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A picture named daveTiny.jpgDave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He 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 New York City.

"The protoblogger." - NY Times.

"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.

"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.

"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.

10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.

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

"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.

"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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Dave Winer's weblog, started in April 1997, bootstrapped the blogging revolution.

What if Wes Anderson did the Zuckerberg movie? Permalink.

A picture named beetlejuice.gifAaron Sorkin was an interesting choice, but what if the Zuckerberg movie had been more fanciful, like the Royal Tenenbaums? Bill Murray, Angelica Huston and Danny Glover play the lawyers. Young Luke Wilson to play Zuck and Owen Wilson to play his wacky sidekick Sean Parker. Gene Hackman would have made a great Harvard president! There would have been an opportunity for some fun dialog with the Winkelvii.

There would have been a lot of songs, old Beatles and Beach Boys tunes, and Zuck would have had a real girlfriend who loved and nurtured him, instead of having one who was pissed off.

Maybe the Coen Brothers? You gotta know someone would have gotten murdered, maybe a lot of people, but it would have been fun anyway. Javier Bardem would play the gunslinging Zuck, with Steve Buscemi as his nincompoop sidekick. The Dude, played by Jeff Bridges, could do a walk-on, bathrobe and a milk carton.

Tim Burton! Now that would have been coool. Johnny Depp would be Zuck for sure, and the music would be by David Byrne Danny Elfman. Helena Bonham Carter as Zuck's girlfriend, and instead of being nurturing or angry she'd be on drugs, but would wear those cool dresses and dance a lot and generally be puzzled (in a nice way) by his nerdiness.

There are so many possibilities. Francis Ford Coppola, or his daughter Sophia. Martin Scorcese could direct Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading roles. Matt could ask Leonardo how do you like them apples. And where was Scoble in all this? Obviously Philip Seymour Hoffman would play him. :-)

There were so many ways to go, and maybe we can try them all. Zuck is only 26, and people love sequels!

How to blow up a server in one mouse click Permalink.

Okay I think this is the second time I've done this.

Hopefully by writing it up as a blog post, I won't do it again. And perhaps there's some way out of this jam. I don't know. You tell me.

Anyway. I had this server, running fine. It's main purpose was to run a copy of River2, and serve as the aggregation engine for many of my experiments with RSS. It also is the cloud-end for the FeedHose experiments I've been running.

A picture named ron.gifEverything's going great. The server has lots of extra capacity. Just one problem. I can't get it on port 5337. This isn't usually something to worry about but I have an application that isn't working because of this. So I go poking around and find out that the Windows firewall isn't turned on.

The OS, Windows Server 2003, asks if I'd like to turn it on. There's a little warning message that I might have to restart the machine if something happens that I can't make heads or tails of. I think Geez restarting isn't such a big deal, so I click OK, and then my Remote Desktop session freezes.

At this point I realize what I've done.

I've now put up a firewall that prevents my remote desktop app from getting to the server. And this is a completely virtual machine, there's no keyboard, no big red switch, no physical reality with which to fix this. I think, if I'm not mistaken, I'm going to have to completely reprovision this baby. Could that possibly be. Yeah probably. :-)

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