Frog

I’m starting to immerse myself more in the Racket world these days. And recently, I’ve had more troubles with my server and WordPress blogs. So I’m looking into Greg Hendershott‘s Frog (Frozen Blog) to see if this would be useful.
I’m thinking of porting some of my lower-traffic, not very visually sophisticated, blogs to it. So … first step, a quick and dirty wordpress-to-frog script.
It’s a hack and there are caveats. But it more or less worked. After a bit of tidying, expect to see some of my online blogging move to Frog.

A Node virtual machine

Ideal Node.js hosting service
Here’s the URL of a GIT repo, containing a Node app. Run it with forever.
I want to be able to do a tail -f on the log so I can see what’s going on. 
And to view its file system, perhaps through a browser-based JS app.
I think that’s about it. I give you a URL, you run it.I know some services get close, but I don’t want close. I want just this. A Node virtual machine. 

Source: A Node virtual machine

Communications Design Group

Huh?!? I actually had no idea. Following up that last Jonathan Edwards video I discovered that SAP are funding a PARC-style research lab run by Alan Kay (!!!!!), who has hired Vi Hart, Bret Victor and Edwards among others, to go and do their crazy software art, reinvention of programming stuff.

More : SAP Looks to Xerox for R&D Inspiration, Builds Idea Lab – Bloomberg Business

And here’s the GitHub repository. Which is a pretty damned awesome move.

What are you thinking, Dave?

What is it that makes the web so great?

Linking. What is it that silos will not do.

Same thing.

Linking.

… Here’s the problem. Linking hasn’t gotten an upgrade in many years.That’s not to say an upgrade isn’t possible, it is. But it takes two (or more) to make it happen. I can’t link to anything in a new way if it isn’t ready to be linked to in that way. And what we need for that to happen is collaboration. 

The web can overpower silos if…

Very good. So what kinds of upgrade to the linking standards / practices?

What’s Like RSS? (OPML version)

For a while I’ve thought Dave Winer’s What’s Like RSS? question needed to be developed further.

Perhaps some kind of outline / catalogue of open formats that are well-established, have no “owner” but multiple existing stake-holders, and are unlikely to change at any time in the near future.

Anyway, I thought one should exist, so here’s the first draft up on GitHub … for anyone who wants to add to it.