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11:20PM Pacific: Happy to report no snow in Berkeley.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A social networking site with a fantastic business model. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Rex Hammock: "These phones are not intended for consumers, they're intended for cult members." Yes. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Can't you hear me knockin? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

If I had one wish, it would be that everyone who reads this blog would listen to the talk I gave to the NPR people last Thursday (MP3, torrent).

A picture named mrNatural.gifThings here will make a lot more sense, imho, with the podcast as background. It lays a foundation that we will build on. I was thinking of ways I could trick people into listening to it. I thought maybe I could put a secret word near the end of the cast, and then require people to enter the secret word before they could gain entry to Scripting News after a certain date. Then I thought it would be better to just post the request, respectfully, here on the blog itself, and skip the tricks.

Please, sometime in the next few days, set aside an hour or so to listen to the talk.

With much gratitude, Dave

What if Yahoo bought UserLand? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named radioBoxSmall.jpgIn late 2003, early 2004 we had talks with Yahoo about them acquiring UserLand.

The idea was that Yahoo would get into the weblog hosting business, along with customizable River of News aggregators.

Had we done the deal, it seems Yahoo might today compete with News Corp's MySpace.

Google Reader would still be playing catch-up.

Sure, our software was designed to run on the desktop, but the design would have easily ported to a Yahoo-scale centralized app.

And we would have given Blogger a run for the money.

Wish we had done the deal!

Busted flat in Baton Rouge Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Today's a travel day, I have a late afternoon flight from Logan to SFO, but when I woke this morning and checked the news I learned that a blizzard was moving in to NYC and JetBlue, anticipating another fiasco, cancelled most of their flights. In Cambridge, light flurries, nothing to worry about, but over the next hour I started to panic as the snow got heavier and heavier.

Turning on the local news they're whipping up a panic, school closings, encouraging people to stay home. Oh man I've been snowed-in in Boston before and please please, no way do I want to do that again. It's a miserable way to spend a few days. Being snowed-in is okay when you live there, but staying in a hotel, living off room service, that's no way to pass the time.

Movie: Cambridge snowy Monday.

Luckily, they were overhyping the snow, NY is getting the worst of it (though it's still snowing like a mofo here). Logan is reporting minor delays. So I'll head out to the airport after breakfast and see if I can get an earlier flight. I can't wait to get back to Berkeley where it's warm and it doesn't snow.

I want my MTV Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Just gotta say the Oscars got it right this year.

All the movies nominated for Best Picture were at least good, a few were great, but they picked the right one to honor with the top prize. Last year, I was shaking my head, this year, I'm nodding.

When I saw The Departed for the first time, I wrote that it might be the best movie ever made. I've now seen it four times, there's still little treasures to discover. I don't think it's the best movie ever made, but it's pretty damned close, and Scorcese has made another great movie that's stood the test of time, Goodfellas, so now everyting's all square.

Next item on the to-do list, let's get Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame (and the U.S. out of Iraq).


Last update: Monday, February 26, 2007 at 11:23 PM Pacific.

Dave Winer, 51, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

"The protoblogger." - NY Times.

"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.

"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.

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Things to revisit:

1. Microsoft patent acid test.
2. What is a weblog?
3. Advertising R.I.P.
4. How to embrace & extend.
5. Bubble Burst 2.0.
6. This I Believe.
7. Most RSS readers are wrong.
8. Who is Phil Jones?

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