Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
Microsoft's Eric Lawrence describes Fiddler, his free Web Debugging tool that enables capture, replay, and modification of HTTP and HTTPS traffic from virtually any application.
Joel and Jeff discuss outsourced DNS, virtual machine "appliances", and programmers as library users versus library writers.
Improving performance is impossible without good measurements, especially on a complex platform like the Web. In this presentation from 2008 Velocity Conference, Eric Goldsmith of AOL demonstrates their browser plug-in AOL Pagetest, which gathers and displays data about web requests and page loading. It's an open source project for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 that combines the strengths of several other monitoring tools.
From tracking flu outbreaks to traffic updates a tremendous amount of information available within a city is open to exploitation by savvy citizens. Adapting the decentralized chaotic morass of the Internet to the modern city John Geraci discusses adapting rich data about the city through the open source website DIYcity for citizens and city planners.
Instead of a conference call, it's a private podcast direct from The Conversations Network's Executive Director, Doug Kaye, to our Donors, Patrons and Benefactors. Topics include: an update on our traffic and membership, the state of SpokenWord.org, and our proposed plans for SpokenWord.org to become the open alternative to the iTunes podcast directory.
Inspired by the success of LibriVox, a project in which collaborators record free audiobooks, Hugh McGuire has embarked on a commercial project: BookOven. In this conversation he tells host Jon Udell about how the new venture enables writers, editors, and proofreaders to work on long-form texts that can be published in traditional or new ways.
Joel and Jeff discuss the ethics of Craigslist, the pitfalls of customer-installable software, and caching for anonymous web users.
Tim O'Reilly's advice: pay attention to the disruptive forces of Ellen Miller and the Sunlight Foundation. Why? Because, as Executive Director Miller explains in this Web 2.0 Expo keynote, the Sunlight Foundation is using the internet to create greater transparency and openness, and in turn greater accountability, in Government.
Kingsley Idehen thinks the semantic web should make us masters of our own search indexes. Structured data, in other words, is the new SEO (search engine optimization). In this conversation with host Jon Udell, you'll learn how a web-friendly format called RDFa, along with business-friendly vocabularies like GoodRelations, can help our personal and business About pages tell the world what services we offer, and what services we need.
Joel and Jeff discuss reverse proxies, the pitfalls of self-support communities, and designing for engagement.