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Steve Gillmor, author of the popular Allchin Tax piece, has a funky RSS feed. I sent him an email along the lines of Oh The Humanity. Steve will understand. Jim A won't care. If our wagons aren't circled he will do unto us what we do unto each other. It won't be a pretty sight.
My father decided to retire as a college professor. He's been doing it for 29 years, and was considering staying on one more year. He decided to retire for two reasons. First, he's always been researching better ways to teach students in his field. In the past his dept would adopt the ideas that worked. They've stopped doing that. The second reason is more disturbing. His students are cheating, and when he catches them, they fight about it, instead of being shamed. Being a professor seems pointless to him in this context. Makes sense. What's the point of teaching when people just want the grade, not the education.
William Grosso: "Is it just me, or did we have a month of good, old-fashioned, Internet time in the web browser universe."
I just got a call from the chair of our journalism panel at BloggerCon, and he got a yes from his fourth panelist, so one of the key events is now set to announce. I've asked him to write up a two-page introduction for the site and the mail list and we're going to move on to the education panel, politics panel and technology panel.
Pat Rock (via email) on MS's not-funky RSS. "It's probably a safe bet that their newsfeed isn't funky because AFAIK they haven't written a news aggregator. When the next version of Outlook Express comes out and has a news aggregator built in, that's when we'll see the Funk." To which I responded, Pat you understand how it works.
He continues: "Anyone in a space that MS wants to occupy, which is to say every space that involves a user and technology, does not have time to dick around."
Mark Hurst sends a pointer to MIT's The Tech, which boasts a searchable archive dating back to 1881. That's pretty good.
Federal Computer Week: DOD moving to IPv6.
The Harvard Crimson archive goes back to 1900. Brewster Kahle's archive.org is doing a wonderful job of preserving the Web in snapshots. News organizations that claim near-perfect archives include the BBC and Guardian in the UK. The BBC is funded by public money, an important consideration, the Guardian is the beneficiary of the Scott Trust.
Correction from Neil McIntosh at the Guardian, which is not publicly funded. He says. "We're owned by an independent organisation, the Scott Trust, whose aim is: "To secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity; as a quality national newspaper without party affiliation; remaining faithful to its liberal tradition; as a profit-seeking enterprise managed in an efficient and cost-effective manner."
News.Com interviews Darl McBride, CEO of SCO, on his lawsuit against IBM.
Nicole Manktelow: "There are two kinds of bloggers. Those who want complete control over every morsel of their website, and those who'd prefer someone else did all the hard work."
Adam Curry: "My brain is krunching!"
Greenspun: "Imagine a wedding held at a waterslide park."
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