As a supporter of both WordPress and the Windows Phone platform, I was of course drawn to the WordPress for Windows Phone app. Since getting involved in the app’s development in May, I’ve explored the codebase and done plenty of brainstorming about the app’s future. What follows is a brief history of the app and initial thoughts on what it’s like working on its development.
It’s been almost six months since my last blog post, but I hope less than six days until my next one. I’ve put off several blog post topics until I finished a site redesign that I’ve been struggling with since July, but decided to stop waiting and just start writing again. Maybe one of the upcoming posts will be about the redesign, but I’m going to start with a recap of what I’ve been up to lately.
Over the past few weekends, I’ve been working with my friend Robert on a fun side project. Tonight we’re proud to be releasing ShoeVox, a Windows applications that allows you to control media applications with your voice. Please check our Rob’s announcement post for full details, including a download link.
For my friends, classmates, and coworkers who have been wishing me happy birthday today, I thought I’d write up a summary of what I’ve been up to lately.
On Wednesday, Martin Moore, one of the creators of the hNews microformat, posted on Idea Lab about how hNews is in use at 577 U.S. news sites. As someone who has long been interested in standardized markup and interchange formats for news content, I found this interesting and set out to investigate for myself.
C.M.S., an acronym for “Content Management System,” is a term that has become ubiquitous in the open source web software world. Ranging from systems that manage a small set of static pages to full-fledged “enterprise” content management solutions (ECMS) like Typo3 or Alfresco, the term “CMS” has become a catch-all term for any web software package that can produce a website. Read More…
On October 26, 2008, the first bits were committed to the private Courant News project repository. At the time, Rob, Paul and I were going to offer a hosted SaaS product for college news organizations, freeing them from the grasps of College Publisher and providing a stable foundation for the future. In February 2009, we decided not to pursue the project as a business, but agreed to continue development as an open-source project. On April 7, 2009, we opened our code to the public. After launching the Yale Daily News on Courant in September 2009, we finally started to pick up steam in the past month. But after deep reflection, we have decided to cease development of the project.
For my Introduction to Law & Technology class this semester, I worked with two of my classmates on a survey of new business models for journalism and news organizations. The results can be found on the website we have created, including a full recap and notes of the Knight Media conference held at the Yale Law School in November.
We performed survey research on eight of the most discussed new business models for news, although we tried not to prescribe any of them as “the” solution. As countless others have pointed out, there will not be any single solution that will work for any or all news organizations, so it is instead important to understand how each might contribute to a new news organization structure. We hope to update the site periodically as events unfold in the industry, and will continue to post to our Publish2 newsgroup as we come across relevant new content.
We hope our research and summaries are useful to interested observers, especially those who may not have been following the issues at hand as closely as we have. Feel free to give feedback and let us know what you think.
Following are my notes from the “Journalism and the New Media Ecology: Who will pay the messengers?” conference hosted by Yale Law School and the Yale Information Society Project.
The key to performance for high-traffic websites is caching. Facebook is famous for being a prolific memcached user, with 28 terabytes of memcached servers as of December 2008. Part of why the Yale Daily News was able to survive massive traffic spikes during the Annie Le coverage was our judicious use of caching. Read on to learn more about the caching strategies employed by the Courant News platform.