Movie. Hurricane coverage on CNN mostly consists of reporters standing outside in the storm reporting on what it feels like to be outside when no sane human being would be outside. Is that journalism? Have to ask Jay Rosen about that.
NY Times: Fear and Laptops on the Campaign Trail.
Business 2.0: The new road to riches.
Geek News Central explains why centralized directories are evil. The right way to do it is decentralized, using a convenient XML format for representing and editing directories. We happen to have one, it's quite popular and has a lot more power than is being used. Please see the Googlish way to do directories, which could easily be the MSN-way to do directories, or what Yahoo can do when they're ready to give up the centralized model. It's really simple. Teach your search engine to look inside OPML files, and index them using the same page-ranking method you use for HTML. When the searcher wants to go into a directory, display it like Yahoo or DMOZ. Voila, let a thousand directories bloom. If someone tries to "own" a category, route around them. The Web doesn't have a single home page, why should directories? Competition is the way of the Web.
More on Google, directories and OPML.
A new episode of Trade Secrets Radio, lots of laughing, very little work got done. Got caught in configuration hell.
We're getting close to the open source release of Frontier. I'm running the software on my desktop. Decided on the license. We may do special licenses for commercial developers who want to make private enhancements (not shared). The GPL offers the most flexibility.
As part of the release I had to come up with a positioning statement. "High performance Web content management, object database, system-level and Internet scripting environment, including source code editing and debugging."
8/31/04: Progress report on the open source release.
In May, I explained why I wanted to do this release.
Esther Dyson invests in Flickr.
We're going to do a Trade Secrets during the first Presidential debate.
Help compile a list of Netflix and Blockbuster shipping centers.
NY Times: "CBS News said yesterday that it had postponed a 60 Minutes segment that questioned Bush administration rationales for going to war in Iraq."
Three years ago today, the BBC said that Bush was lining up with the doves. Wolfowitz was urging an immediate response to 9-11, bombing Afghanistan and invading Iraq, while Colin Powell wanted to build a coalition.
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