Blog management

26 January 2007

There are many ways to host a blog : it can be

  • use a dedicated service like, Bloggers …
  • install the application on a general hosting provider
  • install the application on you home computer and host it yourself

Each solutions have pro and cons. I won’t debate this, just point out that over the years, your blog will move.

As long as your old blog is still hosted and its URL remains valid, it isn’t much a problem. But even so, wouldn’t it be great to keep the whole history in one place ? For example it would allow you to search for a keyword or category and have all the results in one place.

So, since a blog is a little bit structured, it is feasible to export/import from one host to another all the content and almost all the metadata.

It is just that the applications are missing, at least in the OSS world.

There are a few progress :

But it would make more sense to have a stand alone application which would import/export/synchronize to different blog platforms and hosts. Maybe with the progress of Atom/feeds libraries like ROME or Abdera and individual work like Yichao did, it will become a reality.

Wait and see …

Bookmarks question

24 January 2007

Like many old web user, I have to struggle with a long old list of bookmarks, that has been from local to Delicious tag mess, to Google Bookmark … and, like Dora the Explorer, it may be the time to “stop and think”. Or stop and google for other people solutions …

So now, I felt almost happy with Google Bookmark and the GMark extension. Just seeking a way to automatically classify those bookmarks.

During all those research I found that there are finally some changes going on. Most notably Firefox 3 will feature a new system for storing bookmarks, history, and other information about pages : Places. The link goes to the Wiki where a lot of discussions goes on and there are links to references on the subject.
References :

How Tech Writing Sucks: The Five Sins

12 January 2007

How Tech Writing Sucks: The Five Sins
A very good article and resources from Amy Hoy Slash7 (an informally educated designer-turned-interface-developer who also programs).
Just read it and have fun.

Automatic bookmark classification

3 January 2007

I am really searching a way to automatically classify my bookmarks, but it looks like there are not a lot of resources and I doubt that I would have time to go into personal developments …
Still here are some starting points :