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We're all going on a summer holiday
no more working for a week or two.
Fun and laughter on our summer holiday,
no more worries for me or you,
for a week or two.
We're going where the sun shines brightly
we're going where the sea is blue.
we've all seen it on the movies,
now let's see if it's true.
Everybody has a summer holiday
doin' things they always wanted to
So we're going on a summer holiday,
to make our dreams come true
for me and you.
for me and you.
This is just the thing I want for my graphic headers that I produce everyday. I could search for images that are pertinent to the news headlines of the day. Even adding custom words that relate to a category. War, sex, blog... This could be a lot of fun, and though most of the images sure maybe copyright, certainly fair use.
Asked how many Symbian applications are running on his phone (a Nokia 6600).
"Not one," he says. He simply doesn't see a mass market for software. Instead, he thinks, most people will want "a lot of things you can get on the Internet on your phone translated as a service, piece by piece".
The appetite for data cannot be underestimated - people are just looking at the wrong type. It's just not going to be download or video data - it's going to be transaction data.
You already don't carry money or a ticket with you. I have a wireless card for my car and I don't carry keys: if only I could get rid of my wallet! Then my passport. This has a very high consumer appeal, but you've got to make it easy to access.
The reality is that trying to push everything into everything just doesn't make sense. We'll see an unfolding of more things like the iPod - focused at a particular consumer solution. Everything doesn't go into there. Where you can break out groups of functions - the phone and the camera may work for some segments but not others; some might never want it, or might never use it. As we get more and more digital, all this complexity has to be tamed in a way that the consumer can access it.
So what innovation and what services do you think we are going to see?
Ask yourself, what are people going to with all their pictures in the future? What are they going to do? Is writing to CD-ROM really safe? Sorry - it's gone in a few years. Are people going to do a 3-stage offering, or make one of their copies in an alternative geographical location? Nobody does that.
No one has designed architecture for the home. We've got Wi-Fi and broadband and Bluetooth but there's no way to put it all together.
You have to tackle the product offering yourself. You start doing something vertically because you can't work with everybody. So somebody has to break through, starting with a niche.
Whoever does this has got to do the hardware, and the software, and the systems infrastructure, and not many people can do that; and they must have a brand that the consumer respects. On the one hand they have to be known for style going into the home, and on the other be able to manage infrastructure. And they've got to be big.
So they need to establish a beach-head, and some companies wouldn't even bother to try to cross this chasm. And it needs a really big organization to be able to deliver. So I don't even know if they know they should be doing this.
"The Microsoft Internet Explorer Weblog"
With three posts and
19 comments. Man, they've got a long way to catch up with Firefox. But
they did that before. My first browser was NCSA Mosaic, a few months
later out came Netscape 1...
Browser history: Mid-1995 to late-1996 was a very busy time for both NN and MSIE; it seemed like every week one company or the other was releasing a new beta or final version to the public, each seemingly trying to one-up the other.
Merely by announcing the killing off of MSIE6 this weblog
will make me happy. As a web designer, it's such a PIA. Trying to write
CSS gave me lasting nightmares and a triple length project. I love
Firefox, it love tabs, I love extensions, I love user friendly
I have been told of websites that needed content management systems, as most frequently updated websites need these days. However, one site in particular, which has had a content management system written especially for them has me aghast at the waste of public money.
Over the past 4 years that it has taken to write this system, the company developing it has charged around £100,000 each year.
The RSS feed cost £12,000 to develop. To add department or category RSS feeds will cost another £2,000. I could list several simple components that cost this sort of money, for example, It uses a shortcut sytem that that is so tricky to use, that it isn't used. This cost £15,000.
It uses it's own desk top application, which is not user friendly.
I'm not saying that the company developing this platform, for that's what it is, has ripped off or cheated. I believe they have worked hard. Some of the money came from an IT grant (still, public money).
Each Manila installation can handle, to my knowledge over 1,000 sites, take over 150,000 dynamic page builds per day (though statically rendered pages can take much, much more—obviously).
It's UI is far, far, superior, with 7year old children using quite merrily, it's been around for 4½ years with hundreds of thousands of users, so it's been bug tested to hell and back.
When Radio Userland is connected up to Manila, then you have an out of this world, powerful desktop CMS application. Radio, itself opens up several orders of magnitude of functionality on top of a Manila site's functionality. Throw a developer in there and you'd have more easy to use features than you could shake a stick at.
The list price for a Manila installation is nearly £600 (plus some developer time for that extra 5%). Against nearly £500,000 for a CMS that nobody else will use. What's worse? I know of several other departments thinking they need to spend hundreds of thousands also! There seems to be two reasons: 1) the hard-on of spending so much taxpayer's money, 2) the apparent comfort in thinking, "it must be worth it."
Perhaps I should tender with Manila's functionality yet at a price that's one thousand times more than it's six hundred quid, take an afternoon to install it and use the rest of my life trout fishing.
Come on Dave Winer, get the open source Frontier out there, I've been XML-RPC'ing my pix into Manila for years. Certainly it could Atom into TypePad or any other content management system just as easy, (except Blogger which is too primitive).
Mini SD memory card
This is probably the beastie for me, only it looks as though it's only for the Taiwan market. I wonder if there's a grey import market in phones. If there isn't there should be.
Just a bummer that I'd probably not be able to send an MMS with 3.2Mb, that it would get squished to 30k. Oh, well, it's all academic anyway. Pity I'm not allowed to do what I want.
Last week, for instance, used copies of Alexander McCall Smith's detective novel "Tears of the Giraffe," which was No. 5 on Amazon's paperback best-seller list, sold for 55 cents, compared to Amazon's list price of $9.56.
If you're a regular MSN visitor, this overhaul is a windfall. You woke
up one morning last week to find that the MSN Search page was faster,
cleaner and Googler.
I've never tried this engine. And by the sound of the review, shan't be swapping out Google — not for a long time, me thinks.
Still need to sort my archives so they aren'r indexed by Google. Thus, only pages that would be returned from Google would be the google juice pages — one post per page.
"...contributions represent perspectives from Rhetoric,
Communication, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Linguistics, and Education,
Plenty of high level thought here. A selection of essays trying to undetstand thereason for blog, their effect and future.(I think.)
One of the problems I had with it, back in the old days, was Mozilla not allowing so many bookmarks into one folder. Imagine, each folder would have 200 or so bookmarks. And I had several Manila sites to manage... Too many bookmarks for poor old Moz. I think that should have changed now.
I think I have a neat way of using google as a more dedicated search box for my site. By adding a string categories/personal/2003/06
I can search just a directory. Only it is contaminated by my
archives(need to check my meta noIndex), and I need to clean up
the hints some way. It just cries out for a macro, with radio
buttons for category search and search depth.
<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex,follow">
Another blog RSS tracking service: "blogsnow: what blogs link to
you know first"
Barebones but useful—if it had a feed.
One of the comments: "You really do have to find something
you're passionate about so you want to take the time and energy to
Three million passions.
I liked the
graphs of increasing usage. Another 5,997 million to go.
It's even worse than that. What am I building here? A relationship network. Can you outsource that? Well, word would get around fast that the relationship had changed.
- 9.2 megapixel
But the upside is we'll be happily sitting in our mortgaged homes high on prescription drugs stroking our huge penises.
In 1977 there were 150 Elvis impersonators. By 1999 there were 35,000. If this rate of growth continues, by the year 2019, more than one third of the world's population will be Elvis impersonators.
Is this a good thing? I mean, they're the guys with 9 million members, a large majority bitching about sluggish response times, etc. so they should know, but it seems awfully strange to me
Who's the biggest, fastest server beast in the jungle?
When I publish the front page or a category's index page, Radio looks for a #dayTemplate.psd (note the file type there—Photoshop document) and writes the text through this template in Photoshop. Currently, I'm only using two text layers: one for the day, one for the title.
Once I have the macros working as I want, then I'll look at writing clear background gifs, and ensuring the length of the titles aren't a problem. And other fun refinements.
Increase your Google-Fu: the coolest search operators aren't documented on google.com at all. [Dicussed on MeFi]
Another one of those sheets you'll need to print out and stick above your screen. Being good at googling is vital.
Bertelsmann: The no-frills version
will look virtually identical to a pirate copy, with only the title
printed directly on the disc. It will cost €9.99 - about £6.70. The
regular version will cost €3 more. It will include a cover and lyrics.
A "luxury" version with additional material and video clips will cost
Maarten Steinkamp, the head of Bertelsmann's BMG record label in Germany said changes in technology meant it was absurd to keep sticking labels on CDs saying "Don't Steal Music, It would be better for us to write, 'Thanks a lot for buying something from us,'" he said.
Does this mean they're throwing ion the towel to downloaders, file sharers and pirates?
This Cognima technology is getting quite a bit of press. I still haven't got a camera phone, but I thought it worked like this anyway. And what's this about MMS pictures being crap, even with 1 megpixel cameras? Do they mean that if you get a 1 Meg photo sent to your mobile, it'll look crap because the screen's so small? Or, does it get shrunk, or otherwise compressed on sending?
"This video shows the user experience of the Cognima Snap service. The
video shows how with Cognima a user can get the photos they take on
their phone onto a web-based photo portal with just one key press"
Windows Media Player (6 MB)
Quicktime (11 MB)
Ah! They get shrunk from 300k to 30k, depending on the phone/service, it seems. And MMS uses GPRS, as it's carrier method anyway. So, one button sending? That's hardly revolutionary. Ideally, I'd like to be able to drop the picture into a folder, like I do with pictures on my PC, and for those to be upstreamed just like Radio Userland does. But somewhere along the way, I'll need to caption and describe the action in the images or pix.
[update—04/07/04:] So, why are mobile phone companies screwing about? They failed with WAP—it was crap, and it looks as though MMS is a mess. Why don't they just open up their GPRS, and have more browsers fitted on phones. Thus, people will have fairly fast web access, and that's all we want. If all mobiles have their own IP address, they can have their own website—right there is a tonne of connectivity.
FeedDemon no longer allows browsing URLs that use the ms-its, ms-itss, its, mk or mhtml protocols (here's why this is necessary).
Maybe I had better think about this for my Manila servers? Though I don't use frames, so we're probably safe.
US Government warns against Internet Explorer .. stop using Microsoft's Internet Explorer .. Oh boy
track this site | 5 links
Heh! Maybe the National Enquirer can do what every web developer dreams of — killing off MSIE.
[Update: 02/07/04] I was using the imageMagick beta, so... And calling through the launch.appWithDocument when I've only used the com.callScript method in the past, and going back to this — it's much better.
I'd better look at the enclosure element in RSS 2.0 too. And as some of my doting father videos are even 30MB big, maybe bitTorrenting them?
Why am I doing this? We're off on holidays in a few weeks, and I want to blog while I'm on the beat, as it were. Last year I came back with 200 pictures in my digicam, took ages to sort out. Hopefully, I'll do most from a phone, adding captions to jpegs and AVIs, or whatever I'll be sending as I do it, on the hoof as it were.