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Henry Norr: "A Web browser is really just an application, not -- or at least not necessarily -- an operating-system function. That should have been obvious all along, but Microsoft did its best to hide it under a torrent of nonsense about technical necessities and user convenience."

SJ Merc: "Silicon Valley's highest-profile venture capitalist, John Doerr, publicly apologized Sunday for his famous statement that characterized the Internet as 'the largest legal creation of wealth in the history of the planet.'"

News.Com: "The big question is whether Apple will have the flat-panel model ready in time for CEO Steve Jobs to introduce it during his keynote speech Wednesday morning."

NY Times: Online journalism comes of age. "But readers still rely heavily on professional editors from trusted news organizations to provide them with local, national and global context." Heh, I wonder if one of the Times' editors added that sentence? Seriously, when you read an article in a BigPub, don't assume that the person whose name is on the article said or even believes what the article says. There's a mechanism called Dumbing It Down or (more positively) Everyone Needs An Editor that keeps weird ideas out. No wonder people are doing it for themselves. Somehow the BP's always miss this angle.

You don't even have to write an article for a BigPub to see this. I recently was mentioned in US News and World Report. Exchanging emails with the author after publication, he told me about an intermediate edit of the article that mangled my position so much as to flip it around not quite but close to 180 degrees. They had me as being in favor of something I am totally against (the split of Microsoft into an apps company and OS company). It wasn't intentional, so the story goes, it's a print pub and they needed to shorten the article. I was lucky that the author of the article is also a weblogger, and a reader of Scripting News. He knew I would have just about exploded if they ran the quote the way they almost did.

WSJ: "If settlement talks resume, the government will hold a strong hand as a result of the June 29 appeals-court ruling. The court upheld the core of the government case, finding that Microsoft acted illegally to protect its Windows monopoly, even as it reversed a court-ordered breakup and removed the trial judge."

IBM: An overview of the reliable HTTP protocol.

ComputerWire: "Stutz said that Microsoft supports Ximian's work, which he called a 'testament to the openness and viability' of the .NET platform. He said that Ximian's work potentially gives developers a choice of .NET platforms - Microsoft or Mono."

I've been invited to participate in the next Open Source Summit, on July 24 in San Diego. So now, when I criticize the leadership of the open source community, I'll have more objectivity, because to some extent I'll be criticizing myself.

All kidding aside, I'm very appreciative. Now that the kimono is opening, I can see that I owe a lot of gratitude to Eric Raymond, who said XML-RPC is a "good example of the open source model working effectively." That's how I see it too.

Nicholas Riley: WebDAV filewriter for Frontier.

Sjoerd: Event handlers and callback functions.

NY Times: Microsoft Adversary to become FTC Official.

Things are really rockin in DeveloperLand. People seem to like the DMAP doc. Stan Krute, an ex-Microsoft person pointed out that I have a strung a bunch of these together, but please don't miss that there's a spec behind DMAP. A lot of people saw the need for a unified model for membership on the Web, but we need a catalyst to drive unification, and that's Microsoft. The key is interfaces. LDAP, XNS, Manila, even Passport, can all fit behind a common interface for membership and prefs. Unification does not need to happen at any lower level. It should be easy for any network app to have membership and prefs. That's the point.

There's more coming. Membership and preferences are just part of the roadmap for XML-RPC and SOAP.

On this day in 1935, the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, USA.

NY Times: "AskMe soon found that it was able to tell a lot about a company from its approach to the new software. In pyramid-shaped hierarchical organizations, the bosses tended to appoint themselves or a few select subordinates as the 'experts.' Questions rose from the bottom of the organization, the answers flowed down from the top and the original hierarchy was preserved, even reinforced. In less-hierarchical pancake-shaped companies, the bosses used the software to create a network of all the company's employees and to tap intelligence wherever in that network it happened to be. That way, anyone in the company could answer anyone else's questions. Anyone could be the expert. Of course, it didn't exactly inspire awe in the ranks to see the intern answering a question posed by the vice president for strategic planning. But many companies decided that a bit of flattening was a small price to pay to tap into the collective knowledge bank."

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