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Implementing Hypermedia Clients: It’s Not Rocket Science

By Simon St. Laurent
February 28, 2014

At Fluent 2013, O’Reilly’s Web Platform, JavaScript and HTML5 conference, Layer 7 Principal API Architect Mike Amundsen demonstrated how to build hypermedia clients, for situations with and without humans in the driver’s seat. (If you’d like to know more about …

Four short links: 4 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 4, 2013

ansible — Model-driven configuration management, multi-node deployment/orchestration, and remote task execution system. Uses SSH by default, so no special software has to be installed on the nodes you manage. Ansible can be extended in any language. The Golden Age of …

PowerShell Command Line Introduction

By Doug Finke
June 12, 2013

Here’s a slick PowerShell 3.0 one-liner. If you want to pull down an RSS feed from a blog, displaying only the title and publication date try: Invoke-RestMethod "" | Select title, pubdate It’s that simple. No looping, no checking end …

Four short links: 14 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 14, 2013

Our Weirdness is Free (Gabriella Coleman) — Often lacking an overarching strategy, Anonymous operates tactically, along the lines proposed by the French Jesuit thinker Michel de Certeau. “Because it does not have a place, a tactic depends on time—it is …

Why I’m drinking from the Spundge firehoses

By Joe Wikert
December 17, 2012

Have you heard of Spundge? I hadn’t till recently but I’m glad Kristen McLean, co-chair of our Author (R)evolution Day, called my attention to it. Kat Meyer and I got a demo of their platform last week and we were …

Four short links: 12 September 2011

By Nat Torkington
September 12, 2011

HP Emulates Next (BoingBoing) -- In mid-1993, a few months after CEO Steve Jobs had shuttered the NeXT factory, and was in the process of switching to an all-software company—a path that led to its later acquisition by Apple—the lights were turned back on in its Fremont, Calif., factory. NeXTWorld's rumor columnist, Lt. Sullivan, reported that the U.S. military...

Subscription vs catchment

By Karl Fogel
September 1, 2011

When people are trawling so many content sources, it no longer pays to concentrate on sources at all. It makes much more sense to study how the trawlers work and become part of the filtering infrastructure.

Subscription vs catchment

Subscription vs catchment
By Karl Fogel
September 1, 2011

When people are trawling so many content sources, it no longer pays to concentrate on sources at all. It makes much more sense to study how the trawlers work and become part of the filtering infrastructure.

Four short links: 20 July 2011

By Nat Torkington
July 20, 2011

Random Khan Exercises -- elegant hack to ensure repeatability for a user but difference across users. Note that they need these features of exercises so that they can perform meaningful statistical analyses on the results. Float, the Netflix of Reading (Wired) -- an interesting Instapaper variant with a stab at an advertising business model. I would like to stab...

Four short links: 10 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 10, 2011

Everybody is Spamming Everybody Else on MTurk -- one researcher found >40% of HITs are spammy, but this author posted a Mechanical Turk HIT to supply recommendations for visitors to a non-existent French city and got responses from people expecting that every response would be paid regardless of quality. Javascript Garden -- a growing collection of documentation about the...

Four short links: 28 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 28, 2011

NiftyUrls -- open source elegant wee RSS dashboard. I haven't looked into the source yet, but I'm already thinking of applications. The PirateBox -- small piece of hardware that creates a wifi network for local filesharing. Not connected to the Internet. (via BoingBoing) More Hammer, Less Yammer (Julian Bleecker) -- If you’re not also making — you’re sort of,...

Four short links: 3 January 2010

By Nat Torkington
January 3, 2011

RSS is Dying and You Should Be Worried -- If RSS dies, we lose the ability to read in private. What Could Have Been Entering The Public Domain on January 1, 2011? -- a list of the works that won't be entering the public domain in the US because the copyright term was extended in 1976. Think of the...

Personal data stores and pub/sub networks

Personal data stores and pub/sub networks
By Jon Udell
September 22, 2010

Most people and organizations think of the calendar information they push as text for people to read. Few realize it's also data networks can syndicate. When that mindset changes, a river of data will be unleashed.

My feed

By Rick Jelliffe
November 14, 2009

A couple of people have asked again this week for the RSS feed address for my blog. Here is is: I believe you can get the individual feeds for other bloggers on OReilly sites using the same URL and the...

RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized

By Andy Oram
September 13, 2009

We may have been willing to build our virtual houses on shaky foundations might when they were temporary beach huts; but now we need to examine the ground on which many are proposing to build our virtual shopping malls and even our virtual federal offices. The next generation of social networking increasingly appears to require a decentralized, peer-to-peer infrastructure.

Four short links: 14 Apr 2009

By Nat Torkington
April 14, 2009

Open data, lean startups, RSS-as-newspaper, and a design call to arms: OpenSecrets Goes Open Data -- The following data sets, along with a user guide, resource tables and other documentation, are now available in CSV format (comma-separated values, for easy importing) through's Action Center [...] : CAMPAIGN FINANCE: 195 million records dating to the 1989-1990 election cycle, tracking campaign...

Flex 101: Consuming A Simple RSS Feed

By Andrew Trice
April 9, 2009

In my last "Flex 101" post, we reviewed the basics of consuming data through a web service. This time around, we are going to review the basics of loading a simple RSS XML feed and displaying the results in a Flex List component.

What's coming in 2009 for Head First?

By Brett McLaughlin
February 10, 2009

Analysis 2009: Syndication forms the backbone of the Writable Web

By Kurt Cagle
January 6, 2009

The syndication model has long been a major facet of the way that the web works, but for the most part its been a largely single direction notification mechanism - you publish content, this updates a syndication queue, then...

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