I remember the good old days of domain squatting

At least you had to pony up a few bucks per domain name back then.  Now there's Twitter squatting.  It's fairly predictable, really…  Every single letter TwitID is taken.  Common surnames…  taken.  Common words…  taken.  Apparently, you don't even need to use a legitimate or at least legitimately unique e-mail address to do it.

Classic Blogger and PHP?

A question via e-mail:

I stumbled upon your blog: http://developernotes.thomaspowell.com
What I noticed – and it's something that I wanted also – is that your blogpages are all ending in .php, even your individual blogpost pages (http://developernotes.thomaspowell.com/2008/10/remember-milk-is-on-twitter.php)

How do you do that in settings? I can only get the index page to end as PHP. The individual posts remain in HTML.

Could you share this nugget of wisdom with me?

(Note:  I've only done this publishing to another host via FTP)

In Blogger dashboard, click the [Settings] link for your blog.

Under the [Settings] Tab -> [Publishing] Tab, edit the Blog Filename field. (index.html -> index.php)

There is also a setting for the archive file:
Under the [Settings] Tab -> [Archive] Tab, edit the Archive filename field. (archive.html -> archive.php)

One more thing to note…  all the old *.html files will still be left on the server, so if you want them removed, you'll have to clean them yourself.

(You may also want to redirect old links to the new extension).

Is a Yahoo developer platform worth the time investment to learn?

Yahoo Introduces Social Developer Platform

"3 elements":

Yahoo Social Platform, a set of REST-based social application programming interfaces (APIs) for utilizing social data related to Profiles, Connections, Updates, Contacts, and Status.

Yahoo Query Language, a new Web service API for accessing other Web services using a SQL-style query language, rather than a lower-level programming code. Yahoo describes it as "a command-line version of Pipes," Yahoo's visual programming system for mashing up and remixing Web data, like RSS feeds.

Yahoo Application Platform, a set of software and services to build applications that run on Yahoo. It includes a browser-based development environment, various APIs and Web services, a distribution and discovery infrastructure, and a runtime and rendering environment.

Yahoo Open Strategy (Y!OS) 1.0 Developer Release announcement and List of Y!OS Documentation.

Is this new hope for Yahoo, or another potential dead-end for an industry laggard?  I remember  Yahoo killing its Facebook wannabe, which, with TechCrunch keeping score, makes Yahoo 0-4 On Social Networking. Yahoo does not equal AOL, but I can't help but think of AOL's shutting down of AOL Journals, Pictures, Hometown, Bluestring, and XDrive.  Is it worth investing the time to figure out something that will potentially be on the chopping block in the future?

I won my age group at the Home Run

I ran the Home Run 5 miler in Bernheim Forest this morning.

I’m pretty sure that I was first Yum team runner in. Couldn’t quite
catch a female runner with a Swags sport shoes shirt on.

My time was 37:03 (7’25” pace). The race was a nice hilly course,
with very chilly air. I left my cotton running team shirt on over my
technical shirt the whole race.

My first two miles were run in the sub 7:10 range. Mile 4 had an
steady hill leading to the final turnaround.

The turnaround was 3/4 miles out, just below the crest of the hill. I
made the turnaround at a dead stop and wanted to curse the slight
uphill before the long gradual downhill towards the finish.

In the final stretch, 0.2 miles out, I passed the lead teammate and
pushed ahead, lungs burning, legs numb… and then it was over.

Summary Data
Total Time (h:m:s) 0:37:04 7:22 pace
Moving Time (h:m:s) 0:37:02 7:22 pace
Distance (mi ) 5.03
Moving Speed (mph) 8.1 avg. 13.5 max.
Elevation Gain (ft) +416 / -397
Temperature (°F) 48.2°F avg. 48.2°F high
Wind Speed ( mph) W 6.3 avg. W 6.9 max.

Elevation chart (pretty flat in comparison my usual routes):

The award/bib:

Remember the Milk is on Twitter!

This may be old news to many RTM/Twitter users, but it was a pleasant surprise to me today.

As I was perusing the Remember the Milk keyboard shortcuts, I noticed that at the bottom, under “Services”, Twitter was listed. So I clicked on the link, and the “Services / Remember the Milk for Twitter page” came up, where I could enter my Twitter id. I was presented with a verification code for the next step.

From there, I typed “follow rtm” and then “d rtm [verification code]”.

Now that all that is set up, I can interact with Twitter through direct msg:

d rtm pick up the milk”

d rtm call jimmy at 5pm tomorrow”

d rtm !complete call jimmy”

All the instructions and some command examples are at: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/twitter/

Of course, I’m still learning how to even use the RTM Date Formats.

Of course, since I can txt updates to Twitter (40404), I can add tasks for today by texting
d rtm pick up the milk today”

I don’t need a laptop or notepad to record my “action items” anymore. This is awesome.

Added 8/23:
Thanks to @louisvilllesoup, I looked into sending tasks from e-mail to RTM inbox as well… this is a pretty robust feature set.

A much simpler setup is importing a list via e-mail, which enables adding a list in bulk to a specific list (e.g., personal) by specifying the list in the subject line and list items on individual lines in the message body. A downside to this method is that signature lines and legal disclaimers get added (per line) to your to do list. I’ll need to research if there is a way around this.

Trying to dig up IT relevant podcasts

Any suggestions?

InfoWorld Podcasts: These look promising…

  • Infoworld Daily – includes a general tech news segment which is repeated in the NetworkWorld 360 podcast as well.
  • The Virtualization Report
  • Storage Sprawl
  • The SOA Report
  • …a few discontinued ones are out there, too.
Enterprise 2.0 podcasts – looks like recordings from a conference? I’ll have to download and check them out tonight. Not as promising as the Infoworld ones. I see that a lone spammer has managed to post spam comments in “response” to a few of the links.
NetworkWorld podcasts: Again, some promise here.
  • NetworkWorld’s Twisted Pair (this sounds more like entertainment, but possibly relevant news)
  • NetworkWorld Panorama
  • NetworkWorld 360 – includes a general tech news segment.
  • Voices from the IT Roadmap
  • NetworkWorld’s Newsmaker of the Week
  • Forrester Fundamentals
  • Network Downtime (entertainment)
  • Converging on Microsoft
  • Cisco News and Reviews
  • JavaWorld’s Java Technology Insider
  • LinuxCast

Started off late for my 20 miler yesterday

Elevation map:

Usually, I’m able to pad 6 extra miles by running down the sidewalk on Bardstown Rd early (before each business’ driveway has cars going in and out). Not this morning. Summary Stats:

Summary Data
Total Time (h:m:s) 3:13:33 9:40 pace
Moving Time (h:m:s) 3:12:34 9:37 pace
Distance (mi ) 20.01
Moving Speed (mph) 6.2 avg. 11.6 max.
Elevation Gain (ft) +1,123 / -1,123
Temperature (°F) 60.8°F avg. 60.8°F high
Wind Speed ( mph) NNE 9.2 avg. NNE 10.4 max.

…It seemed a little breezy out there.

I started having trouble around mile 15 of my run, but I managed to not walk even when it didn’t feel like I was running anymore.

(mi )
1 8:29 1.00
2 8:36 1.00
3 8:44 1.00
4 8:36 1.00
5 8:50 1.00
6 8:40 1.00
7 8:40 1.00
8 8:46 1.00
9 9:08 1.00
10 8:59 1.00
11 8:55 1.00
12 9:08 1.00
13 9:37 1.00
14 9:34 1.00
15 10:36 1.00
16 11:02 1.00
17 11:14 1.00
18 10:58 1.00
19 11:54 1.00
20 11:46 1.00
21 0:13 0.01

The ‘X’ near the top of the map is where I got confused (at around mile 15) and missed my turn. I’ve been through this neighborhood for every 20 miler I’ve run. Obviously, my brain was overloaded at this point.

On comments and blogs

A tweet by @JasonFalls reminded of this topic.

Have you ever been in a large meeting where someone asks a question that is uncomfortably inappropriate? The perceived anonymity of the internet only seems to only embolden such tendencies.

Copywrite, Ink.: Allowing Anonymous: Communicators Divided – The business and communications justifications for allowing anonymous, allowing moderated comments, or allowing no comments at all. I would tend to agree that considering “[allowing] no comments at all” myopic is a bit harsh, for two reasons:

  1. While the average lone miscreant is relatively harmless, many organizations might (justifiably) consider themselves potential targets of coordinated attacks.
  2. The more popular the blog, the faster the comments degrade into flame wars. I avoid the comments on digg.com and several news sites because I’ve seen mildly provacative devolve into vitriolic hatred and ignorance–sometimes over something as benign as a story about a local basketball game.

I do, however, like this final point:

However, and I cannot stress this enough, I do advise communicators and public relations professionals to never make anonymous comments or, if they do, they need to be prepared to answer for such posts in a world where no communication is really private. Not anymore.

Of course, my feelings might be partially influenced by the Unedited Voice of a Person:

Do comments make it a blog? Do the lack of comments make it not a blog? Well actually, my opinion is different from many, but it still is my opinion that it does not follow that a blog must have comments, in fact, to the extent that comments interfere with the natural expression of the unedited voice of an individual, comments may act to make something not a blog.

Joel Spolsky draws from this to make the point that you get a few insights, followed by a spew of noise/filth that no one would say out loud if they had to take ownership of their words.

Finally, xkcd illustrates:

Especially on YouTube:

Added 2009.01.16:

@JasonFalls found another gem on a related topic: Time to Rethink Comments on Media Sites?