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Audio version of The Fractal Blogosphere

Audio version of The Fractal Blogosphere

Tonight I recorded my first audio blog post, a reading of my January 2004 article The Fractal Blogosphere. Quite topical, given my recent posts on subscriber statistics and weblog popularity.
The audio file is .wav format, which you can play in Real Player and probably other audio players as well. I tried to convert it to MP3, but it ended up a…

More on Subscriber Stats

More on Subscriber Stats

I’ve just hit a century, 100 Bloglines subscribers. I was on 79 only 4 days ago, when I posted my article about Bloglines subscriber stats. Mind you it helps when the creator of Bloglines links to you 🙂
To put this into perspective, I also noticed today that Boing Boing has 8,025 Bloglines subscribers! Wow! I’d previously not seen anyone with…

We’re all on the same page

We’re all on the same page

In yesterday’s post I
mentioned The 3 C’s: Create, Communicate and Collaborate. The 2nd one could just
as easily be ‘Converse’, as in conversations. All of these C’s are things I strive to
achieve in my weblog. In an effort to strengthen the ‘Communicate/Converse’ prong, I’ve
finally gotten around to converting my Comments system (hey, another…

Analysing Bloglines Subscriber Stats

Analysing Bloglines Subscriber Stats

I love Bloglines. It’s a browser-based RSS
feeds aggregator that almost singlehandedly proves the case that web applications can be
better than desktop-based ones. I say this in the context of Joel Spolsky’s already classic
essay on why web browser apps are winning the war against so-called
rich or smart
clients. “The new API is HTML” quoth…

Sylvian and The System

Sylvian and The System

This is a Short Story by Richard MacManus. It takes a speculative look at what the
blogosphere might be like in 20-30 years time.

I

My name is sylvian and this is my story of The System. Twenty years ago it was called
the Web. Back then people were making it up as they went along. Some of them attained a
degree of popularity on the Web, with…

Winter Reading

Winter Reading

There’s an interesting meme doing the rounds: what webloggers
are reading this summer. This, of course, is right up my street. So here’s what I’m
reading currently… although it’s actually the middle of winter here in New Zealand.

I’m an eclectic
reader, so I usually have a number of different books on the go at the same time. I’m
also a fussy…

Gestating

Gestating

That’s what I’m doing currently. Gestating ideas, for an innovative new business and also for my writing (and as an extension to both – my weblog). So apologies for the lack of blogging, but I expect to deliver a nourishing meal-sized Read/Write Web entry by end of next week. Feel free to snack on my Links feed in the meantime.
For now I’ll leave…

Quick thoughts on Kottke’s Re-Design

Quick thoughts on Kottke’s Re-Design

I promised not to focus on web design, as it’s not my niche. But I remain a keen
amateur designer, as all Web junkies are, so I want to jot down some notes on Jason Kottke’s re-design. I
haven’t read through the 995 comments that people have left on his site, nor have I seen any
of the design community’s thoughts (I’ve barely had time to read my…

Beginning to see the light

Beginning to see the light

I’ve always wanted to namecheck
that great Velvet Underground song. I wore my teeth in my hands…So I could mess the
hair of the night. Anyway, Sébastien Paquet has
posted a suggestion to improve the Topic Exchange – which reminded me of my own
efforts to ignite the topics community over a month ago. Here’s Seb’s post:

I believe I have…

Knowledge Management for Generation Y

Knowledge Management for Generation Y

In my travels today I came across some articles about how Generation Y (people born in 1980’s
or 1990’s) use Information Technology. I’m a Generation X’er myself, so Generation Y has
always been something of a curiosity to me – as other generations always are, no matter
which part of the timeline you come from. The first article that caught my…

Mama don’t let your baby grow up to be a Generalist

Mama don’t let your baby grow up to be a Generalist

It’s fun to be a Generalist, you get to explore a variety of different topics and it
often makes for good blogging. People don’t really know what to expect when they see a
new Read/Write Web item in their RSS Aggregator (although given my current experiment to
try and blog a “short and pithy” post every day, odds are that reader expectations…

I’m valid again

I’m valid again

For what it’s worth, I’ve re-validated my homepage to conform to XHTML Transitional.
Thanks to the people who left comments and emailed me about issues relating to
validation. The two main culprits in validation always seem to be the ‘&’ character
and non-closed
tags. Joe Lindsay also pointed out an undefined html entity…

How much free music is available online?

How much free music is available online?

I was going to leave a comment at Lucas Gonze’s weblog, but I may as well use
trackback and hope he sees this. Lucas
posted a follow-up to his “whine that policing unauthorized music on Webjay is
turning into a huge drag”. He is considering a form of community moderation (suggested by
Seb Paquet). I thought “Jim” left an
interesting comment in…

Google AdSense for Search

Google AdSense for Search

Good timing Google! Adding search functionality to my site was on my To Do list for
this month and Google has just announced a new AdSense for Search feature. It allows
website owners to add a search box to their site and potentially earn some pocket money
with ads that display with the search results. In the email Google sent me, they had…

Feed of the Day

Feed of the Day

Cool, I’m Feed of the Day at Feedster! btw
regular readers may’ve noticed I’m posting more frequently now. Shorter, pithier posts.
But I plan to continue the long-form entries too (like last nights). I’ll see how
this experiment goes…

I want to promote NZ music on WebJay

I want to promote NZ music on WebJay

Lucas Gonze, creator of WebJay, said today: “Policing
unauthorized music on Webjay is turning into a huge drag. The problem is that I have to
impose my puritanism on others, which is absurd.”

By “puritanism” I presume he means being morally pure and obeying the law of music
copyright. Now, I like WebJay and admire its goals of making it easy for…

Funk

Funk

Don’t worry I still like blogs 😉 I was thinking it would be amusing to change my
name to The Artist Formally Known as Read/Write Web and write a post entitled
‘Slave to RSS’. But that would be a bit silly. Besides, I don’t have enough graphical
ability to design a symbol! I do need a logo though…

mediaTIC blog from France linked
to my…

The Bore-osphere

The Bore-osphere

In answer to all the blogs I’ve read today:

1. No I don’t want a friggin’ Gmail
account.
2. I don’t want to read your opinion on Dave Winer closing down 3000 weblogs.com
blogs.
3. I don’t even care about Firefox 0.9 being released.

Maybe I’m just in a bad mood today. Sigh, I think I’ll read a book tonight.

Limits of the Web in 2004

Limits of the Web in 2004

When I was a very young child, perhaps 5 or 6, I wrote a poem that got published in
The Timaru Herald newspaper. My first published writing.

I think I may’ve dreamed recently that I’d found a copy of it on the Web. I can’t
recall (I’m not good at remembering dreams). Or maybe I saw the newspaper cutout not long
ago, but I’ve since forgotten…

Knowledge Management in the Real World

Knowledge Management in the Real World

Knowledge Management is a term that many people dislike, myself included.
Firstly it’s a misnomer – you can’t “manage”, at an organization or
corporate level, something as subjective and contextual as knowledge. It’s even
debatable whether you can manage knowledge at a personal level – because
we don’t always know what we…