Yesterday I heard that there was big news coming out of twitterville. A press conference of some sort I heard was taking place. Over the past year or so the twitter thing has really grew on me. Especially, since I have been blogging since the early 2000s, I like the microblogging concept. Anyway, here is timeline of the news about the #newtwitter. Some of the early adopters are not so happy about the tweeting changes.
Just last week, I learned about what’s new with Roller in 4.0
Thought it was finally time to try my own installation after being a one time user of this Roller platform on JRoller as user on http://www.jroller.com/interjavanet/ . I had forgotten my password over on that blog, and it did not seem to be stright forward on how you get your password reset.
Did I mention that Roller is now on Apache at http://roller.apache.org ?
They have their own wiki now at http://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/ROLLER
Anyway, I am using the mysql database (5.0.41 community edition) with roller 4
(apache-roller-src-4.0-rc9) which i placed in Tomcat’s webapps directory naming the folder roller4_0 .
I am using tomcat 5.5 with java5.
Setup: Tomcat’s common/classes folder have placed file roller-custom.properties:
Important: You need to put the mysql driver, and two other jars into Tomcats’s common/lib directory:
- activation (obtained from my java 5 lib folder)
- mail (obtained from my java 5 lib folder)
AFter starting Tomcat, I go to the main screen via url http://localhost:8080/roller4_0/index.jsp
which says I have a successful connection but have no tables . So I click the button to create the tables.
Then, I get the page to create users and the blog.
After learning about Webwork last year, I played with using Struts2 examples in a 1.4.x environment.
For now, will just list various bits of info that I will organize later.
QEDWiki (Quick and easy design) . Assembly : “QEDWiki is a unique Wiki framework in that it provides both Web users and developers with a single Web application framework for hosting and developing a broad range of Web 2.0 applications.”
Damia . Feeds: “provides easy-to-use tools that developers and IT users alike can use to quickly assemble data feeds from the Internet and a variety of enterprise data sources. The benefits of this service include the ability to aggregate and transform a wide variety of data or content feeds, which can be used in enterprise mashups.”
Mashup Hub. Tag : “Mashup Hub provides two broad areas of support: feed generation for enterprise data sources and a catalog of feeds and user interface (UI) widgets.”
Link: Can Blogging Help ? : "Blogging creates a network, Blogging is great training, Blogging makes the world a better place"
But if I get a really good scoop from one of my sources or something really interesting from a fan, I have the freedom to post it without having to deal with any political pressure."
Try the new google toolbar
link: "I put these to Google. To its credit, it rapidly replied that the answer in both cases is "yes." Just FYI."
toolshed: "But times have changed, and now anyone with a browser and a free
blogging account is in the “publishing business”. With Print On Demand
technology, there’s little to stop anyone from publishing Grandma’s
cookie recipes, or your own ideas of how architecture and design should
really work. It may not be hugely profitable, but you can do it."
RSS syndicates information in a simple and straightforward way, but it’s not bi-directional. Ozzie’s team created SSE to enable loosely-coupled applications to use RSS and OPML in a way that has bi-directional, asynchronous replication of new and changed items of two or more cross-subscribed feeds and outlines.
“this Firefox extension shows you what bloggers around the world are saying about the websites you are viewing”
AJAX : "How do you use it with Java and J2EE? developerWorks has an introduction, and there’s a lot more going on"
Between the lines article on blogging: " For the most part, self assembling communities of bloggers hold a kind of virtual Socratic court, sorting out the issues of the day in a public forum, open to anyone, including spammers."
Meet Tampa Bay’s best-read bloggers
In their circle of peers, they’re among the elite of writers.
Toiling away in near anonymity, they tap away daily at their keyboard,
sharing news, views and even the muse of their everyday lives.
They’re the authors of some of the most-read blogs in Tampa Bay. And until now, you probably never knew they existed.
Web logs – commonly called blogs – are not new, but the popularly
of the online journals has grown exponentially over the past few
months. One respected Internet search engine recently reported it was
tracking 14.2-million blogs at the end of July. That’s double the
amount from even five months ago, according to the report from
What’s the attraction? Blog writers will say it’s the ability to
communicate even the most trivial of thoughts instantly and uncensored
to a world-wide audience.
"I was so impressed by the idea that anyone could get their ideas
out into the universe with a blog, so I went at it gung-ho," said
Rachel Moran, the 24-year-old author of the Tampa blog Midnight
Most of Tampa Bay’s better-read bloggers have a few things in common:
* Frequent updates. David Bloom, who writes a Devil Rays blog, often posts twice a day.
* They lead interesting lives – and aren’t shy about sharing the
dirty details with everyone. Moran, for example, openly wrote about her
June arrest for DUI. "A lot of people are astounded that I’ll write
about it so freely," she said. "The ways in which the charge has
affected my life create some magnificent blog scenarios." (Since this
story was written, Moran contacted tbt* to report that she
withdrew from Stetson Law School earlier this month because Stetson
"made it clear that several elements about the blog’s content seemed to
indicate my lifestyle was incompatible with what they wanted out of
their students." Her trial is pending.)
* It’s all about Tampa Bay. There are plenty of bloggers out there
dissecting the latest Washington scandal. But in his Seminole Heights
blog, David Scott Banghart keeps his focus squarely on his Tampa
Here’s a closer look at a few must-read Tampa Bay blogs.
• Blog name: Sarah in Tampa
On the Web: www.sarahintampa.com
Author: Sarah Perez, 29
Lives: Wesley Chapel
Profession/career: Systems administrator for La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Tampa Bay.
What makes it great: Computer tips, tech news and lots of
links make up the bulk of the blog. But personal photos from the author
and a great page design give it real class.
From the blogger: "When I first started blogging, I was
over at Blogger and I was keeping more of an online journal. When I
moved to Typepad, my posts became less personal and more about tech
subjects – software, the net, what Google’s been up to – because that
is what interests me."
Watch out, Google: "I find myself Googling my own blog
sometimes because it’s almost easier to do that than to hunt through my
bookmarks folder for the link I need," Perez said.
Favorite Web sites: news.com, wired.com/news, techiediva.blogs.com/weblog, msn.com
• Blog name: Midnight Culmination
On the Web: www.midnightculmination.com
Author: Rachel Moran, 24
Lives in: Tampa
Profession: Looking for work right now
What makes it great: Photos, audio, video and every detail
on the social life of the now former law student living in Ybor City.
Another blogger describes it as "curiously interesting."
From the blogger: "I seriously care about the things that
most people seem to think are superficial or inane, but I think these
are things that determine your quality of life. I got a butter-melting
compliment from someone the other day that I put "a golden glow’ around
Secret to her success: Following reader feedback.
"Commenting is a form of mini-blogging when it’s done well," she said.
"I went through a few weeks where I was everyone’s favorite a–hole,
and I felt so sad and disheartened by it. But then, suddenly, I
realized it meant I was doing a seriously spectacular job of blogging.
People who want to hate on you are people who are reading."
• Blog name: Seminole Heights
On the Web: seminoleheights.blogspot.com
Author: David Scott Banghart, 47
City: Tampa (Seminole Heights)
Profession: Senior child protection specialist at the Child Protection Team at Tampa General Hospital.
What makes it great: If it happens in Seminole Heights,
you will read about it here. Banghart’s blog reads like a daily
neighborhood newspaper – only far more interesting.
From the blogger: "The blog both reports on neighborhood
activism and promotes it, so it crosses the boundaries that the normal
news media hasn’t. I know that local reporters from both major
newspapers read the blog to facilitate their reporting on neighborhood
How he does it: "I write about what I know best: my
neighborhood. I get my stories by keeping my eyes open to new or
interesting things in the ‘hood, and by following up on the question,
"I wonder why?’ when I see something. … I go out and talk to people.
I treat my blog as a very local newspaper, with investigative
reporting, personal experience, news, opinion and commentary, politics,
restaurant reviews, muckraking, activism and cheerleading."
• Blog name: Tampa Film Fan
On the Web: tampafilmfan.blogspot.com
Author: Lisa Ciurro, 35
Profession: Assistant director of the Tampa International
Film Festival (volunteer position); works in the communications
department of a large non-profit organization.
What makes it great: It features an exhaustive list of
film festivals – both local and on TV. Not bad for someone who’s
neither a film critic or scholar.
From the blogger: "This area has such a variety of film
screenings – from the traditional theater venue to museums, art
galleries and coffeehouses – but there wasn’t one place to go to find
out about them all easily. So that’s how the Tampa Film Fan blog began.
I’ve since expanded to include news from local film studios, movie
reviews, links to local movie theaters, and posts about local writers,
actors and their films."
On her niche: "I try to be a little different from other movie Web sites and blogs by providing useful information for local film fans."
• Blog name: Sticks of Fire
On the web: www.sticksoffire.com
Author: Tommy Duncan, 37
Profession: Lead singer of Johnny G. Lyon Band (jglb.net)
What makes it great: Possibly the favorite, most-linked-to
blogger in Tampa Bay, Duncan is the authority on the area’s nightlife.
But when he focuses his attention on local and state politics, he shows
off his real talent – a stinging, satirical wit.
From the blogger: "I’m limited in time, so I have a
million posts half-written, waiting for further research. Mostly I try
to address the hot local topic. On slow news days, I’m able to catch up
on those half-written ideas."
What drives him: A love of local history, Duncan said.
"I’ll pick a name or place and try to learn more about it. Whenever I
research something, I learn a bunch. The blog gives me an easy way to
keep it all together. Hopefully I’ll have time read it all over again
when I’m old."
Favorite Web sites: www.tampabayhistorycenter.org seminoleheights.blogspot.com
• Blog name: DRays Bay
On the Web: www.draysbay.com
Author: David Bloom, 38 (along with co-writer Jim Wisinski)
Lives: North Carolina (Tampa native)
Profession: Java software developer
What makes it great: Hyper-detail on the Rays, along with
a commentary on each day’s lineup prior to the game, makes for the a
must-read site for any fan of the home team. Though Bloom doesn’t live
in Tampa Bay, he’s in the home of the team’s AAA affiliate, the Durham
From the blogger: "How ’bout that lowly team – the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays. Sure, they will be bad. But at least it will be fun
watching these players develop."
Why he added a second writer: "Jim Wisinski formerly wrote the blog called Z-Rays (http://www.z-tiger.com) I was impressed with his writing so I invited him aboard."
• Blog name: St. Petersblog
On the Web: stpetersblog.blogspot.com
Author: Daryl Umberger, 41
Lives: St. Petersburg
Profession: Communications assistant for a medical software company.
What makes it great: As one of only a handful of local photos blogs, St. Petersblog
features unusual yet compelling images from around the bay area.
From the blogger: "I originally bought my camera for personal use, and to build a personal
photo stock to help me illustrate brochures, newsletters, Web pages, etc. for my work,”
Umberger said. "Soon I had a surplus of photos and decided that there was a lot that people
weren’t seeing because they never get out of their cars and walk.”
Why he started: ""I had been reading other blogs and was thinking about how the form could
be translated on a local level.”
Blogdom’s Best: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
than any other sport, baseball lends itself to individual blog
obsession. Whether it’s the glut of statistics, the constant
opportunities for second-guessing or just the fact that you have
something to write about every day, every Major League Baseball team
has several blogs obsessed with chronicling the ins-and-outs of
everything. Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and presents
Blogdom’s Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each team. If
you would like to nominate a blog (yours even) for selection, just let
us know at email@example.com. Today: The Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
There might be no more thankless endeavor than writing a daily blog
on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The D-Rays have been the worst team in
baseball pretty much every year since entering the league in 1993.
They’re so bad that their manager even hates them. Only the self-hating
could possibly follow this team every single day.
Some have tried. The blog Ya Gotta Believe struck an optimistic note … until giving up in March and ceasing all posts. Unholy Rays
gives it the old college try, but can’t bring himself to update more
than once every couple of weeks, and only with good news, which is, of
course, rare. (They gave up in June too.)
So our award goes to the intrepid souls at DraysBay,
which updates every day and still is able to keep a semblance of
sanity. The trick is to focus on the future, with a healthy dose of
minor league updates. You can’t ignore the grim present, but site
editors David Bloom and Jim Wisinski bring the pain every day, without
killing themselves or each other. As the front page says, “Until the
162nd game of the season is played, there will always be hope for the
next day.” We have to respect that; that’s not nearly enough to make up
for being a Devil Rays fan, but it’s something, anyway.
I added Technorati to this site today. I want to learn about Tags. Here is One site that uses them.
And here is my blog shares
I just noticed that WDJ has what they call blognplay where they provide the ability to set up a blog.
I while back Baseball Blogger/Poet Humbug came up with the Periodic List of Bloggers.
At my baseball blog DRAYS BAY, I have an entry on the Durham Bulls, the AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
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