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A tiny change in Radio's aggregator makes referer logs more interesting. Please read this if you provide an RSS source for Radio users, and you watch your referer logs. Updated. 

A picture named reynolds.gifI had a brief phone talk with Glenn Reynolds about the story we were both interviewed for. I wanted to get an idea whether or not he sees a feud between "techblogs" and "warblogs." I sure don't. Clearly he doesn't either. It was good talk. Basic agreement on what a weblog is, about pointing to other weblogs, same values about pros and amateurs. Reynolds is firmly an amateur, as I am. No bluster, only kind words.  

Glenn comments on my post. Coool. Check this out, it gets better. My coverage of Sept 11 was nominated for the BlogBook, which as I understand it, is a total warblog thing. (Postscript: I've been corrected, it is not a warblogger thing.) 

Jim Winstead finds neighborhoods by aggregating favorites. 

My updates-by-hour page is filling out. It represents seven days of updates to Scripting News, broken down by hour. Today I released code for Radio that tracks updates the same way. This information stays on your desktop, but may be used to compute the ttl element for an upcoming version of RSS.  

A picture named comicbookguy.gifJohn Robb, UserLand's COO says, in a kind of ham-handed way, that a coven of a warbloggers is much like a Star Trek convention. John actually fought terrorists with real guns and airplanes when he was in the US Air Force. He came on board in April of last year. During the summer I wondered what I had done, here I had this ex-military guy working at UserLand, and I'm an aging hippie. Then on Sept 11 it all changed. I had someone I trusted I could ask military questions, and get straight answers. I came to call him our War Time COO. 

Jeff Schmidt: "When hobbyists encounter one another at a social gathering, before long you will find them talking eagerly about the content of their subject of common interest, showing an excitement, enthusiasm, wonder and curiosity that is reminiscent of beginning professional students. This rarely happens when professionals talk casually with their colleagues." 

Slashdot: Mozilla 1.0 released. Screen shot

Do a view source on this page on Colin Faulkingham's site. He's got a RadioPoint slide show in a single file. He asks how to get RadioPoint to output one of these. You don't need RadioPoint for that. Just read the OPML source and do the same thing. Great work Colin. 

Sean Gallagher: "The advertising market for reaching mid-level IT guys is toast." 

Register: Gopher Holes in IE

Ed Cone: "Doc Searls says his blog ain't for sale. Me, I would blog for bucks tomorrow." 

Oh yeah. Here's a wizzy text editor in Flash. Bing. Thanks to Jon Udell for the link. (For Radio/Mac and Manila/Mac users, this could be the way we get a wizzy editor in MSIE/Mac.) 

I love writing tutorials. Last year on this day I wrote a dandy

NY Times: "Hollywood studios seeking to impose electronic controls on digital television broadcasts suffered a setback yesterday as a coalition of technology and consumer electronics companies supporting their efforts crumbled in a cross-industry power struggle." 

News.Com interviews Apple CEO Steve Jobs. 

Register: "In its quest for vengeance, the paper and its FBI anti-hacking Pinkerton squad have commanded members of the press to cough up confidential information regarding the Lamo case, conveniently forgetting that real journalists need to keep their notes and correspondence private in order to do their jobs properly." 

BBC: "The United States served up one of the World Cup's great upsets, as they out-fought Group D favourites Portugal to record a superb victory in Suwon." 

Warblogs vs the Techblogs? 

I was interviewed by a BigPub reporter yesterday asking if it was true that the warbloggers had obsoleted the tech blogs. A weird question, because I wasn't even aware that there was a concept of "tech blog."

I'm quite confused about why people think the warblogs are so great. Lots of bluster, not much useful info. Kind of like FoxNews (which I don't have the patience for either). Anyway it's good that there are more weblogs, war-based or otherwise. But I'm much more interested in librarians, lawyers, and developers getting into it.

While we do bash egos from time to time in TechBlogLand, we're getting a lot more work done these days, using weblogs as the venue for sharing stuff. I like to tell the reporters that SOAP and XML-RPC, RSS and OPML could never have happened without weblogs. I asked the reporter if they could ask Glenn Reynolds to tell them when Hollywood is screwing computer users, or if they ever come up with a solution to the Microsoft antitrust case. And by the way, whose software do you think they use and do they even know how to use it? Andrew Sullivan just discovered permalinks a few days ago. Heh. Believe me there's more work to do, and it's going to be programmers and information mavens that lead the way.

BTW, I have something of an advantage, in that my blog predates the media rage that centered on the Pyra crowd, so I've been through this before. Someday Glenn Reynolds will be shocked to find out that he's not the darling of the bigpubs anymore, then someone else will be blustering how they made him obsolete. It won't be any more true then than it is now. This is meta-news. Boring.

One of the good things that has come from this is a renewed spirit of cooperation. Now that there are blogs with more flow than Scripting News, I think people feel less threatened by me. For some reason there's more working together going on. For whatever reason, I'm grateful for that.


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