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Monday, 25 May, 2009

Since this years I have have started seeking out more techie talks and lectures from conferences that I can find. With this in mind, last week I had the chance to go see two presentations give by some guys from the W3C.

Ivan Herman talked about the Semantic Web, which seems to be mainly about defining ways of adding meta-data to information on the web, in a way that a system can link otherwise abstract¬† information to other bits of information in a way they a person might do intuitively. I probably missed the point a bit, as the talk was very general and didn’t contain too many examples or specifics. I think¬† Ivan described it as something like “mash-ups on steroids” which sounded rather suitable. It isn’t something I have a real keen interest in at the moment, but a few ideas/projects I been playing around with lately tend towards that direction, so it will probably be something I’ll end up looking into in more detail in the future.

The second talk was by Mike Smith about HTML5 and a little bit about XHTML2. While I was expecting it to be a talk about new and shiny toys that developers will soon be able to play with, it ended up being more about the aims of the standards, and the difference between HTML5, XHTML2, and the relationship (or lack of) with their predecessor. While slightly disappointing that the talk wasn’t what I was expecting, I did find it rather interesting as he went through a bit of the history of the HTML standards and why things have ended up they way they are (“politics”), and why things won’t change a great deal going into the future (backwards compatibility).

While it would have been good to hear a bit more technical detail about the various technologies, they were still interesting talks giving the rather limited time they had, and I also managed to score myself a t-shirt (thanks to to Ivan, who couldn’t quite answer one of my questions).


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Thursday, 9 April, 2009

This is the obligatory first post to justify my existence on the Internet.

I have never really been into all the “social” trends on the Internet, but my attitude changed a bit when I attended earlier this year. It was pretty cool to see how everyone was using things like twitter, IRC, and blogs in a way I actually thought made sense (and was useful), instead of people just crapping on about their daily existence (which is how i tended to view most blogs). I’ve spent years hanging out on small forums (circle jerks?) and IRC with friends, which has satisfied my needs until now.

So coming away from I decided to try and get into some of the other trends that people are into, and hopefully keep tabs on a few people from the conference. A few weeks back I started on twitter when I found a few friends were using it. I was a little dubious at first because of my dislike of Facebook/MySpace, but twitter works in a completely different and much better way (when it does work). More recently I hae started to find that 140 characters isn’t quite enough to tell people what I really think. So, now I’m starting a blog to help augment my 1 sentence musings.