Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’

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 😉

MSN Spaces will support the Metaweblog API – and some thoughts

Monday, July 11th, 2005

From: BlogJet weblog :: MSN Spaces API

Carnage4Life, of the MSN Spaces team, posts on his blog, that MSN Spaces will be supporting the Metaweblog API soon. Or at least, a version of it

Our current plan is to provide an implementation of the MetaWeblog API with some methods from the Blogger API while using HTTPS/SSL for security. These APIs are widely supported by various weblog applications and already have a vibrant developer ecosystem around them. The API will enable people to create, edit and delete posts on the blog in their space. One of our goals is to ensure that bloggers who are already using blog posting tools such Blogjet or w.bloggar can use them to interact with MSN Spaces when we launch the API without having to upgrade or switch clients. Similarly web sites which allow users to post to their blogs such as Flickr and Zoto should be able to support our API without making significant changes

This is exellent news, it will allow tools like blogjet or other online services to interact with MSN Spaces and opens up it up to the rest of the blog-management arena.
I am starting to see a need for some kinds of blog-routing. For instance: I can now post from Flickr to most of my blogs. I can post from Blogjet to all of my blogs simultainiously. I can email my MSN Spaces blog with SMTP, I can moblog directly to Flickr.


I cannot email any of my other blogs, nor can I post to a blogging service while simultaniously uploading to Flickr (Dmitry, are you paying attention?). And I cannot use a web interface anywhere to post to all my blogs simultaniously. I would also like to be able to have all my blogs automaticly draw their content, via RSS perhaps, from any of my other blogs.. or any other content I specify.

Think of it…   I save a bookmark in or a picture in Flickr, my MSN Spaces blog picks it up automaticly, whereafter my other blogs or sites, or whatever, either pick it up via RSS, or are posted to from MSN Spaces, or whatever other blog or content source.

We need some kind of web-service that does all of this. An RSS router of sorts. Hmm.. could Bizztalk do this?  (this is the bit where I hope other people at GWB read my posts!)

My recent and future blog usage – “Action Blogging”

Monday, January 24th, 2005

Usage of my blog has been sporadic the past few weeks. This is mostly due to not being able to effectively blog at work, because for some reason, Blogjet is not able to communicate properly through our proxy.

Probably for the same reason RSS Bandit wont collect feeds here, so I use Bloglines for my RSS browsing at work now.

I have actually opened a call on the issue, and the network guys will be looking into it when they can; I told them it was ultra low priorty. But the guy agreed that if it was an issue for me, it was bound to be a future issue for others, and if there was a problem with web-service access over the proxy, it was something they shoudl look into, regardless of the above-lying application. I couldn’t agree more, finally someone in this company thinking outside the box, what a relief, I was starting to think I was the only one! 😉

The past few weeks I have been reexamining my blog usage and where I want to go with it. One thing that really rang a bell was what I believe was John Udell, that said on this weekends Gillmore Gang. He talked about action-based blogging as an aspect of blogging that is proving increasingly usefull as an online resource.

I have been doing this for a while without realising it, and have only come to realise how usefull some of my posts are, when I start to see my blog post popup at the top of Google’s rankings, because a certain issue is relatively undocumented on the web. Examples of this are this post on RSoP (no solution yet), this post on restoring Outlook Web Access on IIS, or this one on Explorer Filetype behaviour (also not solved yet.. damnit).

Considdering the usefullness of above posts, both to me and the tech community at large, I am going to ‘take better care’ of these posts.
They all share a basic common theme.. as in they discribe a problem I have encountered in real life tech, and a solution if I have found it.
I might turn them into what .text discribes as articles, like I did with the WUS tryout…. but it might be best to simply catagorize them under a seperate name.. like In The Trenches 😉  .. or something.  I could even add the words ‘unsolved’ or ‘solved’ at the back of the topic titles.

A Blog to keep an eye on

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

My good friend and colleague Maarten Visser has finally started a blog, called Visions of the Future. He is as enthousiastic about technology as me, so that means his blog is worth watching

He is also planning to podcast!

Visions of the Future – My vision on new technologies and there potential

New version of BlogJet out!

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Dmitry has released the Blogjet 1.2 beta!

Very cool! 1.2 includes, amungst other things, image resizing, file attachments, extended entries, excerpts and keywords, a brand new code editor with syntax highlighting and better code completion, easier account switching, XML-based drafts, typographic characters and autoreplacement of smilies, full XHTML support,

I have said it before, blogging is made super easy with this tool, I wouldnt post half as much without it! Great to the firefox plugin now included as standard!

Grab it here!

T.L. Pakii Pierce has a review up on it.