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David Wilkinson (a.k.a The Wilk) Blogs About Technology, interesting web bits, and anything else that comes to my creative mind, heh...

Last Build Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 06:33:08 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2007 David Wilkinson

Lawrence Lessig's Stunning Talk at 23C3

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 06:33:08 GMT

I watched this video. It is very, very good, and very important for the future usage of IP. Musicians, and Photographers, and Videographers take note. This presentation is worth watching.


Lessig's stunning 23C3 talk. Cory Doctorow: (image)
Larry Lessig's keynote from the Berlin hacker conference 23C3 is something else -- I've heard larry talk a lot. I've introduced him. I've never seen him so on top of his form as he is here. If you want to understand what computers do to culture and why the law is totally out of synch with that, watch this. I especially love that Larry describes why neither hacking nor lobbying will solve the problem -- but sets out a strategy that will win, a real path to victory. Link (via Joi)

[Boing Boing]

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 06:29:41 GMT

I found this excerpt very entertaining. I have fixed systems from home, quietly, in the middle of the night, heh...

Cory's When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth online. Cory Doctorow: My story, When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth has been published in the magazine The Rake, including the online edition. You may remember the earlier podcast of the story, which tells the tale of gangs of sysadmins stuck in the world's data-centers as a string of nuclear, biological and conventional attacks herald the end of the Earth. The story will also appear in my forthcoming short story collection Overclocked, which will be published later this month.

(image) “Main routers not responding. BGP not responding.” The mechanical voice of the systems monitor didn’t care if he cursed at it, so he did, and it made him feel a little better.

“Maybe I can fix it from here,” he said. He could log in to the UPS for the cage and reboot the routers. The UPS was in a different netblock, with its own independent routers on their own uninterruptible power supplies.

Kelly was sitting up in bed now, an indistinct shape against the headboard. “In five years of marriage, you have never once been able to fix anything from here.” This time she was wrong—he fixed stuff from home all the time, but he did it discreetly and didn’t make a fuss, so she didn’t remember it. And she was right, too—he had logs that showed that after 1:00 a.m., nothing could ever be fixed without driving out to the cage. Law of Infinite Universal Perversity—aka Felix’s Law.


Podcast: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

(image) [Boing Boing]

Russ Lipton Documents Radio Link

Mon, 03 Apr 2006 04:58:21 GMT

This link to Russ Litpon's site for documenting Radio looks interesting. Especially his links to Radio Tools...


Keeping My Radio Blog

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 06:25:09 GMT

Well, I have decided to renew my Radio blog for one more year. I have been considering moving my blog to WordPress, but I think that the Radio blog is still going to be useful for me for some time to come. I would like to change the look and feel as this one is not quite what I am looking for in a blog. I am still blogging over at my OPML Blog.

From the Shifted Librarian

Thu, 18 Aug 2005 08:17:23 GMT

David Walker's Awesome "RSS Creator" for Libraries.

A Solution for RSS and Journals

"Here is a prototype system I call 'RSS Creator,' which allows us to create RSS feeds for any journal or newspaper indexed and abstracted in our current subscription databases.

The system leverages Ex Libris' SFX and Metalib systems (using Metalib's XML-based API) to create the feeds, but the idea behind it is not specific to SFX or Metalib, and could be done with other technology.

Here are some of the benefits:

(1) Gives a library instant access to 20,000 to 40,000 or more feeds.

The system can create an RSS feed for any journal or newspaper indexed by one of our databases, so long as that database is searchable via Metalib -- regardless of whether the publisher or database provider makes those feeds available now.

(2) Requires virtually no discovery, collection, or maintenance.

All of the information about the journals is already available (and updated) in the SFX knowledge base. A library simply downloads this information out of SFX, uploads it into RSS Creator, and RSS Creator takes care of the creation and maintenance of the feeds themselves. All of the feeds are in one place, conveniently available to our users.

(This takes maybe 30 minutes every three months or so.)

(3) All links point back to SFX

RSS Creator simply creates an OpenURL for each article title, which links the user to our SFX menu. If a faculty member sees a journal article they want to read, regardless of whether they are on-campus or not, SFX will provide them proxied access to the full-text, provide information about print availability in our library, or even provide a pre-populated ILL form if we don't have access to the article online or in print.

It is, in other words, a large, free RSS-based table of contents system. I just need to find some time in between more pressing matters to finish it up. But I'm hoping to roll it out to our faculty here this fall." [WEB4LIB mailing list]

David Walker, Web Development Librarian at Cal State San Marcos, put this handy little program together, and it totally rocks! Check out the Flash demo to see how it works. It's actually very elegant, user-friendly, and incredibly useful.

Dang, I wish I had time to play with this right now for our member libraries. I'm really going to have to start investigating ways to implement SFX (PDF) for them.

[The Shifted Librarian]

Custom Web Page Template for Easy Content Creation

Thu, 04 Aug 2005 23:53:16 GMT

This comes to us? (me), from Sharepoint Blogs. Users are always asking for an easy way to create content in SharePoint. I still think that you either go for open source, or give them a blogging tool if they are only interested in creating content! SharePoint Portal is for business team collaboration. Oh well, here it is.

Custom Web Page Template for Easy Content Entry.

The files referenced in the August Intranet Journal article: Using a Custom Web Page Template for Easy Content Entry

Easy Content Entry

(image) [SharePoint Blogs]

OPML Tutorial from Dave Winer

Wed, 03 Aug 2005 07:17:40 GMT

Here is an item that will turn out to be very useful. An OPML tutorial on how th ad a command to the right-click menu from Dave Winer:

OPML Tutorial: How to add a command to the right-click menu. [Scripting News]


A Wiki for the OPML Front Page

Sat, 30 Jul 2005 00:38:41 GMT

Yahoo! er, uh, a wiki for the OPML Outliner.

Go here!


Sat, 30 Jul 2005 00:25:40 GMT

ActiveGrid - LAMP Rapid Application Open Source Development on a whole new level. This looks pretty exciting. I was thinking about this method of application development a couple of days ago, and now here it is.

From their website:

The ActiveGrid Application Builder is an open source, rapid application development environment that employs a native XML paradigm which enables developers to graphically and iteratively create, test, and deploy enterprise applications.

They also have an application server that serves the middle tier that looks impressive:

What is the ActiveGrid Grid Application Server?
The ActiveGrid Grid Application Server is a next-generation application server designed to scale applications across horizontal grids of commodity computers. The ActiveGrid Grid Application Server is built on top of the open source LAMP stack. In contrast to traditional three-tier architectures, where statically defined applications are bound to a particular deployment architecture, the ActiveGrid Grid Application Server interprets applications at runtime and can deploy them using a variety of proven deployment models and multiple data caching patterns. The result is a system that provides unprecedented levels of flexibility, scalability and economy.

Google Moon Map Proves Moon made of Cheese!!!

Sun, 24 Jul 2005 05:14:23 GMT

The Google Moon Map is available for viewing. This is hilarious! You have to go here and zoom in all the way. Then you will see what the moon is really made of... LOL!!!

Klingon Programmers - They get it done!

Tue, 12 Jul 2005 20:01:04 GMT

Humorous post by Cornelius J. van Dyk  over on his blog "My Blog Stuff", regarding Klingon programmers. I hear that they code like mad beasts, and provide for entertainment along the way. Talk about Agile Development!

I particularly like:

Number 7. What is this talk of 'release'? Klingons do not make software 'releases'. Our software 'escapes' leaving a bloody trail of designers and quality assurance people in its wake.

God they can be a difficult bunch to work with. But, we still love em!


RSS Feeds from China

Mon, 11 Jul 2005 05:47:16 GMT

Over at [Workbench] from Rogers Cadenhead he has discovered RSS feeds from the English Language version of People's Daily, could be interesting reading for those watching what is happening in China:

Simple Syndication in Communist China. While researching the skateboard jump over the Great Wall of China, I found RSS in an unusual place: The English language edition of People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China, offers 18 RSS 2.0 newsfeeds.

In addition to feeds on current events in news, business, sports, and other areas, the paper devotes feeds to party leaders such as Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

Outside observers of China often look to People's Daily for clues about the inner workings of the government, as described in Wikipedia:

Newspaper articles in the People's Daily are often not read for content, so much as placement. A large number of articles devoted to a political figure or idea is often taken as a sign that that official is rising.

In addition, editorials in the People's Daily are also still regarded as fairly authoritative statements of government policy.