New Radio pref: XML-RPC and SOAP. (Screen shot.)
Metafilter has a friendly thread on Don's Amazing Puzzle.
Bryan's working on a very beautiful new theme. It's like a Japanese garden.
Lance had some problems posting from Davos/NY, but just got through with lots of news items. I'm also looking for amateur photos, either from inside or outside the barricades. Lance says he's going to look for someone with a digital camera. I wonder if Dan Gillmor has one. If you're reading this inside Davos, please send an email.
Mark Woods is at the bleeding edge of SOAP interop.
Read this article on Web Services interop. It's an eye-opener because they include sample code for a web service in .NET. Look at all the overhead. Did they really design an environment for web services? If so what are all those magic incantations about? I've seen Simon and Sam (and Christian) comment on this, their eyes can't see the overhead. But Sjoerd who's a scripting guy, sees it. Sometimes it pays to unlearn the things you take for granted. Make every bit of complexity justify itself, and if it can't, off to the bit bucket. Try Don's Amazing Puzzle for a demo of how hard it can be to see things you take for granted. My untrained eye sees six lines of overhead in the .NET hello world script.
BTW, I hope Microsoft and others see this as a collegial form of competition. It may be something new to them. Unlike Marc Andreessen, who set as his public goal the marginalizing of Microsoft, I have no such goal. I just want to compete. I don't mind if I help them improve their product. In their press statements they say they compete fairly. By being open about it I hope to elevate the level of competition in our industry, by putting the focus on interop, performance, simplicity, user control of data, and freedom of choice.
Guardian: A tale of one man and his blog.
Congrats to Evan for winning the lifetime achievement award in the Bloggies.
Mac Net Journal: The State of OS X Web Browsers.
Leo Laporte has a Radio blog. Wow. Who do I thank for this? I read Leo's reports on getting another blogging tool installed and said to my team -- we gotta get Leo on board with Radio. I'm also hoping to get Jerry Pournelle using Radio.
Ken Bereskin, an exec at Apple, is using his weblog to keep us informed on developments at his company. This is a very good use of the medium.
My next Going Crazy tutorial is about do-it-yourself web services. It's only going to work among full peers. Sorry. But if you're behind a firewall there's good news. You can peer with other people who are behind the same firewall.
Good news, the N2H2 censoring service is no longer blocking ManilaSites.Com.
Two years ago today I got into a public debate with the leaders of Russia. After that the Russian reporters covering Davos, who had been very friendly before, turned a cold shoulder whenever I said hello. Reports of free speech in Russia apparently were overstated. What was funny about it (just human nature I guess) is that the Russian reporters had been bitching to me about how the US abandoned them. So I challenged their leaders on free speech (showing support as best as I could). No good deed goes unpunished? Hey at least I don't have to live in Russia, although the US government seems to want to emulate their political system. No doubt I get away with saying that. That's why the US is still OK.
Later the same day I got into a heated public debate with Jay Walker, patent abuser supreme.
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