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A white on orange icon on MSDN. Very cool. 

BTW, since we moved the RSS 2.0 spec to Harvard, there's been some confusion about where it is. The search engines are still catching up with the change.  

Donna Wentworth: "My name is still Donna Wentworth." 

This is how Red Sox fans spell torture. 

Rogers Cadenhead on ESPN's hiring of Rush Limbaugh. 

Rayne Today: "My bad, Iíve been messing around all morning with the silly piece of fluff that AOL thinks is blog software." 

Keola: "Hey Dave, this guy sounds like a prime candidate for a weblog!" 

Greenspun: "People will pay for music but they won't pay $18 for one song that they really want to hear that otherwise could be nicely stored in less than 1 cent of hard drive space." 

Michael Watkins: "That time is rapidly approaching for Bush to ritually sacrifice Rumsfeld to save his presidency." 

A picture named dietpepsi.gifRandom idea of the day. A friend at a famous company you've all heard of is planning to announce something new and exciting in the next few weeks. I suggested announcing it at BloggerCon on Day 2. Lots of cool people with weblogs will be there. If they say yes it'll be a first: an announcement where bloggers are not only present, but are front and center. I hope they choose to accept the invite. And if you are announcing soon, and would like to use BloggerCon as the venue, please let me know asap. 

NY Times: "More and more PC owners are discovering software lurking on their computers that they had no idea was there." 

On the BloggerDev list, an interesting proposal from Chris Snyder that, if we're going to have Yet Another Blogging API, why not base it on something that's been frozen for 18 years. Heh. It's a funny idea, but it's a lot better than ripping up the pavement and starting over just for the heck of it. 

BBC: "Music industry officials in the US are considering offering an amnesty deal to people who admit illegally sharing music on the Internet." 

Jon Udell will lead the Day 2 discussion of aggregators

A debate among librarians about aggregators: Con and Pro

Mikel Maron discusses My.Yahoo's support for RSS. 

On this day last year I floated a trial balloon about namespaces in what was then called RSS 0.94 (it became 2.0). The proposal was that RSS could be extended at will by anyone, to include "elements not defined in the spec, and leave it at that. They can be in namespaces or not, at your pleasure." In the end, the spec was a bit more conservative, requiring extensions to be in namespaces.  

A picture named george.jpgBTW, I've seen various recent articles say that the history of RSS is unclear. I don't think it actually is. It would take a half a day at most to piece together the sequence of events from records on the Web. There's a timeline on the RSS 0.91 spec. At least this explains the trail from UserLand's point of view. And the Syndication mail list has an archive, which documents the RDF discussion starting in August 2000. There is a good trail to follow. It would be nice, if someday soon, someone put the time into writing a definitive history, and tries not to spin it one way or the another.  

JY Stervinou wrote an RSS History Haiku

Another place to do research -- in the archive of Scripting News. I documented all my work with RSS here, in public.  

A picture named finger.jpgI decided to have a look and see if I could find the beginning of the XML work on Scripting News. Seems to be in December 1997. My first essay was called Real World XML describing an idea that is still relevant, still hasn't been widely implemented and is long overdue. Dave Sifry even brought it up at a dinner a couple of months ago. Wouldn't it be cool if a CMS could tell a search engine definitively, only these pages have changed since the last time you visited? I've tried to get various search engines to support it at various times, with no luck.  

Tim Oren: "Now software is smallish section at Office Depot or Best Buy, a pale shadow of the old channel. Today, the music business may have taken its first overt step down that same path." 


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