Mary and I recently applied for our Canadian citizenship. (Whoop!)
In preparation for our upcoming written tests, there's a booklet we must study – Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.
Tagged: Web, Upbeat, Social
Posted at 11:04 EDT, 12th April 2015.
Twitter's a pretty handy way to vent about something good or bad that's happening.
Here's a really simple way to flag that:
They're just hashtags. They're as short as can be, but I think their meaning is pretty clear.
Tagged: Web, Social, Upbeat, Technology
Posted at 06:48 EDT, 21st September 2010.
The sign-up for SemanticCamp London is open.
If you are near London and interested in using the Web with meaning, then grab a spot before they are all gone. It'll be on the 16th and 17th of February, at the Department of Computing at Imperial College (or 'work' from my point of view).
We also have some good pubs nearby, for refreshments afterwards.
Tagged: Technology, Web, Social
Posted at 07:00 EST, 9th January 2008.
A long time ago, I wrote gallery.future-i.com, and I was particularly exercised about using clean URLs (and still am).
One place I feel I did a really nice job was in making the search URLs pretty nice, e.g. a search for 'mary' lives at:
I did that in the middle of 2001, and I expect plenty of others did similar things by then, too. For me, the tricky bit is all done by Apache's mod_rewrite, which takes incoming requests to your web site, and let's you rejig it to pass parameters to scripts without exposing all that grunge to the outside world. It isn't the only way to do it, but it is powerful and effective.
My annoyance now is that Amazon have a patent on a very similar technique, covering URLs for search results of the form
http://somedomain/flibble, filed in 2004.
I was impressed by Amazon's A9 when it launched, principally for the clean URLs for search.
That doesn't mean they own the idea, which is plainly in play before that. And don't get me started on parallel invention, making it all the sillier.
I hope the patent boils away in a sea of prior art.
[Via Buzz Out Loud #589, Slashdot coverage]
The BBC have a great new Web site – BBC Programme Support (more info from Tom Scott of the BBC). This is especially good for Web nerds like me, but it will help make link-centric television work for Real Human Beings, too.
There are a few quirks in how things are listed right now but I'm sure they'll shake out in due course. What's great about this service is that the Beeb is committing to long-term, stable URIs for their programmes, with a single, clear link for each show, irrespective of how and when it is shown or repeated.