June 2005 Archives

It turns out RSS and Atom really are different

I've argued that RSS and Atom are functionally equivalent for users these days. Choose one and make it easy for people to subscribe, I said. It turns out that, for Radar readers at least, our two feed links attract different kinds of readers. Who knew? Looking at our feed traffic, about 35% of you subscribe to our RSS 1.0 feed,…

How do you design a remixable Web application?

From Jon Udell: How do you design a remixable Web application? We've focused a huge amount of attention on RESTful versus WS-* APIs, but that distinction isn't central to the current mashup craze. In many cases, as a matter of fact, neither kind of API plays a central role. Paul Radermacher's HousingMaps, for example, relies on nothing like a conventional…

Google Maps of World Heritage Sites

Rather than use Google Maps as an interface (though can it be far away), Brad Templeton is using Google's Keyhole imagery for virtual tourism along the lines of Google Sightseeing. He built an index of URLs of Google Keyhole photography of Unesco World Heritage Sites. Check out Fiordland, New Zealand, Uluru, Australia, or Norway's Vega archipelago….

The Attack on Public Broadcasting

Frank Rich's latest NYT is scary stuff. Entitled The Armstrong Williams News Hour, the piece begins: "HERE'S the difference between this year's battle over public broadcasting and the one that blew up in Newt Gingrich's face a decade ago: this one isn't really about the survival of public broadcasting. So don't be distracted by any premature obituaries for Big Bird….

Wil Shipley (of Omni* fame)'s Talk at WWDC

Sara Winge, our VP of Corporate Communications, sent our Macintosh editors' mailing list the following pointer: "Pretty funny and interesting presentation, bent on inspiring students to write Mac software." I have to agree. Great rundown on the choices: developing for windows vs. developing for mac, working for the man, working for a company you like, or working for yourself. Also…

How many engineers does it take to open a DVD package?

Today I bought a pack of blank, recordable DVD discs. I got them home and went to open one. As I struggled with the obnoxious packaging everyone loves to hate, it suddenly occurred to me — wait a minute, wasn't this Fort Knox plastic wrap supposed to make it hard to steal CDs and DVDs with recordings on them? Why…

Behaviour: Using CSS selectors to apply Javascript behaviours

I love reading this: After all the work of WASP and others to promote clean markup, valid pages and graceful degradataion via css – it sucks that we're going back to tag soup days by throwing javascript tags into our html. The better way to do javascript is to do it unobtrusively. PPK and Simon Willison have been recommending this…

John Hagel: Attention as a resource

John Hagel commented on my post about Linda Stone's Attention talk at Supernova. He makes two great observations:…

Flash Memory to Replace Hard Drives in Portables?

Apple Insider reports on an interview with Samsung Semiconductor CEO Hwang Chang-Gyu, in which he discusses the production of 16 GB flash memory, predicts 100 GB, and expresses a hope to see flash memory replace hard drives in Apple laptops. What makes this radar-worthy? I quote: Aside from being more robust, flash-memory presents several other advantages over hard-disk drive storage….

New Microsoft RSS Extensions

I sent around to my editors a link to the slashdot story on new Microsoft RSS extensions. John Osborn wrote back: Interviews with the team responsible for the work — now named the Longhorn Browsing and RSS Team, formerly the IE team — can be found on Channel 9. The extensions will be released under the Creative Commons "share alike…