The Guardian Unlimited in the UK has an interesting piece today on politics and blogging that is a must read for the future use of the blogosphere is shaping current and future geopolitical events.
Joi Ito reports that Japanese company GaiaX is attempting to trademark the term blog in Japan.
There is much ado with the news of Google toolbar v2 with support for blogger posts, however little has been said over the snub to exclude most blogs from the Google adsense program. Despite Googles recent purchase of PyraLabs and the popular Blogger, Google only demonstrates here either a total ignorance of the reach blogs have, or do not take the medium seriously. And to rub insult to injury, some blogs have managed to sign up and others have been rejected.
Being a MovableType fan, straying from the norm is always a big change. A recent post on another blog stated that the Blog Herald was a good site, but lacked in not covering Grey Matter. I can’t find that post today: if the poster reads this, please trackback, however there is a reason I don’t cover Grey Matter, I like Noah Grey, in particular I like his photolog, as for Grey Matter, I found it difficult and couldn’t get it working in full. In writing this article I started with Nucleus and then tried Textpattern. I was ready to write reviews on both, but I couldn’t get either running in full, without writing raw script. Am I deficent in my blogging: most likely, however for my new project: duncanriley.com a blog from the blogger who edits the blog herald, I discovered pMachine, and after all but 30 minutes, I can say that there is an alternative to market leader MT, its not all that hard, and despite the php learning curve,
has great features has some good features, however after some time with PMachine, I am longing to return to MT.
Following the announcement that Collectrix LLC holds a patent on One-Click BlogginG, lawyers from the dotcom issued cease and desist letters to four companies all accused of infringing on the intellectual property of the Dallas-based start-up.
Q Daily News reports that a number of blogs participating in the MSNBot boycott can’t participate as their blogs live in subdirectories, and that the robot.txt file they are utilising must be in the root directory. We learn more about robots every day!
There’s been plenty of talk lately on a new syndication format and API for blogging named Echo being run by Sam Ruby. Whilst sharing the same name as my car minus a Toyota logo the Blog Herald support the push that will see vendor neutral blogging in the near future. The project is being supported by the likes of Mena Trott of Six Apart, creators of Movable Type, but is strangely not being supported by the makers of PMachine. The Blog Herald will watch with interest, and encourages support by visiting the RoadMap to Echo site.
C|Net news.com reports that the new Google toolbar will support blog posting through blogger blogs and block pop ups on websites.
US Democratic Party candidate for the 2004 Presidential race Dennis Kucinich has received a lot of media attention recently for his campaign blog. Whilst not being an expert on American politics, one would have to ask, would you vote for this man after taking one look at his photograph. The Blog Herald does not burden viewers with scary shots of its writer’s heads, and neither should Dennis Kucinich. But to be fair to all candidates the Blog Herald calls upon an immediate ban from all US presidential candidates from having head shots on their websites unless accompanied by parental warnings so as not to cause nightmares or uncontrollable laughter.