January 31, 2003
England freezes over: Like the rest of Europe, England is having some Winter weather. Unlike the rest of Europe, England comes to a standstill if the temperature drops below freezing - as Ben notes. And with the cold hitting minus 2 C - we (who are in other parts of the world) had better start sending blankets. Here in Paderborn, Germany it is currently -5 with -10 predicted for tonight. It has been snowing all day.
|Saint Ovidiu: Looks like the "Church of Cocoon" is about to be founded. Nice to know you're admired - right Ovidiu?|
RSS being underhyped?
Underhype: Dave muses on whether RSS is being underhyped. Yes! But maybe that's a Good Thing™.
January 30, 2003
Keynote reviews: Erik has a first review of the new Apple Keynote software. It looks an interesting addition to the i* range of software (although the 'i' is of course missing). Price is ok too - so maybe something else for my wish list. Perhaps I can use it for my presentations this year. We'll see.
Ivelin on XMLForms
XMLForms and Cocoon: Ivelin writes an article on this subject for xml.com
January 29, 2003
Thought for the day
Thought for the day: "Cocoon is a community of people first, and a software project later". (Stefano). To be expanded on.
Welcome to America
Welcome to America: My sister is in the process of "becoming an American". Today she goes for fingerprinting. Then the FBI can do a check on her...and probably find me. So there goes your chances Joanna. Sorry.
January 28, 2003
2001 explained: This looks like something to watch in some free time. (via Steve). Actually one of my first childhood memories is going to see 2001 at the cinema with my father. It was one of the first (if not the first) film I ever saw. And I understood nothing.
Business RSS - jobs please
Business RSS: After some prodding we are now using Cocoon to make RSS feeds of the company press releases and job vacancies available as RSS. Even with auto-discovery to please Sam. And they validate (I'm told).
Jax2003 sessions up: A first list of sessions for the upcoming JAX2003 is up here. If you are going to be there drop me an email.
Books: Reading weblogs has lead me to buy and read more books. There is an interesting connection there somewhere. Anyway - today I ordered this one and this one from my local Amazon store. Local - because it's only a link away and they deliver to my desk.
January 27, 2003
Supermercials: On this side of the pond, the Super Bowl is something of a non-event. It was shown on German TV - but late of course. However I get the strange feeling (from reading the weblog-reports) that people are more interested in the commercials than in the match. Strange.
January 23, 2003
That's all folks: Probably the last post of the week - as I head to Hamburg for a long weekend. So no blogging until I return on Monday.Until then - vote for Steve! (via Frank)
RSS moves on
The first week
January 22, 2003
New O'Reilly article
New article: Going Public: Corporations and Open Source. Here.
Book goes printer
Book goes printer: Our book goes to the printers this week. Yeah!
January 21, 2003
RSS data publishing
The universal canvas and RSS data: DJ Adams points to my O'Reilly article from last December on publishing application data using RSS. Sam points to DJ. There was a lot of various feedback to that article - which was great. Now we need to get things moving in this area.
January 20, 2003
Mo' moblogging: Russell is moblogging his birthday.
Fact checking (or are we): There have been reports on the fact that identical letters have been found - sent to various newspapers or magazines each under a different name. Using Google unmasks this - as long as you believe they were not sent to the various magazines by Google to prove that ... (you get the idea). (via Ben)
Excerpt test: I hadn't added
Excerpt test: I hadn't added the <link rel="alternate".. stuff to the correct Radio template. Duh. Try again. Ok, let's ping this again. Try try try. It works!!
Pingback with excerpts
Pingback with excerpts: Sam is testing new functionality that will allow him to extract excerpts from the RSS feed of anyone who pings an article. That is a neat feature - expecially considering that at the moment pingback is all there is available for Radio (thanks to Simon).
Another birthday More birthdays: And Happy Birthday Stefano! This birthday blogging is getting slightly out of hand methinks. How about some automated form using FOAF? And yet another birthday - this time in the Noels family. Congratulations!
January 19, 2003
Robbie gets it
Robbie gets it: Frank points to what Robbie Williams has to say on downloading music off the Internet. In my opinion, Robbie gets it. Record companies and their artists will have to come to terms with the fact that they will never be able to prevent this. They should be joining. Bing.
On the map
On the map: Hooked myself into the GeoURL map. As soon as my page is indexed I'll be able to find out who is nearby.
Birthday wishes - Sylvain
Birthday wishes: Happy Birthday Sylvain! A young 36 today. I turned 38 in December and believe me it gets
worse better the older you get! Actually our kids are just starting to "lead their own life" which in fact does allow me to do more "other things" nowadays. Yeah - I know, soon I will by waiting for them to come home at 3 am in the morning....
Name Change: Ken changes my name to Mark and offers help on Spackle. Thanks Ken, I've passed Spackle on to the guys at work that run our main cvs server. If they have any questions, I'll get in touch. And it's Matthew.
January 18, 2003
Another aggregator: Trying out Syndirella. Strange how the PC aggregators do not come nearly close to the comfort and ease-of-use of NetNewsWire. But Syndirella is quite neat and it has RSS auto-discovery which saves me having to find the link to the RSS file.
Mickey speaks out
Mickey speaks out: Mickey Mouse gives an exclusive interview on his fate. Very funny!
Inspiration: Steve has had a great idea. This is something I would really love to contribute to - if he will have me. I can imagine this being a site where people will come and stay a while - reading the articles that describe where the net is at and where it's heading. A weblog with depth.
Spelling bee: Frank points to w.bloggar as a means for making sure I don't make so many spelling mistakes. Thanks! It seems to need a bit of tweaking to get it to work with Radio - but I will try it out.
First shot: Here is my first shot at a picture using the T300 and the camera. This is taken at 800x600 and then sent as an email, from which I pasted it to here. I call it: "Double Trouble"!
January 17, 2003
More T300: I had the chance to play around with the T300 last night. It is really a neat phone - if you remember to pad out the battery compartment with a piece of paper (I read that somewhere). Until you do that it feels as though it is going to disintegrate at any moment. I got the MMS stuff set up by sending an SMS to the t-mobile site and I got the WAP configuration from the Sony Ericsson site. It is really nifty to be able to snap a picture on the T300 and then send it to the T68 with a couple of key presses. I have yet to try out sending an email with the picture attached. The polyphonic ring-tones are quite something as are the games. You can download new games - but I haven't tried that yet. Know of any cool sites for the T300? Let me know!Later: It seems as though the T300 has the Mophun gaming engine on board and there are more games available (but you have to pay).
Switcher: Frank is another switcher to Mov
eable Type. Still a bit of work to be done though..
World domination? Linux will dominate - according to this.
January 16, 2003
RSS Aggregators - revisited
RSS Aggregators: NetNewsWire is my standard RSS aggregator on the iBook. Up to now I didn't really use an aggregator on my work PC. Although Radio is installed there, I don't really like the aggregator that's included with it (especially when I compare the UI to NetNewsWire). So now it's time to take Feedreader for a spin and see how it compares.That being said, I'm still waiting for the RSS aggregator plugin for Outlook.
Mickey loses: Old news this morning - but I took a blog break last night. Kudos to Lessig and colleagues for his efforts. I attended his keynote at OSCON last year and have listended to it several times since - thanks to my iPod. This article explains what all the fuss is about in terms you and I can understand.To be honest I know nothing about copyright law in the European Union and how it compares. And I should.
January 15, 2003
Outlook Macro: I'm looking for an Outlook macro (I suppose that means Visual Basic) that can be invoked on incoming emails. What the macro should be able to do is grab the email and send it via the blogger API or MetaWeblog API to a local installed Radio. So I can send an email to a running Outlook and if the subject contains a trigger word, get it posted to Radio. Oh Lazy Web, I invoke thee.
Cocoon goes SAP
Cocoon goes SAP: A vote has been started on accepting SAP components into the Cocoon codebase. This should make Cocoon even more attractive for enterprise use.
Open development: Dave Hyatt is giving play-by-play commentary on the ongoing Safari development. I bet that's going to stop soon. Otherwise I can't imagine how he's going to get any work done. On the other hand I applaud the openness of this.
More West Wing
More West Wing: 2 more episodes last night and I'm hooked. Unfortunately it doesn't look as though I will be successful in getting all the episodes, so I am going to have to miss some. At least I will be able to watch the season cliffhangers. Hopefully.
Watch the print
Watch the print: European Union starts fingerprint database for asylum seekers. This is to be able to cross-check whether someone seeking asylum had already applied in a different EU coutry. (Heise).
Here is our problem: When we check in a large number of files then this causes a large amount of emails to be generated. Because we send each email to several recipients via a mailing list, this number is multiplied. In all the large number causes our email server to close down (thinks it is a DOS attack). We would like a solution where it is possible to configure that multiple emails (within a given time?) are combined into one. Any ideas or suggestions? Lazy Web, I invoke thee.
ETCon details up
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference: First details are up.
January 14, 2003
Just one more thing
Just one more thing
Don't you think his Stevieness is smiling just a bit too much on this photo?
Business: Thinking about all of this, is there anyone out there doing Weblog, Wiki, RSS and FOAF consulting for commercial entities? Make that +1 :-).
More than just emailwrote yesterday, the "forts" need to grab onto this and import the ideas into the bowels of the corporation. Large global companies are micro-galaxies in themselves. Imagine how a network of weblogs, wikis or a web of foaf-files could bring down the barriers that exist inside your company.
Sam goes Seattle
Moving II ?: Sam plays down his trip to Seattle. Yeah right.
Cocoon goes media
Ovidiu goes Google
January 13, 2003
Doc on Case
Doc on Case: "Now he's gone and AOL is toast". Doc.
Buried: Paderborn is buried in snow this morning - but I made my way to work on the bus nonetheless. It is supposed to get warm during the day and then all the white will vanish.
January 12, 2003
Back2Work: Tomorrow sees me return to work after my Winter vacation, so blogging will slow down no doubt as things return to "normal". Having my work laptop at home with me and using the vpn connection into work has allowed me to stay ahead of "goings on". It also pays to remember the subtitle of this weblog.
January 11, 2003
Wireless history: A great insightful article by Alan Reiter about the "new" wireless data network technology Microsoft introduced at CES last week (via Robert Scoble). The great thing about Microsoft is that they have so much $$ in the bank that they can afford to toss stones into the pond as often as they wish. Remember Bob?
Moblogging: Russell is looking at moblogging using his new Nokia 7650. While I can see the use for being able to send pictures I take from my mobile phone to say a wblog, I still don't really see how typing complete weblog entries into the keyboard of a mobile phone using T9 would be much fun. My T68i supports T9, but I find typing even short SMS to be difficult and slow. Perhaps the 7650 is better for that - but weblogging from a mobile phone.....
So I will be very interested to see how Russell gets on.
New Safari Beta
Safari update: Apple quietly released a new beta of Safari yesterday. I do wish there was some way of automatically getting the new version (as I am sure there will be a few).
Chinese Bloggers: What do you think of getting something (some type of logo/icon) up on the weblogs showing support for Chinese bloggers? How about "Free Blogs - Free Speech" in Chinese?
Tracking back: Looks like Steven is already working on Trackback for Radio.
Free Speech - not.
China blocks bloggers: As has been noted elsewhere, China is blocking access to blogs hosted on blogspot. The Chinese bloggers can post to their blog - but then not read any entries. Dave is covering this.
January 10, 2003
Bladvertising: I agree with Ugo. This is certainly not the way to become rich. It also does not really help to sell your own books this way. I've made around 20$ since I started doing this in July 2002.
Pingback clarified: Simon gets the message and I add dates to my archive pages. Thanks Simon. Looking forward to the Trackback implementation - I'll be happy to test it for you.
Woman book authors
Woman book authors: Mum is looking for good computer books written by woman. Help her - pleaaaase.
Trackback vs. Pingback: Simon thinks I confused Trackback with Pingback in writing this. No, that is not what I meant. Notice that in this list the others have more details listed but only the name of my weblog appears. That is what I was talking about.
Fembot?: Doc points to an interesting (yep - that's the right word) quiz. I scored 11/16.
FOAF revisited: Looking at the FOAF spec - I am wondering if it is possible (or planned) to have something like: <foaf:related> to define that I am related to someone else as opposed to just kowing them (<foaf:knows>). Anyone know?
SisBlogging: My sister now has a weblog. Welcome Joanna!
January 09, 2003
FOAF - Loosely coupled people
FOAF - Loosely coupled people: For a while I've been following FOAF ("Friend of a friend") and seeing nice icons like this appear on various weblogs. This article by Ben Hammersley has finally started the wheels to turn in my head. FOAF is certainly something to look into. Here are some examples for real-world scenarios:
There was a recent discussion on the free software business list about finding free software consultants. Just one quote from the thread:
Your best bet is to be connected enough to the community to be able
to find good people via an "I know someone who knows someone" chain.
Sound familiar? Now imagine a FOAF network of free software consultants that you can search for say a particular subject.
Another example that relates more to large corporations: Inside large software companies, programmers work on certain projects, then move on to other tasks. After a few years it becomes increasingly difficult to reconstruct who worked on a certain module of a particular project back in say 1992. Using a FOAF based skill network, where each employee retains a link to (for example) the project manager and the projects they worked on, it would be easy to reconstruct the team by scanning the FOAF web.Loosely coupled people. Bing.
The West Wing in Germany
The West Wing: Watched the first two episodes of The West Wing tonight. Now the series is not on here in Germany so I had to resort to other ..umm.. methods. I'm having problems finding the first episodes (3,4) from the first season, so if you happen to know of a good source..let me know. From what I've seen so far it's really great.
Pingback: I've just installed Simons Pingback client add-on for Radio. Does it work? Let's see if I can Pingback his article. It works! But only sends the Weblog name - what did I miss? That's cool though - great work Simon!
January 08, 2003
Why Apple missed it
Why Apple missed it: Although I thought the products Apple announced yesterday were on the whole pretty neat. They missed it.
Where was the iBlog application that would have really rocked the boat and given the crowd something to get off on? Imagine a neat OS X iBlog client that upstreams to your .Mac account (or to a different server using WebDav like iCal). What a way to have got more people over to .Mac and also to OS X. And no-one would have minded a beta-version of a neat blogging client whereas there really are enough browsers already for OS X and so everyone who is anyone is posting what they don't like about Safari.
Of course I really did like the new 17" and 12" powerbooks and Keynote and the updated iApps and Safari...
Safari Hunter: David Hyatt has a weblog and is responding to the various comments on Safari, the new Apple Mac OS X browser (in case you hadn't heard).
Jobs as RSS
Last minute business RSS: Before Christmas I wrote an article for my O'Reilly Weblog about publishing business data (like job vacancies etc.) as RSS feeds. Now read this. As Ben writes, sites need to do this natively - and they will.
Book in 2003
Book in 2003: Unfortunately our book has been delayed until this year. But I have just received the PDF version so the date can't be far off. It was interesting working on a book with 5 other authors - as opposed to the last one - where there were only the 2 of us. So if you are interested in the various Apache frameworks there are and can read German...you know what to do.
Good morning Europe!Freezing: Most of Europe is currently in the grip of cold weather. Only a few days ago we were complaining about the rain. Now it's too cold. You can't win.
January 07, 2003
Safari reviewed: Mark Pilgrim already has a first review of the new Apple browser up. I have also downloaded it and taken it for a quick test-drive. Looks pretty good and I don't miss the tabbed browsing Mark refers to (I have never used tabbed browsing).I think the more interesting question is "why yet another browser". It's not as if there aren't already enough around for Mac OS X.
Macworld Keynote Blog
Macworld Keynote Blog: Ready to go. Live stream on the iBook. iChat running parallel and blogging from the PC. All connected via WLAN and I'm on the other side of the globe from SF. Frank is blogging as well and we're both iChatting. Anyone else blogging or iChatting? Send me an email with your AIM nickname (or the URL).
Steve is on. "We have 2 Macworlds of stuff here today". I wonder what he has up his sleeve..He starts off with the usual statistical updates. 600 000 iPods shipped. That's one a minute since launch. Steve introduces a ski jacket fabricated for the iPod.
Ovidiu joins us on iChat.
Steve introduces FinalCut Express. Looks really neat (from the demo). How much will it cost? 299$ Wow!
Digital Hub is next. Key message is the integration of the various iApps. iPhoto 2 is announced. Integration with iTunes, iDVD. iPhoto 2 allows more editing of your photos, adjusting white balance, retouch-brush : "one-click enhance". iMovie 3 is announced. Integration is again, key. I haven't used iMovie really - so can't comment on this much. Maybe time to break out my video camera again (or actually I need to get one). Steve is currently showing all the neat effects. Slightly boring actually. For me that is. iDVD 3 is shown. Lots of new functions - and you guessed it - integration is key.
iLife is the name for all the applications together. Available January 25th. Bundled with all new Macs. Free Download for iTunes, iPhoto 2, iMovie 3. iDVD will cost (bundled with all the others) for: $49.
New application: Safari. Mac OS X browser! Yeah!!! "Fastest browser on the Mac". Statistics show it to be fast. Google is integrated in the toolbar. Lots of cool bookmark functions.
Eric Wallace is blogging this as well.
Steve says that you can send them a link to any site that does not render correctly and they will take a look. That should keep someone busy. Safari is based on an open source HTML rendering engine. They used KHTML and will donate all the additions back. Safari Beta available now.
New application (they just keep coming): Keynote. A presentation tool that was the base of what Steve uses for his keynotes. Simple graphics handling from what Steve is showing. Built in support for charts and tables. Keynote looks really really impressive. 12 themes built in and you can make your own. Lots of different transitions. Wow: imports and exports Powerpoint! Uses open file format (XML). Will cost 99$ and available today. Keynote attendees get a version for free.
New 17" Powerbook. 1 Inch thick when closed. Keyboard is lit - using ambient light sensors that automatically detect when the lights go down. 6.8 lbs. First 17" laptop in the world. Made of Aluminum alloy. 1GHz G4, Superdrive, FireWire 800 (new connector), FireWire 400, 2 USB ports, PC Card slot, Line in, Headphones, Bluetooth built in! Airport Extreme 802.11g. Compatible to 802.11b. Card is built in. Antennas (2) in the screen. Same range as iBook. Cost: 3299$
New Airport Extreme base station. Can take 50 users. Includes wireless bridging. USB Printing (that is really cool). - Cost 199$.
"There is one more thing"...New 12" Powerbook. Smallest powerbook ever. Full sized keyboard. 867 MHZ G$. Bluetooth built in. Airport Extreme ready. Cost: 1799$.
"The year of the notebook for Apple". Now, a video about the laptops is being shown.
Daniel Berlinger is blogging this as well.
So, anything else - some TV ads. Steve remarks on reading the various rumor sites. Steve wraps up.
And it's "see ya" from me as well!
Blog Blues: Carsten has the blog blues.
Shadows on the iWall: His Stevieness will be speaking in around 6 hours (18:00 CET) and I plan on watching (as does Russell - now he has the day right). Frank and I will be on iChat/AIM in parallel and maybe I will be able to blog some of the news. And then I fear I will be checking my bank account (I hope my wife doesn't read this).
Mobile thoughts: Sylvain responds to this mornings posting. Frank also sent me an email with suggestions ("use the voice recording in the T68i"). Thanks guys. Obviously a PDA would be a good idea - if it were a smartphone as well. The problem does not really lie in the notation of the idea (both voice-recording and pen/paper would do that ok). The problem lies in the information retrieval.
Any idea-taking-system needs to integrate into the way I retrieve information. So that would be my email-client (outlook) or my browser. Those are the two things I use every day "without thinking" (don't comment on that please).
So something like a smartphone that is perhaps even to send mail, voicemail, pictures, scribbles to a pre-defined email-address would probably be right. Especially voice2mail would be great (that would work well on my bike :-)).
Mobile movement: Russell is getting serious on doing some mobile development. I agree that this is (becoming) a really interesting market to get into. As the devices become more powerful (memory, screen) and the networks move to data-driven pricing (as opposed to time-based) with the devices being always on, we will see more and more applications appear aimed at mobile phones. Here are a couple I would like to see:
- NetNewsWire mobile (a powerfull RSS aggregator on my mobile)
- An easy to use weblog client
At the moment I have a T68i and that cannot load any additional apps (no Java support) - so something I am looking into is a new phone which I can at least download new applications to.
Going back to the application area: One particular problem I have is "reminding myself to do something" while on the move. Typical scenario: Leave for work on the bus or bike and then - halfway to work - some idea I need to remember until later. Or the moment I leave work, I remember something I need to do the next day. At the moment I send myself emails so the reminder is there in the mailbox the next day. But this means waiting until I get somewhere where there is a mail client.
January 06, 2003
Presentations up: Erik has made his presentations from last year available online.
Snow! Snow here today. Lots of it. The kids have an extra day off before school resumes tomorrow - so they have been outside most of the day.
There is also snow in Toulouse.
January 05, 2003
Card Tricks: Frank thinks I was fooled by this trick. Think again! I just didn't want to give the secret away...ok, so I had to read the spoiler... Actually, my wife caught onto it straight away..now what does that tell you. Nothing. Exactly!!
Books books everywhere: Looks like Steven has something ahead of him. I am interested in which Python book he recommends and which Cocoon book he likes... :-)..
Language problems: Russell leads with a story from Ritchie Hughes about language problems. Ok, here's mine (repeated at least once a year - either in the UK or in the US): Whenever I arrive in one of the two countries I am greated by "where did you learn to speak English?" ...me ... "Umm.. actually it is my native language"...them..."oh, well you speak with a German accent".. Duh. Actually after a few days that goes away and I actually start dreaming in English again. Way strange.
Biz and Mum
Added: Armin has added me to his great site. Thanks!
Interesting data: Russell has some interesting figures on the state of IT jobs. The fun (?) thing about booms (whether in IT or the stockmarket) is the fact that you can't predict when they will start (just as you can't predict when they are over). Only in hindsight can you "see" what happened.
January 04, 2003
Steven - fixed
Steven Woes III: Fixed. Bing. Now I need to update your link on the right.
Predictions revisited: My prediction for 2003 is something I wrote about here. I predict (drum-roll) that Microsoft will (at least) announce (a) product(s) for Linux.
The Mountie goes to ETCon?
Emerging Technology: Steve has submitted a talk for ETCon 2003. I did as well - on the subject of aggregating business data as RSS.
Steven woes II
Predictions: Lots of predictions around about what's in store for 2003. Guido makes some comments on the mobile and TV world and what may happen there this year. At least I got round to reading Smart Mobs while on vacation. Lots of insight into what may be next in there.
One of the most interesting parts (although not new to us Cocoon-addicts) was the mention of the fact that more and more devices will be equipped with web servers and accessible over the net using just a browser. Add some form of Cocoon to that web server and you have a miniature platform that can serve whatever format you need - not just HTML.
Steven woes: Steven has migrated over to Moveable Type. This means I can no longer read his weblog. Using Internet Explorer 6 (on my PC) the lines are not broken and I have to scroll horizontaly (which is no fun). Bah. Looks slightly better in Mozilla - but there is still a scroll bar accross the bottom - what gives?
Online Paradox: If you can't get online - how do you find out how to get online? While on vacation I wanted to get online using my iBook and my T68i connected via bluetooth to the Apple. Trouble was that the T68i wasn't in the list of supported bluetooth modems - and I had no idea what I needed to do to get it to work (I still don't). And as I couldn't get online to find more information - I was stuck. From what I have just pulled from google - it seems to be possible, so there you go.
Back: Hi there! We're back after our weeks vacation in search of the snow. And we didn't find any! Unfortunately. Most of Southern Germany and the Alps have been "hit" with a lack of snow, while the rest of the country seems to be drowning. Luckily we still found enough for the kids to do and I was able to get some reading done. Meanwhile, lots to catch up on.....