DaveNet: What is a News Aggregator?
Interesting pushback. A reader says Google News creams news aggregators. That hadn't occurred to me. I tried Google News. 4000 pubs all reporting the same story is 4000 times more boring than one. Didn't interest me one bit. I'm spoiled, I've got my own virtual newspaper.
Register: "Google loves the weblogging community, because it creates useful content and helps us categorize the web."
Jon Udell: "What would it be like to Google your email?"
Mark Pilgrim: In praise of evolvable formats. "If it were April Fool's Day, the Net's only official holiday, and you wanted to design a 'novelty format' to slip by the W3C as a joke, it might look something like RSS 0.9x/2.0." A beautiful essay. I laughed out loud a dozen times reading it. If you aspire to design real-world formats and protocols, or if you just want to understand how they evolve, this is a must-read.
AOL's Ted Leonsis: "I'm like a cockroach that survives the nuclear winter."
Le French localization of Radio is ready.
Slashdot readers interview Dan Gillmor.
Last year on this day: "Mets fans take the long-term view."
This year I'm part of the Wired Magazine Brain Trust -- a group of people who choose the nominees for their annual Rave Awards. Ten people choose the nominees in each of fifteen categories. We don't know who the others are, and we don't meet. I just turn in a name and Wired Mag takes it from there.
My category is Software Designer. At first I thought this would be too difficult, there hasn't been much software design in 2002, but then I carefully read the instructions, and it doesn't say anything about this year. So broaden the question, who would we like to honor for most wired software design over all time.
I thought of Doug Engelbart, of course, but he's won so many awards. Same with Mitch Kapor, another software designer I admire. I thought of nominating someone who's very young, but software design as an art seems to have skipped a few generations. However if there's some fantastically well-designed software out there, please let me know about it. It doesn't matter (to me) if it has a billion users, I'd like to discover a diamond in the rough and help it rise.
Another possibility -- someone famous who isn't usually thought of as a software designer. An example, Tim Berners-Lee, the designer of the World Wide Web. We usually think of TBL as an inventor not a designer. But he was a great designer.
Anyway, the point of this post is this: if you have a suggestion, please let me know. Thanks.
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