XML and software
XML, web and software in general, with notes on Radio Userland resources

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daily link  Monday, January 30, 2006


IM Interoperability matrix: Useful reference to features and connections among AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google, Skype, and a few others.  11:52:07 PM  permalink  


daily link  Saturday, January 28, 2006


The sparring and spin of the Google dance:  "To test the effectiveness of these tactics, the Guardian created a spoof site and tried to force it up Google's rankings. Over one week, a number of tricks - some similar to those used by black-hat firms - were used to successfully push it to the top.

The spoof site was set up to promote eco-friendly flip-flops, a bogus product promising zero harmful emissions. The simple page featured a disclaimer to make the nature of the experiment clear, and a picture of the goods. At the start of the experiment, there were more than 11,500 results for "eco-friendly flip-flops" on Google, and the spoof site did not feature. Within two days of creating the site, Google's spider - the program that explores the web - had discovered the site and included it in its main index, but it appeared within the lowest 100 pages.

A second site was created which contained a large number of links to the first. Because Google rates the authority of a site partly by how many times they have been linked to, this ploy can makes a site appear popular. Within hours, the effect was apparent - the spoof site was now the top result in our test search, trumping the other 11,500 sites within days."
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daily link  Friday, January 27, 2006


How to Start a Blog and Moving to Movabletype from Radio : useful references from Phil Windley.
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SoftwareFor.org:: Software for Starving Students (SSS) version 2006.01 released, with many useful free utilities, both Windows and Mac.
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daily link  Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Sipura SPA-3000  Small unit that provides voip and gateway functions.  Interfaces for ethernet, and for "normal analogue telephone (or cordless) and a standard PSTN line.  In technical terms, this has both an FXS and an FXO interface - the FXS interface allows a normal telephone to be turned into an IP phone and the FXO interface provides connectivity to a PSTN line (or of course another voip adapter which is locked by the provider). These interfaces can be configured independantly using the onboard web interface where when you log in as an admin user and switch to advanced mode, there are hundreds of settings ..."  Has instructions for remote control by Asterisk. About $100.  It ought to would work with a virtual machine Asterisk, I suppose.  (Spec sheet here).
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daily link  Saturday, January 21, 2006


OAI Registry at UIUC:  Registry of XML schemas in use for various datatypes.
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daily link  Sunday, January 15, 2006


The W3C Markup Validation Service and The W3C CSS Validation Service: online tools to check your work
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How to stress test virtual machines:  Helpful test of system performance benchmark tools.
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daily link  Monday, January 09, 2006


The Looming Attention Crisis:  Nice quote from Herbert Simon:  "a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention." Even in 1971.
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daily link  Tuesday, January 03, 2006


AJAX Web Database Project:  A school project using ajax, php, and google maps to excellent effect for a classic database app.  Source code supplied.
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AJAX Translator: Great Ajax example. As you type the words of a sentence, they are automatically translated into the language of your choice. No doubt there are translation issues, but the immediacy is gratifying.
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daily link  Monday, January 02, 2006


U3 and RoboForm: RoboForm is software to keep passwords and form-filler info for browsers like IE and Firefox.  They have a version that keeps the info on a USB key for portability, and now has a version for the U3 device.
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