Computing, Libraries, Tennis, India & other interests of Vikas Kamat
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|Talking of Photo-Blogs|| |
| A Blog on Photo Blogs|
The Aperture Photo Blog at Kamat.com is quite a hit
with photo-blog enthusiasts. It does help that it's the top
match in Google for its keywords.
However, it is less of a blog on photography, and more of a blog on subjects
of photography. The newest entry, for example, shows use
of photographs to study the cultural anthropology of India.
220, 221. Whatever it takes
Requirements of Photo-Blogging Software
I am listing below what is required of a good software so that people can publish "push-button" photo-blogs.
- Ability to compute height and widths of images, as well as provide an
alt-text title. Without them, the pictures will render poorly and when you
hover the mouse over the picture you'll probably see "A picture named
- Ability to create stubs. If you work with lots of pictures, you know what
a pain it is to create them.
- Ability to point to similar images based on keywords or categories. Now we
are talking sophistication. More the meta data, the better.
- Some pictures look good with borders, and some without. The blogger (the
person creating the entry) should
be able to specify this.
- Ability to list pictures by reels, by dates (of photograph taken, or by
- A PhotoCredit mechanism so the blogger can publish photographs not taken
- A watermarking mechanism to protect the images.
Some Photo Blogs and Software they Use
BTW, until last week, I didn't quite get the meaning of "MovableType".
I had thought that it has something to do with fonts, type, and stuff. Then it occurred
to me that movable-type would be the opposite of "stereo-type", which
I thought is way cool. No?
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Thursday, December 12, 2002|
Last Modified: 12/12/2002
|Making Money from Blogs|| |
| Making Money from Blogs|
I am now one of the few bloggers who has made money from his blog.
The money is not for the contents of the blog, but for the software that is used to create the blog.
The engine that powers this blog and my mother's
blog is being deployed as a
knowledge management tool for intranets and extranets. I commend this customer for seeing the opportunity to use blogs as a knowledge
percolation tool, and a rapid response tool.
I was specifically asked to make these changes to my blogging engine to be able to deploy in a corporate environment:
- Add categories (each entry can belong to one or more categories)
- Anchor the durable links by BlogID rather than by date
- Full support for LastUpdated -- including searching by LastUpdated
- Phrase Searching -- I only had keyword searching; customer wanted phrase
- Integration with the existing corporate network security
If your company needs Blog Server Software, contact me at .
Features of Kamat Blogging Engine
- Runs on Windows NT, and uses Microsoft Active Server pages -- no need to
sell the boss on Linux.
- Full-text Search is built in (and or searches, and phrase searches)
- No client fees; it is server based (like Movable type)
- Full source code available -- so integrate with your customer databases, glossary databases or document delivery systems.
- Built in CMS, built in support for SQL
Read my article The Anatomy of a Blogging Engine if you need a Unix based solution. Our blogs are produced with
Microsoft technologies, and served by Unix!
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Tuesday, August 27, 2002|
Last Modified: 4/8/2003
|Social Reform via Blogs|| |
| Reforming Society through Blogs|
Yesterday, in her blog, my mother silently busted an age-old, dark myth of
India that had denied the women the use of a sacred Hindu hymn.
The myth has to do with this five thousand year old mystical, powerful hymn
from ancient India called the Gayatri mantra. The hymn is always taught in
secret, mostly from father to his son, and never to a woman, or to a
person considered to be of "low birth".
I am not going to get into the magical, and divine prowess of the hymn, but
you can read and recite it on her blog.
I bet that most of those who chant the Gayatri mantra everyday, don't even
know its meaning, and will frown upon its use in a blog. Of course, those who
are sane amongst us will appreciate the succinct beauty of the hymn, and the
spiritual maturity of the Indians five thousand years ago. Those reformists
amongst us will admire the genius of Dayanand Saraswati (1824-1883), in
using this hymn to herald a social movement in India.
Rich Text Ads in Yahoo! Email
Like most people who read their personal email at work, I have turned
of viewing of embedded images in email messages so as to not accidentally get
into trouble. In fact, I have set up a message rule that flags such messages as risky-messages.
This morning I think Yahoo decided to insert rich
text advertisements (you know one with pictures and animation) in the email
messages people send via Yahoo mail, and a bunch of my emails were hence
flagged. Not a good development.
If Yahoo! wants to charge its users, or show advertisements to its users, I
have no problem, it is indeed their business. But as a recipient of an email
message, I am under no obligation to view the advertisement, and my Inbox rule
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, July 26, 2002|
Last Modified: 4/2/2003
|What is an AutoBLOG?|| |
| What is an AutoBLOG?|
An AutoBlog is a manufactured weblog.
Like other manufactured goods, AutoBlogs reduce errors,
increase productivity, and ensure the quality of the output.
AutoBlogs reduce reliance on people, can be cheaply mass-produced,
and consumers love them (?).
It was bound to happen.
Announcing Kamat AutoBlog for today or anyday.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Monday, July 1, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/26/2003
|Blogger's Block|| |
| Blogger's Block|
I hereby disclose where I get ideas for my blogs; includes tips to overcome what I call Blogger's Block.
Of course, many many ideas come from readers of this site (readership for March 2002: Million and a half), and I encourage you to suggest () your idea for a new feature.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, April 19, 2002|
Last Modified: 1/26/2003
|Sins of Bloggers|| |
| Sins of Bloggers|
- Bloggers bitch too much about Linkrot (expired URLs).
- Bloggers are primary source of bandwidth theft
- Bloggers think that their irrelevant blogs live forever. They call their paragraphs as
permalinks, and provide entry points into pages without context.
- Bloggers are tightwads who don't want to pay for software, searching, or even hosting.
Reminder: I am a blogger.
What bloggers write, and what they really mean by David Weinberger.
Living in America Purifies Your Blood
Unlike the last time, American Red Cross accepted my blood today.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, February 15, 2002|
Last Modified: 4/24/2002
Tags: blogs, metablog
|Blog Analogies|| |
| While the luminaries are engaged in defining what are Weblogs, I want to
provide a context/horizon for the weblogs, and compare them to analogous entities I know.|
Weblogs and Karaoke
The Karaoke (Japanese slang for bogus orchestra) system
let people behave like rock stars and fulfill their secret dreams of
Weblogs have done the same for the people who dreamt of
becoming great writers.
Blogger and TeX
When Donald Knuth wrote the revolutionary software TeX, he wanted to cut the middlemen (typesetters,
copy editors, proof readers) and let authors
directly communicate with their readers. TeX (and later LaTeX) transformed the publishing industry.
Since Pyra created Blogger,
it has had the same profound impact on web publishing as TeX
did on traditional publishing. The idea is still the same --
no barriers between the writer and the reader, with the former
assuming all the intermediately roles (producer, publisher, editor etc.)
Amway and Weblogs
One of the most important ideas of MLM that Amway propagates is that every
distributor is also a consumer.
This is especially applicable to webloggers who not only write, but read other weblogs
Weblogs and Communities of Practice
Consider the research publications industry. Who but another
heart surgeon reads
The Journal of Congestive Heart Failure and Circulatory Support? Who but
another heart specialist can contribute to this publication ? and finally,
who do you think buys this periodical?
Weblogs provide a great way for like-minded people
to work together.
While creating a Scholar Exchange to facilitate peer-review,
criticism, and publication of research papers seems logical
-- it would eliminate the middlemen completely, IMO in the long
run it would work against the goals of the community. This is party
because this idea is pitted against the capitalist fundametals of our society ("How will I make money?"),
and because automated exchanges are no replacements for the rigorous
peer-review process the prestigious publications use to select the articles.
I still believe that the idea of Scholar Exchange (called Communities of Practice
in the industry), has a role to play in the coming years. Big publishers like Elsevier,
Kluwer, and Blackwell are especially positioned well to exploit these Scholar Exchanges, but so far have shown
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Friday, December 7, 2001|
Last Modified: 1/29/2003
|This is how I surf the web. Turns out
creating your own start page beats all portals, back-flipping,
personalized corporate pages, and book-marking tools.