25 November 2005

Site architecture for the Pinoy Farmers Internet - outline

News, newsletter, file uploadsDrupalwww.openacademy.ph
FAQs, production guides, modulesMediawiki/wiki
Images, other mediaGallery/gallery
Elearning, LMSMoodle/elearning

23 November 2005

del.icio.us tools

I've posted a collection of my modified code for del.icio.us over here. Have fun!

'Chatspeak' as type

Here's an interesting exercise: what if 'chatspeak' has become part of mainstream English? How will we treat 'chatspeak' characters? See how these typography people did it.

WTF ligature
WTF ligature, originally uploaded by ian.dexter.

LOL ligature
LOL ligature, originally uploaded by ian.dexter.

[via Monkeybites]

Link blogging

Lately, I've been reduced to link blogging, instead of writing full-blown treatments of things I want to blog about.

Call it laziness or whatever, but I've been hooked to tagging! I pass through an interesting site, I invoke my bookmarklet shortcut for posting to del.icio.us, jot down a note about it, then I'm off to another link. The result: lots of del.icio.us bookmarks and not enough substantial reading. And it's disturbing. I'm addicted to meta. Ack!

15 November 2005

Roll your own del.icio.us link roll

There is, of course, a ready-made Javascript code to include the latest del.icio.us postings to your blog or web page, but if you want to 'beautify' it, take a look at what I've done.

I used del.icio.us' JSON object, named Delicious.posts that contains the latest bookmarks. I snatched the code from the del.icio.us JSON help page and added a few enhancements, like the extended note and the associated tags.

This is the code:

First, set up the HTML container for the heading and the postings. The Delicious.posts object is fetched using:

The script iterates through the object, parsing the URL (Delicious.posts[i].u), description (d), and extended note, if any (n). The inner j loop iterates through the tags (t).

The script also fetches the page icon of each link.

To roll your own, just replace the username in:


var tagu = 'http://del.icio.us/iandexter/' + post.t[j];

Paste in the code somewhere in body of your web page, and you got yourself a yummy link roller.

09 November 2005

CLI shortcuts, 4

To get a list of root servers as the root zone file for the DNS server:

dig . ns > /etc/named/master/named.root

08 November 2005

Here comes Flickrfs!

Just when you thought GMailFS was nifty, here comes Flickrfs, a virtual Linux filesystem for the popular photo-sharing web service, Flickr. A few tidbits:

Flickrfs is a virtual filesystem based upon FUSE for Linux. It can be mounted on your computer and then can be accessed using the standard commands. But, here are the twists. The filesystem uses threads, and hence, improves usability and speed. When you mount the filesystem, it will create 2 directories automatically: 'tags' and 'sets'. 'sets' will automatically retrieve your sets and will show you all the photos available in your sets. You can then easily copy images on your hdd. If you want to add some more photos to these sets, just copy them to the folder, and they will be uploaded to the respective set.

Via mann

Intel pushes for Linux-based PCs in China

I posted this article in Pinoy Tech Blog:

I got this from an article in LXer.com that extensively quotes a so-called “Chinese Halloween” document from Intel.

In a nutshell, it says that Intel is pushing for cheap desktop PCs (costs around $350, or roughly Php20,000) in rural areas in China, and surprise, surprise, the “Farmer PC” runs on Linux.

The document, which the LXer.com claims was from an Intel intranet site, discusses the strategy the hardware giant employs in gaining ground in a potentially huge market (”a whopping 73 percent of residents say they are willing to buy one”).

Wow, this is huge! Given China's potential market, I think Linux (and open source) is in for a windfall when it comes to gaining market share in desktops. Intel is in a strategic position to influence the industry, and with it vouching for Linux on the desktop, it can create a snowball effect on the massive adoption of Linux.

Of course, this could all be part of Intel's marketing hype, but there's no reason not to think wishfully. (via

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03 November 2005

Visualizing the news

The Big Picture
The Big Picture, originally uploaded by ian.dexter.

This just blew me away. CNET News.com has this cool visualization tool to render news items linked with related news and sites. The screenshot above is from the story, "Google throws bodies at OpenOffice".