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The Gillmor Gang Podcast – temp RSS feed and other stuff

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

For those of you following the Gillmore Gang podcast, you may have noticed the feed has not been updated recently.

All queries directed at Steve Gilmore about this, have resulted in him simply pointing us to the live stream of the Gang, as its recorded on Leo Laporte’s site on Friday or Saterday. He gives very little advance warning of when they are going to do a show. And its just down to luck, and your own personal schedule wether you are in the position to listen to this at the time.

After about a month of this, several people, like myself and Dave Winer, have become fed up, and this Friendfeed discussion has resulted in various alternative resources being made available, including a certain “Jack” very helpfully providing us with an alternative RSS feed, coming out of Yahoo pipes.

Here is my own little rant, followed by the complete conversation:

“I cannot understand why they would stop the podcast. I dont care what else they do, as long as I can recieve it as a podcast. The ENTIRE point of podcasting was its time-shifted nature, the fact that we can unshackle ourselves from the -obsolete- broadcasting model. Realtime has its place, but one does not preclude the other. Going live-only is a step back in my opinion. They cut -so- many people out of their listenership, I cant wrap my head around it!”


To summorise, here are the various resources currently available:

Internet Archive:

Yahoo Pipes conversion from the Internet Archive, into an RSS feed:

Feedburner version of above RSS feed:

ISOHunt Search (rss) for any Torrent with the words “Gillmor Gang” in it:

Update 20 July 2009:
After the little Spat with Leo Laporte, Steve has not done another Gillmor Gang.
It looks like we shall have to go without for the forseeable future 🙁

My Android app’s and finally a decent Jabber client: Jabiru

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Here are 2 videos I made of how I currently use my G1. I show off some apps and how they work.
I am especially happy with finally finding a descent Jabber client with conference support. (specifically: xep-0045 support)

The app is called jabiru and is quite simple, fast, nice and compact. You can find it on the Android marketplace.

With this I can now finally chat in my regular chatroom, the wowcast chat on Bindpoint, which is not actually a Jabber chat at all, but is exposed as such. (I am hoping that they will also expose their chat system as IRC at some point).

Video one: (click here if you cant see the video below)

Video two, Jabiru connecting to Bindpoint: (click here if you cant see the video below)

Friendfeed Sysadmin Room, Twhirl FF support, and Pretend-Sysadmins

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

So not long after I complained that there where so few System Administerors on the social media scene, Friendfeed introduces “Rooms” and immediately Adnan takes the initiative and makes a Sysadmin Room.

The uptake was pretty damn fast, probably partly due to Adnans blog being part of the Planetsysadmin collective. (why am I not on there yet?! )

So, lets hope admins posts “adminy” and interesting there. Adnan and me are off to a good start, at least.

Meanwhile, I realised I now had a treasure trove of Sysadmins to add to Twitter, which has been a really succesfull strategy so far.

I was immediately struck my a number of things though. Why is it, that I wanted to follow these guys on Twitter, and not just solely on Friendfeed, where they already where?

Well the awnser to that is very very simple: Twhirl. Or more to the point, their completely crappy implementation of Friendfreed support, at least at the moment.

I am reffering mostly to the lack of any kind of filtering, the fact that FF and Twitter are still two seperate streams, double Twitter posts, and the lack of FF comment collapsing/expanding.

But to get back to my original action, the adding of the Sysadmins, as it turns out, many people that added themselves to the Sysadmin Room, turn out not to be Sysadmins at all. Rather any are developers, or web-entrepeneurs. At least that is how they discribe themselves on Twitter. I have filtered who I add to Twitter accordingly 😉

Sysadmins on Twitter, lack of groups and Seesmic issues

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

So I have been trying to find and add other System Adminitrators on both Twitter and Friendfeed.

I am a bit picky though. I looked for people that seemed to Tweet at least some of the time about their work, tweeted regularly, and in English. Also preffering Windows Sysadmins over Unix for now, but I might reconsidder that.

So far the results have been good, and with results I mean that I can get little conversations going about tech stuff.

What I would love to see happen at some point, is a discussion where multiple of these guys get involved. Its not grown to that level yet, and I am not sure if Twitter lends itself well for that, as the dicussion is public and all your follows get to “enjoy” it.

This brings me to current BIGGEST annoyance about Twitter and Friendfeed (and Seesmic, to an extent)  The total lack of any kind of groups feature.

Now it would be nice if Twitter supported groups, and made that stuff available via the API so clients like Twhirl can use it. But to be honest, Twhirl and Alertthingy could just as easily build in group support themselves.

That would have the added advantage of applying to any other service they choose to support. I already suggested this to Howard Baines of Alertthingy, and he found the idea “interesting” but its not high on the to-do list.

With groups, you could, at the very least, sort your “friends” into groups of your choosing, adding a powerfull filter to the lifestream that comes in.

Conversely, if Twitter itself supported this, perhaps it would be possbile to Tweet to just the members of a particular group. This would solve the above problem of irrelevant tweets being recieved by followers that might not be interested in the subjet.

It would make the experience overall more valuable and encourage more discussion.

Seesmic currntly suffers from the same problem. There they have the added issue of the focus of content flow still being mainly about the main public feed of all videos people post.

This is a leftover from whem the Seesmic community was very new and very small, but that is eroding now as the service gains users and the public feed becomes inpossible to follow.

However, many people there, especially of the old gard,  still feel the need to “discuss” any and all videos crossing the public stream. This might well include any video I post that is directed at Sysadmins.

Its has been my fear of spamming these people and getting low-quality feedback from them, that prevents me from using the service much currently.

However, this is changing very fast with the brilliant move by them to produce blog plugins that allow video commenting. My blog, as well as big ones like Techcrunch now support these, even though they are not used much yet.

It was interesting to note that they deliberately are not including the comment videos in the Seesmic public feed. But they are including all the blog posts that people make, using the same plugins.

This is quickly going to make the main public feed unfollowable, much like Twitter, and I considder this a good thing.

Like Twitter, the faster the usage model of Seesmic changed to revolve around you and your own followers, and those who you follow, the faster the update will be.

The reason this is not happening already is because the user base is still too small, and the service is still closed alpha. I cant, for example, find even as much as 5 of the people I follow on Twitter and Friendfeed on there.

Once they open up to public beta, the influx should quickly re-arange the usage and then I will be using it a lot more.

Now to convince all the already aloof Sysadmins to start recording video of themselves…   lol .. thats a differnt problem alltogether 😉

My bladecenter pics on Wikimedia

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

I was approached by a contributer of the Wikimedia group, if they could use some of the pictures I had uploaded of Bladecenters, for the official Wikipedia article on them.

I of course said it was oke, and now 3 of my pictures have become part of the Wikimedia archive as offical resources under the GNU FDL licence.

I was very very impressed with the way I was approached and this was handled.
They now seem to use ‘official’ standard emails for request of usage of pictures and other media, and the email exchange was very well and professionally handled.

Here is a copy paste of the original mail I recieved.

Hi Jeminus,

my name is G.P. and I’m writing to ask you a permission to include some of your blade server images in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia you may browse at:

I think these three images would be a great addition to our blade server article:

I have listed them in order of personal preference. As you might know, Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that is collaboratively edited by volunteers from around the world.

Our goal is to create a comprehensive knowledge base that may be freely distributed and available at no charge.

Normally we ask permission for material to be used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License. This means that although you retain the copyright and authorship of your own work, you are granting permission for all others (not just Wikipedia) to use, copy, and share your materials freely — and even potentially use them commercially — so long as they do not try to claim the copyright themselves, nor prevent others from using or copying them freely.

You can read this license in full at:

This license expressly protects creators from being considered responsible for modifications made by others, while ensuring that creators are credited for their work.

There is more information on our copyright policy at:

We choose the GFDL because we consider it the best available tool for ensuring our encyclopedia can remain free for all to use, while providing credit to everyone who donates text and images. This may or may not be compatible with your goals in creating the materials available on your website. Please be assured that if permission is not granted, your materials will not be used at Wikipedia — we have a very strict policy against copyright violations.

With your permission, we will credit you for your work in the image’s permanent description page, noting that it is your work and is used with your permission, and we will provide a link back to your website.

We invite your collaboration in writing and editing articles on this subject and any others that might interest you. Please see the following article for more information.,_newcomers

Thank you for your time.