DaveNet: The Role of Professional Journalists.
A note of thanks to Eric Soroos, Jeremy Bowers and DJ Adams, all of whom are partners on my current project, even though they don't know it. I guess now they do. A new architecture is on the way for Frontier and Radio, tcp.im or something like that. It's going to take a few days, I'm doing it carefully of course.
It's interesting watching the referers build for the NY Times autoblog. Also Google is indexing it now.
AP: "Right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, whose anti-immigration party stunned the public with its strong showing in local elections last March, was shot six times and killed Monday as he left a radio interview."
Adam is blogging live from Amsterdam. Sjoerd is where the riots were.
Register: "A new media service called Rendezvous automatically discovers other Mac users and drops their shared playlists into iTunes' Source panel."
Radio's Outliner: "I want to do a corner-turn that will link up the Instant Outliner (on Mac OS X and Windows) to AIM using Eric's code."
Incoming AOL CEO Richard Parsons: "We're the No. 1 movie company, the No. 1 online company, the No. 1 premium cable network company, the No. 1 cable network company, No. 2 cable company, No. 2 music company, " he said here in a panel discussion at the cable-television industry's annual convention. "Well, what am I missing?" Developers.
Jon Udell: "In an InfoWorld article published today, I predicted that users of Flash MX would soon find a way to call web services directly, without going through the ColdFusion-based gateway. Jeremy Allaire wrote me to point out that this has already started to happen."
Eric Soroos: "Frontier-TOC is a Frontier implementation of the AOL TOC protocol, one of the two that is used for AOL Instant Messaging." Bing!
I have Eric's new tool installed in Radio on Windows. Works great. Testing it out inside UserLand now.
Gary Robinson: "Over the weekend we sponsored Aaron Swartz to add RSS enclosures support to the Python version of Orchard."
I now have a Movable Type weblog.
MacCentral reports on Apple's WWDC announcements.
Apple: "Code-named Jaguar, the next major release of Mac OS X will delight you with the innovation, elegance and ease of use you’ve come to expect from Apple."
Powazek: "Little pictures and chat bubbles? Yeech. Have we learned nothing since 1997?"
Lots of links today on Mac Net Journal.
Mike Chambers: Integrating Flash and Radio.
Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference starts today.
MacInTouch: Top Macintosh Development Issues.
This is a really annoying question, but I need an answer or I'll go out of my mind.
I just read this rant on Joel Spolsky's site and nodded my head and thought "The wiener boys have showed up over at Joel's." It seems it's just a matter of time.
Jadine Ying: "Many people see weblogs as a supplement, chipping in what old media lack in irreverence, personality and interactive flow."
One of my favorite DaveNets was written on this day in 1998.
Look at how much more readable InfoWorld was in 1998.
The premise of this piece is born out in blogland.
On-topic for the day
This News.Com piece is right on-topic for today's DaveNet. The reporter surveys BigCo's to find out if they have anything as concrete as the Google API to offer, and draws a blank. Yet there are two directories here and here, containing concrete examples of web services, some of which have more utility than the current Google API, which is a good tease, but to be truly interesting, must have follow-through.
This is why the pro's argument that they can do deep research is flawed. The News.Com piece is probably the most penetrating feature written so far, by a pro, on web services. With all possible humility, they haven't even caught up with the pieces I wrote three weeks ago about the Google API. And while I'm doing that, I'm also writing software, fixing outages, and negotiating deals with partners. What's going on here? Why can I do all that? Because I have been researching this area for over 20 years. I would rather not have to do the writing, btw. I would prefer if the pros did their job, and dug in, and reported the news, so I could focus on doing what I really like to do, writing software. If the individual reporters don't have enough technical depth to do that, they should be replaced by people who do. There are lots of unemployed bloggers. If you run a professional tech news shop, try mining the weblogs for people who can write, and know their stuff, and don't cut corners and quote Giga Research analysts who know bupkis about this stuff. End of rant.
BTW, they also quote ZapThink, which mostly does understand the technology and doesn't cut corners. A rare beast in the world of analysts.
One more comment. There's an important thought in the News.Com piece that I shouldn't overlook. "Though most initial uses of Web services are being built by corporations and might solve esoteric problems the public may never know of or care about, Google has taken the Web services concept and made it real for the software development community--an enviable task amid rampant confusion over just what a Web service is supposed to be." Bing!
Except one thing, it's based on a false premise. A more accurate statement would be "Though most initial uses of Web services are being built by companies we are willing to recognize and might solve esoteric problems the public may never know of or care about.."
The web services we've defined, and the ones Blogger defines, are transparently useful, and not esoteric.
James Snell works on web services at IBM: "Speaking only about one BigCo, the intention is not to directly provide Web services, yet rather to provide the tooling customers need to implement Web services."
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