Monthly Archives: November 2007

Chocolate Teapot

Michael Sparks in the BBC Backstage permathread on DRM: However any arguments based on open standards do need to take facts into account though. Such as this one: The BBC is currently required by the rights holders to use DRM. Tell me how you can have a DRM system that’s completely free software, and I’ll [...]

Shadows on the Web

This is a quick note, inspired by the recent burst of posts passing through Planet RDF about RDF, WebArch and a second “shadow” Web. Actually it’s not about that thread at all, except to note that Ian Davis asks just the right kind of questions when thinking about the WebArch claim that the Web ships [...]

Spam poetry

This just arrived in my mailbox, sneaking past my spam filters. While it advertises the most horrible spamsite, the words are strangely hypnotic… Hei, Inncrease your S.[E].X.U.AL health! Sane, recalled me from these fantastic speculations. Miss believer, please tell me in your own words do without them. footnote: ‘a description of nova friar, sent an [...]

planetplanet foafrolls

The PlanetPlanet feed reader (and the Venus variant) exposes its blogroll via RDF/FOAF, typically at “/foafroll.xml” URIs. I ran through the list of Planet installations from the main site, and found the following, which might be interesting for experimentation, crawling, whitelist work etc. Or you could just make a giant feedlist and install Venus yourself, [...]

FOAF diagram (day 2)

FOAF diagram (day 2) Originally uploaded by danbri Another revision, after feedback from Ivan. The original had “Thing” in italics (a convention I tried before adding in doap: dc: and sioc: references), to indicate it was from another namespace. I’ve now made that heritage explicit (although I suspect it might confuse, the idea is pretty [...]

FOAF spec diagram

experimental foafspec diagram Originally uploaded by danbri I’ve been trying to capture the core terms of FOAF in a diagram. Here’s version two. Notes: there are a few terms I’ve missed out, to avoid massive clutter: workInfoHomepage, geekcode, myersBriggs, currentProject, pastProject, dnaChecksum, membershipClass, sha1, fundedBy, theme, Online*XyzAccount, logo, phone. These are all underspecified, underused, or [...]