The Thursday meeting is on, however I will not be there tonight. A chance for the group to run itself. I want a salon in Cambridge in mid-November. And Chris wants to launch a new website. There's lots of talent in the room. I'll be back next Thursday.
Scripting News dinner in NYC on Saturday? What do you think? I'm going down tomorrow afternoon, staying for the weekend. Maybe this time we should have it at Junior's in Brooklyn? Given the last minute I guess we'd have a light turnout. Here's a survey. Click Yes if you'd come.
MSNBC: Blogger dismissed from Microsoft.
Scott Rosenberg on the rush of venture capital into social software companies like Friendster.
Andrew posts the specs for the machines we ordered today.
Ed Cone: "Dave wants to take a road-show version of BloggerCon to San Francisco and maybe New York. Great idea, but I hate to see the rest of the country left on the other side of a digital divide. There's only one Dave, but there are a lot of us who have learned from him and with him, and we should be doing the same thing wherever we are."
Bill Koslosky: Pictures taken with the Treo 600.
One of the ideas I'm trying in the new design for Scripting News is that everything is an outline. To kick it off, here's the On-This-Day-In outline. It's a work in progress.
NASA: "Arctic perennial sea ice has been decreasing at a rate of 9 percent per decade since the 1970s."
An old demo: "According to our records you are not funky."
Okay the West Wing has gotten lame since Aaron Sorkin left, but it's still the WW. Can you see the seed of the sequel?
Jessica Baumgart, a Berkman-Thursday regular, says she's heard that Tufts wants a blogging program like the one we have at Harvard Law School.
Today is a big day because, with help from Andrew Grumet, we're placing the order for two new servers to run in Cambridge. This will be the new home for Scripting News, DaveNet, Weblogs.Com, basically all the non-product sites currently at UserLand. This will allow the company to focus on Manila and Radio, and allow the non-profit stuff to chart their own courses. I may transfer some of the stuff into Berkman, as I did with the RSS 2.0 spec. Both machines will be 3Ghz monsters (not mere honkers) with huge RAID hard drives, so there should be some room for more new apps. After this move Weblogs.Com should be fast, because we're going to recode the ping handler in C. I like working with Andrew, he's a sweet guy, and a kickass programmer. He was a lead developer on the ArsDigita Community System and is one of the regulars at Berkman-Thursdays.
Great feedback in response to last night's trial balloon for a mid-November salon to gather knowledge about citizen weblogs and democracy. Why so soon? The political season in NH will be moving into high gear. The primary is in January. December is the holiday month (of course we'll be working). That's the thinking behind mid-November. As with the early October confab, this one would be webcast.
The new Scripting News archive is deployed. Yesterday I flipped the switch and redirected from the old archive into the new one (both are still being maintained, praise Murphy). The really big change will be coming shortly, when the home page changes to the new format, and becomes just a page in a directory, containing my blogroll, etc. The new design is very spartan. I showed it to Chris Lydon yesterday and he got it immediately. Even though the design looks nothing like Scripting News, he still immediately recognized it as being Scripting News. What did they used to say when something works the first time? Bing.
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