Archive for October, 2005

Bring it on!

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Tagcamp opened its doors tonight and even though I only got there after the presentations it’s been quite worth the drive up.

I enjoyed some very good conversations with Stowe, David, Marnie, Marshall, Justin and Kimbro.

Some of the tools we looked at, played with, and talked about:


blummy is a tool for quick access to your favorite web services via your bookmark toolbar. It consists of small widgets, called blummlets, which make use of Javascript to provide rich functionality (such as bookmarklets).

See also Marshall’s review Bookmarklet Overload? Check out Blummy.

Fagan Finder

Fagan Finder is a website designed as a tool, to help people find things, and it is meant to be a gateway to the Internet, a quality home page. Compare this to several websites. Like a search engine, we have searching capability, but we have many different searches. Like an exclusive directory, we include searching to or links only to high quality websites. Like a guide, we try to help you in your search experience.


Welcome to elfURL, where we make giant URLs shorter. Some say our elves make the smallest URLs around. Our URLs are not ‘tiny’ but they certainly are small. Why use our elves? They provide free stats, rel-tags and tags – that’s why! is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others.

I’ve been using since June 2005 (in its most basic form). At WikiSym 2005, I came across a more sophisticated usage, which I shared tonight: tag voting and “tag time warping”. Tonight, I learned how to actually make tag bundles.


Friday, October 28th, 2005

I’ll be at Tagcamp tonight.

Wie ich blogge?! - Poll on blog usage in German-speaking countries

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Just completed this poll about blog usage in German-speaking countries (mainly Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Some background on this project (in German).

Wie ich blogge?!

Trip home

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

I’m headed for a quick trip to Cologne, Germany the week of November 7.

Watch Wordpress closely

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Matt is leaving CNET to work on some blog tool.

It’s not unreasonable to expect

… projects so shiny they don’t even have names yet …

Pironet NDH to release pirobase 6.0

Friday, October 21st, 2005

This just in:

Pironet NDH at Systems 2005 with new version of pirobase CMS

Cologne, Germany, October 21, 2005; At this year’s Systems, the Pironet NDH Group presents the new release 6.0 of their content management software pirobase CMS for the first time. The product will be available as of October 28, 2005. The central functional elements are the process orientation, structured processing of information, multi-channel publishing and seamless integration into existing IT infrastructures and portal server scenarios. All user interfaces feature a completely new, modern and user-optimised design.

I’ve known Pironet for a long time (from when they were only about 30 people, through their IPO in 2000, and - most recently - as a contractor). This had been in the works for some time when I left in April, and I hope it does well.

I’d like to take a look at it. Yet another reason to go back on a visit to Germany, I guess.


Friday, October 21st, 2005

Tim and Kai just launched Krautshow a few hours ago:


A german point of view. A podcast. A pleasure.

Listen to their first episode (mp3, 22.7MB, 0:22:33).

Krautshow does current events coverage, provides deep philsophical thought, and tackles some real imporant issues. Heck, it’s a real radio show - cliffhanger and all.

What distinguishes a good wurst from a bad wurst? Now that’s just awesome! Congrats, guys!

Lap-POP! - APA Blogging Night with Locus Arts!

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

I’m at Lap-POP! - APA Blogging Night with Locus Arts! in San Francisco. It’s great!

Playing with Flock

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

I’m posting this using Flock, a new browser, which is publicly available as of today. It’s still version 0.4.8 (and I hope it won’t break things, at least not too badly).

If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in Flock, they are scheduled to demo their product tomorrow night at 8pm at the Techcrunch meetup/party along with a bunch of other interesting new tools.

I’m starting to really like the energy here in the Valley.

Taking on WikiSpam with Eaton

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

The first tangible results have come out of WikiSym 2005 already:

Peter Kaminski of Socialtext had the idea for a CGI wrapper which eventually - during the course of WikiSym 2005 - became Eaton - A Bouncer for WikiSpam and Blog Spam. Eric Kim describes Fighting WikiSpam: Eaton and Shared Blacklists. Sunir Shah prepared the WikiSpam Workshop at WikiSym, which gave an excellent overview of the state of the art tools and techniques for fighting spam.

I’m sure there will be a Wordpress plugin at some point that uses a shared blacklist to fight blog spam in the same way Eaton does.