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Political blogging

Political blogging

Dave Winer, on political campaign blogging: “The first candidate that helps voters publish their own stories and ideas and drive the campaign is the one who really captures the energy of the Web.” I agree, the essence of the Two-Way Web is that everyone has the right to publish. That could almost be “the lost amendment” of the…

Ideas swirling around – on Microcontent applications

Ideas swirling around – on Microcontent applications

Soon I’m going to shut up and do some actual work on my Web of Ideas application. But I have to note a few interesting things that have surfaced recently on the topics of ideas and microcontent. Firstly, Erik Benson has just released his own Ideas Database. As to be expected from Erik, who created All Consuming, it’s a nifty piece of work. The…

Happy birthday Uncle Elvis and me

Happy birthday Uncle Elvis and me

Today, August 25, is Elvis Costello’s birthday. It’s also my birthday 🙂 Co-incidentally, we also share the same surname. Elvis Costello’s real name is Declan MacManus. How cool is that! That’s why I affectionately refer to him as Uncle Elvis. Hey, maybe I’m the Elvis Costello of Weblogging… only less cruel 🙂 No, better to be my own…

The Microcontent Revolutions – a sequel to OpenDoc

The Microcontent Revolutions – a sequel to OpenDoc

Yesterday I wrote about Sparrow Web, a 90’s web application developed by Xerox Parc. I discovered that Sparrow Web was like a Microcontent authoring tool. It divvies up information on a webpage into discrete chunks. So when you edit content in Sparrow Web, you’re editing a part of a webpage not the whole webpage (as in a…

Sparrow Web, webOutliner and Web of Ideas

Sparrow Web, webOutliner and Web of Ideas

I’m doing some research into an Ideas Database web application, prompted by my recent Web of Ideas post (and its sequel). I have a Movable Type sandbox blog set up as a base for development. I’m planning on using XTM (XML Topic Maps) and/or ENT (Easy News Topics) as the engine for ideas, with MT as the frontend and perhaps MySQL as the…

Grade School Report for my weblog

Grade School Report for my weblog

Actually in New Zealand, we don’t have “grade schools” (they’re called Primary and Secondary schools here). But I wanted to subtly reference Jon Udell’s influential article called “Grade School CMS”. i.e. I’m just being a smart ass 🙂 Things I want to do with my weblog: 1. Contribute formal articles on the subject of the Two-Way Web. I’m still…

Browser-based RSS Aggregators

Browser-based RSS Aggregators

A little while ago I wrote on the topic of “Smart Clients”, a Microsoft catchphrase for non-browser-based web applications. In my article I mentioned an interesting browser-based RSS News Aggregator being built by Lucmo. Today I read the following post in the Lucmo weblog: “The Read/Write Web blog writes that Lucmo is in “beta” — that’s not…

The Whiteness of the Whale – the Semantic Web

The Whiteness of the Whale – the Semantic Web

Whenever I read about the Semantic Web, I am reminded of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick. One of my favourite chapters of Moby Dick is chapter 42: The Whiteness of the Whale. Here’s an excerpt: “Aside from those more obvious considerations touching Moby Dick, which could not but occasionally awaken in any man’s soul some alarm, there was…

Trackback enabled

Trackback enabled

Excellent, I now have Radio Userland’s Trackback enabled. There have been some interesting suggestions for other new Radio features too, so hopefully some of those ideas will get implemented soon. I especially like the idea of modular templates, suggested by John Robb.

In XML did Kubla Khan – XML as Literature

In XML did Kubla Khan – XML as Literature

Dave Winer says there are 2 ways to approach XML: “…people who think of XML as a programming space, and people who think of it as a literary space.” The first group “love XML for its technical intricacy”. The literary people however “use XML because it is a convenient way to move info between apps”. XML-as-literature is a romantic notion. While…

My new domain name

My new domain name

I have moved to a new domain name. Please update your records: New weblog address: http://www.readwriteweb.com New RSS feed: http://www.readwriteweb.com/rss.xml ps the reason I am re-posting this, and my XML as Literature story below, is that my PC crashed tonight and I lost some of my recent posts. Not to mention MS Outlook data and other…

Web of Ideas II

Web of Ideas II

Lawrence Lessig on US Presidential candidate Howard Dean’s blogging efforts: “Neutrality aside, though, Governor Dean has earned a special respect. Of course there are issues on which I would disagree with anyone. But I have been struck in reading these posts, and the passion they inspired. They revive a feeling I had as a kid ó that ideas could…

Shipbuilding

Shipbuilding

The problem with blogging is it’s easy to get distracted by ideas you can’t do anything about. My previous post illustrates this. In it I railed against Microsoft for wanting to build its own proprietory platform for Web applications. I wrote about it because I’m concerned about the future of the World Wide Web, in…

The Web is no Model T

The Web is no Model T

Robert Scoble has written a couple of posts recently about Microsoft products being a platform: 1. Robert quoting Kevin Warbach: “The Internet companies that have thrived while AOL faltered — Microsoft, Amazon.com, eBay, Google — have two things in commons. They are deeply technology-driven, but they see technology not as an end in itself but as…

Web of Ideas

Web of Ideas

A lot of people are getting pretty excited about “social software”. Bloggers like Joi Ito and Marc Canter are writing with gusto about social software. I’m hearing lots of trendy new acronyms and phrases – FOAF, MetaBlogs, “reputation systems”, “web of trust”, “moblogging”, “micro-content”, etc etc. It’s all getting to be a blur. But…

Simplicity and extensibility

Simplicity and extensibility

Tim O’Reilly writes in Dan Gillmor’s comments: “Simplicity and extensibility should not be orthogonal. And any technology that sets them up as opposed, instead of complements, has clearly done something wrong.” Note: orthogonal means “independent or well separated”. Tim O’Reilly is talking about RSS2.0 (simple) and RSS1.0…

The Ants and the Bees

The Ants and the Bees

I’m not usually one to quote long passages of other people’s writing, but I can’t resist quoting Scoble’s post today about ants. In Robert’s vision, the ants represent Microsoft employees and the bees are third-party developers like Marc Canter. I love it when people use literary devices, such as metaphor, in a technical or…

Reputation systems

Reputation systems

The subject of topics for weblogs is getting some traction in the blogosphere. There are some promising apps for topics, including k-collector and Topic Exchange. Recently I wrote a post, in response to one by Clay Shirky, to say that weblog posts should be organized by topics in the blogosphere rather than organized by…

Daydreaming of browser/editors

Daydreaming of browser/editors

Don Park reckons that weblogs and websites will converge within the next 2 years time: “People [will] take it for granted that webpages can be edited using their browser. People will also take it for granted that any webpages can be subscribed to with a single-click. Web browsers will be changed to support all this and more like highlighting of…

Smart Clients vs Browsers

Smart Clients vs Browsers

Robert Scoble: “…at Microsoft we call Internet apps that aren’t in the browser ‘Smart Clients'”. The web browser is at a crossroads. Microsoft announced in 2003 that it would not release any further “standalone” versions of Internet Explorer – instead it will be embedded in the Operating System (codenamed Longhorn). But along…