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AP: "Barry Bonds hit his 69th homer Saturday." 

NY Times: "Falling victim to the collapse of the dot-com bubble, the At Home Corporation, a once-mighty Internet portal, said that it planned to file for bankruptcy protection." 

If you're taking Computer Science 417 at Rutgers you have to answer questions about XML-RPC. Let's see if I get it right. a. Explicit. b. Encoding and decoding XML. c. No lock-in. 

The Poynter Institute posted an internal NY Times publication (in PDF) with some interesting stories first hand from Times staffers of the WTC attack. 

Dan Gillmor: "We need to recognize what Farber and the webloggers implicitly grasp -- that our readers, listeners and viewers collectively know more, vastly more, than we do." 

Tamara Shelton: "Suddenly, I wasn’t trapped alone in my little house watching this one-way box." 

John Robb: "Talk about a bad time to file an IPO." 

Since Exodus is bankrupt, we're again looking for a new place for our servers. I've started a mail page with current co-lo advice from experts. 

Ed: "I put the 'Ed' in Ed's Garage." 

In these uncertain times when no one knows which end is up, simple little statements make me feel good. I imagine there's someone out there who will object to Ed making that claim, but I want him and everyone else to know that back him one hundred percent! 

Zero tolerance for racism, part II 

A conversation with a friend. He heard that Muslims in New York had been warned to stay away from Manhattan on the 11th. I groaned. I said shame on you. Not only should you not be passing on that kind of BS, you should be dousing it.

People with minds have to use them, if only to balance the numerous people who don't.

Radio 7.1 leakage 

OK, I'm going to start leaking about Radio 7.1 now.

First, it'll be priced competitively with Groove. But unlike Groove which is a closed box, Radio 7.1 will be totally open. Easy to replace. Its purpose is to manage static sites from your desktop. The cursor moves out of the cloud and onto your desktop.

We've been building new light cloud-level services, using XML-RPC and SOAP of course, minimal stuff, easy to replace, and we'll specify all the interfaces. We'd love to see clones develop on both sides. This is what open means to me.

One more bit of leakage -- there will be a Mac OS X version as well as a classic Mac version. Our roots are showing. Heh.

A cloudy morning 

Have you noticed that my first posts in the morning tend to be a little dark and crufty? I have a theory about this. I have to spiritually clear the deck to get started working in the morning. Irritations. There's so much good news in the world. Yah. Time for more coffee!

Apple Computer describes "how to use Apple Script and the Apple Event Manager in Mac OS X to make remote procedure calls using the XML-RPC and SOAP protocols."

In their docs they refer to UserLand as a "third party" without naming us. Fascinating. Just shows that the term means nothing, because in this context, if anyone is, Apple is the third party. Words. I noticed the other day that I keep saying how much I like two-party systems. Amen to that. Glad to have Apple on board, glad Microsoft and IBM are on board too. It'll help keep things balanced.

This morning I got an email from a reporter at a BigTechPub asking if I worked at Microsoft when we did the design for XML-RPC. It's not true, I worked then as now at UserLand. There is a published report somewhere that Don Box and I were MS employees. Is that a job offer? LOL. They would never hire me, because if they did, I would insist on my title being CPP, which stands for Chief Poison Pill.

Disclosure: I Hate Big Companies.

How do you know you work at a BigCo? Your company doesn't have a culture of reciprocal linking on its sites. What is reciprocal linking? It's a hat-tip, a hand-hold. Thanks for the pointer. Back at ya. It's a basic good business concept, applied to the Web.

Have you noticed how the tech development mail lists are coming back to life after the biggest outage of all time. It wasn't of course a technical outage. The wires still worked, as did the servers and the workstations. It's the minds that were out, looping infinitely over a major security issue.

The first posts on the lists are mostly saying "Hi I'm still here." The irritating people re-introduce themselves by saying irritating things. The worker-bees say hello by re-starting their projects. There was only one protocol hijack attempt during the processing period. It failed miserably. I guess people weren't being childish while their adult-selves were busy trying to figure out if anything made sense anymore. It's good to see everyone back at work, it's disheartening to see that much of the baggage survived the outage. Hey we'll probably get another chance. Maybe, in some ways, terror is good for us?


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