Dave 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.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"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.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
A few years ago I wrote about a fractional horsepower web server.
Then in 2009, about fractional horsepower Twitters (which we're getting mighty close to now in 2011).
You can also see what we're working on as a fractional horsepower news network.
"Fractional horsepower" is a Steve Jobs idea, and it's a good one. Before he came out with his fractional horsepower computer, also known as the Apple II, computers were thought to be big things that few people could manage, and had limited applications. These days we carry more computing power in our pockets than the data center I learned how to program in had. But they still feel small and personal.
There aren't many things that can't benefit from being fractionalized.
Anyway, one of the big components of the system I'm working on is TwitterFeed, or something like it. It maps a feed onto a Twitter account. The problem is it takes up to 1/2 hour for it to recognize something new has published to my feed. That's okay for me, I really don't mind. But I don't imagine too many users buying into that. We simply had to get it faster.
That's the feeling I had this morning, when I decided to dust off my OAuth code and write my own bridge, one that would watch over a few hundred feeds, and provide instant connections using rssCloud.
Let me say this right now: OAuth is a bitch.
A nasty ugly ornery hellacious mean-spirited unfaithful, venge-filled, hate-filled Nazi bitch.
Another way of saying the same thing: OAuth has no honor.
Every time I pick it up it's broken, and I spend five hours wrestling it back into its box. And while I was doing it, reading the Twitter docs that say this is deprecated and that is depreciated -- etc. So I know in a few months all this shit is going to break too. This is why I wanted to let TwitterFeed worry about it. And I still would like to do that.
But for now, I've got a test server running, moving all my linkblog posts to my test account on Twitter. I'll tell you this, when I see how fast it is, I forget about how much time I've wasted coding OAuth.