Time Canada got the scoop on Apple's new product. "It should look like a sunflower," said Steve. Net-net it's a flat panel desktop computer, with a DVD burner and bundled software for movie making, playing MP3s and processing digital images (in other words no new software). Did I miss anything? Seems to be no wireless innovation here, no capitalizing on their pioneering role in 802.11b. Oy a week of teasing for an expensive high-design but otherwise ordinary desktop PC.
Cringely hasn't heard --> patents are screwing up XML.
NY Times: "The definitive place for following Segway developments is Paul Nakada's Segway News."
Mazel tov to Paul. It doesn't get much better than that.
Awards update. Early this morning I announced the Best Technology Weblog for 2001. Tomorrow is "EditThisPage.Com Pioneers" day. The nominess are 2020 Hindsight, Andrea Frick, Black Hole Brain, BookNotes, Garret Vreeland, Jeff Cheney, View From The Heart and WebSeitz. Tune in tomorrow to find out!
Slashdot: Apache XMLRPC 1.0 Released.
Andre Radke releases two gems for Frontier. Thanks!
Adam Curry and Marcus Mauller have a group calendar running in Frontier.
Burning Bird: "I may be a bitch, but I'm not rude." Quotable.
file.synchTableWithFolder gets a new callback parameter.
Hey I'm working on another total lunatic tour through Macro-Land in Radio. And for the betas, a new feature is on the way. You-all are going to love it. Make a reservation at the local looney bin. More bunny-slope tutorials. The people like em.
BTW, the writing style of these going-crazy pieces is derived from Life Is Beautiful, a very sweet movie about Jews in Italy during WW II. Not the usual Hollywood crap. I adopted the pov of the hero of the movie, that everything is so crazy you might as well make it a game, nothing is sacred, everything is easy if you decide it should be that way. Let's be honest. Everyone who learned how to program had to stare at the code at some point thinking "I have no idea what it's doing." But if you relax about it and give in to the lunacy of spending huge amounts of time learning simple things, then you're prepared for a life of programming, which has huge rewards, none of which are easy to come by. "Inch by inch." I wish I could release the doc, but our updates server is refusing connections. See what I mean?
AP: MIT, EFI Sue over Image Patent. EFI might not care about its reputation with technologists, but I bet MIT does. It might make sense to make an example of MIT. And I'm sure they're conflicted internally on this issue. The W3C is somehow related to MIT. (Where's the Semantic Web when you need it?)
New sample script shares the secret of turning OPML into a left-link navbar. Source included. No patents.
Award-winning planet-level hacking
Good morning one and all!
Rise and shine. It's very early here, 3AM in NY, 9AM in Amsterdam.
Why is everyone up so early?
Of course, they want to know which site is the Best Technology Weblog of 2001.
Some excellent sites were nominated.
But there's only one winner.
A truly fantastic site.
Congratulations to Wes Felter, for Hack the Planet, chosen by the readers of Scripting News as the Best Technology Weblog for 2001.
A great soundbite from HTP.
Joshua Allen: "Too much testosterone. Why not just use the stuff? Oh wait, it's from Microsoft so it must be evil." Heh.
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