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Wired: Last Rites for Napster

NY Times: "The chief executive of Napster and several of its top executives resigned today, a move that may foreshadow the imminent bankruptcy of a service that became synonymous with the free exchange of music online." 

News.Com offers a fascinating peek behind the scenes at the BigCo's, esp MS, in re Web services.  

Looks like John had a glass of wine before posting this.  

Pro-With-Blog: Network Computing Magazine

Niklas Gustavsson did a presentation with CSS and SVG. 

Craig Morgan posts a pointer to TBL's CSS-based presentation.  

In town tonight? Spicy Noodles at 7. 

Yesterday I was interviewed by Smart Business, a Ziff-Davis pub, about the significance of the Google API. I told him it was significant, three weeks ago. Now we're waiting for more. He asked if I knew of any other companies that had Web service interfaces. I told him UserLand did. He laughed. I asked why he was laughing. He didn't answer. No follow-up questions.  

Eric Norlin: "Journalists (speaking generally) don't think that 'web services' can be, or are being done by anyone other than IBM, Microsoft, BEA and (maybe) Sun." 

Byron Fast: "Journalists and newspapers and the TV aren't going to change how they report news, so just get used to that. It's not a perfect world. This doesn't mean they are irrelevant or dangerous, it just means you have to listen to four blind men describe an elephant and create the correct mental picture yourself. The wonderful thing about today is that you can read the opinion of dozens of blind men and women in weblogs, and although the spelling may suck you can make a clearer picture of that elephant than people have ever had opportunity to do." 

Doc is blogging the Apple press conference. Wes is blogging the O'Reilly conf, and blogging Doc blog Apple. By the time the Times has their article, it will all be old news. So much for Steven Levy's thesis that we're doing what he's doing. We're not. This is new. Sorry.  

Uncle Gravy's instant analysis of the Apple announcement. Remember how they talked last week about features on the desktop that will drive the RIAA out of their minds (a good thing of course). I bet that the new server has the complementary features on the server side. Think about it this way. Macs are used to create big media objects. A single Photoshop doc is bigger than the combined works of Shakespeare. It's only natural that Apple's server provide a distribution mechanism for the things Mac users create. Of course Hollywood runs on Macs, top to bottom. A nice back-door sell. Create the tools that excite the creative people, drive innovation from the bottom-up. One more thing. Apple's pioneering support of SOAP and XML-RPC pays off when deploying servers. The desktop apps can be GUIs, not just HTML-based apps. Nice! 

John Morris and Josh Taylor: "You'll see pitches that result in a hit, run, or out, along with wild pitches, pick-offs, passed balls, stolen bases, and the like. Basically it's baseball for those suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder." It's also like skipping the commercials on a TiVO. 

Keith Teare, the former CEO of RealNames now has a Radio weblog. Awesome flow. I should send him a check. Maybe this is the beginning of a new career for Mr Teare? 

Wired: Apple Bundle Creates a Rumble

Sometimes spam makes me giggle. I wonder if Ramada knows who George Matesky was. Hope they don't have any phone booths.  

Syndic8 has an XML-RPC interface; added to the services directory. 

Yesterday I asked for help with a CSS-based template for presentations. I got one, but it was not a presentation template. A chance to show off your CSS skills. Let's give it some more time.  

Andrew Zimmerman sent two CSS-based slides, both derivative of the design of my template. To be clear, the designs do not have to be derivative. They should look like a presentation, but you can make them more beautiful than mine, but don't make them more complex. They should look like slides. But there's nothing sacred about the layout I've done. Colin Faulkingham did a couple of slide templates. "A fun diversion," he says. 

AP: No Injuries in San Fran Bay Quake. "It was the worst one I've ever felt,'' Sharma said. "The whole building was shaking and there was just this rumbling sound. It was a bad quake.'' I can testify to that. It was a shaky quake but there's no apparent damage. 

Doc was driving a rickety old Subaru in San Jose during the quake. He's going to Apple's press conference today. Hey Doc, tell Steve about Manila. Runs on Mac OS X, it's a server app. (You use it to edit your weblog.) 

Yet another paranoid BigPub article about weblogs. It's awesome how they only know one story. So much for Friendman's hidden thesis (see below) that the US press tells a balanced story. Is Newsweek any better than The O'Reilly Factor? Nahh. It's all professional wrestling. 

BTW, postscript to Steven, back in the heady early days of the Web, a blogger-to-be (the term didn't exist then) took a job in an ink-stained shop. That lasted about 1.5 years, until the guy got fed up with the dumb-it-down philosophy that says the readers are dumb so we have to skim the surface and never tell them what's really going on even though we think we know. My prediction, if the bloggers that cross the line in 2002 can revolutionize the organizations they work for then you'll keep getting your paycheck, but then you'll be writing a blog, and I'll win the bet with Martin. If not, if they have any soul, they'll be back writing for free, what they know and what they believe. It's kind of an either-or thing, imho. 

Paolo: "After yesterday's post on the new registration architecture I have received more than a dozen messages from interested developers. Honestly I did not expect this much." 

Mark Pilgrim: "There's a guy in my OS X class this week who's been using Macs since 1984. That's some serious Mac cred." I've been using Macs since 1983.  

Thomas Friedman writing in the NY Times complains that the third world believes everything they read on the Internet. Now with all due respect, they shouldn't believe everything they read in the NY Times either. And Ed Cone reports that the US is still part of the third world. He lives in one of the Carolinas, where they're debating evolution, on the Internet, of course, where most of this day's discourse takes place. The solution is lower the barriers to participation, so more lies can spread faster, and develop in our species the introspection and skepticism it needs to survive the challenges ahead. 


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