AOL Shuts out Trillian … but Google always amazes me

I noticed that the Trillian IM client stopped connecting to AOL the other day. So, I went to Google to see if I could find a posting on Usenet via Google Groups about the blockage (because Usenet is were I always look first for breaking news). However, I inadvertently typed my search query ("trillian aol") into the main Google search box and to my surprise the first two links we labeled "News" and highlighted two articles posted today on CNET and The Register.

Wow! This may have been available on Google for a while, but this is the first time I realized that Google is indexing "News" sites on a daily (hourly?) basis. Google aways amazes me. Thanks for such a great service!

Anyway, here's the news about the Trillian blockage:  

AOL Shuts Out Users in Battle Over IM (CNET – 10:11  31 Jan 2002)
AOL blocks Trillian IM access (The Register, UK – 4:01  31 Jan 2002)

Knowledge Workers and K-Logs

found a link to this on ScriptingNews: "Many, if not all companies have knowledge workers. Some, are composed entirely of knowledge workers. These people are domain experts. They keep up to-date (or should) with the evolution of knowledge within their chosen domain. They have thinking skills that have been developed to process data within that domain. Everything they think about within the envelope of that domain has value. Unfortunately, most companies don't capture, package, and distribute that insight. " 

From: John Robb's Radio Weblog

Building Wireless Community Networks

from the book review on Linux Journal of "Building Wireless Community Networks"

"WiFi is great for setting up a simple office network (see the February 2002 Linux Journal), and much of the information in this book is applicable to such projects. But, Flickenger explains, "It didn't take long for some sharp hacker types (and, indeed, a few CEO and FCC types) to realize that by using 802.11b client gear in conjunction with standard radio equipment, effective range can extend to more than twenty miles, and potentially provide thousands of people with bandwidth reaching DSL speeds, for minimal hardware cost."

From: Building Wireless Community Networks: A Book Review

PingID: Open Identity Project

interesting, this sounds a lot like my buddy John's old company ConsentCache: "Ping Identity (PingID) is an open, principles based digital identity project focused on ensuring that the rights and privileges we enjoy with our real world identities are not lost, changed or abused with respect to our digital identities. We stand for personal choice, privacy, security and control while ensuring maximum interoperability, openness, accessibility and an adherence to open standards."

Microsoft takes Web services to the Office

we knew this was coming, but it's still interesting … "Microsoft next week will deliver its Office XP Web Services Toolkit in hopes of turning the desktop into a more strategically important Web services platform."

more quotes:
"Users can then construct Word-based or Excel-based templates that import and integrate external data and Web services."

"Office XP would eventually play a big role in making Web services available among clients via a peer-to-peer implementation, most likely using Groove Networks' environment."