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Blog Spammers Getting More Desperate, More Subtle (October 31, 2003 09:16 AM)
Now that MovableType bloggers can feel slightly more protected from weblogs comment spam thanks to Jay Allen's MTBlacklist plugin, do not feel like this will drive the pesky spam-roaches away. Remember that their whole goal is to insert their viagra, porn, rip-off sales, etc web site addresses into your pages... «more»
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Pachyderming Learning Objects (October 29, 2003 11:10 PM)
It's been a full 2 days of intense action here at the NMC Pachyderm project meeting in San Francisco. This project was origiinally developed to create rich media web experiences based on exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)-- Pachyderm 2.0 will evolve it to a tool... «more»
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Wow, ABC News has Discovered RSS (October 29, 2003 10:51 PM)
Ho hum. From the far seeing "FutureTech" at ABCNews.com, they reveal Web Tech to Keep Users Up-to-Date on News!!!! Maybe I ought to look at this RSS stuff ;-) Now it is easy to lambast a rather feather-weight overview of RSS, and frankly it is good to see more of... «more»
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MT-Blacklist 1.5 Out: Stop Blog Spam Cold (October 27, 2003 05:34 PM)
Now out to improve your MovableType blog sanity, is Jay Allen's miraculous MT-Blacklist - A Movable Type Anti-spam Plugin version 1.5. This is a large update and offers one click, de-spammiing of both comments and trackbacks, adding to blacklist file, and rebuilding of offended files. It is like magic. I... «more»
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NMC Presentation: "Connecting Learning Objects with RSS, Trackback, and Weblogs" (October 27, 2003 11:28 AM)
If you were unable to attend the New Media Consortium (NMC)'s Online Conference on Learning Objects iin October, you missed out on some great sessions and exchange of ideas, as well as a brand new platform for online conferences. All presentations were created with Marcomedia Breeze (in essence streaming audio... «more»
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How to Run a Dysfunctional Software Development Collaborative in Ten Easy Steps (October 26, 2003 08:59 PM)
The following is based on actual experiences. Names have been change.. nahhh, no names are used. But I was there.... «more»
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Syndicating "Best of Show" (October 25, 2003 04:47 AM)
I've took a little twist on RSS to deploy it in another fashion here at CDB. This was partly to response to a post by James Farmer as he tried to find an alternative approach to blogrolling. Maybe not understanding Radio as much as I should, I commented that it... «more»
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Pheed.com: RSS Phor Photos (October 24, 2003 08:37 PM)
Here is an interesting use of RSS-- Pheed.com or Syndicated Photography Feeds aims to promote the use of RSS to describe collections of photos. Pheed.com is a database of information about photographs available on the web. We present the work of photographers who have made information about their images available... «more»
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Legacy of Old Code: Software Old Enough to Get a Drivers License (October 24, 2003 11:05 AM)
Following up on my nostalgia for ten years on the web, I also reflected on what was likely the first educational software I ever created, back in 1987. As a Geology grad student at Arizona State University with a few programming courses as an undergrad, I was handed the opportunity... «more»
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Testing MT-Blacklist Alpha (October 23, 2003 11:15 AM)
I have been testing an alpha version of the next update to Jay Allen's MT-Blacklist plugin. The changes coming are impressive and make it easier to filter and easily de-spam weblog crud. You can check and protect both comments and/or trackbacks, and it makes it a one clikc operation. Lots... «more»
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Our Web Tenth Anniversary (Aluminum Gifts, please) (October 22, 2003 11:38 PM)
Somewhere in the hustle and bustle of this month I missed a significant milestone. A tenth anniversary worthy of a gift of aluminium (this would be nice but this will do) as tradition goes. It was sometime in October 1993 at our Ocotillo Technology Showcase ("Expose Yourself to Technology"). Demonstrations... «more»
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Just When I thought it was safe to dump IE... (October 22, 2003 10:11 AM)
Darn! I was that close to being able to complete use Safari for my Mac browsing (love the tabs, the rendering, the bookmark menus on the toolbar..) but alas, another hitch appears. This morning trying to post my latest entry, I kept getting timeout errors on MovableType Rebuild. I tried... «more»
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League Bloggin': Learning Objects in the Real World (October 22, 2003 08:36 AM)
Turns out to be my last session attended at the League for Innovation CIT conference was from the Wisc Online - the Wisconsin Online Resource Center (note: link fails for Safari web browsers despite current flash plug-in). The presentation pretty much as shown is available directory from their site (the... «more»
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International Exports? Milwaukee's Safe House (October 20, 2003 09:02 PM)
One of the best diversions in Milwaukee from the League for Innovation conference we found was a dinner at the Safe House. Following the address to a door in an alley marked "International Exports", we had to use all of our sites to get ourselves inside. Beyond that, I am... «more»
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League Bloggin': Land of 10,000 E-Folios (October 20, 2003 02:52 PM)
Just a quick recap of this League Conference session, "Minnesota: Land of 10,000 E-Folios" by Paul Wasko of eFolio Minnesota the project providing electronic portfolios to all citizens of the state. This was a hands on session that allowed us as participants to create use the tools available in this... «more»
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League Bloggin': Diana Oblinger keynote (October 20, 2003 02:41 PM)
Now this was a League conference highlight. Diana Oblinger knows how to deliver a compelling presentation (she speaks, she does not read) on a relevant topic. She researches and presents data, references, processes, and important ideas. And she uses PowerPoint with a bit more power and point than most. Someone... «more»
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League Bloggin': MLX (October 20, 2003 02:14 PM)
Wow, now this was probably the best presentation at this conference.... wait a minute.... Can I blog my own presentation at the League for Innovation Conference? (well not while I am doing it). This morning we gave our show on Building an Innovation Collection (with a bit of Competition and... «more»
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League Bloggin': "Sturgeon's Law, Home Depot, and Dilbert's Boss" (October 20, 2003 01:57 PM)
Monday morning here at the League for Innovation conference and I was asked by my Macromedia friends to make some remarks at their breakfast session- a packed room of about 50 or so. And then I was following an awesome series of examples and ideas from Bill and Eric two... «more»
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CarRP Parses RSS to JavaScript (October 19, 2003 11:20 PM)
Another option for getting RSS feeds into your own web pages, CaRP: Freeware Caching RSS news feed Parser Keep your website fresh effortlessly with RSS newsfeeds. Numerous options ensure that the feeds fit the look and feel of your site. If you already publish an RSS feed, CaRP can create... «more»
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League Bloggin': The Rest of Day 1 (October 19, 2003 11:09 PM)
Blogging at the League for Innovation conference got a wee more difficult as the Wi-Fi went AWOL, 404. The word is even the wired network here in the Midways Airport Convention center due to a blaster type worm banging out of a machine in the exhibit area. Last I saw,... «more»
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League Bloggin': "Weaving Critical Thinking..." (October 19, 2003 08:52 AM)
Okay, first session at the League for Innovation conference, this one from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College titled "Weaving Critical Thnking into Online Courses". Okay, we wade through the cheeese-head jokes, a lot of background on WITC, their mission, their learning acadamies... still waiting 30 minutes in to get to the... «more»
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Bloggin' da League Conf (October 18, 2003 11:31 PM)
Well here I am in Milwaukee, for the 4-day 2003 Conference on Information Technology Presented by the League for Innovation-- this is te big daddy conference on technology on community colleges. You can count on about 30 simultaneous sessions, enough to make you dizzy, and interaction with a few thousand... «more»
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"Learning Grants" Presentation (October 18, 2003 01:16 PM)
Finally. This is the last of four conference presentations assembled this month, the dog and pony show marathon is almost done. Supporting Faculty Innovation with Maricopa Learning Grant$ is a second presentation I am involved in at the League for Innovation Conference on Information Technology in Milwaukee. Wow this one... «more»
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Those Wild Wacky Norwegians (October 17, 2003 10:19 PM)
Sometimes you can click yourselves into the most fun, obscure, un-googled parts of the web, such as Rune Johansen's portfolio. Pure serendipitous fun. Okay, the music grates, but the pictures I gather are pictures of the home life of people in the far flung parts of Norway. There are great... «more»
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"Building the MLX..." presentation (October 16, 2003 03:54 PM)
Faithful CDB readers get this early glimpse at Building an Innovation Collection (with a bit of Competition and Bribery), a presentation for Monday, October 20, at the League for Innovation Conference on Information Technology in Milwaukee. This is less a technical presentation and more about the strategies we have used... «more»
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Derivative or Relating MLX Packages (October 15, 2003 10:47 AM)
I am just trying to flesh out a new idea for the Maricopa Learning eXchange. Since we have now real stories of how our faculty are using and modifying MLX content. I am hoping we can set up some new tools that can allow someone to create a new MLX... «more»
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More Fixes for RSS2JS (October 14, 2003 04:29 PM)
Wow, once you start tinkering with code, the worm can opens up. I made a few more adjustments to the RSS to JS demo due to the worminess of RSS 2.0 versus 1.0. After comments in yesterday's announced fix, I became aware that the code would not deal successfully with... «more»
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Jay Allen for Saint: MT-Blacklist Plugin (October 14, 2003 01:43 PM)
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Jay Allen, for those 40 hours of blogged sleepless programming that produced MT-Blacklist - A Movable Type Anti-spam Plugin. The war againt spammers has been ratched-up considerably with this new valuable tool (it is beta, but works sweet so far). It allows easy... «more»
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Those low down dirty Bloogz (October 14, 2003 09:11 AM)
We always need more search engines, eh? Here is Blloogz which has no "about screen" but apparently walks many blogs to fuel the search tool. Not being sure, if this cogdog was "bloogz-ed", we added our URL to the crawl. Searches produces long lists, but page loads were a bit... «more»
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RSS2JS Script Fix (October 13, 2003 09:04 AM)
In response to observed, unexpected behavior, I made a minor tweak to our PHP script that does the RSS to JS magic, using JavaScript to embed RSS content in any page. The probllem was on the simple way I was naming my cache files (the RSS parser I use creates... «more»
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Notes from the Road: Under the Big Sierra Peaks (October 12, 2003 11:51 PM)
Barely relevant to the rest of this blog, what follows are the collections of thoughts that brewed, frothed, fermented, distilled during a weeken of travel. On the heels of a trip to Columbus for the NLII Focus Session on Learning Objects, I actually returned home to Phoenix, but weirdly enough... «more»
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Learning Objects: Focused Now? Blurry? (October 10, 2003 11:51 PM)
What follows, or rambles are some thoughts on today's NLII Focus Session (October 10, 2003) at Ohio State. I should say now that the best part of these events are getting to meet colleagues face to face, and without a doubt the attendance of 60 were all people I respect... «more»
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Blog Spam sneaks under the Wire (October 10, 2003 10:32 PM)
Well I feel safer having implemented my blog-spam defense perimeter but apparently there are still some pesky cockroaches sniffing around the edges. Here is another one for those keeping their blog spam filters up to date: IP Address: 219.141.115.94 Name: gifts Email Address: gifts-catalog@yahoo.com add to the banned domains: lstor(dot)com... «more»
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Learning Objects: Believe It or Not! (October 9, 2003 09:29 PM)
Here is a sneaky dog's first peek at Learning Objects: Believe It or Not!, the gist of what I am presenting 1:00 PM Friday as part of the "Learning Objects Lounge" at the EDUCAUSE/NLII Focus Session on Learning Objects. Please do not alert the lawyers for the Ripley's enterprise. It... «more»
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Lora and Boris Show (part deux) (October 9, 2003 09:06 AM)
Our learning object bloggers Lora and Boris are making a second appearance at the October 14-17 NMC Online Conference on Learning Objects. Taking to a new level their story presented at MERLOT 2003, a garden varierty PowerPoint, for the NMC conference they have speaking parts as well, as the presentation... «more»
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Tables Turned: CDB bites back at blog-spam (October 8, 2003 10:34 AM)
Wahoo! Thanks to the clear details from Jay Allen, Killing Comment Spam Dead, in relation to an earlier yelp, it looks like we are flipping the score on comment-blog-spam. It wa snot too much work to download and install 3 MT plug-ins and modify the various MT templates. There is... «more»
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Blog-Spammers:10, Me:0 (October 8, 2003 06:28 AM)
I give up. The rate of blog comment spam to this site is bothersome, now with 10 banned IPs (which likely does very little), and going in to remove the comments manually is getting very old. The latest, unrelated, un-meaningful, unwanted, undesired, unethical, un-freakin' stooooopid crap that arrived in my... «more»
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Somebody's There at Nobodyhere.com (October 7, 2003 06:40 AM)
It is likely impossible to describe in text NobodyHere... It is a site to explore messages, relationships of words, metaphors, and variety of interesting gadgets. "How does this work?" Just click. All pages are connected. "Why?" Because I like to express myself using animation, text and programming. The site has... «more»
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"Not Just an Education... A Career!" (October 7, 2003 06:07 AM)
Ouch, I just hurt mysefl laughing... The folks at J-Walk blog have done it again. Find out all about Spam University, " the world's top-rated educational institution for the growing spam industry." Under Admissions: Spam University receives thousands of applications every month. Regretfully, we can't accept everyone who applies. Consequently,... «more»
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Ratchet Up (Digital Arts and Culture Blog) (October 6, 2003 09:17 PM)
Wow, these TypePad blogs just continue to pop up, all nicely organized. Here is Ratchet Up "is John Schott & friends, featuring links, often daily, to something of interest in digital culture and the arts." These are not just your typical blog echoes from elsewhere, each story is originally written... «more»
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Web Design Color Schemes with Natural Roots (October 5, 2003 08:27 PM)
A nicely done article on looking at your web pages with a different mind-set. Check out Boxes and Arrows: Natural Selections: Colors Found in Nature and Interface Design. Typicallly B&A has some high brow articles, e.g. "Semiotics: A Primer for Designers", stuff for people labled "information architects", but now and... «more»
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Phil Phinds Phriendly Trackback (October 2, 2003 11:08 PM)
Perched up at MIT, Phil Long is a key instructional visioneer, and in a recent Syllabus column he writes TrackBack: Where Blogs Learn Their Places. It's a nice general overview of TB, yes, but Phil seems to not see as wide as we do by focusing only on what Trackback... «more»
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Repository of (Learning Object) Dreams (October 2, 2003 01:10 PM)
There is almost nothing more cliche than a Field of Dreams metaphor "If you build it, they will come", but it is all so fitting for those that get glaze-eyed at the potential of building a Learning Object Repository (ugh, I despise the connotations of the "R-word"). But I can... «more»
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Hosting Multiple MovableType Blogs (October 2, 2003 11:47 AM)
The blog concept is continuing to spread in our system. I know two of our colleges are looking at setting up a MovableType environment for both faculty use as well as committee communication. I am looking for examples of sites hosting more than ahandful of MT blog sites to identify... «more»
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Fake Philosophical Blog Spam (October 2, 2003 10:28 AM)
it is getting worse. Now are these messages that arrive as comments to an old blog entry: We live in strange times, but someday I think we will look back on all of this and marvel at how crazy it was. God, I hope so. I sure wouldn't want this... «more»
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