Adam Curry is talking about how much he likes trackbacks now that they are in Radio. I have tried and tried to figure them out, and while simple I still remain confused about exactly what the information flow is. This is kind of frustrating and embarassing, considering that this is the kind of crap I do for a living. What gets me is the ping. I generate the ping, right? And something on Adam Curry’s site is receiving the communication, and then adding it to his blog. So am I tracking him or is he tracking me or both? I downloaded the Ping flavour for blosxom and while it looks straightforward enough, it is bouncing off of a form handling cgi at brutalhugs.com. Why is that? What does that do for the process?
I used to think that when something like this was not understandable by me, that I must be dumb or confused. Now I’ve hit the point where I am self-confident enough of my abilities to think that if despite my good faith efforts to understand I can’t, maybe the problem isn’t me. If someone can explain this to me in a few sentences (if it is explainable thusly) I sure would appreciate. Meanwhile, I’ll install the ping flavour and see if I can trackback ping Brother Curry (a man I grew up watching on TV). One more question – how does this get access controlled? What do I do to prevent people from generating spurious trackbacks?