20 years ago: It's a Great Computer, Steve.
Short podcast about re-connecting with Twitter as a developer. I have to do it, no choice, Also conecting with Facebook, RSS, the web.
Little Card: Windows is going as Linux for Halloween.
Radio3 blog: Radio3 v0.65.
Today's background image: Autumn colors.
Guardian: "When the history of the internet is written, software visionary Dave Winer will be right up there with Tim Berners-Lee."
That's the kind of write-up you dream of. The things Naughton writes about are the things I would like to be recognized for. And the quote about Internet history is especially sweet, because the American press tends to focus on money, not creativity and commitment. Money is great, but it isn't all there is.
Today's background image is Lincoln Center in the rain today.
River4: The Hello World of rivers.
Scripting News: Young technologists love lock-in?
Today's background image is of the Sheep Meadow in Central Park.
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. It was a real step backward for us to use the Motorola 6502 that was in the Apple II, or the Z80 that was in CP/M or 8080 in PC-DOS machines. Eventually microprocessors caught up, and the Motorola 68000 that the Mac shipped with was very much like the PDP-11.
Anyway. I remember going to the National Computer Conference in 1979 in Anaheim, as a person from the personal computer world. Now, I spoke the language of the bigger computers, so when we went over to the main hall to visit, to try to tell them about how cool our microcomputers were, they told us they used real computers, that ours were just toys. We should come work for them, on their operating systems and applications. But they were nothing like the stuff we wanted to make. They thought we were kidding around.
A few years later, they were coming to our conferences looking for jobs. They all got them, too -- the PC industry was booming, and eventually sucked in what was left of the previous industry. Mainframes were repositioned as resources for LANs that had lots of PCs on them. But the software was flaky and complicated and if they ever got the kinks out it was after the next shakeup, which turned any box that could do HTTP into a resource, and it wasn't just over a local network, it was the world!
The only things that can move fast enough to keep up are the ones that lots of people can move. So we kept the best operating system from the large-computer world that preceded the PCs, even though the companies are gone. You know what I'm talking about -- Unix. OSes come and go, but somehow at the bottom of the stack it's still Unix. That's not to say people don't use Windows, they do. But evolution went with the just-bad-enough answer, the one that no one owned. As it always does.
Scripting News: Source code in CMSes.
I remembered the anniversary of my father's death as October 9, but it was actually October 3. It's been five years since Father's Day.
Facebook post about my dad.
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.
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. But every time they introduce these things, the run up against the wall that RSS is. It already does it well enough. And people resist having two systems in place to do the same thing. It's one more thing that will eventually break.
It's a feature of evolution, that it preserves the path it took, even if "better" paths are discovered later. I learned about this watching the latest Cosmos, where Tyson talks about how our eyes evolved under water when were still fish, and haven't been updated since we no longer live in water.
If you've ever had hemorrhoids, you know about the cost of evolution. They say we created that problem when we stood upright. Every step has a cost, and better ways of doing it are discovered later. But we are a species whose product is progress. We are ourselves forces for evolution. Our minds are at least.