Microsoft becomes TeleInterActive

11/01/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

Microsoft unveiled new Internet initiatives, including an online version of its Office suite and a service called Windows Live that will incorporate email, blogging and instant-messaging tools.end quotation
-- TECHNOLOGY ALERT from The Wall Street Journal

Wow. Now this is interesting, albeit a logical idea that I would have liked to have seen about five years ago. Of course, I can't see it, since I gave up on MS products, except for testing and if absolutely required by a customer, and it doesn't work with Firefox, Flock or other non=IE browsers. Maybe I'll have a test machine set-up to look at it. /sigh

Subscription reqired to read the WSJ article. But Robert Scoble is blogging about Microsoft's new services strategy, with other links too.

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Sisyphean Task

10/30/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

I was thinking of naming this post "Rolling Rocks" but I don't drink that beer; or "Hey There, Uncle Bud, It's a treat to beat your feet in the Mississippi mud" in honor of my high school English teacher, Father "Cacababa Boss" Carney [carnivorous or carnival, he knew how to rip into you when need be, and he was the most entertaining teacher I ever had]. But that was some 32 years ago, and this is now.

We decided to have the 15 foot high stump that was in the front yard removed. The pair of coastal ravens who live the in the holy cypress tree would sometimes sit on the top of the stump and watch me in my second floor home office. I'll miss that. But the stump was rotting and now it's gone, leaving this hole in the patio next to the koi pond. This necessitated cleaning out the saw dust from the koi pond, so let's really clean it out. And that meant that I spent my Sunday rolling rocks up a [short] slope. Thus wiki(Sisyphus). The pond is lined with tumbled river rock. I took them out, cleaned them up a bit, and am letting them bake in the sun [or grow more algae in the fog] for a week. Hey Bunkey, if you're reading this from Iraq - or are you doing your R&R in Thailand already - I bet you remember those rocks. Bunkey's the friend who said "Don't hire someone, we can put in the pond and patio". Hundreds of river rocks and 200 pound slabs of flagstone. Argghh!

And next week, I get to put the rocks back and drag the remaining flagstones from under the deck that overlooks the pond and patio, and cover the hole, and restock the pond with new fish. So the raccoons can eat the fish and move the rocks around to suit themselves.

When I've put the pond back together, and made the patio that whole without the hole, I'll post the before, during and after pictures.

But 'tis midnight in Moss Beach; now I'm going to bed and focus on my aches. Yep, yep, yep... every bone in my body feels like they were pummeled by those rocks.

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Aging of the Publishing Business

10/26/05 | by JAdP | Categories: books, Computers and Internet

I'm a bit late to the party on this, but it speaks to something that's happening in my life right now. My partner and I have been invited to co-author a book, and being who we are, and what we do, we insisted that we prepare for, document research, create the proposal and write the book in a wiki, with an accompanying blog.

Joe Wikert writes in "This Aging Business"

I spent the better part of this past week attending a series of meetings in Redmond, WA...

"I don’t think anyone in the room was less than 30 years old. In fact, I’d estimate the average age at about 35, maybe closer to 40...

"I’m not trying to be dramatic, but if this trend doesn’t change we’ll simply continue to chase after an older and older (and shrinking) customer base. I see this with my own kids (ages 18, 16 and 11). When it comes to issues on the computer, they don’t look for a book, they turn to Google for the answer.

"At its core, this business isn’t so much about making books as it is about providing information. We’ve got to do a better job of providing that information in a manner that’s relevant to the next generation of customers. What’s your opinion?end quotation

I'll be 50 before this year is out, but I couldn't agree with Joe's children more. When I want the answer to a technical question, or even "where else have I seen that guest star", I turn to the web: to Google, to blogs, to wikipedia, to the search feature in my feed reader.

"This business" is indeed about providing information, and the relevancy of that information can change very quickly. More importantly, I may need that information when I'm no where near my library, whether for work, learning, curiosity or entertainment.

I collect books. I have over 3000, mostly hardbound. I read them on my Palm. I love eReader. &#59;)

I'm honored to be co-authoring a technical book. I'll be thrilled to add it to my collection, talk about it, promote it, and watch it sell. [yes, yes, optimistic to a fault] :>> But for the information to be relevant and useful to our audience, the wiki and blog are of paramount importance. They will have useful information before the book is published, they'll help to garner feedback and gather case studies, and they'll continually update what will be in the book. They'll help to build the community and share the knowledge. That's the best of both worlds. The goal is to serve the audience, as well as we can. That's what is important.

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Flocked Blog Editor

10/24/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet, Blogging

I went back to the Flock Blog editor, as in my earlier post I had said that one advantage our b2evo JavaScript bookmarklet has, is that if you highlight text on a web site you're visiting and click on the b2evo bookmarklet that you had previously dragged into your browser toolbar, you get the title of the web page as the title of your blog, the url of the web page, and the text that you highlighted copied into the b2evo editor. This bookmarklet works in Flock, as it does in Firefox, Opera, other Mozilla browsers, and even IE.

The Flock blog editor doesn't do that if you highlight text and just click on the feather-pen looking icon.

You can, with a bit more effort, nearly duplicate this in Flock, according to their web site.

11. Blog This!

You can easily blog interesting web content with Flock, in just a few clicks.

Example:

1. Highlight a passage on a web page that you would like to blog about.
2. Right-click that selection and choose Blog This.
3. The blog editor opens with that selection already inserted. Not only that, the selection is properly formatted as a Blockquote and appropriate citation is included.

Other ways to Blog This:

1. Open the View menu and choose Topbars and then Blog Topbar.
2. Highlight a text passage and drag it to the box labeled "Drag stuff to blog it!"

Or you can use the Shelf (see The Shelf, below).

13. The Shelf

The Shelf is a scrapbook for interesting web content that you want to blog about later.

Example:

1. Open the Tools menu and choose Shelf.
2. Drag interesting URLs, pictures or text snippets from any web page onto the shelf.
3. Click the Blog Editor icon (that looks like a feather pen).
4. Drag items from the Shelf into your blog post.

Note:

* When you drag text snippets, Shelf items are automatically formatted as Blockquotes and citations are added.
* The Shelf is only for web content. You can't use it to upload items, or drop content from your computer onto it.end quotation
-- from the Flock Web Site, Thirteen Things You Can Do With Flock

Right clicking on the highlighted material and selecting "blog this" does get you the highlighted text and the web site's URL in the Flock Blog Editor, though the post is untitled.

When I tried to view the Blog Topbar, and try that method, I got that never ending looping error that Flock can't access my Blog account(s). So, I can't see how the Blog Topbar works.

The Shelf seems to work as described above. Though I can't fully test the blog editor at this point in Flock's evolution.

I have to say that I like the b2evo bookmarklet better. The built-in blog editor is touted as the coolest feature of Flock, with the del.icio.us syncing of favorites as the next coolest. I'm not impressed by either of these features.

What does impress me is the History Search. More on that when I've built a history in Flock to search.

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eMail Spam Stats from SpamAssassin

10/23/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet

We've been running our email server using SpamAssassin for about a year now. Here are the stats from my decade+ old email address.

Messages learned: 7412 as spam, 2450 as non-spam, 9862 total.end quotation

That's only the emails that spamAssassin had to learn about, it doesn't count the vast majority that it correctly identified as spam or ham.

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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