Thu, 18 May 2017

JSON Feed

As someone who lived through the Syndication Wars, I find this interesting.

I’m way older and balder than last time. I also have a 4-year-old, so I’m sitting this one out. It looks like a PyBlosxom plugin would be a Saturday afternoon project or so, but I don’t really have Saturday afternoons free anymore.

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016

Ḭͯ'͓̤̹̗͓ͣ͆m̨̼̺̆́ I͈̦̭͘n̥̳̯̓ Y̮͚ͦ̈́r T̵͓͈̪̯ó̻͒o̾̆l̜͓̩̳ͯͅc̙̙̮̟̅ͣḫ̖ͤ̚͡a̪ͧ́in̥̦͕̱͎,̢̩̠̫ B̪̥̖̟͈̾͘r͉̠̱ͫ͘e̠͚͙̹̻a̙̦̻͔k̬̜͕̠̭i̟̫̰̲̝̋n̖̱͓̲̗̋̑'͆̊͝ Ỹ̨̪̺r̕ I̖ͧ̔n͇̿̐͠te̦̩͚̓ͦr͔̝͖͕͙ͧn̆͒͜è͈̪̫ͅt̄ͬs͎̻͙̭̭

Every now and then, you need to stress test your tools.

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Mon, 16 Jun 2008

The Trifecta

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Spotted in the wild last week: 3 of the most common "viral" ad-hoc wireless networks while sitting at a single spot.

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Thu, 28 Feb 2008

FriendFeed Seems A-OK So Far

friendfeed thumbnailLike most people who waste a bit too much time online, I’ve reached the point where I have far too many feeds and accounts on “social” websites to keep track of. I tried creating a “life feed” using Yahoo Pipes, but it’s a bit of a PITA because of the varying quality of the feeds produced by these applications (i.e. broken or at least suspect date handling, bad use of GUIDs, etc., and don’t get me started on how the various deficiencies in RSS contribute to this mess) and the fun and games involved in trying to use a graphical scripting environment in a browser.

I understand that Facebook will do something like this, but I’ve vowed to be the last person on earth to get a Facebook account — my (perhaps unfair) opinion is that FaceBook is like MySpace, only without musicians — so I started looking elsewhere. I tried out Mugshot, but something about the “feel” of the service seemed off to me — it seemed like way too much work to get my various feeds and memberships integrated.

Today I tried FriendFeed, which seems to do pretty much what I was hoping with a minimum of setup drama. Hand it a few URLs and it does it’s thing. I’m ffg on the service (of course).

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Fri, 01 Feb 2008

UDP 26185

I’ve been seeing a ton of probes on UDP port 26185. Google has been unhelpful. Anyone else seeing these or know what they mean?

addendum: It looks like the UDP probes are sometimes paired with a TCP probe, like so:

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Thu, 01 Nov 2007

Importing An Atom Feed Into Wordpress 2.3.1 via Atompub

Considering this was one of the original use cases for the Atom Syndication format and api, this should be really, really easy, right? I have a valid Atom 1.0 feed that I want to pour into a new Wordpress installation. In theory, I should be able to basically just pipe the Atom feed into the Atompub endpoint, right? Has anyone actually done this on Wordpress 2.3.x? I’ll add anything I find to this entry for the sake of others wanting to do the same thing.

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Wed, 20 Dec 2006

CAPTCHAs Don't Work?

Maybe it’s just because I’m a blogger who never posts (okay, that’s almost certainly it) but recent arguments that CAPTCHAs have failed as a means of stopping blog comment spam befuddle me. Honestly, I used to get dozens of comment spams a day (sometimes hundreds) and since implementing CAPTCHAs I get maybe one a month. It’s true that I get almost no legitimate comments either, but like I said, that’s mostly because I wrote maybe a dozen real entries in all of 2006…

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Fri, 20 Oct 2006

Highlight Reel: Today's Spam Authors

  • Scobelizer Rael
  • manmethod busta rhymesmica jaggermike
  • Defectors North
  • drumnbass .Confirmed
  • Consuela Degarmo
  • Draven Chadd
  • Sopheap Hotard

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Sat, 18 Feb 2006

John Lydon Said It Best

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”

“The RSS Advisory Board, when it existed, performed a support function.” (link)

Syndication politics are every bit as twisted as any soap opera you’ll see on daytime television. Only without the sex. And with a bunch of bearded fat guys in place of the pretty models.

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Sun, 25 Dec 2005

Info-Mac Retires

Adam Engst of TidBITS spends some time talking about the retirement of the Info-Mac Network. I’ll pour a little on the ground for Info-Mac — it was one of the first internet services I ever used. Back when I was a freshman at university (1985) and started seriously using Macs for the first time, the Info-Mac mailing list was probably the first mailing list subscription I ever had. It was probably the closest thing to a worldwide Mac user group in existence at this time. About once a day, a mailing of Mac questions and answers was sent out, along with archive listings for various freeware programs (shareware didn’t exist yet. Neither did spam.)

At this time, I was mostly using lab computers around campus. These machines were networked to the campus network using “line drivers”, which were little serial dongles that tied back to an SCP (I think it stood for Secondary Communications Processor) in the lab’s wiring closet at a blazing 19200bps. Those SCPs tied into the campus network. What this meant is that you could attach to one of the campus mainframes, UM or UB, and do stuff in a VT100 emulator. You could download from the Info-Mac archive to your mainframe account using FTP. You'd then have to use Kermit in your terminal emulator to actually get it down from the mainframe to a local machine. At some point, they deployed a short-lived standard called SLFP that let you do TCP/IP over phone lines (1200 or 2400 bps) or over the faster “direct” connections in the labs. I remember using a program called Macnet SLFP to download files from Info-Mac. We were amazed at the blazing speeds of the downloads — at 19.2k, even the huge programs of the day (300-500 kb) came down in just a few minutes.

The majority of the software I used to use in those days came via Info-Mac (go sumex-aim.stanford.edu!), so it has a warm place in my heart.

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Tue, 09 Aug 2005

Google News Searches Available As Syndicated Feeds

People have been wanting this ever since Google News launched, and now they’ve finally added the ability to subscribe to news search results, with no more need for hacks or screenscraping. Here’s a feed of news that contains the name of my hometown. Mom, if you click that link in Safari, you can follow the local news even from Florida. :)

As for complaining about one’s pet format not getting exclusive billing, stop that, it only makes you look like a ranting grump.

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Sat, 30 Jul 2005

PSP and Ubiquitous Wireless Access

I had my newly 2.0 PSP with me all day today as we did our usual Saturday running around. One thing is that you can use the network setup config screen as a sort-of ghetto Wi-Fi sniffer. :) It’ll list any networks it detects, along with the SSID, signal strength (as a percentage, of what, I wonder), and the type of security (currently none, WEP, and WPA-TKIP are detected.) There were wireless networks nearly everywhere we stopped today, about half of them secured. 802.11 is truly ubiquitous nowadays.

Anyway, a truly portable web browsing device is really a big deal when teamed up with Wi-Fi everywhere. I spent some time sipping a lemonade at my favorite free Wi-Fi spot and casually browsing on the PSP, and it’s a much less awkward affair on a 10-ounce handheld than it is schlepping around an 8 pound laptop, unfolding it on the table, etc. Don’t talk to me about browsing on mobile phones, either — that’s an exercise in purest pain in comparison (the PSP’s bright, sharp, wide screen makes all the difference.)

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Wed, 27 Jul 2005

Atom 1.0

I haven’t written anything about the “shipment” of Atom 1.0 because, well, I haven’t been writing anything, but, of course, I’m excited about it. A gent named Sam Pearson has been beavering away on supporting 1.0 in Blosxom. My current plans are to cut my 0.3 feed over as soon as I see a few more of the big aggregator vendors ship versions that support it.

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Fri, 27 May 2005

A Question For Non-hardcore Geeks

Prompted by some discussions I've had this week, I've got a question for some of the less geeky of you out there. In this context, I'm referring to people who, generally, neither know nor particularly care about the "plumbing" of websites.

If you could answer in the comments, I'd really appreciate it -- this will make the site better, in the long run.

  1. Do you currently use a news aggregator (standalone or through a portal, for example My Yahoo) to follow lots of sites without having to visit them in your web browser?

  2. If you do use an aggregator, how did you find out about website syndication?

  3. What do you think about the current process of finding / subscribing to a new syndicated feed? Do you look for 'XML' or 'RSS' icons, or specific icons for syndication services? Do you just let your browser or aggregator notifiy you when it detects a newsfeed?

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Wed, 25 May 2005

Kill Them, Kill Them Dead

Surely, the fastest way to generate a link from me is to bag on little, orange, stupid XML icons. I have absolutely no problem with proving myself completely predictable by linking Anne van Kesteren's rant on the topic.

In the past somebody made the wrong choice the whole web now has to pay for by following the wrong route.

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Thu, 05 May 2005

Uneedafeeda

Dare Obasanjo had a great idea -- list the top 5 sites you read that still need syndicated feeds. Here are mine (heavily slanted towards entertainment, as most of computer geeks have already gotten the clue):

  • Pitchfork Media (needs two, really -- one for news, one for reviews)
  • Emusic (had experimental new release and recommendations feeds once; they went away)
  • IGN.com (needs feeds for all the "sub-sites", news and reviews)
  • My Tivo's "Now Playing" screen (yes, there's a hacky way to do this, but it should be a supported feature)
  • Comcast needs a service advisories feed, keyed to region (one for TV, one for broadband?)

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Tue, 05 Apr 2005

Google Accounts?

Just logged into my GMail account (2061 MB and counting...) and noticed that the signon form is now branded as Google Accounts. Looks like the single-signon thing for Google will be happening sooner than later.

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Wed, 16 Mar 2005

Didja Miss Me?

Leave the blogosphere for a minute and it goes to hell in a handbasket, I tell ya... I missed a lot of teapot tempests, but I trust my past biases and tendencies would probably have clued you in already as to where I'd fall on so many of these... er, burning questions. I'll try to plow through all this inside baseball bullshit in a single post so as not to befoul the actual interesting things I could be writing about with them.

Anyway, I'll just start tossing list bullets at Markdown and we'll see where it gets me.

  • I can't believe people are still wasting time talking about how to make sure readers can find your syndicated feeds with stupid goddamn icons. Mom, avert your eyes... Listen, PLEASE let's get the ramming of the MyYahoo and fugly orange XML and the coffee cups and all that other garbage up the asses of the developers too stupid to figure out autodiscovery! FACK THAT NOISE. There are better ways to do this.
  • Once it's in my browser, I will fold, spindle, and mutilate at will. Tools that let me do this, as long as I'm in control of the Big Red Button, are A-OK with me. If you, as a publisher, can't handle this, I hear there's this advanced technology, Big-Ass Clay Tablets Engraved With Flaming Fingers, that will let you make sure that everyone sees your content exactly as you laid it down.
  • If you're reading this in an aggregator, you may not have seen the icon on the main blog page that makes it clear that I'm very short, brown, male, with a head much larger than the rest of my body, and living in a cold climate. I'm still trying to figure out why this is important, but it apparently matters to some (koff) leading lights in this field.
  • I haven't quite wrapped my head around what Opensearch is going to get us, but I'm sure it's going to be something useful. Definitely something to watch. As an aside, I've been using A9 as my default search engine for months.

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