January 28, 2005
Here's a provocative statement: every business document is an artifact of a business process -- but we have yet to build a product that treats them that way.Sounds absolutely right. Read his intro article Decade Of Process too.
(This document is a projection of my "catch up while waiting for telephone call" process)
January 26, 2005
This also is what the Internet is for. Twenty minutes of Seymour Hersh speaking about the state of the world. Make of it what you will.
Via Wikipedia:Unusual articles, the apparently serious, and bizarrely compelling, suggestion that the apparent lack of action between Alfred's burnt cakes and Cnut's "thus far but no further" has a simple explanation: the Early Middle Ages did not exist (PDF).
Between Antiquity (1 AD) and the Renaissance (1500 AD) historians count approximately 300 years too many in their chronology. In other words: the Roman emperor Augustus really lived 1700 years ago instead of the conventionally assumed 2000 years.This seems to be what the Internet is for.
Cω (pronounced: "see-Omega") is a really interesting (experimental) programming language from Microsoft's research labs. It tries to do three-and-a-half things, and at first glance succeeds quite nicely at three of them. (The leftover half-a-thing, SQL, is just not worth it anyway).
The three things, then:
The concurrency intro is worth quoting verbatim:
In Cω, methods can be defined as either synchronous or asynchronous. When a synchronous method is called, the caller is blocked until the method returns, as is normal in C#. However, when an asynchronous method is called, there is no result and the caller proceeds immediately without being blocked. Thus from the caller's point of view, an asynchronous method is like a
Stuart Henshall suggests: "Run a second Skype line so your friends can hear what's playing on your iPod, even when you aren't home". And much more. "Music over VoIP wasn't supposed to be a big deal..."
January 24, 2005
The reason ontology has been even a moderately good idea for the last few hundred years is that the physical fact of books forces you to predict the future. You have to put a book somewhere when you get it, and as you get more books, you can neither reshelve constantly, nor buy enough copies of any given book to file it on all dimensions you might want to search for it on later.
(shirky, tags, ontology)
January 22, 2005
Groove 7 Minute Webcast
New on the Groove site:
There's a good bit more to Leviticus 25 that's worth remembering:
January 20, 2005
January 05, 2005
Real News in RSS
Some notes on how to find "real news" -- by which I mean newspaper/newswire material rather than weblog commentary -- and consume it with RSS. An aide-memoire.
I don't deal with "what" or the "why" of RSS here. (Also I don't care what newsreader you use).
I've probably missed some very major sources here. If so, call me, please!
Newspapers, radio, etc
Most of the big mainstream media outlets roll their own RSS feeds. Most of these are simply organized by category, and don't allow you to produce a feed of "search results within Business News", for example.
If you can't find RSS feeds for your newspaper/etc, try searching for them at Syndic8 - a very big catalog; at BlogLines - a catalog of all the feeds bloglines users subscribe to, which is just about everything on the planet; or maybe at Technorati, which is a weblog/feed tracker.
Local and Specialist sources
If you have a local/regional newspaper without a feed, it'll be worth calling their IT guys and ask them very nicely to set up an RSS feed. It's easy, but usually best done by the IT department's perl hacker, rather than by the editorial people. Then you can also ask for a keyword search feature...!
Many of the best specialist sources (Alertnet, for example) don't produce RSS at all. Again, it's worth asking them to. Alertnet is big enough to be syndicated various places, though, as we'll see.
If you're completely out of luck, it's sometimes possible to hire someone to write a "scraper": a small Web program which reads a site's HTML and produces rough-and-ready RSS from it. Check the howto docs at syndic8 for some pointers.
Yahoo News is the place to go. Start at their Advanced News Search page. Enter your keywords/conditions, and press the search button. On the right-hand side of the results page you'll see an orange button: View as RSS: . Click that button, to bring a page of RSS into your browser window. Copy the URL of this page, and subscribe to it.
I haven't tried Yahoo's language-specific search. I tried selecting specific categories, and it seemed to be OK, but I suspect you might be better to refine the search terms than to restrict to particular categories. Try both, and see.
Google News has keyword search, and vast amounts of news, but no RSS. Here's an experimental scraper. Results are mixed. If you use a too-generic search, you'll likely find many many versions of exactly the same news item - from all the local newspapers across America who republish the AP wire. But a search which includes a source-specific keyword (tsunami alertnet), or exclusions (tsunami -"press release"), can work really well.
MSN Search, in Beta, I haven't tried it.
Often, you can find a good weblog you're specifically interested in. Example: http://bdheart.blogspot.com/. Finding them might be harder; use word-of-mouth, or the weblog search engines.
Feedster, Blogdigger and Technorati not only search lots of weblogs, they also produce search results as an RSS feed. The search at Bloglines is good. PubSub should also work for this, but hasn't come through for me yet.
Commerical News Providers
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