january, 29, 2003 archives

"open url in safari" annoyance

it requires the leading 'http://' in the url, so if you highlight something like 'trainedmonkey.com' and use apple-shift-l, all it does is bring safari to the foreground. pretty useless. it would be nice if it also stripped out any whitespace in the url (leading, trailing, and in the middle).

various luminaries will be speaking at a blogging panel put on by rhizome.org in los angeles on february 15. (via boing boing.)

new york, new york

i didn't spend any time playing tourist in new york (and didn't take any photos), because i decided to commit to speaking at phpcon east 2003 in april when the weather should be less frigid. but i can already understand the appeal of living there, even with the decidedly non-socal climate. the cost is still a major deterrent, though. you can put it in the column of “places i'd live if the right opportunity presented itself.” (which is right about where los angeles is, and a notch below san diego.)

i'm bummed that i didn't get to the metropolitan museum of art to see the leonardo da vinci, master drafsman exhibit. it started while i was there, and ends march 30.

surviving open source projects

someone should have had the author of this comment about open source project management to this article about open source project management on builder.com write the article instead of the actual author, since he clearly is endowed with more clues. detailed code deliverables? appoint volunteers? i'd say the only tip from the article that doesn't need to be buried in a pit of caveats is the third (“revision control”), and even that has been painted with a horrible policy sheen.

the xml-rpc interface to weblogs.com

ken coar finds the xml-rpc interface to weblogs.com distasteful. use the http post interface. and ignore the result. who cares if it fails? (and ping blo.gs too!)

supporting the trackback api on blo.gs is an interesting idea. on the todo list. (but i see a problem—trackback sends the blog name and the url for the entry, but not the url for the blog.)

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