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Scott Rosenberg, Salon's managing editor, has a new weblog, and it's very nice. I've known Scott for quite a few years, he wrote one of the first articles about weblogs, in May 1999. His weblog is edited with Radio UserLand, and that makes me proud. You can subscribe to Scott's weblog with Radio's news aggregator. Stay tuned for more Salon weblog links.  

Jake: "So far I have yet to notice any problems, but if you happen to see something go wrong, click the comment link below, and let us know." 

Phillip Pearson is keeping a running commentary on the new blogs appearing at 

Heh heh *cough* tease *cough* heh heh. 

Something to relax about -- today the Dow Jones went down by less than 100 points. Meanwhile, famous Jewish author Chaim Potok died at 73; and the war in the Middle East is escalating. There's been much discussion why we hold Israel to a higher standard than others. The reason is that we're their closest ally, and our values must be reflected in their actions, if they want to continue to enjoy our support. 

Best wishes to Jim Roepcke's dad, who just went through some heavy-duty surgery.  

Here's something interesting. The Hot-Or-Not folks are now rating weblogs. Nice. 

Jon Udell: "To turn knowledge into some kind of deprecated highbrow fantasy seems a terrible shame." Amen. 

Reuters: "People are thinking why buy it today when you can buy it cheaper tomorrow." 

Roland Piquepaille tunes into the subtext in Bill Gates's email to millions of Internet users last week.  

Patrick Logan and Sam Gentile push back on Paul Andrews' assessment of .NET. Perhaps I can shed some light. Paul is a user and a journalist, not a developer. Two years ago Microsoft started making a lot of claims about .NET including some specific ship dates and features, that they have missed. Paul isn't responsible for explaining to readers the why's and wherefore's, and it's good that he is checking up on their delivery, so perhaps next time big companies like MS make grand proclamations about their dominance, they'll be taken with a few more grains of salt, and not clear the landscape of all innovation until they ship, or fail to. It's happened over and over. Paul has been around the loop enough to have seen it a few times. And he's generally a Microsoft booster, not a detractor. 

BTW, a note to people who don't like criticism, and this is not about Microsoft, who generally takes it pretty well, all things considered. If you get some criticism, that's not a bad thing. Try to listen. On the other hand, if you're giving criticism, don't make it personal unless really is. Most people try to do the best they can. Even Bill Gates probably thought they were going to ship a revolution with .NET in a quarter or two. Human beings make mistakes, all of us.  

BBC: "US shares opened slightly higher on Tuesday, but have got a very long way to climb to recover the previous day's heavy falls." 

Mary Wehmeier: "I am an AOL Surviver." 

Mike Chambers: "I am going to be testing a simple Flash Communication Server app on Wednesday (July 24) at 1PM Eastern, and need some (a lot) of people to join to see how it handles the bandwidth. The app basically allows me to broadcast to everyone who is connected." 

Greg Burch is a Macromedia engineer with a new weblog.  


Please take note. I edit in public. You may catch me saying something that I change my mind about later. When I see it on SN it looks different than when I type it in my outliner.

You may not like this. Your sole recourse is to complain about it, over and over, in every possible forum, and say I'm corrupt or that you're threatened by this, but (key point) that won't change the way I write.

I strongly suggest that people who don't like this immediately stop reading this site.

JY: "Some times you'll have to make a disclaimer that you can go and have a pee between 2 posts." I disclaim that too. Thanks for the reminder!

Paolo wonders if there is or was a rule that Web writing can't change. I responded in the comments section of his post.

"I think the moral of the story is that being too relative in your writing is bad form. If your work depends on other work not changing, you're not loosely coupled. If one were to write a definition of the Web, loose coupling would be part of it."

Check with David Weinberger, if you don't believe me.

Memory lane 

On this day last year, Noah Shachtman of Wired News wondered if Napster was the answer. "We may look back and say, 'If there had been a way for the music companies to come to peace with Napster, then we might be at a very different, (better) place,'" one label executive said, requesting anonymity. "I'm worried that some of the offerings (the labels are coming up with) might be too little, too late." Yup yup yup yup yup. It's as if the personal computer revolution had been halted in its tracks by an organization hell-bent on making sure spreadsheets and word processors never gained traction.

On this day three years ago, Scott Rosenberg of Salon reported on an Industry Standard conference he attended, which, with the benefit of hindsight, was one of the last dotcom-boom conferences. What a trip that was. It's great that Salon's archives are still there to tell the story, even if the Standard is gone, and so are many of the people in the story.

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