Getting Enclosures Working

What fun is autoposting mp3’s without writing the enclosure tags needed to make podcasting work? Not much. Scuttle butt on the web says if I link to an MP3, enclosure happens automagically. We’ll see.

CA Court Says Bloggers Do Not Have Same Protections as Journalists

JURIST – Paper Chase: California judge says journalist shield laws don’t apply to bloggers
Judge James Kleinberg of the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County [official website] issued a preliminary ruling Thursday holding that three computer industry blogs – PowerPage, Apple Insider, and Think Secret – could not claim the same First Amendment {Cornell LII backgrounder] and California Shield Law [First Amendment Project overview] protections that allow journalists to refuse to reveal their sources. The weblogs had published alleged trade secrets about upcoming product releases from Apple Computer [corporate website].

Well, this oughta get ’em riled up…

Mindmeld for Knowledge Management

Mindmeld at Sourceforge
Mindmeld is an enterprise-capable knowledge-sharing system. It is an effective tool for any web community that needs to capture and share information, and is unique in that the knowledgebase grows smarter every time it’s used. It only knows what you teach it, but it’s very easy to teach.

Mindmeld’s core search technology, the self-organizing neural mapper, allows Mindmeld to incorporate terms used in each search into a contextual map of the answer itself, continually improving Mindmeld’s ability to derive contextual information from a given search. The system learns how people typically search for a given answer by identifying which search terms are most valuable in any specific context.

The description makes it sound like a wiki with really good search capabilites. I’ll need to take a closer look.

Brief Paper on Student Reactions to Class Blog

Library Stuff
We’ve seen professors have students participate in classroom blogs or have them start their own as part of a semester long project. Feedback from the students is important. Take a look this paper titled, Blogging In An Online Course: A Report on Student Satisfaction Among First-time Bloggers [PDF], which does exactly that: Rolling with Ruby on Rails Rolling with Ruby on Rails
Maybe you’ve heard about Ruby on Rails, the super productive new way to develop web applications, and you’d like to give it a try, but you don’t know anything about Ruby or Rails. This article steps through the development of a web application using Rails. It won’t teach you how to program in Ruby, but if you already know another object-oriented programming language, you should have no problem following along (and at the end you can find links on learning Ruby).

Thanks to TRB, a new Ruby fan, for pointing this out. Project details for Trac Project details for Trac
Trac is a minimalistic but highly useful issue tracker and software project environment based around an integrated Wiki engine. Features include an interface to Subversion (source revision control), a bug/issue tracking database, and convenient report facilities.

What’s Google up to?

Google is up to something. In recent months they’ve added Mozilla developers and a MSFT NT engineer to the payroll. Rumors swirl about some calendar app. Well, imagine this. A Linux distro that turns your PC into a node on a Google network, replete with a desktop that runs Windows apps (who better to straighten out Wine than someone who helped design NT) , a Google browser, Google searching capabilty of all of your data, and as a bonus, the ability to Google your fiends PCs. During down time, your screensaver runs some distributed processes from the Google net.

Just a thought.

Tiotha – Windows Shell Replacement For a Networked Environment

Tiotha – Home
Tiotha is a replacement shell for Windows that seeks to simplify limiting available applications by user roll and machine context in an Active Directory environment. Combining a suitable Tiotha configuration with appropriate Group Policies results in a robust, centrally managed, desktop security solution.”