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Announcement: Next steps in RSS, Reading ListsPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Today begins a bold experiment. I started editing Scripting News on a Macintosh. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Sydney Morning-Herald: iPod 'doomed,' says expertPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Mark Cuban says Disney chairman Iger saved TV by making his deal with Apple. He makes a good point, network programming was already available for handheld devices. You can download episodes of any TV show you want. Now at least one network has a way to be paid for some of its programming. It's about time one of the companies took the pragmatic view and decided to participate instead of being in denial. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Kottke reports that Apple has an RSS feed for movie trailers. Nice, but... The links all point to the main trailers page. I was hoping to see permalinks to a reviews page for the movie, and an enclosure containing the trailer itself. Now that Apple has a video iPod, they could be covering some new ground by doing video enclosures. I'm sure they'll be doing it soon enough. Meanwhile Yahoo is closer to nirvana with their RSS feed for new movie trailers, but even they don't yet have enclosures. (Postscript: Unfortunately Yahoo's feed isn't valid XML. They don't define the "media" namespace. An XML-conformant aggregator won't accept the feed. Oy.) Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I just had to reboot the computer because I couldn't get any of the applications to respond to mouse clicks or keystrokes. Really frustrating. I can't remember Windows ever getting tied up so badly (but then I know how to use Windows and have no clue how to use this system). I have a feeling that I got it into some crazy mode. It has a bunch of those, one which makes all the windows turn small when you mouse over soemthing. I'm sure they think it's really powerful, but for a newbie, it's horribly disturbing. Also, it's way too easy to eject a disk, and no clear way to get it to come back (other than restarting). It's also incredibly easy to find out what time it is in Cupertino and what the temperature is. If I lived somewhere cold it'd piss me off (but I live pretty close to Cupertino). BTW, for those of you who watched the NerdTV interview, this paragraph is an example of the kind of narrative that Mitch Kapor used to do. Tell me what you really think about the software, don't spare my feelings. I want to know how it burnt your braincells and how I can stop it from doing that.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Now of course begins the process of debugging all the scripts that ran on Windows that don't run on the Mac. Heh. For example, file.getSpecialFolderPath depends on sys.unixShellCommand ("who am i") returning something correct, but, ahem, it returns: "davewine tty?? Oct 13 16:08 \n" which causes this lovely error.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

It's hard to convey how much talent was at dinner last night at Jing Jing's in Palo Alto. I mentioned a bunch of them in the Reading Lists announcement above. But I didn't mention that Gabe Rivera, the author of Memeorandum was there too. I've become a regular user, subscribed to its RSS feed, and several times a day I visit the site and use it as an aggregator of what's happening in the tech blogosphere. It's become a totally essential tool, in just a few weeks. All the while I'm thinking it would work much better in OPML than it does in RSS, so before our meeting yesterday, I asked Gabe for an OPML readout, and this morning there is one. I've linked it into my community box at the right, so you can browse it in HTML, but more important to me is that I can browse it in my outliner. It's very much a beginning, because I immediately think of features I need to make it really work (like a Refresh button, for example). But we're off to a good start.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Blog Herald: A short history of bloggingPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Transcript of my NerdTV interview. Not sure where the permalink to the show is. MP3 of the interview. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Amyloo says the interview is "Must-see TV." I'm blushing.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.


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