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A picture named ibmpc.jpgEditorial: It's lame to charge for weblog software based on how many weblogs you make and how many authors there are. A weblog isn't that big a deal. Manila lets you make as many weblogs as you want with as many authors as you want. Today's modern $2K computer can manage thousands of weblogs. Charge a fair price and don't fuss over how many blogs they make or how many people edit them. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

eWeek: "The technology at the heart of one of the most popular Web-logging tools is about to go open source." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Rogers Cadenhead: " integrated development environment, persistent object database, outliner, dynamic scripting language, Internet client and server, and Web services platform that supports TCP, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, XML, XML-RPC, SOAP, and RSS." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Brent Simmons: "Before Frontier was Frontier, its name was Cancoon." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

XML.Com: "The majority of RDF editors available today continue to confuse the user with predicates, reification, ontology editors, 3-dimensional webs of orbiting triplets, and other low-level data and terms." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

ComputerWorld: "Wi-Fi wholesale network operator Cometa Networks Inc. has announced that it's suspending operations, citing a lack of money." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

BBC: "The official title of the record was Most Naked People on a Rollercoaster." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Yahoo Maps shows WiFi hotspots now. Quite useful! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

BBC: "In a speech to an audience of chief executives, Mr Gates said the regularly updated journals, or blogs, could be a good way for firms to tell customers, staff and partners what they are doing." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Shouldn't Google execs be explaining blogs like Gates is? Isn't that why they bought Blogger? Or did they just buy Blogger to break RSS? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A story about big Silicon Valley companies Permanent link to this item in the archive.

In 1990 we were licensing the UserLand IAC Toolkit to other developers. Our first and only licensee was Claris, an Apple subsidiary run by Bill Campbell, Yogen Dalal and John Zeisler. Their products included MacWrite, MacPaint, Hypercard, maybe Filemaker? Not sure. They were a friendly company, nice guys. I'd meet with them from time to time to talk about how apps would work when they could be connected by a scripting system. I was working on such a system, the software that would become Frontier. (When it's open sourced you'll see that the toolkit is still in there.)

Anyway, Apple decided to compete with our scripting system, and began by creating a clone of our interapplication communication toolkit. They were having a big sales meeting in Hawaii to demo the new stuff, but sadly it wasn't ready. So our friends at Claris demo'd our software, and told everyone it was Apple's.

A picture named einstein.gifHow inconvenient it would be for our competitors to actually have to implement the software they were going to use to compete with us. Heh. Sorry for the sarcasm. That's big Silicon Valley companies for you. A smaller company might have been embarrased that they didn't come up with the idea themselves and had to demo a developer's product and had to lie and say it was theirs, to their own sales people. Maybe they would even be ashamed.

Reminds me of a Michael O'Donoghue song that Doc Searls posted on his blog on 2/12/03 (sung to the tune of I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke).

I'd like to give the world a hug
And tell it jokes and stuff
Then pull its pants down to its shoes
And chase it through the rough
I'd tie it up with bonds and straps
And check its purse for change
Then leave it out at Moose Grin Hall
With our cousin who's deranged.

Also reminds me of the HL Mencken quote. When someone says it's not about the money, it's about the money.

So of course, when they say Don't Be Evil -- they're being evil.


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