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Archived Since:April 6, 2008

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New Scripting News home page coming

The reason things are so sparse here the last week or so is that there's a new version of Scripting News coming, and all my energies are focused there. It'll have the linkblog and the river on the same page with the blog posts in a tabbed interface. It'll be using all the latest JavaScript technology. Show More Summary

I need another test outline

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NCC in 1979

In today's piece I wrote about how the previous generation of technologists wanted the young techies to come work for them, and we mostly wanted to make cool stuff on our own. We were happy to use their systems, for me the PDP-11 was like a first love. Show More Summary

I predict new ideas

BTW, one thing I've noticed that's really cool is that Facebook people use Twitter and vice versa. What I do is make that easier and make it work better. And add RSS so that new networks can boot up, for growth in the tech world. It's all part of an emerging ecosystem. Not what the press would predict, they predict war. I predict new ideas.

Evolution in tech

There are still people in tech who see RSS as a mistake that must be undone. I am in awe of their commitment. They remember a time before RSS, and think if they just don't use it, they can create new things to do what RSS does as if RSS doesn't exist. Show More Summary

Ann Greenberg

Ann says "So experience matters?" Yes. Why do you think all the managers in MLB are our age? Not because experience doesn't matter. Why did it take Microsoft three tries to get a product right? Even when they were copying someone else. What were they doing the first two times? Getting experience.

The Mighty Algorithm God

When people pontificate about Facebook, on Facebook, they are doing something rude, and most of them probably don't even know it. The way it feels is they're talking over my head at some invisible diety. If only they would hear me, they would love me so much better. Show More Summary

Are the silos winning?

Tom Foremski said yesterday on Twitter: "Unfortunately the silos are winning." I thought about that for a while, and I don't think it's right. Let me explain. 1. Sure there are more silos all the time. Places that force you to give them your ideas on an exclusive basis, so that people in other silos, or on the open web, can't see them. Show More Summary

Digg digs title-less feed items

It seems Digg has adapted its feed reader to handle items that don't have titles. Here's a screen shot of the Scripting News feed. No "untitled items" where there are no titles. Let the feed item speak for itself. Pretty simple. Glad they fixed this. Thanks to David Osolkowski for the good news. "cheesecake"

Why services launch without APIs

This thought was buried in a comment on Facebook. You get nowhere by asking people to be open. There is a good reason new social platforms don't have APIs. If they had one, no one would use their UI. It's like a protective tariff. Also it's powerless to ask another developer to do something out of the kindness of their hearts for users. Show More Summary

I'm in Boulder today

I'm in Boulder today, and happened to meet the developers of ello.co. A total chance thing. I asked them to support RSS of course. They seemed really smart, and understood the issues. I'll help them if I can, because it would help blow out the other silos if they did it. Show More Summary

A Facebook federation would be killer

Interesting thread going on under a post by Andrew Baron about ello. Andrew thinks Ello is going in the "right direction." I think not. It's VC-funded, no feeds, no API, it's buggy, it's more like Twitter in 2006 without the API. There's no appeal in that, at least not for me. Show More Summary

NBA and the tech industry

Interesting TechCrunch piece about Steve Ballmer and the Clippers throwing out iPads in favor of Microsoft-compliant tablets. Then I thought of all the tech money that's been buying up NBA teams. 1. Of course there's Mark Cuban at Dallas. 4. Show More Summary

My two cents on Ello

This post appeared originally on Facebook. They don't have feeds in or out. That means whatever you put in there, starting right now, is theirs. They won't even share your stuff with you. That's not a good deal. You shouldn't accept that. So Ello isn't answering any question I can think of. If they were open, then I would be interested. Show More Summary

Derek Jeter

Disclaimer: I hate the Yankees. Always will. They are the enemy.

Making rivers easier

The net effect of making "River4" work with the local filesystem is that it's simpler to set up. Originally I made it work with S3 because we were deploying on Heroku, and since it runs in the Amazon cloud, it made S3 an economical choice (and Heroku apps don't have a persistent filesystem). Show More Summary

Looking ahead

From the last episode of The Roosevelts, a friend explains that when Eleanor Roosevelt was touring, when she'd meet someone who wanted to tell her how she had helped them, she didn't show interest, she just rushed on to the next thing. Show More Summary

I need an outline to test with

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TV programming idea

About six million people will receive new iPhones tomorrow. What will we all be doing, on Friday night? Unboxing of course! And swapping out the SIM from our "old" phone into our new phone. And hopefully having it work. Backing up the...Show More Summary

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