Still using Writely to keep my notes from this week’s class. I thought I had published them, but apparently hadn’t; here’s the up-to-date version.
I plan to ellipticise my notes about my week-long experience with Writely later.
” del.icio.us is down for maintenance. we’ll be back in one hour.”
That’s about the longest hour I’ve ever seen; that message has been up since 7:00 or so. It’s now half-past 11. That’s even longer than the hour that goes by when the company website is down because I frelled something up.
I truly hope this isn’t indicative with future Yah.licio.us performance.
Wednesday at Inacom’s Madison education facility is apparently the day that the 3-day classes begin. My class, Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio .NET, is all men. Today the course in Photoshop 7.0 Basic Skills 1 began, completely filled with women.
I noticed today that female training instructors almost always have tissues in the classroom and male instructors almost never do.
Wonder why that is…
I’m at Inacom this week taking an ASP.NET class.
One good thing to know from the first hour is that my instructor, Gentry Bieker, not only knows about RSS, but also evangelizes it and has his own blogs (http://gentryb.blogspot.com/, http://blueskiesforever.blogspot.com/, and http://courseopia.blogspot.com/). None have been updated recently, but at least he’s blogged.
Dave Winer’s added Technorati search to the sidebar of Scripting News. This is a nice feature, but one that I’d like to see even more would be for Dave to put a small Technorati bubble () by the permalink icon for each post that would allow a Technorati Search based on the url for that particular post. That would be as close as you could get to implementing trackbacks on Scripting News without actually hosting trackbacks. Like so:
Dave Winer’s trying to retrieve the categories from a WordPress blog but isn’t having much success. Since I’m running both a WordPress.org and WordPress.com site I thought I might be able to lend a hand, but Dave seems to be looking for people with proven WordPress expertise.
I did some digging on my own and found that it was pretty easy to install a script like the one that Dave references; simply open the ftsc file using OPML Editor’s File | Open menu selection and OPML Editor will try to install it, asking where you’d like to put it. Not much to explain, really. Since I was trying to hack this on my own I installed it to a slightly different name than the default, and I had to change some of the test code to have it run against my WordPress.org blog so that I could look at the log file.
Everything looked fine to me in the log file, and I get back a list-type entry in the scratchpad that reflects the correct number of categories for that blog, with each entry a Table with 5 items. Since it’s a list I can’t expand it or see mor detail. Same thing if I allow it to run against my WordPress.com blog (this one). If I change the Kind of the list to, say, Outline (first I had to change it to a string, then I could change it to an Outline), I see a categoryId, categoryName, description, htmlUrl, rssUrl.
This doesn’t quite follow the MetaWeblog specification for getCategories, which specifies to return a struct with 3 elements (description, htmlUrl, rssUrl), but WordPress uses both categoryId and categoryName, and I don’t know what Radio or other blogging platforms use. I suppose it kind of makes sense that the structs returned include those values.
What I don’t understand, not knowing Frontier programming well enough, is why this is returned as a list instead of as a table (which seems the most logical Frontier representation of a struct, and also appears to be what Dave intended in the script).
“I really appreciate that Ben pointed this out, he was the first to notice (other than me, of course).” [link to the referenced post]
Not true, Dave.
I noticed, and if I did I’m sure a lot of other people did too. The thing was, it was your battle to fight, and you seemed pretty OK letting it go – obviously some tension, but not all up in arms. Not that it would have mattered, but I certainly would have voiced my opinion (and did).
Oliver Thylmann, one of my new finds via the Corante Network says:
Now we analyse click streams, in the future also view streams.
I couldn’t agree more, and in fact said as much in my (revised) post today at elliptical…. I didn’t happen to mention TV there, instead the example I chose was cell phones, but the idea’s the same. More focussed advertising, from things like TV, will be in pour attention stream in the not-too-distant future. Think about what TiVo is doing.
I’m not much for advertising, but at least if I can choose what I see then we’re a little better off.
The Web portal company does not give personal information to advertising clients but tracks a few types of behavior by its users, including search queries, movement through Yahoo sites and the specific ads clicked. That lets it decide on the fly what ads are most appropriate for a user.
Welcome to the world of attention, Yahoo! Now, what can I get from you (or your advertisers) if I show you some of my behavior on Google?
Because I can, you know…..