Jerusalem ROCKS! Tickets are on sale

Jeff posted a couple of days ago that the tickets for the Jerusalem ROCKS! event are on sale at Hadran.co.il.

Go here to read more about Jerusalem ROCKS! I also wrote a little bit about Jerusalem ROCKS! here.

Jeff is looking for bloggers from both Israel and around the world who would like to cover and/or promote the show. If you are interested Email to jeffp@pulver.com and introduce yourself.

I’ve corresponded a little bit with Jeff about why he was doing this Event and he told me that he wanted to do something that no one did for almost 20 years. Also he wanted that Israeli people will just have fun.

At first I thought there should be something more to this than just fun, but then it hit me. Fun is something that is generally underestimated and undervalued specifically in our region of the world.

Such a show with performers in such caliber all in one place and in Jerusalem on top of all is something that is really awesome.

So… just go there and have fun. Have fun without worrying about the mundane things in life that are usually in your head. Clear your mind and just absorb the fun (there is going to be lots of it!)

Plaxo OpenID support lacks OpenID Delegation support

UPDATE: Plaxo DO support delegation, just not XRDS. It seems a WP database problem caused some of my OpenID delegation plug-in to mess up settings the wrong openid.server and openid.delegate values.

It should have been http://www.myopenid.com/server for openid.server and http://eran.myopenid.com for openid.delegate. The problem was due to the fact that XRDS is yet to be supported in Plaxo. I didn’t notice the problem with the configuration of openid.server and openid.delegate due to the fact that the XRDS settings was correctly configured and all of the sites that I use OpenID with do support XRDS.

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Plaxo is a real cool tool to synchronize your calendar and address book. Their new v3.0 (still in preview/beta mode) is really really cool and can sync from everything to everything.

They just announced that they now support OpenID as a relaying party so you can sign up for Plaxo using an existing OpenID or attach OpenID identities (yes, in plural) to your Plaxo account.

I already had a Plaxo account so I wanted to attach my existing OpenID to it. My OpenID is actually delegated from this blog to MyOpenID (my OpenID provider) using the OpenID Delegation plugin. It seems as though the Plaxo implementation lacks support for delegation.

Too bad, delegation is one of the stronger features OpenID has.

Plaxo, please support OpenID delegation. Without delegation it’s not a complete OpenID solution (at least I think so).

Jeff Pulver’s party for Israeli Facebook users and Jerusalem ROCKS!

Last Thursday I went to Jeff Pulver‘s party for Israeli Facebook users in the Tel Aviv Harbor.

All in all it was very fun and the mood was great. We also discovered that Israelis don’t drink that much even in an almost open bar – Jeff had to take a mic and rush us all into the bar to get to the minimum he told the bar he would pay for :-)

I’d like to thank Jeff for a very nice and casual party. Thanks Jeff!

During the party, Jeff told us about Jerusalem Rocks, an event he co-organizes on September 9th in Jerusalem which will bring the Black Eyed Pees back to Israel, the original band from the Movie the Commitments as well as “Hadag Nachash” (Israeli band) and others Israeli bands.

The concert is NOT for profit (it’s for Peace and fun) and every single dime that will be earned on top of the expenses will go back to a pool to be used next year for the same event.

In addition to that 4,000 seats will be given to children around Israel that usually can’t afford to go to such concerts.

All in all, this is a good concert for a good cause organized by a good man!

Tickets sales should start this week (or so I’m told) so if you are an Israeli go buy the tickets, if you are not an Israeli and you might be in Israel on September 9th buy it as well!

If you can’t come, spread the word to everyone you know!

iPhoneDevCamp, iPhone, Safari and Microformats

I wish I could attend iPhoneDevCamp but unfortunately I won’t be in the area (or in the right country for that matter ;-) ).

I just read Chris’ post about iPhoneDevCamp and I think these are the right reasons to make the iPhoneDevCamp.

There are a few facts that support Chris’ view:

  • In the first week Apple sold 700,000 units
  • The iPhone is closed for outside application, but not for web applications
  • Having a couple of million units out (after it is also sold in Europe and Asia) means there are a couple of million users using Safari on their iPhone and want to get the right experience in all/most sites.

The day I heard that the iPhone will be closed to 3rd party apps but will use web applications as its main extension approach I thought one thing. Apple should make Safari (or at least just Safari on the iPhone) Microformats aware.

Since the main interaction of users with 3rd party application on the iPhone is through web sites, extracting as much meaning as possible from such a web site will give iPhone users the best experience. For example, if I had an hCalendar someone in a site, or an hCard, if Safari on the iPhone (or Safari in general) would have Microformats support I could quickly add the meeting or contact information to my iPhone with one click (arrr, is it click or touch?)

If Apple will do that at some point in the future, it means that the Microformats community will gain a couple of million users which might in turn convince web site designers to support Microformats.

Microformats are exactly the small and right amount of standardization that can make the web a better place for both users and developers.

It seems that Microformats becomes more important in smaller devices where the ability to extend their applications and the devices itself is usually limited and input is measured as the smallest and shortest action one should take to make something happen.