The Bongo Project

How to communicate over the internet using bongos…

“It all began several months earlier when Professor George Townsend was lecturing to a group of computer science students taking his fourth year Computer Networks course. The topic of the day was the OSI networking model, which describes a layered method of combining different types of technologies together to form functional networking systems. During the lecture, Professor Townsend made the claim that the design of the model permits different types of technologies to be transparently connected together. He suddenly stopped in mid lecture, and stared off into space stroking his beard thoughtfully. After a short moment of silent thought, he suggested to the class, that in theory, this should permit us to use any technology we like to connect a computer to the Internet without compromising its ability to participate in the Internet. Furthermore, he exclaimed, his voice rising in excitement, we could use a set of bongo drums to communicate as our technology of choice! “


Touch Graph Browser

Check out this really cool site that uses the Google API to display relationships based on the Google seach engine database.  It’s called Touch Graph.

The specific use of Google can be found at TouchGraph GoogleBrowser.  I like the people search found at google-set-vista.  You can enter a person’s name and find relationship with other names, ideas, etc.


Update: 10.03.03

Found a new link related to TouchGraph:

News Reader – Newz Crawler

I’ve started using a news reader (aka news aggregator) called Newz Crawler.  It costs $25 but it seems reasonable.

It keeps track of various news feeds that are provided in an RSS format.  The RSS format is essentially an XML format speciffically designed for news content.  You can see an example of a news feed at: BBC Front Page

Looks wacky, eh?  Whatever, it’s a standard and many bloggers are using it.  You can see my RSS blog feed by clicking on the orange button or the Syndication Link (on the blog’s home page – they do the same thing). 

Interestingly, most blogs support the RSS news feed format which gives me the ability to subscribe to most blogs.  Along with regularly updated news feeds, I can scan for updates on blogs of interest to which I am subscribed.

Here is an excellent list of news aggregators from Haiko Hebig.