Mitch Kapor tries to take the high road, but Wired puts him on the low one -- with "10 Things I Hate about Outlook." Oy. Same old stuff. Apparently it's impossible for anyone to do anything without it being about Microsoft. This is what a true monopoly looks like, in the mind of supposed journalists. I see the same thing re open source. The world is very simple. There's Microsoft and there's open source. They're like two puppets beating up on each other. Mitch tells us that they won't let him not be the kind of puppet they want him to be. Hey at least they know he exists. This, by the way, is why weblogs are so important. They allow us to route around this outage.
Speaking of outages, the power just went out. It was already a pretty tough day. Just got tougher.
New feature: Support for RSD in Manila.
I just uploaded a script that takes a url to the home page of a website and then tells you what editing protocols it supports. This is the beginning of the build-out on the other side of the interface, primarily for Radio, when using its outliner to edit posts on a weblog. It'll work with Manila or Radio because they support RSD. Hopefully other back-end blogging tools will support RSD, it's easy -- it took me a couple of hours to do it for Radio, and then Jake did it for Manila in about the same amount of time. The point of the exercise is to make it easy for writers to use writing tools with powerful weblog backends. It's a perfect fit for Moveable Type. I know at least one MT user who is already waiting for it.
Douglas Rushkoff: "Are Republicans like Bush really racist?"
Jon Udell: "If your local public (or college) library is one of the nearly 900 Innovative Interfaces' Web-enabled libraries listed below, drag its link to your browser's link toolbar."
News.Com: "Will 'Sims Online' alter gaming world?"
Julian Bond: "Right now the WiFi hotspot market feels like the early days of cellphones. There's no market leader. There's no roaming agreements. There's wild variations in pricing."
NY Times: "The Internet will represent 30 percent of Lands' End's holiday sales, up from 25 percent last year."
Sean McGrath: "I've come to believe that APIs are at their best encapsulating purely algorithmic behaviour."
Halley's son: "What is it, Mom?" Answer: Your best friend, and your worst enemy.
A milestone day
No smoking for six months!
In my dreams I'm still an occasional (and very guilty-feeling) smoker. In meatspace, I'm a non-smoker.
I've stood in line at the grocery store thinking of saying "Two packs of Marlboro Lights please."
I've hung out, outside a party, where everyone was smoking, and thought of introducing myself to someone, striking up a conversation, and saying Hey, can I have a smoke? (Knowing that smokers always say yes; misery loves company.)
I've gotten up from the computer to get a handful of peanuts when I really want a smoke.
I've practiced deep breathing, and also gotten kudos from friends, doctors and women, who say they could never believe I was actually a smoker. I was. I'm not now.
One day at time. String enough days together and Bing, six months, no smoking, Dave. I never thought those three concepts would belong together. But there you are. Life sure is strange. Feels good.
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