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clevercactus imap update

Regarding the IMAP fix in yesterday's release of clevercactus beta 2, it turns out not all the problems were solved. Gary reported that beta 2 fixed problems for him, but John and James are still seeing issues. I just saw as well that Koz gave it a try and found login problems, thanks for the report (and the nice comments)! Koz also commented that it would be nice if RSS messages used the more of the RSS information: I agree: there are many cool things that can be done with RSS and weblogs as well. For example I've been looking at OPML, which I've noticed some people use as a way of holding information on the feeds they read (although that's not its primary purpose. I admit I'm a bit fuzzy on that, if anyone knows more, or thinks I'm wrong, please let me know)--it would be great if clevercactus could just create a set of RSS feed configurations from reading a single OPML file off somewhere. Ditto for RSD.

So the next step is to start testing with several different servers. So far I've been using a local server on WinXP and the one on my linux box. I've now downloaded courier 1.5.1 and 1.7.1 as well, which is what John Rubier uses, I'll try to get information on the server used from others for whom it's failing. I think it must be a small difference in how the command is set for those servers, or a slightly different interpretation of the standard.

Good progress so far though.

Categories: clevercactus
Posted by diego on April 27, 2003 at 5:50 PM

and, by the way...

...I just released clevercactus beta rev2 to the dev-list, with a few important fixes. Among them: one for IMAP folder parsing. Let's see if it behaves better now.

Categories: clevercactus
Posted by diego on April 27, 2003 at 1:31 AM

management by blog

Found this link somewhere (can't remember where--left the tab in Mozilla open all day...) from Business 2.0: Management by Blog?. I think it is inevitable that weblogs will become more widely used within companies--they're superior in just about every way to mailing lists. Even when counting on discussion software of some sort, or sharing, it's still a good idea to have a copy on an intranet, and that's a blog, not matter which tool you used to create it.

What I do hope is that they don't start to overhype blogs as "the next silver bullet" for management or whatever... it's just another tool. If the organization is screwed up, there is no amount of tools you can install that will fix it. Magazines have a way of lifting things up only to bring them down, too. So here's hoping.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 27, 2003 at 1:27 AM

gibson ending his weblog

According to Karlin, William Gibson is ending his weblog. His reasons:

"I do know from doing it that it's not something I can do when I'm actually working. Somehow the ecology of writing novels wouldn’t be able to exist if I'm in daily contact. The watched pot never boils." He adds: "I have to go do whatever it is I do, to find the next novel. Writing novels is pretty solitary, and blogging is very social."
I couldn't agree more. I have found that when I'm writing (and deep into code as well--but coding+blogging is easier to manage) I always blog less. However, I think that he is a bit mistaken about what a blog has to be. His blog entries are excellent, they read like short stories. There doesn't seem to be a big difference between his "writing" mode and his "blogging" mode, which is probably quite draining for him. I sort of automatically distance myself from the blog when I'm writing--maybe not ideal, but it's not as if I really control it. The entries become sparser, less... err.. "full of life", they dim down. The blog doesn't end--it just changes tone/direction for a bit. The energy is going elsewhere. I think that this happens to everyone who blogs with different degrees: sometimes the blog slows down a bit, or becomes less inspired, and sometimes you're firing on all cylinders. Like in life. :)

Posted by diego on April 27, 2003 at 1:20 AM

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