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For XML geeks: How the Web Bug Simulator Works

I linked to the Web Bug Simulator readout in the left margin of this page. The third item. I called it HotX's because I couldn't think of a better name for the readout. I know it's a mess. I'm going to have to do a special site just for this service. They're XML. They're hot. You want to watch it. It's the place where weblogs meet the BigPub's and don't give an inch.  

Dave Liebreich reads the tea leaves on UserLand's strategy, and his thinking is quite reasonable, however it is not our strategy. The next move will happen next Monday, Murphy-willing. One more week before you see the full scope of the network we want to build. We're going for broke folks. You're going to be surprised. (But surprise is good, otherwise life would be flat and hohum.) 

Steve Jobs nails it. "We believe that over 80 percent of people are willing to pay," he says. "But there is no one offering you a choice." Amen. 

Kuro5hin: "With the switching of Morpheus to the Gnutella network, the size of the Gnutella network has grown tenfold, overnight. This has had the effect of making the network almost unusable for dial-up users." 

The story of Flash as told by its inventor, Jonathan Gay. 

A fantastic new Radio weblog from Katy and Bruce Loebrich. Clean and simple. Excellent use of categories.  

Stephen Tallent: "I can see several situations where it would be quite nice to retrieve info from an Oracle or MS SqlServer database at publish time." Amen. 

Brent Sleeper: "Trying to write productively in a web browser is like using a knife to turn a loose screw." 

Status-Q: "The number of hosts on the Gnutella network is booming." 

Kevin Altis lists WSDL analyzers and validators. 

Looks like Visio is becoming a development platform.  

Tim Jarrett: "Adobe gets SOAP religion." 

The new XML Ranking system 

Adam Curry reviews the new XML feeds ranking system. "If you don't update, you start to feel blog-gravity," he says.

He's right about the gravity thing. Overnight Scripting News fell to 13th place. Now that I've started updating, it should start rising slowly. The Register, a UK publication, is number one right now (7AM). They're nine hours ahead. Makes sense.

Yes, the new ranking system is very interesting. I will write a technical description of exactly how it works, but it still may be better to just accept it as a number that somehow reflects how much new stuff is flowing from each source.

And it's also got a tiny little coffee mug (thanks Bryan!) next to each feed that makes it easy (very) to try out the feeds in your aggregator. In other words, it's got a little virality to it.

Google Bombs 

A picture named segway.gifJohn Hiler: Google Time Bomb.

A demo of a Google bomb. On Saturday I decided to try to become the authority on Rob Enderle. It worked. A mostly harmless experiment, I hope. I've been playing this game since I noticed that I had become authoritative on John Doerr (he's a board member at Google). At the Segway demo in December, I met Google founder Larry Page and wrote it up. I told him Google likes me. I became authoritative on Segway too (as did Dan Bricklin). In December the NY Times said that Paul Nakada's Segway weblog was authoritative, but I guess their link didn't count because Google can't get into the Times because of the cookie requirement. But Scripting News did, so if you search for it, you find my reference to the Times article. So I'm kind of a weblog proxy for the Times. Heh. What a funny small world. Later this month you'll find out why it's even worse than it appears. Tease.

OK, it gets even wierder. Sight unseen, I'm going to point to Glenn pointing to the NY Times which is running two articles on WiFi. Glenn says "The New York Times Gets It." That's good enough for me. See how this shit works. Glenn is the authority on WiFi. If he says the NY Times is out to lunch, I believe him. If he says they have two articles that are insightful, I point sight unseen. This is how Google evolves to capture human intelligence. More and more I think we and Google are exploring two sides of the same mountain.

What passes for a life these days 

A Friday night is the beginning of a quiet period on the Web known anachronistically as a "weekend." Those of us who live the Web lifestyle perhaps have some vague recollection that this used to be a period for relaxation, sports, parties, visiting with friends, etc. Nowadays it means that the traffic goes down on the net, everything's fast, and it's time to do corner-turns and bootstraps, because if hell breaks loose not so many people will see it. Friday night is not the best time to receive an award or to have a great review for your newest product appear. So with that in mind, please check out the following two links. Thank you and god bless.

InfoWorld: Top ten technology innovators: Dave Winer.

Jon Udell: Radio 8 is a Lab for Groupware.

Benjamin Franklin: "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worthy reading, or do things worth the writing."

March 4 in Y2K was a Spicy Noodles kind of day.


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