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Design depends largely on constraints.” — Charles Eames

Thursday, 24 April 2003


now available - Photoblog!

OK, here’s the deal. As previously reported, we got the nifty Ericsson phones that come with free cameras. They’re Internet-capable. The next obvious step is to hook it up to a blog, and presto! You’ve got photoblog! You get to see people I meet, places I go and the mediocrity of daily life (as well as my struggles with predictive text input) in near-real time!

Very exciting.

From the technical side, I’m using an RSS feed with mod_image; it allows me to repurpose the content in several places. How many aggregators support mod_image? Sharpreader and NetNewsWire don’t appear to. What’s the right way to syndicate some images, along with title and description? Some would say just to use an IMG tag in the description, but that doesn’t allow me to cleanly separate the text from the image, so that it can be reused; distinctly un-RSS-like.

Expect this to get some use tomorrow, as I’m wondering down to ETConto talk to a few folks (on the cheap; I just got an exhibition pass).


Phil Ringnalda said:

I’d guess that if anyone supports it, it would be Kevin’s NewsMonster, but I don’t have a working install right now to check, and the server seems to be having troubles.

Thursday, April 24 2003 at 12:36 PM

Aaron Swartz said:

Put an img tag in the content:encoded, please.

Friday, April 25 2003 at 4:07 AM

Morten Frederiksen said:

You might want to take a look at another approach:

Matt makes statements about the pictures themselves, thus making it possible to add matadata like thumbnail locations and formal descriptions of what the pictures depict.

(It is of course still possible to use the “link” element to point to the HTML page containing the image.)

Oh, and the Syndication Subscription Service - - supports thumbnails.

Sunday, April 27 2003 at 6:29 AM