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BBC report on warchalking. 

Two new Radio themes from Bryan Bell, inspired by Movable Type's templates. 

Mark Pilgrim's series of articles about accessibility becomes a Web-based book. 

NY Times: "After a small rally when the market opened, stocks resumed their sharp decline today and then attempted to recover." 

A picture named power100.jpgHey I was named the 16th most powerful person in IT this year, between Tim O'Reilly and Miguel de Icaza. They say that even though we worked with Microsoft on SOAP long before it was fashionable, I still give them hell for making it proprietary. I guess that's kind of a short hand for saying that I don't mind criticizing them, when it's called for, because that's one of the few things that Microsoft hasn't done as far as I know. 

NY Times: What Will Halt the Skid on Wall Street? 

USA Today: "More than 200 Internet-based radio stations have shut down because of a royalty fee that takes effect in September, and more are closing daily." 

InfoWorld: AOL Time Warner struggles to avoid hard fall

A picture named case.gifSelf-induced fall. Briefly, to recount. The bubble of the 90s was due to misdirected enthusiasm over technology. AOL, a leader, hasn't kept pace. Microsoft will overtake them if they don't refocus on giving new features and performance to users. The music industry, of which AOL is a major player, holds some if not all of the keys. They refuse to use them to give the users what they want. AOL should also be investing heavily in writable-web technology. When we look back five years from now, after MS forecloses on the music industry for pennies on the dollar, we'll realize that AOL, like Netscape, actually had the lead when it capitulated. If anyone at AOL understands this it's Steve Case. I wonder if anyone is listening to him there. I wonder if he has the stomach for it, given the recent tragedy in his family. 

Anil Dash: "Dear whomever replaces Bob Pittman.." 

Information Week: Are You Blogging Yet? 

BBC: Segway scooter gets UK airing

A picture named dubya.gifJohn Hiler wrote a very long article about different kinds of blogging software and tries to piece together the history. Some things he says Perl got first actually were done first in Manila, in the seminal year of 1999. And you don't need to buy Manila to get comments in your Radio weblog, the service is included in the $39.95. Jorn Barger, the person credited with coining the term "weblog" used the NewsPage suite in Frontier, he didn't do his weblog by hand as Hiler says. It's possible that Jorn still uses Frontier. I suspect there are (many) other factual errors in this very long piece, but I also suspect that Hiler would be willing to correct them. The source of many of his errors appears to be Rebecca Blood's history of weblogs, which he references and points to. We're going to be fixing her bugs for years to come it seems. 

Congrats to Groove and Microsoft on their latest deal. "Groove Workspace provides offline access to SharePoint information and collaboration while providing end-users a simple and secure means to move that experience across firewalls, without the need to deploy servers in the DMZ." 

Interesting thread on Ben Hammersley's syndication weblog. A competitor takes issue with a feature of Radio, we let people post weblog items that don't have a title and/or link. Of course users can include a title and link, but they don't have to. Lots of people, myself included, post items to our weblogs that don't have obvious titles, and may link to two or more other pages (and sometimes none). The thread eventually got to the core of the issue. Coool. 

NY Times: "The Internet may not be doing so great on Wall Street, but it's doing great on Main Street."  

Paul Andrews: "What happened to .NET? Microsoft's flagship strategy for 'any time, anywhere computing from any device' has sunk like a stone. By now we were supposed to be seeing initial .NET applications, but the new rallying cry seems to be for Palladium, a security initiative that has met with the same skepticism and resistance from the developer community that .NET inspired. At its worst, Palladium looks to be a sop to Hollywood and its efforts to control digital content." 

BBC: "Just as still video camera discs and laser discs have become mere technological curiosities in less than a decade, it's a sure bet than many of the storage media that are used today - cartridges with names like Jaz, Zip, Syquest, Bernoulli, state of the art CD-R and DVD-R discs, and the tiny SmartMedia, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, Multi Media Card, and MicroDrive storage cards - will be obsolete and hard to access in a few decades' time." 

Last year on this day I reviewed John Gray's Men are from Mars, etc. To Anil Dash, this is how I generally do reviews. Not a whole lot of detail. Just a judgement with a little spin. Rarely much more than that. Why? Well, I say what I have to say and leave it at that. Further, the attention span of Web readers is pretty limited. So more words are worth less, fewer words, worth more. Have a nice day. 

7/22/99: "Just because we have websites and 24-hour news feeds doesn't mean we don't get lonely, hungry and horny." 


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