Archive for March, 2006

Notes on the Cabin at Beaver Creek

March 21, 2006

For awhile now I’ve been inching toward a project to design a cabin on a beautiful, but challenging, site at the north end of Priest Lake. That project seems to be getting closer to really starting. Its not only an architecure project, but an experiment in collaborative technologies. This blog category will be the main notebook for the project, but other tools include Writely.com where we are working on “use cases” and a Flickr “set“, where I will maintain the images for the project.

I may also use SuprGlu to create a single web page for the project. The goal would be for SuperGlu, perhaps with the addition of RSSMix to make a site that collages together materials from various systems into an overview of the project as it unfolds. From my early experiments with SuperGlu, I will need to make more tags in Flickr and perhaps here to have fine enough control over what goes to SuperGlu.

At the same time I’m doing this experiment “off-campus,” CTLT is leading WSU to create user portfolio spaces using Sharepoint MySites. This should provide us an interesting comparison of technologies.

As the work progresses, I may also use the KEEP toolkit (learn more) to create a portfolio of the project, a more static set piece.

Single Identity across heterogeneous sites

March 15, 2006

I was looking at a new Flickr work-alike (beta.zooomr.com) and found something more interesting — My OpenID. Its an identity service that other sites can useĀ  so that I don’t need to have a username and pw on each provider. Interesting idea.

The Future of OpenID
Maintaining identities across multiple websites is difficult. You register at each site, choosing a different username and password. It is tedious and many sites ask for information that you have already provided elsewhere. What if someone has already taken the username you want? Most people end up choosing a username they don’t like, or simply leaving the site without registering.
Why OpenID is Cool
OpenID is an open identity specification. It provides a way for you to prove your identity to websites that speak OpenID. The important bit here is that you can use the same identity across websites. For example, if my identity is brian.myopenid.com, I can use it as my login to check email, leave comments on my friend’s blog, or order a pizza. I can use it at any website that is OpenID enabled as if I already had an account. It blurs the lines of where you you have an account, and the question you ask changes from “Do I have an account?” to “Is the site OpenID enabled?”

Facebook and campus political campaigns

March 2, 2006

I just got a first lead on an organizational use of Facebook. I was having lunch with Carr & Lake, candidates for ASWSU president. They described their use of a campaign group in preference to using Facebook ‘friends.’ (Its easier to message a group than to message friends.)

When I asked Lake what evidence he had that Facebook was important to the campaign, he said the teams that lost the primary were poor users of Facebook. He went on to note that the Yes campaign for the stadium remodel has 500 members while “No” has 1/10 as many.