Archive for October, 2004

new webhost – any suggestions?

new webhost – any suggestions?

My webhost is not renewing any accounts next year, so I’m looking for a new provider to host brainoff.com, etc. Any suggestions?

Important stuff: shell access & nice admin interface (like cpanel X), mail lists, subdomains, mysql, https, 1G storage…

It’s going to be such a pain to move everything over, but maybe a good chance to switch this weblog from Radio to Moveable Type.

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The View from Parliament Hill

The view from Parliament Hill

Some have lamented the transformation of the post-WW2 London skyline. Gaping blitz induced holes filled by New American Century towers, dominate over the city that once was endless steeples and St. Pauls dome. Architecture forcing or reflecting new spiritual focus. My home for the next couple months has a dead on view of BT Tower (reminds me of the sf favorite sutro tower).

London really has no skyline. Sprawling city with no vantage point. Tourist advertising represents the skyline as the greatest hits off the River Thames – Tower Bridge, St Pauls, the Eye, Parliament. Should rightly throw in the Gherkin and a (revitalized?) Battersea Power Station.

The view from Parliament Hill. All I saw were construction cranes dotting to the horizon. And maybe construction cranes are the true skylines of today’s cities, new steeples dedicated to continual redifinition. They’re never continually located, yet always present in new configurations, tweaking the city with surgical precision, for as long as economics propels them.

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Flickr

Flickr

Trying out flickr! Here’s some manually placed images from the start of my photo stream.




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My Yahoo! Search Beta

My Yahoo! Search Beta

My posts lately have been taken over by My Yahoo. They must be doing something right.

This seems like it could be big. Search through complete dynamic content of bookmarked sites. Retains source of bookmark. RSS feeds. Could be big.

Some things. Import: everyone has been collecting bookmarks in some form in some other system. even yahoo bookmarks. Categories: should be able to assign to multiple categories. In that super flexible del.icio.us way. Collective intelligence. API: open that sucker up, so 3rd party apps can easily tap into this thing.

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My Yahoo 2 RSS : it’s back

My Yahoo 2 RSS : it’s back

myy2rss has relaunched! (down since the server was upgraded)

What this does: converts personalized My Yahoo modules into RSS feeds.
Currently offered are Stock Quotes, Weather, Movie Listings, and Yahoo Mail . You enter your Yahoo ID and password, and subscribe to the RSS links provided. Your details are encrypted and not stored.

Yes, that’s Yahoo Mail in RSS. Like the GMail Atom feeds discovered and disappeared today.

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the new My Yahoo!

the new My Yahoo!

It’s cool. RSS. app-like dhtml-y UI w/o roundtrip to the database. dhtml-y stuff can be extended to do more desktop RSS aggregator like features. Content search. The major change as I see it is the dissolve of the barrier between “modules” and “content”. This was always a confusing concept. Editing by search is a lot more natural.

However in the search results it’s not immediately evident what type of content has turned up, and can require a lot of text scanning. Some small visual clues as to the type of content could clear up these results pages.

It’s a great revision, though there’s of course ways to go. My Yahoo is definitely focused on the user. Yahoo as a whole hasn’t cultivated developers .. will that change?. The Google API has got a bit of hype, but really it’s been a let down .. functionality and queries are extremely limited. There’s no business model. Amazon API roles it all out, cause the bottom line is getting a purchase. Yahoo has a chance to break out here.

Bloglines is pushing some awesome and essential services: rss caching, subscription sync-ing. Business model? Suppose that comes through its partnerships with aggregator software. Yahoo can do this technically. But it is the business relationships which start to make bloglines an attractive acquisition.

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