"Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe."

Fri, 15 Oct 2004 12:26:46 +0000


Jamie Zawinski outlines a hypothetical program - vast volumes of email:

"There are other interesting data-visualization possibilities here as well; since really what we have is nodes and connections between them, tools like graphers and histogram charts might be applicable as well, to answer questions like

* show me a graph of the age-distribution of my unanswered mail, or,

* show me a graph of people who are known to have directly exchanged mail with each other so that I can see the "clumping'' of my correspondents."

Thu, 14 Oct 2004 12:44:48 +0000

Isaac Newton, sha1, and the Semantic Web

David Sklar - Isaac Newton, sha1, and the Semantic Web:

"Which made me think: is the Semantic Web the 21st century equivalent of Diderot's Encyclopédie? What lessons have we learned (or not) from previous generations' attempts to taxonomify (and neologize? :) all information?"

Sun, 10 Oct 2004 05:50:27 +0000


Jotspot - a Wiki plus forms, e-mail + RSS integration, optional XHTML markup, file attachments. Unfortunately, it's a service (ASP), not a software you could install on your own server...

How JotSpot Is Different: "Using a simple scripting markup, JotSpot allows you to create Forms. Forms bring structure to your wiki pages. Forms define fields such as "text," "date," "number", etc. And, pages can contain both structured and unstructured text."

Thu, 07 Oct 2004 07:55:54 +0000

Don't Be Afraid to Drop the SOAP

Sam Tregar - Don't Be Afraid to Drop the SOAP:

"The best candidates for SOAP applications are lightweight network applications without significant performance requirements. If your application doesn't absolutely require network interaction, or if it will deal with large amounts of data then you should avoid SOAP."

Wed, 06 Oct 2004 11:47:14 +0000

Novell NetDrive: Webdav client for Windows

Harry Fuecks: "NetDrive is a free client, provided by Novell, to allow access to Webdav servers from Windows, by mapping a drive."

Sun, 03 Oct 2004 21:35:59 +0000

George Bush as programming project leader

Andy Lester - George Bush as programming project leader:

"If the war in Iraq was a programming project, Bush would need to be saying, regularly, "I know things aren't going well, I know that you've had a lot of casualties on the team, but I believe we can get through this. Now, here's what we're going to do differently to make sure that we come out of this project alive."

Of course, if the war were a programming project, it'd never have gotten management approval in the first place. What are our requirements? What are our milestones? How are we doing? How do we know when the project is over? What's the timeframe for completion? What's the success metric? Is the iRaq project really the best way to beef up the company's security?"

Fri, 01 Oct 2004 22:27:04 +0000