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Permanent link to archive for Monday, November 30, 1998. Monday, November 30, 1998

Scoop Nisker, a famous Bay Area radio personality says "If you don't like the news go out and make some of your own." That's what I decided to do today instead of complaining about the mess in the web Permanent link to this item in the archive.

browser world, let's keep moving, figure out who the person of the millenium is, do some neat XML stuff, and figure out what a great web browser would look like. Thanks Scoop!

A neat milestone. Now you can browse the discussion group in XML. Ya-hah! 

In my Thanksgiving piece I suggested we do a Person of the Millenium award at Thanksgiving next year. I got a lot of responses, and I asked some of the people to

href="http://discuss.userland.com/msgReader$584">post their ideas here. It's an interesting project, I think we should go forward with it.  

ZDNN: No market for third browser. Arrrrrgh! A web browser is not like a TCP stack. It's a user interface. And the web itself is not like a TCP stack. It's like a library. A very  

big one. There's a lot more integrating to do. Who's going to do it? 

What if there were a new browser? What features would you look for? 

A question for Netscape nerds. How do you feel about working for AOL? 

Jakob Nielsen: Pages Must Live Forever

NY Times: Startups Pioneer Satellite ISP Connections

Denise Caruso in the NY Times: Cynicism Unbound.  

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, November 29, 1998. Sunday, November 29, 1998

Some great songs to sing as we look forward to going back to work tomorrow! Start thinking about New Year's Resolutions. That's the next big thing on the calendar. After the Christmas parties.. 

You gotta nickel, I gotta dime. Fifteen cents for ice cream. This much fun should be crime! 

SJ Merc reporter David Plotnikoff visits one of the hubs of the Internet in Palo Alto. 

Also in today's SJ Merc, AOL's Miles Gilburne and Kleiner-Perkins VC John Doerr were instrumental in the AOL-Netscape merger. 

Reminder: The alternate home page is roarin right along. It's safe to bookmark it.  

Permanent link to archive for Saturday, November 28, 1998. Saturday, November 28, 1998

Sneak preview: Our new search engine indexes everything we have, including the Scripting News archives and the discussion group. It understands "double quotes". Lots more features. We think it's ready for you to  

use, especially on one of the quietest weekends of the year.  

The help page for the new search engine. 

The new search engine is part of the Nirvana project

Comments on the search engine? 

InfoWorld's Bob Metcalfe puts out an RFP for a webtop server. 

QML is a quick way to write web pages that contain embedded Perl scripts that run server-side. 

Sun: A little nugget in Sun's press release announcing the deal with AOL: "The two companies will work together to ensure that all future releases of the AOL platform will be based entirely on Java technology." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

What about Rainman? What about MSIE?

Chris Gorski started a discussion thread on Sun, Java, AOL and the Mac. 

Permanent link to archive for Friday, November 27, 1998. Friday, November 27, 1998

Why try to get regulators to halt the Netscape/AOL merger? 

Why should the regulators look at the web browser market? After all, Netscape's valuation was just $4.2 billion, while Yahoo's, today, is $21.4 billion. It Permanent link to this item in the archive.

seems that the (stock) market has decided. Web browsers are old tech, perhaps even as old as operating systems.

More money facts. Today AOL is valued at $43 billion. I think this is the game that they're really playing. They don't care about source code, or open source, or even which browser they use. Simply  

being able to say that they can up their utility during (for them) off-hours, among businesspeople and in education, is all they need to bump their stock price to the next notch. 

And Amazon, at $11.4 billion will meet up with AOL. They're going to the same place, selling stuff to the masses. But AOL is doing it right, developing multiple brands with separate identities for  

different audiences, while Amazon is piling them all into a single home page. Earth's largest bookstore is in danger of becoming earth's largest mess. 

And Microsoft, innocently feigning vulnerability, weighs in at a hefty $319 billion. Takes a lickin keeps on tickin. 

We're looking for some Dr. Watson expertise this evening. 

http://cookiecentral.com/. ;

Wired: Is Barksdale on the block? Of course! 

SJ Merc: What awaits Andreessen

eBlast is supposed to be the thinking person's guide to the web. It's a good idea, a silly name, and it doesn't work. It's a hodge-podge. AltaVista works better. 

AltaVista query for Euclid and Postulate. 

Idea: One of the email client vendors could jump into the lead by making it easy to route spam to an invisible mailbox. I want to be able to point to a message, choose a command, click on a checkbox to select from a small set of criteria, and then click  

on OK and be done with it. A Spam Wizard, basically. 

Wired: The art of the secret handshake

Permanent link to archive for Thursday, November 26, 1998. Thursday, November 26, 1998

DaveNet: A Lite Thanksgiving

Thanks to Frontier users, for being so intelligent, creative, persistent and courageous. We turned a big corner this year, all of us.  

Thanks to mozilla.org for believing in a two-browser system. 

Thanks to our platform vendors, Microsoft and Apple, for providing easy to use systems that are inexpensive and popular with the people we develop software for. 

Thanks to the inventors of TCP and HTTP and HTML for freeing us from the tyranny of the platform vendors! 

Thanks to XML for providing hope of compatibility across platforms, operating systems, and economic systems. 

Thanks to Alan Greenspan, for bailing out the US stock market. 

Thanks to my friend Doc Searls, for his passion, vitality and vision and for stating it so clearly and consistently. 

Thanks to my friend Bernie DeKoven for being chaotic and fun-loving (all my friends are!) but also being systematic about it.  

Thanks to Wired, for having a sense of humor and humanity, and sharing it with us. 

Thanks to Amazon, for expanding into every market known to mankind. 

Thanks to Jeff Walsh, for covering XML with a twinkle in his eye. 

Thanks to my friend Viviana, for making beautiful music and sharing it with everyone. 

Thanks to my friend Marc Canter, for inventing multimedia and having the courage to build a digital city in Italy. They call him Marquis! 

What are you thankful for today

Permanent link to archive for Wednesday, November 25, 1998. Wednesday, November 25, 1998

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Sample: Server monitor agent script, sends you an email when a server crashes. 

News.com: IBM enables file sharing between Linux and NT

FastIO: ClibPDF is a library of ANSI C functions, distributed as source code, for creating PDF (Acrobat) files directly via C language programs without relying on any Adobe Acrobat tools and related products. 

University of New Mexico: A zooming web browser

The Consumer Project on Technology opposes the Netscape-AOL merger on antitrust grounds. 

Gnu.org: Is Microsoft the Great Satan

Scott McNealy: Do we worry too much about protecting IP

A USA Today piece, written before the merger was complete, explains the deal from the point of view of the Silicon Valley venture capitalist working behind the scenes. 

I'm still getting mail for pointing to the Fred Langa piece on Apple. The more they try to control me, the more I will resist it. I'm tired of people with weak bladders who scream  

"You made me pee!" just because I pointed to a bunch of bits stored on a hard disk somewhere. The Langa piece is labeled as opinion. These must be people whose parents fed them whenever they screamed when they were babies. 

Roger Espinosa wonders if his daughter will be a platform bigot if he coddles her as an infant. 

Permanent link to archive for Tuesday, November 24, 1998. Tuesday, November 24, 1998

DaveNet: Questions for AOL

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Forget your password? No problem. Visit the signup page, enter your old mail account. We'll send a message to that account containing the password. So now you only have to remember your email  


My notes from the AOL-Sun press conference earlier today. 

Mozilla.org: "Netscape is paying more than a hundred people full-time salaries to work on the Mozilla code base -- and to give their code away." 

Press release: AOL strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems

Reports: MSNBC, InfoWorld, AP, ABC, News.com

Conference call at 9AM Pacific. 

[Macro error: Can't call the script because the name "link" hasn't been defined.]  

Josh Brauer comments on my linking to a story about Apple a couple of days ago. I asked him to post this to the web, and I thank him for that. There is a misunderstanding. I point to pieces from  

Scripting News only because I think they're interesting. I often point to pieces I disagree with. A link from Scripting News says nothing more than I thought it was interesting. No other endorsement. 

From sbove@ravenswood.com: "Apparently the ECU is going to outlaw cookies. And once they do, there are talks about embarking on a strategy of blocking traffic (via their telco routers -- there are only 5 telco monopolies in all of Europe, so they *can*  

do this), to a short list of major sites in the US that use cookies (Netscape, Yahoo, MSN, Excite, AOL)." 

The Washington Post reports that talks between Netscape and AOL have bogged down over the side-deal with Sun. 

SJ Merc's Miguel Helft on the role Sun is playing in the three-way deal. 

Mozilla.org: RDF in 50 words or less

Newsweek wonders what the ganja policy will be at a theme park in Florida. 

Permanent link to archive for Monday, November 23, 1998. Monday, November 23, 1998

DaveNet: Cookies Were Wonderful

IronDoc goes on hiatus. An interesting tale that involves Netscape and hero worship in the open source world. 

News.com: LibraryNet filters unconstitutional

Wired: Thanks Mozilla. Amen. 

OTOH, the deal between AOL and Netscape seems a lot like this handshake between two famous icons of the and 60s. 

Slides from a Tim Berners-Lee talk on November 8. 

A problem that cookie experts could help with. Licked! 

A major windstorm is coming to Seattle tonight. Some of our servers are in Seattle, so there may be outages. 

Wired: Trouble for the little-guy portals. "You have one of the two 800-pound gorillas enhancing their distribution channel overnight." 

Wired: AOL, Sun and Compaq to build Internet device

The SJ Merc talked with John Doerr, a board member at Netscape, AOL and Sun. "I don't think there's a deal," he said. 

Reuters: AOL Anywhere

CNN: Microsoft welcomes AOL talks

News.com: AOL, Netscape confirm merger talks

Yahoo: XML Developers Lab

IBM's XML website

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, November 22, 1998. Sunday, November 22, 1998

Bloomberg: The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek are reporting that AOL and Netscape are in merger  

talks this weekend, preparing an announcement for next week.  

Other reports: NY Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, News.com. 

TechWeb: Apple's Heavy Hand

Bruce Tognazzini: The Sorry State of Web Design. This should be a web classic. Everyone who wants to master the future of the web should read this piece. Who cares about operating systems?  

The real interesting problem, now, is how to make web sites work without forcing users to crawl the "black caves" that Tog talks about. 

In Friday's piece I asked where the thinkers are. Tog is definitely one of them. I'm glad he's writing about the web. 

James Clark: expat 1.0.1. It's the leading open source XML parser. Glad it's moving, bugs are getting fixed. It's the parser that Netscape and Perl are using, and it's the

href="http://www.techsoln.com/frontier/blox/">parser that Technology Solutions has ported to run in Frontier as a DLL. 

Adam Trachtenberg has signed up as a member of Scripting News. I'll explain more about membership later this week, in the meantime.. Welcome! 

NY Times: Flights of fancy in Internet stocks

Dan Gillmor spends three days at the Microsoft trial in DC. 

Permanent link to archive for Saturday, November 21, 1998. Saturday, November 21, 1998

Macromedia web tools were PC Mag's choice for software of the year. Congrats to Macromedia! 

PC Mag: First look at Microsoft Office 2000

News.com: Microsoft to drop Java in IE on Mac, Unix

[Macro error: Can't call the script because the name "link" hasn't been defined.]  

Permanent link to archive for Friday, November 20, 1998. Friday, November 20, 1998

DaveNet: Earth's Website. Aliens welcome here. 

Script Meridian: Working with Threads

PC WEEK: Java to go open source

InfoWorld: XML and Java: siblings or rivals? This story is complete nonsense. XML is a data interchange language, and Java is a programming language and runtime  


JavaPro: Scripting and Java

Wired: May the bandwidth be with you

Permanent link to archive for Thursday, November 19, 1998. Thursday, November 19, 1998

CNN: Sosa wins NL MVP. Go Sammy go! 

An anonymous contractor at BarnesAndNoble.com gets into the fray about competition in the bookseller business. 

News.com: Barnes and Noble reports loss. Making them look less and less like Microsoft. 

The Motley Fool: A look at Microsoft

Stanford: Doug Engelbart's unfinished revolution. I bought my ticket today. 

Wired: EFF site off the air

XML was PC Mag's choice for standard of the year. 

Wired: Cooler heads prevail

We're getting a lot of visitors from Sun, coming from some place I can't get to called The McNealy Report, apparently on a server behind their firewall. I'm curious what the context is. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Most of the reads are on the cleaned-up Halloween memos that we're serving.

Fast Company explains The McNealy Report. Very interesting! I'd like to be on that show to tell Sun people how they look to the outside world. I think they'd be surprised. 

Salon: Windows on the wane

NY Times: Microsoft accuses IBM of collusion

Permanent link to archive for Wednesday, November 18, 1998. Wednesday, November 18, 1998

DaveNet: Bill the Brazen

James Plamondon, an evangelist at Microsoft, got a kick out of IBM's spin on the fate of OS/2. Updated with comments from Lawrence Rozier. 

Brigham Stevens, an engineer at Marimba, explains why it's a problem for Java developers that Microsoft's virtual machine doesn't support all the Sun-supplied features. Updated with comments  

from Stewart Allen. 

Steve Zellers, an engineer at Apple, explains how the Mac virtual machine connects to the Mac OS. 

NY Times: Judge orders Microsoft to stop shipments that violate contract

PC WEEK: Ruling could devastate some Windows developers

SJ Merc: AOL & Netscape consider partnership. AOL's exclusive deal with Microsoft ends Jan 1. 

InfoWorld's 20th Anniversary website

News.com: Lack of bandwidth drives ISPs wireless. It's even worse in Europe. 

In the discussion group, Wes Felter suggests a developer-sponsored integration of XML into the Mac OS at a system level, citing the (successful) integration of OpenGL by an  

independent developer. 

According to email that I've received from sources who requested anonymity, Apple's Java goes much further than we reported yesterday. Apparently Java programmers working on the Mac have access to the entire Mac toolbox. Obviously this code isn't Write  

Once Run Anywhere. 

News.com: Developers cheer Java ruling

Upside's Elite 100

Permanent link to archive for Tuesday, November 17, 1998. Tuesday, November 17, 1998

DaveNet: The Judge, Java, Windows, Mac, XML

Microsoft's Tod Nielsen responds

SJ Merc: Sun wins injunction against Microsoft

CNET: October 1997 interview with Bill Gates. Read this! It's very revealing. Bill with the gloves off. Oh what a difference a year makes. 

Apple reports that there's scripting support in the next release of Mac Java. Apparently the integration is quite extensive, beyond that on Windows? Updated with comments from Chuck Shotton and  

Brent Simmons. 

InfoWorld's Jeff Walsh filed two reports from XML 98, one on E-commerce and the other on pu 


InfoWorld: Microsoft and Knowledge Management

PBS's Theodore the Tugboat is a Frontier site. 

IBM's AlphaWorks site focuses on XML and Java. 

Press release: Object Design does an XML data server. They claim to be first, but they haven't shipped yet. Further, it's not clear what the product does. For the record, Frontier 5.1 Permanent link to this item in the archive.

has a lot of the features they tout, and it shipped in July 1998.

An InfoWorld article about ObjectDesign's server makes it clearer. Apparently it's an XML interface onto databases and it implements a cache, so that records can be  

stored closer to where they're needed. It seems like this would be a relatively quick project for a skilled Frontier programmer, especially if they grok the ODBC APIs

Press release: Microsoft and webMethods sittin in a tree. They're making love over XQL, which looks very nice indeed. 

Here's a peek into the kind of stuff we've been working on. 


Permanent link to archive for Monday, November 16, 1998. Monday, November 16, 1998

SN members can now read the profiles of other members. 

Bookmark this site. It's a news site run by Lawrence Lee, aka Tomalak. There are a handful of people who send me links regularly, they know what I'm interested in, and Lawrence is my top number one link guy. In a way I'm  

sorry that he's got his own news page now, but that's the way it goes.. Thanks for all your help Lawrence, and best wishes for the new site! 

InfoWorld: Jeff Walsh's report from XML 98 in Chicago. 

InfoWorld: IBM unleashes raft of XML tools

Information Week examines XML. "We're neck-deep in XML for the next generation of everything, from message formats to interfaces to all kinds of stuff." 

Where is the system-level XML parser for the Mac OS? 

Red Herring: Can Internet companies make money

Macromedia: Director 7

Wired: Ellison talks up databases running with no OS

After ISP problems, ScriptMeridian is back on the air. 

Chris Nolan interviews Robert X. Cringely. "Uh, that's a kind of lame excuse, isn't it? Yes, said [Cringely]." 

InfoWorld: Microsoft snuggles up to Unix. "Common scripting across platforms will enable users to execute Unix commands and utilities in NT environments." 

U/WIN: Portable shell scripting for Unix and Windows. 

SJ Merc: 20 Years after Jonestown. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

"Rev. Jim Jones ruthlessly exploited powerful desires that many Americans harbor today -- a longing for community, racial equality and economic opportunity."

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, November 15, 1998. Sunday, November 15, 1998

Discussion Group members can now edit preferences and change passwords. 

Dueling press releases. Barnes & Noble calls Amazon's bluff. Then B&N said. And Amazon sighed

Alibris: Out of print and rare books. 

Ask this guy if he's heard of Mr. Murphy. As in the Law. 

Reminder: The alternate home page is still alive and kickin! 

ZDNet interview with Exodus's Ellen Hancock. Interesting perspective on the Apple-Microsoft dealings in 1997, which she participated in. 

Jakob Nielsen: 2D is better than 3D

Dan Gillmor: Intel at the Microsoft trial

Updated: nestedTableDisplayer macro, now handles binary objects in a more concise fashion. 

Permanent link to archive for Saturday, November 14, 1998. Saturday, November 14, 1998

Eric Soroos's mail server, running in Frontier. It's still beta, Eric needs feedback. This is an important project, we get a lot of power when writers can email directly into the content  

management system. 

Eric also released a suite that reads Eudora mailboxes into Frontier's ODB. Christmas came early this year! 

While we're experiencing an early Christmas, I thought I'd put up a special page for the nestedTableDisplayer macro, which has turned out to be an essential tool for debugging and devloping .wsf  


News.com: Ingram dominates Amazon supply. Ingram was just bought by Barnes & Noble. The more I learn about the book selling industry, the more it sounds like the software industry! It's  


An anonymous opinion from the bookseller industry. 

InfoSeek: Ultraseek Server product site. A first-class product site, very interesting stuff. 

InfoWorld: Group forms to end software chaos

Mainstay: Arthur's Magic Card Trick. Requires Java. Arthur is a dog. 

CNN: Searchable Bill Gates video

http://www.xmlsoftware.com/. ;

Permanent link to archive for Friday, November 13, 1998. Friday, November 13, 1998

DaveNet: Macromedia and XML

Important: Frontier security hole closed. It concerns all Frontier 5.1 or greater installations operating as web servers. 

Wired: The Globe smacks it out of the park. They're former Mac developers. I once had breakfast with them at Bucks

ScriptMeridian: Regex 2.0b10

Wired: InfoSeek to pioneer in XML search engines. This is interesting, but they're missing a big opportunity. If there was an XML-based standard for webmasters to tell search engines Permanent link to this item in the archive.

what pages had changed, the crawlers could skip visiting pages that hadn't changed, resulting in more timely hits for search engine users, and broader coverage of the web. The first search engine to implement this will become the technology leader in

search engines. 

Check out siteChanges.xml. It's updated every night at midnight, listing, in XML, all the pages that changed on the server in the last 24 hours. It's cumulative, so you can visit us once a week to get Permanent link to this item in the archive.

current. Could you write a script to produce a similar file for your website? Once one search engine supports this, a lot of webmasters will support it too. After all, we all want better visibility on search engines, right? Let's work together!

Fat Pages Site: suites.siteChanges

Permanent link to archive for Thursday, November 12, 1998. Thursday, November 12, 1998

DaveNet: How an Apple Developer Thinks

Microsoft's response to Apple's allegations. 

MacInTouch coverage of the QuickTime sabotage issue. 

Remember BOGU? We all have to do it. That message is for both Microsoft and Apple. I think Microsoft is closer to getting it because they used to do it so well. Apple has, in my opinion, never Permanent link to this item in the archive.

practiced BOGU. It's good for you. A little humility and even subservience makes better software. It's a yin-yang thing.

Hey, we're one of the top stories on Microsoft's press site. I guess that's not surprising, given the theme of today's piece. Oh well. Haven't heard anything from Apple. I guess that's not surprising  


News.com: Intel to invest in Be. Yaaaay! 

InfoWorld: Intel's investment game plan. "Clock speeds zipping past 1Ghz." Yipeee! 

News.com's new look. Interesting. Here's their equivalent of the Scripting News home page. And their

href="http://www.news.com/Searching/Results/1,18,1,00.html?querystr=winer&startdate=&lastdate=&numDaysBack=null&newsCategory=null&newscomTopics=0">search page. My opinion? Too many sections. I'd make the one-week view the home page, and scroll every  

story thru it, and rely on the search engine for finding anything older than one week. 

MIT Press: Markup Languages Journal

From Norm Meyrowitz, an exec at MacroMedia: "In a few days, you will have the cross-platform XML parser you desired. We have been quiet, but listening." In a follow-up email, Meyrowitz said that the XML feature was going to be part of Director, so it is  

not the system level XML parser I was asking about. A cross-platform application-level parser is nice, but we already got one

CNN: Literary agent Goldberg testifies before the Tripp grand jury. She's not related to Goldberg the professional wr 

estler, as far as I know. 

Wired: Netscape buys AtWeb for $95 million

Hitachi's BeOS computer. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Jean-Louis does BOGU.

8/22/95: What is a Platform

The discussion group brain transplant had a problem last night. It happens. 

Chuck Shotton on the Mail Pages. 

Permanent link to archive for Wednesday, November 11, 1998. Wednesday, November 11, 1998

Quicktime's problems on Windows: Did Microsoft screw Apple or was Apple lazy? Let's figure this one out. 

Mindcraft says that Apple screwed up. And Todd Blanchard says that Apple would have had to use an undocumented Registry entry Permanent link to this item in the archive.

to make the QuickTime plug-in work.

Stanford Daily: PBS analyst falsely claims Stanford PhD

Jim Whitehead, the chair of the WebDAV working group, comments on the Halloween memo. 

Newsweek: The philosophy of Jesse (The Body) Ventura. "My brain is operating at such a level that I don't want to put my foot in it." Me too! 

Chris Gulker: Do-it-yourself Supercomputers

Fred Langa on Portals

An R-rated song. Just for fun! 

Press release: IBM, Oracle and Unisys Collaborate with XML

The Discussion Group software is getting an overhaul today.  

As of 12:02PM, the brain transplant is complete. Go ahead and post messages! Help me burn in the new brain. Now we'll be able to add lots of cool features in the  

discussion group. Whew! 

NY Times: Email takes the stand

All I want for Christmas is a 25GB hard drive. 

Somehow all this stuff fits together.  

Permanent link to archive for Tuesday, November 10, 1998. Tuesday, November 10, 1998

W3C: XQL.  

Oracle: Oracle's XML Strategy

Be. They announced lots of things tooooday. 

The independent XML-RPC mail list is starting to get interesting. It's not owned by anyone, I have no idea who is on the list. It's the ideal venue for organizing cross-platform, cross-OS interapplication Permanent link to this item in the archive.

communication protocols and software.

4/2/98: "We want people developing in Frontier to be the most powerful developers on the Internet." That's why we need an independent group to manage XML-RPC. We are a  

commercial vendor with a well-established interest in making Frontier people the most competitive web developers. Also, a postscript to the SCNS design, it didn't make it into 5.0.2 (which actually was called 5.1) but I'm going to push for it in 6.0. 

The WebDAV thread continues. Alex Hopmann, the lead on WebDAV at Microsoft, responded to my experiment with folder loops in XML-over-HTTP. He says that the WebDAV approach is not much more  

complicated. This in an example of collaborative development, in public, with Microsoft. 

BTW, I knew Alex before he worked at Microsoft, he was a fellow board member of MIDAS, the Macintosh Internet Developer Association. It was an attempt by Mac developers, a couple of years ago (pre-Jobs), to get  

the Mac Internet software market going in a positive direction. 

From Microsoft's PR firm, news about XQL

Are you using Dreamweaver 2.0? James Spahr is just getting started and has comments

Aladdin Systems: Stuffit Deluxe 5.0

Do you wonder when the Mail Pages are coming back? 

NY Times: At the Microsoft trial, truth is the big loser. Read the end of this piece, and remember that Apple stole the look and feel of the Mac from Xerox. The article  

says even Judge Jackson was laughing (at Microsoft). I ask whether he's sober enough to make the decision in this very important case, not just for Microsoft, but for the whole computer industry. 


Eric S. Raymond expresses his true feelings about Microsoft and Bill Gates. There's always room for another point of view, and a proper time and place to express it. 

Finally, a nice joke to end the day.  

Permanent link to archive for Monday, November 09, 1998. Monday, November 09, 1998

What I want from the open source world.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

After writing a piece last week asking for cooperation between commercial and open source

developers, they called my bluff, and asked what I wished for. No problem!

Red Herring: DataChannel's new CEO

News.com: Microsoft posts QuickTime fix

Jeff Veen and Rube Goldberg  Permanent link to this item in the archive.


to create an XSL rendering of Scripting News in XML.


There's an XML-RPC mail list. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I forgot!

Rube Goldberg is not related to Goldberg the wrestler. As far as I know. 

InfoWorld: XML integration tool for databases

Internet.com: Dreamweaver 2.0

Frontier users: The Pre-1998 Samples Suite

Sample: Reading ThinkTank Files over HTTP

Just for fun: Two jokes with nuns in them. R-rated. 

Web Review: Introduction to JavaScript Pop-up Windows

I just heard a preview on NPR for PBS's Frank Lloyd Wright documentary. It sounds excellent. 

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, November 08, 1998. Sunday, November 08, 1998

Discussion Group: XMLizing Folders

A cute little demo script that could become a core verb if there were a standard way to walk a folder structure via HTTP. 

Tomorrow's demo script will load a folder  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

of ThinkTank files into Frontier's outliner, over HTTP using XML.

How's that for connecting the past with the future!

Microsoft response to the leaking of the "Halloween memos". 

Dan Gillmor: Connecting Coke machines with HTTP. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A Coke machine doesn't need a web browser, it needs an HTTP client. There's a world of difference.

An HTTP client doesn't come with all the FUD and posturing. It's a really simple protocol.

For example, Frontier has a verb, tcp.httpClient, which connects scripts to HTTP servers. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Including comments, it's 241 lines of code. Not much room for FUD there!

Discussion Group: How XML-RPC will evolve

NY Times: At the White House, relief and elation. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Before the Presidential lying scandal passes into history, perhaps the electorate, the voters, want to consider the implications for future presidencies.

Where is the line? What will we allow Presidents to lie about? Do we have any philosophy or vision for our leaders?

PC WEEK: Sun could terminate Microsoft's Java contract

The Talking Moose is back! Mac OS only. 

Permanent link to archive for Saturday, November 07, 1998. Saturday, November 07, 1998

With more XML parsers showing up on more systems,  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

more people are experimenting with Scripting News in XML,

reporting problems, so

I can fix them.

A glitch in MSIE 5, beta 2? 

Update: It's a keyboard thing. If you choose Copy from the popup menu, no problem. 

New docs: xml.valToString. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

This is the routine that Frontier calls to serialize a scalar when making an XML-RPC call.

We're having our first major winter storm in the Bay Area.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

If past years are a guide, there probably will be power outages in the next few days as the

trees that died this summer are blown over and knock out the power lines.

When the power goes out, so does www.scripting.com.

Microsoft: Web Folder Behaviors in IE5. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

What are they talking about? Makes no sense to me. What does the server side of this stuff look like?

Do they have an example site I can browse to see what it looks like on the client?

Wall St Journal: Mistakes spread at light speed

TechWeb: Standards blur distinctions in web browsers

Wired: Ushering IE to Netcenter

CNN: Gingrich to resign as Speaker of US House

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We want to do a project with the famous science fiction author Douglas Adams, and are looking for an experienced Frontier programmer in London to work with us. 

Jeff Veen's VML demo

BBEdit 5.0

It wouldn't surprise me if Netscape redirects links from this site too. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

For the full story see Techweb.

Hey, Netscape should stay out of the business of judging websites.

After all, every website has a developer they could piss off.

I hope Microsoft, who is considering a similar feature, is watching carefully.

Netscape: What's Related FAQ

Robert X Cringely: Why the nerds are upset. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The contest is real, it's about developer mindshare. Not the developers who are already working on Linux-based product,

the ones who will, in the future, be working on Linux. Microsoft, without developers, is just Microsoft.

If you have MSIE 5/beta 2, check this out. If you visit an XML file  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

it pretty-prints it and it behaves like a read-only outliner, with expand and collapse.

Here are some demos of the VML features in MSIE 5/beta 2. 

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Eric S. Raymond gets another Microsoft memo

The second Microsoft memo without annotation

The first Microsoft memo without annotation

News.com quotes a Microsoft rep, speaking today, saying that this could be the second in a series of leaked memos. 

Information about anonymous remailers

A one-line script that sends semi-anonymous email. 

ABC News: Action Figure Shocks Minnesota

How IronDoc is different from Bento

David Letterman: Top Ten Jesse The Body Ventura Campaign Slogans. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

"Vote for me, or so help me god, I'll pile drive you."

XMTP maps MIME/SMTP onto XML. 

The Obvious: A Standard for Site Organization

ZDNet: iMac momentum stalls

In other news, Scott McNealy is bashing Microsoft

WebDAV for Apache

ComputerWorld: Publishing and Macs

I didn't know that Douglas Adams had written a non-fiction book on endangered species. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

It's also a CD-ROM.

Jigsaw: W3C's open source HTTP server for Java. 

News.com: Netscape digs into IE5

SJ Merc: Microsoft buys LinkExchange for $265 million

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DaveNet: How a Windows Developer Thinks

Laurence Rozier: W3C DOM Implementation using FreeDOM

Tim O'Reilly's open letter to Microsoft. 

News.com: Microsoft rebuts Apple testimony

MSIE 5 reports: InfoWorld,  Permanent link to this item in the archive.


Jetty is a Java HTTP server. 

W3C: Scalable Vector Graphics

Updated: suites.slideshow. 

The answer  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

to yesterday's puzzle

about getting JavaScript code in MSIE5 to talk directly to our server database

will build on the XML support in MSIE5 and in Frontier.

More info about the MSIE XML object model. 

Permanent link to archive for Tuesday, November 03, 1998. Tuesday, November 03, 1998

DaveNet: How Microsoft Thinks

A great quote  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

from Ken Olsen, former CEO of DEC, about Unix, from 1984.

Maybe he should have been more enthusiastic about Unix?

Question: Is there a way to talk from JavaScript directly to Frontier, using MSIE5? 

News.com: Symantec's Norton 2000 1.0. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Y2K desktop tool scans everything looking for trouble.

News.com: Microsoft to call Apple

I'm clearly going to get 18,000 pieces of mail today telling me that MSMQ is Microsoft Message Queue

Dan Gillmor: Microsoft wary of open source

In an attempt to preserve my sanity, I wrote a little script that removes Eric Raymond's comments from the Halloween memo. 

Frontier 5: How to serve Frontier .wsf pages from IIS

Mother Jones' ongoing coverage of the Microsoft anti-trust trial, by Cate Corcoran. 

Wired: W3C seeks to clear the fog

TidBITS: Could Apple be pulling the plug on Hypercard

Permanent link to archive for Monday, November 02, 1998. Monday, November 02, 1998

Here's a guestbook app running in Frontier, accessed thru IIS on NT 4. 

News.com: Linux a threat to NT. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

This isn't really news.

To anyone from Microsoft, is the document referred to on this  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

page for real?

If so, could you send me a copy via email so we can read it without someone else's markup?

XML.COM reviews ICE. 

Clue of things to come. We're now running an IIS web server on Windows NT 4.0 and Permanent link to this item in the archive.

have Frontier running behind it, as a plug-in, receiving all requests that end with .wsf.

We'll be releasing the plug-in soon, perhaps later today.

A major Frontier 5.1 verb gets documented. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

We're starting to catch up with ourselves.

Reminder: You can download the DocServer database and keep it updated with futuristic push technology.  

Bernie 2 emulates the Apple ][ on the Mac. 

when.com launches. 

NY Times: The first major email trial

InfoWorld: Sun plans to make Java ubiquitous. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

"Sun is missing the boat [on tools]. They don't have the scripting, the server-side support," said J.P. Morgenthal, president of NC.Focus.

What is IronDoc? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Sounds like Bento.

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