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Eclipse CVS and SSH
This probably old hat for lots of you, but I've been using a combination of Eclipse and SecureCRT to access CVS repositories over SSH (at least on Windows). JCraft's CVS-SSH2 plugin for Eclipse makes that unnecessary. It can to SSH public-key authentication, and works great.
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Query language + Data annotation = Microcontent cuisinart
[via David Czarnecki's Blog] Mark has written an XPath plugin for blojsom. This is a response to Kimbro Staken's new Syncato blogging tool.

I think that this is interesting because it explicitly decouples they XPath query "API" to the weblog from the underlying storage mechanism. In Syncato, the XPath query API falls out because the underlying storage is XML oriented and provides XPath support (via some code that Kimbro wrote). The thing that seems to have captured people's imagination is the ability to use XPath (some other semistructured query language) to get information out of weblogs at a sub entry granularity. For ease of implementation, Syncato can't be beat (build and install issues aside). But Mark's approach shows that it's possible to get an XPath API to data that isn't stored natively as XML. Will it be more work? Yes. Will someone have to document a "schema" for that data? Probably. The one drawback is that the data in the weblog needs to have enough annotation so that the XPath queries can produce something meaningful. And that may be where things start to fall apart. In pyblosxom, we have entryparsers and preformatters that let you enter your blog posts in a variety of formats. Not all of these formats will have the annotations needed for an XPath engine to find meaningful information. That takes us back to the annotation conventions that Jon Udell was writing about a few weeks ago...

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How to use authority
Ben is writing about standards today, but I think that his closing paragraphs generalize to more than just standards setting:
In vibrant markets and political spheres we have means of goverances that can correct misleading or abusive uses of authority. In failed markets or goverments these means may take long painful periods to operate.

One sign of a healthy market or goverment is that those who appear to have authority are much more tentative in using that authority to force the momenteum of the emerging standard. That tentative behavior is the symptom that there are checks and balances in place that temper their power. That tentative behavior signals that they know their status in the system is tenous. That tenous status makes their acts less forceful, less straight forward, more ambigous. That's good, even if it makes them seem slippery, or political.

Or "weak".
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