Archived entries for Publishing

“Podcasts: New Twist on Net Audio”

Wired has a nice overview of iPodding – which hopes to do for online audio content what TiVo did for television.

Known as podcasting, the technology is a new take on syndicated content feeds like RSS and Atom. But instead of pushing text from blogs and news sites to various content aggregators like FeedDemon and Bloglines, podcasting sends audio content directly to an iPod or other MP3 player.

The article is a few weeks old, but I just bumbled on it again so I thought I’d point it out.


No Need to Click Here – I’m just claiming my feed at Feedster

Web Visions Presentation

First Things First: IA and CSS

With apologies for the delay, here are links to the presentation Christina Wodtke and I delivered at the webvisions 2004 conference this past Friday in Portland, Oregon.


There has already been some feedback, including a wonderfully thorough recap over at, and some glowing words — posted immediately after the conference — from

This flat out rocks as it echos what I have been doing and refining for the last three years or more… This process makes things very easy to draft in simple wireframe… This practice has cut down development and design time in more than half and greatly decreases maintenance time. One of the best attributes is the decreased documentation time as using the Web Developer Extension toolbar in Firefox exposes the class and id attributes that provide semantic structure… I can not think of how or why we ever did anything differently.

Overall, I was very pleased with the talk, and with the reception is received. Some people did give some constructive criticism though, but that’s always nice to get too.

Thanks to everybody who came and listened to me, and those that asked questions or found me for a conversation later. Thanks also to our wonderul hosts, who put on an excellent conference — I’m looking forward to next year. And finally, to Christina again for dragging me out.

listening to anil dash

I’m sitting in the web visions conference in portland, listing to anil dash talk about blogging… I coulding resist blogging about him talking about blogging… (from my Treo 600)

Everything TypePad!: Setting up the QuickPost bookmarklet

Everything TypePad!: Setting up the QuickPost bookmarklet

Setting up the QuickPost bookmarklet

Bill Gates discusses Blogs and RSS

Bill Gates talks clearly about the benefits of Blogs and RSS:

“This (weblogs and RSS) is a very interesting thing, because whenever you want to send e-mail you always have to sit there and think who do I copy on this. There might be people who might be interested in it or might feel like if it gets forwarded to them they’ll wonder why I didn’t put their name on it. But, then again, I don’t want to interrupt them or make them think this is some deeply profound thing that I’m saying, but they might want to know. And so, you have a tough time deciding how broadly to send it out.

Then again, if you just put information on a Web site, then people don’t know to come visit that Web site, and it’s very painful to keep visiting somebody’s Web site and it never changes. It’s very typical that a lot of the Web sites you go to that are personal in nature just eventually go completely stale and you waste time looking at it.

And so, what blogging and these notifications are about is that you make it very easy to write something that you can think of, like an e-mail, but it goes up onto a Web site. And then people who care about that get a little notification. And so, for example, if you care about dozens of people whenever they write about a certain topic, you can have that notification come into your Inbox and it will be in a different folder and so only when you’re interested in browsing about that topic do you go in and follow those, and it doesn’t interfere with your normal Inbox.

And so if I do a trip report, say, and put that in a blog format, then all the employees at Microsoft who really want to look at that and who have keywords that connect to it or even people outside, they can find the information.

And so, getting away from the drawbacks of e-mail — that it’s too imposing — and yet the drawbacks of the Web site — that you don’t know if there’s something new and interesting there — this is about solving that.
The ultimate idea is that you should get the information you want when you want it, and we’re progressively getting better and better at that by watching your behavior, ranking things in different ways.”

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