Subscription vs catchment

Subscription vs catchment

As sources become less important, filters are the natural target for those who want to sway opinion.

When people are trawling so many content sources, it no longer pays to concentrate on sources at all. It makes much more sense to study how the trawlers work and become part of the filtering infrastructure.

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The power of informal contracts

The "Principle of Informal Contracts" allows anyone to create useful mashups.

In a world full of services like delicious, FriendFeed, and Twitter — services that can route feeds of data based on user-defined vocabularies — you don’t have to be a programmer to create useful mashups. You just have to understand, and find ways to apply, something Jon Udell calls the “Principle of Informal Contracts.” He expands on the concept in the second part of his elmcity series.

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Four short links: 23 Feb 2009

Four short links: 23 Feb 2009

  1. Work in Small Batches — I’m obsessed by the pursuit of quality, but at human scale and not in the stultifying ISO9001 process. The ever-wonderful Startup Lessons Learned blog ties together Toyota Quality, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Deployment, with good explanations of why it works. (I’m reminded of “yes it works in practice, but can it work in theory?”)
  2. RSS Hits the Big Time — the stimulus bill requires government departments to offer Atom or RSS feeds of how they spend the money. The “omigod wow RSS in law!” comments remind me of when I first saw a URL on a billboard: it was the all-digital world impinging on my real physical world (or vice-versa). Reminded of William Gibson talking about our fleeting separation of digital and physical worlds.
  3. Objective C Internals — talk by Kiwi Foo Camp alumnus and recent emigre (Pixar’s gain is Australasia’s loss) about the innards of Objective C. I always find that I understand language features better when I understand an implementation mechanism for them.
  4. Prime Minister Delays NZ’s Insane Copyright Law — the delay isn’t the important bit, it’s the committment to abolish the bad law if the ISPs and the recording industry can’t reach an agreement. I was at the press conference, twittering furiously, and it was quite clear that the PM felt the law was crap and if the two parties hadn’t been mid-negotiation then it would have all been repealed. Optimism!
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