Survey: Are you a dot-com survivor?
I talked with my dear friend Gretchen Dianda today, she's got a new job at CNET Radio, and she loves it. She played some of her tapes, giggling all the time. So cool, years ago she was the helicopter reporter for KGO covering earthquakes and mass murders, stuff like that. Hey it's wonderful to see my friends getting back on their feet. Gretch lost a lot in the dotcom bust, but her spirit came back alive and kickin. That's the cool thing about people, we're good at moving on. There's hope for San Francisco.
I also talked with Eric Raymond this morning for the first time. It was a good chat. We have a two-step plan. First, he's going to help get XML-RPC baked into the distribution of his favorite scripting language. I'm not going to get into the politics there only to say that I obviously think it's a good idea. Then I'm going to write a spec that describes a simple SOAP-and-XML-RPC-based membership system and per Eric's request, license it as open source. Then we're going to work at getting it deployed in a lot of places. This is the beginning of a new level of working together. It's good it's good.
Victor Stone: Crash and Trash.
Shelley Powers: "In February I returned to Boston from a vacation in Tucson. I ended up taking three different flights and was very tired when I got home. I walked through the door of my apartment and was immediately met with the news: my employer, Skyfish.com, had closed its doors."
Did you know that the Wall Street Journal has a weblog?
This morning a rewrite and rename of yesterday's piece. I had to cut a lot to get to the point more quickly. If you're a member of a non-Microsoft scripting community, your environment can be boosted to .NET-competitive status simply by making SOAP 1.1 and XML-RPC a standard part of the install. There's no reason to switch or freeze or wait.
Randy Stevens has a question about Python and XML-RPC. Aaron Swartz explains what's going on.
Press release: Microsoft and VeriSign announce alliance.
Register: Windows XP activation decoded.
Wired: Why Webvan drove off a cliff. "When Webvan began making incredibly aggressive investments, that's exactly what investors were telling it to do," Cassar said. "Then Wall Street one day changed its mind, and Webvan suddenly found itself with an extraordinary amount of infrastructure and without the ability to get to profitability."
A moment in time, worth preserving.
Survey: "Are you going to more or fewer conferences this year as compared to previous years?"
Pooh is "ready to explore the wild frontier. Irresistible to big kids and small. Imported."
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