The Maimed LeechJust trying to take it all in.http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/en-USWed, 01 Mar 2006 01:02:23 GMTWed, 01 Mar 2006 01:02:23 GMTMicrosoft Spaces v1.1http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60The Maimed Leechhttp://tk.files.storage.msn.com/x1pc_jqddVOWRm63PPjPPFHxeyK8WLmG6g6BvJXBMN8L2r3m9QF03w6RiygoYmm-cXJigYgIrzcPC4NMPWNGSfixIOX3Vb-sRMo_wrXRxSCCr0http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Illegal: RFC977http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!136.entry<div><div> <div>From Slyck's report on <a href="http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=1106">the action aginst content indexes the MPAA is taking</a>:</div> <blockquote dir=ltr> <div>Most remarkable of these lawsuits was the MPAA's strategy to target Newsgroup NZB indexing sites.</div> <div> </div> <div>Because of the Newsgroups' long standing reputation of being a <a href="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc977.txt">legitimate</a> online source of information and community interaction, such associated indexing sites were considered immune from prosecution. Today's action dismisses this notion.</div></blockquote> <div>Are the actions of the MPAA bolstered by precedent set when the web search engines choose to satisfy the laws in the countries in which they are used? </div></div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Illegal%3a+RFC977&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!136.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!136.entryFri, 24 Feb 2006 19:31:51 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-24T19:31:51ZMobile Spaceshttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!133.entry<div><div>Take a look at <a href="http://mobile.spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/ent.aspx?h=cns!C25834DDE437F621!131">this</a> and <a href="http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!131.entry">this</a>. Other then the chrome, notice anything different between the two?</div> <div> </div> <div>The one served up though mobile.spaces.msn.com (the first one) didn't render the links in the body of the message as links. Kind of makes using a device to browse the web a bit limiting.</div> <div> </div> <div>Good thing mobile.spaces is still in beta. I'm told this will be fixed soon.</div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Mobile+Spaces&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!133.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!133.entryThu, 23 Feb 2006 19:21:03 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-23T19:21:03ZWaiting Patientlyhttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!131.entry<div><div>I spent some time today learning how some of the things that happened to blogging since I last blogged worked. Like <a href="http://technorati.com/tags/">tagging</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trackback">trackbacks</a>.</div> <div> </div> <div>I discovered that Spaces doesn't let me do 100% of the things I would like to do. I thought about switching to some other solution.</div> <div> </div> <div>But I decided to wait. I hear the things I want are on the list of things to do. </div> <div> </div> <div>I think there is a future for Microsoft on this thing called the Web. We'll see.</div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Waiting+Patiently&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!131.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!131.entryThu, 23 Feb 2006 08:13:21 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-23T16:24:52ZBlurring the Boundarieshttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!130.entry<div><div>So, I've been playing around in <a href="http://secondlife.com/">Second Life</a> recently. Its cool. You can create 3D objects with scripted behaviors. The scripts can send e-mail and use XML-RPC to talk to the &quot;outside world.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>You can use <a href="http://reuben.typepad.com/reuben_steigers_weblog/">URLs to refer to locations</a> in Second Life and even build mashups over such locations. <a href="http://slurl.com/secondlife/Jarang/198/250/99/">Here is some property I own</a>.</div> <div> </div> <div>Now, <a href="http://secondlife.blogs.com/nwn/2006/02/ogling_avatars.html">it looks like someone is going to use a 3D printer to create real world pysical objects</a> directly from things that exist in the virtual world.</div> <div> </div> <div>Are we already on the <a href="http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Asymptote.html">asymptote of the curve</a> where the boundaries between the &quot;real&quot; and the &quot;virtual&quot; get all blurry?</div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Blurring+the+Boundaries&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">Virtual Realityhttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!130.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!130.entryThu, 23 Feb 2006 07:56:53 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-23T07:56:53ZHindsighthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!128.entry<div><div> <div>I'll add my take on the &quot;Bad Idea&quot; to <a href="http://patricklogan.blogspot.com/2006/02/bad-idea.html">Patric's summery</a>.</div> <div> </div> <div>Before I came to work for Microsoft six years ago, I was building systems using AJAX and POX (but we didn't call them AJAX and POX back then). I thought what I was doing was simple and obvious. That anyone could, and would, do it.</div> <div> </div> <div>Then there was SOAP. The idea of an envelope and a structured way to add meta-data to the message in the form of headers seemed good. For me, the body was still all about POX.</div> <div> </div> <div>Then I came to work for Microsoft and helped deliver the SOAP Toolkit, which, in turn, <a href="http://www.capeclear.com/news/archives/2001/05/cape_clear_soft_3.shtml">helped establish</a> SOAP's <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/soapbuilders/message/77">early</a> <a href="http://www.perfectxml.com/articles/xml/interop.asp">interoperability</a> successes. The SOAP Toolkit made it easy to map COM interfaces to SOAP messages and worked well with VB6. It seemed like that was what people wanted. XML over HTTP for the masses.</div> <div> </div> <div>But even then, there were <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/soapbuilders/message/213">problems with parts of SOAP</a> and there was <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/soapbuilders/message/250">pushback on this complexity</a>.</div> <div> </div> <div>I should have realized then what I knew before.</div></div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Hindsight&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!128.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!128.entryThu, 23 Feb 2006 07:27:13 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-23T15:39:52ZSOAP = Int; POX = Wishttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!127.entry<div><div>I like the gist of Patrick Logan's <a href="http://patricklogan.blogspot.com/2006/02/dont-make-me-think.html">Don't Make Me Think</a> post. But in the long run SOAP doesn't alleviate  the need to think. When things go wrong, it may actually require more thought to set things right. <br> <br>The SOAP vs POX debate could be characterized as a INT vs. WIS debate (<a href="http://www.d20srd.org/srd/theBasics.htm#intelligenceInt">intelligence</a> and <a href="http://www.d20srd.org/srd/theBasics.htm#wisdomWis">wisdom </a>from the good old <a href="http://www.d20srd.org/">d20</a> world). SOAP emphasizes INT and POX emphasizes WIS.<br></div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+SOAP+%3d+Int%3b+POX+%3d+Wis&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!127.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!127.entryTue, 21 Feb 2006 21:39:50 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-21T21:39:50ZSensor Platformshttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!126.entry<div><p>Mobile devices are sensor platforms. Currently they all support sound and images, but the sensors are off most of the time. Many support GPS and <a href="http://www.gpsworld.com/gpsworld/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=12287">AGPS</a> location and/or signal triangulation. They could support thermometers, accelerometers, pressure sensors, bio-monitors, etc. if there were a need. </p> <p>Using such sensors to pull billions of bits of real time data from the <em>real</em> <em>world </em>and pushing it up to the <em>virtual world</em> as embodied by the web is something interesting to think about.</p> <p>Google Maps and Virtual Earth, real world data made accessible in the virtual world, can be leveraged to do all kinds of really cool things. Suppose everyone carrying a cell phone was feeding information into a much more detailed, and more up to date, model of the real world. What would you build on top of that model?</p> <p>I'm reminded of a book I read years ago: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/019507906X/sr=8-1/qid=1139599016/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-5562794-4416123?_encoding=UTF8">Mirror Worlds</a> by <a href="http://www.cs.yale.edu/people/faculty/gelernter.html">David Gelernter</a> (a <a href="http://www.uh.edu/~jbutler/anon/mirror.html">good overview is available</a>). Among many other interesting things, he posits that the virtual world needs to actively reflect the real world so that we can have intelligent avatars look for interesting things and tell us about them or do things for us. What activities would you want to automate if you had a detailed virtual model real world available?</p> <p>What about privacy? How much data do you think people would be willing to push into the model, even if there was no explicit connection between them and the data they provide? How easy would it be to track someone's activities based on their anonymous signature? </p> <p>One <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/ref=br_ss_hs/102-5562794-4416123?platform=gurupa&amp;url=index%3Dstripbooks:relevance-above%26dispatch%3Dsearch%26results-process%3Dbin&amp;field-keywords=Neanderthal+Parallax&amp;Go.x=20&amp;Go.y=14">sci-fi book</a> I read recently suggested that if everyone were feeding a record of everything they did all the time to a central and secure location that could only be tapped using a warrant, it would actually have a liberating effect on behavior. It would be almost impossible to get away with really heinous crimes, so people would feel safer trying new things, experimenting with relationships, etc.</p> <p>Like I said, interesting things to think about.</p></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Sensor+Platforms&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!126.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!126.entryTue, 21 Feb 2006 18:59:24 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-21T19:03:58ZMix06http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!125.entry<div><div>I'll be attending <a href="http://mix06.com/">Mix06</a>. If you have ideas about how phones + internet = wow, look me up!</div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Mix06&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!125.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!125.entryTue, 21 Feb 2006 01:01:25 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-21T01:01:25ZWishy Washyhttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!116.entry<div>At first I was going to abandon Spaces because they require a Passport to leave a comment. Then I decided that I would turn off comments and just use trackbacks. I like the webbyness of it.</div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Wishy+Washy&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!116.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!116.entrySat, 18 Feb 2006 01:41:07 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-18T01:41:07ZWorkhttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!114.entry<div><p>About six months ago I left the <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/data/winfs/default.aspx">WinFS</a> project (but not Microsoft). Now I'm working on web sites/services having to do with <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/5/default.mspx">Windows Mobile</a>.</p> <p>Working on WinFS taught me a lot about databases and .NET. I also got to work with lots of interesting people all over Microsoft. But, WinFS was a diversion from what really interests me: the Internet and how it shapes, and is shaped by, our lives.</p> <p>I came to Microsoft to work on some of the <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/webservices/webservices/building/soaptk/default.aspx">early SOAP stuff</a>. I made the move to the Windows Mobile related project because (a) I wanted to get back into working with web related technologies and (b) I'm fascinated by the 24/7 personal Internet connectivity that the smart phone enables. </p> <p>I've also made the transition from being a program manager to being a developer. I'm much more suited for the <a href="http://radio.weblogs.com/0105395/stories/2002/03/27/whatIsAMicrosoftProgramManager.html">developer role</a> I think.</p></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Work&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!114.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!114.entrySat, 18 Feb 2006 01:32:32 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-18T01:32:32ZSo what's this "Maimed Leech" thing?http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!113.entry<div><div> <p><span style="color:black"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif" size=2>First, &quot;Maimed Leech&quot; is an </font><a href="http://www.wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=Michael+Deem&amp;include=&amp;exclude=&amp;d=2&amp;n=&amp;m=&amp;source=adv&amp;a=n&amp;l=n&amp;q=n&amp;language=english&amp;where="><u><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif" color="#800080" size=2>anagram of my name</font></u></a><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif"><font size=2>. That is how I came up with it.</font></font></span></p> <p><span style="color:black"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif"><font size=2></font></font></span></p> <p><span style="color:black"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif"><font size=2>Second, it reflects a bit of my personality and philosophy.</font></font></span></p> <p><span style="color:black"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif"><font size=2></font></font></span></p> <p><span style="color:black"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif" size=2>I admit it. I, by nature, am </font><a href="http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=leech"><u><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif" color="#800080" size=2>leech</font></u></a><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif"><font size=2> like. I find something interesting and I latch onto it. I play with it, experiment with it, think about it. It is sucked into to my world view, which changes as necessary to accommodate it.</font></font></span></p> <p><span style="color:black"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif"><font size=2></font></font></span></p> <p><span style="color:black"><font face="Geneva, Arial, Sans-serif"><font size=2>But I'm not a pure leech. I'm maimed. I am not content to just absorb. I inevitably get involved. I can't help it. It starts simple. A related idea or an avenue that hasn't been explored. Suggestions for things I see as improvements. Before I know it I'm fighting a new battle for &quot;how things should be.&quot;</font></font></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:Arial">That is one reason I'm getting back into blogging again. There are conversations I want to participate in. I've had enough of &quot;leech mode&quot; for a while.</span></p></div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+So+what's+this+%22Maimed+Leech%22+thing%3f&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!113.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!113.entryFri, 17 Feb 2006 19:36:48 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-17T20:48:54ZBlogging Againhttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!112.entry<div><div><font size=2>Well, I'm going to do some blogging again. It has been over two years (wow!) since I blogged at </font><a href="/index.html"><font size=2>anopinion.net</font></a><font size=2>. </font></div> <div><font size=2> </font></div> <div><font size=2>I'm going to use spaces now. The old .94 version of .Text I was using at anopinion is in need of some </font><a href="http://anopinion.net/posts/298.aspx#FeedBack"><font size=2>serious</font></a><font size=2> upgrades to stop </font><a href="http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.03/google.html?pg=7"><font size=2>comment spam</font></a><font size=2>. I started to install </font><a href="http://communityserver.org/"><font size=2>Community Server</font></a><font size=2>, but after a couple of hours playing around with upgrade scripts I decided I had better things to spend my time on.</font></div> <div><font size=2> </font></div> <div><font size=2>I'm happy to let others do the innovating when it comes to blogging technology and running a blogging web site.</font></div></div><img src="http://c.spaces.msn.com/CollectionWebService/c.gif?space=themaimedleech&page=RSS%3a+Blogging+Again&referrer=" width=1 height=1 border=0 alt=""><img style="position:absolute" alt="" width="0px" height="0px" src="c.msn.com/c.gif?NC=31263&amp;NA=1149&amp;PI=88469&amp;RF=&amp;DI=3919&amp;PS=85545&amp;TP=spaces.msn.com&amp;GT1=themaimedleech%3b1033">http://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!112.entry#commenthttp://spaces.msn.com/themaimedleech/Blog/cns!C25834DDE437F621!112.entryFri, 17 Feb 2006 16:27:43 GMT0blogentryblogentryBlog entry2006-02-17T19:37:06Z