Crackers for Christmas Suck

Crackers planted some nasty software on one of our servers, and were using the dear machine for launching Denial of Service attacks. Of course, they did this whilst the technical brains of our organization were off for the holidays. Clarise, I hope that you're enjoying Australia. :>>

The crackers were apparently from Brazil. The strings from the scripts were in Portuguese. Dont' they know that the Italian farmers and Portuguese fishermen worked together to build the San Mateo coast. What are these idiots doing? :crazy:

Once again, I would like to thank the tech support folk at ServerBeach for helping me with this problem.

Edwin Aoki Tag Spam Fighter

Edwin Aoki of AOL presented at Tag Tuesday. AOL is beginning its fight against Tag Spam or Spag before the problem becomes huge, and Edwin is asking other tag service providers [TSPs?, TaaS?] to join in. Edwin presented a number of interesting ideas, and he was very focused on his topic. I found that Edwin was really addressing the larger topic of tag usability. Many of the ideas and statistics that Edwin presented, not only reflect the idea of Spag, but also the idea of bringing tagging to the mainstream.

If the overuse of fairly generic tags like "Open Source" or "Health and Wellness" has already led to tag pollution, how useful will tags be to the casual user? If such tags are already "polluted" and unusable, will tags become so specific that only a handful of folks will find what they want through tagging?

For example, we met with the folks from Kinetic Networks yesterday, to discuss their open source ETL tool, KETL. I'm still writing the article, but the tags I'm using are "Computers and Internet", "Open Source", "Business Intelligence", Bizgres, ETL, KETL and "Kinetic Networks". Are at least two of those tags too polluted to be useful? Will someone looking for information on an open source ETL tool be able to find articles that are tagged as I tagged this one? Or will these tags only prove useful to someone specifically looking for information about Kinetic Networks and KETL.

Since the power of tagging is the human factor, the developing folksonomies, how will mainstream users, private folksonomies in intranets, and automated tagging suggestions affect this power?

I think that tags must be viewed through unions and intersections of meaning and context if they are ever to be useful to mainstream users in either a business or personal environment. The potential is there, but we need to understand tagging at a far more sophisticated level than current approaches allow.

Silicon Valley Tag Tuesday November 29

Clarise and I will be attending...

Tag Tuesday is coming to Mountain View! After three meetings in San Francisco we have decided to give Silicon Valley a try to extend our reach. Our next meeting will take place next Tuesday, November 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AOL%u2019s campus in Mountain View.end quotation
-- Silicon Valley Tag Tuesday November 29

Of course, since this is the first Tag Tuesday NOT being held in San Francisco, we'll be in San Francisco earlier on Tuesday for meetings. :)

But we're looking forward to both talks being presented at Tag Tuesday this month.

Zvents and the TeleInterActive Network

As I mentioned, Clarise and I met Allie and Ethan of Zvents, through Andrea.

We were discussing the new direction in which we are taking our service, The TeleInterActive Network. Our service is focused on small businesses, with little or no Internet presence. Maybe they paid someone a lot of money to set up a static web site, updating it is expensive, and it just sits there like a printed brochure in a potential customer's desk drawer. That potential is only realized if they stumble across the web site at just the right moment, but no one has any incentive to visit often.

An Internet presence is a powerful tool for business, only if it provides timely and interesting information to the community the business wants to serve. We help small businesses do this by consulting with them, learning their goals, and hosting open source software to meet those goals. That software may be a CMS to start - we use Mambo. As we work with our customers, we can add blogs, wikis, portals, and other tools as needed.

Andrea and Allie thought one tool that might help our customers is Zvents, and thus they dragged over Eric. After talking with them, we heartily agree. Having a zvent widget on our customer's web site, with appropriate events, can help them easily keep their site current, and providing good information for their communities.

As we bring our customers along in small steps to acclimitize them to the new Web, we'll be reporting on what works and best practices. We have a feeling that zvents will be one of those best practices.

Riya Launch Party

Clarise and I are headed off to the Riya launch party, as hosted by Munjal at Mike's house, after being invited by Tara. Ok, ok, awkward sentence but I wanted to get all the proper links in there. :>>

Congratulations to the entire Ojos crew.

I wonder if all those Google rumours will be confirmed, denied or ignored.

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