Time for Microsoft to Settle?
DaveNet: How to Settle the Microsoft Case.
Doc Searls has a rebuttal to today's piece, which is great. I love it when people take the time to respond, on the Web.
Newsweek editorial: Know When To Fold 'Em, Bill. "Group VP Jeff Raikes speaks for all of Microsoft when he describes the legal situation as 'surreal.' Surreality is not where you want your company to be."
Bruce Schneier: "SOAP is going to open up a whole new avenue for security vulnerabilities."
A polite virus, chicken, MP3 clones and more
Susan Kitchens got a virus, but get this, it was on the honor system. "Please forward this message to everyone you know, then delete all the files on your hard disk."
Salon.Com: More than you ever wanted to know about Survivor. "The water snakes and abundant rats -- which the contestants have roasted and tell us taste something like chicken, naturally -- are icky enough to titillate and gross out armchair survivalists. And the characters, surely chosen for conflict potential, are even more transfixing."
Survivor.Com has an interesting story.
News.Com: Programmers prepare open-source MP3 for free.
What is SongTrellis?
And what is Basilisk II?
Edd Dumbill: The State of XML.
Time to bust the USPTO?
eCompany: "According to Aharonian, the problem with the PTO is that it lacks both the resources and the incentive to closely examine software patent proposals. This, combined with the lack of a central database of software inventions, means that the PTO often doesn't find the [prior art] that would prove a patent application to be unoriginal."
Time for a new book?
O'Reilly's Frontier book is now out of print. That could be excellent news as Emmanuel Décarie points out. Perhaps the pipe is now empty. It would be great to have a new version of Matt's book, that explains the programming model of Manila, macros and plug-ins, RSS, XML-RPC and (next week, Murphy-willing) SOAP 1.1, and gives a behnd the scenes view of Manila sites. It could even explain Pike, which is free and not much less powerful than Frontier.
We've learned a lot about the Web in the last four years. It would be great to have a book that reflected all of that.
Luke Tymowski on Matt's Frontier book: "I read bits and pieces of it often, even though I have neither a Mac nor Frontier. Why? It's the best written computer book I've ever come across, worth reading for the writing alone."
Forbes reviews Napster-like products
Kiri Blakeley, a reporter for Forbes, asks if various Napster-like products are user-friendly. She says: "I'm behind a firewall, besides being a technical moron, and probably couldn't make them work anyway."
Here's a chance for our community to help write a piece for a major business publication. What an opportunity!
Also by Kiri: Sock, We're Gonna Make You a Star. "Since its first national TV commercial appearance in October, Pets.com's spokespuppet has achieved a celebrity unrivaled in the dot-com branding free-for-all."
Inc on Weblogs
An Inc reporter is working on a story about weblogs. She'd like to talk with people at small companies that use weblogs for communication internally and with the rest of the world.
If you send me an email address and a daytime phone number I will forward them to the reporter.
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