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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Web 3.0: An extrapolation

From a fruitful conversation with my colleague David Warner:

  • Web 1.0 = the read web

  • Web 2.0 = the write web (remember how hard this used to be, just a few years ago?)

  • Web 3.0 = the machine-readable web ("semantic web" – RDF, microformats, etc.)

  • Web 4.0 = the machine-writable web (!) Is this AI? What implications would this have?

  • Web 5.0 = ?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Enjoy DDR for free: Downloadable stepcharts for Dance Dance Revolution

If you like to exercise using DDR but don't want to bring your dance pad on a business trip (or if you don't want to shell out the $60 for the game), you can download the "step charts" for several DDR songs. I just turn on the hotel radio and dance along.

Bye Bye Baby Balloon stepchart

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

For word lovers: Merriam-Webster "Word Of The Day" feed

This is awesome: Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Day RSS feed. Great if you're a word lover like myself. Some recent entries: plinth, peroration, noblesse oblige.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Three good videos on Javascript theory by Douglas Crockford (Yahoo Javascript expert)

Some neat tidbits here; for example, why

is preferable to
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"></script>

(language is deprecated by the W3C; and the usual mime-type is incorrect – strictly speaking it should be application/javascript or application/ecmascript).

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Trying out X1 desktop search (Windows)

Google Desktop Search stopped working for me for some reason, so I'm taking the opportunity to try another Desktop Search tool: X1 (now free). I'm watching the 15-min tutorial - looks pretty impressive.

I love desktop search – I'm hooked and I can't live without it. Combined with a utility like Slogger which saves to disk every webpage you view, it's like an infinite recall system, a perfect memory. It's scary.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Creating throwaway directories (Windows)

In my work I often need to create "throwaway directories" - new folders whose name doesn't matter, into which I download or ftp files to work with. They're not really "throwaway", as I keep them around forever - they come in handy when I need to go back in time using Google Desktop Search.

Anyway, here's a little AutoHotKey macro script that will create a directory named with the current date and time. It even opens the directory for you, ready for use:

FormatTime, CurrentDateTime,, yyyyMMddHHmm
FileCreateDir, C:\junk\%CurrentDateTime%
Run, C:\junk\%CurrentDateTime%

I saved it as mk.ahk and created a SlickRun command for it, so now I just type "mk" and - boom - instant new directory with a pre-chosen name, opened in a window for immediate use.