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minimeme.org says: Hello world!

Today, I am happy to announce that minimeme.org is finally "officially" going live. minimeme is a news aggregator focused on tech and software development news.

minimeme was born out of a personal frustration of mine: each morning I would skim through my feed reader only to find the relevant items twice or more times. On the other hand the signal to noise ratio of many feeds was way too low. I felt like a machine trying to retrieve the important items. So I decided to build a machine to do that for me.

There is no human intervention in the news selection - it is all done in a bias-free, neutral algorithm. Hence there is the claim "little Switzerland of tech news", minimeme is supposed to be neutral like Switzerland.

Having tested the algorithm for a couple of months I believe minimeme is now stable enough to be officially let loose. On top of the two currently implemented sections "dev" (feed) and "valley" (feed) there is a Twitter account you migh…

The Lifetime of a CMS Installation

(cross-posting from here)CMS analyst Janus Boye has blogged about the expected lifetime of a CMS installation, i.e. for how long an installed CMS can be expected to be in production. His guess is a lifetime of 3 years. On the blog's comments Janus and I got into a discussion about the accuracy of that guess where he asked Day to publish actual real data about this topic.

I like this idea because publishing this data provides a benefit to our potential new customers: a reliable indicator (without any hand-waving or gut feelings) of the CMS's lifetime that can be used in business plan
The dataThe data I have used is taken from Day's support contracts. Only customer data from outside ouf Europe was used (simply because it was available to me). This selection is likely to bias the results towards shorter lifetimes as Day's oldest customers are based in Europe. The basic assumption is that the life time of the CMS is equivalent to the duration of the support contract. The use…