Ah, Performancing – Settings, General, Publishing Features

You can turn off the display of their Powered By link in the options easily.  Nice.  I’m happy to list them on my Sliced Bread page, but I really don’t need to link spam them on every post!  Now to start creating some content to post about so I can try a real posting tool on for size (I had been individually logging in, which is so 90’s!)

Have you tried Tiddling?

http://tiddlywiki.com/

The coolest wiki ever since sliced bread.  In fact that may inspire me to create a new category “Sliced Bread” – just for cool and useful stuff I find.

Tiddlywiki is an entire wiki coded in a single 200k HTML file.  This means you can simply download their empty.html to your local disk (and change the name – mywiki.html).  Open that fine in your modern browser.  Play with it.  It’s an entire wiki system – in one file, on your hard disk.  You can edit it, add sections, html links, wikilinks, change a bunch of settings, and such.  Very useful as a mini-notepad that you can use anywhere you have a browser.  Almost as good as a magical yellow sticky application that would actually keep all your notes handy when you need them, but out of the way otherwise.

Do you ever get caught in email loops?

Where you’re momentarily bored (or need a displacement activity), and check your email.  Where you need to answer a question, so you do some web research.  Whereupon you check your personal webmail account, since you’re there anyway.  And someone sent pictures of their latest conference, so you look at those.  Anyway, you get the research done and answer the question – but you’ve come up with a better idea and email someone else your new idea for vetting.

By then, it’s time to check your email again, to see if anyone else has commented on the open question, and look – there’s another topic to get involved in.

Wouldn’t having a DND (Do Not Disturb) setting on email be a great feature?  Just set it ‘on’ at 10am for 2 hours after you’ve answered the morning’s mail.  Nothing gets delivered – no matter how many times you hit Refresh – until noon, allowing 2 uninterrupted hours of work.

Darn, the DND feature doesn’t work with your webmail account.  Hmmm.  I’ve been reading this blog for a while – better go and check my email to see if anything needs doing.

The next Web will not be 2.0

Via /. and numerous other posts:  Local non-profit Irish IT group cease-and-desisted over use of “Web 2.0” name by CMP Media.

O’Reilly – a large and usually pretty cool technology publisher – is starting to beat up anyone who uses “Web 2.0”.  Ooops!  I’m certainly not the first, but I will say it anyways: “My Web 3.0 will be the best product out there!”.  Or how about “Web 2007”?

I definitely do appreciate intellectual property rights.  But there are far too many places these days where they’re going amok.  Heck, why don’t we all get Tim B-L to cite some precedent over the term “Web” itself, and threaten to mess with everyone?  (I know, I know: trademarks only apply if you actually use them for trade, which I don’t think Sir Tim would do).

Hmmm, I smell a business opportunity for some techie who’s worked with code for a long time.  Troll patent and copyright cases, and then do the research to invalidate them, by showing that working code doing the same thing was built 3 years earlier in some obscure place or whatever.

Internet Radio-in-a-box == D.J. TiVo

Having listened to MIKE-FM (actually WMKK-FM, but their marketing department never ever actually uses that) for long enough, I’ve realized that they don’t actually have “less DJ time”.  They just TiVo, or timeshift, their DJs.

From their perspective, it makes business sense.  Instead of having several DJs on staff, they simply have a handful of voice talents on retainer.  DJs have to be on during certain hours, since they’re generally live (allowing weather, news, traffic breaks with banter).  Voice talents, in this modern age, can work anywhere and anytime, as long as the .wav or other files get delivered to the server before the broadcast.  MIKE-FM seems to have two main voice talents (the main snarky guy and the older, goofy comic foil), and a couple of other occasional ones (some community ad and other longer spots).

The thing that gets me is that Mike doesn’t really seem to have less talk!  I’d love to see someone do a time comparison of Mike vs. competitors for a certain timeslot.  While Mike’s automated voice talent bits are typically pretty short, they come along very frequently – every other song, usually; and sometimes they have a couple of blurbs together.  They have a fairly good repetoire of blurbs: they clearly record plenty of blurbs and then randomly stick them in.  They even have some blurbs that are very topical: they clearly shuffle the voice lineup at least weekly.  But they still have just about as much talk as other stations, overall.  So while it may be a “Voice Actor” they hire, they’re still doing the same job as a DJ – just timeshifted, and without any of the actual human connection.  Too bad.

If they could actually go the next step, it would be interesting to see some radio stations do that.  Imagine the Web 2.0 or Semantic Web or whatever applied to this model.  Timeshifted DJs, but where a music director actually choreographed entire sets of music (or styles of music) along with some semi-topic-specific blurbs.  Scatter a handful of daily-topic blurbs throughout (daily voice talent recordings of the previous days scandals, for example), and it would feel pretty ‘live’.  This needs a very rich semantic catalog of music (for automated style selection and matching), as well as improving current beatmatch technology (which I thought some radio station had a big proprietary way to do interestingly but I can’t find it right now) to really cross styles and be more accurate.
Although I still like my live DJs on some stations, please.