29 November 2005
24 November 2005
Flickr now has Guess Where NYC, Guess Where LA, Guess Where London, Guess Where SF, and even a group I started, Guess Where Berkeley.
I love these groups. People submit pictures they've taken of local unusual and recognizable places; the other members then try to guess where the pictures were taken.
Following the SF group, and occasionally posting a picture or a correct guess, has made me pay more attention to the city. Now, when I walk down a street, I'm looking for interesting images and also for places that someone might have posted to the group. I notice the details and colors of buildings and alleys.
at 4:40 PM
23 November 2005
at 12:50 PM
In the tech world, the term AJAX is used so heavily, I'm sometimes surprised to see it in other contexts.
at 12:45 PM
22 November 2005
07 November 2005
Amazon now lists a 212 DVD set of every Star Trek movie and TV show ever
made released on DVD (no Star Trek Animated Series for you). It goes on sale Nov 15.
For people who call in sick for a 24-hr marathon or a convention, this release is going to be a serious blow to their accumulated personal days. Amazon doesn't list the total number of hours, but it's got to be over 100hrs of Star Trek goodness (and badness, lest we forget Star Trek V).
at 1:08 AM
04 November 2005
A congressman published some of former FEMA-director Michael Brown's emails during the crisis. Here's an exchange between Brown and one of his people on the ground (pdf):
From: Marty Bahamonde
Date: Wed Aug 31
Sir, I know that you know the situation is past critical. Here some (sic) things you might not know.
Hotels are kicking people out, thousands gathering in the streets with no food and water, Hundreds still being rescued from their homes....we are out of food and running out of water at the dome ...
Brown's response? "Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?"
Full email here: brown.emails.pdf (pdf)
at 11:38 AM
03 November 2005
The Wikipedia runs on 120 servers across multiple data centers. The main one is in Florida, with the others in the Netherlands, France, and South Korea.
All of the hardware is managed by volunteers, with no formal schedule and no hierarchy. All coordination is done via IRC -- whoever's on takes part. In an emergency, the admins have each other's phone numbers.
Like most open-source projects, there's a core set of users who do most of the work. 615 users (0.7%) account for 50% of the edits. I believe 0.7% means of all editors. Anonymous users account for 18% of all edits.
Wales says that one of the key features of the Wikipedia is real-time peer review. The recent changes page is watched by hundreds of people daily, and users have created tools to monitor these feeds and automatically detect likely problem edits.
He then talked about the decision-making process, pointing to the Votes for Deletion page. While users "vote" for whether or not to delete a page, the vote is actually a dialog where they come to an understanding of whether the page has merit or not. The vote isn't automated or formally counted -- there's no 2/3rds majority rule -- instead the process is flexible and reasonable.
Wales says that almost every programmer who sees this wants to automate it, but doing that would lose the human dialog and community while at the same time making the process easier to game.
at 9:23 PM
01 November 2005
I can hear the editors doing the "D'Oh!" smack now.
at 10:25 PM