February 2008 Archives
February 26, 2008
Read it here.
This is the essence of the Ed Markey's (D., Mass.) Orwellian-named Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008, which would foist network neutrality on the wild and woolly Internet. The Federal Communications Commission is holding a public hearing today at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., to build the case for the ill-conceived idea of preventing, as Mr. Markey's bill would, network operators from using technologies that may favor one application over another.
It's a bad idea because the only thing Mr. Markey's bill will preserve is mediocrity via the lack of competition, and full employment for regulators micromanaging a business whose very innovation comes from the lack of rules. With net neutrality, there will be no new competition and no incentives for build outs. Bandwidth speeds will stagnate, and new services will wither from bandwidth starvation.
February 24, 2008
February 18, 2008
In the episode, which you can preview on Gourmet's site, the producers have documented some of the leading lights of the food blogosphere, from Hong Kong to Hanoi, to two of the cities Six Apart calls home, Paris and San Francisco. And every single one of the blogs featured is powered by Movable Type or TypePad. Once you've checked out the show, here are just some of our food bloggers you'll want to sample:
- Sticky Rice, where Mark Lowry documents his culinary adventures in Hanoi.
- Chez Pim, Pim Techamuanvivit's signature take on food from the Bay Area and beyond.
- Cha Xiu Bao, Josh Tse's story of his delicious discoveries around Hong Kong.
- David Lebovitz, the eponymous diary of a Parisian foodie.
February 15, 2008
February 10, 2008
For years now, Movable Type has had a powerful "Style Catcher" built in, which lets you browse a number of different style libraries all over the Internet, and then apply a style to your blog with just a click. It's really simple, but as a company that's always cared a lot about design, we wanted to give you more power, more personalization, and more control over the way your site looks. So behold, the Movable Type Design Assistant, a beta of a new tool designed to help you make beautiful sites, easily.
Jim Ramsey, Movable Type's lead designer and someone who's done some great thinking about design in general has listened to a lot of feedback from the community, and knew that we could make this whole process easier. One of the first steps to making great design simple was his Universal Template Set concept. But everyone who uses Movable Type's default templates should have more tools -- not just to make the design process easier, but so that it's easy to learn how the whole system works while making a custom design.
So it is that the large communities are bursting with individualism. This tension is inherent even in the name "MySpace." MySpace is a single place where everyone is trying to be different (albeit often in the same kinds of ways). Who's space is it anyway: is it the user's space or News Corp.'s? Even the austere and formulaic Facebook has evolved with customization, personalization, and a host of apps, if not much diversity on the design front.
The social networks have been aggregations of online action and activities, but they've been isolated from one another because it would seem the network owners prefer control to freedom. Facebook owns its turf, MySpace owns its turf, and they haven't been much interested in allowing their folks to mingle, I suspect because they fear that loss of their control over their users will mean loss of ownership for them, and then loss of their value.
But just as big online media made way for individual media with blogs, big social media will give way to individual, and individualized, forms of social media. Blogs have always been about individual control and freedom and they too, I predict, will be the force to free people from social networks. Not *remove* them from social networks -- blogs haven't replaced traditional media, they've augmented it -- but give them options to construct their own persona, on their own terms.
That's why I think MT's new Action Streams (see mine in the left sidebar) is more than just a cool new set of capabilities for blogs, but in fact something indicative of a much larger trend and perhaps an inflection point for blogging and social media. Rather than actions being held hostage within online services, now, using the power of blogs, people can have their actions aggregated around them -- not the other way around.
Huge props to Mark Paschal from our MT team who did an amazing job on this. And his post on this is both eloquent and intriguing. Here's an excerpt:
There are both a mighty need and a grand opportunity for us to knit our society back together, and I expect us to use the internet to do that. Putnam mentions the idea that the internet lets us connect in ways we haven't before, but rightly views the utterly unproven possibility with skepticism. I've yet to adequately articulate myself on the topic, and I'm still not able to do so here, so instead let's discuss a meager tilt I took at that windmill: the new Action Streams plugin for Movable Type 4.1.
February 7, 2008
February 5, 2008
I started blogging on Movable Type in 2002 -- and began a long love affair with the product that has helped transform the world of blogging, and the world blogging touches. I remember that sense of both freedom and control that I felt when I realized how easy online publishing could really be for an individual. When I came to Six Apart in 2006 I had the privilege of being put in charge of the Movable Type group. And now as CEO, I get to continue that work, which makes it even more important to explain not just where we've been, but where we're going.
Read the rest here.
February 4, 2008
February 2, 2008
Many of the stories of the musicians were touching -- even based on the little I was able to get translated for me live. And some of the songs we touching too. The catchiest tune to my ears was from Omitaka which translates as "The story which is read in you." Here it is (it's now in my iTunes):
Congratulations to all the musicians and to Columbia Music Entertainment for a fantastic production.