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DaveNet: The power to publish as an individual.

Steve Ballmer: "The only thing we have a problem with is when the government funds open-source work. Government funding should be for work that is available to everybody. Open source is not available to commercial companies. The way the license is written, if you use any open-source software, you have to make the rest of your software open source. If the government wants to put something in the public domain, it should."

The Standard: "Consortia like XML-RPC, which lets multiple operating systems communicate clearly, hint at promising ways that closed and open systems can interact."

Mazel tov. David Brown got a job.

Windows 2000 question. I want all folders to open in Details view mode. I tried using the Folder Options control panel, but the Like Current Folder button is always grayed. How do I get it enabled? And am I approaching this the right way? [Lawrence Lee has the answer: "Try opening Folder Options from the menu bar while viewing the folder instead of from the Folder Options applet in the control panel." Thanks!]

Where did the phrase sick as a dog come from? That's me, today. It started as a sore throat last night, and moved into my respiratory system, and turned into a cough, and made me sleep for hours this afternoon. I've got a cold, it's not the end of the world, at all, but it makes me feel sick. (Because I am!)

The Ninth Street Center has some really interesting essays.

Sjoerd found an excellent XML-RPC debugger.

Woodie's Office Watch: "Office XP doesn't have any to-die-for features that I can discern, and it certainly isn't any more stable than Office 2000."

Today's song: Addicted to Love.

NY Times: "Computer printouts of sexually explicit pictures littered the library, Adamson said. She said she saw some men at computer terminals engage in what appeared to her to be masturbation and that computer users would verbally abuse her when she tried to enforce time limits."

Salon: The music revolution will not be digitized.

Clay Shirky, always able to turn a phrase, calls Hailstorm "Open Web services, controlled by Microsoft."

Are "web services" the way of the future? Well, based on past experience with proclamations from BigCo's about such things, you'd have to say no. Why do they make such simple things so damned complicated. The other day I looked at a conference whose keynote premise was that WSDL and UDDI were just the beginning of the complicated alphabet soup that makes up web services. My eyes glaze over.

John Rymer: Tangled Web Services.

Understanding XML.Com Permanent link to 'Understanding XML.Com' in archives.

Edd Dumbill: The State of XML -- Why Individuals Matter.

XML.Com has a really narrow focus, and within that focus, little appears to be happening. Only a certain kind of project gets coverage on XML.Com. I don't understand why.

Perhaps it's ironic that The Standard (see above) has a clearer view of the big picture in XML. I thought Edd would not go down this path when he took the editor job at XML.Com, since he's an XML-RPC developer. How did he forget this in his survey of what's happening in XML? Because it's not embroiled in W3C politics, it's not important? I think when the dust settles there's a pretty good chance it'll be the only thing that works. No schema, no IDLs, no specialized directories, low barrier to entry. Edd also co-authored the O'Reilly XML-RPC book. So it's not as if he doesn't know about it.

Also, there has been much coverage of RDF on XML.Com, and little or no coverage of the simple way of doing syndicated Web content; and absolutely no coverage of OPML. Once again I'm working with the Seybold folks, who are co-sponsors of XML.Com along with O'Reilly, and I've been raising the issue privately, with no response from Edd.


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