Monthly Archives: September 2010

As found on the web (September 29th)

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frank published Ik ben 15 jaar.
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frank Frank hoort four tet nu zelfs al op klara … *like*..

Ik ben 15 jaar

Ik ben 15. Het is te zeggen, dat is mijn internet-leeftijd. Ik vond immers net het bewijs van m’n eerste online activiteit, diep begraven in de Usenet-archieven van Google Groups. Op 12 Juni 1995 had ik blijkbaar problemen om met de Dcom-modem in m’n 486DX2 met Trumpet Winsock een verbinding te maken met de modem-pool van de universiteit van Gent. Het moet zijn dat ik dat toen heb kunnen oplossen, want volgens diezelfde ex-Deja News-archieven postte ik van 1995 tot 1997 af en toe bv. soc.culture.belgium en be.comp.

Alhoewel ik m’n eerste html-experiment niet meer terugvind, wordt m’n eerste echte homepage, die van 1996 tot 1999 online stond op http://www.belgonet.be/~frank/, wel voor het nageslacht bewaard op de fantastische Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine;

Vanaf 2002 had ik een shell-script dat elk uur rss-feeds binnenhaalde en met rss2html.pl uit xml-rss omzette naar html om m’n homepage te produceren (eerst nog op http://belgonet.be/frank, later op http://e-cafe.be/frank) en ook dat zit proper opgeborgen in de archieven van de Wayback Machine:

Op 28 april 2003 schreef ik m’n eerste blogpost op een zelf geïnstalleerde Nucleus, daarna kwamen de Telenet Blogs en m’n korte verblijf op WordPress.com om uiteindelijk op m’n eigen blog.futtta.be uit te komen. En die persoonlijke online geschiedenis hou ik liever zelf bij, in m’n eigen blog-archieven. Want ge kunt zoiets niet alleen overlaten aan Google, toch?

As found on the web (September 22nd)

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frank published Don’t bury RSS just yet.
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frank posted Nokia’s problem.
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frank posted YouTube vs. Fair Use.
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frank posted Bad Ex.
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StuBru, Facebook and why we need (something like) Diaspora

Earlier this month Facebook deleted the official Studio Brussel page, cutting the Flemish youngster radio station off from their 114.000 fans. StuBru didn’t receive information on why the page was deleted, just a vague statement that they breached the Facebook Terms. It took a week to get the page restored, but nonetheless web-editor Stijn Van Kerkhove raved (translated from Dutch);

We were surprised when our website got deleted, but we’re even more pleasantly surprised to be back.

“When our website got deleted”, seriously Stijn? A Facebook-page isn’t a website and it isn’t yours either, ultimately. When on Facebook you are (and I am) at the mercy of a private company that has absolute power over anything you do on its premises. Facebook decides what pages look like, Facebook decides what you can and cannot post and Facebook reserves the right to expel you from their community for whatever reason they do or don’t come up with.

Given the increasing importance of social networks in our lives and economy (and the never-ending privacy-problems with Facebook), I do believe that we’d be better of with a open, decentralized system which does not have a sole (commercial) owner with absolute power. That’s why it’s a good thing that Diaspora exists, even if the alpha code they released a couple of days ago is not up to expectations. That’s why status.net (and identi.ca) are great. And that’s why OStatus, an open standard for following friends and sharing statuses on distributed social networks which is already implemented in status.net and which will probably go into Diaspora as well, is incredibly important.

And on a vaguely related note; that Facebook-movie by Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher looks great, doesn’t it:

The Social Network Official Trailer -In theatres Oct 1 2010

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Don’t bury RSS just yet

RSS is dead and Facebook and Twitter killed it! Or at least that’s what some web & trend-watching bloggers conclude from the demise of Bloglines, the once cutting-edge web-based feedreader. And indeed, people are increasingly discovering news items and memes through their friends’ status updates, re-tweeting or -sharing stuff they deem interesting. And yes Flipboard, which scans your Facebook & Twitter feeds for links (scraping content from the pages instead of using feeds, to the dismay of some publishers), is the talk of the iTown. Look ma, no RSS!

But hold your horses; do you know what the most requested feature for Flipboard is? Integration with Google Reader and the ability to include RSS-feeds is in high demand as well! And while we’re at it, Google Reader seems not to be doing too bad either, according to their own stats, probably because Reader -as opposed to Bloglines- continuous to evolve,  integrating a slew of social features. Reader is also the primary source for Feedly, a popular browser add-on that offers a magazine-like view on subscribed feeds. And proving RSS is not dead yet, Automattic last week launched Subscriptions on wordpress.com, which displays your subscribed feeds in a stream-like fashion, including the writer’s profile picture and a ‘reblog’ and ‘like’ button (i.e. resembling what Peter Van Dijck proposed earlier that day).

Even if RSS-readers would ever become marginalized, RSS and similar standardized XML-based newsfeeds (think Atom) are indispensable to syndicate content from one site in another application. After all, how do you think news outlets and blogs feed their content into Twitter and Facebook in the first place?

As found on the web (September 15th)

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frank posted Password Reuse.
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Septemberigheid met William Shatner en Ben Folds

Het is weer september, de mooiste maand ter wereld en ik had er dit jaar bijna niets over geschreven, tot ik op de radio William Shatner en Ben Folds met “It Hasn’t Happened Yet” hoorde. Dat nummer is zo ontstellend mooi-melancholisch dat ik alweer een paar dagen werkombekwaam ben (maar niet echt, collega’s, niet echt).

Luister maar eens naar dit tubeken en lees ondertussen de tekst of kijk gewoon een beetje dromerig naar buiten, naar de zomer die bijna niet meer is.

William Shatner – It Hasn't Happened Yet

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