Podjacking; podcasting and a microformat danger

Podcasting is an interesting phenomenon that has wideranging potential consequences. Podcasting allows for easy distribution of audio "shows" similar to radio programs. For that matter, many radio programs are currently available as podcast. A podcast is relatively simple application of the RSS feed, the podcaster merely makes an audio file be an attachment to an entry in their RSS feed. Voila, instant podcast.

Structured Blogging: Who is Benefitting and How?

"Structured Blogging" has been popping up on my web2.0 news feed the last couple days. I don't know how new this idea really is, but it seems like an overly hyped application of ideas that have already been floating around for years.

Let's look at a few articles to explore what these people mean by "structured blogging".

Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation

"Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation" -- hmm, at least that's what today's fortune cookie says. This connected with me and I want to write a little of how I take this statement.

The key is to consider what "discontent" really means. And not only what you mean, but what does one do when they're discontented?

Coffee and Tea can clean the liver

A few weeks ago a study was posted discussing how coffee has a high amount of anti-oxidants. Now there's a study showing how coffee and tea can clear toxins from the liver and drastically reduce the instance of chronic liver disease.

Study Suggests Caffeine Can Help Liver (Reuters, Monday, December 5, 2005; Page A06, washingtonpost.com)

What does "Love" mean?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.

So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

Billy - age 4

One reason to ditch the PC

A long time ago I had a dozen PC's running various of the x86 operating systems, including Windows, FreeBSD, Solaris and Linux. A dozen computers all at once. Yup, I was real hardcore.

Why? I don't really remember, but I learned one important thing. The typical PC hardware sucks big time.

Review: The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds is one of those stories that has stuck around since it was first told. It was originally released as a Science Fiction novel, later done as a Radio Theater program and even later as movies. It spawned several movies with the same theme but somewhat different plotlines.

Google launching their Analytics service

Google has a new webmaster oriented service that's just launched. A few months ago they had bought Urchin, a company providing a website traffic analysis service, and it is this service which Google has rebranded as Analytics.

I've just signed up for the service on this site, and if you're eagle eyed as the page loads you'll see requests to google-analytics.com.

Google to launch wifi access for the city of Mountain View

You might be thinking "Oh, Mountain View, the home of so many of Silicon Valley high fliers", so of course they've already got excellent internet connectivity out the yinyang. And we do have our fair share of broadband choices, but the choices we have are no more advanced than elsewhere. No Fiber Optics connections at the curb, etc, just the usual DSL or CableInternet choices. ... Mtn View is or was home to Sun Microsystems, Intuit, Netscape, Lycos, Silicon Graphics, oh, and a little company called Google. It's also the town I've lived in for 7 of the last 15 years.

Testing SkypeOut from around the world

I'm on a business trip to India and I want to keep in touch with my sweetie in California. Seeing as how Skype and other VOIP services are supposed to be the cats pajamas for bypassing "outrageous" long distance phone charges, I'm wanting to try this out.


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