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DaveNet: Guglielmo on Smart Tags.

Happy Monday to all who are still alive. If you happen to be dead this morning, let us know what the afterlife is like. Send an email, if possible. So far no emails.

Frontier 7.0.1 has been released.

David Coursey offers half an argument in favor of Smart Tags. There's no problem with Smart Tags in Office. The user is editing their own document there. When they appear in the Web browser, they are not cool because they modify my document with links to Microsoft sites. As I've said previously I'd support the feature if they let me hack up Microsoft sites with links to UserLand sites.

Survey: "I'd like to be able to add links to my sites anywhere I want to on Microsoft.Com. Do you support this?"

Victor Stone: "Eric Raymond had me, after twenty minutes at his web site, turning into a gun totin', Fountainhead packin', wife–cheatin' Libertarian!!"

We're taking a look at NewsML. Here's an example of a source file, and here's an HTML rendering of that content.

Caterina: "[Phillip K Dick's unfinished novel] was called The Owl in Daylight and talked about a world in which there was no sound, and creatures communicated by color and light and how our world is their heaven with all the sounds and music and audible methods of communication, whereas theirs, filled as it is with light, is ours." Nice premise.

O'Reilly interviews the authors of their XML-RPC book. "SOAP is an electric toothbrush. Some people have the kind of poor dental hygiene that requires the mechanical advantage these brushes provide. Many of us can make due with ordinary toothbrushes. It's good to have options."

Now, not one to shirk from history, I had a chance to spend some time with the UserLand DG archives now that they're back online. I read lots of messages, and noted that there was a time when various people who now "oppose" me were friendly. The dividing line seemed to be around two things. The brouhaha over the future of RSS, and my issues with exclusivity in the politics of the open source community. Now I don't want to re-open old wounds, I'd rather see them heal. I think open source politics have lightened up a lot. In fact I have been invited to the O'Reilly Open Source Summit in July. How's that for putting the past behind us? And RSS seems to be swinging around and gaining traction again. I forgive everyone who flamed in the DG, and I even forgive people who don't like me because they didn't like what I've said. Can you forgive me? I offer this -- I am actually a nice person, if you met me face to face, you'd probably like me. My friends do. Not everyone does, unfortunately, although I would like everyone to. Peace on earth to all.

An interesting new document. My left-edge navlinks as an OPML file.

Motley Fool: "Yahoo!'s market value has shrunk from $120 billion to $10 billion, leaving it in a greatly weakened bargaining position just at the time when it needs to build its business beyond advertising revenue. The big question is: Outside of ads, what type of large, focused, money-making business does Yahoo! hope to become?"

Scott Rosenberg: "The Slashdot/Plastic model makes eminent sense as a use of the Web, though not necessarily as a business... But in the present climate of epidemic site-shutterings, it does lead skeptics to ask: What will they do when there's no one left to link to?" Weblogs.

Papa Doc: "I woke up at 5:04am and went to the TV to participate in the public execution of Timothy McVeigh."

Thanks to Doc for digging up the pointer to this mail page, with comments on the Karla Fay Tucker execution.

A common form of pushback goes like this. "If you're opposed to capital punishment you must be anti-abortion." I assume the correspondents know that it's likely that I don't oppose abortion, and this is a way of pointing out a contradiction in my values. So be it. Message received. Now, an interesting twist. It also reveals an apparent contradiction in their values, assuming they are anti-abortion and pro-death penalty (they never say so I'm left guessing). That's why statements about yourself are more interesting than statements about other people. The extra level of indirectness masks lessons one can learn about oneself. A more responsible pushback might be: "I know what it's like to have contradictory beliefs. These issues are not simple, I know from my own experience of being in favor of capital punishment and against abortion."

Dan Gillmor: "We all are killers today."

Fortune: The Billion Dollar Losers Club.


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