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Archives by Month: May, 2003

Listed below are excerpts and links to all weblog, blog entries, posts published during May, 2003.

Fri

30

MAY

2003

Friday Feast #46: The World of RSS Explorations

It’s only been since April of this year that I finally added RSS feeds for my weblog and started using news aggregators in earnest, too. Now that I’ve subscribed to some terrific feeds, my use of the Internet and resulting Internet experience has changed dramatically, and in a positive way. RSS and Quick Scanning I’ve now seen firsthand that RSS feedreaders, or news aggregators, truly can provide the ability to literally scan hundreds of site updates and headlines in a matter of seconds, letting me know when those sites have updated posts or news. Depending on the software used,... (1151 words, 14 links, 1 image)

08:35 pm, pdt30 May, 2003

Thu

29

MAY

2003

Camera Phones, Moblogging Continued, and Technology to Change the World

Here are more interesting links related to camera phones, moblogging, and related technology following my post Tuesday, Mobile Phones, Moblogs, and Technology: Adam Greenfield is credited with coining the term “moblogging” last November, just over 6 months ago, noting HipTop Nation as an example: “the future-becoming-present in real time: this is what happens when you fuse digital cameras and text-entry functionality with a way to publish it to the Web, for better and worse”. Satoshi Nakajima, CEO for UIEvolution Inc. has provided the rest of us with a terrific overview history with corresponding links about camera phones in his... (274 words, 12 links)

10:06 pm, pdt29 May, 2003

Wed

28

MAY

2003

Fun Photography Projects and Sites

Photography sites and community photo project sites are cropping up all over the Web. Check out 26 Things, Photo Friday, photographica.org, photoblogs.org, and many more for some of the fabulously creative, fun sites for inspiration, to share photos, and join in with other people who love photography, whether or not you earn your living shooting photos. Along the way I’ve posted some sites with exceptional photography. (338 words, 16 links)

10:33 pm, pdt28 May, 2003

Tue

27

MAY

2003

Mobile Phones, Moblogs, and Technology

Maybe you’ve seen some of the latest weblogs, coined moblogs, popping up with images and posts from the authors' wireless camera phones. I’ve also seen the ads on TV about taking pictures with your mobile phone and instantly sending them to friends. Amazing. So is this just the latest toy or will wireless camera phones sending photos become an everyday way of life just like cell phones themselves? Will we see more and more moblogs? There are some interesting articles, a growing community of mobloggers, and even an upcoming moblog conference that ask those questions and go into wireless camera... (535 words, 32 links)

06:20 pm, pdt27 May, 2003

Fri

23

MAY

2003

Friday Feast #45: Commercial or Non-commercial Weblog: Which is it, and Why Does it Matter?

For the first time in 2-1/2 years my weblog was denied for inclusion at an independent weblog portal that lists non-commercial weblogs. The site owner considered my weblog to be a commercial site due to the top-of-the-page navigation link to my Web design business site. I’ve never considered my weblog to be commercial, so the difference in opinion sparked my curiosity. As a result, today’s Friday Feast is about the world of commercial vs. non-commercial weblogs. Why does any of this even matter? If your weblog is considered commercial you may need to pay a commercial license fee for weblog... (1232 words, 20 links)

06:09 pm, pdt23 May, 2003

Thu

22

MAY

2003

May Conferences in Europe: WWW2003, BlogTalk

Tim Berners-Lee provided the keynote speech Wednesday at the 12th International World Wide Web Conference in Budapest, Hungary. Listed below are links to some of the informative coverage about his speech and the conference being held May 21-23, followed by fabulous sites covering the BlogTalk conference in Vienna, Austria May 23-24. WWW2003 Community Coverage Weblog and RSS feed Being the type who gets energized and excited by technology, I think I’m most excited about the attendee-generated notes and coverage available. Folks at the conference are posting live as the events occur. Virtually Attending the 12th IW3C2 Conference Chris Sherman... (437 words, 26 links)

06:29 pm, pdt22 May, 2003

Categories: Internet, Standards, Weblogs

Wed

21

MAY

2003

You Build the Blog, But Will They Come?

Jared Blank addresses that question in his new article for ClickZ, What If You Built a Blog and No One Came? That title caught my eye, so naturally I read the article and checked things out for myself. (419 words, 16 links)

08:04 am, pdt21 May, 2003

Tue

20

MAY

2003

Google, Weblogs, and Print Publishers Online and Off

Like many of us, I’ve been following along with the discussions about whether or not Google is giving too much weight to weblogs and not enough to print publishers. Just a few of the dozens of interesting posts the past couple of weeks are by Dave Winer, Doc Searls, Dan Gillmor, Michael Hall. Some print publishers may be bothered that their rankings aren’t higher for news-related searches, but I wonder if search engine experts and other online experts are consulted before print publishers block so much content from search engines behind their password-only subscriber-only areas. If they want to bring... (538 words, 18 links, 1 image)

05:05 pm, pdt20 May, 2003

Categories: Books, Internet, SEO, Weblogs

Mon

19

MAY

2003

Steal These Buttons

You’ve probably seen the latest trend in icons that folks are also generously giving away, including those at antipixel, Raging Platypus.com, and Will Pate even made one for Jeffrey Zeldman’s new book. (125 words, 13 links, 3 images)

01:39 pm, pdt19 May, 2003

Fri

16

MAY

2003

Friday Feast #44: Standards, Site Optimization, RSS, and Weblogs

Today’s Friday Feast covers more on the world of RSS feeds including innovative uses in education, new interviews and books on web standards and site optimization, and a handy tool for cross-browser, cross-platform testing. (752 words, 33 links, 2 images)

12:54 pm, pdt16 May, 2003

Thu

15

MAY

2003

W3C’s New CSS Releases

Today the W3C announced several CSS3 advancements now online including four CSS3 Candidate Recommendations and two new CSS3 module Working Drafts. This includes the first set of CSS3 properties and values. Tantek ¸elik, one of W3C’s CSS Working Group members, writes about the latest W3C releases in today’s post CSS Reloaded. When you get a chance, take a look at these CSS modules to see what’s going on. The CSS3 Generated and Replaced Content Module includes footnote elements, for example. The CSS3 Color module describes the CSS1 and CSS2 color-related properties and values while proposing new properties and values.... (119 words, 7 links)

11:28 am, pdt15 May, 2003

Categories: CSS, Design, Standards

Wed

14

MAY

2003

Blogging Headline News, More RSS Feeds

BHN, Blogging Headline News, is a new online magazine that collects at least 20,000 daily weblog posts and sifts through them to present the rest of the world with the best of the best information. You can run a search for topics you’re interested in, find RSS feeds for weblogs of interest, or read the latest weblog posts around the Web. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for the top news stories or any of the numerous categories available. BHN is brought to you by the same folks who run Microdoc News Headlines. It looks like they’re off... (116 words, 5 links)

06:10 am, pdt14 May, 2003

Categories: Syndication, Weblogs

Tue

13

MAY

2003

Several Mozilla and Netscape 7 users kindly emailed me to let me know that some of the hyperlinks within my weblog posts were multiplying endlessly when the mouse was passed over them using those particular browsers. I was bitten by a Mozilla and Netscape 7 multiplying hyperlinks bug. I learned that the multiplying hyperlinks bug occurs in some versions of Mozilla and Netscape 7 when there is a combination of the CSS pseudo-element :first-line on a block element and the dynamic pseudo-class :hover on a hyperlink. I was using the :hover pseudo-class and more recently I added the :first-line... (292 words, 9 links)

02:05 pm, pdt13 May, 2003

Mon

12

MAY

2003

CSE HTML Validator Beta 3 Released

CSE HTML Validator Pro, version 6.0 Beta 3 is now available for registered users. Users already know that this helpful syntax checker checks for US Section 508 Federal Guidelines, markup errors, provides helpful hints and tips, and runs a terrific batch mode to check an entire website with the click of a button. I’ve used it for years to check my work as I go, followed by using W3C’s validating tools to ensure W3C validation. CSE’s version 6 has improvements for WAI Guidelines and US 508 Guidelines, numeric references, improved XHTML support, improved PHP support, output can be in... (290 words, 8 links)

11:38 am, pdt12 May, 2003

Sun

11

MAY

2003

RSS Profiles for Weblogs

There’s been plentiful buzzing over the weekend about creating an RSS profile for weblogs. Movable Type’s Ben Trott posted his brainstorm to create a profile specific to weblogs. On the list not to be missed are Tim Bray’s RSS and the S-word, insightful thoughts on standardization and RSS. Don suggests an RSS Profile and many discuss and collaborate at Sam Ruby’s post, Don Box’s RSS profile. There are more trackbacks, comments, and discussions going than anyone could possibly read in a week. Exciting stuff, all in all, and I look forward to seeing where things land.... (100 words, 6 links)

09:33 pm, pdt11 May, 2003

Fri

9

MAY

2003

Friday Feast #43: Inspiration, CSS, Metadata, Photoshop, Photography

I’ve been adding RSS feed links to the Luscious Links section, so those of you interested in those, help yourself. I’ll finish that up throughout next week. On to this week’s feast of links. (602 words, 27 links, 1 image)

01:03 pm, pdt 9 May, 2003

Thu

8

MAY

2003

Promoting Your Weblog

You’ve been writing away and you’d love to build your readership. You want people to find your weblog, read it regularly, and tell their friends and colleagues. How does that happen? In addition to optimizing your site for search engines, search engine submissions, submitting your weblog to sites that list weblogs and submitting your RSS feeds, check out Promoting One’s Blog and its follow-up, More Suggestions for Increasing Blog Readership for some practical ideas. You may or may not agree with them all, and you may pick up a few tips in the process. Also, take a look at the... (314 words, 11 links)

02:14 pm, pdt 8 May, 2003

Categories: Content, Weblogs

Tue

6

MAY

2003

Weblog Tools Wish Lists, Longevity

Matthew Thomas wrote an outline of features he’d like in his ideal weblogging system, following up Monday debating data preservation for his ideal weblogging system. There’s lots of interesting discussions and comments at his weblog, too. (131 words, 5 links)

06:04 pm, pdt 6 May, 2003

Categories: Software, Standards, Weblogs

6

MAY

2003

Best of chi-web & sigia-l

Scott Berkun of uiweb.com has gathered an incredible list of links to helpful summary posts from the chi-web and sigia-l discussion lists from 1998 to the present. Best of chi-web & sigia-l is a terrific resource for web usability, design and human computer interaction with an emphasis on information architecture! [hat tip: LOGos, Oskar van Rijswijk]... (58 words, 6 links)

07:23 am, pdt 6 May, 2003

Fri

2

MAY

2003

Friday Feast #42: The World of RSS Feeds

There is a plethora of information available about RSS (RDF Site Summary), feeds, feedreaders, and tools. Today’s Friday Feast lists some of the more helpful ones I’ve recently found. (1165 words, 58 links, 1 image)

02:23 pm, pdt 2 May, 2003

Thu

1

MAY

2003

Four Years Ago Today...

I was holding her hand as she lay in a coma at the hospital. She’d had a massive stroke and heart attack earlier that morning from which she would not survive. Amazingly, despite her grave condition my mom held on to life long enough for out-of-state family to fly in to be there with her as she took her final breaths in this world. Only a few days before that my mom and I had talked and laughed together. I knew that her last days were near, but I kept hoping she’d be here a little longer. In retrospect... (407 words, 14 links, 3 images)

12:28 pm, pdt 1 May, 2003

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