Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).




Matt Mower points to Socialtext, a new company made up of a few names that I keep seeing attached to things in the 'social software' world and around the Topic Exchange. No apparent relation to the journal of the same name.

It looks like they're coding a new Wiki engine ... very interesting. I keep meaning to write my own Wiki, but I don't care about it enough for it to beat the other demands on my time, and the UseMod Wiki code is just so easy to set up and use that I don't have the need for anything else.

That said, there is plenty of room for improvement in the Wiki world, and Wiki software with integrated blogging, time management, task planning, bug/to-do tracking, calendar and generic database (e.g. Access) facilities would be incredibly useful. Something along the lines of Lotus Notes, except easy to use - I'd like one of those.

Update: The Wiki on looks very UseMod-like, although I'm guessing it's not derived from the same code as it doesn't have a RecentChanges page, and I can't think of why anyone would want to remove that.