a joke, but it looks like they might be doing something interesting, similar to InfraSearch. They’re wrapping it up with killah funny marketing, that’s for sure. OpenCOLA the software, OpenCOLA the softdrink. Both are open-source. Both from Steelbridge in Toronto.
Jesse Berst gets it. The promise of the web lies in turning it inside out. That’s what it’s always been about, whether “it” is media in general or the WWW specifically. The WWW gets us part way there; fast, always on, internet connections take it a bit further. Symmetrical high speed connections (still rare) take us even further. And the software – whether it’s Gnutella, SETI@home, or whatever – goes still further. It’s also about relationships, not information per se – but at this level, information is a relationship.
in the near-constant back and forth about weblogs and their merits or lack thereof. Captain Cursor’s analysis is quite different than the one I wrote the other night, but I do agree with him that the software does play a role in defining what people do with spaces like this. I don’t really see, however, that there’s anything intrinsic to either Blogger or Manila that suggests shorter posts or links as the jumping-off point for the stuff a weblogger writes. In fact, out of the box it’s probably easier to use Blogger to publish longer pieces with no links. And Manila, although well configured for weblogs at Userland’s publicly hosted sites, is still most at home at a site-wide content management tool, at least if Frontier 5 (its predecessor, the last version I used extensively) was any indication. The influence of Blogger and Manila, to me, has a more important influence on the answer to the preliminary question – will I or won’t I?
that just when you’ve reformatted your hard drive using the 18-gig external you borrowed for a day or two so you decide to reinstall everything just for good computer hygiene (and to combat some pernicious problems) that your CD-ROM decides to crap out on you? Not 10 minutes earlier I’d used the self-same CD-ROM drive to install the OS on the external so that I could calmly and rationally proceed… but it never mounted another disk. Well, it mounted one disk – that containing the formatting software installer. Figures. Murphy squared.
on the issue of software patents: Simson Garfinkel, Patently Absurd, Wired 2.07.