Frank McPherson gave me an idea for a new macro for Radio. If you use the Weblogs.Com interface, we know what your favorite weblogs are, and we know when they updated. So why not have an easy way to include that in your home page template? That's what this macro does. Demo. Call the macro this way: <%radio.macros.viewFavoriteWeblogs ()%>. That's all there is to it.
Paul Boutin wonders if Dig-It (get it?) is a hoax.
Amazon is auctioning three Segways.
Branscum: "PR is awfully helpful to companies trolling for investors, I am told."
A downside to CSS I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere. (And it may be a bug in MSIE.) When I visit Jonathon Delacour's site, for a few seconds, this is what I see. The formatting is applied, and then I see this. The delay is long enough that I start reading before the makeup appears. I lose my train of thought, and start reading again.
Blue Robot: "Just one LINK element or SCRIPT element inside a document's HEAD element will prevent a flash of unstyled content."
Yesterday after brushing up on Dogma 2000, I had a thought. If you believe the Web is a come-as-you-are, we're-all-just-folks writing and reading environment, why bother with CSS? Serious question. Go ahead and flame me if you want, but the question is still there.
Survey: "If you had to choose between the philosophy of CSS or the philosophy of Dogma 2000, which would you choose?"
Patrick Berry: "CSS is even more for the writer than the reader."
Follow-up on an AP report saying that Google is selling out to advertisers. Cindy McCaffrey, Google's VP-Corporate Marketing, sent an email to Doc and myself saying the report is not true. "The AP put out an article last night that pretty directly implies that we're going to enable advertisers to influence rankings through payment. Wrong."
At the same time, we're back on track with Google on the XML stuff. Should be pretty interesting. Can't say more at this time. BTW, in case you wanted to know, Doc is the number two Doc on Google. I'm the number two Dave, and try as hard as I can, I no longer own John Doerr. But I never give up!
DHRB has comments now, so if you want to flame me there's never been a better time.
Jean-Louis Gassee tours the Bay Area, en francais.
7/20/99: "Once a long time ago he asked me in his French way if I was a pimp or a whore. I had trouble answering, but when I turned the question back at him, without hesitation he said he was a pimp."
Yesterday's News.Com piece about Microsoft and Web Services raises a lot of questions. Coming one week after the rollout of Visual Studio.Net, after consistent statements by Microsoft execs that .Net is a new beginning for Microsoft, a new development platform, the next thing after Windows, the next thing after the browser, etc. What does MS want developers to do now? Has anything changed? Is interop still a goal for them? If so, what does interop mean? The crucial question is about APIs. Is Microsoft building a new environment, or are they limiting themselves to the widely deployed but not Internet-based Windows APIs? Will .Net go the way of MSIE, integrated with the operating system, inseparable, tied up, bundled, controlled, submitted, just another feature of Windows -- or is there some opportunity, in Microsoft's view, for innovation from developers outside MS and outside the Windows operating system?
Web Services will surely die a slow death in the industry trades (it never really had much life there). But there's one light in the doom and gloom -- InfoWorld. Re-read Steve Gillmor's last column and consider what the world must look like through Microsoft-colored glasses.
Confusion. On one hand Microsoft says now that they don't understand Web Services, but the disconnect is that Microsoft did and does understand them. Gates got it 20 years ago, and the people who started SOAP inside MS are still there today. What we're seeing, exposed to the world, is the kind of second-guessing and turf battles that usually happen inside Microsoft, out of public view. Consider this one more twist in the mazely life of SOAP in the world of the Bigs. It's still the right idea.
Another company that is raising interesting questions is Avantgo. I've gotten a few emails with pointers to a new policy of charging information providers to flow content through Avantgo's content management system. To be honest, since I'm not a palmtop user, I'm not sure what Avantgo's system does. We publish a version of Scripting News that's suitable for reading on palmtops. It's not economically feasible for us to pay to have it distributed, so if we are presented with a bill we'll probably decline. But that may be up to our readers. Is there economic value in the content we create? Avantgo seems to be betting that there is.
I can't keep up with Russ Lipton, he's writing so much about our software. This morning he has a piece called UserLand Philosophy 102, and of course Russ links to 101 from the top of 102. I think Russ understands our philsophy, if not all the tactics. It would be interesting to write other people's philsophies and see how close you get.
One year ago today, Eric Raymond wrote of XML-RPC: "It's deliberately minimalist but nevertheless quite powerful."
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