Microsoft-Watch.com> Microsoft posted for download a bunch of Windows XP Fun Packs and PowerToys that build on top of its Windows Media 9, Movie Maker, digital photography and browsing technologies. Among the more interesting of the downloadables is the Creativity Fun Pack, which includes a blogging plug-in for Windows Media Player 9 that lets users add information about their currently playing music to their Web logs. Microsoftie Sean Alexander blogs about the blog plug-in here.
from blogger.com> As was reported widely, and we announced on the Blogger home page last week, Pyra Labs, the company behind Blogger, was recently acquired by Google. Understandably, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about what this means for Blogger and Blogger users. Below, we’ve put together some initial answers to many of the biggest questions. More info will be available as we figure it out. Thanks for your support as we transfer into this next exciting phase.
—The Blogger Team
from xml.com> The goal of this article is to demonstrate the use of XQuery to accomplish a routine, yet interesting task; in particular, to render an HTML page that merges RSS news feeds from two different weblogs. RSS has earned its popularity by allowing people to easily share news among and between web sites. And for almost any programming language used on the Web, there is a good selection of libraries for consuming RSS.
from CNet News.com Have you hugged your Web browser today?
Probably not. It’s been years since the browser was new and exciting for the average Web surfer. Browsers have become a bland commodity, dominated by Microsoft’s sturdy but stodgy Internet Explorer. Internet innovation, meanwhile, is increasingly shoved off to specialized, new applications such as instant messaging clients, media players and Weblog viewers.
from radio.userland.com> New feature: Mail-From-Aggregator. Some people like to read the news that the aggregator gathers in email. This can be useful if you travel a lot, or want to share news with a group of people who may not use Radio.
from CNet news> San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor is writing a new book about journalism, with a little help from his readers.
Gillmor, who writes a column and posts commentary online for the Silicon Valley newspaper, will focus on how technology, including the Weblog phenomenon, has affected journalism.
from Chicago Sun-Times>If you’ve got something to say, my guess is that you’re already saying it. Never before have there been so many ways to express yourself: through art, or on talk radio, or in a newsletter, or by taking part in protests, or by organizing a phone tree.
And then there is the blog.
more fun with mt, next two posts for testing purposes only