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Antony and The Johnsons, anyone?

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The art rock group Anthony and The Johnsons is having a gig at Kultturitalo here in Helsinki. I’m thinking about going, there seems to be some tickets still available. If there happens to be other interested, please drop me a line to have a little gathering and let’s go listen some exceptionally beautiful music.

(“Hitler In My Heart”)


Written by Janne Savukoski

May 27, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Posted in Culture

EBay upgrades affiliate share

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This is merely just a note to an earlier post, but as it’d go very much unnoticed if I just added it there, I’m posting it here now… yay: Ebay Increases Payout to its Affiliates

A 10PP increase to 50…75% of the eBay’s whole revenue slice! Pretty decent, uh? EBay definitely does it’s part on pioneering1 the Internet as a business platform. And as hard as it can be to be a pioneer, I’d really like to see these efforts to turn into profit. It would be a strong case for the evolving Internet business ecosystem.

(I don’t know how profitable the API functions of the company actually are right now, but instead of digging that out now I think go get some sleep…)

1) There are of course others, but I believe eBay was the first to provide a serious API. Kudos to them.

Written by Janne Savukoski

May 19, 2007 at 1:20 am

Posted in Business, Internet

A guest star in tiki bar…

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Bwah, what an episode! Don’t miss it. Go here. (He’s having a beer, unsurprisingly :)

(“and shake it”… oh man was I rolling, like otf & lmao)

Written by Janne Savukoski

May 10, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Posted in Culture

Fill in: Atom is to RSS what ____ is to REST

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I guess I need to write this post now (eventually) as I’m still seeing some basic concepts being mixed up. As the ‘domain model’ goes, we can do something like Atom over REST over HTTP, Atom/SOAP/HTTP, Atom/XMPP, or APP (statically linked Atom/HTTP)—I don’t know why only REST was mentioned in the post linked above.

The ‘failed’ OSI layer modelAtom surely supplements WS-DeathStar, but it can hardly replace any of it. Atom is a content presentation protocol, and I don’t actually even know any web services standard which defines content presentation. Web services standards define service-access/consumption related metadata, not content. And as content is just one kind of a service, ie. a subset of it, you can use WS-* with Atom for eg. callbacks, authorization etc. If you want to transport content in some standard form—which I definitely recommend—Atom can suit you fine. It’s definitely and absolutely better than RSS; and this is not an opinion, thus ‘absolutely’. :)

Well, I’ll include the following stuff here as I’m too lazy to write a complete entry out of it. I just fail to understand why the RESTian folks got so excited over WADL? Weren’t the RESTful services supposed to work without interface descriptions? (Like, duh.) Doesn’t WADL make REST way too SOAP’y? WADL is exactly what WSDL is for SOAP, and the major criticism towards SOAP was due to the ‘rigid’ interface descriptions, namely WSDL.

And just as a sidenote, I personally happen to like C header files, WSDL’s, Java interfaces and all other kinds of interface descriptions, and I believe WADL is one of the best things happened to REST yet.

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PS. I was thinking SOAP as an answer to the title. Agree?
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Written by Janne Savukoski

May 2, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Posted in Internet

Battlestar, Crossroads

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Oh my god. The latest1 Battlestar Galactica episode just rock. (Well, ok, a major minus from not having any neat space action.) They burned a whole lot of plot in the end—I guess it was about time—but oh it was beautiful! Couldn’t have been executed any better. And I loved the soundscape. Balls.

My sincere congratulations. I thank you for handling my emotional investment with care, again.

Screenshot Battlestar Galactica, season 3, episode 20

(Regarding the picture: no, they didn’t reach Earth (yet?). I hate spoilers, and I try to avoid offering any. I never even watch any trailers.)

1) Update: Yeah, it was the season 3 finale. Now we’re up to a liiitle waiting…

PS. Has anyone else packed their luggage for the Gliese 581 yet? I guess we have consumed this ball already…

Written by Janne Savukoski

May 1, 2007 at 11:44 pm

Posted in Diary