Good morning everyone! (And thanks for all the fish.)
YAML is a "straight-forward data serialization language, offering an alternative to XML where markup (named lists and mixed content) are not needed. YAML borrows ideas from C, HTML, Perl, and Python." YAML is being discussed on the SML-DEV mail list, which I've subscribed to. I posted a message congratulating him for having the courage to invent YAML.
Douglas Adams: "I think I disappointed a lot of people with . They must have been expecting this great, profound piece of genius, but I screwed them!"
Adam Curry has been busy in The Netherlands. His daughter's sixth grade class has a Manila server. He sent me a pointer, and I was totally touched by the work these Dutch kids are doing. I asked if it was OK to point to the site, he said it is, so here's the pointer. I look forward to learning more later this month when I visit Amsterdam.
This pointer also came from Adam's blog.
Paul Eliasberg, who is also from Amsterdam, sent me an email this morning. He said "I can't describe how glad I am you've released Frontier for OS X. There are no words to describe my joy, so I won't try to." Nice!
Sally Khudairi has an office to sublet in Boston.
MinML-RPC is a minimal XML-RPC implementation. This is very interesting, but I have some pushback. There is no such thing as "the <nil/> extension." If we added it, it would break at least one implementation. Please appreciate the bigger picture. XML-RPC is what it is, not something to be endlessly debated and "extended" -- it's already totally extensible at the next level up.
Re yesterday's Blinking Linus section, apparently there's a difference between Microsoft's subscription program and UserLand's. I sent an email to Charles Fitzgerald at Microsoft asking for clarification. UserLand's policy is stated on this page. "Frontier is licensed on an annual subscription basis. Subscribers are automatically entitled to all Frontier fixes and feature enhancements while their subscription is active. If you choose to let your subscription lapse, you may continue to use the software, but you will not receive updates. You can rejoin the subscription program at any time and get your Frontier installation fully updated."
Scared of death
I read the obituaries page in the NY Times for the first time ever (I guess I'm scared of death) looking for a story about Douglas Adams. All they have is the AP wire story from yesterday. I hope they have something good in tomorrow's paper. When someone dies at such a young age, it's understandable that the Times wouldn't have an obituary in the pipe. What's really cool about the Times obituary page is that they have old ones linked into the right column, including Frank Sinatra, Jackie O, and Adolf Hitler.
I just learned that Hitler died ten years to the day before I was born. Ten years doesn't seem like that much time. In May 1991 we were getting ready to ship Frontier 1.0.
It's even worse than it appears.
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