On This Blog Today In ….

There are 5 posts found on this site published on April 26

  • April 26, 2018
    • US May Restart Charging For Satellite Data 2019

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      The US government is looking at whether to start asking money again for providing satellite imagery and data from Landsat satellites, according to an article in Nature. Officials at the Department of the Interior, which oversees the USGS, have asked a federal advisory committee to explore how putting a price on Landsat data might affect […]
    • Twitter Not GDPR Compliant (nor Flickr, nor ….)

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      Many tech companies are rushing to arrange compliance with GDPR, Europe’s new data protection regulations. What I have seen landing in my inbox thus far is not encouraging. Like with Facebook, other platforms clearly struggle, or hope to get away, with partially or completely ignoring the concepts of informed consent and unforced consent and proving […]
  • April 26, 2012
    • First Step To MiniFabLab

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      Yesterday I took a first step in a new experiment: I bought a desk top milling machine (Roland MX-15, see pic). At 750 Euro (compared to 3000 new), this second hand machine is price competitive with anything else currently on the (DIY) market. I bought the machine from Hanne van Essen, one of the founders […]
  • April 26, 2008
    • Wii Fit, Cool and Brutally Honest 😉 Ever had a game console tell you you’re overweight and unbalanced (physically I presume)? Mine just did, after I connected the Wii Fit. After a phone call yesterday from a local gaming shop that it just came in, and if I was still interested in buying one (Yes!), we went to pick it up today. […]
  • April 26, 2007

3 reactions on “On This Blog Today In ….

  1. Alan Levine recently posted his description of how to add an overview to your blog of postings from previous years on the same date as today. He turned it into a small WordPress plugin, allowing you to add such an overview using a shortcode wherever in your site you want it. It was something I had on my list of potential small hacks, so it was a nice coincidence my feedreader presented me with Alan’s posting on this. It has become ‘small hack’ 4.
    I added his WP plugin, but it didn’t work as the examples he provided. The overview was missing the years. Turns out a conditional loop that should use the posting’s year, only was provided with the current year, thus never fulfilling the condition. A simple change in how the year of older postings was fetched fixed it. Which has now been added to the plugin.
    In the right hand sidebar you now find a widget listing postings from earlier years, and you can see the same on the page ‘On This Blog Today In‘. I am probably my own most frequent reader of the archives, and having older postings presented to me like this adds some serendipity.
    From todays historic postings, the one about the real time web is still relevant to me in how I would like a social feed reader to function. And the one about a storm that kept me away from home, I still remember (ah, when Jaiku was still a thing!).
    Adding these old postings is as simple as adding the shortcode ‘postedtoday’:
    There are 3 posts found on this site published on January 18
    January 18, 2009
    On the Real Time Web This post is triggered by Fridays posting on RWW by Bernarnd Lunn ‘Sorry Google, You Missed the Real-Time Web!’. In it Lunn rightly describes how keeping track of things that are happening right now is a new area of innovation, where big incumbents like Google don’t have much to bring to the table. (Consistent with […]

    January 18, 2007
    Jaiku As Story Teller (or: Jaiku Works) Mark Wubben posted this great and telling screenshot, which precisely shows what Jaiku does. (just as this one about what Plazes does) Today a big storm is crossing the Netherlands. On behalf of the police the national railsystem has been halted. As I was on the other side of the country today I am stuck […]

    January 18, 2004
    Jay Allen’s Spam Filter Added After having been hit with a considerable amount of commentspam starting on New Years Eve, I’ve finally took the 15 minutes it costs to install Jay Allen’s comment and trackback spam filter. Tested it, and it works fine. A big thanks to Jay Allen for this effort! Latest developments in the fight against spam in […]

  2. A summary overview of changes I made to this site, to make it more fully a indieweb hub / my core online presence.
    Theme related tweaks

    Created child theme of Sempress, to be able to change appearance and functions
    Renamed comments to reactions (as they contain likes, reposts, mentions etc.)
    in the entry-footer template and the comments template
    Removed h-card microformats, and put in a generic link to my about page for the author in the Sempress function sempress_posted_on. Without a link to the author mentions show up as anonymous elsewhere.
    Removed the sharing buttons I used (although they were GDPR compliant using the Sharriff plugin, but they got in the way a lot I felt.
    Functionality related tweaks

    To show excerpts from webmentions I changed the template for a webmention in the Semantinc backlinks plugin, class-linkbacks-handler.php
    Added a plugin to display blogposts on the same date in previous years.

  3. The ‘on this day in earlier years‘ plugin I recently installed on this blog is already proving to be useful in the way I hoped: creating somewhat coincidental feedback loops to my earlier blogposts, self serendipity.
    Last week I had lunch with Lilia and Robert, and 15 years ago today another lunch with Lilia prompted a posting on lurking in social networks / blog networks. With seventeen comments, many of them pointing to other blogposts it’s a good example of the type of distributed conversations blogging can create. Or could, 15 years ago. Re-reading that posting now, it is still relevant to me. And a timely reminder. I think it would be worth some time to go through more of my postings about information strategies from back then, and see how they compare to now, and how they would translate to now.

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