Category Archives: Writing

Natural Selection: evolution of the modern desktop

Imagine a desktop OS that is so thin that you could barely even see it. Most of the time, you aren’t even aware of it. There is nothing to install, nothing to update, nothing to [mis]configure, and so nothing to crash. Nothing. That is what i want from my next OS. “NothingOS” is the name [...]

So you think you can RSS? Why.

Once upon a time, in a bubble not so far away, there lived a band of government nerds. One day, the gods asked that they build a great network, and they would call it the “information super highway”. At first, there were lots of cool things to do, and places to see on the Net. People were always telling you about new websites to visit, and you had to have a pen handy to write down all the URLs. But with thousands of new Dotcom’s being born each day, it became more and more difficult to find what you were looking for. Eventually, paper lists of URLs were replaced with web browser bookmarks or favorites, and the first search engines and directories began to appear.

Then suddenly, and without warning, the bubble just burst. A shadow of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) swept across the web like an angry storm. There were weeks, even months of confusion and darkness. Many people fell, others were just lost. When all the dust settled, there was only Google.

Blogshares – Welcome to the desert of the Real

Remember, this is just a game. A really, really complex and sophisticated game.
While you probably won’t lose your shirt if you play, it all seems pretty real to me. It’s real enough that professors, engineers, even financial writers have commented on the game. If you have a blog (or read them on a regular basis), and you haven’t heard of it yet, BlogShares is a site that tracks blogs and ranks them based on their total number of incoming links. If this sounds familiar to you, let me assure you there is way more to this game than just rankings.

folksonomy, and people’s classification management 101

I think I was reading something about keywords, or tagging, when i first came across the term folksonomy. It looked familiar to me, like i had learned about it in school or something. I have an anthropology degree from back in the day, and terms like these were always being thrown around. Yet when i tried to construct a definition of folksonomy, i found that i only had a vague idea of what it was all about. So naturally, the next step was to look it up on wikipedia.

The first line went something like this: “Folksonomy is a neologism for a practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords.”

Not a good start. I’m thinking, “great. now i have to look up neologism”. So i did (but i won’t get into it here).