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More Bainbridge Ferry pictures, and Microsoft visitor badges. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The first picture in the sequence is sure to get top billing on Scripting News at some point. The Seattle skyline was looking pretty good yesterday. The water of Puget Sound will make a good backdrop for the name of the site. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Northern Voice is a blogging unconference in Feb 2005 in Vancouver. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named visitor.jpgJulian Bond recommends ZoneAlarm for tracking all outbound traffic and Scott Frazer recommends TCP Spy, Jack Huisinga recommends Winternals TCP View Pro. I've tried ZoneAlarm, got lost setting it up. I'm more motivated now. I spent an hour and a half bending the ear of a Microsoft guy who's responsible for this stuff today. I said it's time to get on the side of the users. It's amazing the press isn't beating this drum more loudly, but it's just a matter of time. I paint a pretty good doomsday scenario for Microsoft people. Imagine a major bank requires its customers to get a Mac in order to do online banking. With the spyware situation on Windows, it's not such a far-fetched idea. These machines are leaky sieves. Who knows what info they're sending back to Spyware Corporate Headquarters. Passwords? Account numbers? Hmmm. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named bushbounce.gifThere's something missing from the search engines. I'd like to give it a name of a thing or a person and have it show me, in reverse chronologic order, what's been said about that thing or person. That would allow me to effectively create a custom weblog about a person or thing, even if there was no weblog about the person or thing. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

There's something missing from Windows. An application that hooks into the outbound Internet message flow, and shows me where messages are going. This would allow me to figure out what spyware is running on my system even if the various utilities can't get rid of them. Then the next step would be to allow me to block traffic to certain servers. That would disable the spyware. It seems that I should have control of my machine at that level.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Jeff Sandquist says that Windows XP SP2 has this feature. Cool! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

News.Com: "Microsoft on Friday wrapped up development on a long-awaited security update to Windows XP." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Mary Jo Foley says Microsoft will release a local disk search before the end of the year.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named emerson.gifOn this west coast trip I'm talking with people about the next BloggerCon, an academic, non-commercial un-conference. No speakers, no panels, no audience. Long 1.25 hour sessions, multiple tracks. A welcome session where we sing the national anthem, and a closing session where we say tearful goodbyes and plan to meet again. The first BloggerCon in October of last year was an inaugural. In April we did the mid-term. Should the next one be in October, or after the election? Are there enough true believers on the west coast to make it a clean sweep, setting the stage for a European Con in Spring 2005? We'll discuss this at the BBQ at Scoble's on Saturday, at the convention bloggers meeting at Stanford on Monday, and between bites of noodles and chicken at Jing Jing later Monday night.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Steve Gillmor's Ode to iPod.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Today, more meetings at Microsoft. Already I've learned that the interest in blogging and RSS in Microsoft is deep, broad and long into the future.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

President Bush: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Washington Post: English, a Battleground StatePermanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: "Silicon Valley's digerati, traditionally the biggest proponents of initial public offerings of technology stocks, are overwhelmingly bearish on Google's anticipated offering." Permanent link to this item in the archive.


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