Flickr is now 100% focused on being a photo sharing app

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2004-05-27 07:15

Awesome move! Focus rocks! Make Flickr the best way to share photos. Then worry about audio and video and anything else. Lots of money to be made sharing photos! Go Flickr go!

From Flickr News: 25th May 2004:


When we started on Flickr weren't sure exactly what we were building, just that we had the core of something really interesting.

Since we've had the preview release out over the last few months, we've received a ton of feedback, watched how people were using (and not using) various features and generally learned a lot. Now we have a clear idea of what we're building: the best way to store, search, sort and share your photos online.


Free blogs for BC candidates and the first 50 outside of BC

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2004-05-26 14:40

More details are available in the full post over at StreamLine.

From StreamLine :: Free blogs for BC candidates and the first 50 outside of BC:


As I checked out the excellent BlogsCanada directory of Canadian Federal Election 2004 candidate websites yesterday looking for "real blogs" with RSS files for MPRating, I realized that the only way to get the candidates to blog would be to do something disruptive.

Here's our offer: free Blogware (hosted by Tucows, a fine Canadian company) blogs for all candidates in BC and to the first 50 candidates who apply from outside of BC.

Why blog? To have a conversation with your constituents rather than simply sending them the same old tired messages over and over again. Studies have shown that people who read blogs and leave comments are connectors and mavens and therefore influential.

Interested? Read the fine print and then fill out our get a blog form
email roland AT to apply.


The Busine$$ of RSS

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2004-05-26 08:09

Not sure what this is but with Bill French involved, it could be good.

From Terry Heaton's Pomo blog:


Here is the latest essay in my ongoing series, TV News in a Postmodern World. This one is called The Busine$$ of RSS and is must-reading for any television executive, for it introduces RSxStream, an entirely new business model for local media. This is the single most amazing technology I've seen in my years working with the Internet, and I'm excited to bring the story to light.


Follow your passions

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2004-05-25 19:22

Follow your passions, put your stuff out there online (and of course blogs are one of the best ways to do this) and people will find it. That's the lesson of this great article by Clive Thompson.

From The Walrus Magazine | Game Theories:


Castronova sighs. Though he has made his career out of studying these economies, he is dismayed by how the real world has bled into the virtual one. "I liked it better when they were just, you know, games," he says wistfully. He preferred the meritocratic feel of EverQuest, before all the duping and the auctions and the bidding wars for powerful avatars. He liked the idea of on-line worlds as a place you migrated to when, like an immigrant, you wanted a new lease on life — just as three years ago, when, depressed and lonely, he first stumbled into EverQuest.

His own voyage had a good ending. A few months ago, the communications department at Indiana University in Bloomington called. They had read his work and wanted to talk. Weeks later, they offered him a fully tenured position in a new department. Castronova had still never published a single one of his EverQuest papers in print; all his analyses had been distributed on-line. "It's all PDFs and Web sites," he joked. Like an avatar in the game, he had levelled up.



Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2004-05-25 12:21

Gotta try this, It looks like a wonderful public service and set of PHP routines.
(Via a trackback to my blog post about Microsoft and bottom up collaboration) - So What is "Feed to JavaScript"?:


An RSS Feed is a dynamically generated summary (in XML format) of information or news published on other web sites. It is a rather simple technology that allows you, the humble web page designer, to have this content displayed in your own web page, without having to know a lick about XML!

Think of it as a box you define on your web page that is able to update itself, whenever the source of the information changes, your web page does too, without you having to do a single thing to it. Check out some of the examples where ordinary people are already using this.

This Feed2JS web site provides you a free service that can do all the hard work for you-- in 3 easy steps:

Find the RSS source, the web address for the feed.

Use our simple tool to build the JavaScript command that will display it

Optionally style it up to look pretty.


Kolabora event with Stuart Henshall on Thursday - please give us more notice next time

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2004-05-25 08:16

I would love to attend this event but i need more notice. 2 days is not enough. Hope it is archived!

From The Future Of Online Collaboration This Week At The Competitive Edge - Online Collaboration and Web Conferencing Breaking News -


The Competitive Edge is back for its second live event, bringing together two visionary scholars and researchers of online collaboration as it is effectively applied to real world situations inside and outside small and large organizations.

Stuart Henshall and Eugene Eric Kim are the “expert” thought-leaders that will be engaging our elite audience of industry experts, marketing VPs and industry CEOs in a live audio/video exchange this upcoming Thursday at 12 noon NY time.


Microsoft 'gets' bottom up collaboration including blogs - does your company?

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2004-05-25 08:14

700 blogs + mentioning RSS in a keynote to influential technology execs plus hiring Robert Scoble, ace blogger. The writing is on the wall. Mitch is right:Microsoft will move into the blog and social software space; it's only a matter of time.

From Red Herring Blog: Bill Gates’ blog strategy:


Bottom-up collaboration is about exposing information and letting others decide what they want. This eliminates one of the biggest barriers to information flow: The fear that something you send out will not be wanted, when it may be the most important piece of information you have at the moment, though only to someone else who is prepared to recognize and use that information strategically or tactically.

Now, Mr. Gates is just getting this idea, but there is a small army of Microsofties already hard at work on this. As Reuters points out, Microsoft already has 700 bloggers on its payroll. About 1.2 percent of the company's workforce already blogs publicly and there are myriad internal blogs, wikis, and other forms of bottom-up collaboration going on inside the Redmond, Washington-based giant.

Indeed, in recent months, Microsoft has hired Ward Cunningham, who created the wiki, an easy collaborative work environment, and last year enlisted Robert Scoble, a tireless blogger and former marketer at blog developer Userland Software, to evangelize Longhorn to developers.

Microsoft is not climbing on the blogging bandwagon late. It has been riding the blog-RSS railroad for a long while, and may turn it into the juggernaut that attacks Google, leading to a host of M&A activity in the social software space as warring camps stockpile technology for a protracted fight for the bottom-up workplace infrastructure.


Yet another dumb patent - this time on live instant recordings of concerts

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-24 20:30

Any way you slice it, this is not a good thing. The patent should never have been granted in the first place. and restricting live recordings using the patent as a legal weapon is clearly evil.



In the past few years, fans leaving some concerts have discovered a souvenir far better than a T-shirt: a live recording of the show they just attended. Bands including the Allman Brothers, moe. and Billy Idol have sold instant concert discs, and the Pixies and the Doors plan to launch similar programs this summer. The recording-and-burning company DiscLive estimated on April 12th that it would gross $500,000 selling live discs this spring alone.

But in a move expected to severely limit the industry, Clear Channel Entertainment has bought the patent from the technology's inventors and now claims to own the exclusive right to sell concert CDs after shows. The company, which is the biggest concert promoter in the world, says the patent covers its 130 venues along with every other venue in the country.

"We want to be artist-friendly," says Steve Simon, a Clear Channel executive vice president and the director of Instant Live. "But it is a business, and it's not going to be 'we have the patent, now everybody can use it for free.'"


Help Jay out

Submitted by Roland on Mon, 2004-05-24 17:09

Please help Jay out if you can! I did!

From cadence90:


Blogger Jay McCarthy's family home was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. You can give a buck or two to cover the unavoidable expenses -- fresh clothing, takeout pizza, etc., here:


Liferea - Linux RSS reader

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2004-05-23 21:24

Something to check out. I really need to get a Linux box at home again! Someday!

From Liferea Homepage:


Liferea is a simple FeedReader clone for Unix distributions with GTK2 (GNOME2 is optional). It is a news aggregator for RSS/RDF feeds which also supports CDF channels, Atom/Echo/PIE feeds and OCS or OPML directories. The problem with FeedReader: for now its only available for Windows. There are some projects for GNU/Linux, but no solution for GTK/GNOME, which does not require Python or Perl. Liferea tries to fill this gap. Liferea is an abbreviation for Linux Feed Reader.


Herecast: Location-Based WiFi Services

Submitted by Roland on Sun, 2004-05-23 21:20

Very cool!

From Herecast: Location-Based WiFi Services:


Herecast provides location-based services on a WiFi device. At its simplest level, it can tell you where you are. More advanced services can use your location to enhance information lookups, publish presence information, and create unique games -- all while preserving privacy.


Boycott the Canadian Music Industry - Join Ross and I

Submitted by Roland on Sat, 2004-05-22 20:14

It starts with two. Join us won't you? You have nothing to lose except subsidizing the Canadian music business. A business where most artists make very little money and the fatcats in the middle make far too much.

Musicians will be better off if you buy tickets to their concerts, buy T-shirts and their CDs direct from the artists at their gigs rather than through record stores (I support Zulu and other independent record stores of their ilk; I don't suppport the chain record stores and other music business lackeys) and other non-value added channels.

From Random Bytes :: Canadian music industry boycott gains momentum:


A boycott of two.


More artists who don't get it

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2004-05-21 13:12

Yet another reason not to buy CDs from artists (I love the music of the Tragically Hip and BNL but they are tragically misguided when it comes to 'piracy' from downloads and the effect on the music business) who are part of the dysfunctional recording industry. And I wouldn't bother downloading because I fear that they will come after you (to the detriment of music in general) at some point in the future. No, in my opinion, the only way to stop the CRIA and their misguided artists is to stop buying music from them at all and to stop downloading and to create your own music and to listen to the music of real artists who see an opportunity in downloading and not a threat.

(via Random Bytes) - From CRIA News:


(Toronto) - Since the Federal Court decision on 31 March, Internet piracy has been rampant. The Tragically Hip, one of Canada's treasured cultural assets, was one of the hardest hit. During a five-week stretch from 30 March to 7 May, there were more than half a million unauthorized attempts to download the new Tragically Hip single, "Vaccination Scar". Overall, during this period, Universal Music reported 2.8 million attempts to illegally download The Tragically Hip’s recordings. During the same period fewer than 1,000 copies were purchased legally online.


Real estate is another business that the Internet can change radically

Submitted by Roland on Fri, 2004-05-21 12:16

Lots more money to be made doing this kind of thing. Anybody know of a similar outfit in Canada? I bet you could do a more efficient system using secure RSS as well as and in addition to email.

From HouseValues receives $14 million investment:


Now, he pays more than $1,000 per month in subscription fees to have exclusive rights to HouseValues' home sellers in Federal Way and Browns Point in Pierce County.

"Of all of the other approaches I have used to develop leads, this has been by far the most efficient," he said.

House hunters and sellers sign up at or because they receive free house valuations or real estate listings from local agents. There are now about 2 million home buyers and sellers in the company's database.

Bringing together house hunters and real estate agents over the Internet is a business that has been difficult for many to crack. Morris, who previously ran MSN HomeAdvisor, thinks his company has created "a win-win" for both.

More than 80 percent of home buyers now begin their home search over the Internet. Helping real estate agents tap those Internet-savvy consumers is the company's primary goal, he said.

"We live and breathe for real estate agents," Morris said. "We are helping 10,000 real estate agents make more money than they ever thought was possible."


Workflow of Erik - the mad link blogger

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2004-05-20 21:19

Awesome! Must revisit Newzcrawler! From Erik's Weblog : How do I do it?:


A few days ago, the folks on #mobitopia were wondering how I manage my Linkblog, etc. They thought it would be something interesting to blog about. I've briefly explained the process before, but I'll go in more details this time around. Here goes nothing. How many feeds do you read? I monitor around 1600 feeds on a daily basis. How long does it take to read them all? First, I don't actually read everything. I usually scan the subject/topic first and weed out the stuff I'm definitely not interested with. Second, I rarely read everything at once, but when I do, it takes a little over an hour. I usually spend 30 minutes or so here and there throughout the day. Which news/feeds reader do you use, and why? NewzCrawler. Everything else I've tried (and I've tried them all) chokes on the sheer volume, or lacks some major functionality I really need. When I find something of interest I post it using the Blog This! editor:


Funny and informative treatment of Jakob's Link Usability Guidelines

Submitted by Roland on Thu, 2004-05-20 14:43

Amazing. Jakob should follow this advice on his site. It would me it a lot more usable! Doctor heal thyself!

From Design by Fire: Design Eye for the Usability Guy:


Last Monday, to much fanfare, Nielsen published the second part to his guidelines on the display of links. I was as shocked as anyone by it. He actually made sense!

Well, color me paranoid. I’m at loss. Beyond the awkward language, beyond the retina-burning presentation, and beyond a few misused design terms, I actually got from the King of Usability what I have been asking for all this time.

Life is good sometimes.

So, as you can see, I’ve implemented a few of the suggestions found in Nielsen’s Alertbox. I have added dotted underlines to my links, even though they look like shoddy, gnarly dashes in Internet Explorer, and I’ve changed the color of visited links to be a darker shade of red to distinguish them. I’m getting religion.

Further, in the spirit of sharing, I decided I’d gather up some knowledgeable designers and help Nielsen in return with a little bit of design advice. The Design Fab Five, right here, right now.



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