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TuttiWiki

October 26, 2007

The last week has seen me up to my ears in wikis… Now I know more about MediaWiki, Socialtext, Confluence, DekiWiki and Near Time than is strictly healthy.

Should I stay or should I go…

June 23, 2007

Gapminder.org

May 21, 2007

Wonderful presentation from Hans Rosling of Gapminder.org

Seeing the invisible

May 5, 2007

Why didn’t anyone tell me about Blind Atlas ?

Which reminds me I must spend some time on Batan City – move it onto a proper server – running it on my 10 year old £20 Dell PowerEdge server (thanks eBay) isn’t doing it any justice.

Then we should send ambassadors to other virtual cities -maybe start the virtual equivalent to “twin cities” .

Not above the law

April 30, 2007

Uncivil Servants helps ordinary citizens highlight the abuse of parking permits in New York.

Yell shares plunge as US phone book earnings drop

April 25, 2007

Smiley

Software wars

April 18, 2007

Software warsMore fun from Wikiality (via Wikia). (copyright & kudos to: Steven Hilton)

Identity 1.0

April 12, 2007

Who needs biometrics?

Perl Poetry

April 7, 2007

EGOogling Batan City I stumbled upon Sebastian Mary’s friends at the Future of the Book where just above a nice blog post about Batan City and other literary experiments I found the winner of the The Perl Poetry Contest 2000 by Angie Winterbottom:

if ((light eq dark) && (dark eq light)
&& ($blaze_of_night{moon} == black_hole)
&& ($ravens_wing{bright} == $tin{bright})){
my $love = $you = $sin{darkness} + 1;
};

It’s derived from a verse from the Pandora’s Box album ‘Original Sin’:

If light were dark and dark were light
The moon a black hole in the blaze of night
A raven’s wing as bright as tin
Then you, my love, would be darker than sin.

It made me want to learn Perl. Got a book about it somewhere… also must go back and read more about Future of the Book.

Sebasian Mary Harrington always seems to know such interesting people and do such interesting things.

Why open source

April 2, 2007

Was just reading the OpenGeoData blog and found this:

They have a link to an interview with Linus Torvalds (the guy who started linux) where he says:

“Me, I just don’t care about proprietary software. It’s not “evil” or “immoral,” it just doesn’t matter. I think that Open Source can do better, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is by working on Open Source, but it’s not a crusade — it’s just a superior way of working together and generating code.”

The OGD blogger reworks Torvald’s words:

“Me, I just don’t care about the Ordnance Survey. It’s not “evil” or “immoral,” it just doesn’t matter. I think that Open Maps can do better, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is by working on Open Maps, but it’s not a crusade — it’s just a superior way of working together and generating maps.”

I would like to do the same:

“Me, I just don’t care about the Yellow Pages or Yell. Thet are not “evil” or “immoral,” it just doesn’t matter. I think that Yellowikis can do better, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is by working on Yellowikis, but it’s not a crusade — it’s just a superior way of working together and generating business listings.”