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Heads-up on corner-turns and maintenence. Tomorrow is the day for the second part of the Weblogs.Com corner-turn. The new Weblogs.Com is holding up quite well, it's got plenty of room for growth. Then on Saturday we're going to shut down most of our servers for a long overdue upgrade. I don't have an exact time right now. After the upgrade is complete I'll explain what we did. Still diggin! 

AP: Calif Says Bridges May Be Targets

News.Com: "Microsoft's blockage of competing Web browsers from has been good news for some plucky rivals: They are experiencing record traffic and downloads, and a leading Internet authority is heaping scorn on the software giant." 

Doc Searls: "After the third free Bloody Mary, it doesn't matter what the hell Richard Stallman says. Well, actually it does." 

AP: "The three major television networks on Wednesday sued the maker of the first Internet-ready personal digital video recorder, saying the ReplayTV 4000 allows people to make and distribute illegal copies of television programs." 

Gregory Blake: "Adam Curry set up a macro that displays updated blogs. Since I don't use the same software he does, I decided to see if I could replicate it using the tools I use: Perl, PHP, and mySQL." 

Cydney Gillis: "It's a PlaySkool-type interface that makes Windows XP look and act like a Web browser, both online and off." 

Mahesh Shantaram is an Indian blogger looking for others. This is the most important pointer on Scripting News in the last month. We've been looking for people who are running weblogs in Central Asia. That Mahesh wants to organize them is a sign that he's the real thing. Let's go! 

Computerworld: "Bowing to customer demand for centralized systems, Groove Networks Inc. is modifying the peer-to-peer approach the company took when it launched its collaboration software a year ago." 

I got a press release this morning from Opera Software about more MSN michegas. Now I'm one of the millions of Opera users they cite. Last night while watching the World Series (what a game -- but ouch -- I didn't like the outcome), I was playing with my Sony Vaio. It was so much faster than my desktop, which feels like trying to dance through molasses. Cold molasses. I like to work fast. My machine won't cooperate. I assumed the source of the slowness was the new software I'm running, but then I dug in a little, and found (again) that Opera is the source of the slowness.  

Look at this performance monitor graph. You can see why this machine is no fun to use. It's thrashing wildly spending inordinate amounts of time just keeping running. Now switch over to the Processes pane to see which app is in so much pain. Yeah, it's Opera. Huh? Maybe they'd do better if they focused on making their app perform better. I don't bother with MSN, who cares. But I'm not supporting Opera so they can do a replay of the Browser Wars where the software vendors were so focused on each other and completely forgot the users. I can switch browsers -- and I will -- if they don't fix the performance issues. 

Here's the performance monitor screen after removing Opera from the mix. BTW, my laptop is a 700Mhz machine (maybe 733, my memory isn't so good). My desktop machine is 1Ghz. The difference is that the laptop isn't running Opera, just MSIE. On the other hand, Radio could be taking fewer of my machine's cycles. We've got some more work to do ourselves. 

NY Times: "The Justice Department and the Microsoft Corporation have reached a tentative agreement to settle the long-running antitrust suit against the company, people involved in the talks said today." 

MSNBC: "The agreement would reportedly force the software company to end restrictive deals with computer makers, release some of the software code for Internet Explorer, and offer versions of Windows with and without added features such as MSN Messenger." 

Washington Post: "Some Microsoft rivals said yesterday if the settlement does not require the unbundling of the browser from the operating system, it could be at odds with the most recent federal appeals court decision in the case, which said that 'we conclude that such co-mingling has an anti-competitive effect.'" 

Comments. Although the agreement hasn't been announced, based on the reports above, Microsoft got away with it. There's no reason for them not to continue tying to transfer its monopoly in Web browsers and desktop operating systems to other areas. Bad news for the software industry, bad news for Microsoft too, long-term.  

Dan Gillmor: "What a shameful process, leaving a lawbreaker free to do practically anything it wishes. What a signal to the business community." 

Adam Curry: "Let me repeat that: A local beauty contest at a hardware store in Secaucus New Jersey. Adam Curry and Boy George as judges. Showbizz can be so cruel." 

Two years ago today Infoworld ran an article about weblogs. 

Screen shot of the page where Wired lists the award-winners for 2001. I can point directly to the page but their site redirects to the home page of the site. Plus I'm so sick of the dorky music they play in the background. Reminds me of a cheap reality TV game show. Anyway there's the proof. I wish they would have put up something nice and simple, no music please, with a little writing that explains what the awards are about and why they chose the people and products they chose. Could the flow possibly hurt them? I don't get it. Net-net today's Wired is only half-wired.  


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