Deny or moderate ASCII or Latin-1 comments using CommentFilter API
I've converted my "Ban ASCII or Latin-1 comment" workaround (which was an MT2 source hack) into MT3 callback plugin. It'll reduce comment SPAMs in Japanese Blogs effectively, as most of the Japanese Bloggers want to discuss their readers with Japanese. It supports moderation instead of denying, thanks to easy-to-use CommentFilter API.
There could be the opposite way: to ban Asian comments in Latin/Euro/US blogs, which'll be an interesting homework for readers.
AWS blog has put up an exccellent summary of Amazon Developers Conference. Among all of them, what I've found most interesting is Rael's talk. "remix" seems like a topic of the talk, which is also gonna be a theme of the upcoming ETech this year (sessions).
ACCESS has released their new User-Agent "NetFront" which is now compatible to RSS/Atom feed. The support is only for displaying (rendering) RSS/Atom feed into somewhat readable format (think of XSLT), which doesn't mean something like RSS aggregator is built-in.
The complete speaker roster will be posted here on Wednesday morning. Here is a partial list (visit each link to see what the speaker has to say): Joel Spolsky James Gosling Rael Dornfest Brian Aker Guido van Rossum
Wow, Amazon DevCon is gathering quite interesting speakers: Rael, Gosling, Guido .... I'm now in Bay Area, so want to go there if it allows me to :)
People at Six Apart, Google, Yahoo! and other search engines and Blog software developer has made their collaborations to work against comman spams. It's a small but a siginificant step. I want to say "Great work!" for everyone.
Audioscrobbler (aka Last.FM) opens up Web Service API to control its streaming remotely from your script or applications. It'll allow you to control streaming (Love, Ban, Skip) within from your player like iTunes if there's a plugin for it. It might also be possible to display cover art in iTunes artwork window or in a visualizer plugin.
MSN has started feeding RSS of Search Results in their Search Engine: MSN Search. Using RSS as a Search Result of some topic you like is a killer-app usage of RSS in information retrieval (think of iTunes smartlist or HDD recorder keyword tracking).
Subordinate to the <rss> element is a single <channel> element, which contains information about the channel (metadata) and its contents.
RSS 2.0 spec says RSS has "a single <channel> element". Thus XML::RSS cannot handle this form of rss and WebService::Bloglines neither (it uses XML::RSS under the table).
What'll be the best solution for it? Should I switched to other generic XML parser like LibXML to parse the response (invalid) rss 2.0 in Bloglines module?
Now I've modified WebService::Bloglines, first to filter Bloglines response XML using XML::XPath and split into valid (single <channel> in <rss>) RSS 2.0, then pass it to XML::RSS. Available as version 0.03 and going to CPAN.
As noted last month, there's been a lot of interest and excitement around Desktop Search products and technology. Today you get a chance to try out the beta version of what we call YDS (Yahoo! Desktop Search).
Yahoo! released their new Desktop Search suite as beta. Its interface is based on Windows native desktop interface, rather than using HTTP server and web browser as UI, used in Google's GDS.
The most interesting feature would be incremental search, which is not available in GDS. It sure can be a great incentive for us to switch to YDS. In addition, if Yahoo has a plan to expose its API SDK to hack around (like plugin for new filetypes etc.), it'll be really interesting for geeks.
So yeah, we know that there's been an elephant in the room, sorry it took two days to announce that yes indeed, Six Apart did acquire LiveJournal.
The first exciting news right after my join to Six Apart. This deal gives me really amazing and wonderful feeling, because it means not only acquiring the large community as it is, but also having Brad as our Chief Architect for our technologies.
Their firsthand technologies behind LiveJournal is tremendously interesting and is being scalable that serves to 5 million users. Looking forward to collaborating with them in Six Apart.
Actually I've made a big change (and hopefully a big move forward) in my life as a software engineer. Yeah, I'm glad to say that now I'm part of Six Apart Ltd. and Six Apart KK (Japan).
I'm really excited and looking forward to working with smart people like Ben, Mena and all the 6A members, to do some really innovative work in personal publishing platform including Movable Type, TypePad and TypeKey. I can't wait to see what I can do for Six Apart products and users with my past experience in Six Apart friendly technologies (Perl, Apache, mod_perl, MySQL, RSS, Blogging APIs, Web Services, etc.). I'm also proud of being part of one of the web experts' favourite companies.
I'm based in Tokyo, Japan (Six Apart KK Office) but will frequently go back and forth to our new office in San Francisco. Be sure to stay tuned with me in Six Apart!