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Seattle Times article on the RSS "blog jam." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: "At a time when the violent insurgency in Iraq is vexing the Bush administration and stirring worries among Americans, events may be propelling the United States into yet another confrontation, this time with Iran." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A walk in pictures today on the Seattle waterfront. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: "Subscribers get a matchbook-size device from RSA Security Inc displaying a six-digit code that changes every minute. The code is necessary to log on, so a scammer who guesses or steals a password cannot access the account without the device in hand." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Jay Rosen: "Today's announcement is just one part of a massive institutional failure at CBS, much of it still to be uncovered." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Dan Gillmor: "Now it's time for CBS to tell us what happened." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Scott Rosenberg: "Dan Rather and his colleagues have now stuck a fork in the tattered remnants of the blue-chip brand name they inherited from Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named allUsersKeepRight.jpgRequest for help. We need a moderate-size conference room in Seattle that we can use every Thursday evening between now and the November 2 election to hold round-table discussions among Washington bloggers who are covering the 2004 election. The room should hold 20-30 people, have WiFi, and a projector. The Seattle library would be perfect, as some have suggested, but they won't have meeting rooms available until early 2005. If you can offer us space for these meetings, please send an email asap. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

CBS: Bush Memo Story A MistakePermanent link to this item in the archive.

AP: "Chief anchor Dan Rather apologized for 'a mistake in judgment.'"  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A bulletin from CBS says they can't authenticate the memos. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

CBS: Now comes the Blog backlashPermanent link to this item in the archive.

MediaDailyNews: "I want my MP3." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Don Park asks if Firefox Live Bookmarks is the same thing as Internet Explorer's CDF support? Today's IE still supports the Push Technology of the mid-90s.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Russell Beattie will speak about mobile technology at the Web 2.0 conference in October in SF. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Okay, I bought the Sims 2 yesterday, on a whim, and just installed it. Now it says I should insert the correct DVD. There are only two DVDs, I tried them both, no luck. $49 is a lot for something that does so little!  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named parkingMeterSmall.gifMost people seem to like yesterday's attempt to define Moblogging, but some don't. The most common complaint is that Moblogging is much less than what I say it is, they say it's just snapping pictures of people on your cell phone and having them automatically uploaded via the MetaWeblog API. It could be there's more to Moblogging than some realize, or it could be that there's no such thing as Moblogging, or it could be they're right, and we need a new term to describe the very real activity I wrote about yesterday. Anyway I hope we can all get along with each other. Maybe we'll just call the session Mobile Blogging, and sidestep the controversy. It's amazing how readily people flame when there's such an obvious compromise available. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

EVP: "While the election is 6 weeks away, the deadline for registering as a voter is almost upon us. In most states it is in less than two weeks." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I sure do think I'm cute.Okay, I have to admit that I hate Andy Rooney. It's a bias that I cultivate. In a world where it's not politically correct to hate almost anything, I allow myself this one excess. I hate his homilies. I don't think he's cute. I wish he'd trim those eyebrows and clean out his desk. But, even I have to admit he told a good joke last night. He said his friend wants people to declare their political intentions so everyone knows how they're going to vote. So people who are going to vote for Kerry should drive with their headlights on during the day and (can you see it coming now) people who are going to vote for Bush should drive with their headlights off at night.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times: "CBS News officials have grave doubts about the authenticity of the material, network officials said last night." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Pandia: "Your site may be banned because someone else has copied it!" Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Versioning and extensibility in XML formats Permanent link to this item in the archive.

On the Atom-Syntax list they're talking about versioning and extensibility, two problems that are very easily solved in XML.

For versioning, define a required version attribute on the feed element, a string in the form x.y, where x and y are two numbers. X is the major version, and y is the minor version. So a version 0.3 feed would have a version attribute whose value is "0.3". A version 1.0 feed would have a version attribute of "1.0".

For extensibility, allow the format to be extended through namespaces and trust the W3C, who is the owner of the namespaces spec to tell you how to do it. Build on the works of others.

For extra credit, the format should evolve by adding new elements. A processor can tell whether it should expect the new elements or not by checking the top-level version attribute.

I honestly don't think there's another way to do it, so all the arguing and fussing is just going to end up there, so you might as well just do it. Of course this is just my opinion, I have no position re the Atom working group, or the RSS advisory board.


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