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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-11-30

Buzz. Here’s a new buzzword for bloggers: Gravatar. In the words of the inventor, Tom Werner: “A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an 80×80 pixel avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites“. Simple.

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Announcement. This weekend, the discussion about the Belgian draft versions (we’re a multilanguage country) of the Creative Commons licences has been closed down. The official announcement of the CC licences is planned on December 10th, 2004, in the Royal Belgian Library (Brussels). So Belgium is joining Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and Taiwan: all of these countries as well as the divided states of the USA now have a flexible and simple copyright framework for sharing original works within the limits of their respective laws.

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Strange. It looks nice: TargetProcess is “an Agile Project Management System”. I just wonder why it was mentioned on Javalobby: it’s a .NET project. Would it run on Mono? Who knows?

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What The Doctor Ordered…. I should have known better: of course I’m not the only one, let alone the first one, to see the need for content editor that concentrates on content and not on the presentation of that content (see here for details). Meet Ulysses. The text editor for creative writers. Where Word and Style are not defined through buttons and palettes. This tool has a versatile and pluggable export facility: how about an “export this paragraph to my blog” function?

… This Certainly Isn’t!“Take all you can. Give nothing back” as management axiom in the IT industry. Or why even red-blooded Americans need trade unions.

 

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-11-25

Laura. This morning, I took the time to make some photographs of the sunrise. After the cold and starry night, the view towards the south-east was just beautiful – I wished it would last for hours, letting me enjoy it again and again.

Picture of a sunrise over a wintery landscape

Sunrise

A few more of these pictures can be fond on Flickr.

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And Still… One of the problems with letting IT technicians decide about how to do something, is that they think ‘how’ before ‘what’. In the words of Brent Simmons: “Forget the API for a moment (though that’s important too) — I’m talking about the features different systems support“. Obviously (or isn’t it?) you have to think about what you need before working on the solution (the API in this case) – that’s why most, if not all, software development methodologies have a phase dedicated to requirements gathering and prototyping. And XP (that being eXtreme Programming, of course) also has that, even if it’s in the form of ‘the ever-present user’. And still we’re having trouble (yup, I include myself, because I make the same mistake too) to focus on requirements, and wait with the application of possible solutions until we have a reasonable view of the problem at hand. Must be something in the technologists mind.

Will Blog Editing Morph Into Content Management? Reading through the discussion on Brents proposal mentioned above, I stopped at this reflection from Adam Rice: “And there are many different content types: static pages, blog entries, event notices, photos, etc (all extensible via add-on modules). Right now, Ecto (and Mars Edit?) can only see the blogs in there, but I have to ask myself ‘Why stop there? Why isn’t all the content accessible via the API?’“. To me the answer is obvious: of course, blogging is just a (small) part what is known as Content Management at large. CM is the handling of all sorts of content, textual or other, in view of the use (and reuse!) of that content in multiple channels. So acquisition, storage, editing, archiving, publication, deletion, etc. of that content must be supported by the CM platform; publication may be done on the web or elsewhere, as desired/requested/allowed/… by its author and editors. Blogging will probably become part of mainstream CM systems (if it isn’t already – see concepts like project blogs), and anything but the publication part will be handled through CM API’s like the “Content Repository for Java” (aka JSR-170) or something similar. One thing is certain, to me: the whole CM domain is already a very complex subject by itself, and adding problems like categorisation and Topic Maps will not help simplify the matter. I think it will be a long time before we will see a widespread and common, stable and mature base to build our own CM tools on.

But in the meantime Barry Cohen writes: “So is the next version of Word (or Open Office) going to have a print to blog function? Will Photoshop?“. Do you really need Word to type a bit of text? I don’t believe so – but Word might well generate a sort of blog, about what you are doing: new versions of documents could be signalled through a blog-like interface. After all, a blog is a “log”.

The Wow Factor. Not yet ready for prime time, but a promising development nevertheless: the Mozilla XUL FileManager. And on a different tack, but just as promising: the XStandard: free standards-compliant XHTML WYSIWYG editor for modern browsers.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-11-20

Communication! I’m not sure whether there is any relationship with Zen, but Web Zen pointed me to zefrank’s communication skills. So I laughed out loudly, Zen or not.

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Applications that integrate small computers and voice, like iLingo for the iPod, will become increasingly numerous and commercially succesful. After all, they combine essential components of our life: voice communication and essentially unlimited memory…

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Hard To Find. “Understanding” has become a scarce resource: if you’re to believe (hah!) “the” media here in the Benelux, everybody just cares about her- or himself (“Eigen belang eerst!”), not about understanding what’s going on in local and global communities of all sorts. So it’s good to see a website claiming to offer “Understanding by Design“, even if the subject matter is limited to Information and Content Management. Lots of information there: articles, links, commentaries, and more. A must-keep?

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-11-15

You Haven’t Lived The Second Half Of The Twentieth Century If You Don’t Know His Name: “Kinsey guessed that humans, like gall wasps, have a degree of individuality beyond what science and society had led us to believe“, writes Wired.

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-11-14

Candles and Silence. Last night, the electrical power failed in (part of) our street. For a few hours, we lit the house with candles; we had no radio, no computers (well, there was the iBook) and no Internet; the kids couldn’t watch television. Uncannily, the street was very calm and silent: apart from a lone passing car, there was just the faint hum of a power generator a block further, where the repair crew was (still is) at work… If I needed any more proof of the importance of our need for electricity, this would have been it. But I also want that electricty to be produced in such a way that my grandchildren and their heirs can also enjoy their stay on the world… EcoPower, here we come!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-11-09

An Impressive Image (click the image to read the full article at http://www.heise.de)…

"Tausende Palästinenser warten im Amtssitz der Autonomiebehörde auf die Ankunft des Leichnams Arafats"

Foto by Peter Schäfer

And More at the Electronic Intifada.

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Must-Have. MacWorld has a nice collection of 60 Must-Have Utilities for Next to Nothing (or Nothing at All). I’m sure we all have our own personal favourites, depending on our interests. That makes it all the more impressive to find so many of my regular tools in the listings: ColorDesigner, VoodooPad Lite, SubEthaEdit, CronniX, and CyberDuck are all there.

FoxyFirefox 1.0 rocks, I mean: is rock solid even on my G4 ;-)

 

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-11-09

Facts… from an American source: 100 Facts and 1 Opinion. Being facts, they remain valid, even after November 2nd.

… And One More Fact… A ‘historic step’ towards national unity is how Chilean President Ricardo Lagos characterizes the declaration of responsibility for human rights violations during the Pinochet dictature by the Chilean Army. The complete statement of the Commander in Chief of the Chilean Army is published on the official army web site (in Spanish, of course). It remains to be seen whether the USA government is prepared to a similar admission regarding their involvement in the coup against the democratic government of President Salvador Allende…

 

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2004-11-08

Too Bad… ;-) I too have received this message. So much for “urgency and confidentiality”…

Nitpicking Can Be Fun. The Heise website has a sunday magazine called “Was war. Was Wird” (in German).Yesterday’s edition claims November 7th as the birthday of Lev Davidovich Bronstein aka. Leon Trotsky – but Nov. 7th, 1879 in Russia was actually October 26th, 1879 in our calendar. There…

 

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