NY Times: Pittman Resigns at AOL. "His departure signals a recognition that the merger of equals now appears to be a vast monument to mania of the Internet boom."
Washington Post: "AOL converted legal disputes into ad deals. It negotiated a shift in revenue from one division to another, bolstering its online business. It sold ads on behalf of online auction giant eBay Inc, booking the sale of eBay's ads as AOL's own revenue. AOL bartered ads for computer equipment in a deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. AOL counted stock rights as ad and commerce revenue in a deal with a Las Vegas firm called PurchasePro.com Inc."
BBC: AOL denies improper accounting. "The media group has dismissed a Washington Post report that it engaged in improper accounting as factually 'flawed' and 'misleading.'" That's not a denial.
Fascinating thread on H-T-P on Apple as a platform vendor.
Brad Templeton has the answer to the US Citizen Corps program. Inform on the informants. Good idea!
Guardian: "No search engine, no matter how good, can be all things to all people."
Simon Fell is trying to get AppleScript to work in Radio. "Is there any way to have it work without requiring the dummy parameter?"
Press release: "Civil libertarian John Gilmore today challenged as unconstitutional a secret federal rule that requires domestic US travelers to identify themselves."
Jon Udell: Forgotten software, space junk.
Sheila Lennon: "My mom died at 3:15 this morning. Wide awake, I opened my blog and started stripping the page. I put a picture of her on the Web. Then I wrote her obituary for tomorrow's paper. My brother and I emailed each other all night." Best wishes Sheila.
Did you catch the Robin Williams special on HBO. A laugh riot. I'm so glad he's still doing his schtick after all these years.
On this day last year Apple announced they would support SOAP and XML-RPC natively in Mac OS X.
Aaron Swartz: "I applaude Apple on their beautiful user interfaces, clever implementations of ideas, and innovations in products. I just wish they'd do something to help out the rest of us."
Today I woke up with no pain. A major healing milestone. For the last few days the pain has been very much in my way. I rationalized this as good news -- the feeling is coming back. For a few days I wondered if it was going in the right direction. Everything is so subjective. The observer is the feeler of the pain. To everyone else it seems like I'm fully recovered. Not true. Well, it's confusing for sure. I'm still trying to figure out if I can travel to San Diego for the Open Source Convention next week. I have a doctor's appt tomorrow, that will be one of the topics we discuss. BTW, for some reason today every thought is about cigarettes. My subconscious seems to have forgotten that we quit that nasty life-shortening habit.
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