Tagging: Searching using community expertise

Excerpted below is an article from the January/February 2007 issue of The Atlantic Monthly about social searching and tagging. It provides a good introduction to how it works, and describes how it improves the ability to find information.

Tag Teams

Social-search programs like Flickr and del.icio.us guide your Web browsing toward places you probably want to go.

by James Fallows

Flame on lame software companies

I just tried playing one of my favorite Shockwave games on my Intel Mac Mini. It works perfectly on my wife's PPC iMac and on my PPC iBook, of course. But the Shockwave plug-in doesn't work. Why? Well, because as Adobe says in a TechNote, they haven't "yet been ported to run natively on the new Intel-based Macintosh computers and currently only runs in Rosetta emulation mode." The date of this TechNote is May 12, 2006.

Arto Bendiken Rocks!

Back in July I wrote about a development meeting I attended with a bunch of really smart guys. One of those guys was Arto Bendiken.

In the past couple of months, he's added at least 4* new cool Drupal modules to the contrib repository, of which I'm aware (there may be more gems to find -- I didn't even look!). In just the past few days, he added an absolutely amazing module called Trace which is developer's and maintainer's dream come true.

IE7 is a coming tsunami

Funny how moving one's family from one continent to another sucks up all your free time. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. In the meantime, the topic at hand:

As my colleague wrote in his blog:

Smart guys, great life, cool technology.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a development meeting in Stuttgart, Germany organized by the folks I work for. It really had the atmosphere of a small DrupalCon or similar FOSS conference -- a lot of intense thinking and discussion, but a lot of fun and really cool stuff at the same time.

Since some of the stuff we worked on is not ready for public consumption (though most will actually be contributed to the open source community eventually), I'll not write about it now.

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