Google: Glossary, Sets, Voice Search, Keyboard Shortcuts.
Survey: Which new GoogleApp do you like best?
This article by Ed Cone about blogging is worth pointing to a second time. An insightful review of the blogging experience by a professional reporter.
Rich Salz had a really good idea which I'm thinking about adding to my list of ideas for evolving RSS (with credit of course). This is what Rich said. "If you 'recommended' that the <guid> be a URL that retrieves the item, then you could claim to be REST compliant." Now that's really interesting, because it satisfies a common feature request, that RSS optionally include a permalink to each <item>. It's conceivable that it would be different from the <link> sub-element of <item>. Weblog software generally supports permalinks. Then the question is do you still call it <guid> or do you call it <permaLink>? It's pretty clear that a permalink must be a globally unique identifier. Permalink is a friendlier name, it seems to me.
Major spring thunderstorm in Northern California. Fantastic and unusual. The hills were just turning brown. I bet they go emerald green now, probably well into June. Lovely. We get a second spring.
802.11b: "It's been more than a year since home users started buying Wi-Fi in huge amounts, and the software cycle still shows an orientation towards the techiest-of-the-techie. And even we can't figure it out."
Rich Salz examines WSDL.
Doc: "What do you call a blogger who won't link?"
John Robb: "Patriotism is the last defense of cowards."
Jeroen Bekkers, a Groove developer, reports a breakthrough. They can now post from a Groove space to a Radio weblog using the Blogger API. Bravo!
Jesse Shanks on using OmniOutliner to edit AppleScripts.
Ideas for RSS Evolution: "Sjoerd Visscher and Rahul Dave both offered the same convincing argument for global IDs instead of local ones, so I flipped it back."
A puzzle unfolds on Google. "The Google Labs Sets demo is an experimental system that allows a user to automatically create sets of items from a few examples." Huh? Less mysterious: "The Google Labs Voice Search demo is an experimental system that allows you to carry out a Google search by voice with a simple phone call."
News.Com: "Microsoft plans to announce on Monday revamped software that could make it easier for businesses to build portal Web sites."
Rick Klau is looking for an OPML displayer for his Palm.
Alan Cox, one of the leads of Linux: "Things like XML-RPC, SOAP and the stuff on top of them are designed to 'interwork through firewalls'. A better phrase would be 'go through the firewall like a knife through butter in a way that prevents the companies involved monitoring the activity.'"
Here's my (new) standard response: As one of the designers of SOAP and XML-RPC, imho, they were designed to make it easy to connect applications using the Internet as the transport. In practice, messages are often sent between apps running on the same machine. This is an important technology for people who develop software for users, it allows us to substitute easy to use graphic tools, where appropriate, for browser-based interfaces.
Quiheng Hu: "Microsoft is a highly respected Corporation in the world as well as in China."
News.Com: Paid content comes to Kazaa.
Last year on this day: Faking a death online.
Two years ago, the best picture I've ever taken.
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