Archive of: blogging

  • On reading and writing

    It’s a world wide web out there. There’s plenty of room for everyone. And I, for one, love reading the words of others.

    Jeremy Keith

    I have been very lax about writing anything of substance on here recently, apart from the end of year lists. I must try harder.

  • Commenting

    I don’t think the problem is that people are stupid. I think that people, when given crappy tools, with almost no oversight, no incentive to behave, and no semblance of real identity, often behave stupidly.

    Derek Powazek – Your right to comment ends at my front door.

  • Stephen Fry blogs! The world is a just and good place after all

    This is a doozy.

    Via Nat Torkington on the O’Reilly Radar I find out that Stephen Fry, that most entertaining, erudite, and gorgeous man, blogs. Not only is he blogging, but his first post is a fantastic exploration of the reasons why we love technology so much.

    Based around the would-be “iPhone Killers” that the market keeps coming up with (whilst never quite getting what makes some hardware so compelling) he lays out his history not only with Apple, but every other piece of shiny that he has felt compelled to buy:

    I have, over the past twenty years been passionately addicted to all manner of digital devices, Mac-friendly or not; I have gorged myself on electronic gismos, computer accessories, toys, gadgets and what-have-yous of all descriptions, but most especially what are now known as SmartPhones. PDAs, Wireless PIMs, call them what you will. My motto is:

    I have never seen a SmartPhone I haven’t bought


    He then expands on a knowledge of technology that leaves me shocked, awed, and frankly, loving him even more than I already did.

    As Nat says:

    I recommend getting a cup of tea or coffee and sitting down to enjoy the whole thing. He’s not just good to read, but he hones in on the strengths and weaknesses of each device. Enjoy!

    Keep posting Mr Fry.

  • Testing Testing part two

    So here we go again, this time trying out ecto. I’ve had this installed for a long time but never got round to firing it up and seeing what it could do. First impressions are that the UI exposes a lot more functionality than Marsedit (not something that I really mind as i like to tinker) but I have that new-software “where the hell is everything?” feeling.

    Still, If it manages to post without anything too untoward happening then we’re off to a good start.

    Update: Well that went swimmingly. Just a few things to tweak in the generated markup, but that’s nothing. Ecto has it.

  • Testing Testing

    Testing out the new version of Marsedit and it’s inclusion of Technorati tags.

    Another in a long line of incredibly boring posts from Garrett Corp, I really must try harder.

    Update: Well that was a bit of a non event. Marsedit didn’t have an entry for the title, which turned out to be what the first paragraph became, html and all. Think I need to do some tweaking.

  • Stop Publishing, Start Communicating

    [Note: This piece was originally written for the June 2004 gencon Newsletter. It’s very cluetrain-ish, but given the non-technical nature of the target audience (upper/middle level management, small business owners), and their probable lack of exposure to that book, I thought it a worthwhile exercise.]

    Bill Gates’s recent speech at the Microsoft CEO Summit extolling the virtue of ‘blogs‘ got me thinking about a question I’m often asked when people find out what I do for a living. "So what is the web good for?".

    At its most basic the web is a method of publication. You write some content, stick it up on the web, and with any luck people read it.

    But when we look a little deeper, and at blogging in particular, we start to see something more than just a publishing system.

    The majority of blogs allow visitors to leave comments on the piece they’ve just read, turning the entry from one person’s lone voice in the wilderness to a living, breathing congress where anyone can join in and add their point of view.

    We also start to see a more conversational tone, far removed from the clean sanitised corporate copy-writing on most sites. We see communication between people, we see conversations and communities.

    My answer to people who ask me what the web is good for is simple. It’s all about the conversations. It’s all about people.

    I’m not suggesting that you run off and set up a blog on your company website, but I would urge you to get out there in the blogosphere (oh yes, us geeks have a name for everything!), look at the conversations, listen at the tones used and then take a moment to think about the content on your site.

    (a good place to get started reading blogs is technorati, a blog aggregation site. Try a search on a topic that interests you, see where it takes you. Join in!)

    Ask yourself what your company ‘voice’ is, could it be friendlier, softer, or even funnier? Are you just publishing for the sake of it or are you actually communicating?