Friday, November 28, 2008

Domains specific modelling language for InfoVis

Is there a Domains specific modelling language [DSML?] for Specifing Information Visualisations?

Wordpress on OS X 10.4

This maczealots tutorial is good if you want to put wordpress on an old 10.4 mac:

but beware:

the "Mac identifies itself as Localhost, NOT localhost"
so change (in wp-config.php )
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to
change this value
define('DB_HOST', 'Localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to
change this value

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Some 'net-top' stuff

Some 'net-top' stuff

Notes (includes in-image ocr)

google.notes has ff plugin
google mobile suite is also good if you have a
phone with a crappy browser ( just remember to set your location to
USA or a bunch of services go missing)

Bookmarks (they changed their address) - I use is promising the cloud but you may like scientific systems

Librarything keeps a record of my books (I also use it to note if
someone has borrowed something)

I use for storage ( 20gb cost me about £4 a month from amazon)
I also use for subversion

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why is there no iTunes store for eBooks?

All these new eBook readers, but no decent eBook stores.
Waterstones ~5000
Amazon ~180k (at least search works - better than the others)

Publisher sites are worse,
MIT Press CISnet doesn't even have SICP what are they thinking?
Safari books online ughh...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Effectiveness sans Formality

I recently listened to the recording of the OOPSLA 07 keynote 'Effectiveness sans Formality'(aka Context, Perspective and Programs) by Gregor Kiczales, and was struck by the similarities with the work happening here on 'sensemaking' - 'registration' is the term used by Gregor (BC Smith, 1998) - and the importance of context for information professionals (lawers and journalists instead of programmers, and digital libraries instead of large code bases. (Especially so given the digital library and associated instruments in an Ediscovery matter, are constructed by the users, not unlike programmers working on a large system if you think about it being a group of documents)

The interesting bits;

  • stuff about L Suchman's work
  • about 'Intentionality' (p 19,) and 'Registration' (p 25,)
    'By register I mean something like parse, make sense of, find there to be, structure, take as being a certain way -- even carve the world into, to use a familiar if outmoded phrase. ' (p 25, from BC Smith, 1996-8)
  • combining BC Smith and L Suchman (p26)
  • Radical Thesis (p 27)

See also

Smith, B.C., 1998. On the Origin of Objects, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.