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2006-01-24 links

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[Wed, 25 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

Long Tail, short body, long snout?

O'Reilly's Long Snout concept is very interesting.

It's long been easy to snipe at O'Reilly as a vanity publisher for techies, but the economics of book publishing have changed to make tiny production runs or even print on demand realistic propositions. In this situation O'Reilly's shotgun approach makes a lot of sense.

Thousands of titles means they cover all bases, and being first to market in these days of Web 2.0 hypery and the ephemeral nature of many technical subjects makes a rapid publication cycle essential.

[Tue, 24 Jan 2006 13:08] | [tech] | #

2006-01-23 links

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[Tue, 24 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

2006-01-20 links

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[Sat, 21 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

2006-01-19 links

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[Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

Bloglines still broken

The very first item in Mark Pilgrim's rules for aggregators is simple enough and deals with HTTP response handling:

301 Permanent redirect: MUST follow, SHOULD check new location thereafter. Check Location header on reply for new address.

Does Bloglines deal nicely with this? No, it doesn't even follow the redirect in many cases, for example Russ's old feed does a permanent redirection to a new url. I (and 3093 other subscribers) to the old feed haven't seen any new items from this feed on Bloglines for weeks.

If you want to see how well Bloglines is working, point it at this series of tests.

[Thu, 19 Jan 2006 13:48] | [tech] | #

2006-01-18 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Thu, 19 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

2006-01-17 links

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[Wed, 18 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

Get a better Yahoo ID

One of the lesser things that cropped up at Monday's London MoMo meeting was Christian Lindholm's off-hand "oh, you can now have dots in Yahoo id's, for those of you late to the party". As someone lumbered with a slightly crap Yahoo id I've grasped the nettle and I'm now also "Jim.Hughes" on Yahoo. It's a shame there's no obvious transition path from one id to another, so I've gotta re-enter all/most of my Yahoo IM contacts and unsubscribe/subscribe from various Yahoo groups.

Actually I'm already wondering if the transition is worth the hassle, vanity id's, do they really make any sense? It's not like I use Yahoo for anything but Yahoo groups and occasional IM via a Jabber gateway (to about 4 people). The simplest route is to just use the new id for IM.

[Sat, 14 Jan 2006 10:12] | [tech] | #

2006-01-13 links

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[Sat, 14 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

2006-01-06 links

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[Sat, 07 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

WikiNodes, tying it all together

I came across the WikiNode concept for the first time today on the Open Guide to London. A WikiNode is a wiki page that briefly tells you what a wiki is about, and how it relates with its neighbours. Given that this concept seems pretty useful, I’ve added a WikiNode on my wiki which also ties it in with a few related useful wikis.

The WikiNode FAQ covers WikiNodes in some detail. For me the best and simplest part being: “WikiNode pages are intended to be walkable. That is, it should be easy to hop from WikiNode to WikiNode. Thus, pages should be brief, and WikiNodes should link to WikiNodes. We want to make it easy to explore the space.”

The devil is in the detail, and by making the whole system so elegantly simple they’ve kept evil out of this design.

[Wed, 04 Jan 2006 20:50] | [tech] | #

2006-01-03 links

Taken from Jim’s del.icio.us links

[Wed, 04 Jan 2006 06:30] | [linkblog] | #

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