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A question for DNS gurus out there in InternetLand Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named crumb.jpgI bought a cool domain for a project I'm working on,

It takes Libya forever to approve these things, but they finally have, and I've changed the DNS to and (where I now have an account, with DNS control) but I can't tell what's going wrong cause I don't really know how to debug DNS.

I just know that it's not resolving on any of my machines.

Can you tell what the problem is with it?

And if you solve the problem you get to call me stupid in the comments and I won't moderate it out. ;->

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

A picture named iphone.jpgThe iPhone is so totally not my spiritual soulmate.

I refuse to become dependent on apps grown in their environment. To me it's like contributing to the enslavement of my brother and sister programmers. I don't care how sexy the environment is as a user or a developer, the fact that Apple holds up apps and rejects them often because they compete with their own software is to me like buying a coat made of the skins of endangered species. I won't use iPhone apps for ecological reasons.

I use my iPhone as a: 1. Phone. 2: Camera that can communicate (very valuable feature to me). 3. A Bluetooth tethering device for places my Sprint MiFi doesn't work (and that's a lot of places).

For that I pay about $100 per month. I think I'm being ripped off. (Sure of it.)

Okay Scripting News readers -- tell me I'm crazy but I want a divorce. Enough of this bullshit.

But I need a phone that does 1, 2 and 3.

What will I fall in love with?

PS: I have my contacts in GMail. Must be able to synch with them. One of my favorite iPhone features.

PPS: I never use it as an iPod. I prefer my Walkman.

Sharing links in the River2 community Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A new feature makes it easy to share links to stories from the River2 news page to followers on Twitter.

It also maintains a Top 40 list for River2 users.

A picture named elephant.jpgThis feature is itself a bootstrap since one of the key ingredients are the people using it. Just the right number and the right kind (thoughtful, passionate, forgiving, visionary) are needed. The result can be an editorial product in its own right. And the first experiences will probably certainly suggest the second and third level of features.

Bootstrapping is for users too. In fact at some point, without users participating, the bootstrap stops. You have to wait until they show up, or keep trying to figure out what it will take to entice them to participate.

I realized something yesterday, that bootstrapping is hard because you have to use things that don't exist yet.

I often use bridges as metaphors to describe bootstraps in software. Here goes..

People hardly notice driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, they might notice the scenery, or the walkers or bike riders, or think about the oncoming traffic. But one day, a long time ago, someone stood on one side or the other -- in San Francisco or Marin -- and looked at the Golden Gate (which was the waterway before it was the bridge) and thought "I bet we could put a bridge here." Nice thought, but then what? What's the first step? And when that doesn't work, what's the next first step? Long before there's a bridge, someone has to make the trip in a bucket hanging from a cable. Today, River2 users are those kinds of people.

I've been having an on-and-off discussion with Marshall about this. He's been frustrated by the software. I understand. But I need people like him to struggle through it, tell me what went wrong, so I can try to fix it, and then tell me if it worked. The rewards mostly come from within, to know that you played a role in making something new happen. In this case it will be a distributed loosely-coupled 140-character message network that is free from YWFFTMMR. And there might be business opportunities to provide services to users. No one's saying you can't get rich. But it has to be fair, and people should always have lots of choice.

One more note -- it's taking a long time for the domain I'll use,, to come through the registration process. So to begin with we'll use a domain to share links. If you see one of these on Twitter it's coming from this part of River2.


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, 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.

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