31 May

What is icomic?

iComic:

"Download your favorite web comics, and browse through them offline. Subscribe to your favorite web comics, then collect the latest strips from them."

Nice offline comic micro-browser. Works only on MacOS though. Somehow I see a connection with my previous post…

30 May

IE is Officially Dead

Here’s confirmation of what we had been suspecting for a while: "Legacy OSes have reached their zenith with the addition of IE 6 SP1. Further improvements to IE will require enhancements to the underlying OS."
Atta load of crap.
06/02/03 update: Joel on Software: Internet Explorer 7.0.
06/19/04 update: coming back from the grave, with a Wiki open to users to collect feedback.
02/15/05 update: IE7 – you can no doubt thanks the Firefox team for that one.

29 May

The business of RSS

Jon Udell:

"How do you count subscribers in the RSS network? […] Radio encodes the name/password credentials for these special feeds. As I understand it, this is effectively a group credential shared by all RU users. There’s a relationship between UserLand and the Times, not between individual RU users and the Times. But it’s easy to see how, using standard e-commerce techniques, the Times could arrange to invidualize its relationships with RSS subscribers."

For a personal blog it makes sense to provide free unregistered access to full posts in RSS format, but we’re certainly going to stop doing that for our more commercial ventures.

27 May

blogTalk aftershocks

Heiko Hebig has some good real-world observations about mobile Internet access:

"There you have a crowd of 150 well-equipped gadget freaks and Internet addicts in Western Europe and none of them even considers to convert to [mobile phone-based] data-traffic for as long as the next WLAN hotspot is not too far away and their lives don’t depend on connectivity. Why is that? Is it because one hour of data traffic via your network still costs more than the air fare to Vienna? Is that because I don’t even know how much one hour would cost me when I dial-up from a different network or (even worse) another country?"

24 May

Blog advertising metrics: passion and hubness

Henry Copeland:

"Even as advertisers struggle to fill the two dimensional media that is steadily inflating with bigger screens, more page impressions, more titles and more audiences, they must also learn to cope with the emergence of a new, third media dimension — the networks of relationships that manufacture our opinions. Thanks to blogs and Google, the apocryphal "six degrees of separation" has shrunk to two degrees (at least among blogs), and one million of us are united in a tightly woven network of text links.
With these global and niche intersubjectivities come a new sensibility. We’ve moved from an age of "bcc" to "cc." Each audience can now watch itself consume, evaluate and communicate, and our knowledge of each other’s reactions to an event or product will inevitably influence our own reaction."

22 May

Clearly marking your staging server

Adam Kalsey:

"What you need is a way to make it easy to see which server you are on. Create an include file at the top of each page on the site. On the staging and development servers, the include file consists of a big banner at the top of the page with a colored background and "Staging server" or "Development Server" in big letters. The banner also has links to the other two servers. On the production server, the include file is empty. Now just make that you set up your source-control software to ignore the include file (you are using source control software, aren’t you?) and you