Social: orkut –
under construction: ‘ Based on your suggestions, I’m taking orkut.com
back to the lab for some fine-tuning and improvements. It will likely take
a few days to finish them. None of your data will be lost and I should
have some nice surprises for you when I bring it back online. I’ll email
you when it’s ready and running again.’
Probably taken offline mainly to deal with this wee buglet ;)
Orkut.com is interesting on a few levels:
the Google link paid off massively. It has a lot more geek cred than
it would have had otherwise (especially given the in-my-opinion fugly
MSN-style design, and — ugh — .aspx URLs ;)
As far as I can see, it’s not really Google-affiliated; just written
by a Googler in his spare time. The Google names I
know don’t seem to be in there, and no games of ‘Six Degrees of
Sergei Brin’ are possible ;)
- the invite-only startup gave it some good initial buzz.
But IMO it needs a few tweaks: the main one IMO is export.
Friendster, Tribe.net et al all give the impression that they want to lock you in
the trunk so they can ‘monetize’ your network, or something. If
that’s the way it’ll work, great, it’s a toy, and that’s all they’re
getting from me.
These things are just toys until I can get my data back out again
in a machine-readable format (FOAF, RDF, etc.) I want to augment it
with other social data; like an
anti-spam web of trust based on who I know, and being able to
my social network, dammit! ;)
Brian McCallister has a few more useful comments.
a UK crypto guy says the Voynich manuscript is gibberish and reckons
he’s figured out how it was made. ‘They have shown that its various word,
which appear regularly throughout the script, could have been created
using table and grille techniques. The different syllables that make up
words are written in columns, and a grille – a piece of cardboard with
three squares cut out in a diagonal pattern – is slid along the columns.
The three syllables exposed form a word. The grille is pushed along to
expose three new syllables, and a new word is exposed.’
NY Times on the Spam Conf 2004.