MSNBC: "The Justice Department asked the U.S. Appeals Court Friday to fast track the new hearings in the Microsoft antitrust trial, and immediately send the case back to the lower court to decide whether Microsoft should be broken up."
Mike Donnelan: "Why aren't writers suing the public libraries? Maybe the more important question is why do people still buy books?"
Oliver Breidenbach is running his own Mac OS X server and Manila and his weblog.
Evan Williams: "I wasn't terribly surprised to learn that 83.6% of Blogger visitors use IE5.x."
Portable.Net: "The goal of this project is to build a suite of open source tools to build and execute .NET applications, including a C# compiler, assembler, disassembler, and runtime engine. The initial target platform is Linux, with other platforms to follow in the future."
A question for people who know Perl and Python.
Kenyett Avery: "XML-RPC is important not because it offers new features, but because it makes using the existing features painless. Sure, I could write a CGI script and a custom client, and it wouldn't even be hard. But I don't *want* to. I'd much rather write a couple of procedures and let the XML-RPC library handle the details, leaving me free to concentrate on the real work."
The Perl community is considering integrating XML-RPC into its standard installation. I've been emailing with Nathan Torkington who's leading the discussion on behalf of XML-RPC. We're also updating the list of deployed Web services implemented in XML-RPC. To be clear, we would like to see Perl support both XML-RPC and SOAP 1.1. Choosing one over the other is largely a religious matter, both have substantial installed bases, and Perl developers are likely to want to use both in the future.
I also learned that PHP includes XML-RPC support in its standard installation. Add to the list, which includes our own Frontier and Radio UserLand, and (coming soon) Python. It would be great to add Perl.
Victor Stone: "I worked in the recording industry for huge record companies for 12 years before I worked for huge software companies for 15 years. I feel confident in saying that (with the possible exception of campaign financing) few arrangement are a better example of legalized corruption than a recording contract. A lot of civil disobedience is required to get back to sanity."
Miguel de Icaza: "Microsoft Passport is a centralized database hosted by Microsoft that enhances the consumer experience with the Web by providing a single logon system that they can use across a number of participant web sites."
Stewart Alsop: "Insidiously, incrementally, Microsoft is getting more and more of me."
This article on OS Opinion is likely to start a valuable discussion. Can you compete in a world with Microsoft with no roadmap, no articulated vision, and no product marketing? Miguel's piece on Passport, linked above, is a beginning for product marketing for open source. I wrote an essay earlier this week that gets the ball rolling too.
The Halloween memo: "When describing this problem to JimAll, he provided the perfect analogy of 'chasing tail lights.' The easiest way to get coordinated behavior from a large, semi-organized mob is to point them at a known target. Having the taillights provides concreteness to a fuzzy vision. In such situations, having a taillight to follow is a proxy for having strong central leadership."
I sent Miguel an email yesterday saying (among other things) that we owe a debt of gratitude to Microsoft for helping us find a way to work together. We all have some taillight-chasing to do now, but there is a zig to Microsoft's zag. One more time, with feeling, Let's Work Together, that's the zig.
Interestingly all the mottos apply. Let's Have Fun; Ask not what the Internet can do for you, ask what you can do for the Internet; It's even worse than it appears; and There's no time like now.
Annie Lenox: "You can have it all but you still won't be satisfied." This is the perfect song. I could have quoted eighteen different lines. They all add up to the same thing. Jump off the cliff, leave the parachute behind.
It's worth noting that the NY Times has finally said something on its editorial page about Smart Tags, but they haven't told their readers why they are so alarming. Again, the Times has taken a back seat, and also gotten the facts wrong. Smart Tags are not an "aspect of Windows XP" and they are not an "application" -- they are a feature of IE 6, their withdrawal has been promised, but I'm from Missouri, until they're actually out I'm not a believer.
Reuters: "Brazil's most famous playboy -- a bon vivant who in his heyday seduced beauties like Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth -- is on the skids and taking his first job at the age of 85."
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