AOL: "The Screen Name Service lets you create a single, consistent Screen Name, as your personal "ID", which you can use to safely, securely and conveniently access and personalize sites across the Web."
BetaNews: "America Online is quietly rolling out a new unified sign-in service, similar to Microsoft's Passport, across its properties and partner sites. Codenamed 'Magic Carpet' and currently promoted as the 'Screen Name Service,' visitors will be able to sign in with a single click and seamlessly browse sites supporting the new technology."
News.Com: AOL, Amazon join forces.
Today's all-day meeting was exhausting but really good. It was a summit of leaders of the open source community. Lots of famous people there. Things are really changing there and here. Inclusion is the word of the day. Let's get developers included and working together, including the ones we're scared of. There's no time like now.
Stefan Rinner: XML-RPC client for Lingo.
John Robb: "Here is an e-mail UserLand just got from a developer at a large multinational."
The Flangy News is still updating and The Talking Moose took a chance, though he's not talking about what it is.
Glenn Fleishman: "The SirCam virus continue to send me more pieces of other people's lives."
Zeldman's glamourous life: Coptown.
Daniel Lundin: "XML-RPC client implementation in emacs lisp, capable of both synchronous and asynchronous method calls."
Had a long dinner last night with Doc and Craig. We talked about kids, intimacy, sexuality, lessons that life has taught us, and would-haves and should-haves and if-onlys of years-gone-by. Craig and Doc and I are quite a combo. Yes yes it was about technology. I was telling a friend the other day that as life goes forward (we're in our 40s and 50s now) it gets richer. The insecurities that defined us in our youth are still there, but now we can see them, and there's a chance to take a deep breath, see what's really going on, and go through the fear. What's on the other side is even more responsibility, more fear-evoking, but worth it. We agreed (or seemed to) that inclusion is the watchword for the next steps. Make sure everyone who wants to play, can.
Craig has a report on the dinner, and our brief conversation with Eric Raymond. Reminder to Craig and Doc, let's create a good name for the format we talked about. Hey Craig says he loves me. Right on and back at ya.
I'm glad I got a new cellphone. As with the Macarena, I am the last person on the block to get a cheap phone that fits in your pocket. It's fun. I've found that I can send an email to a friend and say "be one of the first people to call me on my new cellphone," and they do it! I'm still learning. Last night Doc said "Your phone is ringing." I had heard it ring, but hadn't yet been trained to think "Is that my phone?"
Now I wish the phone had an XML-RPC or SOAP interface, so I could keep my address book in Radio's outliner and write a script that transmitted it to the phone. I don't think the technology would be hard. When will I be able to buy a phone that does this? (Maybe never, as far as I'm concerned there still isn't a good Draw program for Windows, or a scanner that's simply an HTTP server.) If you work for a cellphone vendor consider this a feature request from a geekish newbie.
Brent: "The worst thing I ever saw -- and I saw this many times -- was a well-dressed man and a woman leaving their table, man first -- and then the woman grabs a few dollars from the tip lying there on the table and squirrels it away. Her petty grab is unseen by the man, who's invariably smiling and leading the way to the door. A good joe, prolly."
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