DaveNet: A new beginning.
Tim O'Reilly: Amazon Web Services API.
NY Times: "The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted more than 4.5 percent, breaking sharply below its post-Sept 11 closing low. Before it bounced back slightly at the end, the Dow flirted with closing below the 8,000 level for the first time since 1998. Today's sell-off dealt the Dow its eighth weekly loss in nine weeks."
Mark Pilgrim concludes his 30 Days to a More Accessible Weblog series of posts. What an excellent resource this will be in the future. Thanks Mark.
Jon Udell reviews Traction, which, according to Jon, is "best described as an enterprise Weblog system."
Tim Jarrett did AppleScript glue for the Amazon web services using SOAP.
Steve MacLaughlin hits the funny bone with his MasterCard treatment of the disaster at AOL-Time-Warner.
NY Times: "Meanwhile, where is Steve Case?"
Two years ago on this day. "The problem is two-fold. Evan has a brain, and integrity."
Guardian Unlimited is "launching the first competition to find the best British weblog. The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and five runners-up will receive £100 each." I'd nominate Nick Denton, but he's living in NYC. What about Ben Hammersley. Hmm. Edd Dumbill. Paul Andrews, who's not a Brit, suggests that other newspapers should do the same in their geographies.
Thanks to Rogers Cadenhead for the supportive comment in the thread at Queso. There's been a bunch of the usual mindless stuff, as if this environment were sixth grade, or maybe kindergarten. The thread began with a question about proper credit for the invention of the weblog, and it wandered into the usual humiliation and abuse one commonly sees on open discussion groups.
Yesterday I was interviewed about weblogs, maybe for the 800th time, and I said again that the diff betw weblogs and mail lists (and Usenet) is that anyone can have the last word any day on a weblog. Five hundred people can have the last word. The stop energy is much lower. But the greed and intellectual dishonesty in the weblog world is something I'm thinking about a lot while I'm on sabbatical. I'm not allowed to develop software until I've recovered from my surgery. I'm wondering whether I should continue after I've recovered.
Without cigarettes to numb me out, it might hurt too much. UserLand will continue, if I have anything to say about it; although the software business is tough. But the question is, will Dave, at age 47, with a body that's already shown serious signs of wear and tear, risk going back into the fray. It's going to be a tough decision. I still have some more ideas about networks of writers and stuff like that, but the cost at a personal level can be so high.
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