Archive for July, 2005

March of the Penguins

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

Take your kids to see this one. It’s well worth watching.

Deutschlandradio Podcasts

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Deutschlandfunk interviews of the day now available as podcasts (via Wortfeld).

What is Federation?

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Pat recommends this “nice summary of federation and a useful comparison of the various protocols”: Making sense of the federation protocol landscape, by Jason Rouault, HP.


Friday, July 29th, 2005

Just downloaded SubEthaEdit. Nice! And guess what: it’s Made in Germany!

Identity 2.0

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Planetwork held their monthly meeting in San Francisco yesterday.


Architecting Community and Collaboration Solutions

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

SDForum and SofTech had an event tonight at the Golden Gate Club, San Francisco: Architecting Community and Collaboration Solutions.


  • Eugene Eric Kim, Blue Oxen Associates (Moderator)
  • Sylvia L. Marino, Community Manager,
  • Zack Rosen, CivicSpace
  • Tony Christopher, Digital Places, Joint Planning and Development office, jointly managed by the FAA and NASA
  • Scott Wilder, Group Manager and, Intuit, Inc.

Some notes on things to consider when building online communities:

  • Ultimately, communities are about people. It’s not about the tools!
  • Provide the right tools.
  • Don’t dictate! Configurability of the tools gives people ownership!
  • Find the “naturals”, the “answer people” in your community. Elevate them by giving them more leadership.
  • Be accessible when users ask for help.
  • Allow for self-organization.
  • Reward the experts.

Some things to look for in a community manager:

  • Integrity
  • Fairness
  • Consistency
  • Has an investment in the community.
  • Is respected in the workforce.
  • Can listen to the voice of the customer.
  • Worries less about how much money the company will make off of the community.

Tag Tuesday

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Seems like going to meetings such as Tag Tuesday always adds to my list of must-see sites and services, some of which are mentioned below.

The main presenters tonight were Odeo:

Odeo makes all of the above [i.e. podcasting] easy, so you don’t have to know how it works. More specifically, Odeo consists of three major parts: A catalog of audio content, of all types, which is constantly being added to. The Odeo Syncr, which let’s you download anything in the catalog (and, optionally, put it on your MP3 player). And creation tools, including the Odeo Studio, which let you publish your own audio content, which will then show up in the catalog. (The creation tools aren’t ready for public use yet, though.)

Spiegel Online has an article on Podcasting today that mentions Odeo: Internet-Radio: Auf der Lauer (in German).

In the audience, Kevin Burton, co-founder of Rojo Networks Inc. was there tonight:

Rojo means “RSS with mojo” and in this spirit our company is dedicated to providing the best RSS feed reader around so that busy people can manage and read content as efficiently as possible. Our vision is that the next generation of feed reading requires new forms of organization so we built in the ability to tag your world, your content, your feeds, and even your friends. We believe that analytics and community based features are what make feed reading accessible and appealing to technophiles and new consumers alike so we provide RojoBuzz, which tracks which webpages are most linked-to by the feeds you read. With Rojo’s community features you can share stories, feeds, tags, contacts, and profile information with your friends and colleagues, making it easy to find, discover, and share interesting content.

Coincidentally, I’m currently looking for an alternative to Waggr (my very first RSS reader). Waggr was a good tool to get me started with RSS, and it has served me well up until now. But at 120+ RSS feeds, I need something a little more convenient.

Ted Rheingold of dogster was there:

Dogster :: For the love of dog. Site to post and share dog photos and facts. Let every canine and pooch have a webpage.


We are dog freaks and computer geeks who wanted a canine sharing application that’s truly gone to the dogs. Such a site didn’t exist, so we built it ourselves. The fluffy love is backed with serious technology and years of coding experience under our collars. Dogster has since become more contagious than kennel cough.


Oh, and Technorati was there, of course, Ryan King was there, announcing the launch of

One of the problems with tagging is that its so cool that everyone’s doing it. This means that there’s no way for people to keep track of all the different tagging sites out there.

So, in order to keep track of all the tagging sites out there, we (Eran and I) have built, the World’s First Social Social Tagging Site Tagging Site.


Sunday, July 24th, 2005

Let’s see how this goes …

Hustle & Flow

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

Plot Outline (IMDB): With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful rapper.

Nah, I’m not so convinced. Of course, you may beg to differ.

Why Plame matters

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Excellent live coverage on C-SPAN today of A Special Joint Oversight Hearing on the National Security Consequences of Disclosing the Identity of a Covert Intelligence Officer by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Their website offers a full transcript of the hearing (PDF).

Interesting to listen to what these witnesses had to say (and it wasn’t pretty):

  • Larry Johnson, Former CIA Analyst
  • Colonel W. Patrick Lang (retired), Former Director, Defense Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Service
  • James Marcinkowski, Former CIA Case Officer
  • David MacMichael, Former Senior Estimates Officer, National Intelligence Council
  • Mel Goodman, Former Senior CIA Analyst

Wikipedia has more coverage of the Plame affair and has a chronology of events titled The Wilson-Plame-Novak-Rove Blame Game.