Archive of Posts from August 2004

Friendster isn't blog-friendly

If you haven't deleted your Friendster profile yet (is anyone still using that?) here's another reason you may want to get rid of it: an employee was fired for blogging. [via matt]

Weblogs as Rhetoric

I had a great conversation with Dr. Lisa Ede from OSU yesterday. Her area of expertise is rhetoric, and she gave me a quick lesson so I could understand her terms. We spent a good amount of time talking about the ways web authors present their identities online, and (in retrospect) how they establish ethos, pathos, and logos in this new medium. Though I "study" the web and weblogs every day in a haphazard way, I left our conversation wondering what it would be like to study the web full-time in a structured academic setting.

Quick Links

I should really set up one of those link-sidebar thingies again. Until then, an unordered list it is—

Spot the similarities

Spotting similarities—

Amazon Hacks turns one

sk let me know that today is the one year anniversary of Amazon Hacks being released. ("Great," you're thinking, "but what have you done for me lately?") There's another birthday just around the corner. Not to mention (well, ok, to mention) my birthday in a mere ten days. *wink*

EFF Best Practices for Online Services

This is a very interesting read from the EFF: Best Practices for Online Service Providers (OSPs). (It's actually a PDF linked from this page.) But they're just talking to traditional Internet Service Providers like the cable and telephone companies, right? Nope, just about anyone can be an OSP:
"...virtually any website or access intermediary, not just established subscriber-based businesses, can be considered an OSP under the law. Indeed, even individuals may be 'accidental OSPs' if they set up WiFi access points to share Internet connectivity with friends and neighbors."
Because the government can subpoena any information they want from any service provider, the EFF recommends obfuscating or deleting all server logs. After all, "OSPs cannot be forced to provide data that does not exist." They even note that just "deleting" logs won't completely remove them from the disk, so they recommend complete server-log abstinence:
"The best way to protect against the risk of log artifacts on disk is to never create any user logs in the first place. This is the ideal and safest solution even though it is often impractical."
If you run a web service where people contribute data (my non-lawyer guess is that even weblogs with comments enabled count) these are definitely issues worth thinking about.

Organizr

Everyone's talking about it, and they should: Organizr is a next step for web applications. (It's designed to manage/publish photos online.) Check it out!

Finding the Connections

Obviously I haven't been finding the connections recently, since it's been over a week since my last post. Here are a few quick links:

Eco Quote

I'm in the middle of reading Foucault's Pendulum and I came across this quote that could be a mantra for the web—
"No piece of information is superior to any other. Power lies in having them all on file and then finding the connections. There are always connections; you have only to want to find them."
Eco's character was talking about detectives or intelligence agencies, but I think the same approach to data is true for Google, Amazon, and lots of successful web services.

Oregon Weblog Press

I had a great conversation with Susan Palmer at the Eugene Register-Guard a week or so ago. We talked about weblogs, and also online identity, online writing that isn't Journalism, some Blogger history, and how weblogs differ from big media. Her story about weblogs was published today, and a few quotes from me made the cut: The Blog Connection. In addition to several Eugene-based weblogs, she mentioned this site and ORblogs (a site I run devoted to Oregon weblogs) in the links at the end of the article. I'm glad local papers are starting to tune into local weblogs—it seems there could be a natural symbiotic relationship there with enough respect from both sides.

Weekend Hike

sk and I took the dog on an 8+ mile hike this weekend. The hike starts about a mile or so from our place, and it's nice that we can just walk out the front door and be in the woods in no time.

tree by the trail

The hike starts on flat, open ground and gradually climbs up. This gave us a good view of the fair going on at the fairgrounds. Saturday was also very clear, so we had a fairly rare look at the mountains to the east.

fair view

We also had a great view of Oregon State University and part of Corvallis from this trail. Here's a panoramic I stitched together (click for a larger version):

OSU pan

As the trail climbed up we eventually hit lots of trees.

trees and trees

We stopped quite a few times to rest and give Luna some water.

luna gets a grape

We gave Luna a few grapes, but found out after our trip that you're never supposed to give dogs grapes—it can cause kidney failure. So don't give your dog grapes like we did! Luckly, she's just fine and wasn't bothered by them.

luna and sk

As always, Luna was ecstatic on this hike. She was a tired dog when we got home.

luna sleeping

Quick Links

Quick links—