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Saturday, October 5, 2002

The NewsLog of Flemming Funch
 Saturday, October 5, 20022002-10-06 00:05
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  • I fixed a few minor things in the NewsLog program. The mechanism for notifying weblogs.com of site changes hadn't been working, but it works now. And I put in the foundation for keeping track of the number of unique readers, and the referring sites that people come from. I'm also still trying to sanitize the links to articles so they're acceptable for search engines to traverse and index. It seems to work, although Google sofar has only indexed my log one level deep - whatever is linked directly from the front page. I think that has something to do with their algorithms, though, and I'm sure they'll come around and pick up the rest before too long.

  • The first website ever built was info.cern.ch maintained by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). Tim is essentially the guy who invented the web. That page listed all the new sites that came online. An old copy is here. Imagine that - it was pointing to ALL new sites on the web.

  • The Internet Archive Bookmobile is driving across the U.S. It has access to around 1 million public domain books. You can get any one of them printed out and bound right on the spot. Alice in Wonderland would be printed in about 10 minutes for about $1 in materials.

  • And now for the winners of the 2002 Ig Nobel Awards. This is an award ceremony organized by and for scientists, and the awards are given for actual scientific projects. But, rather funny ones, and the typical ceremony is rather wacky. Among this years winners: a comprehensive survey of human belly button lint and the report on "Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain", which was a popular entry in volume 39 of "British Poultry Science".



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    6 Oct 2002 @ 18:32 by istvan : It would be nice
    if you could make the entries in the individual news logs respond to comments the same way as newslogs respond to entries by advancig to the top upon an entry. This way one would not have to waste hours to search the entries where the comment whas put. This way it would be possible to make comment to older entries that mey have became relrvant in some current discussions, and be seen.  


    7 Oct 2002 @ 00:10 by ming : Articles on top
    I've heard that suggestion before, and, yes, I can certainly see the point, and it would be easy to implement. But I think it would have to be an optional feature, for the newslog owner to turn on or off. Which already would defeat a bit of the purpose, if not everybody turns it on.

    What I personally rely on is the list of comments in the sidebar. If I see new comments, I click on them and they take me to the new articles whereever they are.

    And other sidebar listings could be possible, like a listing of the articles that have most recently been commented on.  



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