Archive for August, 2005
Eric Hayes has a great post on RSS ranking:
But that’s only part of the story. What’s missing from the discussion are the specifics of how focusing on Attention can help individuals alleviate some of the enormous demands on our attention by cutting through information overload. And RSS isn’t helping with the problem. In fact it’s only increasing the flow. But the end goal of RSS technology shouldn’t be based on more is good. It needs to be tightly wrapped around the promise that less is more. We need to offer our RSS consumers a drinking fountain of information, not a Fire Hose!
I agree that the drinking fountain is more powerful than the full fire hose I just disagree that attention is the best approach. The attention data is amazingly sensitive (do you really want to share your click stream?) and I just think the privacy implications are too onerous.
There’s a lot you can accomplish with public data. I’ve ran simulations on theoretical systems and the private data just doesn’t seem to augment the public data by that much. Once you add the computational complexity you’re over the top and it’s just not worth the difficulty.
Well this has worked before. If I need to get into a Beta program (like YPN) I just beg publicly on my blog. Hopefully someone at Yahoo will feel my pain and let me in.
I’m an awesome beta tester and promise great feedback!
A 10 minute screencast demoing the new Beta 2 release of DTV – Internet TV on your Mac
A brilliant app that uses RSS feeds with enclosures to assemble Video Channels that you can subscribe to and download to your mac. Sorry the app is mac only at present but a Windows version is planned. At least you can watch this screencast to see what you are missing and what you can look forward to!
For all you podcasting fans you can subscribe to my RSS feed within iTunes which will then provide you with the media files I link to as one concise feed.
Pretty cool meta-aggregation if I do say so. I even use it as a cool way to listen to media I’m blogging about when on the go.
Ug. I just got an email from Google Adsense that they won’t let me in:
Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept your application for the program at this time. Because AdSense for feeds is currently in beta, we’re unable to accept all applicants into the program.
I really want to play with this. Specifically I want to play with general CTR through feeds and to see what type of response I get with feed overviews vs full-text feeds with ads.
If I can get hard data that providing full-text feeds with ads yields higher revenue then full-text it would be an easier sell to publishers.
If anyone at Google is listening please let me in! I promise to give great feedback!
The problem is that I can’t add single track to my iPod but have it still show up as being a podcast. The main problem is that the iPod has this cool ‘bookmarking’ (or podmarking if you will) feature where you can stop listening to a podcast, listen to music, then go back to the same podcast later and start where you left off.
This is a killer feature and for me makes all the difference. The problem is that if I drag and drop just the single MP3 into the iPod it won’t work.
I guess I could create a manual RSS file and then import it myself but that seems ugly and really the iPod should have support for doing this itself.
Thoughts? Come on lazyweb! You should have a solution!
Assaf had a good idea. I can just link to the .mp3 in my blog post. Feedburner should be smart enough to add an enclosure for the .mp3 file and then I can subscribe to my feed within iTunes.
Software architecture is getting a lot of attention and architecture for the Web is on the march again. New technologies and approaches are providing new solutions — and new challenges. Traditional enterprise vendors are driving some of this change, but leading web based companies are playing a critical and equal role in defining the landscape.
* Alok Bhanot, Director of Architecture, eBay
* Kevin Burton, Co-Founder and Lead Engineer, Rojo
* Colin Johnson, CEO, Eyetools
* Niall Kennedy, Community Manager, Technorati
* Kieran Lal, Director of Development, Civicspace
* Joe Nuxoll, Senior Software Architect, Sun Microsystems
* Benoit Schillings, CTO Office, Openwave
* Jacob Taylor, CTO, SugarCRM
* David Temkin, CTO, Laszlo
* James Ward, Flex Product Evangelist, Macromedia
I’m really digging these BlogPulse highlights:
See what happens when politics and religion get a little too chummy? You’ve got a Christian televangelist advocating assassination of a democratically elected world leader as a cheaper alternative than another $2 billion war. Then Venezuela accuses televangelist Pat Robertson of advocating terrorism, and the administration officials currently engaged in one $2 billion war can’t back away from Robertson fast enough.
Now check out the cute little spike at the end. Talk about sticking your foot in your mouth!
Yet another aspect of the invention is directed to a method for extracting addresses from a document. The method includes identifying possible address terms based on predetermined rules, verifying that the identified possible address terms are address terms by comparing the address terms to a table containing known addresses, and examining a relative position of the verified possible address terms in the document to determine whether the verified possible address terms form a valid address.
In other words, the interesting part is not looking up location names, but the bit that guesses the location of a house by interpolating between known positions (at least that is my interpretation of this snippet) and using known addresses to verify the form of the address. I haven’t yet read the entire patent, but will do and review later.
I might have prior art here. I’ll have to review the patent and verify.
This is really annoying. Ever want to see what the google sandbox looks like:
I thought people might find this pretty interesting. it’s from a relatively small mini-site (few dozen pages at most). we did a 301 on the entire domain to a subdomain on an existing domain that wasn’t sandboxed
This is a big problem. I could move my blog over to using feedblog.typepad.com or something of the sort or I could just wait it out for 6-12 months for the sandbox on my domain to expire. The main question becomes whether or not this is a good strategy. Would my pagerank be harmed by the typepad.com domain since I could rise above the rest of the blogs on the site? I’m honestly not sure.
I the end it’s a bit maddening since Google won’t talk about this. I guess this is why SEO is so important.
Update: I probably don’t want to do this as it would tie me to using Typepad for the rest of my life.