Friday, May 09, 2003

If this is true, then it's time to get off Blogspot. I don't want my voice relegated to a blogger gheto.

And as for all the other blogs, how will they tell? Put some token in Blogger blogs? What if I use a different piece of software?

The only way they could really do this is if they give extra incentives to label your site a blog. What could that be?

In a sense it raise interesting questions. What's the difference between blogs and any other pages? Should blogs have either an unfair advantage or disadvantage? The piece supposes they do, but for what reason other than they get updated frequently and have a lot of cross-talk. What of non-blogs that are also frequently updated with a lot of crosstalk? Are wiki's unfairly disadvantaged because page content is always in flux and being refactored?

But probably this article is just Orlowski spraying FUD around.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Alan Kay (allegedly) said that the best way to predict the future was to invent it. Just looking at Microdoc news (nee Google Village) I'm starting to think of a similar principle. In the microcontent field there may not be room for two players. Maybe there's room for Microdoc as Microcontent News seems to be on vacation ... but in general the best way to own a micropublishing niche is to invent it.

Actually, that's a glib phrase with no empirical research behind it whatsoever. But if you know better, comment me.

Monday, May 05, 2003

But more and more people are no longer living straightforward linear lives. What makes the difference is in part our communication technologies. We carry cell phones and beepers. We have e-mail, instant messengers. But it is also what we do mentally and emotionally. We increasingly live abstractly or virtually, interacting with stuff that isn't physically here.

Flemming Funch

Am I just too prejudiced against anything Java or does Headfirst Java look the most horrible publishing concept I've seen for a long time? What are O'Reilly thinking of? A book on Java full of irrelevant and desperately unfunny "light" relief that's neither educational nor entertaining?

I must confess I would have expected more from O'Reilly - a visual-oriented book with designs by Edward Tufte, maybe. Or wit and irreverant writing of the quality of Phil Greenspun.

But who is this book for? Anyone who needs educational resources diluted in this way is hardly likely to have the patience and concentration to cut it as a Java programmer. Hell! I don't have the patience and concentration to cut it as a Java programmer, even though I'm smart enough to read one of O'Reilly's normal books on the subject. So, if the form is appropriate for you, the content probably isn't. And vice versa.

The suspicion is that O'Reilly don't care. They know there's a market for wannabes : people who like the idea that they could learn this stuff, and feel encouraged that this format makes it easier than ever. Once they buy the book, does it matter that they get little out of it? Maybe not.

Sunday, May 04, 2003

This is a record of a Public Domain Dedication.

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Thursday, May 01, 2003

The telling thing about these cards is that Bush is only the four of clubs.

Oh, and doesn't Rumsfeld look like Norman Tebbit these days?