Cory Doctorow: "Feeding the query string 'http' to Google causes it to barf up all the pages in its database in order of their PageRank value."
Candidate for best named blog of 2002.
Megnut: "Hell hath no fury like a woman determined to speak French."
A minor change to the RSS spec re <skipHours>.
Now that the election is over I can say who I nominated for the annual Wired Rave Awards coming up in January.
Lance offers two happy stories of Copenhagen.
Macromedia announces Contribute. Desktop software for editing static HTML sites.
Paolo has questions and comments about Contribute.
Norm Meyrowitz explains the vision of Contribute.
So the $64,000 question -- did Macromedia support standards like the Blogger API and the MetaWeblog API, or did they invent their own using XML-RPC and SOAP, or did they invent their own protocols, or do they just use FTP, or did they build a closed system, or..? I don't see any communication to the content management community in their kit of press releases. Missed opportunity? Or did I miss the architecture doc?
Stefan Rinner says "They use FTP or mounted server-volumes."
Kuro5hin: Shortcomings of today's RSS systems.
Subscribable folders, as requested yesterday, are not a new thing. Lots of correspondence. Various flavors of Unix have had it for a long time, and Gnome does, as does Nautilus, so one should expect Chandler will build on this in some way (Andy Hertzfeld being the common denominator). BeOS did quite a good job with this, according to several people who were in and around Be. There's some hope because one of the key Be developers now works at Apple. I emailed with Steve Zellers, he knows what I want and how much I want it. I got dozens of pointers to AppleScript's folder actions, but I don't think that's what we're looking for. I want a super-lean direct connect from the OS to my app. User drops a new file in a folder. Bing. My code is running. Thanks for all the info. Scripting News remains the best way to do quick broad cross-culture technical research.
Brent Simmons: "FNSubscribe is what you're looking for on OS X." Steve Zellers points out that this routine requires the cooperation of the program doing the writing. That's a deal-stopper. Our current method catches all changes, it's just not as fast as it would be if the OS did the notification.
Rob Fahrni sends a pointer to the low-level Win32 routine for directory change notification.
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