Good morning fort spans!
DaveNet: Death and Douglas Adams.
MacEdition: "What better way to kick off a New York Expo than with a Ramones reunion fronted by Dave Winer?" Whuh?
Murphy has paid another visit to Evan Williams. I hope someone's working on his biography.
Here's something to cheer about. The Syndication mail list is producing a FAQ page written for content developers and business people that explains RSS as they see it. It's fascinating to watch them work. If you use RSS and have links to resources, now would be a great time to pitch in.
A new Scripting News feature is ready for your use. Every day we link to "this day" in previous years. This has become kind of a craze on other weblogs. I've been playing with it for a couple of days and it is interesting to see what was going on 1, 2, 3, and 4 years ago.
Mr. Ford's class weblog. "The maths test went reasonably well today and we are now officially one-fifth of the way through - that is 0.2 as a decimal. ;-)"
Kevin Werbach, who writes the influential Release 1.0 newsletter with Esther Dyson is now offering free email updates. I had lunch with Kevin last week, and we've been talking about getting his writing out on the Web for quite some time. It's happening now. I'm going to subscribe and I highly recommend it to everyone who's interested in new trends in technology.
Eric Soroos posted a tutorial on running Frontier alongside Apache on Mac OS X. Look at the screen shots. The user interface is very beautiful.
William Safire: "The column you are reading today is copyrighted by The New York Times until 2096. After that, you can mess with it all you like, unless Congress pops with another unconscionable extension."
BBC: "Timothy Berners-Lee, the British mastermind of the world wide web, has been awarded fellowship of the Royal Society." Thanks to Lance for the pointer. He notes that the website has yet to be updated, perhaps indicating that TBL's vision has yet to be fully implemented.
Doc: "I'm from New Jersey, where a friendly greeting is 'Hey, you stupid fuck. You still drivin' that piece of shit?'" LOL.
Microsoft subscription model
The Subscription Models thread continues. I asked Microsoft's Charles Fitzgerald: "Re Microsoft's plan, if I purchase a subscription to a product, when the subscription lapses, can I still use the software? In other words, does the subscription cover updates and fixes, or use of the software?"
He said: "Short answer is it depends as there will be a variety of offerings. Some may be 'standalone' software where the subscription pays for backing services and the software could continue to function in absence of service. Others may be pure service a la your ISP connection.
He continued: "This will become clearer when there are some examples to look at. Our general philosophy on subscriptions is two-fold. Donít try to charge people for stuff they have today, but instead provide new capabilities. And donít nickel and dime people on features, but roll a ton of value up into one bucket that is a no-brainer."
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