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Where are the Twitter utilities?

Amit Agarwal: "Wouldn’t it be nice if Twitter had an Export button? You search for something, maybe a trending #hashtag or your brand name, and all the matching tweets would get saved in a spreadsheet. And the archive would update itself as new matching tweets are posted on Twitter in the future. Show More Summary

Knicks basketball is back!

I loved watching the Knicks game last night. I know they only beat the lowly Orlando Magic, but they won, and it was a nice game, played with heart, by both sides. That's fundamentally what I get out of basketball. Winning is great for sure, but it really isn't why I watch. Show More Summary

2015 server software

I wrote a piece at the very end of 2014 saying that early this year I would ship a bunch of "little focused server apps that do one thing well." I called them "snacks," because the first ones were little cool utilities you could use quickly. Show More Summary

Is this the Singularity?

Had a dream last night where I was debugging some CSS in Chrome. The computer was behaving strangely, but that's CSS. On awakening I realized my mind played all the parts, including the computer, Chrome, and CSS. Probably time for a vacation.

Gun debaters

One way to deal with a sarcastic troll. Overlook that they're being sarcastic and take them at face value. Ask them to support their statement. You think driving kills more people than guns? Okay. Then let's license drivers. Require them to take training courses. Show More Summary

nodeStorage now!

All apps need storage. Developers have to do too much work to make something simple. If you want to make a text editor, how much work should you have to do to get something that works for users? I felt it was too much work. I asked a few vendors to add this feature to their identity servers. Show More Summary

All apps need storage

All apps need to be able to store information on behalf of the user. We've had a couple of different approaches to work with that don't require an identity system -- cookies and local storage. These are good but the data is bound to a machine, not to a person. Show More Summary

Why I went with Twitter and S3

Last week I wrote about my coming server product. Today we gave the software to the first round of testers, to see what they think and if it works for them. It's always good to do some reality checking. I was just mailing with a friend and he noted that we hadn't reinvented core technology, storage and identity. Show More Summary

How VRM works

Doc Searls has been writing and talking about VRM for many years. It's an acronym of course, for Vendor Relationship Management. It's the same thing as CRM, but viewed from the other side. We, as customers, see ourselves at the center of the universe, surrounded by a sea of vendors who have an imperfect ability to serve our wants and needs. Show More Summary

How to get smaller

I love to write software, and I'm good at it. For me it's like music is to a performer. A way to get into myself and play. To make visible things come out of my mind. I don't really think there's anything new with this, our species is very inventive, and what we call tech today is just the leading edge of a very long process that led us here. Show More Summary

Ancient Mac About boxes

A great site that has all kinds of About boxes for Mac apps from the 80s. I wanted to know, where are my babies -- ThinkTank and MORE? Well, Bill Heyman can still run them on his Mac, so he did the screen shots and posted them on Facebook. I'm...Show More Summary

The coming server product

Here's a tease, a roadmap, an idea of what's coming next. Basically I'm releasing the server component of Radio3 as open source, It's also the back-end for all my new software. They're all using the same server. Gives you an idea of the kinds of apps you can develop with it. Show More Summary

Bunk is the best

Lately I've seen the actor Wendell Pierce in three shows: The Wire (he plays Bunk), Law and Order (a Nigerian chief) and Selma. It would be great if they cast him as the star of something serious, like playing Martin Luther King in Selma. Show More Summary

Tonight's meetup in NYC

Too many people RSVP'd for the restaurant we were going to use for tonight's meetup so there's a new location: Pop Pub, 83 University Place, between 11th and 12th St at 7PM. No business models, please Hopefully this will be the first of many meetups. Show More Summary

O listicle my listicle!

Part of the promise of doing the Cluetrain Listicle was to generalize it so that anyone could create one, even if they aren't Doc and Dave the two Cluetrain dudes. Turns out it was a very simple process to generalize it. The new thing Here's...Show More Summary

Should machines think like humans?

Lately I've been thinking about the idea of planting human intelligence in a computer. If you had asked me about it ten years ago I would have said it'll never happen, but now I'm not so sure. First, some kind of thinking is already in computers, almost invisibly. Show More Summary

Straight talk

Freedom-building software exists, there are developers who create it, and more who want to. But there isn't a distribution system for it. No way to spread the word when new stuff comes out. I'm not talking about developer tools, frameworks and environments. Show More Summary

Good RSS from Twitter

Here's a new bit of software for technical people who work in news organizations. The story A news org has a flow in Twitter that isn't being reflected in RSS. I think it's best to use a tool like Radio3 to flow the links to Twitter, Facebook and RSS at the same time. Show More Summary

Dear Doc and Dave

I love what you guys are doing, and what we did together over the first week of the new year. Now let's do more! Please, let's get a process going where users write about software that builds net freedom. Fun, easy to use stuff, andShow More Summary

A Sunday afternoon mini-snack

I wrote a little Node.js script that reads my Twitter account and creates a nice little Twitter feed from it. Yes, I plan to release the code free for use by anyone.

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