Jon Udell: Personal RSS Aggregators. Quote: “Has RSS run out of steam? Quite the opposite. There's more action than ever, but it's shifted into a decentralized mode. That's just what the RSS network needed to do in order to truly operate at Internet scale. “ Comment: Jon Udell's last column for Byte. [Serious Instructional Technology]
FBI Given Broad Authority to Monitor “The Justice Department sharply eased restrictions on domestic spying Thursday, handing the FBI broad, new authority to monitor Internet sites, libraries, churches and political organizations for clues to terrorist plots…. Ashcroft, claiming FBI agents in the field have been hampered by a range of bureaucratic restrictions, said the new… Continue reading FBI Given Broad Authority to Monitor
'Star Wars' Franchise Needs Helping Han “I realized after seeing 'Episode I' what was wrong with this new 'Star Wars' series, despite its visual wonders: No Han Solo. The new series has no everyman, no skeptic. Who am I to relate to? Where am I up on that screen? We viewed the action in the… Continue reading 'Star Wars' Franchise Needs Helping Han
PDAs make easy pickings for data thieves. Flaky security hands crooks bank details and more [The Register]
A must-have book for Linux developers. Cameron Laird: A must-have book for Linux developers “The best thing you can do for your servers and the programs you host is to buy your own copy of Thomas A. Limoncelli and Christine Hogan's book, The Practice of System and Network Administration. This new book, though aimed at… Continue reading A must-have book for Linux developers
Supporting Multiple-Location Users. Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, May 26, 2002. About half of the users now access the Internet from more than one location. Despite the implications of this for service design, many systems assume that users remain bound to a single computer. [ia/ – news for information architects] Another interesting quote from the article: I… Continue reading Supporting Multiple-Location Users
Disclosing Interests That Macromedia is considered fair game, and somehow the pros are not, shows you how screwed up the system is. We should certainly be circumspect of vendors who turn into journalists, but we should be more circumspect of reporters who accept the conflicts of their employers without disclosing them. The vendor who puts… Continue reading
That Macromedia is considered fair game, and somehow the pros are not, shows you how screwed up the system is. We should certainly be circumspect of vendors who turn into journalists, but we should be more circumspect of reporters who accept the conflicts of their employers without disclosing them. The vendor who puts on the journalism hat has a clearly disclosed interest. The reporter who doesn't dare to report on his employer, when it's material, and fails to disclose this, is much less of a journalist, imho, than the amateur with the clearly disclosed interest.
. . . journalists, pros, people whose job it is to be unconflicted, who don't disclose, set up a dangerous situation where the public believes it's being informed, but is not. This is especially important now, because their employers are playing some nasty tricks. Can we trust the pros to shine the light on them when it requires shining?
A preview quote from the upcoming piece. “Many of the professional reporters work for an industry that's getting in position to rape the Internet. How many of them, like Mr X, won't challenge their employers, or even have the guts to put up a clear disclaimer on their site?” [Scripting News
Register: BBC hijacks TiVo recorders [Adam Curry's Weblog]
Florida Virtual Library. On Friday, we discussed the forthcoming plan for a Florida Virtual Library and saw examples of potential components [LibraryPlanet.com]
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