By Stephen Downes
May 14, 2004

Osgoode Township High School
I am in Embrun, Ontario, visiting my family and preparing to attend the Osgoode Township High School reunion just down the road in Metcalfe this weekend (or, at least, I hope to be, since the 'online registration' consisted of a PDF, and my email please to be registered met with only an ambiguous response). With any luck, I will have photos from the home of my youth, Metcalfe, and the eastern Ontario region. But not until next week, as broadband has been slow to arrive in these parts, leaving me with dial-up access and the horrors of Microsoft's Outlook Web Access (giving a new meaning to the word 'slow'). By Various Authors, May 14, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Napster Gags University Over RIAA's Student Tax
Napster is taking action after Ohio University gave some indication of how much it charges universities to offer music access - a survey distributed by the university suggested the cost would be $3 per person per month. Napster has insisted that universities not disclose the terms of such contracts and called Ohio "and said we should not publicize the details or discuss our contract." I'm not sure secret contracts are in the best interestes of consumers, and they are certainly not in the best interests of universities. The $3 a month charge only covers listening to songs - students will still have to pay 99 cents in order to move the song to a portable device. And they call file sharers pirates. By Ashlee Vance, The Register, May 12, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Prototype for New RSS to Javascript Code
Toying with the new Magpie RSS parser, Alan Levine has built a prototype version of a new build a feed page. This page takes any RSS feed and converts it into a Javascript command you can place on your web page. By Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, May 13, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

RSS Search And Custom Feed Creation: XSNews
Robin Good writes of the new RSS search service, NewsXS, "NewsXS generates an immediately accessible RSS feed for any search term you use. By submitting your email, you can also create a personalized RSS newsfeed based on five 'keyphrases' you provide." Note that while newsxs.com works, www.newsxs.com is currently generating page errors. By Luigi Canali De Rossi, Robin Good, May 13, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

What Bloggers Think Is Trendy
Steve Outing writes: "Intelliseek has launched a free website called Blogpulse.com which tracks and measures "buzz" about key issues, trends, personalities, and links in more than 1 million blogs." By Steve Outing, E-Media Tidbits, May 13, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Webby Awards
For those of you who are interested, the Webby Awards have been announced. By Various Authors, May, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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