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31 December 2002

… and make a point at the same time. Creative Commons has laudably stepped forward with a (relatively) easy to use copyright license generator for websites and other material so you can indicate to passing readers exactly which rights you wish to cede and which you want to retain for yourself.

If all you want to do is assert your existing copyright you should recognise that in most countries you don’t need any kind of copyright notice – you are perfectly entitled to prosecute infringers regardless. Where it is more tricky (and where Creative Commons comes in) is if you want, for example, to allow non-commercial use of your intellectual property but prohibit un-licensed commercial use (as I have elected to do as you will see if you click on this link or the new copyright banner at the bottom R). Creative Commons has produced what I hope will turn out to be a legally binding and clear way to do this.

This should encourage more easy non-commercial sharing of Internet material since by looking at a Creative Commons-badged site you can easily see the ways that a site (or image or MP3) owner will let you use their material without having to bother them by email.movies licking extreme sapphichead movie jar thefull movies lesbianmovies sex lolitalong download porn movieshots movie screenformat movie scripttgp movieswebcam movies swingerwith movies frontal nudity malealltel ringtone totally free wafer downloads3316 ca barrington way sacramentogroup warrington bomb england 310ma great and barrington alliumchip curington agentmaedean and al arringtonringtones special 38 freeringtones absoulutely free Map

30 December 2002

In the wake of Google’s Zeitgeist of 2002, both Lycos and Yahoo have provided glimpses of what people are using their search engines to search for. Dragonball (the Japanese animation series and associated products) is at or near the top for both of the other engines, as is Britney Spears, but Dragonball doesn’t appear to feature in Google’s Zeitgeist at all, and on Google Jennifer Lopez is more prominent than Britney Spears – I wonder what that says about the user demographics of each search engine.

I also can’t help wondering what the results from all three of the engines would look like if you included porn. Would sex-related searches make the top 10? And are there tidal patterns of sexual experimentation online over time or are the world’s sexual interests fairly static?mortgage loan alabama refinancemortgage alaska refinance loanmortgage loans alaska refinancecalculator amortization loan home 200 loans armortgage down 0 loanscar 0 loans interestmortgage loan 1 commercial1 hour loans by phoneloan 10 dollar

29 December 2002

THE – The Humane Environment wants to be the user interface for the 21st century. An open source user interface to computing “as easy to learn as a GUI (or easier) yet as fast to use (or faster) than the command-line systems we struggle to learn but love to use”. But like the DVORAK keyboard, “You cannot make an interface better without making it different (that’s obvious). If it’s a lot better, it will be a lot different. This means that it will feel unfamiliar to anybody familiar with present interfaces.”

The lead designer is Jef Raskin, one of the early creators of the Mac, so his ideas seem likely to be interesting, but I am not sure that his starting point – “we love to use command line interfaces’ will help this catch on outside the hardcore computer user community. I tried to find screenshots but there weren’t any, which doesn’t encourage me much either. Has anyone tried this out yet?

I know when I visited Microsoft’s research labs about five years ago they were working on new user interfaces as well but they probably figured they couldn’t afford to make any radical improvements now given the size of the installed base.

I hope that whatever happens we are not going to be stuck for all time with a computer user interface based around a mouse, a keyboard and a pseudo-office-desktop metaphor which has already been greatly stretched…free movie facialfree machine movies fuckingmovie clips incest freemovie xxx free directory job handfuck movie clipsmovies gynecology examshandjob clips movieblonde hot pussy moviesjar head the moviefull movies lesbian8310 free ringtonesaudiovox ringtones alltel for an phoneringtone mobile 3390 tmp3 nokia ringtone 6101all of the crazy ringtones frogmp3 ctu 24 ringtonefor ringtones free 3 gs3330 free ringtone 3310 nokia Mapacreditar vida vegetariano boa pessoa bemaccreditation international university amaaccreditation bplcorp americredit financialcosmology accredited of schools californiacenters ambulatory surgery for bodies accreditingaccredited schools versus public unaccreditedaccommodation crediton Map

28 December 2002
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A pretty rigorous analysis of six different approaches to eliminating spam – their benefits and drawbacks. The author is particularly keen on a method he is developing at the moment – “Bayesian trigram filters“.link add ringtonemp3 ringtones mp3 airtelmp3 ringtone american charge headringtone free 7000 lgsamsung ringtone a660composer free ringtone 3390ringtones usher 99siemens free ringtone a50 Mapflip 100 and fix loansfederal loan deduction 2006 student taxleveraged 502 loanloans $200 payday403b annuity loan rulesafs program loanauto repossession after loanloans acs student payments Map

27 December 2002

Salon’s occaisionally-amusing political cartoonist draws a well-executed satirical follow-up to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial about “lucky duckies” who don’t pay tax in the US because they are too poor. There is also a Salon (premium) feature about how the idea that the poor are ‘getting away with’ not paying tax is being spread.gambling 900 paytablets 5 viagranight ringtone monday football abccharles find sites viagra adult linskaill2g size mp30 viagra herbaldebt finance credit 101feb viagra daily cheap 2000 statistics Map

25 December 2002
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Take a look at this and click on each of the reindeer for some light entertainment (requires Shockwave).

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“Staff in technology jobs work in the white collar equivalent of a 19th century factory. suffering from isolation, job insecurity and long hours” says a BBC summary of a report in the American Sociological Association‘s Contexts magazine (full text not available).bi-weekly loan amortize a4.99 month 84 loan autoloans ameriquest home24102c000 personal loansafter bankruptcy loans autoloan $1000loans bridge about homeadvance loan cash arizona Map

24 December 2002

Frank Boosman makes an excellent point about the need to find a way to set levels of privacy on one’s weblog (because it would be better to do that than to have to create several different weblogs each with mostly the same posts but different levels of security.

livejournal has this feature.

One might also extend this idea to “quality rings” where different levels of depth of your thinking were available to different readers, or eventually “payment rings” (like the Salon Premium model) where people could read your blog at one level for free or pay to be able to see the deeper level (or pay per post read at that level?)

23 December 2002

The iSociety alerted me to recent coverage by the BBC and the Guardian Online about EdenFaster. It is a community-led project supplying broadband to a valley in rural England which would otherwise be passed over by telecomms suppliers.

What is interesting about EdenFaster is that while it provides some Internet access it intends to use the speeds it offers – up to 40Mbps – primarily to deliver community-generated content.

I hope they are successful, but I am not sure they will be able to find enough active information providers among a small community of rural farmers to provide a serious amount of deep, well-maintained content. Freenets in the 90s (mostly in the US) sprang up with similar intentions to offer community networking and Internet access to their local areas “on the side”. Unfortunately, people were mostly attracted by the ability to access the Internet and when commercial Internet providers appeared, the Freenets gradually died away.

To my mind community content will succeed when
1) broadband is reasonably ubiquitous in an area (and people know their neighbors will be reading)
2) Tools are available that make providing content and community participation easy for everyone
3) Enthusiastic leadership evangelises use and provides support.

Let’s hope all three elements are in place with the Edenfaster project and that it can be an example of good practice for other such projects.

21 December 2002

Gill Sellar was hired as project coordinator for the Albany GateWAy in 1999 – a service designed to act as a community web portal for a rural, dispersed community in SW Australia. Fortunately for us, she was also a PhD student who decided to do her thesis on the subject of her work – particularly whether such a project could be sustainable. I have been hosting a draft of her thesis for a while, and now she has provided the final copy (3Mb – or 1.75 Mb as a Zip file). It’s 315 pages long but well worth a look if you are interested in how virtual community services can be sustainable and help to build social capital in rural areas.

I have asked her if she could provide an “executive summary” and if she does so I will post it here or link to it.

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