# Thursday, 29 April 2004

Isn't this going full circle?

Why did you choose to launch an aggregation blog?

 [via Micro Persuasion: Q&A with Robert Scoble on Blogging, Media and PR]

Since Dave Winer has linked to the 'interview' it will get a ton of hits - and Dave was one of the original Web loggers - those who logged the web; a list of links to things that they deemed, for whatever reason, interesting. Now Scoble has to come up with a new name - why?


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ASP.NET Server control for MeadCo ScriptX

So that I don't loose this (updated so doesn't look gobble-de-gook):


<%@ Control Language="c#" %> 
<script language="C#" runat="server">
public string guid = "";
public string src = "lic.mlf";
public int revision = 1;
public string codebase="http://www.meadroid.com/scriptx/";
<object id="secmgr" style="DISPLAY: none" codeBase="<%= codebase %>smsx.cab#Version=6,1,431,2" 
classid="clsid:5445be81-b796-11d2-b931-002018654e2e" viewastext>
<param name="GUID" value="<%= guid%>" >
<param name="PATH" value="<%= src%>" >
<param name="REVISION value="<%= revision%>" >
<object id="factory" 
   codeBase="<%= codebase %>smsx.cab#Version=6,1,431,2"
   classid="clsid:1663ed61-23eb-11d2-b92f-008048fdd814" viewastext>

Which can be used thus:

<%@ Register TagPrefix="MeadCo" TagName="ScriptX" Src="scriptx.ascx" %>

and then in the page:

   src="http://www.meadroid.com/scriptx/xlic.mlf" id="ScriptX1"
   Visible="False" />

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W3C and Web Applications.

The W3C is sponsoring a workshop on Web Apps and Compound Docs in San Jose, June 1st & 2nd.

From the web site:

Position papers submitted for this workshop topic should address at least some of the following questions:

  • What functionality is needed for Web applications? What should a hosting environment provide?
  • How much of a Web application should be declarative? How much in script?
  • How are they related to Web documents, which are normally static?
  • Is there a need for a standard set of user interface controls? Should these controls use the native platform look and feel?
  • What APIs are needed for Web applications (eg. retrieving and sending data over the network, parsing XML, client-side storage)?
  • How should a Web application and its related resources (e.g. images, sounds) be packaged?
  • What security issues need to be addressed?
  • To what extent can application behavior be usefully abstracted from platform specific details of UI controls? How can the application integrate different modality interfaces (eg. voice, pen, keystrokes)? How to address richer models of interaction management that go beyond simple event handlers?

[via DonXML Demsak's Grok This]

Hmmm, interesting - there is a mailing list and the workshop will also have a public web site. Worth following to see what is presented and conclusionsl, if any.

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And another MS timeline goes 'phut' (XP SP2 this time)

Not long ago the timeline was first half of the year. There is now speculation here and here that it is now delayed to, how shall we put this, 'early in the second half of the year'. An RC2 still seems on its way in May and to bang my favourite drum (which I have banged with various MS people to no effect what-so-ever) will SDK bits be provided?


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# Wednesday, 28 April 2004

Shrink-wrap software

Why shrink wrap software won't die.  Tangible assets [via The Register]

 Interesting, but no analysis of the type of software sold via this channel, or is it everything?

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# Tuesday, 27 April 2004

Interesting visual

"rollers".  [via Critical Section]

Rather than nick the whole article and repeat here, you'll have to follow the link. 

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12.1 million UK households online

Society: Internet Access.  12.1 million households online [via National Statistics Online]

In the fourth quarter of 2003, 49 per cent households in the UK (12.1 million) could access the Internet from home, compared with just 9 per cent (2.2 million) in the same quarter of 1998.



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# Wednesday, 21 April 2004

Timeline on XP SP2

Rebecca Norlander, group manager for the SBTU, spoke with Nash and confirmed that a second test version of Service Pack 2, known as Release Candidate 2 (or RC2) will be released in May, and that the final version of XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) is still on schedule for the first half of the year. More release candidates are possible after the RC2 release, depending on customer feedback, Norlander said.  [via InfoWorld: Microsoft executives face questions on XP SP2: April 20, 2004: By : PLATFORMS]

Still waiting for an SDK here, still waiting for info on how the SetHomePage() binary behavior knows that its been called from within a user initiated context. If MS authored stuff can do it, why can't the rest of us - or have I missed the obvious?

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# Wednesday, 07 April 2004

Channel 9 (well everyone else is linking to it...)

Channel 9 is all about the conversation.  Channel 9 should inspire Microsoft and our customers to talk in an honest and human voice.  Channel 9 is not a marketing tool, not a PR tool, not a lead generation tool. [via Microsoft WebBlogs]

 Awww, bless the dear little things. About the only thing of that list it isn't is a lead generation tool but PR and marketing it most certainly is. They are just pretending that they don't think its a PR tool aren't they?

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Arsenal: 1 - Chelsea: 2

The title says it all.
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