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07. August 2013

Lightweight CMS using flat-files
@ 13:17:40

Was recently looking for flatfile-based content management systems and found http://getkirby.com, http://pulsecms.com and http://statamic.com. Some additional other helpful tool seems to be http://modernizr.com.

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10. July 2007

reCAPTCHA - avoid spam
@ 17:31:29

reCAPTCHA is a service for your blog, webpage, guestbook what so ever. It helps to avoid getting spammed by providing a CAPTCHA feature [1]. There are e.g. plugins for various blog engines.

[1] http://recaptcha.net

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12. July 2006

zlyfe - Blogs, Bilder, Community et.al.
@ 13:46:33

Der Slogan tönt so:
zlyfe is the place where you can tell others about the most memorable, astonishing, or funniest moments in your life.
Grundsätzlich kann man das und vieles mehr auch auf anderen Plattformen. zlyfe [1] pflegt aber einen besonderen Bezug zur Schweiz - sprich - die Technologie kommt aus Bern [2].

[1] http://www.zlyfe.net
[2] http://www.adfinis.com/node/176

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03. May 2006

Swiss Blog Awards am nächsten Freitag
@ 08:12:19

So, nun ist es also soweit. Am kommenden Freitag findet die 1. Swiss Blog Awards Ceremony statt. Ab 17:00 Uhr ist ein gepacktes Programm zu erwarten [1]. Das Booklet [2] gibt einen guten Überblick, wer nominiert ist, wer sonst noch so mit dabei ist und wann die After-Party mit Creative Commons Musik startet. Wer sich interessiert, was sonst noch so über die Awards geschrieben wird, kann sich bspw. auf den "Planeten" blogug.ch begeben [3].

[1] http://swissblogawards.ch/program
[2] http://swissblogawards.ch/material/sbaw_booklet.pdf
[3] http://planet.blogug.ch/search/linkex:swissblogawards.ch

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23. March 2006

Swiss Blog Awards - nomination period started
@ 12:41:52

The nomination period for the 1st Swiss Blog Awards has started today [1]. The award ceremony will take place on Mai 5th 2006 in the Volkshaus in Biel-Bienne [2].

[1] http://nominations2006.swissblogawards.ch
[2] http://ctssa.ch/d/events/?id=19

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03. March 2006

Bleublog powered by Kaywa
@ 08:13:42

Bleublog [1] bietet Blogs für die französischsprechende Schweiz an - initiiert von Le Matin. Auf den einzelnen Blogs werden Werbebanner aufgeschaltet. Die "Charta" [2] führt zudem in Ziffer IV. Diffusion aus:
Tout ou partie des contenus des blogs peuvent être cités ou repris dans les différentes rubriques du Service BleuBlog et peuvent être diffusés de façon publique, notamment par une éventuelle publication dans les titres d′Edipresse Publications SA, groupe Le Matin.
Jeder Blogger ist sozusagen "Journalist on hold" - falls ein interessanter Artikel oder ein Bild, Video oder ähnliches von der Redaktion erspäht wird, so kann dieser Inhalt in einer Publikation der Edipresse Publications SA, groupe Le Matin, publiziert werden.

Der Blog Service wird durch Kaywa Technologie betrieben. Die Dokumentation für den User wird in einem Wiki angeboten [3].

[1] http://www.bleublog.ch/
[2] http://www.bleublog.ch/charte
[3] http://fr.wiki.kaywa.com

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08. October 2005

QR code - decoder to proof the concept
@ 13:26:59

I finally came along a QR code decoders tool, that are written in Java [1,2]. So the implementation here in this blog is actually working [3].

My next edition of business cards will probably have not only the human readable information but also a QR code printed on it. Thus, mobile phones with QR code decoders will be able to do the job of business card scanners. A convenient implementation would be a QR code to vCard converter [4], to make the address organization in the mobile phone as easy as possible.

[1] http://www.intelcom.ru/2d/english/demo.php
[2] http://sourceforge.jp/projects/qrcode/
[3] http://blog.li/trash/2005/10/08/2248.html
[4] http://www.appelsiini.net/keitai-l/archives/2004-01/0014.html

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06. October 2005

QR coded blog entries
@ 00:23:26

Innovations is - if it works, but you do not have the technology to prove it. The blogpost title, the blogpost date, the URI to each blogpost and some copyright ("CC") information of this weblog are QR coded. Actually the images have not been decoded yet, since the writer of that code has no QR code scanner nor has he a mobile phone with an appropriate software to decode those codes.

But anyway. QR codes are kind of twodimensional barcodes [1].
While conventional bar codes are capable of storing a maximum of approximately 20 digits, QR Code is capable of handling several dozen to several hundred times more information.
20 digits are not enough to encode a typical blog title, a link, a date string and some copyright information. As an example, the QR coded string for this blog post is: "QR coded blog entries, 06.10.2005 00:23:26, http://circle.ch/blog/p1773.html, CC-by-sa_2.5". The QR code library behind my implementation is written by Y. Swetake [4].

If it makes sense, to link from a QR code to a blog post, is not yet plain clear. But I could imagine a simpler, maybe automated navigation for mobile phones:
  • Reading a blog feed (e.g. qr.xml or qr img link in the RSS feed) with QR codes
  • The phone decodes the images and displays the title to the blog entries
  • A single click on the auto-linked title is enough to access the full blog post
At least in Japan there are various applications that support QR codes [2]; e-commerce e.g. is a big issue [3]. Is anyone out there with an opensource QR code decoder? ;)

Update: The ETH Zürich has a project running called "Visual Code Recognition for Camera-Equipped Mobile Phones" [5]. They also provide so called Recognizer software for Symbian OS based mobile phones.

[1] http://www.denso-wave.com/qrcode/qrfeature-e.html
[2] http://www.eurotechnology.com/store/qr-code/sample.html
[3] http://www.camreader.jp/eng/service/index.html
[4] http://www.swetake.com/qr/
[5] http://www.inf.ethz.ch/personal/rohs/visualcodes/

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19. September 2005

VTX mit Blog Hosting
@ 17:31:26

VTX Internet Solutions hat sich offenbar basierend auf der Typepad Technologie zu einem Blog Hosting Service aufgerüstet [1]. Die vier verfügbaren Angebote variieren preislich zwischen CHF 0.00 und CHF 229.50 Jahresgebühr. Dann wollen wir die Entwicklung in der Schweizer Blog-Landschaft doch mal weiter beobachten. Gut, dass Matthias von blog.ch genügend Bandbreite hat. ;)

[1] http://blog.vtxnet.ch

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18. September 2005

Reenabled LiveSearch
@ 13:13:41

LiveSearch has not been available for a short period of time on this blog. So I reenabled and refined it a bit. It searches now not only blog posts but also wiki titles. Further there is a search term hightlight function, which should make the reading of the result set more comfortable.

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07. September 2005

Get mapping coordinates from an address
@ 14:41:57

randy [1] found a way to get the longitude and latidue out of an address like "1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View CA 94043". He uses an XML-RPC call to rpc.geocoder.us and gets an array of mapping coordinates in return. Awesome.

As the current petrol prices are rising, I would like to see an SMS service, where you can send something like "Lorraine, Bern" to a certain number and in return you would get an MMS with a map with a red outlined track to the next petrol station with the lowest prices on petrol. ;)

[1] http://www.randys.org/content/?p=50

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06. September 2005

Finding related tags to blog posts
@ 22:04:37

As you can see there are in most cases "Related tags" listed with each blog post. Those tags have been automatically chosen for each post. Most of them fit to the post, some do not. If you look at the post just before this one, you can see that the content is written in German. Amazingly there is e.g. a tag called "deutsch". The code behind is no rocket science. All I do is looking for matching entries in the database and group by the categories found for those entries. That's it.

One method to refine the results could be that the content of a blog post should be tokenized, stemmed [1], and put into a FULLTEXT search query against the existing entries. That code on the other hand is not yet finished ;)

[1] http://google.ch/search?q=define:stemmer

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30. August 2005

Freetag - a tagging and folksonomy system
@ 23:08:58

Or more detailed:
Freetag [1] is a module that implements a simple, fairly robust beginning of a tagging and folksonomy system. It works with PHP4 and MySQL 3.23 so far, and i imagine that if it gets popular, it should be easy to port to additional databases and/or languages.
Maybe a way to build up its own tagging repository. Acutally I haven't tried, but according to the docs it is promising. As to feed the database, one could use his own tags or category names first.

There are probably at least two ways to tag a blog post. Either tags selected by hand at the time of writing or as a self-tagging system (algorithm), that takes e.g. the content of a blog post, analyzes it and applys the tags to the post.

Some more thoughts on tagging and retagging at overstated.net [2].

[1] http://getluky.net/freetag/
[2] http://overstated.net/04/10/09-migrating-to-delicious

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29. August 2005

Get Tags with Yahoo! Term Extraction
@ 21:54:35

This is a start:
The Term Extraction service provides a list of significant words or phrases extracted from a larger content.
It can be implemented by making use of the Yahoo! API [1]. One might then need to sort out the result set a bit and use them as "tags". Since this blog has no cache and the API only lets me have a limited number [2] of requests a day, I will not dive into it yet ;) For those using PHP, there is a so called yahoolib availabe.

[1] http://developer.yahoo.net/search/content/V1/termExtraction.html
[2] http://developer.yahoo.net/search/rate.html
[3] http://sourceforge.net/projects/yahoolib

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Blog backend with recommended tags per post
@ 12:57:59

I like the support of the del.icio.us Firefox extension for del.icio.us' interface with clickable recommended, own and popular tags. This is something I would like to see in a backend/admin of a blog software. So, the code under GPL is there [1]. I am wondering, if the javascript could be used more or less instantly. The are various needs. E.g. as recommendations per post for Technorati, Flickr or del.icio.us tags.

[1] http://www.mozdev.org/source/browse/delicious/src/

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28. August 2005

Related posts on b2/cafelog
@ 23:46:54

To get the related posts, there was only to apply the FULLTEXT feature to the the b2posts table.
ALTER TABLE b2posts ADD FULLTEXT post_related ( post_title, post_content )
A typical SQL query looks like:
SELECT ID, post_title, post_content,
MATCH ( post_title, post_content )
AGAINST ( 'make zip files' ) AS score
FROM b2posts
WHERE MATCH ( post_title, post_content )
AGAINST ( 'make zip files') AND ( ID != '910' )
ORDER BY score DESC
LIMIT 5
The you only need to handle the results and format it with a little bit of HTML. Thats it.

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Working out a category cloud
@ 20:32:18

The category cloud above does work with a variable font-size for each item. The font size is related to the number of posts per category. Since some categories have up to 600 items while others only have two, I had to find a suitable scale. A good effect could be found by using a logarithmic value. So I used something like the following:
printf("<a href='/blog/p%s.html'
  title='%s' style='font-size:%s;'>%s</a>",
$row->cat_id,
$row->cat_name,
floor(log($row->items_per_cat) * 20) +100 ."%",
$row->cat_name );
I preferred to chose this solution from having e.g. a switch with ranges of posts/category to point to different style classes like size1, size2, size3 etc.

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TagCloud to analyze my blog
@ 18:21:50

TagCloud (beta) is an automated Folksonomy tool. It analyzes RSS feeds and comes up with a cloud of related items [1]. Even though items like "http" and "htm" do not make that much sense, it might e.g. help giving an idea on what topics certain blog is talking about.

I guess either with MySQL FULLTEXT search [2] or Bayesian classification [3] one could handle out something similar on his own blog.

[1] http://www.tagcloud.com/User/index.php?TC_Cloud_ID=5920
[2] http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/fulltext-search.html
[3] http://www.xhtml.net/php/PHPNaiveBayesianFilter

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03. August 2005

PHP Developers for blog.ch
@ 10:55:09

blog.ch is seeking PHP developers to turn the projectlist into reality [1]. Matthias has some good ideas and is eager to fulfil them.

[1] http://blog.ch/blog/?p=148

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26. April 2005

Emily Turrettini Interview
@ 13:33:48

A well known Geneva-blogger [1] in an interview with Mobuzz TV ;)

[1] http://www.mobuzztv.com/player.php?recordID=33

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25. April 2005

CC-ch weblog
@ 07:59:11

Creative Commons Switzerland is now also online with a blog [1]. The aim of this country specific blog is to talk about what is happening regarding CC licenses, events et.al.

[1] http://www.creativecommons.ch/weblog/

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15. April 2005

Swiss Blog Awards
@ 12:42:04

Eine Idee geistert durch das Netz: Swiss Blog Awards

Innert kurzer Zeit haben sich Weblogs vom Randphänomen zum Mainstream im Internet entwickelt. Zu Millionen veröffentlichen Einzelpersonen oder Gruppen auf diesen notizbuchartigen Webseiten wichtige und belanglose, witzige oder ernsthafte Inhalte; sei dies als Text, Bild oder Ton. Prominente tuns, Politikerinnen auch, Wissenschaftler, Musikerinnen und Tagebuchschreiber sowieso. Kurz: Hinz und Kunz bloggen.

Mit den Swiss Blog Awards wollen wir besonders gelungene Weblogs auszeichnen und gleichzeitig eine Plattform schaffen für das Phänomen an sich. Mit der gleichen Selbstverständlichkeit wie alljährlich die schönste Frau und der schönste Mann ausgezeichnet werden, sollen auch die originellsten, auffälligsten, schönsten, sprachwitzigsten Weblogs gewürdigt werden.

Wie und wann und wo die ganze Chose über die Bühne gehen wird, wer die Weblogs nominiert, wer in der Jury sitzt, ist alles noch Gegenstand von Diskussionen, an denen auch Du Dich beteiligen kannst. Das provisorische Organisationskomitee bestehend aus:

* Jan Zuppinger, pieceoplastic.com
* Nick Lüthi, bernergazette.ch
* Matthias Gutfeldt, blog.ch
* Urs Gehrig, circle.ch

hat unter http://blog.ch/award/ ein Weblog eingerichtet, wo der Stand der Dinge nachzulesen ist. Die Kommentarfunktion steht allen offen, die ihre Ideen einbringen wollen.

Nach einem provisorischen Fahrplan gehen wir davon aus, dass die Awards-Zeremonie frühestens Anfang 2006 stattfinden wird. Bis dahin gibt es einiges zu tun. Packen wir es an!

Jan, Nick, Urs & Matthias

[1] http://blog.ch/blog/index.php/archives/2005/04/15/swiss-blog-awards/

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30. March 2005

PHP Naive Bayesian Filter against Spam
@ 21:37:07

As recently mentioned this blog got an awful amount of trackback spam. After a short period of silence it started again today. So I turned off the trackback feature and will live without it for a while.

Loïc d'Anterroches by the way has implemented a PHP Naive Bayesian Filter [1] that I could imagine would help me out the most with the trackback spam. Captacha is no solution there and I would rather prefer the "Bayesian Way" compared to semi-automatic solutions like moderation, blacklisting et.al. By the way, the script by Loïc did work right out of the box. ;)

[1] http://www.xhtml.net/php/PHPNaiveBayesianFilter

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24. March 2005

NASA is podcasting
@ 08:52:09

[via Innovation Blog, 1] Science@NASA is providing a podcast now for about a couple of months now and they report an increasing number of requests from day to day.

[1] http://www.hlb.com/inovlog/archives/2005/03/you_know_its_go.html
[2] http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/21mar_podcast.htm

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23. March 2005

Multiuser Worpress evolved
@ 16:05:11

As talked about multiuser-Wordpress earlier, I was wondering what is going on with it. So here is a refresh pointing to some sites of interest:

- http://blogs.linux.ie/xeer/2005/03/15/wpmu-snapshot-2/
- http://blogs.linux.ie/download/wpmu/ChangeLog-wpmu.txt
- http://www.proyectoisla.com/planetawp/?cat=10
- http://incsub.org/blog/?p=266

Most coding seems to be done by donncha.

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Doctorow in Zürich
@ 15:45:12

Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow will talk tonight in Zürich; for those swiss bloggers who act fast without delay, go and have a chat with him [1, via Jan: 2].

[1] http://circle.ch/wiki/?page=WikiAgenda.20050323
[2] http://pieceoplastic.com

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22. March 2005

GeoURL is back online
@ 18:49:03

[via Jan, 1] GeoURL is back online as Version 2.0 beta [2]. Ask Bjørn Hansen who took over the development from Joshua Schachter - aka del.icio.us programmer - already pointed out a new firefox extension that integrates GeoURL services [3].

[1] http://pieceoplastic.com
[2] http://geourl.org/near/?p=http://circle.ch/blog
[3] http://geourl.org/news/2005/03/14/firefox_extension.html

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16. February 2005

WYSIWYG Plugin for Wordpress
@ 07:55:20

Joe Schmoe [1] worked out a WYSIWYG plugin for Wordpress based on TinyMCE.

[1] http://mudbomb.com/archives/2005/02/02/wysiwyg-plugin-for-wordpress/

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09. February 2005

Wieder mal Intimes aus der Bloggerwelt
@ 00:10:50

[via stefan, 1] Das Migros Magazin hat erneut einen Artikel zum Thema Blogging erscheinen lassen [2]. Im Gegensatz zum Beitrag von SFDRS werden Blogger in ein etwas anderes Licht gestellt - vornehmlich eine vernünftigere Sicht. Doch finde ich, dass die US-amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahlen langsam in Vergessenheit geraten dürften und ich wunder emich auch etwas ob der aufgezeigten "typischen" Blogs wie myzuri.ch oder stadt.be ;)

By the way; Dean ist dann doch nicht Präsident geworden. Und Kerry übrigens auch nicht ;)

[1] http://www.stefanbucher.net/blog/451
[2] http://www.migros-magazin.ch/index.cfm?id=5528

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08. February 2005

Tagging for lots.ch
@ 11:20:58

chregu [1] pointed out how you will be able to aggregate lots.ch related/linked information via del.icio.us as he introduced the tag "lots.ch".
And we aggregate the del.icio.us tag "lots.ch", which will be displayed on the page. If you have an interesting link somehow related to lots.ch, just tag it with "lots.ch" and the link will show up on the OpenBlog.
I started yet another tag on Technorati as you can see below [2].

tag:lots.ch


Feel free to link in. But what counts most; just do not forget to visit us in Bern finally ;)

[1] http://blog.bitflux.ch/p2019.html
[2] http://www.technorati.com/tag/lots.ch

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07. February 2005

KABLOG - enhanced mobile blogging
@ 14:53:49

Amazing... KABLOG [1] is offering variuos front-ends for mobile phones which make mobile blogging easier:
KABLOG is a tool for mobile phones and PDAs that allows you to post photos and blog entries to blog servers and services such as TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, B2, Blog-City, UserLand (Radio), Roller, SnipSnap, and other blog servers that support either the simple blogger xmlrpc interface or the extended metaWeblog interface. In addition, KABLOG provides extended support for posting entries to TypePad/Movable Type.
As far as I can see, it also works with images.

[1] http://www.kablog.org

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01. February 2005

Hemmunglose Internet-Selbstdarsteller
@ 00:26:55

Gelesen und mit Erstaunen verfolgt auf SFDRS [1]
Blogger Ausstellung in Zürich

Blogs nennt man die Internet-Tagebücher, in welchen Internet-Selbstdarsteller oft hemmungslos mit Bild und Text über sich und ihr Leben berichten. Ein Trend welcher vor Jahren in Amerika startete und nun immer mehr auch in der Schweiz an Beliebtheit gewinnt. Eine Ausstellung in Zürich zeigt, worum es geht.
Naja, das Obgenannte kann man auf zwei Arten interpretieren; entweder haben sich die Redaktoren in Zusammenhang mit der Ausstellung das erste Mal mit Blogs beschäftigt, oder aber sie haben Blogs bereits als eine ernstzunehmende Informationsquelle erkannt und als Konkurrenz, statt als Kontrolle oder Ergänzung der Medienlandschaft interpretiert und versuchen nun, die Blogger als Narzisten [2] zu verniedlichen. Erfolg verpflichtet - nur fragt sich nur wen? Eine Kurzrecherche hätte eigentlich ein anderes Bild von Bloggern vermitteln müssen. Aber wie hiess es doch gleich? Kommt Zeit, kommt Rat. ;)

[1] http://www.sfdrs.ch/content/news/tagesschau/archiv_sendung.php?docid=20050130
[2] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narzissmus

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27. January 2005

Got G-rated
@ 22:37:41

Gravatar
Every gravatar [1] submission is rated with an MPAA style rating [2] before it is made publicly available. This allows implementors to decide on the rating level that is suitable for their site. A "G" rated gravatar is suitable for display on all websites with any audience type. Nothing potentially offensive will be given this rating.
I need to add a gravatar plug-in in this blog I guess. ;)

[1] http://www.gravatar.com/rating.php
[2] http://www.mpaa.org/movieratings/

Update: As this blog runs still b2/cafelog/urs-häck, I will not be able to simply add-on those wordpress plug-ins. But worth mentioning anyway [3,4].

[3] http://www.noscope.com/journal/2004/12/favatars
[4] http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/favatars

QR Code for your mobile phone.
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ffmpeg - The upcoming tool for video conversion
@ 11:16:19

ffmpeg [1] is the tool I have used locally for some time now [1]. It allows conversions of various video formats and video to image conversions. Over the last few months I started a collection of links to some helpful articles and discussions [2]. Recently, there has been started the development of a PHP extension [3]. I could imagine, that ffmpeg would be quite an interesting PHP5 standard extension ;) I haven't checked the license for compatibility though.

Grabbing a frame out of a video is as simple as follows. It took me quite some time to figure out the appropriate options, since the web and the documentation did not yet satisfy my needs:
$ ffmpeg -i test.3gp -f singlejpeg -img jpeg -y test.jpg
Input #0, mov, from 'test.3gp':
Duration: 00:00:04.8, bitrate: 80 kb/s
Stream #0.0: Video: h263, 128x96, 10.00 fps
Stream #0.1: Audio: 0x726d6173, 8000 Hz, mono
Output #0, singlejpeg, to 'test.jpg':
Stream #0.0: Video: mjpeg, 128x96, 10.00 fps, q=2-31, 200 kb/s
Stream mapping:
Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
frame= 48 q=4.0 size= 117kB time=4.8 bitrate= 200.0kbits/s
I am sure this will boost video blogging enormously [4]. I first was heading for mplayer, but mplayer is IMHO kind of related to X and we do not really want X to be installed on a production server, do we?

Finally, I would like to talk about animated GIF files and provide an example. As with a combination of Imagemagick and ffmpeg, it is a matter of two command lines evtl. one (I am not a pipe specialist ;). As shown below, ffmpeg generates a set of 10 images and Imagemagick converts them to an animated GIF:
$ ffmpeg -i test.3gp -f image -img gif -t 1.0 test%03d.gif
Input #0, mov, from 'test.3gp':
Duration: 00:00:04.8, bitrate: 80 kb/s
Stream #0.0: Video: h263, 128x96, 10.00 fps
Stream #0.1: Audio: 0x726d6173, 8000 Hz, mono
Output #0, image, to 'test%03d.gif':
Stream #0.0: Video: rawvideo, pal8, 128x96, 10.00 fps, q=2-31, 200 kb/s
Stream mapping:
Stream #0.0 -> #0.0
frame= 10 q=0.0 size= 0kB time=1.0 bitrate= 0.0kbits/s

$ convert -delay 20 -loop 0 test*.gif animated.gif
Feeback always welcome ;)

[1] http://ffmpeg.sourceforge.net
[2] http://www.circle.ch/wiki/MpegToJpeg
[3] http://ffmpeg-php.sourceforge.net
[4] http://www.circle.ch/wiki/3gpVideo

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16. January 2005

Sandro has a new blog
@ 15:24:37

Sandro Zic [1] has a new blog now [1].

[1] http://www.sandrozic.de/weblog

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09. January 2005

Migros Magazine about Blogging
@ 16:08:11

Migros Magazine writes about Stephanie Booth as one of the pioneers of Helvetic Blogging [1].

[1] http://www.migrosmagazine.ch/index.cfm?id=4156

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07. January 2005

LiveJournal backend presentation
@ 08:10:55

Brad Fitzpatrick presents some LiveJournal backend know-how [1]. Some related information is available about the wikipedia back-end [2].

[1] http://www.danga.com/words/2004_lisa/
[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_servers

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06. January 2005

Six Apart bought LiveJournal
@ 18:15:08

Too many blog ASPs around, as it seems [1] ;) The page may load slowly as there are more that 2674 comments on this entry.

[1] http://www.livejournal.com/users/news/82926.html

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27. November 2004

Bloggermeeting in Bern
@ 18:58:09

Just come from the 1st edition of the Bloggermeeting [1] in Bern. It was nice meeting you [2].

[1] http://circle.ch/wiki/WikiAgenda.20041127
[2] http://blog.li/trash/2004/11/

Update: More of such: http://www.haslo.ch/permalink_469~ger

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Blogsome - Worpress based Blog Hosting
@ 14:12:06

Blogsome [1] is a free blog hosting service and seems to be based on Wordpress. Someone just added this link to my wiki.

[1] http://www.blogsome.com

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25. November 2004

Atom enabled Weblog in PHP
@ 18:05:31

Yoan Blanc has worked out a fully functional Atom based weblog tool [1].
This project is a school essay about dealing with atom format, HTTP request and XSL transformation.
The code is available under the GPL license. Let's hope this will ignite some further implementations.

Yoan also has a short presentation available [2].

[1] http://atom.dosimple.ch
[2] http://atom.dosimple.ch/docs/pres/

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19. November 2004

SVG Wiki Witheboard
@ 15:12:24

Danny Ayers has some news on his earlier work [1] done on a graphical whiteboard heading towards an SVG Wiki [1]. The file only worked in IE on my machine. But the result is amazing; you can choose colors, shapes, operators and the like and also delete the paths later on. Very nice. I'd like to have that feature in my blog as well. Maybe there is a rainy weekend ahead soon ;)

[1] http://www.xml.com/lpt/a/2003/11/19/svgwiki.html
[2] http://dannyayers.com/archives/2004/06/08/svg-wikiwhiteboard-new-code/

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17. November 2004

Die Weltwoche bloggt
@ 20:19:26

Die Weltwoche hat seit geraumer Zeit einen eignen Blog [1], basierend auf Typepad Services, offenbar implementiert durch additiv [2]. Good to know.

[1] http://weltwoche.typepad.com
[2] http://www.additiv.ch

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12. November 2004

Andreas has a Blog
@ 16:00:19

Andreas just silently started blogging [1] ;)

[1] http://blog.andreashalter.ch

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06. November 2004

Blogger Meeting in Bern
@ 13:47:16

There will be a blogger meeting in Bern in about three weeks time [1]. I will try to attend it. To give it some dynamic I have left a note in the WikiAgenda and trackbacked this event from this post... Just playing ;)

[1] http://circle.ch/wiki/WikiAgenda.20041127

Update: It just seems that that Wiki trackback does not work anymore. The hosting partner switched to safe_mode which probably causes the problem. I will need to find a workaround.

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31. October 2004

Fetching content frequently
@ 23:36:06

Just had a chat with Joshua Schachter from del.icio.us as he asked me
Do you have any idea why a few hosts are fetching del.icio.us/rss/urs so frequently?
I am always amazed, whom of you out there could be interested in my blog posts or - as it seems now - my bookmarks. Nevertheless, blogging to me has been like using a pocket- or scrapbook to jot down my thoughts, ideas and things I would forget within no time ;) Anyway, it is good to have folks like Joshua to provide such fancy services like del.icio.us.

Update I: By the way. The last of my bookmarks saved on del.icio.us was a link pointing to an article in the NZZ [1]. Mr. Vasella is told to have said that those who waive the patent protection would undermine innovation. Maybe this is a bit too simple. An egg-and-chicken problem maybe. First we need innovation and maybe then it can be a good idea to protect that innovation with a patent. But just have a look at the writing of Karl-Friedrich Lenz [2]: "Grenzen des Patentwesens. Konkrete Maßnahmen gegen die Patentinflation."; worth reading.

Update II: via chregu [3]
"Es spricht einiges dafür, dass Patente auf Software, die in USA gängige Praxis sind und in Europa vor ihrer Legalisierung stehen, in Wirklichkeit die Innovation einschränken. Europa könnte immer noch den Kurs wechseln." Deutsche Bank Research [4]
And Switzerland?

[1] http://nzz.ch/2004/10/31/wi/page-article9YI9S.html
[2] http://k.lenz.name/d/v/index.html
[3] http://blog.bitflux.ch/archive/nosoftwarepatents.html
[4] http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/de/m/intro/index.html

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30. October 2004

BlogCMS
@ 15:58:06

Just mentioned Radek Hulán an entry before; he is also responsible for the weblog engine BlogCMS [1]. Worth to look at, as it seems [2].

[1] http://www.blogcms.com
[2] http://www.sebbi.de/archives/2004/08/12/blogcms-vs-wordpress/

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Multi-user blog, pictures handling and PDF generation with Wordpress
@ 15:35:35

Wordpress offers a multi-user blog engine - currently running as version 0.13 [1] - using the Smarty template engine. If you like to handle images with Wordpress, just have a look at Pictpress [2]. Then finally, today I came along WP2PDF [3] which is an add-on for Wordpress to generate PDF files from blog posts. What do we need more? Maybe a single sign-on handling; then just have a look at chregu's post [4] and modifications to have his bxcms-blog to interoperate with Sxip services.

Somewhere on my machine there is a homegrown blog-post to PDF generator laying around: the concept of my implementation was this:
- there is no guaranty, that blog posts are wellformed XHTML; use PHP PECL tidy to fix that.
- have a look at FPDF, a PHP class to convert content to PDF; make sure your content is XHTML.
- glue the blog output, the tidy conversion and the PDF conversion together.
E voilà. Maybe, just skip the above and look at what Radek Hulán scripted [5].

[1] http://mu.wordpress.org
[2] http://www.curioso.org/?s=pictpress
[3] http://wp2pdf.sourceforge.net
[4] http://blog.bitflux.ch/archive/sxip-support-for-bxcms.html
[5] http://hulan.info/blog/item/html2pdf-convert-your-xhtml-to-pdf-easily

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22. October 2004

Flickr inside
@ 12:20:53

Niall Kennedy [1] posted some interesting links about Flickr architecture.

[1] http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/archives/2004/10/flickr_architec.html

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21. October 2004

Do You gregaire?
@ 22:18:25

By Jean-Marc König:
gregaire is a flexible web based RSS-aggregator written in PHP 5. It uses a database like MySQL or SQLite to store its data. The user interface is written in standards compliant XHTML, CSS and Javascript (DOM). Thanks to SQLite you should be able to install gregaire on any webspace on earth, supposed the webserver runs with PHP5. gregaire is open source software released under the GNU LGPL license.
More about it [1].

[1] http://www.gregaire.com

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20. October 2004

Cropping, rotating and resizing images in Wordpress
@ 12:42:41

Some month ago I implemented a PHP script [1] to handle images that I integrated into the "Manage" respectively "Edit" menu in Wordpress. The script allows images located in a certain directory to be rotated, resized and cropped. The cropping is based on a library provided by Walter Zorn, whom I mentioned earlier this year already. A PHP script building a cropping interface around that library can be found at amunts.com [3]. The script discussed here is an updated version (added cropping) of what I posted in March [4]. Use it or leave it! ;-)

[1] http://www.circle.ch/php/files/edit-images.phps
[2] http://www.walterzorn.com/dragdrop/dragdrop_e.htm
[3] http://php.amnuts.com/index.php?do=view&id=12
[4] http://www.circle.ch/blog/p1371.html

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19. October 2004

Google towards moblogging?
@ 08:08:16

Picasa, Inc. about Picasa:
We built Picasa because we were frustrated with how difficult it was to find, organize and do things with our digital pictures.
Picasa is now part of Google [1]. A quick look into the Googles businessplan(s) would probably clarify a lot ;-)

[1] http://www.picasa.com/content/download.php
[2] via http://www.moblogging.org/2004/07/google_moving_i.html

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18. October 2004

Wordpress and umlauts
@ 22:53:08

Moving a WP 1.2.0 to 1.2.1 installation did not bring the expected results regarding dropped umlauts. That post [1] did it for me. The problem even with WP 1.2.1 remains, when either Textile 1, Textile 2 or the Markdown plugin is activated. To have all three of them turned off finally brought the umlauts back again.

[1] http://wordpress.org/support/6/5408

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17. October 2004

Visual history of spam email
@ 21:48:51

Raymond Chen [1] has a visual analysis of the spam that he has received over the past ten years. Do you archive your spam mails too? ;-)

[1] http://weblogs.asp.net/oldnewthing/archive/2004/09/16/230388.aspx

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Rewrite of captcha-like feature
@ 20:31:27

The captcha-like [1] feature on behalf of the blog comments for this weblog has been rewritten. If it does not work for you as expected, please let me know. The feature is based on a completely homegrown implementation written in PHP and adopted to b2/cafelog. If you like something similar then you might like to have a look at the PEAR captcha package [2].

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captcha
[2] http://pear.php.net/pepr/pepr-proposal-show.php?id=80

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06. October 2004

No ISSN for Weblogs in CH
@ 23:22:43

Got an Email from the ISSN-Centre in Switzerland today as an answer to my request to try to get an ISSN for my weblog. Result: negative. Unfortunately I got no explanatory statement why the ISSN-Network dismissed such numbers for weblogs. Does anyone of you know?

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28. September 2004

Plazes to be
@ 11:55:20

[via joi and chregu] plazes.com seems to become a luxury version of geourl [1].

[1] http://beta.plazes.com

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18. September 2004

Blogs controlling the mass media?
@ 00:36:29

Take it as checks and balances of the mass media, what currently happens to CBS. Bloggers around the world have strong arguments that the National Guard documents presented by the CBS are likely to be fake [among others 1,2].

[1] http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1211285/posts
[2] http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1210662/posts

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12. September 2004

As it was to expect
@ 23:10:50

Nokia Lifeblog will become compatible with Six Apart's TypePad and enable multiplatform blogging [1]; obviously Joi wasn't in Helsinki just because he likes travelling ;-)

[1] http://prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/09-08-2004/0002246056

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Gmail as a blog engine
@ 17:09:09

Jonathan Hernandez [1] wrote a PHP application that converts Gmail messages to blog entries, where the messages are signed with a star. Replies to conversations are converted to blog comments. The scripts are licensed under GPL. Some more Gmail related projects are linked in my wiki under GmailFS.

[1] http://ion.gluch.org.mx/files/Hacks/gallina/

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Blogging is like a Cocktailparty
@ 12:51:49

Joi Ito is talking about blogging in the todays issue of the Sonntags Zeitung [1].
Sieben Millionen bloggen

Der Japaner Joichi Ito ist mit seinem persönlichen Journal (http://joi.ito.com ) ein Star unter den weltweit sieben Millionen Bloggern. Ito gründete Neoteny, eine Risikokapitalfirma für Onlinegesellschaften, sowie PSINet Japan und Infoseek Japan. Seine Favoriten sind der Gruppenblog «boingboing.net», der irakische Blog «Baghdad Burning» (http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com ) und der Blog aus dem Iran «editor:myself» (http://www.hoder.com/weblog ).
[1] http://www.sonntagszeitung.ch/dyn/news/multimedia/414514.html

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08. September 2004

del.icio.us - plugins and conversions
@ 08:50:07

The del.icio.us plugin for Mozilla [1] is gorgeous. A click here and some text there and the link in question has been added to the social bookmarks manager.

As quite a bit a fan of the brainstorming tool freemind I am pleased to read that someone implemented a del.icio.us to freemind conversion [2]. The python script basically grabs the del.icio.us links and transforms them into the appropriate freemind XML format. Maybe kind of related is extisp.icio.us [3].

[1] http://delicious.mozdev.org
[2] http://www.brownhen.com/delicious_mind/source.html
[3] http://blog.var.cc/extispicious.html

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13. August 2004

Patch for multi-site capability of Worpress
@ 20:35:48

ruben [1] posted a patch to the Wordpress "Mingus" release offering the blog-tool to be configured with multiple sites.

[1] http://lingo.com.mx/~ruben/?p=46

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12. August 2004

Get Atom feed statistics via FeedBurner
@ 21:25:18

FeedBurner is currently running as a "pre-alpha" platform providing variuos tweaks on your feeds. FeedBurner e.g. turns your Atom feed into RSS, reports statistics or provides services such as the "Mobile Filter":
Mobile Filter

Strips feed to essential items for browsing on mobile feed readers

Purpose
Optimize your feed for mobile devices. Mobile Filter puts your content on a crash diet.

Feed Effect
Creates a summary version of your feed and removes extra information that is only useful to desktop feed readers, shortening feed download size/time/cost over wireless networks.
Thanks to Matt Shobe [2] for giving me good reasons to move from Atom 0.2 to 0.3 ;-)

[1] http://www.feedburner.com
[2] http://www.burningdoor.com/matt/archives/000666.html

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19. July 2004

1grau - an Orkut clone in Spanish?
@ 23:21:56

Just don't remember how I fall over 1grau, but it looks a bit like "Orkut in Spanish" to me [1] ;-)

[1] http://www.1grau.com/minhapagina_blog.asp?usuario_id=70106958740

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Corporate Blogs at Sun
@ 23:19:17

It seems that Sun has their own platform for corporate blogs including a blog by Jonathan Schwartz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sun Microsystems, Inc. [2].

[1] http://blogs.sun.com/roller/
[2] http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan

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18. July 2004

Blogging with the SonyEricsson K700i
@ 20:08:05

For as much as 16 months I was moblogging with an upgraded T68m using a pluggable CommuniCam MCA-25 with VGA quality. Then, some weeks ago, I got a T610 for a few Swiss Franks, knowing to step behind regarding the quality of the built-in CIF camera [1] compared to the MCA-25.

Just recently I had the chance to play around with the new SonyEricsson K700i for about two weeks [2]. The K700i looks like the successor of the T610 or T630 to me. The phone is only a little bit bigger than the T610. SonyEricsson added a lot more memory and a new VGA camera with flash light. The phone records also video sequences of relatively unlimited length in the new 3gp [3] format. The navigation with the joystick is a pleasure an the software has some comfortable addons compared to the T610. The phone is pretty cool for mobile bloggers.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Intermediate_Format
[2] http://www.sonyericsson.com/K700
[3] http://www.3gpp.org

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07. July 2004

Livesearch - let's talk about usability
@ 21:27:17

With some Javascript and PHP Chregu Stocker implemented a feature to his blog search that I have only seen on the X1 search engine [1] for Windows so far; he calls it Livesearch [2]. While typing a word into the form field, a list of results refined by each letter gets displayed below. Really uebergeil.

[1] http://www.x1.com
[2] http://blog.bitflux.ch/p1736.html

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17. June 2004

GeoBlog - Standortbestimmung für Moblogger
@ 00:00:39

Die Idee geistert schon länger bei mir umher und weil mir momentan zur Realisierung etwas die Zeit fehlt, will ich sie hier kundtun. Die Idee - ich nenne es schlicht GeoBlog - ist die, den vom Mobiltelefon aus auf den Blog gesendeten Bildern eine lokalisierende Komponente beizufügen. Das wäre wohl einfacher, wenn die Mobiltelefone GPS mitgeliefert bekämen; was nicht ist, kann noch werden.

Bei GeoBlog handelt es sich um einen Workaround: In einer Tabelle [1] sollen Längen- und Breitengrad von Mobilfunkantennen eingetragen werden. Die beim Mobiltelefon erscheinende Zelleninformation "Bern-West" sollte nun mehr oder weniger genau zu einer bestimmten Lokalisierung führen, die folglich mit dem Bild, sofern es sofort verschickt wird, in Verbindung gebracht werden kann.

Nebst der Tabelle, die nur in aufgrund von Freiwilligenarbeit entstehen kann und auch entsprechend unter einer Creative Commons Lizenz steht, bedarf es einer Software, die auf den gängigsten Telefonen installiert werden kann und mindestens die Zelleninfo ausliest und dem MMS oder E-Mail des Blog-Post automatisch mitliefert.

What do you think of it?

[1] http://www.circle.ch/wiki/GeoBlog

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08. June 2004

EM 2004 Blog for the Newspaper Der Bund
@ 11:52:32

The online portal of the newspaper «Der Bund» [1] has now a blog to report about the EM 2004. The blog is driven by Kaywa [2].

[1] http://www.ebund.ch/artikel_17926.html
[2] http://www.kaywa.com

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05. June 2004

search.ch has a blog now
@ 11:48:51

Bernhard Seefeld reports that search.ch uses a blog-style engine [1] to report about news, fetures and the like. Some weeks ago I found an informational article about RIM written in German [2] ;-) I posted some of my thoughts about the merger [3] earlier already.

[1] http://about.search.ch/archives/2004/06/04/post-kauft-search-ch
[2] http://rim.bild.li/1723/view.html
[3] http://circle.ch/blog/p1443.html

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31. May 2004

From Movable Type to Wordpress
@ 16:58:40

[via Chregu, 1] Mark Pilgrim has - for reasons he points out in his blog post - replaced his blog backend from Movable Type to Wordpress [2]. This blog here is still running with a modified version of cafelog/b2. I was waiting for Wordpress 1.2 [3], which offers some nice new features and upgrades, such as OPML import/export, Thumbnail handling, subcategories etc.

[1] http://blog.bitflux.ch/p1702.html
[2] http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/05/14/freedom-0
[3] http://wordpress.org/development/archives/2004/05/22/heres-the-beef/

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24. May 2004

Ping-O-Matic service
@ 23:47:40

Ping-O-Matic is a new service [1] for weblogs. You can send a standard weblogs.com compatible ping to http://rpc.pingomatic.com/ and they will ping a subset of their services. Currently, this is a fixed subset of seven services:

- Weblogs.com
- Blo.gs
- Technorati
- MyYahoo!
- BlogRolling
- BlogChatter
- PubSub

[1] http://pingomatic.com

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17. May 2004

Microsoft Word to Wiki syntax conversion
@ 14:36:43

It is quite interesting to have a look at the referrers from time to time. There was someone looking for a Word to Wiki syntax converter; I finally found one related to Tikiwiki. It is written in Basic [1] (see attachment on that site).

[1] http://tikiwiki.org/tiki-index.php?page=WordToWiki_swythan

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Putting shadow on images
@ 10:27:54

Sergio Villarreal has written a tutorial on ala [1] giving instruction on how one can add shadow effects to images using CSS.

[1] http://www.alistapart.com/articles/cssdropshadows/

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14. May 2004

GeoURL on renovation
@ 17:06:02

The GeoURL [1] site is currently down for renovation. I am curious what it will look like and what features they present on their comeback.

[1] http://geourl.org

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28. April 2004

WEF has a weblog
@ 13:56:44

The World Economic Forum [1] - with its annual meeting usually taking place in January in Davos - has now a weblog hosted by Typepad [2]. Typepad Europe, pushed by Loic seems doing well ;-)

[1] http://www.weforum.org
[2] http://wef.typepad.com

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26. April 2004

Nokia Lifeblog on CNET
@ 10:20:19

I already talked about an early version of Lifeblog here [1]; Next generation blogging from mobile phones. Yesterday I found a video that demonstrates some of the main features of the new Nokia 7610 [2].

[1] http://www.circle.ch/blog/p1332.html
[2] http://news.com.com/1606-2-741256.html

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23. April 2004

GIS Maps and mobile blogging
@ 10:24:54

Mika Tuupola [1] exemplifies the ease of implementation of GIS data using the PEAR library written by Sebastian Bergmann. That reminds me of an earlier blog post about the GPS bluetooth module SOCKET SOC-GP0804-405 [2] (comparable is the PRETEC OB-GPLXX-A, both about CHF 400);

Before we cat get mobile phones with integrated GPS capability, I guess that these module would do a good job delivering GPS data which can be submitted together with the blog content. If I would blog from a certain location, it would be quite nice to display the coordinates and leave a trace between consecutive posts. It simply adds more value to the content.

I am aware, that others will track the trace and tease you up "hey, what did you do in Champéry; shouldn't you have been in London at that time?"... but that is up to you, to decide what you reveal of yourself. Isn't it?

[1] http://www.appelsiini.net/~tuupola/archives/155/
[2] http://shop.comdirect.ch/default.asp?prono=1538

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14. April 2004

Kaywa Blogger Network is growing
@ 15:13:50

As having talked about other blog services before it is not to forget that Kaywa does generate some blog traffic though. On http://ping.kaywa.com you can find the aggregated blog entries; that is where you find the most recent entries. Some others are here:

- http://maloney.kaywa.com
- http://kilian.kaywa.com
- http://monorom.to/moblog/
- http://image.kaywa.com
- http://roger.kaywa.ch
- etc. etc.

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Ublog as representative for Typepad in Europe
@ 15:04:28

Just occasionally I run accross the domain registrations for u-blog.ch, typepad.ch and movabletype.ch by Ublog SA [1] in Switzerland and then later on found an article [2] where it is clearly stated, that Ublog is going to represent Typepad in Europe. Those "news" are already a month old now.

[1] http://www.u-blog.net/loicfr/note/57308
[2] http://www.padawan.info/fr/weblogue/de_ublog_a_typepad.html

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22. March 2004

Image cropping with PHP and Javascript
@ 11:39:51

Image Handler
By far, this is some of the most valuable javascript code I have seen for a while. Walter Zorn has written various libraries to drag & drop [1] layers and also to draw graphics [2] with javascript. At least the jsgraphics library is published under GPL; for the others I would propose to visit the website of Walter and ask himself regarding license question.

The image above show the result of an implementation of one library together with some PHP image handling which was done by Andrew Collington [3]. It was very easy to implement it into my Wordpress Image Handler.

[1] http://www.walterzorn.com/dragdrop/dragdrop_e.htm
[2] http://www.walterzorn.com/jsgraphics/jsgraphics_e.htm
[3] http://www.zend.com/codex.php?id=1340&single=1

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17. March 2004

SharedID and talkr.net ideas
@ 17:40:07

Both, on SharedID [1] and talkr.net [2] have been quite some discussion over potential comment identification resp. authentication systems. The other day I reawakended my crosspost idea based on trust levels with FOAF [3]. SharedID has an interesting demo online, where "a service magically" retrieves your FOAF file to a give email address and finally completes a comment form with the appropriate user data [4].

What I would like here is a common service API to make that service compatible. Oh, no, I haven't forgotten about George [5] Orwell ;-)

[1] http://sharedid.com/sharedid/developers/
[2] http://erikbenson.com/entries/2004/02/23/talkrnet_proposal.html
[3] http://www.circle.ch/blog/p1362.html
[4] http://api.sharedid.com/api/default.asp?action=go
[5] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451524934

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iPhoto-to-Blog export plug-in
@ 16:51:19

Eric Sigler [1] has written and published a plug-in to iPhoto which lets you export images directly from your local machine to the remote host driving your weblog. If you like to adapt another blog API just have a look at the sources [2]. Eric is still working on the project...

[1] http://esigler.2nw.net/software/
[2] http://svn.2nw.net/iphoto2weblog/trunk/

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XFN to indicate personal relationship (lightweight FOAF)
@ 15:01:42

Get an impression on XFN [1] first:
XFN is a lightweight method of annotating links to indicate a personal relationship with the person responsible for the linked resource, and as such strengthens existing links in a manner that is both machine-readable and human-comprehensible.

Technically speaking, XFN is a relationship datatype with suggested values provided for ease of use in a wide variety of situations, including HTML, XHTML, and XML documents. Thanks to its simplicity and its foundation in existing specifications, it is very easily understood, and it is easily adopted by authors. By building upon the links that already exist in the Web, XFN complements existing information in place, as it were.
XFN in combination with CSS2 enables a very easy way to viszalize annotations. XFN is much easier to parse and handle and from that point of view, I am sure it will spread faster in conjunction with blogs as FOAF currently is doing. It is no replacement of FOAF but a gateway drug ;-p

[1] http://gmpg.org/xfn/

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16. March 2004

Real-time preview of Blog Comment
@ 00:38:15

Chris J. Davis [1] ported an MT feature to Wordpress; while you type your comment into the textarea, you get a real-time preview. I like that feature, since that simplifies the form by dropping the preview input button.

But instantly I had that other random thought; a javascirpt transforms the entered text into the preview. As long as you do not copy-paste any prewritten text, writing comments usually takes quite a while.
Now, the time argument could eventually be used to prevent comment spam in some way. If the spam is posted automatically, the time used, is probably around zero or marginal compared to handwritten text. Maybe this could be just an additional method. What do you think?

[1] http://chrisjdavis.org/index/2004/03/15/live-preview-for-comments/463/

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A Wiki Blog joint-venture by Elke
@ 00:23:27

Elke Engel [1] showed up a working demo [2] of an interoperable Wiki-Blog the other day. The system is based on the Kaywa blog and uses the PEAR class by Paul M. Jones [3] to handle the Wiki syntax. Good look with finishing up your thesis ;)

[1] http://purplegreen.abstrakt.ch/blog/archives/000214.html
[2] http://engelwiki.var.cc
[3] http://wiki.ciaweb.net/view.php?wiki=Text_Wiki

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14. March 2004

Image Handler for Wordpress
@ 17:05:58

Image Handler
The other day I was just fed up using the ftp client to clean up a mal-orientated image. So here is a basically stand-alone script [1] to treat (rotate, resize, delete) images used e.g. with Wordpress [2]. The PHP based script requires either the GD 2.0, Imagemagick or PHP ext/imagick to be installed. PEAR Image_Transform is an option as well, but not necessary. The script has been tested on Windows as on Debian. You can copy it to wp-admin and configure your base directory where you keep your images.

[1] http://www.circle.ch/php/files/edit-images.php.html
[2] http://www.wordpress.org

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27. February 2004

Are you owned by your blog?
@ 10:06:28

[via nob, 1] No, I do not know all my friends through blogging; some I do. No, my pet has not yet its own blog (need to get a pet first ;-) Yes, I think more people should blog... [1]


43.75 %

My weblog owns 43.75 % of me.
Does your weblog own you?


[1] http://nob.typepad.com
[2] http://www.wannabegirl.org/quiz/owned/

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26. February 2004

Mozilla indicates Creative Commons license
@ 14:16:59

mozCC is an extension for Mozilla-based browsers, which provides a convenient way to examine and indicate Creative Commons licenses embedded in web pages. Depending on the embedded RDF, the respective icons show up in the status bar of the browser.

mozcc

You may find RDF examples of the different license types at creativecommons.org [2]. Currently I have only one RDF license output per page. But of course you can add one per-post and assign: dc:title="$title", dc:identifier="$postURI", dc:subject="$category", dc:description="$description", dc:creator="$author" and dc:date="$date" as well [3].

[1] http://www.yergler.net/projects/mozcc/
[2] http://creativecommons.org/technology/licenseoutput
[3] http://tecfa.unige.ch/perso/staf/nova/blog/archives/000674.html

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18. February 2004

Blog, wiki et al. as lightweight tools for successful projects
@ 14:55:43

Bertrand [1] gives good reasons why we should not mail Wordprocessing documents around but use blogs, wikis, mailinglists, cvs et al. to communicate and work together. That reminds me of the "Shortest Wiki Contest" I saw yesterday [2]. The shortest Wiki comes with 4 lines of code ;)

The good thing on weblogs, as Bertrand notes, is that it tells "the story". This is his view of the use of a weblog for project. Quite an interesting aspect if you want to know, what was your project a year ago.
Desert Island Tools:
- The CVS Rule (if it's not in the CVS, it doesn't exist)
- The Bugzilla Rule (if you're working, it must be on a bugzilla issue)
[1] http://lots.ch/Programm_Referat_Detail.html?id=2004.1.R.25
[2] http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?ShortestWikiContest

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1st LOTS Open Source Event in Bern
@ 02:19:55

What took like months to organize, will open its doors in a few hours; LOTS (Let's Open The Source) [1]. It is probably the first Open Source Event of its kind in Bern and Switzerland as well. Unfortunately we will not be able to stream the talks and speeches but nevertheless have a look at the website for more details. If you live close to Bern, just come and join in.

Oh, even if we do not stream, we do moblogging [2,3]; actually I hope the visitors do ;-p

[1] http://lots.ch
[2] http://lots.ch/moblog
[3] http://lots.ch/moblog/light

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12. February 2004

Going LOTS or an experiment in ridiculously easy group forming
@ 12:12:22

Sandro started an experiment for LOTS which was originally initiated by Sam Ruby for an OSCOM event; If you have a blog with ping- or trackback enabled just point to either of these addresses:

- http://www.zzoss.com/weblog/b2trackback.php/194
- http://www.zzoss.com/weblog/?p=194

Call it an Orkut-alternative if you like ;-)

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Nokia 6600 to blog via Atom API
@ 00:45:25

[via Joi, 1] Nokia has a proof-of-concept for mobile blogging via the Atom API. The application runs on a Nokia 6600. Quite an interesting approach. There will be a Hackathon on the upcoming LOTS Event [3] where Michael Wechner is hopefully dealing with the Atom API on behalf of conventional Content Management Systems. That note by Joi could be an additional motivator ;-)

[1] http://joi.ito.com/archives/2004/02/12/moblogging_from_the_nokia_6600_with_atom_api.html
[2] http://www.nokia.com/nokia/0,,33210,00.html
[3] http://www.oscom.org/events/sprints/4--bern-february-2004/

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Firefox RSS reader for Atom feeds
@ 00:00:04

The Firefox compatible RSS reader plug-in [1] does already handle Atom feeds.
The feeds are being handled as conventional bookmarks. By pressing View>Siedbar>RSS Reader one will get a list of channels and in a lower window a separate list of item titels. The best part is the overview of the aggregated post. One can apply a custom CSS to it.

[1] http://fls.moo.jp/moz/rssreader.html

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04. February 2004

Citing blog posts in court decisions
@ 11:46:42

[via Rainer Langenhan, 1] How do You correctly cite blog posts? There has been raised a discussion on conventions regarding the citation of blog posts. In a court decision they recently pointed to a blog. Citing URLs may be a pain, if they use the title as filename. I would rather propose to provide a shorter numeric name at least as an alternative. But apart from that - as it has been partly mentioned [2] - the author, the date of the post, the title and the URL would probably a good start.
The title, 2004-02-04, John Doe, http://example.com/blog/item123.html

[1] http://log.handakte.de/archiv/002999.shtml#002999
[2] http://randgaenge.net/2003/09/28.html#a1941

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02. February 2004

GeoPing Visualizing Blog Activity
@ 14:54:53

GeoPing visualizes blog activity around the world in an SVG map [1]. Every blog gets a red dot on if recently updated and is diminishing 10% opacity every hour.

[1] http://www.geoping.net/howto_ping.php

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Blog Aggregator for Switzerland
@ 00:37:45

blog.ch [1] is a blog aggregator service by Matthias Gutfeld [2].

[1] http://www.blog.ch
[2] http://gutfeldt.ch/matthias/blog/blog.php

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01. February 2004

WordPress CSS Style Competition
@ 18:30:02

There is a WordPress CSS Style Competition running until Feb 6, 2004. Most of them are stunning [1].

[1] http://www.alexking.org/index.php?content=software/wordpress/styles.php

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Link-back URL Regarding The Attribution Option In Licenses
@ 18:13:40

Mr. Lenz [1] commented the new Creative Commons License draft while pointing to a probably technical challenge regarding the link-back - or back-link; the expression is not yet used consistently around the blogs as I can see - issue. As he states, there is in fact a problem, that most copyrightholders do not get informed when a contract has been closed. So even if I am missing the point; here my proposal:

I was thinking of a link-back URL to the copyrightholder's site which implements a kind of pingback mechanism [2]
Pingback is a method for web authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. Typically, web publishing software will automatically inform the relevent parties on behalf of the user, allowing for the possibility of automatically creating links to referring documents.

For example, Alice writes an interesting article on her Web log. Bob then reads this article and comments about it, linking back to Alice's original post. Using pingback, Bob's software can automatically notify Alice that her post has been linked to, and Alice's software can then include this information on her site.
To come around the problem of down-sites, there could be set up an independent foundation that hosts accounts for copyrightholders. The foundation would simply a) an account specific URL to include in the license b) statistics of link-back requests (date, evtl. IP of Remote Host). Eventually, that foundation could or should be hosted by the WIPO.

There have been some thoughts mentioned on the CC weblog earlier but not yet that specific [3]. I think one of the main problems with simple text is, that any RDF or link encapsuled within a blog-post get lost while doing a copy-paste from (X)HTML. Personally I try to give credits to every snippet of text which is used here to comment, to clarify or to explain within a post. So giving proper attribution is not such a problem. But still, that does not - always - solve the discribed issue of informing the copyrightholder...

[1] http://k.lenz.name/LB/archives/000776.html
[2] http://hixie.ch/specs/pingback/pingback
[3] http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/3636

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Buch über Weblogs
@ 17:52:08

Meines Wissens das erste Buch in deutscher Sprache zu Weblogs [1] wird im März 2004 erscheinen. Nein, nicht von mir. Die Idee ist zwar gut, aber ich würde mich wohl für ein anderes Thema entscheiden, eher so im Stil "Wieso Bloggen?" und dabei sozio-kulturelle und auch rechtliche Fragen diskutieren. Vielleicht findet sich ja sogar ein Verleger ;-p

[1] http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/3898424839/circlech

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Adds disturbing the Blog frontpage
@ 15:52:50

The ad banner, which was below the latest post, was kind of disturbing the whole frontpage of my Blog so I decided to remove it. Even though it would have helped to support this site I changed my mind. When I started blogging some years ago - at that time I called it "posting news" - I did not expect that anyone would ever read those snippets at all. Serious. It was more a digital post-it [1] notes like style of jotting down some of my ideas and enabling a resource for myself as well. Quite often I use the search feature of that blog to look up for something which I nearly forgot, that I ever wrote about it; by the way... I need to extend the search feature on both, the blog and the wiki. Thanx for reading and commenting...

[1] http://www.3m.com/office/postit/

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31. January 2004

Davos Blogging Panel Videos
@ 10:32:08

Loïc Le Meur [1] added movies from the Davos Blogging Panel to his own blog. Haven't had the chance to look at all of them. Quite a piece of Blogging History ;-)

[1] http://www.u-blog.com/loic/note/57190

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29. January 2004

Creative Commons license draft version 2.0
@ 11:23:22

Joi [1] just pointed out the draft of the Creative Commons by-nc-sa license version 2.0 [2]. There will be some changes regarding the warranties, a link-back to the attribution clause and among other points, compatibility questions regarding e.g. the GNU Free Documentation License are to be discussed.

On behalf of the compatibility issue Eric S. Raymond [3] worked out some guidelines related to open source in his Licensing-HOWTO. The compatibility between different licenses is from my point of view quite important e.g. for work that has been published prior the CC era. We should eventually start a compatibility list as it has been done for licenses regarding open source software. The idea is porbably not new though ;-)

[1] http://joi.ito.com/archives/2004/01/29/version_20_of_creative_commons_licenses.html
[2] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/draft2.0
[3] http://www.catb.org/~esr/Licensing-HOWTO.html#compatibility

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27. January 2004

Technorati ping for cafelog/b2
@ 09:50:50

Fabrizio Tarizzo [1] contributed his implementation of a technorati ping function and configuration working for cafelog/b2 [2].

[1] http://www.fabriziotarizzo.org/?p=52
[2] http://developers.technorati.com/wiki/pingConfigurations

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11. November 2003

Retype security code before submitting a comment
@ 18:03:24

James Seng provides another - he was the guy that implemented the bayesian filter too - MT plugin to prevent comment spams. The script displays an image with a security code and demands the user to reenter a security code manually before allowing posting to go through. You should make the text on the image as legible as possible to give people with seeing disabilites a chance but it should have a good variation to prevent bots from OCR-reading the information.

[1] http://james.seng.cc/archives/000145.html

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05. November 2003

About blogging at the EPFL and social connotation
@ 22:29:25

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne has an official blog [1] based on MovableType and various partly active accounts [2].

On one of these sites I found a paper [3] written by Nicolas Nova [4] about Socio-cognitive functions of space in collaborative settings: a literature review about Space, Cognition and Collaboration. The paper is about social and cognitive functions of spatiality, gathered from various sources ranging from psychology (environmental, social and cognitive) to Human Computer Interaction.

[1] http://empc38.epfl.ch/blog/e-pfl/
[2] http://craftsrv1.epfl.ch/MT
[3] http://tecfa.unige.ch/~nova/CRAFT_report1.pdf
[4] http://tecfa.unige.ch/perso/staf/nova/blog/research.html

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04. November 2003

PHP-GTK Atom feed reader
@ 10:43:20

Radical Reader for RSS (R3R) is a reader for RSS, ESF and Atom feeds [1]. It will retrieve feeds and display the items in a convenient list view. The reader is written in PHP-GTK [2].

[1] http://movieplace.freeyellow.com/prog/r3r/
[2] http://gtk.php.net

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31. October 2003

Revision Control on Blog Entries
@ 23:22:58

Mark Pilgrim has revision control on his blog entries [1]. This is a feature that is already known for wikis but for blogs I have seen it the first time. Recently I was considering adding a feature to prevent the RSS feed from being updated on minor changes like from "teh" to "the" etc. Since the RSS is generated on the fly such changes will be interpreted by most aggregators as a new post or at least being read again.

Having revision control would have positive side effects for on the fly RSS generators as used in most blog engines as one could only respect the initial version to be used to feed.

Oh, and Mark just inspires me to another anti-spam method. If you read his archives you will notice "This discussion has been closed. Thanks to all who participated." at the end of an entry. Well, I do not know how Mark has implemented it but imagine having a feedback-window e.g. for seven days only and afterwards, comments, trackbacks and pingbacks would no longer be possible. It is not a perfect solution at all but just a thought. ;-)

[1] http://diveintomark.org/cgi-bin/history.cgi?id=2824

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People Aggregator + FOAF = Fun
@ 15:29:10

PeopleAggregator has opened registration now [1]. One can ask other persons to establish a relationship. There is an XML-RPC service to ping for the latest FOAF updated on PeopleAggregator; REST and SOAP will follow.
XML-RPC:
Send a request to http://ping.peopleaggreagator.com/xmlrpc/ for the method foafUpdate.ping with a single argument, the URL of the location of the FOAF RDF. See the online tester for details.
[1] http://peopleaggregator.com

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30. October 2003

Using Atom as common transport and storage format for Blogs and Wikis
@ 13:09:30

While commenting a recent post [1], I became aware of the need for a common bidirectional transport and storage format for blogs and wikis. The blog used here does interoperate on a very simple level with a wiki.

- Categories do have a wiki page per default
- CamelCase words in the blog post are being parsed and linked automatically to a wiki page
- Wiki pages are now featuring trackback functionality

Data of blog posts and wiki pages are stored in different database tables. Interoperability on stored content - moving conentent from a post to the wiki and vice versa - is basically limited to human interaction. The blog posts are already availabe as RSS, RDF and Atom. Not yet the wiki pages though. Merging blogs and wikis even more could lead to new features not yet available here. I could imagine that some parts of a blog post could be marked to be posted to a wiki page automatically. Or blog engines could generate a new wiki page out of a blog post. Not very spectacular you might say, but a start. The question arising to me here is, what would be nescessary to make those blog and wiki contents interoperable.

Imaginably that Atom [2] could step into this role. From my point of view, there should be a common format for transport (syndication), storage and editing being able to handle not only those features needed in blogging (micro-cms) but also on wiki-oriented engines.

I will try to have a closer look at Syncato [3] a weblog engine based on Python and an XML database [4]. Would it make sense to use Atom as an XML storage format?

[1] http://www.circle.ch/blog/p1218.html
[2] http://intertwingly.net/wiki/pie/
[3] http://www.syncato.org
[4] http://www.merrells.com/john/dbxml/

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28. October 2003

FOAF walk on semaview
@ 09:14:30

The link to that application got lost in my documentation but now I re-found it; the FOAFwalk of semaview. Walk the tree of friends using FOAF [1].

[1] http://semaview.com/foafwalk/viewer.html?q=http://semaview.com/foaf/chris.rdf

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24. October 2003

To Trackback a Wiki page
@ 00:45:39

On merging Wiki and Weblog further I added a new macro to WikkiTikkiTavi allowing trackbacking Wiki pages. The idea is to let users choose, what pages they want to enable with this feature.

So trackbacking to this SandBoxTrackback (see bottom of page) works as you put the appropriate TrackBack URL into the respective form field. So now one can reference to a Wiki page from within a blog. Pretty nice.

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19. October 2003

joueb - weblogging in french
@ 16:06:43

Having talked to friends and also students and staff at the University mentioning blogs I found out, that I could not take the expression blog or weblog for granted. Said this, I am not wondering that french bloggers do not do blogging but "jouebbing":
Joueb.com est une communauté de construction de jouebs
(joueb = journal web, traduction de weblog et blog)
[1] http://joueb.com

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BlackBerry Phone staying connected
@ 01:22:56

Swisscom [0] had a product demo at ITU showing new services for the BlackBerry phone [1]. Got reminded to it, while viewing Dave Mathews [2] tech talk on the SideKick [3] phone in quicktime version.

The idea of BlackBerry is for now to make business data available as one is on the move. Mails get pushed to the phone the moment they arrive at the mail server. So BlackBerry is kind of constantly connected. It has a small wheel to comfortably navigate the menu. What from my point of view is missing, is the camera. I would need one to be able to moblog; an alternative could be SideKick with the plugin camera like JoiIto uses it.

[0] http://www.swisscom-mobile.ch/sp/EDKAAAAA-de.html
[1] http://blackberry.net/products/handhelds/index.shtml
[2] http://techtalkback.typepad.com/ttb/2003/10/always_online.html
[3] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000A0AZC

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Collaborative Events handling with a Wiki
@ 00:13:19

There is that Calendar plugin for WikkiTikkiTavi that I found today and it took not for long to implement it. The Calendar has been Written by StephanUhlmann. It draws the next few months in multiple tables within a single WikiPage. While tuning it to fit to my needs I had a refreshing chat with ElkeEngel about blogs and wikis and the fusion of them. Actually she is working on a thesis for her diploma work.

Just some days ago I spotted the site upcoming.org, which is dealing with collaborative event calendars. Its intention is to let people register events in the future. Most of the blogger are used to have archived blog posts, sometimes also displayed in a calendar-looking-like manner. But if I look at a calendar, it is mostly to look forward, not into the past.

So I had the idea to extend that Calendar with an RSS export function to make those upcoming events available in a common format [1]. There are still multiple RSS feeds around for this blog here, to be precise; one for each category. This is probably a feature not used by many of you out there. But what could make sense is to merge the past and upcoming posts/events into one feed. Maybe giving a marker depending on the current date, saying past or upcoming. Would the AtomFeed be able to deal with it? Just a thought...

[1] http://www.circle.ch/wiki/?page=WikiAgenda (see RSS)

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18. October 2003

Bayesian Filtering of Spam in MT
@ 23:16:24

James Seng [1] told us [2] commenting my comment - o my god ;) - that he just recently added to MT exactly what I intended to do with the BayesianClassification for cafelog. Well done!

Well, it is worth reading that post and those comments on James site, as he e.g. states:
I have customized the Bayesian algorithm to handle the blogs comments and pings, which is normally shorter then emails by via special handling of URLs, emails, hosts and IP addresses.
So James introduced an interface in MT to train the algorithm. Once the filter is trained it needs hardly any further maintenance. That is what I was looking for.

[1] http://james.seng.cc/archives/000152.html
[2] joi.ito.com

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17. October 2003

Bayesian Filtering of Spam
@ 07:54:23

The hit rate of this blog is now about 3 per day: I am talking about comment spam. This is no fun at all. I intended to turn off the back-channels like comments and trackback eventually pingback too. But that is no fun. So I started to look around for spam blocking solutions. Beside blacklists - mentioned earlier here - BayesianClassification caught my eyes. So I added a new wiki page to have some starting point. Also most solutions are intended to fight email spam there could be a combination with blacklists I guess.

There is currently no PHP implementation so I started to convert the C implementation of Paul Graham's "A Plan for Spam" [1] by Craig Morrison [2]. Unfortunately I got stuck because the PECL sqlite extension does not yet include the sqlite_compile and sqlite_step functions which are used in Craig's version to do some fun stuff with SQLite:
sqlite_compile() is used as a precursor to sqlite_step(). It takes an
SQL statement and "compiles" it into a VM (virtual machine) that sqlite
uses for each successive call to sqlite_step().

What it does is allow me to query a database without using a callback
function. Each call to sqlite_step() returns the next row in the result
set from the initial sqlite_compile() call.

I needed to do that, because I have to do lookups in the same database
and I could not do those lookups recursively inside the callback which
would be needed when using sqlite_exec(). The use of the virtual
machines allows me to maintain a seperate state for each lookup that I
need to do.
Craig was answering me via email as I asked him if there is a possible workaround to come along without the mentioned functions. Thanks to Craig.

[1] http://www.paulgraham.com/spam.html
[2] http://sourceforge.net/projects/bayesiancfilter

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Weblogs and ISSN
@ 06:32:31

For all those trying to get an ISSN for the weblog and run out of arguments can follow Joe Clark's posting [1]. I tried it for years now, but as you can see on your right hand side without success. It is left to add that it differs from country to country. Switzerland has a more restricted policy than e.g. the US. Time will heal that problem... Please let me know, if you got an ISSN for a weblog in Switzerland.

[1] http://www.fawny.org/issn/compatibility/

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14. October 2003

aggreg8 - reading RSS in mozilla
@ 09:27:50

aggreg8 [1] is a Mozilla plug-in. The RSS feed reader runs in a separate window or in a Mozilla tab. It is a real light-weight tool, offering all needed to show, what RSS is good for.

Update: Forgot to add the "via" [2] ;-)

[1] http://www.aggreg8.net/Documentation/installationguide.php
[2] http://www.lights.com/weblogs/rss.html

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Upcoming - collaborative event calendar
@ 09:02:33

[via Ross Mayfield, 1] Upcoming a free - this is already a strong statement - collaborative event calendar. You will be able to enter events you are attending, comment on events entered by others, and syndicate event listings to your own weblog. The Tonis [3] danceclub already has an account there. The calender offers an RSS feed, which makes it simple to spread the good news.

So apart from feeds on past events or posts as found in most blogs, it would be nice to have a combined or separate calendar, which is able to import multiple event feeds and send a notification email just a day before the event. Have not looked around for an implementation in b2, but that is was I actually understand as a "calendar" function, to display upcoming events.

[1] http://ross.typepad.com/blog
[2] http://www.upcoming.org
[3] http://www.upcoming.org/venue/188/

Update:
- http://circle.ch/wiki?page=CalendarTools
- http://circle.ch/wiki?page=GroupWare

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03. October 2003

BloggerCon to take off
@ 16:48:04

BloggerCon will start tomorrow [1]. Talkes of Day 1 are about Blogging in Journalism, Education, Presidential Politics etc. while Day 2 is more on Technologies and side effects of Blogging.

Update: Joi got stealth-disco'ed while talking at BloggerCon. I wonder how the Professors at our University would react, when their students - oh no, I would certainly no do that, would I? - would come up with SD [2].

[1] http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggerCon/
[2] http://www.seabury.edu/faculty/akma/HalleyJoi.mov

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23. September 2003

Funky and Recursive Blogroll-Finder
@ 14:26:48

Quite a while ago Mark has written a blogrollfinder [1] in Python. Finally the script brings up a list of People with blogs that his friends are reading, but not Mark himself, or in his own words:
And then it tallied up all the sites and sorted them by total number of links and compared it to my original blogroll and spit out a list of people whom my community is reading that I'm not.
[1] http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/06/02/social_networks

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BloggerCon on the campus of Harvard Law School
@ 14:13:37

Just too sad that it is that far away:
BloggerCon [1] is a conference about weblogs on October 4 and 5 on the campus of Harvard Law School. The focus of BloggerCon is weblogs in journalism, education, science, business and politics. We're interested in people's experiences with weblogs, now that they've been in use for five or six years, depending on who you ask. This is not a technical visionary venue, nor is it a place for political activism. Our interest is in the use of weblogs. Of course technology and politics are related to the use of weblogs.
[1] http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/bloggerCon/

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19. September 2003

Parsing blog entries for StudlyCaps
@ 16:31:58

With the help of a StudlyCaps parser these blog entries should now have automagically generated WikiLinks.

This site is undergoing a constant metamorphosis, so do not take too much for granted here.

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18. September 2003

Syncato - weblog based on Python and Berkeley DB XML
@ 13:23:05

Using XPath to handle your blog? Well, Syncato [1] does it:
OK, it took a little longer then I expected, but I think Syncato is finally usable. In case you missed it, Syncato is the new Weblog system that runs this site now. It is written in Python and uses Sleepycat Berkeley DB XML.
[1] http://www.xmldatabases.org/WK/blog/262?t=item

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17. September 2003

KEITAI-L - mailing list on the changing role of mobile phones
@ 21:44:36

[via Mika Tuupola] KEITAI-L [1] is a mailinglist ment for the discussion of current and future web and JAVA(tm) enabled mobile phones with a bias towards the Japanese market. Discussions on technical and marketing issues are welcome.

While having understood the the goal of that list I was still wondering on the meaning of "keitai", since not knowing much about Japanese. So what Google revealed at second place in the result set behind KEITAI-L, was the Keitai Log [2]
an occasional Web diary by a group of Tokyo college students who are researching the changing role of cell phones - keitai - in Japanese society.
Left to mention that one of the writers of the Japanese Media Review is Joi Itos younger sister Mizuko Ito [3]. Small world ;-)

[1] http://www.appelsiini.net/keitai-l/
[2] http://www.ojr.org/japan/wireless/1043770157.php
[3] http://www.ojr.org/japan/writers/archive.php?personID=333

Update (03.08.2004)
[4] http://joi.ito.com/archives/2004/08/03/mimi_on_keitai_culture.html

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12. September 2003

etoy goes for KAYWA Blog
@ 08:42:16

etoy.TALK-TANK has decided to make use of the Kaywa Blog [1].
the etoy.CORPORATION [2] is a controversial global player online since 1994. etoy uses the corporate structure to maximize cultural value: the final link in the value chain. for etoy the dramatic problems of globalization are not to be solved by simply rejecting global markets, economic exchange, drive companies, culture, individuals and politics. [...]
[1] http://feed.etoy.com/p128.html
[2] http://www.etoy.com

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08. September 2003

Blog Comment Spam
@ 17:58:01

Dougal Campbell [1] reports the problem of blog spammers posting porn spam to comment fields in various blogs. He proposes a centralized service of IP-tracking, while blogs can subscribe and pass new comments, IP and possibly other parameters to the service for check-up. A possible validation could take place thereafter.

[1] http://spam.gunters.org/index.php?m=200309#post-181

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05. September 2003

b2++ works with Smarty
@ 12:53:27

b2++ is a blog tool [1] based on cafelog b2. As far as I can see - have not had to take a closer look - it uses Smarty and does some caching [2].

[1] http://blogs.linux.ie/archives/cat/2
[2] http://cork.linux.ie/filemgmt/viewcat.php?cid=4

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03. September 2003

Flashmobs in Bern
@ 23:16:46

Found those pictures today; Flashmob [1] and [2] in Bern. Bernhard has talked about it yet [3]. The third mob in Bern will be on Thursday, 18th Sept. 2003 [4].

[1] http://flashmob1.textamerica.com
[2] http://flashmob2.textamerica.com
[3] http://www.bernhardseefeld.ch/archives/000055.html
[4] http://www.flashmob.ch

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Seeking the optimal font
@ 11:58:25

For quite a while this weblog has been used "georgia" as major font [1]; actually a TrueType core font for the Web. But sometimes I have the impression that it is hardly legible, so that is why there are currently some changes in design. I will run "lucida" [2] for a while, to see if that fits better.

[1] http://www.identifont.com/show?M8
[2] http://members.aol.com/willadams/lucida.txt

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Feed aggregators continued
@ 09:37:25

They pop-up like the mushrooms in lawns after rain; feed aggregators. There are three of them I would like to point out here.

Firstly there is an already amazing beta version of Feeddemon [1] written by Nick Bradbury. It has full browser functionality, feeds can be grouped, OPML handling etc. Feeddemon is a Windows application.

[via Jeremy, 2] Secondly, there is a command-line aggregator called Raggle [3]. There is also a web-client to Raggle. As far as I can see, it should also run on Windows, since it is written in Ruby.

Finally there is Newsmonster, since it installes in Mozilla, it run on most platforms [4]. They make a free version available. More help might be found via a Wiki as well [5].

[1] http://www.bradsoft.com/feeddemon/beta/index.asp
[2] http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/000959.html
[3] http://www.raggle.org
[4] http://www.newsmonster.org/download-free.html
[5] http://peerfear.org/nm-wiki/FrontPage

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02. September 2003

Echo/Atom/Pie 0.2 feed available
@ 09:18:28

My b2 implementation will probably explode one day; nevertheless, here [1] is a first implementation of a - hopefully on long terms - validating Echo/Atom/Pie feed based on the specifications pointed out by Mark Pilgrim [2], whom I own credits for helping me to deal with some modifications; as he mentions:
- feed/subtitle is now called "tagline"
- author/homepage is now called "url"
- author/weblog is gone
- all dates (such as entry/modified) must be in ISO-8601 format, see here for examples: http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime
[1] http://www.circle.ch/blog/b2atom.php
[2] http://diveintomark.org/archives/2003/08/05/atom02

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01. September 2003

Yahoo! to buy some Blog company?
@ 13:28:11

It is rumoured that Yahoo! might be interested in some already existing blog solutions to integrate into their Web Portal. Since there is already a Korean blog [1] powered by Yahoo! the question arises, if this is the beginning or simply a skunkwork, as Phil mentions [2]. There was already an article on ciol.com in mid august [3], where Yahoo! is considering blogging, as a possible service to its wide customer base in the near future. Slashdot pointed to Yahoo! by the end of August as well [4].

[1] http://kr.blog.yahoo.com
[2] http://radiofreeblogistan.com/2003/08/26/yahoo_blog_rumor.html
[3] http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2003/103081412.asp
[4] http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/08/25/122226

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im2 with free blog
@ 11:55:44

im2 [1] offers a free blog with 10MB of webspace according to the Terms of Service [2]. The service is provided by imaira digital media & learning a company specialized in performance consulting, e-Learning systems and integrated web process development [3].

[1] http://www.imsquared.com
[2] http://www.imsquared.com/users/tos.cfm
[3] http://www.imaira.com

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Atom 0.1 feed generator for Wordpress
@ 11:26:25

Clinton Ecker [1] wrote [2] a first version of an Atom 0.1 [3] feed generator for Wordpress [4], the blog tool based on b2. You might like to have a look at the result feed [5].

[1] http://www.phaedo.cx/archives/php/i_created_a_atom_01_feed_generator_for_wordpress_today.html
[2] http://www.phaedo.cx/includes/b2atom.phps
[3] http://www.intertwingly.net/wiki/pie/FrontPage
[4] http://wordpress.org
[5] http://mac.purdue.org/wordpress/b2atom.php

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15. August 2003

Error page 404 and RSS autodiscovery
@ 16:23:48

Had a real laugh at Marks 404 error page [1]. The correct URL would be this [2]. Actually I was looking for his ideas on the RSS autodiscovery feature [3]. The aim is to not give a specific RSS location but simply the site address. His autodiscovery script will detect the RSS source link:
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="http://circle.ch/blog/b2rss.php">
Unless you have that link tag in your (x)html source, the result of autorss.py is the passed URL.

[1] http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/08/15/ultraliberal_rs
[2] http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/08/15/ultraliberal_rss_locator.html
[3] http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/05/31/rss_autodiscovery_in_python

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09. August 2003

Kaywa eventblogging from Streetparade
@ 11:01:35

Yet another event for the masses takes place today; the Streetparade in Zurich [1]. A opportunity for starting the Kaywa Eventblog [2].

[1] http://www.streetparade.com
[2] http://event.kaywa.com

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17. July 2003

Merging weblog and wiki
@ 13:23:21

What is a weblog, what a wiki? What sense does it make to have just another took to administrate? What is the gain, what the pain?

Weblogs are said to be "A web site organized by time", a diary with reports, news summaries, random thoughts, interesting songs, pictures etc [0]. The time factor is mostly part of the URL of a specific blog entry, also there are variations [see Joi' URL, 1]. Entries are furthermore organized by one or multiple categories [2]. Even providing an archive does not prevent from searching for a certain entry, which leads to a search engine to be implemented. Weblog entries often can be commented via a comment field or or ping- or trackbacks. I would rather like to have a weblog with a forum attached [3] than a simple guestbook-style comments collection.

A Wiki [4] is a web-based writing space and is typically collaborative, but does not have to be. While weblogs basically store events, Wikis categorize data [5]. Furthermore a Wiki has revisions of pages [6].

Combinations are already fact [7]; Joi does it, others too - see site of Andrew, Keith, 0xDECAFBAD et. al. I also makes sense to crosspost links or contents to existing Wiki titles. Andrew has a hack:
I now also have a hack to B2 that automatically inserts links to wiki pages (with wiki names) that exist, but only if not in between angle brackets - I don't want to have links inside of links as nested anchors haven't been allowed for a long time in HTML land.
There is currently a discussion over a package called "Text_Wiki" to handle Wiki-like markup [8] that could make such an integration less painful.

[0] http://ourpla.net/cgi/pikie?WebLog
[1] http://joi.ito.com/archives/2003/07/16/im_not_joi_ito_thats_just_my_name.html
[2] http://www.whump.com/moreLikeThis
[3] http://mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=3422
[4] http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiWikiClones
[5] http://www.andrewsw.com/wiki/moin.cgi/WikiBlogIntegration
[6] http://www.keithdevens.com/wiki/WikiBlogIntegration
[7] http://joi.ito.com/joiwiki/PrivacyGuards
[8] http://news.php.net/article.php?group=php.pear.dev&article=18319

Update:
Some more thoughts and discussions in this direction, leading to klogs:
[a] http://iawiki.net/IAwikiBlog/Discussion
[b] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/klogs/

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14. July 2003

Retrieving Geo information from a Mobile Phone
@ 23:54:09

While skimming through Bernhards [1] entry I got stuck at the second part of the post, where he notes:
The whole thing is very GPS oriented, which kind of puzzles me [..] So I will have to ask someone for a GPS device to try it myself [..]

As far as I understood that background, it is about getting localized information from mobile gadgets as on tokyotidbits.com [location info, 2]. As I have no GPS around here and do not at all intend to carry one around with me - at least as a seperate tool - I thought that there might be a way to get some localized information out of the mobile phone.

At least on my mobile phone and with the telephone company's help there is a way to get the "Zelleninfo" (Cell Broadcast, CB ) [3] - an information about the place of the most closest antenna, or at least the one with the best signal. You can most probably enable that bit of information to be displayed on the phone via a subcategory of the SMS menu.

So, what we get there, is something like "BERN WEST" - far from being as precise as a GPS. But imagine to combine such information with moblogged images; that would result in an interesting track along your image gallery.

But how can we get that info out of the phone and back to a webservice. CB is a monolog. It works from the emitter to the receiver (mobile phone). As long as there is no way to attach that localized info directly to an SMS or something, your hands are tied. Ok, there might be a way to hack the mobile software or writing a java application maybe. Is there a workaround?

Maybe, if we have a look at the WAP protocol [4]. What about this way?
  1. Send a message from the phone X to a server; e.g. blog a picture
  2. Handle the request on the server
  3. Sending a request back to the phone X, asking for the CB info
  4. Handling that info and adding it to the image as localized info
Well, that won't work. The connection gets probably lost after having sent the picture. We would need something like a session and being able to backadress the phone. Why not keeping that fist connection?

[1] http://www.bernhardseefeld.ch/archives/000030.html
[2] http://www.tokyotidbits.com/archives/000341.shtml
[3] http://www.ascii-logos.de/facts%2Binfos/sms%2Bcb/cb-info.php
[4] http://www.wapforum.org/what/technical.htm

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10. July 2003

Caching weblog pings
@ 15:09:41

To prevent users from sitting and waiting while writing weblog entries, reinvented labs [1] has written a cacher for XML-RPC pings. It is available for download at their site.

[1] http://www.reinvented.net/labs/article/1379

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09. July 2003

Joi moves blog to Typepad
@ 17:26:07

Joi Ito [1] is on the move with his weblog on to Typepad [2].

[1] http://joi.ito.com
[2] http://joi.typepad.com/weblog/

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08. July 2003

Ximian Dashboard with FOAF
@ 11:11:03

Edd Dumbill [1] wrote a new backend to integrate his FOAFbot to Dashboard [2]; going right after the problem of actually putting "information at your fingertips." Some more on the Ximian Desktop is also available from OSNews [3] as well as from Ximian of course [4].

According to Edd, FOAFbot [5] is an application that spiders FOAF files from the web and then answers questions about them.

[1] http://usefulinc.com/edd/blog/2003/7/8
[2] http://www.nat.org/dashboard/
[3] http://www.osnews.com/comment.php?news_id=3693
[4] http://ximian.org/products/desktop/features.html
[5] http://usefulinc.com/foaf/foafbot

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07. July 2003

Samsung bans camera phones from labs
@ 17:54:03

[via heise.de, 1] The third biggest hanset producer after Motorola and Nokia has banned camera phones from certain factories:
"Use of camera phones will be restricted in our most sensitive plants such as research and development centres and semiconductor labs [..]" says a Samsung spokesman according to FT [2].


[1] http://www.heise.de/newsticker/data/ola-07.07.03-002/
[2] http://search.ft.com/search/article.html?id=030707000340

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Footnotes and Usability
@ 11:03:28

Found that post on css-technik.de [1] via Technorati [2]. It discusses the pros and cons of footnotes used in online texts such as used in weblogs.

[1] http://news.css-technik.de/comments.php?id=P71_0_1_0_C
[2] http://www.technorati.com/cosmos/links.html?url=http://circle.ch/blog/

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Hex BlogPhone
@ 10:53:51

Found that one via a comment at Joi Ito's blog too:
The Hex BlogPhone [1] is a voice application that enables Bloggers to read in their Blog entries, and they get submitted to their Blog site.

A blog is a web page made up of usually short, frequently updated posts that are arranged chronologically-like a what's new page or a journal. The content and purposes of blogs varies greatly-from links and commentary about other web sites, to news about a company/person/idea, to diaries, photos, poetry, mini-essays, project updates, even fiction.
[1] http://www.hex.is/products/nr/50

QR Code for your mobile phone.
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Moblogging Conference pictures
@ 10:39:47

[via Joi Ito, 1] The Moblogging Conference [2] is already history. Here some pictrues from there [3].

[1] http://joi.ito.com/archives/2003/07/05/sony_image_station_with_metaweblog_api.html
[2] http://marginwalker.org/1imc/
[3] http://www.setpixel.com/photos/gallery.cgi?gallery=moblogconf

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04. July 2003

FOAF and Co-Depiction
@ 00:09:39

SquishQL [1] is a way to query RDF documents and has been worked out by Libby Miller. While reading down the document I came across that "co-depiction" [2] example by Dan Brickley where he writes:
The FOAF vocabulary provided a way for RDF documents to talk about people and their characteristics. FOAF documents also make use of hypertext, providing 'seeAlso' links to other FOAF documents elsewhere in the Web. This simple convention makes it possible for RDF indexing tools to explore an (RDF)Web of linked documents (hence the name of the project).
Now this is cool.
Co-Depiction

The co-depiction experiment grew naturally out of this. If we knew who was depicted in an image, we could explore a Web of relationships between people that were 'co-depicted'. Two people are co-depicted if there exists some digital image that depicts them both.
I really need to spend more time on that. FOAF seems to have real potential for many applications on the web. FOAF related to blogging is probably just the beginning.

[1] http://swordfish.rdfweb.org/rdfquery/
[2] http://rdfweb.org/2002/01/photo/

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03. July 2003

Advogato to FOAF Utility
@ 23:24:49

There is yet another FOAF related post by Lost Boy. The Javascript and XSLT based utility allows you to automatically generate a FOAF description for yourself based on a user account on Advogato [1].

[1] http://ldodds.com/foaf/advogato/

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yet another b2 fork
@ 00:18:12

b2evolution is said to be a "strong evolution of b2" [1]. Via that page there is also someone to be found that hacked b2 to be usable for multiblogs [2] and offers free hosting [3].

[1] http://b2evolution.net
[2] http://www.memenetforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=29
[3] http://b2evolution.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=83

QR Code for your mobile phone.
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01. July 2003

FOAF to doc via XSLT
@ 11:56:41

Lost Boy [1] posted some thoughts on converting FOAF files to documentation via XSLT.

[1] http://www.ldodds.com/blog/archives/000047.html

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29. June 2003

crossPost Plug-In for Manila
@ 12:11:09

While thinking about postback-ing [1] or crosspost-ing I did a quick lookup at google for crosspost. Here [2] is a simple Plug-In by Oliver Wrede that installs XML-RPC handlers to post news items to a Manila site and retrieve a department list of that site.

Imaginably next generation CMS will probably have a server software that additionally handles request from various admin tools to post entries. So posting or blogging to others, maybe also to calendar applications [3], rises the question for the administration those posts. If I let someone - a FOAF - post to my blog or CMS it is obvious, that with this "monolog" or "post-and-forget", it is up to myself to edit and modify that certain post. If the admin is lazy, he might like to give also administration credits to FOAFs.

Does this make sense? What would we gain? Why not just put a "register yourself" on the login page?

Well it could make sense. If FOAF is to be used as an abstract user managment system eventually. Let us consider, that we move away from the idea, that every application, e.g. say blogging software, needs its own user managment. We would probably need now to define ouf FOAFs and their privileges in the foaf file or files on the maintainers server or even a kind of central FOAF server, like the one for PGP keys.

So if one gets and installs such a blogging software that relies on a user managment based on FOAF, that would make such a system highly interoperable. Having something like a userlogin, a password would still be nescessary. Where to store that? I have no idea yet.

Update:
Un-FOAFed but heading for a "Universal PHP Authentication Replication System" [4].

[1] http://www.circle.ch/blog/p912.html
[2] http://owrede.khm.de/dev/manila/plugins/crossPost/
[3] http://blog.saalmann.de/categories/ical/2002/10/28.html#a255
[4] http://php.weblogs.com/universal

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28. June 2003

Famous bloggers
@ 14:21:34

Norman Walsh [1] and Edd Dumbill [2] started their own personal blogs. I admit, for Norman this message is a bit delayed.

[1] http://norman.walsh.name/
[2] http://usefulinc.com/edd/blog

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27. June 2003

Proposal - Postback: posting into others blogs
@ 17:54:31

Idea:
After having had a discussion with Bernhard [1] yesterday, I came to the conclusion today, that one needs a third way of posting; let's call it "postback".

Just a few minutes ago I found Bill Kearney's idea [2] which leads, as far as I can tell, into the same direction. But his proposal had, as written in January 2003, still a problem to solve. How can one build trusted circles of people? The answer must be FOAF [3].

Getting blogged:
I need to be able to define a group of trusted people in FOAF to be able to post directly into one or any permitted category of my personal blog. Since the foaf.rdf is sitting on my host, I will have the possibility to manage and administrate it; the control is by the blogger him- or herself. PGP would be a good start to support trusted circles.

Blogging to many:
On the other hand, the blog interface needs to get a list of trusted FOAFs, which I can select as an equivalent to the Carboncopy in an E-Mail tool. They might accept my post in realtime or at least merging the post into their blogs after a process of approval. So maybe we need a kind of a ring-ring-knocking-at-the-door method. The post could contain the same elements as the trackback [4] or pingback [5] uses it. it is to discuss, if only an excerpt of the post or the whole post is to send.

Specifications of Postback:

- FOAF based trusted friends
- PGP key to secure authentication
- parameters such as:
* title, The title of the entry
* entry, An excerpt or the full entry
* url, The permalink of the original authors blog entry for the entry
* blogname, The name of the blog in which the entry is posted.
* author, The original authors name or nick
* datetime, The entry posting datetime stamp
* key, A PGP key of the author
* foaf, The foaf.rdf location (might make "key" obsolete )
- An URL that hosts the pingback.php file, waiting for posts to come
- ...

Any comments on that?

[1] http://www.bernhardseefeld.ch
[2] http://www.ideaspace.net/users/wkearney/archives/entries/000052.html
[3] http://rdfweb.org/foaf/
[4] http://www.movabletype.org/docs/mttrackback.html
[5] http://www.hixie.ch/specs/pingback/pingback

Update:
Some more searching:
[6] http://rdfweb.org/pipermail/rdfweb-dev/2003-June/011303.html
[7] http://bitsko.slc.ut.us/blog/2003/06/24/foaf-check
[8] http://esigler.2nw.net/blog/archives/000043.html
[9] http://xml.mfd-consult.dk/ws/2003/01/rdfs/?rdfs=http://xmlns.com/wot/0.1/

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25. June 2003

Rasmus has a blog
@ 01:33:28

[via Simon, 1] Rasmus has his own weblog at O'Reilly [1].

[1] http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2003/03/12/moreLightweightSoftware
[2] http://www.oreillynet.com/weblogs/author/85

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24. June 2003

A web site organized by time.
@ 19:23:47

It is kind of a break-down or reduced to the max; if you were ever seeking for a definition for "weblog", Russ Lipton [1] has one: "A web site organized by time."

Personally for me it is an "aide memoire", a place where I can jot down complicated things like wired combinations of "a-zA-Z", "0-9" and the like. On the other hand - and I did never check that - I am pretty sure that there are no redundant entries; clarifications, corrections or similar posts excluded. So seen from that point, the weblog does vitalize my brain, while I am writing down these entries. Saying that, the above definition needs to be tuned a bit:
"A vitalizing aide memoire organized by time."
Is there redundancy in the sentence?

[1] http://radio.weblogs.com/0107019/stories/2002/02/12/whatIsAWeblog.html

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Serendipity weblog to release soon
@ 18:15:08

Serendipitiy [1] people are close to a release the first s9y release. It is expected within the next 3 days.

[1] http://www.s9y.org

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Kaywa - enhanced (mo)blogging
@ 09:38:40

Kaywa [1] is a new company based in Switzerland and founded by a group [2] of weblog enthusiasts in 2003. Kaywa will soon offer products that make publishing on the Internet effortless, mobile and personal.

Spread the good vibes!

[1] http://www.kaywa.com
[2] http://blog.bitflux.ch/p995.html

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23. June 2003

hacking and forking b2
@ 23:49:51

Found some b2 related stuff tonite; there is Alex King [1] with his calendar and mobile hacks and WordPress [2][3], which looks like a fork to me.

[1] http://www.alexking.org/index.php?content=software/b2/content.php
[2] http://wordpress.org/about/
[3] http://zed1.com/b2/archives/p/856/tb/1/WordPress_Progress

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Should MT, Blogger and UserLand et.al. join forces?
@ 19:31:46

Paul Scrivens [1] argues, that Microsoft could join into the weblogger market and therefore he notes as a measure of precaution:
Forget the fighting and develop some standards you can agree on and continue to work on your wonderful products before Microsoft ruins everything

[1] http://www.itnextgen.net/pseudo/archives/000012.html

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BlogChalking - search local blogs
@ 11:48:04

BlogChalking allows you to search for local blogs based on localized meta information in your template [1].
<meta name="blogchalk" content="Switzerland, Bern, , German, , Male, " />

[1] http://www.blogchalking.de.vu

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18. June 2003

FOAF Explorer
@ 19:31:15

Extended my foaf.rdf today and checked out the FOAF Explorer [1].

[1] http://xml.mfd-consult.dk/foaf/explorer/?foaf=http://circle.ch/blog/foaf.rdf

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13. June 2003

factor 20
@ 23:28:41

Since the early days of blogshares [1] my blog shares seem to have risen by about a factor of 20. Thanx for reading.

factor 20


[1] http://www.blogshares.com

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Microcontent Managment Systems
@ 15:55:45

[via Seefeld, 1] Where is blogging different from a CMS? How did we get there? Are blogs relevant for business? Read Thomas N. Burg's german article to get some answers [2]. He has also some other interesting articles there.

[1] http://www.bernhardseefeld.ch/archives/000008.html
[2] randgaenge.net/stories/ ... alsbusinessanwendung.html

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25. May 2003

Monoroms blog
@ 23:30:17

monorom has a new blog [1] - I just discovered it today - and has some real cool content there; what could that be? well, she already met Joi Ito [2] ;)

[1] http://www.monorom.to/blog/
[2] http://joi.ito.com/archives/2003/05/25/see_you_later_switzerland.html

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21. May 2003

CSS buttons for the blog
@ 21:22:19

Came across those "politically correct" CSS buttons via Dylan Greene [1] and found some work on rainweb [2].

[1] http://www.dylangreene.com/blog.asp?blogID=91
[2] http://www.rainweb.net/dev/xmlIcon.htm

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10. May 2003

Pingback mechanism using mod_rewrite
@ 17:26:57

Simon Willison proposed a pingback mechanism without using xml-rpc:
My solution is an extension of my own Pingback implementation. Whenever I link to a site from my blog, a script running on my server requests each of the pages I have linked to and checks for information on a related Pingback server[..].
In a comment to that entry, Ian Hickson [2] played with the idea of using Apache's URL Rewriting module; while Mark Pilgrim came up with a concrete proposal, like:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} pingback-probe
RewriteRule (.*) http://example.com/deal-with-pingback.php?uri=$1 [T=application/x-httpd-php,L]


[1] http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2003/02/24/pingbackRedux
[2] http://www.hixie.ch/specs/pingback/pingback
[3] http://diveintomark.org

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07. May 2003

Moblogallery update
@ 09:12:07

Tried to fit the new Moblogallery [1] into the look&feel of my weblog. The images are still ordered by "fifo". Might change that one later on [2].

[1] http://www.circle.ch/blog/p766.html
[2] http://www.circle.ch/blog/media

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Andis new page
@ 08:19:36

Andi has come up with his own implementation of a website [1].

[1] http://newsli.andudi.ch

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Blogorama
@ 08:11:11

[via Karim ] He pointed me to that Weblog directory called blogarama today [1].

[1] http://blogarama.com

QR Code for your mobile phone.
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04. May 2003

Photo gallery for Moblog pictures
@ 14:54:56

Added a gallery to have a better overview on my Moblog images today [1]. I call that thing Moblogallery.

[1] http://www.circle.ch/blog/media/

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25. April 2003

BlogShares - a killer app
@ 20:04:42

BlogShares [1] is a fantasy stock market for weblogs. Players get to invest a fictional $500, and blogs are valued by inbound links. The site is leaving beta status by next month.

You might like to buy some of my shares too [2].

[1] http://www.blogshares.com
[2] http://www.blogshares.com/blogs.php?blog=http://circle.ch/blog/

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14. April 2003

Serendipity - PHP weblog software
@ 19:16:38

Serendipity [1][2] is a new blog software written in PHP by folks such as Jannis Hermanns, Sterling Hughes, George Schlossnagle, Wez Furlong and Sebastian Bergmann.

[1] http://php-blog.sf.net
[2] http://dict.leo.org/?search=serendipity

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27. March 2003

Customfields for b2 blogging
@ 13:05:04

Mystis [1] has written an addon to b2 which makes it possible to add custom fields.
About b2customfields

b2customfields is a hack for the popular b2 blogging software that allows you to add custom fields to each post, in addition to the usual set. Some possible uses of this might be the implimentation of 'Currently listening to' functionality, a field for your mood at the time of the posting, or possibly even conversion of your blog to a photoblog (I'll explain later). Some features:

* A full-fledged administration system for managing your fields
* Integration into b2's native templating system, for easy implementation
* No PHP knowledge needed to use or install the system
* Code generator for generating the code that you need to add the field into your template

[1] http://www.mystis.net/b2customfields.html

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25. March 2003

Coming back to trackbacks
@ 17:43:57

I just found another interesting article on trackbacks on Ben Hammersleys site [1].

[1] http://www.benhammersley.com/archives/003862.html

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Blogger code
@ 16:15:06

Do you already have your blogger code [1]? Just a step further being qualified by secret services googeling around:

B9 d+ t+ k++ s- u- f i++ o+ x- e l-- c+

[1] http://www.leatheregg.com/bloggercode/

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Pingback testing
@ 16:01:42

Testing pingbacks on conventional links [1]. As pingback is a method for bloggers to request notification when somebody links to one of their posts. b2 has a notification field in the admins post interface "[v] PingBack the URLs in this post".

[1] http://blog.bitflux.ch/p333.html

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Going for Pingback
@ 14:50:09

Well, there are still the pingbacks to be discussed. I found some nice reading and would like to state them here:
Les Orchard [1] means: I want as much automated and intervention-free invitation to participation in my blog as I can provide. I want manufactured serendipty to operate here while I'm away or asleep. I want this site to help me discover connections and uncover links, whether by automated agent or by friendly visitor. I want to lower the thresholds to interaction as far as I can. I love it when I've seen a few visitors to my site talk amongst themselves while I was on my drive to work.
While Ian Ernest Hickson says in his whitepaper on "Pingback vs Trackback":
The spec is barely a week old [posted 2002-09-27] and already I'm seeing pingbacks on sites of people I've never heard of, so implementations are spreading, which is great.

Ian wrote some Pingback-specs [3] with Sil [4], who stated in a comment:
[..] PB was there to avoid show-referrers scripts, for two reasons: the first is that they're awkward, especially for people who don't have lots of control over their server (say, are using web hosting). The second is that when I know that someone's got a show referrers script, after I've made a post pointing to one of theirs, I'll click the link therein so that they get a referrer notification, as Phil points out. This shouldn't have to happen. PB was a simple way of seeing "posts that reference this post", to climb back up a train of links that you can follow downwards.

[1] http://ln.hixie.ch/?start=1033171507&count=1
[2] http://www.decafbad.com/blog/tech/old/ooobie.phtml
[3] http://www.hixie.ch/specs/pingback/pingback
[4] http://www.stupidfool.org/archives/2002/09/000212.shtml

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Testing trackback links
@ 10:29:49

Chregu and I were testing trackbacks. I added a link http://blog.bitflux.ch/b2trackback.php/333 to the trackback url input field, while handicrafting this post.

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24. March 2003

A trackback-guide
@ 09:08:22

[via http://whump.com ] Michael wrote a guide or "little explanation with pictures" on what trackbacks are and how you use them [1]. His summary:
So, to review:
1) The purpose of TrackBack is to a site know that you are referencing them on your on site.
2) The TrackBack URL is different than the regular permanent link URL.
3) TrackBacks are fun. You should use them.

[1] http://www.cruftbox.com/cruft/docs/trackback.html

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15. March 2003

Feedster RSS search engine
@ 04:05:18

Feedster [1][2], formerly known as Roogle, is a search engine for what is called a "RSS Feed".

[1] http://www.feedster.com
[2] http://www.feedster.com/blog/2003/03/14.html#a1484

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07. March 2003

International Blog Meetup Day
@ 18:06:29

[via bitflux] There will be a blog meetup day in Zürich pretty soon [1].

International Blog Meetup Day


[1] http://blog.meetup.com/?localeId=886

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17. February 2003

Hep - message server
@ 13:08:26

Hep is - in the words of its author - a message server, that deals with all kinds of messages, such as E-Mail or RSS feeds; it "transfers bits of information between different messaging sytems on the Internet" [1]. Read also "Where Hep Is Going" [2].



[1] http://www.fettig.net/projects/hep
[2] http://www.fettig.net/index.cgi/2002/11/#Where_Hep_is_Going

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16. February 2003

nntp//rss - rss news reader
@ 23:30:55

I found that nntp rss reader on sourceforge, which makes it easy to handle my favourite rss feeds [1]. Some more reading here maybe [2]. To run the Java application as NT service, JNT is used [3].


- run a webserver at 127.0.0.1
- install the nntp//rss service as mentioned in the README
- point to http://localhost:7810 for the nntp//rss Admin
- enter news://127.0.0.1 into your browser-adress-bar to start the newsreader


[1] http://www.methodize.org/nntprss
[2] http://www.pipetree.com/qmacro/2003/01/29
[3] http://www.eworksmart.com/JNT/

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Semantic Blogging and Bibliographies
@ 22:47:59

Steve Cayzer and Paul Shabajee have started a w3c working draft on "Semantic Blogging and Bibliographies - Requirements Specification" [1]. You can get some additional info on Sébastien Paquet's Open Research weblog [2] and blogresearch [3].

[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/Europe/reports/open_demonstrators/hp-requirements-specification.html
[2] http://radio.weblogs.com/0110772/2003/02/11.html#a751
[3] http://www.it.rit.edu/~ell/blogresearch/archives/000331.php

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Google buys Pyra
@ 15:00:29

[via whump.com] Google has bought Pyra, a fab that created Blogger [1].

[1] http://weblog.siliconvalley.com/column/dangillmor/archives/000802.shtml

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12. February 2003

Mo(bile)blogging
@ 12:14:24

There is an article on moblogging on Guardian.co.uk [1] giving some good intro to what it is all about. Early pointed out by Joichi "Joi" Ito [2], I found some information at the Bitflux Blog.

[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/webwatch/story/0,12455,858719,00.html
[2] http://joi.ito.com

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28. January 2003

w.blogger - remote blogging
@ 08:31:23

Just yeasterday I found w.blogger for Windows. It supports different blogging systems like b2, movabletype etc. being addressed via xml_rpc [1].

[1] http://wbloggar.com

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26. January 2003

We have the digital clock, the .beat; do we need a HEX-clock?
@ 23:52:20

Beat "2b" Bolli [1] has a Javascript implementation of all of them mentioned on his weblog.

[1] http://www.bolli.homeip.net/bb/js/

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Sunlog - another weblog tool
@ 23:38:35

I found another weblog tool just by occasion. It is called Sunlog [1]. The author Andreas Ahlenstorf seems to be a PHPUG member as well [2]; small world ;-)

[1] http://www.sunlog.org
[2] http://www.phpug.ch/members/show_member.php?member_id=132

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23. January 2003

Why web site content in (X)HTML is not fundamentally bad
@ 19:25:31

While converting my weblog contents, archived back to 2000, I already came across the fact, that there should be a way to keep these contents in a long-lasting format. In my precedent tool I used lots of HTML to format the blogentries. Currently, in b2 there is not much HTML at all. b2 converts line-breaks automatically into br-tags and I added a function to translate the links automatically into a-tags. That is one reason, why you see my links being mentioned with "[x]" brackets. Apart from laziness, this is legible too.

But today I came across that entry on whump.com [1], about treating weblog contents with UBB tags. Simon Willison [2] gives some good reasons - one is the probable lack of regex in programming languages, why one might keep its entries in (X)HTML. I am playing for longer now with the idea, to move all that stuff to something conforming, like Docbook [3] or the sheme(s) used by Bitflux. Docbook could be even a way to go, since I thought, I might have read in some lists, that OpenOffice.org [4] will come up with it; at least for Abiword [5] I am pretty sure, they plan to implement an export format.

Oh, there are also other ways to handle links. Bill Humphries is working with keywords and automatic link transformation. His weblog in XML looks like this: http://www.whump.com/moreLikeThis/XML

So imagine to have a single format for all, or at least most of your daily paperwork. Unfortunately I do not have much time at the moment. But I might get a go with Bitflux products [6] on that as soon as there _is_ some time.

Mediagonal AG [7] new partner of Bitflux GmbH has an implementation of a light version of Docbook for the Bitflux Editor already. Some Docbook manpage to start with can be found also at the Gnome project [8].

As I come from adding the links, there are solution yet for OpenOffice.org and Abiword. ;-)

[1] http://www.whump.com/moreLikeThis/link/03259
[2] http://simon.incutio.com/archive/2003/01/06/#xhtmlIsJustFine
[3] http://www.docbook.org
[4] http://xml.openoffice.org/xmerge/docbook/index.html?JServSessionIdservlets=m6j3fc9nq3
[5] http://www.abisource.com/mailinglists/abiword-user/02/Oct/0046.html
[6] http://bitflux.ch/produkte/
[7] http://blog.bitflux.ch/p38.html
[8] http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gdp/handbook/gdp-handbook/index.html

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21. January 2003

Jannis and his PHP Trackback lib
@ 19:58:19

Jannis Hermanns [1] wanted to know what this trackback thingy is and checked the specs at movabletype.org and implemented a PHP function. Have a look at it.

[1] http://www.jannis.to/programming/trackback.html

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19. January 2003

circle.ch moved myNews to cafelog
@ 16:28:43

After having used the homegrown news-tool [1] for nearly three years, I move to a more comprehensive tool called b2 by Michael V [2][3]. The layout might change in the future, as I am still playing with this tool. I will probably keep the old pages as they are in behind of the blog. The old links (e.g. http://circle.ch/zoom.php?id=396 eq. http://circle.ch/blog/p396.html ) should still work and the News IDs are still the same for the old entries.
[Update] I just found the cvs quite helpful too [4].

Feel free to add comments to the entries.

[1] http://circle.ch/scripts
[2] http://www.cafelog.com
[3] http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=51422
[4] http://cvs.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/cafelog/zerodotx/

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15. October 2002

GPL Blog Engines
@ 12:00:00

garym [1] intends to find a replace for moveableType [2]. The following discussion points out some interesting alternatives, as such as PHPortal [3], a PHP Portal Application Builder and the first Zope replication.

[1] http://advogato.org/article/561.html
[2] http://www.moveabletype.org
[3] http://dev.4arrow.com

Update: More Weblog engines on http://www.circle.ch/wiki/Weblog

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