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Thanks to MacSlash, MacSurfer, Webintosh, AppleTurns, and MacRumors for all the flow.
MacWorld Expo: "Unfortunately, personal Web site writers, editors or creators cannot be registered as media."
Rick Adams on a patent for a "multi-threaded name server."
Dan Lyke: "Quite often the original inventor is excluded from the use of their own invention."
Andrew Orlowski: "Apple is laying down quite a cynical challenge to its most loyal users: either trust us and go with us, or beetle off."
Stewart Alsop on 802.11b and 802.11a: "They are not compatible, but there are plenty of vendors developing dual chip sets that can talk to either kind of access point. As always there's a mixed story: 802.11b is longer range but slower; 802.11a is shorter range and faster. A is also in a different frequency (5GHz), also unregulated but less well developed than where B is (2.4GHz) so it's hard to tell exactly what the configuration issues will be for the new standard. Just to complicate things, the official standards body just announced 802.11g which is faster and compatible with 802.11b, but won't be available for a while."
Alsop is a partner at NEA and is on the board of directors of Boingo Wireless.
Glenn Fleishman: "Stewart's completely right in his analysis and the market space, but 802.11a is a longer-term bet."
I've heard that people are having trouble subscribing to the public DaveNet mail list server. So I started a Yahoo group that will receive DaveNet emails. It should be pretty solid. I'll keep sending through the original list server as well.
MIME-RPC: "Because sending simple stuff should be easy and sending complex stuff should be easy too."
Fairvue Central: "Welcome to the 2002 Weblog Awards. I'm Nikolai Nolan, and I'll be your host, again."
I filed my nominations in the Fairvue award contest. I was able to nominate Scoble and John Robb as Rookie of the Year (they call it something different), and for Weblogs.Com as the best weblog utility, since UserLand is not running this process. I would really like to see our worlds connect up, so be sure to nominate your favorite sites, and thanks if you choose to nominate one of my sites. I like winning awards.
And if you haven't voted in the Scripting News Awards for 2001, it's time to do it. Any day now I'm going to close the voting and start announcing the winners.
BBC: "Newslog is an ongoing weblog of news." Welcome!
Today's song: "Either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals."
Jake's quotes from Any Given Sunday.
Tumbleweed gets Hallmark to pay. "The agreement will enable Hallmark.com, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, to license Tumbleweed's patented personalized URL (PURL) technology for delivery of greeting cards over the Internet."
Patents come home
Disclosure: I feel it's necessary to disclose that UserLand has received a letter from the same lawfirm that has written to the others about RDF and patents, as reported yesterday on News.Com. It appears to be the same letter that the others received. We're not sure what to do about it, so we're going to go ahead with business as usual while we ponder our legal response.
Patent Enforcement and Royalties, Ltd: "It is believed that the patent is being infringed by the many companies building products based on an emerging metadata standard known as the Resource Description Framework (RDF)."
That we would be a target of this "enforcement" is the ultimate irony. We are, emphatically, not supporters of RDF. However, we do support the power of developers to create open formats and protocols and make their software compatible, even if we choose to not support a specific technology, as we have done with RDF. That's capitalism with ethics. If you want to read more about it, my latest DaveNet essay, written before the madness with RDF started, explains it well.
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