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A Mixin with Vernon Singleton

From our classroom at DeVry in Orlando Florida, we bring you a geek mixin. To our host, DeVry University, and to all the new folks who came for this discussion, thank you, and welcome to our group.

Topic:  Social Software
  • Q: What is social software?
  • A: If it's vulnerable to spam, it's social software
  • How to defeat a captcha, and what does that have to do with social software?
  • Q: What creates, defines, shapes, and establishes a community or cultures.
  • A: Agreed agreements.
  • Many2many
Blogs ___ Casting
  • What is podcasting? ... screencasting?
  • The enclosure tag in RSS 2.0 ... Dave Winer
  • TWiT - This week in Tech - Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries.
  • Skype - internet telephony
  • casting 5 openalpha
  • rss 5 Ebay <- VeriSign <-
Social Bookmarking, tagging, and the semantic web
  • Great overview of ... Social Bookmarking Tools (I): A General Review.
  • Joshua Schachter
  • From the mailing list:
    "It's interesting to degree to which this replicates spam alternatives. Mine is the blacklist/filter out strategy: Exclude the unwanted down to a manageable S/N -- disadvantage being frequent pruning and increasingly baroque strategies. Advantage being preservation of serendipity. Tom's is the whitelist/filter in strategy: Include only the obviously relevant people and tags -- disadvantage being loss of serendipity, advantage being great stability in set up over longer time periods." -- Clay Shirky
  • What is flickr?
  • Earthquake
  • is an open source, also
  • Mini "interview" with Steve Mallet, creator of (i.e. email excerpts):
  • Q: does the code base have any features to prevent spam on the site yet?
  • A: No, but we're moving to a new code base soon:
  • Q: Is there a corresponding url to on the site?
  • A: Not yet. See last ...
  • Q: Is there a mailing list for
  • A: No, but I'll be setting up a more general bookmarking & specific mailing list.
  • unalog - open source written in python ... perl folks seem to like it also they have related code.
  • tagzania - - tagging the planet! ... tags with lat + long entended info ... creative!
  • RawSugar is a searchable with automagic, hierarchical clustering. (Users can also manually create hierarchical tag sets.) So, instead of seeing a long list of links on the left and a long list of tags on the right, at RawSugar you see a list of links on the bottom and your top-level tag categories on the top. The higher level tags are automatically propagated to the lower level ones. So far there is no way for users to publish their tag sets so others can use them.
  • frassle - your weblog | aggregator | studio - manage information overload
  • furl - yet another social bookmarking site
  • Semantic Web - a project intending to create a universal medium for info exchange by giving meaning (semantics), in a manner understandable by machines, to the content of documents on the Web.
  • tagging 1 - lets you list your books, tag them, and share the list with others.
  • tagging 1 The Web-based Office will have its day
  • tagging 2 Early AJAX Office Applications
  • Greasemonkey - a Firefox plug which lets you to add bits of DHTML ("user scripts") to any web page to change its behavior.
  • Jon Udell's Weblog - some people are good enough to get paid for it. Check out his screencasts!
  • Jon Udell's Screencasts - Here is a great one titled ... "Content, services, and the yin-yang of intermediation"
  • Google ig - AJAX drag and drop customizable personal page for those of us with gmail
  • design 1 Ning - Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for building and using social applications. Social apps are web applications that enable anyone to match, transact, and communicate with other people.
  • design 2 fckeditor - sigh
  • design 3 10 best bookmarklets
  • Q: What is RSS?
  • Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91)
  • RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
  • Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)
  • Digg - rather than allowing an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.
  • Diggnation - videos made by the creators of Digg, where they comment on the latest "diggs"
  • Digg vs. Slashdot- Slashdot started out right with moderated comments ... digg just took that to the front page ... not enough overthrow commander taco, but may raise his eyebrows so that he checks diggs before deciding ... all in all cmdr taco benefits, and Kevin Rose scales Digg, and they all continue to make more money than us ...
  • Yahoo! white paper ... RSS - Crossing into the Mainstream ... Yahoo! Groups is popular ... imagine that
  • Tim Yang's doku wiki ...things you can do with rss ...
  • speaking of Tim Yang ... check out his RSS feed generator called scrappygoo
  • Feedburner - itunes compatible RSS generator ... helps you create, publicize and distribute your podcast.
  • Feeder an application for publishing RSS feeds on Mac OS X with FULL show notes in the feed with the audio.
  • Technoogle - a blogger has a nice list of RSS ping sites.
  • Bloglines - a web interface for your RSS feeds.
  • technorati - popular like, but has gone down hill IMHO.
  • Feedster - top 500 blogs
  • PubSub - Another Newsfeed search engine, but it also helps you turn your searches into RSS feeds like scrappygoo
  • feedshake - merge, sort, filter several feeds into one?
  • Pessemistic about tagging? You may agree with Peter Morville's views on the furtue of tagging
  • Longhorn Hearts RSS (low res)
  • Longhorn Hearts RSS (hi res) - judge for yourself, but don't skip this one.
  • Notes on RSS:
  • RSS 1.0 has a way to include HTML in the feed. RSS 2.0 doesn't. Atom does, and also supports XHTML.
  • RSS 1.0 is extensible in a standard way via namespaces. RSS 2.0 is extended via ad-hoc additions. Atom is extensible via namespaces.
  • RSS has 11 different varieties, 9 if you exclude the two attempts at an RSS 3. Atom has a single variety.
  • Atom is more complicated than RSS 1.0, which is more complicated than RSS 2.0.
  • RSS wins -ATOM death toll
  • rss 1 api
  • rss 2 services
  • rss 3 FeedTree: Collaborative micronews delivery ... brings news feed updates to users, instead of the other way around. FeedTree users work together to share news as soon as it is available. Feed updates arrive immediately, instead of on a polling schedule, making RSS as instantaneous as e-mail
Wiki Search Enough? Rails

This information was compiled and presented in August of 2005.