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Setting Up Laconica, an Open Source Twitter

I’ve had a twitter account for more than a year now, I think it would be highly useful to have in the corporate world. The problem with twitter, is that it’s public, and if I wanted to share something about what I’m working on within my company, sometimes I don’t want to share it with people outside the company.A colleague pointed out Identi.ca as a possible implementation for such a thing.Setting Up a Laconica Server in 7 Easy StepsDownload an Ubuntu Server VM from Chrysaor.info.
This is the easiest way to get started. We use vmware at work, and I’ve installed the recently released VM Ware Server 2.0 on my laptop. Get AMP’d on Linux. The VM referenced above is a minimal install of Ubuntu server. We’ll need to install Apache, MySQL and PHP to finish building out the environment. Here’s a detailed post on how to do it. It basically boils down to running the following: 

sudo apt-get install apache2 php5 libapache2-mod-php5 mysql-server libapache2-mod-auth-mysql php5-mysql phpmyadm…

Ubiquitizing Jenn for Flight Information

Last month, Aza RaskinintroducedUbiquity on Mozilla Labs. As stated in Aza’s post, the overall goals of Ubiquity are to explore how best to:Empower users to control the web browser with language-based instructions. (With search, users type what they want to find. With Ubiquity, they type what they want to do.) Enable on-demand, user-generated mashups with existing open Web APIs. (In other words, allowing everyone–not just Web developers–to remix the Web so it fits their needs, no matter what page they are on, or what they are doing.) Use Trust networks and social constructs to balance security with ease of extensibility. Extend the browser functionality easily. Aza included the following screenshot as an example of what could be done in an effort to inspire people to begin creating commands for Ubiquity.This got me thinking. on February 7th, 2008, Alaska Airlinesintroduced Jenn, a virtual assistant that guides and assists website visitors. One of the more interesting features of Jenn …