense of the world? If you believe the world makes sense, then anyone who tries to make sense of the world differently than you is presenting you with a situation that needs to be reconciled formally, because if you get it wrong, you're getting it wrong about the real world.

If, on the other hand, you believe that we make sense of the world, if we are, from a bunch of different points of view, applying some kind of sense to the world, then you don't privilege one top level of sense-making over the other. What you do instead is you try to find ways that the individual sense-making can roll up to something which is of value in aggregate, but you do it without an ontological goal. You do it without a goal of explicitly getting to or even closely matching some theoretically perfect view of the world. Critically, the semantics here are in the users, not in the system. This is not a way to get computers to understand things. .."

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daily link  Thursday, May 19, 2005

Sober-N worm still growing: "the W32/Sober-N worm has now been reported attempting to break into computer systems in over 40 different countries, and shows no signs of slowing down. Since the worm first emerged on Monday it has dominated the chart of most commonly encountered viruses. At the time of writing it is accounting for 79.29% of all viruses seen by Sophos's monitoring stations around the world. Sophos experts calculate that the worm is now accounting for an astonishing 4.5% of all email (legitimate or otherwise) sent across the internet."  9:12:33 AM  permalink  

daily link  Monday, May 16, 2005

The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager: Fabulous java app visualizing parents' name choices since 1900.   8:56:43 AM  permalink  

daily link  Friday, May 13, 2005

Interesting use for the Mac Mini:  "A few weeks ago I was visiting another one of my portfolio companies. They are in the process of rolling out the beta of their enterprise software product. But rather than risk any difficulties with download and installation, the company was shipping its beta as an appliance by simply loading the software onto the Unix shell of a mini and shipping the mini to its beta customers. Configuration of the beta at the customer premises then consisted of simply plugging in the power and the ethernet cable. Couldn't be easier.

Sure, I know that there are cheaper machines to be had running Linux on Intel processors. But the combined power, simplicity and beauty of the Mac mini can not be beat. I suspect we'll be seeing them popping up all over the place -- in the home and in the office -- in the coming months and quarters "

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Sharable Courseware Object Reference Model:  Scott Lemon writes about SCORM:  "There is a good SCORM "brief description" here. It's a rich specification for the creation of courseware - educational software - that includes the course material, coupled with exercises and exams (assessments), and even some metadata about the "flow" of the course - the order that students have to accomplish different parts before progressing, and even scores that must be attained - along with where to send the results.

I had my first demonstration of SCORM today in the form of a government course being given by the Navel Postgraduate School. It was pretty cool ... a .zip file contained the entire SCORM course (something on marine navigation) and once loaded into Blackboard there was all of the course material, the exams, and for the student a way to begin learning."

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