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From the press release of WORM, makers of the “Web 2.0 Suicide Machine“: “The idea behind the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine was to be able to ‘unfriend’ in an automated fashion and to make users of social networks aware that they should always be in control of their own data. Facebook won’t allow for this control and is also not willing to enter into this debate.” That is indeed an highly interesting debate: it’s not just about who “owns” the data you generate or add to a digital social network, but it’s also about who has real control over those data. Are you really the one who decides what happens? How soon will there be a Suicide Machine fan club on Facebook? How careful will you be in your future postings on Facebook?

It’s a side note, but it’s worth remembering: this WordPress blog was created to perpetuate my blog posts at a time when they were/seemed to be in danger of permanent deletion. Luckily, I had a few backups (or at least something that could pass for a sort of backup) – but I’m still copying old posts from my backups into this site! Can you backup or replicate your Facebook/… data?

PS. Should the Web 2.0 Suicide Machine website dissapear, do not dispair: I have a copy of the press release here: web_20_suicide_note.

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Wiki Anywhere, Even On My Phone

I was just whiling away the time, browsing a few smartphone-related websites. And there it was: Wiki software that runs on my Nokia E63! It’s called Fubuki, and although the version number 0.2 hasn’t changed since 2007 it does work without errors. Let’s call that a tribute to the Symbian platform as well as to Python.

There are more (Python) applications mentioned on the opensource.nokia.com wiki, so I’ll have to pay them another visit soon!

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Enterpreneurial Ethics?

According to CNET News, Google co-founder “Brin offered no timetable for resolution of the dispute between his company and the Chinese government“. I suppose that is just a way of saying that they’ll stay in China, even with censorship? It is worth remembering that the concepts of “ethics” and “enterprise” are very hard to reconcile. Financial companies and banks all over the world seem to be returning to “the old ways” (i.e. like before the 2008 crisis), and many governments seem incapable of imposing a minimum of rules destined to limit the risk of a new financial collapse. Banking is more than bookkeeping, and too many bankers only think of their own bank account!

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David Nüscheler is not just anybody in the CMS universe, and that means that his evaluation of the current state of affairs and his predictions for the near future should not be taken lightly. I do hope, however, that JSR-283 (aka. Content Repository v. 2.0) and CMIS (aka. the CM Interoperability Services) will really take off: I do not believe that any single vendor can deliver “the” best solution for a company, so interoperability will be increasingly important as the years go by and new functionality must be added to an existing content stores.

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Not For Idiots!

From lericson/programming: A little off-topic. Indeed!

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Quick Report On Mobile Internet

I attended the KVIV / TI  evening on Mobile Internet tonight. Interesting evening, even though the speakers had to admit that Belgium isn’t exactly top of the bill, thanks to generally high prices for mobile Internet access.

KVIV Speaker on Mobile Internet - Tijs Vrolix

KVIV Speaker on Mobile Internet - Tijs Vrolix

KVIV Speaker on Mobile Internet - Michaël Uyttersprot

KVIV Speaker on Mobile Internet - Michaël Uyttersprot

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Nyet? Yes!

Not really funny, that title, but hey: I’m no comedian. So forget about that; just let me point you to the Nyetwork Wiki. Why? Well, I like the title. I like the name of the tool it is built with: MiniWiki. The author of the Nyetwork is called ‘Wim’ – and I have quite handful of good friends called ‘Wim’…

Seriously now, I think this site is a prime example of the use of a Wiki as a simple CMS in the context of what is essentially a personal site. I stumbled upon it while investigating a subject I wrote about almost 8 years ago: the original page I linked to has disappeared, like so many others on the Internet. But I’m starting a four-day course on SharePoint tomorrow, and I really wanted to recapture the essence of what must have caught my eye in those days, before I had even touched any Sharepoint site. And Google said: check out fozbaca.org… where you can still read an extract from the original text, and a comment by a guy named ‘Wim’. Nyet? Yes!

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