I have my instant outliner going again. Radio users can subscribe using the OPML coffee mug on DHRB. The new thing is that notification happens via instant messaging, not polling. And there's something really new in there. A remote procedure invocation protocol. They are not remote procedure calls because they don't return values and are asynchronous. But you can pass parameters, complex ones, using the encoding of XML-RPC. It's the loop-close on the work we did in Keystone with the Jabber folk last August. Works with AIM too. We're bootstrapping on the Radio-Dev mail list.
Early in June I wrote a piece about journalism, exposing a vexing problem, and I said something that I believe, that would surely hurt a friend of mine, Dan Gillmor. Dan called me last week, just to say hello, and to express his best wishes for my recovery, which is going well, even if it's way too slow for my liking. Dan's a good guy. I am an extremist, in much the same way Ray Ozzie is becoming one (and Jon Udell is not). I started blogging because the professional journalists carry such huge conflicts, and often don't disclose them. They have to do it to keep their jobs. Human beings in difficult spots. But as a product developer, I couldn't get news about my products out through them. It got so bad that in 1993 I retired from software. I got back in because quite by accident I discovered that I could create my own waves without help from the pros. Now as a result I am a total hardass when it comes to undisclosed conflicts. Sometimes I lose friends because of this. Comes with the territory. I'm glad Dan is still my friend. I love the guy. I feel his pain, he feels mine. Right on. I still get my nose rubbed in the bullshit of the pros every damned day. People who don't tell their readers, and possibly don't even tell their editors, that they're making money on the side in areas they cover. I am totally sick of it.
Sweet new design over at Evhead.
Reports from the BBC and NY Times provide a sobering backdrop to the probably insignificant debates of our little world o' weblogs. According to the BBC: "Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network is alive and well and continues to pose a real threat to the world, a leaked UN report has warned." Oy vey.
A brief response to Larry Lessig's story about releasing the source code of MORE.
Sheila Lennon: "In order to foster the creation of a culture, copyright procedures were established that included sending copies of your work to Washington, thereby establishing authorship and date."
Brad Pettit: "As for Lawrence Lessig's romanticized notions of MORE ('many who share my affection for this clean bit of code'), and for those who think the MORE source should be placed in public domain, be forewarned."
Ken Hagler works at Symantec. He's raised the question reviving MORE internally. Interesting comments.
Sandy Wilbourn responds to Lessig. Sandy is a former VP at Rational Software, and a personal friend since college.
As noted here on Sunday, the link to Chairman Coble's bio is still broken.
Scott Rosenberg: "Apple found the DMCA to be a pliable tool, easily adaptable for its own ends that have nothing to do with protecting intellectual property."
Sean Gallagher: "Well, I'm sure that both Notes and Publishing, if they could be rendered as corporeal beings, would quote Python as well: 'I'm not dead yet.'"
The users of a product called Blender are buying it for 100,000 Euros. That's an interesting idea.
Good luck to Brian D Buck who's on a new round of chemo.
Jon Udell: "I don't know exactly when it happened, but at some point I became an extreme anti-extremist."
Have you ever been to this intersection?
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