The Register reports live fire in the Blog Spam war with Dutch blogs Retecool.com, Volkomenkut.com and Bastard-inc.com getting under attack after they declared war on US spam firm Customerblast.com, following an attempt by the sites to push Customerblast off the web with a sustained distributed denial of service attack. On Friday, all three weblogs were inundated with mail bombs, floods and DDOS attacks, forcing them to go offline temporarily. Late Friday afternoon, the weblogs began a counter attack, spreading the message ‘Don’t mess with the Dutch’. As of Monday, November 24, the spammer had still not recuperated from the attacks. This major escalation of hostilities between blogs and spammers will be the first of many more to come as the Blogosphere stands firm against the barrage of unsolicited comments it is currently receiving
B3TA has put it readers to the challenge of demonstrating what the Internet would be like had the wacky people of the Victorian era created it, great stuff in a collaborative effort, although we havent seen any Victorian versions of blogging yet.
The Video Blog Experiment | infoworld.com
“There are two schools of thought on video blogging. You can treat the video as if it were a story, for example, broadcasting short interview which is edited down to tell the news. Or you can use video to illustrate or serve as a companion to a story. In this case, I’ve gone for the short interview because I’m really comfortable with that format. But ultimately both approaches will work.”
Steve Gillmor has deconstructed the anti-blogging stance of John C. Dvorak in a great article at eweek.
Gillmor Takes On Dvorak’s Anti-Blog Stance | eweek.com
“Last in, first out. My second favorite line: where he criticizes these faux blogs “spewing the same measured news and opinions we’ve always had.” I’m not sure who John is referring to when he bemoans “the emergence of the professional blogger working for large media conglomerates,” but I’ll list a few of the original blog voices who I’ve grown addicted to over the last few years.
Doc Searls, Ray Ozzie, Dan Bricklin, Dave Winer, Dare Obasanjo, Jon Udell, Mitch Kapor, Adam Bosworth, Tim Bray—I’ll stop before I forget too many superb minds who’ve created unique voices that add immeasurably to conversation of this emerging Net-based platform. “
San Mateo, CA and Tokyo, Japan — November 21, 2003 –Weblog software leader Six Apart and NIFTY, one of Japan’s leading ISP, have announced a licensing agreement to provide Six Apart’s popular TypePad(TM) weblogging service to over five million NIFTY subscribers in Japan. The ISP licensing agreement, Six Apart’s first, signals the beginning of the company’s global rollout of its highly-acclaimed weblogging tools.
Starting December 2, 2003, NIFTY will offer “Cocolog,” a service powered by Six Apart’s TypePad software and customized for NIFTY and Japanese customers. The service will be offered to NIFTY’s paying subscribers without additional charge and allow them to easily set up and maintain fully-featured private or public weblogs.
Mary Schmich : Chicago Tribune
Why don’t YOU have a blog?” said Sissy.
Laptop in her lap, Sissy was sitting at the Inner Self Cafe, the self-help bookstore where she and her friend, Missy, meet to talk about politics and other people’s sex lives.
Missy shuddered. “I’m not patient enough to tend it. And I’m not home enough. And I don’t have the stomach for that much poop.”
This week saw the 100th posting on Luke Hutteman’s blog, perhaps an unremarkable event for most blogs, but remarkable for Luke due to the time he must spend developing the excellent RSS reader Sharpreader. The remarkable little program might not get as much attention as some of its more established, charging rivals, but we are happy to swear by it, and have never had a problem with it, even though the version we are using is now about 5 versions old. Best of luck Luke and keep up the good work.
Sifry from Technorati has apologised for outages at Technorati due to growing pains: we say he has no need to apologise. Technorati has become an essential tool in tracking who’s linking to who in the blogosphere, and now indexes well over a million blogs. What is also amazing is that he reports that they are now adding between 8000 to 9000 new blogs per day, meaning on average, a brand new weblog is created every 11 seconds with 100,000 weblogs updating every day as well, so that on average, a weblog is updated every 0.86 seconds. Keep up the good work Sifry.
An interesting take on blogs at Colleges and Universities, memorable if only for the quote below:
Students blogging on | SMU Daily Campus
“I view blogs as being akin to writers publishing their notes as opposed to a publication making available carefully researched, edited, fact-checked and proofread stories,” said Alan Zeichick, editor in chief of the SD Times magazine and principal analyst with Camden associates in a recent article.
Rob Young from the Guardian takes a positive look at music blogs, a side of the blogosphere the Blog Herald has not really looked at before, and apparently growing in influence!
Like falling off a blog | The Guardian
“The daily flash of today’s global sonic network remains undocumented in print. Which is why more and more music writers are joining the likes of Salam Pax and firing off broadsides via their weblogs. Freed from editorial shackles, music bloggers cavort in a paradise for anyone who retains a belief in the worth, nobility and sublime-to-ridiculousness of music criticism. A reverie on the latest ragga choons might be interrupted with an aside that begins: “For those of you interested in contemporary political philosophy… “