Kendall Clark: Three Myths of XML. "Technology doesn't fall, as if a gift of the gods, from the sky."
Tim Berners-Lee: "Those who create technology have a duty to educate the world about its capabilities and to be responsible about it."
NY Times: "From coast to coast, in a different city almost every weekend, hundreds of people gather for eBay University, a roving crusade for the eBay philosophy."
Esther Dyson: "Cyberspace is (just about) impossible to regulate, but China is not. I read the full story differently: As long as you live in China, the police can still follow your physical movements, finding out if you use a cybercafe, etc. etc. That is, they may not be able to catch everyone *from* the Web, but if they want to catch you, they can follow you physically and then threaten the owner of the cybercafe you use to turn over the evidence. (There's sure to be *some* evidence!) In short, it's an important tool for opening up Chinese society, but people cannot escape into cyberspace from offline threats/surveillance."
O'Reilly: AppleScript in a Nutshell.
DaveNet: Microsoft-Free Fridays?
Survey: Do you think Microsoft-Free Fridays is a good idea?
Comments: Josh Lucas, Geoff Allen.
BrowserWatch: Netscape releases 6.1 PR1.
Unicast, a weblog, is the first to support Microsoft-free Fridays. Nice!!
We could add an option to Manila sites to make them Microsoft-free on Fridays. That would be fun. (Should it default on or off?) And then in the next release we could improve the feature by allowing Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat and Sun to be free of Microsoft as well. Innovation!
A webmaster of a large site asks how will they add the opt-out code for Smart Tags in their pages, and who will pay for it. He's pretty sure his management won't. Will Microsoft? (BTW, what are the opt-out tags? I want to start planning for this asap.) According to Sjoerd Visscher, there actually is no way for a webmaster to opt-out of Smart Tags. If true, the Microsoft spinmasters are lying. I posted a message to the Decentralization list, where this is being discussed, asking Microsoft to instead add support for a meta tag that says "This website may not be viewed with Microsoft software." I want to opt out of their Web in toto.
Guardian: "Salon received no money whatsoever from its various attempts to sell things to the readers who enjoy its award-winning articles and irreverent brand of news."
Scott Rosenberg: "Just FYI, that Guardian UK piece you're linking to about Salon is one of the sloppier jobs of reporting out there. In particular, that line you quote seems to be based on nothing at all -- it's not attributed or sourced in any way. If the reporter had bothered to ask us about this the piece would never have said something as absurd or definitive as 'no money whatsoever.' We have had modest success with a bunch of different efforts to sell stuff, and now we have our premium subscription effort, which, whether you think it's a good idea or not, is performing well ahead of our projections." Rosenberg is an editorial executive at Salon.
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