Regent: 'Somebody's head needs to roll'DENVER -- Several people close to the University of Colorado
recruiting scandal called for job changes Thursday in some of the
strongest criticism yet of how administrators handled the football
"I think somebody's head needs to roll," Regent Jim Martin
said. "There is more at stake here than athletics, we're talking
about the university's reputation.
"Sometimes in the public arena, things get so out of whack, you
need to change the players so people don't lose confidence...
One of the biggest selling points for hybrid cars is their fuel-efficiency, but some disappointed owners still have a case of the gas-pump blues. They're discovering that, just like with regular cars, driving styles dictate mileage. By John Gartner.
Jeremy Zawodny has announced how to ping Yahoo's RSS database when you post to your Movable Type weblog. Pinging has the advantage of getting your content much faster into those sites that crawl RSS feeds for news.
Movable Type, by default, supports pinging two weblog update notification sites. To activate those in your Blog Config preferences check the boxes to notify blo.gs and weblogs.com. Weblogs.com is a site that tracks and displays links to recently changed weblogs and news-oriented web sites.
When you enable this feature, Movable Type sends out an XML-RPC ping (i.e. http://ping.blo.gs/ and http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2). When these sites receives your ping, they will check your blog to determine if it has changed since the last check; if it has, your site will be marked as updated. These systems will schedule an immediate refresh of your site so that they offer the most up-to-date version of your RSS feed.
In addition to weblogs.com and blo.gs, there are other services that support the XML-RPC ping interface and provide similar functionality. You can ping these either manually or automaticaly. These include:
If you would like to ping these services automatically, you can add the URLs to their XML-RPC servers into the Others box found in your blog config preferences. Separate the URLs with carriage returns.
If you've made a donation to Movable Type user and have received a recently updated key, you can also add a ping to:
Other blogging software that supports pinging include Radio Userland, blosxum, pMachine, and WordPress.
In addition to XML-RPC, advanced users may be pleased to note that Yahoo.com, Bulkfeeds, and Technorati also offer the REST (REpresentational State Transfer) API interface.
http://api.my.yahoo.com/rss/ping?u=http://www.yoursite.com/blog [GET http protocol]
http://api.technorati.com/search?query=%22your+search+terms%22&key=your_API_key&start=1 [GET; POST]
Gmail has made mail exciting again, but there's a lot more going on than that. I'm speaking at a conference called Inbox June 2 to 4 in San Jose, and having fun getting ready for it.
There are two parts of mail, obviously: the back-end store and forward system, and the client side. The client used to be simply a place to present messages, and the whole function was moving documents/files/messages back and forth. But now, the back-end deals with things such as spam filtering and authentication and scaling, and the user side has expanded to include calendar and contact management, increasingly integrated.
More fundeamentally, as the world becomes more real-time and connected, the virtual and increasingly the actual configuration of the system is changing. There's a rich, complex, shared data store in the cloud, and mail is simply the passing of notifications and alerts that tell you to pay attention to/download specific items in the cloud that are new or changed or that someone wants to share with you. this creates huge challenges in version control, updating and permission management.
Mail (which may change its name) becomes not just a collaboration tool, but also a personal workflow manager. It's the inbox not just for messages, but for applications, for RSS feeds, for IMs and voice messages, and of course it helps manage (and integrate) SIP phone calls, too.
It's interesting in this context to hear people talk about Gmail. ALthough it's clumsy, it can be used not just to send messages but to store files. I already use it to send photographs with a cc to myself; then I can resend (i.e. forward the copies) the photos to other people without uploading them again. I also use it to back up large files by e-mailing them to myself. And if I were so minded, I could share my account with other people so that they could look at the same files (though if you want to change them, you have to mail a copy. whether it;s a bug or a feature, unlike in my Eudora mail, the file store is read-only. Of course, it's a really kludgy file system, but it's easy to use - in the sense of "you can figure it out," not "it's convenient."
I'm wondering what will happen when Google has millions of accounts and presumably millions of duplicate files that it knows about: i.e. one person e-mails the same file to several othe Gmail users. WIll it eliminate redundancies? is the saving in space worth the processing overhead? Certainly the reduction in user *reading* overhead produced by eliminating redundancies within e-mail threads - a much more complex task - is worth it... that's the kind of thing you'll see more of.
the real value of the new mail, though, will be attention management rather than content management. In an iterative process based on explicit user instructions and watching of user behavior, mail will start to know what you want to see now, what you want to see later (and when), and what you want to see never. I'm eager to hear about actual examples of these kinds of tools, and I hope to see a lot of them at Inbox. More when I know more.
good friend told me it's time for me to stop procrastinating, stop
writing about 1000 different subjects, focus, and get off my ass and do something.
I left my employer of 27 years, five months ago, because I could no
longer stand the stupidity, the greed, the politics, the suffocating
hierarchy, the imaginative poverty, and being a part of the problem
instead of part of the solution.
But after the initial exhilaration, I've been caught in analysis paralysis. The things I would be best at doing, the Meeting of Minds
opportunities that immediately dropped into my lap, are not that
dissimilar from what I was already doing, and though they'd pay well,
they're not what I want to do. The things I'd really like to do, the
things on my How to Save the World Roadmap, the things that would make a difference,
are either way outside my competencies, or would (probably) be strictly
volunteer work, and I'm not independently wealthy enough, even though
we have reduced our footprint significantly in the past year, to work
for free. Or, perhaps more honestly, I'm not courageous enough to work for free, and just see what happens.
Another good friend, a pragmatist and a brilliant man, told me I should pick two things, one from the List 1 (yes, I have lists, you know me that well) of things I do well that pay well, the Meeting of Minds stuff, and one from the List 2
of things I really want to do, and spend half my time doing each. If I
could get past my bull-headedness and idealism, I would follow his
advice. But I keep hoping that something will come up that will be up
in the top right corner of the chart, the career, the calling I have
been waiting for all my life.
The first good friend said "What do you really
want to do?" and I replied that I'd like to write my novel, the idyllic
future state story of humans living in balance and harmony with the
rest of life on Earth, and then dedicate the rest of my life to making
it come true. He said "If you wrote the book, what's the very next
thing you'd want to do?" He brushed off my 'buts' and insisted I answer
the question -- "What's at the rightmost end of your chart?" I
blathered through some List 2 possibilities -- studying
and becoming an expert in interspecies communication, or human
fertility, or storytelling, making my novel into a film, working for
Greenpeace or some other environmental activist organization, working
in politics to get taxes shifted from income and employment to resource
consumption and waste, running a renewable energy co-op, inventing
animal-free foods that are nutritious and taste great -- and finally came up with two things that topped them all:
Managing an environmental 'think-tank', a physical and
virtual 'space' that would welcome caring and creative and
knowledgeable minds to work together to come up with ideas on How to Save the World, and plans to implement them.
Teaching children and young adults (ages 5-25) about Gaia
-- the worldview that Earth is a single, self-organizing and
self-regulating organism that knows better than any single species, and
shows us, how we should all live -- and then teach them Critical
Thinking skills, and finally how to make a meaningful, joyous,
self-sufficient living by creating New Collaborative Enterprises.
My friend's advice was simple. "Write the damn book. Now. Get it
finished, get it out there. Then decide if you can afford, on your own
terms, to do either or both of your two Next Things. If you can't, pick
the thing from List 1 that gives you the most money, and/or the most
spare time to keep working on the plan, and the skills development,
that you need to do the two Next Things, and do it, for as long as you
That is what I'm going to do, I think. Thank you for listening.
Strictly speaking, it's not a smartmobbing subject. But it concerns our future, so I think it's appropriate to give you this kind of information.
A revolution in medical testing will soon come to a doctor's office near you, thanks to a simple CD player. A team of Purdue University scientists led by physicist David Nolte devised a method to create analog CDs which will be able to screen thousands of proteins in your blood for potential diseases while you wait. You will no longer have to wait for weeks before getting the results provided by a specialized lab.
Still, expect a few years before this technology comes to your physician's office. In "BioCDS could hit No. 1 on doctors' charts," Nolte says that "it will be at least 10 years before doctors have Bio-CDs at their disposal." You'll find more details, pictures and references in this overview.