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Project support by micropayment for link use?

There are many projects that provide a valuable resource. Funds are required to continue operations, grow, and improve. Perhaps if commercial entities are using these projects they should contribute using a form of micropayment, somewhat in the same manner advertising is supported.

Wikimedia example
Lets use Wikimedia as an example. If a corporate hosted web site refers users to a WikiMedia article, and someone triggers that link, then that would trigger a micropayment to Wikimedia. Wikimedia gains an audience and if it also “advertises” its sponsors, just as public radio and TV does, the micropayment contribution is worth the good word.

Just thinking out loud….

Further reading

Sorry Wikimedia. No micropayment on above link to your article. WordPress doesn’t pay me for drawing clicks to their site.


Terje Rypdal – Avskjed

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From Tags To Categories

Tags are usually non-hierarchical fine grained descriptors of a resource. They are the opposite of categories which are usually part of a semantic hierarchy. Categories are really old-school, killed by the effectiveness of Search and the expanding mash-up universe.

However, while tags provide rapid access to resources and easier sharing of them, tags do not enrich knowledge. We can see this if we consider knowledge as one of the tiers toward wisdom: data, information, knowledge, wisdom. Tags are data on information, metadata. Categories are information on knowledge.

Since data is used to create information, the data on information, tags, can be harnessed to increase the information on knowledge by the automated creation of categories. We simply create the directed cyclic graphs of tags around resources and detect clusters. The naming of categories come from the resources themselves.

This is how the internet will wake up. It will create an ontology and it will act. Hopefully, humans are part of a necessary category.

Some possible related reading

  1. Ontology on Wikipedia
  2. New Common Tag Format
  3. Semantic Web Use Cases and Case Studies. Case Study: Semantic tags
  4. Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags
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Contextual State Transfer

My TV just connected to the internet, now it wants me to “close”. This is a good example of a user interface not tracking user context.

When I use the TV to connect to the web the final screen is:

Internet Content Connection Status
——————————————–
The internet content is ready

/———-
| Close |
———–/
——————————————–

It took me a few nanoseconds to understand and know what to do: it is just a continue box. Other people, I won’t say who, were stumped. “Close” what, the internet connection I was just trying to establish, case to the DVD cabinet? The fix in this case is to use the word ‘continue’ instead of ‘close’.

A lot of software is like this. Sometimes it is just a language or cultural thing. Most of the time it is the software not tracking the user’s contextual state. What is the users goal, and how does the user think they are currently related to that goal.

Here is another example, I just committed some files into a version control system. What my intent is now is just to exit the graphical app, I did the commit, or did I? Now I am faced with three buttons, ‘commit’, ‘undo’, ‘cancel’. What if I hit commit again? What does ‘cancel’ do? Isn’t that just like undo? It turns out that I really did commit, and ‘cancel’ is the exit button.

There are multiple flows in an application. The internal software control and data flows, and the external flows. The most important flow is the user flow, what the user embodies in their experience, culture, dexterity, and intelligence. Perhaps what is needed is a CxST (Contextual State Transfer) approach.

The user is using a contextual prediction engine, the human brain. Great systems track the contextual state of the user.

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FireFox 4 beta 7 is fast

FireFox 4 beta 7 is fast when it uses hardware graphics acceleration.

On my system it detected:

  • ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
  • Direct2D enabled: true
  • DirectWrite Enabled: true
  • GPU Accelerated Windows: 2/2 Direct3D 10.

To find out if it detected yours, put about:support in the address bar and go to bottom of resulting page. This blog post has more information.

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