collusion - tracking and mapping links between websites

I've been pretty mindful about avoiding trackers on my site. I don't use an external web analytics package (I do have the apache logs, crunched by AWStats, but nothing anywhere near the level of a Google Analytics or even WordPress Stats tracking). But, websites connect to other websites. That's kind of their job. And other websites track stuff. So, even a website that doesn't directly track people, by using YouTube videos and other hosted media, exposes people's activity to those who track them....

April 4, 2012 · 2 min

MediaWiki as a presentation application

I gave a presentation this morning as part of Faculty Technology Days 2007. I was asked a few weeks ago if I'd like to talk about weblogs and wikis, and I couldn't come up a reason why not, so they slotted me in. In the meantime, I've been doing a lot of thinking about weblogs, wikis, academic publishing, and being Open, Connected and Social. So I decided to try to subvert my presentation slightly, into a more open-content-is-good kind of talk (but still based on blogs and wikis for much of it)....

May 2, 2007 · 3 min

Firefox 2 with Performancing

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October 24, 2006 · 2 min

Flock Beta 1 Cardinal

Flock hit beta 1 (or 0.7, depending on how you count) yesterday, and it seems like a really solid release. My favorite feature isn't even part of the core Flock code - it's got more Extensions enabled, including Mouse Gestures! I'm hoping they nailed down the nasty memory leaks that plagued previous builds, and cleaned up the window opening code, which could take several seconds to spawn a new browser window....

June 14, 2006 · 1 min

AJAXWrite - MS Word in your browser

While Writely is cool, it deals with online documents. You can import/export, but the document lives online. That's cool for many uses, but scares some people. I just found a link to AjaxWrite (via Tangled up in Purple) - it's a javascript based word processor that appears to be compatible with MS Word. You open and save documents on your local hard drive - not in the Internet Cloud. Basically, it's just a copy of Word that lives in a browser window, meaning you don't have to install it anywhere....

April 27, 2006 · 1 min

Performancing for Firefox

Just testing out the latest build of the Performancing for Firefox extension - a fully-featured weblog manager built into Firefox. And it's free. I had to stop using it a while back because it was behaving oddly (character spacing in the text editor was wonky enough to make it unusable) but it's behaving perfectly now. Not sure if it was the latest Firefox update, or a rogue extension, but whatever was causing the misbehaviour, it's all good now....

April 14, 2006 · 1 min

Firefox with Mouse Gestures

I've been waffling back and forth between Safari and Firefox over the last few months. The flexibility of Firefox keeps drawing me close, like a moth to a flame, only to be burned because it doesn't "feel" right. Safari does. I've been slowly adding Themes and Extensions to make Firefox start to look/behave better, and it's close. Darned close. The thing that might push it over the threshold for me was the addition of the All-in-One Mouse Gestures extension, which combines a bunch of stuff (including Mouse Gestures) into one nice package....

February 15, 2006 · 1 min

Performancing 1.1

The Performancing extension for Firefox was just updated, and they added some great new stuff. It's now tied into del.icio.us, and adds a "Page Tools" view that looks up the current web page in Technorati (handy, but no handier than a bookmarklet). Firefox is still not quite as nice as Safari, so I don't think I'll be using it full time (page scrolling performance in Firefox is terrible on my 'book, and text rendering isn't quite as nice as in Safari)....

January 30, 2006 · 2 min

Thoughts after trying Firefox again

When I upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.0 RC3 last week, there was a bug or issue that corrupted a cookie used by the fancy schmancy new authoring screens. Safari barfed all over that corrupt cookie, meaning I couldn't use it to manage my blog. Firefox just ignored it (and the functionality that required that cookie apparently degraded transparently - the widgets were no longer collapsable or movable). So, I thought it would be a good chance to switch to Firefox 1....

December 26, 2005 · 2 min

Performancing Weblog Editor for Firefox

The "Performancing" folks just released a plugin for Firefox that provides a fully featured weblog editor, ala Flock. I'm trying it out now - it appears to talk to WordPress OK (well, if this made it to the blog, that is). It appears to have a decent WYSIWYG editor, but the image embedding doodad doesn't seem to have an upload utility - so I think you have to manually upload an image and then paste the URL into the image widget....

December 20, 2005 · 2 min