Etech, as expected, was chock-full of ideas and opportunities to discuss what we're all working on with all sorts of interesting people. For us, one of the highlights was getting to speak briefly with Jeff Bezos and giving him a little bit of information about Six Apart and TypePad.
Given the rare opportunity to be able to speak with Bezos, I made sure to throw my usual self-effacing demeanor out the window and pitch the idea of TrackBack-enabling Amazon's Reviews to work with tools that support the protocol. He seemed interested and even amenable to the idea and Tim O'Reilly encouraged me to blog this conversation. Regardless of the outcome, it's nice enough to see that even the biggest players online have enough respect for weblogs to at least consider the idea.
Ben Hammersley, who has seen TypePad in action, writes about the service and its impact in the market in this Guardian Unlimited article.
Today's the day we get to talk about the work that we've been doing over the past half year, and we get to explain how the company that has been just Ben and myself for so long is growing. Today, we're announcing the upcoming launch of a new weblog personal publishing service called TypePad. What began as a goal to offer hosted Movable Type installations grew into a project to completely revamp the system for all levels of users. TypePad's centralized design and focus on simplicity let us offer the perfect complement to Movable Type's features, while maintaining a set of open interfaces and APIs that keep the two systems compatible.
We've also just closed an initial round of financing with Neoteny Co. Ltd.. Neoteny's ability to strengthen our business and management was a big reason that we wanted them on our team, but just as importantly, a company whose CEO Joi Ito is an avid Movable Type user and enthusiast really shows the kind of understanding of weblogs and personal publishing that we'd expect from a partner. Finally, we've brought on Anil Dash as our Vice President of Business Development to handle the partnerships and relationships between Six Apart and the companies and people who we'll be working with.
These changes to our company definitely mark a new chapter in our history, but our goal is to just get better at what we've been doing, not to alter the way that our company works. Our existing base of Movable Type users should see a lot to be excited about, from improvements to Movable Type due to the development work being done on TypePad and Movable Type Pro, to the larger base of plugins, extensions, and third-party programs that will be developed due to the bigger audience of people using Six Apart products.
In all, there's a lot of good news today, with more on the way, including screenshots, a feature list, and pricing and availability information for the TypePad service. For a company focused on tools that help communicate, it's been hard to keep quiet while all of the details were worked out. But now we finally get to share the news with all of you, and we hope that you'll be as excited about what's coming up as we are. Please do take a moment and sign up at TypePad if you'd like to learn more about the service, and we'll be eager to hear everyone's feedback in the next few weeks and months.
Starting tomorrow, we'll be at the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference, one of our favorite conferences of the year. There are all kinds of interesting demonstrations going on this year, such as Ludicorp's platform, which will be shown off on the Confab application, an ad-hoc conversational space that mirrors the physical space where the conference will be taking place.
And showing just how a technology can emerge, O'Reilly's conference site has
a pingable TrackBack URL for each session this year. We're excited to see that they've adopted TrackBack, as the protocol was created last year on the trip back from the conference, inspired by the ideas that were being discussed.
- Apple Announces Earnings (apple.com)
- The interesting--and funny--thing about this press release is the list of qualifications on any "forward-looking statements" expressed in the release, including:
- possible disruption in commercial activities caused by terrorist activity and armed conflict, such as changes in logistics and security arrangements
- possible disruption in commercial activity as a result of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
- possible disruption in production of black turtlenecks *
- ongoing·On Character Strings (tbray.org)
- Interesting article about strings, along with The Hundred Year Language.
- Opening links from applications into new tabs in Safari (inessential.com)
- Brent Simmons describes how to get URLs from external apps to open in new tabs in Safari. This is great, because I really wanted to be able to do this, but couldn't figure out how (the Safari preference panel could use some rewording for this option, if you have tabs enabled).
* Mena made me add this one.
Clutter is a small Mac OS X application that lets you put music CDs on your desktop. You can drag them anywhere -- they're really windows. Line them up neatly or put them in piles, it's your choice. Each one looks like the real CD's cover, and double-clicking it tells iTunes to play that CD.
I've seen some Konfabulator album cover display widgets, but I didn't really like how any of them worked. Clutter seems pretty nicely done.
Link via Kung Fu Grippe
We're pleased to announce that Movable Type has been nominated under the Best Practices category in the 2003 Webby Awards, in the august company of projects like the Theban Mapping Project and Wired News. We also offer congratulations to Boxes and Arrows and AlterNet.org, two nominees in the Print + Zines category which use Movable Type to power portions of their sites.
If you'd like to vote for your favorites nominees, be sure to check out the People's Voice Webby Award.
IndyJunior is a fully customizable map which you can use to easily display your geographic location.
To celebrate the conquering of my flying fears, I just had to plot my travels for this year.
Note: If you wish to embed your map into a Movable Type-powered weblog entry, be sure to turn off line breaks as it interferes with the map code IndyJunior generates.
And yay, you can send a TrackBack ping to join the list of those who created maps.
When this happened to me on a much smaller scale a couple weeks ago, I figured that the replace button was in a really bad place. That is, after I realized why the word I originally searched for was now missing from posts.
I took a couple minutes to move the buttons around a bit and hopefully have come up with a solution that will prevent future search/replace mishaps.
The change will be in the nightly build for tonight or you can download this file and replace it with the older version in the tmpl/cms/ directory of your MT installation.