March 31, 2003

Is Blogging a Fad?

Great article to show your boss: Is Blogging a Fad?

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I just registered this blog with Blogshares. This post is really just to ping but if you didn't know about Blogshares you might be interested.

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March 28, 2003

Banner Add Tracking

I went over to see the guys at ValueCommerce Japan today to learn how to hook up an e-commerce site to their banner ad affiliate program. It's really enlightening to see how these technologies work from the back end.

It made me think that the next time I go and buy something at Amazon I might purposefully go to a blog that I like and click through their Amazon link. By doing so my favourite blog author will get the referral fee.

It also made me think about refusing cookies. Sometimes the cookie is completely innocuous and by not accepting it you maybe doing someone out of a referal fee. Food for thought.

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March 25, 2003

How to Outsource to an Indian Technology Company Without Meeting Them

I found this article on How to Outsource to an Indian Technology Company Without Meeting Them which gives some good advice.

I wondering how usual it is to be able to talk to their clients to see what previous clients thought of them. Also do you generally try out a company with a small project and then work up to a larger project.

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March 24, 2003

Version Control Branching Patterns

Wow. Here's an in depth article on Version Control Branching Patterns and AntiPatterns that I found via pgirolami76's great "java work" blog.

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March 19, 2003

Securing Web Services

Once you start thinking about creating a WebService that is for business use you are going to have to start to think about security. Securing Web Services covers many of the current intiatives in a field that is moving very quickly.

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Federated Network Identity

Federated Network Identity is the title of a thoughtful mail posted to the RISKS digest about the consequences of "single sign on" systems such as Microsoft Passport or the Liberty Alliance Project.

The basic gist is that right now we have a certain amount of anonymity when we surf the net but that would be diminished if sites used a federated network identity. The information that you are willing to pass to one site is not necessarily the same as you would be willing to pass to another. Do people really want to remove the hassle of having to log in to each site separately if the consequence is that sites know more of their private information than they would have willingly told them. It's already scary to visit sites that use the Amazon donation system as they greet you by name. The sites themselves don't have your name it's just the included in graphic that they are pulling from Amazon but the feeling is just the same.

At a minimum users should be allowed to opt out of single sign on system. I'm sure that this is going to be a big issue soon as single sign on becomes more ubiquitous.

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March 18, 2003


I created a morbid new word today:

Mobituary: Your final email, text message or picture posted from your mobile communication device at the point that you know that death is immanent.

Combination of Mobile + Obituary

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mbilis, from *movibilis, from movre, to move. See meu- in Indo-European Roots.]
[Medieval Latin obiturius, (report) of death, from Latin obitus, death, from past participle of obre, to meet, meet one's death : ob-, toward; see ob- + re, to go; see ei- in Indo-European Roots.]

Mie had similar thoughts to be during a recent earthquake.

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March 13, 2003

Understanding XP through FDD

Here's a couple articles that I'm going to study of the next week or so: Understanding XP through FDD: [An] attempt to understand Extreme Programming (XP) better by studying Feature-Driven Development (FDD). When reading about FDD, you sometimes get the feeling that it is very close to XP. For example, features in FDD and user stories in XP have much in common. But as you read more, you realize that the two approaches are fundamentally different, that they are based on different assumptions.

Here is the corresponding discussion about Understanding XP through FDD on

One comment that interested me was:

"My view of FDD, having run 13 projects with it in the last 4 years, is
that it becomes truly effective at 10 people. Well below 10 people e.g.
4 people it is problematic and cumbersome."

So there's another factor in choosing a methodology. The size of the

Here's another book with a chapter on FDD that looks interesting: Java Modeling in Color with UML: Enterprise Components and Process

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March 12, 2003

Feature Driven Development

I'm collecting information Feature Driven Development right now. This PDF details the Feature Driven Development process and Feature Driven Development Overview. I'm looking for a simple text description of the process that could be used to explain the system to the development team.

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March 11, 2003

Pay at Lawson

I'm now testing some Java code which is connecting to a Japanese payment gateway to simulate someone choosing to pay at the Lawson convenience store. When the customer actually pays at the convenience store, Lawson's server will ping us and let us know we can dispatch the goods to them.

It's interesting stuff but the right now I'm debugging as to why the Japanese error messages that are coming back are getting corrupted. It's a character set problem for sure but finding the right spot to fix is the problem.

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March 07, 2003

Information Architecture

A good resource on Information Architecture, Navigation Design and Interaction Design.

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March 06, 2003

Java Charting

I'm looking for a free Java charting engine to display some results as webservice client to give realtime sales and stock data for our online store. The first one I came across looks pretty good:JFreeChart.

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March 05, 2003

The term moblog has been there for quite a while now

Aapo Laakkonen wrote In fact the term moblog has been there for quite a while now. I have even written a moblog software in the past.

Yep. Me too! I posted my first moblog message on January 4th 2001 but I *think* Adam Greenfield coined the term Moblog on the November 5th 2002.

If any one has verifiable earlier dates than these I would love to hear from them so we can get the Moblogging Resources page chronology section updated with the right info.

It drives me nuts to hear people talk about Moblogging as if it is something new. Many of us were doing it for a couple of years as a natural progression from blogging before the press even heard of it.

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Per Category RSS feeds

Today I added to my Movable Type setup per Category RSS feeds. See Live from Tokyo: Tech Blog RSS feeds

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Nice Moblogging Moment

I moblogged Adam Greenfield on the Yamonote line as we pulled into Shibuya Station after the Tokyo Bloggers party after which he told me he coined the term, "moblog". I'd just met him for the first time at the party and didn't connect that it was him...

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