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Dan Gillmor: "Reflection means asking ourselves some questions and reassessing our fundamental assumptions: Are we doing the right thing? How does what we do affect others? Do we care?"

That's good. Reflection is how we avoid loops. I wrote about this in 1996. Worth a re-run, imho.

10/26/96: "Here's an invitation to truly embrace the creativity of others. Instead of beating your breast about how great you are, try saying how great someone else is. Look for win-wins, make that your new religion. Establish a policy that nothing will be announced unless it can be shown that someone else will win because of what you're doing. How much happier we would be if instead of crippling each other with fear, we competed to empower each others' creativity."

Luke Tymowski reviews "The Hacker Ethic." The only philosophy that works, imho, is inclusion. Every other way forward is just more of the same.

Rahul Dave: "While I would entirely agree with you on the above statement, I wanted to ask, how is commercial software any more inclusive then the GPL?"

My answer: Commercial software isn't a cause and it isn't the proponent of inclusion, although it can be a party to it. Commercial software is not more inclusive than the GPL. But other things, like SOAP and XML-RPC are sources of inclusion. They don't care whether you code in your pajamas or work for the DEA. Everyone can participate in the networks they define, regardless of economic philosophy or operating system choice. They totally subvert the locked-trunks. You can put any kind of service behind such interfaces, and it's hard to see what Microsoft or Stallman could do about it. And in Microsoft's case, at some level, they're commited to this. What about Stallman?

To Craig Burton who pushes back on Microsoft-Free-Fridays, he misses the point, and others may as well. It's not a protest, and it's not meant to get Microsoft's attention, or to punish them. The purpose of MFFs is to develop other browsers, and to help get our sites working with them properly, and to help identify and fix bugs. We need choice, so we have a stake in developing other browsers. We've neglected them for too long, assuming for some reason that we could trust a single vendor with the Web. We're lucky that the other browser developers stuck with us, so now we actually have some choice. We want them to be better so the choice means more.

Speaking of choice, here are my choices for the keynote at Seybold on September 26 in SF. Adam Curry, Craig Burton, Jeremie Miller and Justin Hall. I'll explain more later. They have all confirmed they will be there. We're going to talk about our ideas for the next technology revolution.

NY Times: "Almost everybody treats e-mail as if it was private like real mail. But it's not."

     

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