Okay, here's a funny one from MarkTaw (I blogged about his procrastination article a few posts back)...
In other news, I will be removing and reimplementing my trackback in a few hours; I would kindly suggest nobody try to trackback me just yet (as if anybody has considered doing so at all; this blogging thing is really getting to my self-centered, egoistic side). The reason why is that in my opinion, in blogdrive blogs manual Haloscan trackback should be implemented individually in each blog post instead of in the template. More details soon™.
In a preliminary rush, I've managed to implement Haloscan trackback and commenting on my blog...
More information ASAP...
Real Soon Now™, Heh :p
By the way folks, one of my Best Buddy in the World™ has finally started blogging; check out D Pojok
I read a Wired article on the Firefox phenomenon a few days ago; it was on the February print edition. In it I read that several members of the Firefox developers were taking reflection time after the 1.0 release, having been 'elevated' to 'Code-Fu Master' statuses (and the job offers that come with said statuses). Mr. Goodger, having been offered several high-paying positions, had taken a long roadtrip from
California to Colorado Silicon Valley to Seattle and back to reflect. Wired said that Ben had decided to stay with Mozilla.
As it turns out, confirmed by himself in his blog, as of January 10, 2005 Ben Goodger has actually decided to move to Google. Although his role in Google will remain as Firefox lead developer.
Well I say good for him. He gets to receive a better salary, and he continues to work for his original idealisms. I'd love to be in his shoes (provided they fit me, of course).
And of course I would also love to be able to do what he does for reflection time; [fanboy crap] Without NFSU-style driving, of course :p "Always wear seatbelts and obey the law," Brooke Burke sez :) I still like Mark Devellis better though, "When you feel the Need for Speed, go Underground" [/fanboy crap]
Well anywhoo, major respects for this Ben Goodger dude. I like the way he thinks; like this post he made commenting on open source GUI application UI toolkits, specifically a comparison between MS Visual C++ 6.0 and XCode. I agree with Ben that we should respect Microsoft for some of the good code that they have made. As has been noted everywhere, M$'s code quality has really suffered only as of late (as opposed to just plain usable in their heyday of Word 2.0 and Windows 3.1). Code bloat on most of M$'s latest products has been caused by their lapse in user experience quality control (and subsequent collapse of resolve due to massive criticism), which stems from their de-facto monopoly (no matter what M$ or the courts would say).
I'm not saying that we should replicate M$'s GUI practices (there are, of course, better ideas out there; kudos to freedesktop.org and openusability.org for their efforts), But that monopoly of theirs did not develop out of thin air with MS just sitting on their collective arse; their success stems straight from Sun-Tzu style marketing warfare. And hate hard-ball tactics however badly you want, fact still remains that a good campaign always depend on a solid product (notice I said solid, not necessarily good). If the product really sucks consumers will always see right through it the moment they made contact, but if it works then that's what they'll use. If you doubt that at all, then ask any ordinary computer user from the late eighties to compare Windows 3.1 and Motif; ask them which one the ordinary user can actually use.
Usability. By mere mortals. Computers are for everyone, you dorks! If you FOSS developers still say you want computers for everyone too, then I suggest taking a good, hard look at yourself in the mirror. If you then decide that computers are not for everyone then hey, more power to you! Just don't go around everywhere forcing everyone to belive that Open-source is the Future of Computing for Everyone™.
Which brings us back to Ben. Congratulations, sir, on your 'pay raise.' I love your work, I use it everyday, I know you didn't do it alone. Keep it up Man; I imagine that at least twenty million people hope you continue to do so :)
addendum:I tried to give Ben's post a trackback ping but I got spat with the message 'you are not allowed to send trackback pings,' and when I tried inserting a comment I get the message 'you are not allowed to post comments.' Needless to say I am annoyed. Like whatever.
written 20:46 2/7/2005
I've got Weezer in my earphones playing at almost maximum volume. My brother had just kicked a pile of shoes after coming home. My sister was at the PC at the time, trying to find out wether her university accepted her in or not. My mom was downstairs ironing clothes silently. I was in my room trying to write something inspirational on paper.
Life is pressure.
You flow. Or you drag others down with you.
Your brother. Sister. Mother.
Unless you live in a forest.
I better send in my CV ASAP.
I hate being this weak.
I know I can stand up stronger to the world.
I know my brother's anger stems from his asking for help.
As my mother's tears.
I can help.
I can get a job.
I will stop wasting money.
I will not give up.
The workers are going home
The workers are going home
The workers are going home
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!
- Weezer - My Name is Jonas
An interesting article on hacking the DMCA.
By Russ Nelson, the current President of the OSI (yes folks, Eric Raymond has stepped down, sorta).
PS.: sorry for not updating with anything significant; I think I'm gonna slow down my blogging...
Back in the early days of the graphical Web, during the early nineties, every personal website has links like these. A bit of community solidarity, supporting freedom, that kinda stuffs. Its kinda like putting bumper stickers on your own personal bit of the Web.
They don't include two notable cyber-movements though: free software and free culture. They get their own link sections.
These cyber-activism links have been around since the '90s. In 'Net years that's about equivalent to Jurassic. But of course if the issues have been resolved they wouldn't be around anymore...
Of course free thinking never rest, so people always come up with new things to complain about. Some of them are even valid complaints...
Here's an interesting blogwalk...
Attracted by an rss feed at my Yahoo! on Technorati Tags, I went to Rebecca's Pocket, read that she and her husband will be lecturing in Tokyo, went to her husband's home page for The Elements of User Experience, then to his blog, discovered 43 folders, and discovered this kuro5hin article explaining procrastination:"Getting Back To Work: A Personal Productivity Toolkit"
Now quit wasting time and get a job! I Mean Now™!
A blind man paints! And our visual perception model is whacked!
I met a blind man who taught me how to see, yeah
A blind man who could change night into day
And if-a I can, I'm gonna make you come with me, yeah
Cause a-here comes the sun and we'll be chasin' all the cloudsaway
- Aerosmith - Blind Man
I think I discovered the Kevin Sites Blog while googling for the most popular blogs. I defined 'most popular' as being sites which have more than 10.000 other sites linking to it (discovered by typing
link:[site-uri] in Google's search box). He doesn't update often, but when he does it certainly is worth the wait. This is a good thing, since he is a professional freelance journalist with a Ph.D. And it shows in his writings.
Here's his latest, about observations made while visiting Acheh, entitled "Black Plastic."
Ha! A pledge of Real Soon Now™ is actually fulfilled...
This is actually an article I've been meaning to write a long time ago. I first got interested while trying to find out how to get myself a freebie Moveable Type blog. And then there was the time I followed Wordpress (which also supports Trackback) from a Wired article, which lead me to discover The Anybrowser Campaign. And then there's my discovery, from the links section of Erratic Chants of HyperrealitYog's (now named YOGASM), which uses HaloScan for its commenting system instead of Blogspot's homebrew system.
There's a lot of talk over the years since Moveable Type's release of the trackback open spec with MT 2.2. Initally it was exciting. Then there was the complaint that it was hard for people to implement it. Then came Haloscan. And mere mortals still don't use Trackback, even though it was now free as in free beer, even if you use freebie blog services. People still perceive it as too much hastle with too little benefit.
So then, what exactly is Trackback?
The simplest description of Trackback technology I can manage, is that Trackback is a way for blogs to talk to each other. How do blogs talk to each other? Don't humans do that? I mean some of us use blogs to talk about ourselves but...
And yes we sometimes do talk about each other in our blogs (or about each others' blog(s) in each others' blogs), heck we talk about anything here! And we've done it so far without any help from trackback technology. Now wouldn't all this talking be more fun if we can talk to each other instead of becoming like crazy people that only want to talk to him/herself? Or something like that... Now how does trackback make it more fun to talk to each other in this cool, fun, great, big, revolutionary conversation? (OK, perhaps I'm overrating here). Lets look at it this way: trackback technology allows our blogs to 'ping' each other (that is, to send PHP notification packets to each other on the Internet) that lets our own comments, posted on our own blog as a response to other blog posts, to be displayed in the blog post that we commented upon as trackback comments.
Yah wel at least I tried...
I guess the simplest explanation for how trackback technology is applied to MT blogs is available here [from Michael Pusateri]. Its the oldest trackback explanation article on the net, and still the simplest and most popular. And then there's an explanation by Mena and Ben Trott, creators of Movable Type and TrackBack who made their own page explaining TrackBack for Beginners shortly after the Cruftbox original. Ben and Mena's article is more detailed than Mr. Pusateri's (and it also shows other uses of Trackback other than remote commenting). The MT developers also maintain a Trackback weblog, though the last time it was updated was on June 2004 (at the time of this writing).
But how does Trackback apply to all other blogs? Isn't it supposed to be an open specification? That's where Haloscan comes in. Back in the old days before trackback, Haloscan was a site that provides a commenting system for blogs that don't support it. You know, that little link at the bottom of blog posts that you click on, then a small window pops up (or you're moved to a different page), and then you can write something back at me. And when Trackback appeared with MT 2.2, Haloscan made an implementation that applies trackback commenting (sometimes referred to as remote commenting) to blogging systems not supporting it natively. Unfortunately Haloscan trackback support was limited to the few services which still cooperated with Haloscan and its commenting system. I've always wanted to apply trackback to my blog, and it was one of the primary reason I had seriously considered moving to Blogger's service (aside from Blogger's XHTML support; but that's a story for another time). At least until Haloscan implemented remote trackback on February 18, 2004.
Haloscan has a tutorial on how to use trackback with its free service. I'll implement it on my blog. Real Soon Now™(sic)
There are other important implications of trackback, and there are also other important blog technologies to talk about, but I think I'll have to save them for some other time. This post looks long enough. Besides, my brain is already haemmoragingly dizzy with all the research I'd done for this single post.
I've definitely spent more time blogging (and 'netting) than what would be considered financially 'healthy' in Indonesia. If only I can make a living being a professional blogger. Or at least to make it a profitable hobby. I'd have to live in the west to do that... One can dream, of course ;)
addendum: Haloscan also has a usefull trackback faq, linked from the Haloscan trackback tutorial I mentioned above.
I don't write intellectually. I write expressively. I don't claim to be accurate, fair or thorough. I don't wanna get stuck on certain topics. Though I sometimes do. But not that often. I'd like to expand. I wanna write more poems. But I'll only upload them if they're good. I only rant about my life's hardships if it will rescue just a little bit of my sanity. I'm saner than I make myself out to be, though.
If I am an OS kernel, and I just had a kernel dump, I'd imagine that the text in this blog is what it would more or less look like.
There. Do you get it?
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