Archive for the ‘Blogging’ Category

3rd Era of computing ?

I was at the session Tim refers to during the executive briefing at OSCON, it’s good to see a well reasoned post from Tim on what happened but I’m not overly interested in that aspect, what did catch my eye is the summing up of computer ‘eras’ at the end of the post and what appears to be a call to action:

My Tongue-Lashing from Eben Moglen:
Meanwhile, I continue to feel that the focus of the free software movement on “software” rather than on “freedom” is the real lost opportunity. In the first era of the computer industry, lock-in was provided by hardware; in the second era, it was provided by software; today, it is provided by centralized databases driven by winner-takes-all network effects. Focusing only on free software is as limiting as focusing on free hardware. It’s freedom that matters. I would have thought that Eben and I could have found common cause there, and would love to have a real conversation about these issues.

I wonder in which era we will see truly free data that belongs to the people that create it no matter what they do, and software that is not dependant on an OS for that matter…


Apologies for the (temporary) Loss of Service

For a number of reasons not all of which I can detail here I wont be posting to this blog at the very least until the end of December.

One major reason has been a return of RSI/CTS making an essential typing only ban come in to effect (I’d like the essential typing to be this blog actually but the day job gets in the way of that)

In reality I probably wont know in what form this blog may or may not continue until early next year so enjoy Xmas and have a great New Year if you do happen to read this 🙂

ClaimID at Citizen Summit

This post caught my eye, mainly because it addresses a real problem of mine, I also have logins strewn across the web especially as I try out so many services to see of they are any good (part of my Job after all)

I’ve seen a few demos of OpenID and met with XXX of OpenLID, registered my own URL which I haven’t used since due to lack of support but that didn’t stop me thinking that it was a good idea.

One of my colleagues is active in Liberty Alliance and I asked what the view on OpenID was, effectively it seems to be around authentication in their view, as in OpenID is not as secure so you may trust a login to it but not your credit card details, personally I don’t know enough to dispute this but it seems wrong to me.

There has been a long time project on this internally too but I wont discuss that here (I think I just made a policy to not talk about internal projects for obvious reasons I hope)

What I want is the same as Stowe, I think, I am happy to have a central authority verify my identity to any service I want to use (the infrastructure should be de-centralised) and I want to be able to revoke it when I decide to stop using a service through some central administration function, not too much to ask surely!?

Scott Kveton on ClaimID at Citizen Summit:

“Hearing a short talk on OpenID by Scott Kveton at the Citizen Summit. The core idea of OpenID is the creation of a unique, verified URL through an identity broker — I used — and now I have an individual-controlled digital identity.

I think that this model is the start of a user-centric, distributed digitial reputation and trust network.

I have hundreds of logins across the net, and I would like to consolidate that in a sense, but I want it to be secure and in my control”

(Via /Message.)

Apple blogger calls “bullshit” on me

The reason this one caught my eye is that it’s also true of Orange in that there is no corporate blog (that I am aware of) and I’ve tried for a long time to change that, in fact I am creating another ppt right now on the very topic but not for the company as a while but a part of it that I work for, baby steps!?

Apple blogger calls “bullshit” on me: “

Chuqui, who is was an Apple employee, has a point. Apple employees ARE allowed to blog. They just aren’t allowed to be spokespeople, as Chuqui admits. So, they don’t feel empowered to talk about anything that they are working on, as Chuqui admits. That’s completely different from what Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Adobe, IBM, and other tech companies tell their employees.

Lots of Apple employees have told me that they want to blog about work. He says the goal should be communication, not getting credit.


But what he doesn’t admit is that Google has changed everything. Now I totally expect to be able to find an employee at a company running a product group. Here’s a test.

Go to Google. Type ‘OneNote blog.’ You’ll find Chris Pratley. He runs the team. I can tell him his product sucks in his comments.

Now, go back to Google. Type ‘Apple MacBook blog.’ Do you find an Apple employee? No. You find a corporate page. Send an email there. Does it go to the right person? I have no idea. Certainly bloggers who’ve tried that recently due to Apple’s rebooting problems are getting unstatisfactory answers.

Anyway, you can see the difference in how Apple treats online communication in Chuqui’s post. At Adobe I see tons of blogs. At Microsoft I see tons of blogs. At IBM I see tons of blogs. At Sun I see tons of blogs.

The difference is telling.

And the fact that Chuqui thinks it’s about credit is telling too.

Oh, well, it ain’t my company.

UPDATE: Chuqui doesn’t work at Apple anymore. He did for years. I am sorry for missing that he doesn’t work there any longer.

(Via Scobleizer – Microsoft Geek Blogger.)

Testing Performancing

In my eternal quest for ‘the best’ blogging solution I’m trying this out, it’s different (for me) in that it’s effectively a FireFox extension so will be interesting to see how will I get on with it, offline etc

Categories work well, added this blog account very easily, it doesn’t seem able to add my Blogger account but I’m guessing that’s a beta thing again.

powered by performancing firefox

RSS – The Devil IS in the details

I’ve been on a bit of a marathon reading session as in a hotel in London and can’t sleep (it’s 04:04AM) and have some time til breakfast to jot down a few thoughts on RSS since it has been bugging me lately.

In essence I have too many subscriptions to realistically be able to read them all unless I spent several hours every day doing it and there are some days (weekends) when none get read so they pile up.

I tried a similar technique to the Inbox Zero stuff I use for mail so I have Daily, VoIP Stuff, People, Mac Stuff and a few I haven’t filed yet, however that just breaks it down and doesn’t really help, apart from forcing me to try and keep Daily down to 0 as much as possible which I pretty much can do, idle is still sitting at 3426 unread so I guess it’s working out as planned (which is this contains stuff I’ll read when idle)

Getting NetNewsWire has helped as it really is a good client, not massively more so than the excellent Onfolio I was using before in pre Mac days but that ran like a dog (most likely because it was on a rubbish laptop with an even more rubbish build) but in terms of usability both are great, NNW has the advantage it runs on MAC OS X of course and it has good tools for posting too (as long as you pay for that too)

I recently installed the NewsGator Desktop Sync client as it allows me to sync my feeds from MAC OS X into my XP under Parallels environment and more specifically the RSS platform there, so I can read them in IE7 or Outlook 2007 beta TR2 – why? because I’m not 100% happy with NNW so I figured I’d give it a go, I’ve tried most and nothing does it for me so far, and only because of the offline support, I was hoping they’d be full feed items in Outlook but I still get the ‘click here to download the article and any enclosures’ so no better sadly, however I just realised I hadn’t fully checked out Outlook options and there is one that says download full article as html, need to get online to be able to check that now! however it seems to be a per feed item which is a real pain as I have a lot to get through if I want them all, where’s the change all button?)

That’s the ONE thing that does bug the hell out of me though is that I read a LOT of RSS offline, like now, and I WANT all the pictures to be available, when I am connected it’s on a big fat pipe so I don’t care, I have plenty of space so I don’t care, it’s really frustrating to have lots of posts saying “in this photo you can see……” and only getting a ? mark to gawk at… (yes I have played with the download options, I can get enclosures to download no problem but I don’t really want them, I just want pictures!!)

The other thing that bugs me is feeds that just have excerpts rather than full text, as you can guess reading offline means they are useless unless I want to click to load in Firefox and wait til I get to a connection and refresh a whole bunch of pages/tabs (After a good session catching up I’ll have a bunch of unloaded pages in Firefox so I tend to Bookmark All Tabs into a new group and reload Firefox)

So I’m deleting any feed that isn’t full text as I can do without offloading reading to a later time AND somewhere else, means I’ll miss some stories I’m sure but not the end of the world after all

I’m also narrowing the number of varieties of blogs I read, I can actually let other people aggregate for me and there are several that do, I also need to start using keyword alerts and search better I think because pan-handling RSS feeds for the occasional nugget is getting tiresome and a pain in the …..

And there are probably a ton of tips and better readers etc but I haven’t had the time to find them, too busy reading RSS :-p oh and breakfast has started…

Maybe another post later on what I’d like to see fixed !

Testing Sony MusicBOX

Just testing out the SonyBMG Musicbox that I heard about in a talk recently, best I could find is this one by Pink !

Can’t seem to get the code to work and can’t be bothered to mess about with it any longer now….

Very Funny Cartoon re Browser Wars

I really enjoyed this skit on Browser wars 🙂

Offline Living – email, visualisation

Maybe this will become some sort of series, who knows….

another thing that occurred to me while offline is how annoying it is getting an invite to an event with a distribution list/bcc that you can't see the details of and then a few mails later geting a forward of the same mail from someone or even forwarding yourself to someone you think should go but not knowing if they got the original, thereby annoying them too….

Wouldn't it be nice if people were able to confidently use collaborative tools so that if I tried to forward it would tell me that Joe B was already invited ?

added to that is mail in general in our company, cross domain invites don't always work , inbox allowance is rubbish, performance is terrible if working remotely (which I almost always am) and as if Outlook isn't a bad enough tool already we are using Office XP which is ancient, al least 2003 has better connectivity options, better UI etc, everyone else is on that version it seems except us, it sucks.

Some MIT guys have done some nice work on visualising mail and I'd love to be able to run it against the Exchange servers we have, I'm sure some very interesting results would emerge…. oh and just before I start 'working' how about some people in our company get forced to adopt some of the principals of GTD (getting things done)

The Mail Visualisation

Offline Living – URLs Bookmarks etc

As you know I harp on about offline experience etc etc and am in that situation now on the Eurostar reading RSS feeds offline in the now firm favourite OnFolio, lots of cool features but it occurred to me that it would be even better if I could bookmark urls in articles I read that would then be automatically uploaded to when I get back to connectivity rather than locally to the browser (yuck) or saving it in my reading list which means I have to go back when online and do the work again.
I did try the option in OnFolio to save to Live Favourites but they didn’t make it, just as I expected as there was no connection to push them through so now i have a bunch of links in the new Favourites centre in IE7 that I’ll have to load and then post to delicious…
This could also work for subscribing to new feeds linked in articles that would then auto upload to my online OPML resource?
Any good? Am I missing a way to already do this? has someone already done it and I just haven’t found it?