Anchor for this item  posted Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 5:40 pm MST

TagFetch Check out the "View More" links on this page ... sweet, nae? The heart essence of Web2.0 IMNSHO: non-intrusive cognitive ergonomics, i.e productive and effective while pleasant ... subjective ... aesthetics.


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Coders can't design software ...

Anchor for this item  posted Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 4:09 pm MST

myEarthLink Reader - Add a Source

... and, apparently, those who design websites don't know IA. It's pathetic, really.

On technorati's "Import Favorite" page there's a whole list of other aggregators and how to get them to spit out OPML. For technorati itself? You'd better know that there's a teeny little OPML link in the top-right corner of one of the two blog-favorite pages cuz you sure won't find it obviously presented! (My other peeve from today is that BlogLines' rather nice interface won't allow me to delete an entire folder. I wanted to dump that set before importing the others. Select a block, yes ... but not Select Folder / Trash. Why not? Is that martian? It's a perfectly valid task flow. "But that's not the way we want you to do it", in effect. Meh.

Soooooo after getting the OPML from technorati and consolidating it with that from BlogLines and Google, I came over to the new kid on the block ... earthlink.net's offering. Nice design ... pretty. And here I am on the "Add Source" page. A search facility, that's cute. And a very nice multi-tiered presentation of Recommended Sources. And ... WTF? No place to import OPML? (I hate the "blame the user" reply smoke and mirror tech types hide behind ... it's soooooo M$.) And WTF2, cant' even add a site by URL? "Tip: You can add a source from any web site you visit. Learn how ?" Well thanks a lot, twit, not stop holding my hand and let me upload my OPML!!

I'd love to think software and systems were intentional ... but there's precious little evidence of that.


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Is ''Tail'' a Metric of Blogpost Quality?

Anchor for this item  posted Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 8:18 pm MST

AlphaDawg AT DreamHost

In my previous post " Birthing the Ultimate Feed Reader" I mentioned the “river” versus “folder” RSS discussion in the Scobleizer blog and wrote, "what something is worth depends on how much of it there is and how fast it's moving". In what I do I'm challenged to manage whole families of technical documents (herding cats, yes?) while attending to minute details, even while things are in flux (hence "nailing jello to the wall"). So finding axes of differentiation / categorization (semantic web anyone?) is something I worked on before WWW came into being.

So the notion of a quality metric that manifests as ?what? longevity ... seems to me that has face validity. TailRank.com operates on such a supposition: that the number of branches springing from a post represents some quality. I'll buy that.

I just spliced some TailRank output into my frankenstein homepage (see the link above) ... turns out to be good reading!

From my list of something over 200 blogs I've requested that TailRank filters out those that have more than 25 ?what? spawned threads. Koolio. Really.


This just in: "IT Gets Drafted to Babysit the Blogs, by David L. Margulius at InfoWorld.

"I don't have time to read Weblogs. There, I said it. I'm not saying the blogosphere's emperor has no clothes. I'm just trying to be realistic about how much time I can spend in life reading other people's musings. According to the latest Jupiter Research study, however, I may be bucking an unstoppable trend.
Nearly 70 percent of all large companies will have deployed a Weblog authoring system by the end of this year [...]
The immediate upshot, says Jupiter, is that IT needs to "figure out how to leverage existing Web content management best practices and functionality [...]" These best practices include workflow, single-source content repositories, security and permissions, and content auditing and analytics.
But on another level, I wonder whether there's a bigger picture that IT should be thinking about."
Good that the InfoWorld crew is wondering about it ... very timely!


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I'm obviously going to have to add to this item ... I just stopped by ''Gopher still going strong'' on Kottke.org to post this comment:

"Gopher still hot? Dang right! I'm still getting hits in my blog from this post. Can we say that it (gopher) is paradigmatic of "long tail"?

K ... what's going on here? I know a) I get fed up with just how bloated FF is and b) it's sometimes a perk to use telnet and/or pine. Maybe some of us really appreciate sleek / parsimonious?

p.s. Thinking about the interface I'm cobbling together for my "Participatory Deliberation" is where sleek/parsimonious came up. When I slip into that mode I see Web2.0 as spring-loaded and self-evident. A series/collection/suite of single-page apps?"

X-posted to Togo at LiveJournal

You know about WWW-browsers (obviously), and you very likely know about FTP ... and maybe about IRC, too.

Do you know about "gopher"? Gopher pre-dates WWW, like IRC and newsgroups (NNTP), and email ... it was a way of allowing folk to access other people's files, kinda like a web browser, but it didn't rely on HTML pages.

Here's a blast from the past that's still appropriate today: " A Practical Guide to Defeating The Radical Right" and "Directory: Cyberpunk and Postmodern Culture"

Some of the documents in there date back to 1994 ... around the time I started publishing web pages.


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Web Services Knowledge Portal

Anchor for this item  posted Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 2:11 pm MST

Web Services Knowledge Portal is a sister site of the XML and related technologies portall. 

MathDL | The Linear Algebra Behind Search Engines ... yessiree there are some fine documents to be had!

"The Information Age has flooded readers with information. However, these gains in the amount of information available are useless without parallel gains in techniques for effectively storing and searching through such information. Consider the following facts:
  • In 2001, there were about 250,000 periodicals published in print worldwide, with roughly 12,000 added each year (Ulrich's Directory, 2001).
  • In 2000, there were nearly 3.5 million books in print (Books in Print, 2001).
  • The number of books in top libraries doubles every 14 years (Wurman, 1989).
  • In 2000, there were about 2.5 billion web pages on the Internet, with a growth rate of 7.3 million per day (Lyman & Varian, 2000).
  • "
    (Regretable that the stats are not fresh.)

    Topic Driven Access to Scientific Handbooks (PDF version) ... dandy PhD thesis.

    More on this theme in my gnodal.livejournal.com


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