Borders on paid content

News.com: “Will Web users ever pay for content?”

Borders gets a few things really right but IMHO is also missing out on a few realities. Take this statement for example: “Very soon, you’ll see that the content that’s left to be free is content that will not be trusted; content that has a bias.” Hmm, he seems to be ignorant of the notion media bias, not to mention the authenticity that the typical weblogger brings. Still, I think they could succeed if the price point is right. I bet they could do some innovative things around combined subscriptions and levels of search access to their moby archives.

HP Recycles

To balance that last post, here’s an example of a BigCo doing something rather heartwarming: HP Product Recycling.

I’ve just boxed up an old 694C inkject printer and placed my order. They’ll be coming by to pick it up some time this week. The service will cost me $17, but in return I get a $10 e-coupon at their online store. Given toner prices for my new officejet, that should be easy to spend :->.

Update (23 July) UPS picked up the box yesterday. Mission accomplished.

My exciting Saturday Night

What?

  It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting at the computer working.
  Nerd!

Why?

  I’m upgrading a production web system for Sloan.
  This is not the kind of thing you want to do at 9am on a Monday morning.

Why does this post look different from your other posts?

  I’m composing it in Radio’s outliner.

Technorati keyword search

Technorati now has a keyword search feature. It’s sort of like Google in that it indexes the contents of a web page at a specific point in time. Because weblogs can update fairly quickly, Technorati’s search must do the same. Sifry says, “The indexes are rebuilt several times each day, which means that it can take as little as 2 hours from the time you post something on your weblog to when it shows up in Keyword Search results.”

Faster than Google? A quick look at the Google cache for Scripting News suggests so. The cache is from last Thursday, or four days ago.

Biggest difference from Google: search results come from weblogs only, not the Web as a whole. Also, weblog sources are annotated with inbound blog/link numbers and Cosmos links. Like PageRank in a way, just more transparent.

Relationship to Scripting’s Weblog Search? Scripting’s search allows you to search the historical archive of a single weblog. Technorati’s search looks at just the front page, but lets you query across (approximately) all weblogs.

OSCOM

We are registered for OSCOM. On a first pass of the Program, I find track two, “CMS contextualized (Law, Biz / Soc, Evaluation)”, most interesting. I like the focus on decision makers, society, users and deployment. Call it a good dose of reality . Here is my rough plan:

Wednesday afternoon: Intellectual Property, User Panel (possibly slipping out to Collaborative Mapping on the Semantic Web)

Thursday morning: Winer Keynote, CMS for Universities: A case study

Thursday afternoon: Integrating Content Management and Semantics, Using Zope to Support Open Course Collaboration? A Case Study, Open Coding Innovation: socially responsible, sustainable economic and technological growth

Friday morning: Udell Keynote, Extending CMS with Web Services, Managing the Semantic Web

Friday afternoon (hopefully): PANEL :: “Content for the Masses”