I'm playing with Blogger's new XML-RPC interface using the sample script Jake wrote. I think I'm going to hook it up to the Radio outliner in a crude way. Should be fun.
It works and it's not crude, it's usable. Open any outline in Radio, it could be your notepad or just a random outline on your local system, and start typing a blog entry. When you want to post, choose a menu command. It sends an XML-RPC message to Blogger telling it to create a new entry and leaves an attribute invisibly attached to the headline that remembers the ID for the entry. Then if you want to make a change, edit the headline, and choose the command. It's smart, it won't create a new post, rather it will tell Blogger to change the already-existing post. I haven't released the code yet, that comes tomorrow.
AP: "Microsoft Corp has agreed to change its new Windows XP operating system to address a complaint that it steered users of Eastman Kodak digital cameras away from Kodak software and services."
Talking Moose: "What happens if I'm at a big company and Solitaire is in the top spot? Think that'll go over well with management?"
A particularly insidious kind of spam. It looks like a friend sent a greeting card. Click on the link and you go to a page where it says you need to upgrade in order to get the card. They walk you through the install process. Don't do it -- this puts code on your machine, certainly adware, maybe spyware, maybe worse. Now for experienced programmers this is pretty transparent, but what about less technical users. Oy what a mess. What does the future hold?
Jakob Nielsen: "To design an easy-to-use interface, pay attention to what users do, not what they say."
Steven Levy: "When it comes to protecting the business plans of those who publish books and music, academic freedom and free speech are apparently expendable."
LA Times: "God, what I wouldn't give to taste Frosted Flakes again."
The full text of the Cluetrain Manifesto is available on the Web. Good move. Now the search engines will pick it up. More people will read excerpts and will become familiar with the book and the excellent ideas and writing it contains. When they're browsing in the bookstore and come across the title they'll think "I've heard good things about that book," not remembering where, and more people will buy a copy.
Ron Schecter sent a picture of our common great-grandfather, Hershe Wolf Schecter. It's really interesting to see that our ancestor looked like my uncle, who my grandfather, Rudy Kiesler, used to always tell to get a haircut. Well, maybe he was working out his father issues, because his dad had a beard and hair like my uncle. Go figure!
Now for the first web picture of Rudy Kiesler. I'm the kid he's holding, and my uncle, The Great VaVaVoom, is the chubby pre-hippy kid to the right.
My third grade class picture.
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