This is in the same vein as David Silver's and David de Ugarte's wannabepresidents aggregator, only more so, with flickr photos, youtube videos and blog posts from all the current US presidential candidates. Built with Yahoo Pipes, so you'll be able to customise it if you have the time and the patience.
Archive for the Geek Category
There's been some discussion on the AOIR list lately of Wikipedia "edit wars" - conflicts that break out over the precise content of entries. This page illustrates some of these. The academic in me makes me think that some of these are actually pretty serious and not at all lame, but maybe that's my problem.
Some small, but extremely interesting new things over the last few months in the field of genuinely useful web services:
Writely - a web-based web processor.
Foldershare - free file storage and synchronization. Recently bought by Microsoft to fit with their new Windows Live service, so I wonder how long it will stay free.
Yousendit - not that new, but brilliant.
Wordpress.com - hosted version of the free and open source Wordpress blogging platform
Foxmarks - Free bookmarks synch that actually works.
Rollyo personalised search is an idea whose time has certainly come. If only I could create something similar that would crawl the major e-journal databases (Ingenta etc) to save me having to log in to each one...
Today, after a lengthy discussion with Martin and Owen, two of the e-learning staff at my college, I came to the conclusion that there's a real gap in the market for a proper server based blogging platform that also has a simple way of creating posts offline, and of backing up an entire blog to a directory system on a hard drive - for peace of mind. I use the excellent free and open source Thingamablog for this very blog, which comes close to these requirements, but it doesn't offer all of the functionality of other true server based platforms like Moveable Type or Wordpress, such as the ability to post from anywhere, and from multiple devices. Thingamablog relies on a locally created database that can be duplicated on multiple machines but obviously this isn't as useful as having the ability to post from an Internet cafe or your mobile phone. I know it's possible to export an entire blog from many platforms, but then you'd have to import the whole thing again to be able to read it. Maybe there are other solutions out there. I'll have to look into it.
Over the next few weeks I'll be attempting to add features to the blog itself. Top of the list is some sort of add-on that will allow people to post comments.