Monthly Archives: August 2005

Akamai and Global News Consumers

Akamai – a high-volume web hosting company – has added an interesting new feature to their site, a meter that tracks global news consumption. According to the meter, a peak of 2.025 million visitors per minute downloaded news stories from … Continue reading

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Weekend fun with reBlog

I spent a good chunk of the past weekend playing with reBlog, an extremely clever tool put together by the fine folks at Eyebeam R&D. reBlog is a tool designed to let you produce an edited weblog that aggregates and … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and bloggers, Geekery, Global Voices | 4 Comments

Travel Writing

I’ve been a frequent international traveller since I was twenty years old, and I’ve been keeping journals of those trips the whole time. A few years back, I started sharing some of the journal entries with an email list of … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Developing world, Just for fun | 1 Comment

We’ve secretly replaced these Fijians with Brazilians to see if anyone in Suva would notice…

The always creative Haitham Sabbah has a great trick for searching for international blogs on Blogger. Using the URI “http://www.blogger.com/profile-find.g?t=l&loc0=**” and replacing the stars with the country code you’re interested in, you can find all authors on Blogger who’ve identified … Continue reading

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Bad Software Is Good For You

In which I make a number of unsupportable assertions about the design of community software and attempt to bolster my position with seemingly unrelated advice from four wise friends. Boris Anthony, web community designer extraordinaire, left the friendly confines of … Continue reading

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Stupid Steganography Tricks

Back in the days when I used to run “member services” for Tripod, I got interested in steganography, the art and science of concealing messages within other messages – hiding a text file within a JPEG image, for instance, or … Continue reading

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This is not an ad.

This is not an ad. This is a bit of sincere praise for my webhosting provider, Rimu Hosting, who continue to rock my world almost every time I interact with them. Near as I can tell, they’re a bunch of … Continue reading

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“Sedition” in Uganda – more attacks on press freedom in East Africa

Yesterday, a reader reminded me that Ethiopia is not the only country in East Africa cracking down on the press in ways that are inappropriate and scary. Andrew Mwenda, a popular and controversial radio host in Kampala, Uganda, was recently … Continue reading

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Thinking about Talkr

My friend Jean-Claude Guedon pointed me to an interesting new company, Talkr, a few days back. It’s a service that uses a text to speech engine to create automatic podcasts from RSS feeds. It grabs the text from an RSS … Continue reading

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The Failing States Index, and the question of why some states that should fail, don’t

Foreign Policy’s most recent issue features a Failed States Index, a listing and map of the sixty nations they believe are most likely to collapse, fail to control their borders, or generally failing to provide services to their citizens. Like … Continue reading

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