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 Wednesday, September 22, 2004

I'm testing Brent's new blog editing tool, MarsEdit.

This is a test post to my rarely-used Radio blog.

It would be nice if we had auto-paragraph support, wouldn't it?

8:59:53 AM    

 Thursday, September 11, 2003

I am testing a change to the server where this blog is published. I've modified the FTP settings and am watching as Radio re-uploads all of my content. This was unexpected (and kind of unnecessary), but I don't know if it really hurts anything.
2:17:00 PM    

 Tuesday, July 1, 2003

This is just a test post created with Brent's NetNewsWire blogging tool.

I just want to see if it's any more fun than using a browser.
9:56:12 AM    

 Friday, May 9, 2003

4:38:16 PM    

We're chuckling a bit now over the idea of the "semantic web."

Librarians and programmers will begin to work together to solve some of the problems the W3C hopes to solve with the semantic web.

When business wants to get involved with this, the money follows.

Question: "Can you comment on the 'dangers' of the community." Answer: "There are 'rules' you need to follow, mostly defined by the community itself." Use of the Harvard name and logo have some restrictions -- that's fine.

Dave talks about the Harvard dean's response to the RIAA lawsuits of students and the lawyers responded to the dean's stance through the blog.

Dave said he was really proud of how that provided "instant discourse".

Question: "What is a K-log?" Answer: "I think it's a web log -- made palatable to business people. There's no difference from a technology standpoint. The usages are different, of course."

[always paraphrasing -- don't want to get myself in trouble.]

Question: "Can you define editorial roles for people?" Answer: "Yes." Dave shows us the editorial prefs page in Manila.

Question: "When you're talking about editors, you're not talking about the comments left on an article." Answer: "Anybody can leave a comment." This might evolve over time to prevent spam.
4:34:43 PM    

Now we're looking at the outliner in Radio showing us the directory xml in Radio's outliner. Certainly a nicer way to view it!

Dave gives us a little outliner mini-demo. Some of us are pretty used to outliners these days, but many in the room didn't raise their hands when asked about outliners.

Dave thinks OPML (or hierarchical organization of information) is very important -- "an empowering thing for the computer to do for me."

Dave suggested that using an outliner in a meeting forum would let you start with an organized agenda, then expand and reorganize on-the-fly -- during the meeting.
4:24:01 PM    

Dave is showing us Weblogs at Harvard Law now.

There are three people running the main blog.

Dave shows us how anyone at can set up a blog.

He shows us the new (as of yesterday) backup function.

Dave invites us to Cambridge on Thursday evenings where the law bloggers talk about their community.

Dave reviews some of the Rankings and Updates listings that are produced by the Harvard Blogs system.

He shows us the Directory -- Categorization of weblogs: howtos, stats and rankings, developers, etc.

Note the orange XML icon: the information you are looking at in html is also available in xml. The orange icon is a link to that file.
4:17:44 PM    

Now we see the same call in SOAP format. Different format, same function. [It certainly looks more complicated than the XML-RPC format to me.]

Question: "SOAP used to be thought of as a security risk." Answer: "Block it! If you are that concerned about the risk, block it. It's not hard."

HTTP-POSTS are every bit as dangerous as XML-RPC.

"HTTP is the no-brainer -- the one everybody understands. It was the obvious choice for the transport."

Firewalls are cropping up everywhere, first at work, then at home -- a personal firewall.

Radio uses XML-RPC extensively and works through a firewall, but is architected that way on purpose so that it is still usable.
4:09:29 PM    

Now we're looking at the format of an XML-RPC call and a response. He's deconstructing a simple example for us. This example is a

Question: "Can you explain a bit about your involvment with XML-RPC?"

Answer: Dave gives a short history of XML-RPC as a joint effort between UserLand and Microsoft.

XML-RPC is a "web service".
4:02:38 PM    

Jay asked how do blogs "rise to the top"?

Dave: "It is a problem trying to find the interesting stuff."

Jay: "How does this help collaboration?"

Dave: "It doesn't really, but it fosters communication." [more paraphrasing]
3:59:12 PM    

Question: "Is there a 'next big thing'?" Answer: "The technology is unremarkable; but it's a smarter use of it. The web was always designed to be a writing environment, but that's not exactly how it turned out."

Dave says the "big idea" is getting people to use it (weblogs).
3:56:25 PM    

Now we're looking at to see how changes to blogs can be recorded in a centralized service. This makes a good place for automated process to monitor for changes.

Dave says he sees growth of about 10% per month.

Question: "Does it only do Radio blogs?" Answer: "No, other blog systems can ping it."
3:53:18 PM    

Dave is showing us the rss.xml (RSS 2.0) version of the Scripting News home page. He explains some of the items in the xml that are helpful for machine automation; attributes about copyright, categorization, etc.

Question: "Is that like a Dewey Decimal system for the internet?" Answer: "Sort of, yes." "The directory system really hasn't gotten off the ground yet."

He's showing the "item" xml item, revealing the attributes: description, pubDate, permalink (guid -- Globally Unique Identifier).
3:48:37 PM    

Dave is now demonstrating the Editors interface to his blog where he is creating a story and posting it...

Question: "Is it going to a static site now?" Answer: "No it's not static -- it's dynamic"

Question: "Can other people post to your blog?" Answer: "No, not this one, but blogs can be set up for multiple authors" [shows us]
3:43:56 PM    

Dave explains that one of the unique attributes of a blog is its personal nature.

Now we here about the advantage of a "permalink" -- "a URL that will take you directly to that article anytime in the future."

Question: "Is it auto-archiving?"

Answer: "Oh yes, absolutely"

[all items in quotes are para-phrased; not verbatim.]
3:41:01 PM    

Dave is prefacing that the protocols he will be discussing are very simple and will lead to some exciting developments in using the web.

Dave says he INAL (is not a lawyer).

Dave starts by showing us a demo of Scripting News -- his weblog. He's reviewing the organization of the main page, the calendar, the archive -- the time-based nature of the site.

He also points out his blogroll down the left-hand side of his page (though it doesn't have to be located there).
3:35:59 PM    

Dave's intro slide tells us to expect a 45 minute discussion.

Dave is being introduced now... we have now about 50 to 60 attendees.
3:32:39 PM    

Brian, Jay and I are with about 40 other people in the Jones Seminar where Dave is scheduled to speak in about 7 minutes...
3:23:40 PM    

Okay. Tres cool. I have the TI-book on the wireless talking to my desktop Radio. Just in time for lunch.
11:59:45 AM    

Dave Winer from Harvard comes to Dartmouth today to discuss Two-Way-Web protocols.

I have a blog but I am no blogger. If I can get OS X installed on this borrowed TI-book and get the the wireless to work, I'll try my hand at blogging his talk.

Installer says 34 minutes remaining... no, wait 35 minutes remaining...
10:29:24 AM    

This is a test of the emergency blogcasting system. This is only a test. In the event or a real blogging event, you would have been notified of where to tune on your blogio dial for more information. Repeat: this is only a test.
10:21:45 AM    

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