Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for defeating the Atlanta Braves this evening and advancing to the National League Championship Series against the St Louis Cardinals. What a cliff-hanger, what a surprising ending. And thanks to Dan Shafer for blogging the play by play. That made it even more interesting.
Eight years ago on this day I wrote my first DaveNet essay. It would lead to all the things I do today on the Web, including this weblog, and the CMS in Frontier, Manila, and Radio UserLand. I wrote DaveNet retrospectives in 2001, 1999, 1997 and 1995.
10/7/97: "I'd like my legacy to be that I helped people be kinder to each other, to find more fun in other people, not to be so threatened by the differences between people."
Werblog says farewell to Teledesic. A sidenote, Werblog has become one of my favorite subscribed-to weblogs. I have a high expectation that I'll quote Kevin whenever I visit. Now, as Kevin can testify, when I just read his stuff in occasional big think-pieces in Esther's newsletter, I found a lot not to like. Getting a couple of thoughts every few days from Kevin has helped me see what a smart guy he is.
A sample chapter from the new O'Reilly book on blogging.
The Italian version of Radio is localized and ready to use.
Dan Shafer: "Does anyone know of Weblog sites that perform services for Webloggers?"
Common misperceptions. 1. Movable Type is open source. 2. You can't edit the template of a Radio site. First, MT provides source, but it is not available under an open source license. You can't republish it, for example, as you could with Python, Apache, Linux or other open source software. Radio is not open source either (nor is Blogger) but we provide the source to much of the functionality, but not all. In practice very few users use this capability, but those who do appreciate it. Second, you can most definitely edit anything in a Radio weblog. It's totally editable. You can even use your favorite text editor if you don't like doing it in a browser, the templates are stored in files in the www sub-folder of the Radio folder. To edit, double-click the icon in the Finder or on Windows, in the Explorer. Make the change. Save.
Mark Pilgrim says he tuned into Scripting News this morning expecting to see what I thought of the W3C's change in its patent policy. Since I had no advance knowledge of the decision, it took me some time to figure out what had changed, and honestly I'm still not sure. Anyway, here's what I think -- the W3C needs the money from the BigCo's and they do patents. But the Web can't tolerate having its standards controlled and taxed by companies. So the W3C is being stretched, and I don't think they can pull it off long-term. It would have been better to forgoe the big budget, tell the BigCo's to take a hike, and say no patents, without any exceptions or qualifications. I would have supported that. Anything short of that is giving comfort to the enemy. Does that answer the question Mark?
NY Times: "According to a lawyer for the record industry, the programmers in Estonia who once possessed a copy of the program's source code told a judge there last week that they no longer had it, but they would not say where it was."
News.Com: "Content Management Server 2002 will retail for $42,000 per processor."
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