News.Com: "A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Verizon Communications to disclose the identity of an alleged peer-to-peer pirate in a legal decision that could make it easier for the music industry to crack down on file swapping."
Daypop weblog: "There are 3000 more weblogs in the index which brings the total number of sites spidered to 10,500."
Lance redesigns Davos Newbies, but keeps the name. I think he's right to do it, the old design, a Garrett Vreeland beauty, was showing its age. And as Lance says, he's no longer a Davos insider. But the spirit of Davos is something to attach to, and just as Scripting News isn't just about scripting -- but rather a philosophy that started with scripting -- Davos Newbies makes sense as the name for Lance's weblog. It's been a three-year run, and remains a must-read for me. Every time he updates I'm there, with a sweaty mouse finger, anxious to see what Lance has to say.
Evan Williams says centralized news aggregators are the wave of the future. We tried that, before the dotcom bust, and perhaps it could have paid for itself through advertising, but really, I have my doubts. Later in the post Evan says "I wish we'd have had the resources to keep NewsBlogger going." Exactly. Why did NewsBlogger fail (and My.UserLand) yet the aggregator in Radio is flourishing and has spawned a huge amount of competition.
Now, on the other hand, it would be worth $40 per year, to me, to be able to offload the news aggregator to a centralized server. I expect I'll do a lot of traveling this year, with all kinds of net connections, some not very good. But is it a good business for UserLand to go into? I would advise against it. Keep selling desktop news aggregators. It's proven that people will pay for software that runs on their own machine. They expect to get centralized services for free. That's the problem Blogger has. Lots of users. Lots of free users.
Evan responds. Of course if there had been any money in NewsBlogger you could have hired someone to add the bandwidth to grow the idea. And My.UserLand did get commercialized -- it's the aggregator in Radio. Same software.
Peking Duck: "Nice guys always finish last in Beijing."
Bryan did a kickass Harvard theme for Radio.
Wildgrape NewsDesk is a "simple and fast RSS reader for Microsoft .Net."
Minor update to the RSS 2.0 spec.
Two years ago today: "I'm Uncle Sam, that's who I am. Been hidin' out in a rock and roll band."
Seth Dillingham: Thread-based Global Variables in UserTalk.
The callbacks for the Radio RSS-generator are released.
Gnome-Girl: "I can be a complicated communicator."
News.Com: "When Yahoo began selling premium services, the move was ridiculed by analysts."
Jeff Kandt added a RSS feed for comments on each post.
Tim Bray on RSS
Tim Bray wrote a think piece about RSS. My comments follow.
There's a misunderstanding in Tim's piece about UserLand's aggregator. Radio runs on the desktop, just like NNW -- its user interface is HTTP/HTML, so you read it in a browser, but you're talking to a server on 127.0.0.1. Therefore the scaling issues for both products are identical, but imho, manageable.
Tim said in his lead paragraph to expect breakage, but I'm going to be a stinker. No breakage. Period.
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