Monthly Archives: September 2006

open questions for web api publishers

I think web style software is still a kind of a new thing. People are starting to get it, but where are the tools to facilitate its development? So, here is a list of questions open for any web api publisher to answer. This includes publishers like amazon,, delicious, google, upcoming, technorati… the list […]

todo: idea: phone based OpenId server

Imagine authenticating with your OpenId server with your cell phone, both by using in the traditional way (eg please press 1 to authenticate :-), SMS, and email. Look, Ma, no password!

toolbox: openid

What is OpenId? OpenId is a way to provide identity over the web. A URI that represents your credentials is requested by services you access that require you to identify yourself. Since this requirement is very common, monotony and affordance provided by the service of your choosing makes it no more difficult than ordinary browsing […]

idea: todo: bug database service like

As web style software proliferates, the concept of domain gains value. is a domain who has claimed expertise in events. Brilliant. What I’d really, really love is a domain who has an open web api like evdb, but whose expertise is in bugs. That would be great. Then everyone could start building their specific […]

idea: todo: publish to __ plugin

A plugin or bookmarklet or greasemonkey script that takes the highlighted text and creates a blog entry for you (hAtom formatted, of course). It can automatically save it as a draft, not necessarily actually publish. It also facilitates editing your post while browsing. Does flock do this? A google notebook type of interface would be […]

idea: todo: plugin that connects with asterisk

Imagine a greasemonkey script, or even a browser plugin, or hyperscope, or tabulator, or even a google homepage gagdet that allows you to make phone calls effortlessly by connecting to an asterisk server you have access to. This would need a slick contact database/auto completion to work well. Very doable though.

Lunch With Doug Engelbart

My rss2hp.xsl won me a lunch with Doug Engelbart. I tend to get really excited when presented with an opportunity to hobnob with people I label “seminal thinkers.” Seminal thinkers produce fundamental work that allow others to excel. Because of the fundamental work they do, often entire industries spring up surrounding their work. Today, because […]

Usability and Hosting Providers

I’m currently searching for a hosting provider. I have some hosting already in disparate places, so I’m in the market for a dedicated or semi-dedicated host. It should be my centralized computing home. However, I’m having a hard time, and am filled with dread at the prospect of a longer search. I’m currently waiting for […]

todo: idea: microformats creator/generator improvements

I’m currently working on a quick and dirty hAtom creator based on the hReview creator. I’m getting the urge to do lots of wild and drastic things, which is threatening to derail me from the task at hand. Instead of doing them, I’ll write about them, finish the task at hand, and just let the […]

idea: hyperscope editor to hAtom output

Create a wysiwyg technology to create a literate/outlining/structural editor in hyperscope. Have some specia tools that allow this mechanism to produce hAtom output. An hAtom creator was requested on the microformats mailing list, and my imagination went wild.