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Stock and flow: "the mas­ter metaphor for media today"

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  • Flow is the feed. It's the posts and the tweets. It's the stream of daily and sub-daily updates that remind people that you exist.
  • Stock is the durable stuff. It's the con­tent you pro­duce that's as inter­est­ing in two months (or two years) as it is today. It's what peo­ple dis­cover via search. It's what spreads slowly but surely, build­ing fans over time.

FatDUX - 20 tips for writing for the web

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I normally loathe "X Ys For Z" posts, but this one is really great.

Freebase: "an open, shared database of the world's knowledge"


Most of the first-generation mashups have been limited to the data freely available from governments, sites with APIs etc.; I can't wait to see what we'll get now that they can use Freebase. I can't wait to use it myself, for that matter. Best of all, those magical letters: "CC-BY".

Web Hosting - A Market for Lemons


Too true. It's also damaged by the overhyping of useless features: no-one buys a bus "just in case" they suddenly get thirty-five children, but everyone signing up for a hosting plan wants terabytes of bandwidth and enough CPU to survive millions of visitors a day.

Silver Stripe: Deploying a Django app on the desktop

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Embedding SQLite and a pure Python webserver into the executable; we're going to see more and more of this, but I don't like the security implications.

Architecture of the World Wide Web, Volume One


I am naturally afraid of any technical document which is both long enough to be "volume" and incomplete enough to be only "volume one", but this is worth reading.

More CSRF issues with Flash crossdomain policy files

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More and more, web app security looks like a house of cards.

MSN WebMessenger

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Web interface to the MSN Messenger network. Makes a nice companion to ICQ2Go.

Small things, links and miscellany, sparkling with light. Sam's tumblelog.

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