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A tiny change makes the Mac versions of Firefox and the OPML Editor work together. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The Shanghai Daily supports RSS.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Nick Bradbury's Web 2.01 release notes.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named hope.jpgSince coming back to the Bay Area, most weekends when I'm in town I have breakfast with Steve Gillmor on Saturday morning. A few weeks ago, I asked a couple of other people to join us, and maybe soon I'll ask more. Not sure how to do this, but it's becoming interesting. Sort of an old farts genius network or something like that. OFGN. Whatever. Anyway, I invited a young fart, Mike Arrington, to join us yesterday, and of course an interesting two-hour discussion ensued. Mike is brilliant and hot, and as I said young, but not so young that he couldn't run for President. Anyway, Steve said something that puzzled Mike. Something about links. Mike said he cares more about being linked to than being named. And then Steve said he should care more about being named. I agreed with Steve. I may have a better perspective on this, having spent much of the last year watching the quality of go down as spam-blogs (mostly from Blogspot, as Chris notes below) filled the pipe with their nonsense, and of course we pass the junk right on down the food chain to Technorati and PubSub. Good news about that, I had lunch with Niall Kennedy at Technorati on Thursday, in SF, and we're going to do some work to help get better data to flow into Technorati. I know how to bootstrap cooperation, even if people don't necessarily like me, I know how to get them to help each other. I'll explain later. In any case, here's something to memorize. Links are now devalued. Page-rank is under attack and the attackers are winning. It won't be long before Google itself is infested. Tim Bray is right, below, it's time for Google to get on top of this. They're both the victimizer and the victim. The spammers found a huge hole in Page-rank. You could drive a truck through it. I was the early warning system on this, the canary in the coal mine. They don't like to listen to me, maybe they'll accept Verisign's help.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Terry Heaton is facing surgery without insurance and has a surprising story to tell about it. We take care of each other when the need is great. That's why the world works, most people are good, most of the time, and adversity often brings out the best in us.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The always-quotable Chris Pirillo: "Blogspot has become nothing but a crapfarm..." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tim Bray: "We have an emergency on our hands." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Taskable is a "new kind of RSS and OPML browser built into the Windows taskbar notification area." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I predict the TechCrunch guys will really like Taskable, it's the Flickr of Windows toolbar gadgets. (BTW, Sean, it's called inclusion, not transclusion.) Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Amyloo is trying Taskable and offers an idea for the Great RSS Icon Debate. Reminds me of a question Staci Kramer, another OPML blogger asked a week ago. Why isn't her OPML blog showing up in various places you'd think it would show up. Turns out I forgot to ping on behalf of the OPML bloggers. How about that. The guy who wrote forgets to ping it. Life sure is funny. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Note to those who think the white-on-orange XML icon isn't suitable for international use, consider that the People's Daily, of the People's Republic of China, uses the icon, as-is, without reinventing it. I figure if it's good enough for the Chinese, it should be good enough for Microsoft.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I was poking around in my browser trying to find the web server built into the OPML Editor, and you could have knocked me over with a feather when Harry Truman showed up on my Mac desktop, looking just like he did on my Sony Vaio, holding the newspaper, reminding us that the media sometimes garbles the story in transmission. Harry was a great media hacker, and now he's on the Mac. He told the truth and they thought it was hell.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

So, the big question, does the Mac, the great graphic computer that it is, the home of the classic -- MacPaint, come with a paint program? I just want something that lets me resize graphics and type some text on them, you know the usual Scripting News type graphic illustrations. Nothing too fancy. Don't tell me I'm going to have to buy PhotoShop because that will make me angry. Make me happy and tell me there's something simple and fast already on my hard disk! Where is it? I don't need Garage Band or Dot-Mac, or any of that crap. Give me a paint program or else. Hehe. Sorry.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Randy Geise and Adam Hansen send, via email, a great piece of advice. If my Mac comes with AppleWorks, it has a simple Paint program built in. Well my Mac came with AppleWorks. I launched it, created a Paint document and then created a test document. It did what I wanted it to do, until it came time to save the document. First, it didn't have GIF as a format option, but it did have JPEG, which I chose, but it foolishly insisted on giving the file a .PNG extension. That's a deal-stopper. I must have either GIF or JPEG. For pictures JPEG is good, but for these screen diagrams, GIF is better. I suppose there is a way to configure it so it works properly. I'll try again.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Lots of people suggest Graphic Converter, but my Mac doesn't seem to have it. I'm going to try to make AppleWorks do what I want. It seems to be really close. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Last year on this day: "Watching the Yankees clean the Red Sox's clock." Haha joke's on you Dave. The Red Sox won. Everything. Famous Last Words. You chump. Love, Dave of the future. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Two years ago today I wrote publicly that I refuse to be angry with O'Reilly. I renew that pledge again today. Permanent link to this item in the archive.


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