Christina: “I think beginner designers

Christina: “I think beginner designers are the ones who should be kept away from guidelines, as far as possible.”

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I can’t seem to find

I can’t seem to find a friendly (no hacking required, simple installation, simple admin area) PHP script that:

– lets me gather a variety of RSS feeds
– lets me (optionally) organize them in categories
– displays them in an HTML page by category groups, entries mixed within a category by date
– let’s me adjust the template easily

How hard can it be? All I see is hundreds of script kiddie scripts in various stages of completion. Arg. Any tips?

Data Discussions – a Wilshire

Data Discussions – a Wilshire Conferences Interview with R.Todd Stephens: “R. Todd Stephens is the Director of the Metadata Services Group for the BellSouth Corporation, a role he established in 1999. One of the things that makes Todd particularly interesting as the subject of this discussion is that his laid-back personality and easy sense of humor disguise the driven man within – he’s a guy with both business acumen and serious technical smarts. AND he understands how to make himself and his department indispensable – he’s constantly increasing the value of his department by taking on new responsibilities and new technologies. At this stage his group is involved in architectural efforts that effect the development and implementation of database metadata, data transformation, components, XML, content, documentation, web services, messaging, metrics, interfaces, and the Enterprise Information Portal. Todd is setting an example for the next generation of corporate metadata management – he’s business-driven, financially accountable, technically savvy and most of all he’s wildly enthusiastic about what metadata can do for the organization.”

Old-school theory is a new

Old-school theory is a new force | CNET News.com: “Search giant Google and Autonomy, a company that sells information retrieval tools, both employ Bayesian principles to provide likely (but technically never exact) results to data searches. Researchers are also using Bayesian models to determine correlations between specific symptoms and diseases, create personal robots, and develop artificially intelligent devices that “think” by doing what data and experience tell them to do.

One of the more vocal Bayesian advocates is Microsoft. The company is employing ideas based on probability–or “probabilistic” principles–in its Notification Platform. The technology will be embedded in future Microsoft software and is intended to let computers and cell phones automatically filter messages, schedule meetings without their owners’ help and derive strategies for getting in touch with other people.

If successful, the technology will give rise to “context servers”–electronic butlers that will interpret people’s daily habits and organize their lives under constantly shifting circumstances. “

Cooper redesigned their website (Victor

Cooper redesigned their website (Victor noticed). A quick look at it: I like it except for the homepage. Darn. The old one was a lot nicer – I preferred to get a feel for the projects they’ve done straight up. Of course, the 1996 version is interesting as well :) One thing I notices about the new site is the very crips IA: everything is clearly divided into categories. However, that is a problem: often users need more than one type of information on a page (especially a homepage) – I feel there isn’t enough cross promotion going on on the site. For example, it takes a few clicks into the WHY COOPER section to learn about their experience. If you didn’t know them you could be excused for thinking they were the new kids on the block. And the dropdown menus suck. Jump around all over the place – at least on my machine. Enough complaining now!