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OK, I have to get some programming work done today. Too much stimulation from all corners. Back to work Dave.  

Jakob Nielsen: Deep Linking is Good Linking

Slashdot says either deal with humongous ads, or pay for a subscription. 

Rick Ross, the Java Lobby guy, has a Radio weblog.  

Robb Beal is having a "Metadata Weekend." 

Tim Jarrett asks "So how was Morpheus going to capture any value? Somewhere, though, someone thought they were a good idea." 

News.Com, 10/01: "..Timberline Venture Partners, a venture capital firm associated with Draper Fisher Jurvetson, which funded MusicCity, also known as StreamCast Networks." 

Mark Pilgrim has a great demo of how much easier Mac OS X is for personal Web serving than Windows XP. Of course if you run Radio on XP, you just have to launch the Radio app. It's a Web server. It's pretty easy.  

I have a confession to make. Radio is also an outliner. I'm thinking more about that these days. 

Orlowski on Blogs 

Register: Back in the Bloghouse. Great story. I'm going to have a lot to say about this.

Andrew almost gets it, but not quite. Breaking news is hard work only if you're not already immersed in the news that's breaking. For the person who lives it, who spent years working to make the news, it's hard work for sure to explain what's going on, and to get a balanced view there must be people who are watching it. The reporter who swoops into an area for two weeks, then writes a piece and moves on, never gets the story. How many times have you read a story in an area you know about and shake your head because the story was just plain wrong. It happens so often that I have no confidence when they cover areas I don't know about.

Glenn gets breaking news on 802.11b every day because he cares about it, and makes it his business to know what's going on. This is not the end, we're not finished, we're just booting up. The pings you see now are a network that's bootstrapping. We all say hi. Some don't bother (we note that) -- Andrew's piece, even if it said nothing else, was great because it linked to all the people he talked about. Note that yesterday I got an award from Infoworld -- no link. The O'Reilly review of Radio 8 didn't link to the product, so how could people try it out? Andrew's doing his job. Letting us talk back. Letting a reader get all sides to a story. Let the reader of a review try the product being reviewed.

BTW, the herd may move on, but I cover stories for years. It's all in the archives.

Otherwise Andrew says things that need to be heard. It's not enough to kvell, you also have to do, if you want to see the promise realized.

BTW, don't think blogs haven't covered breaking news. Look at the rollout of Radio 8. It took a month or more to get the whole story out, through lots of different perspectives. But the story got out. The print world hasn't caught it yet. The Times piece last Monday, supposedly a review of what's going on in the business of blogging, had an interview with our COO, but no mention of the product we shipped on Jan 11, and certainly did not take into account the new things it makes possible. Is that relevant to the reader of the Times piece? I have no doubt that it is. So a lot of it depends on what color your glasses are. If you think Radio 8 wasn't a big story, then the pros missed nothing and the bloggers didn't get the story. But if you wear my glasses it looks totally different.

Markoff and Me 

One year ago today I wrote a piece about Microsoft that was later quoted in a John Markoff piece in the NY Times.

Here's what I said. "Every time I use the Web I am reminded why I hate Microsoft." It's still true today. I feel like they're the US in Vietnam. They have no business here, they don't understand it, they're an occupying force.

What Markoff didn't understand, or at least didn't represent in his piece, is that this is only part of the Microsoft and Me story. I'm using Microsoft software now as I write this (it's in the background, I'm using my own outliner to write); and as a platform vendor they have an exemplary record of keeping my software running; and I have had many friends at Microsoft, even some personal friends, dating back to the mid-80s. I've also done some of my best cross-company collaboration with Microsoft.

I don't know how he could have expressed all that in a 600-word piece, this is why I think pros like Markoff should also have weblogs, where they track the people and subjects they care about on a daily basis, so their readers, if they want to know more, have a way to get it. Behind every profile should be a professionally maintained dossier, so that readers with minds have a way to get and stay informed.

Kevin Altis: "Shows like Nova and Frontline provide information and forums that supplement their programs."

March 2 is a big day 

Boy, going back through the On This Day In links (to the right) is a real trip. On this day two years ago I wrote one of my big hits, The Two-Way-Web. Over the years there have been a handful of DaveNets that I link back to frequently. This is one of those pieces. And on this day four years ago, we went into stealth mode on our work with Microsoft on SOAP. I think this must have been the day after my trip to Redmond to plot out the work.

Assembly-line journalism 

Good morning. Got a couple of emails from Rob Enderle, unfortunately he doesn't want them on the Web. They were long. I would love to publish them. See how the mind of a quote mill works. 1300 quotes per year. I guess he counts. Anyway, he's not that interesting. I hope Cydney writes a piece about this. And I also hope she keeps developing sources who know what they're talking about and avoids assembly-line journalism.

In Enderle's emails was a tinge of chivalry. Well hmm, she's a tough broad (to use an anachronistic term) and chivalry is dead, it went out with feminism. If women are to be respected, then their work must be subject to examination and criticism, without regard to gender. I support equality for women, therefore I would never let gender get in the way of collegial pushback, nor would I point to an article because it was written by a woman (or a man). Perhaps this is a subject for the BlogSisters to look at.

A picture named meeker.gifBTW, Rob thinks I have an issue with him, that I was getting to him through Cydney. Oy what arrogance. I think he's as relevant as the financial analysts who led Wall Street astray during the dotcom mess. I don't think anyone's making investment decisions today based on what Meeker and Blodget say. Enderle and his ilk are old fashioned vestiges of a system that was really shitty, and got the ink-stained crowd in a deep hole. If you want to find a way out, start digging for real stories, real news, and for that you can't go to the quote mills.


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