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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.

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.

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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)

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

Angry Republicans 2012 Permalink.

A picture named bird.gifAs you may know I am an Angry Birds addict. I love flinging the birds at the pigs. And now with the Rio version, at bird cages and monkeys. I also like killing the parrot. :-)

Anyway, I had a product idea for Rovio, the guys who make the birds.

How about a special version of Angry Birds for the 2012 presidential election where the birds are Republicans and we get to fling them into horrifying, painful, humiliating (disgusting) and pointless deaths. Over and over.

They should look like Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and John Boehner. Just for kicks throw in Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. :-)

Fun for the whole family -- for kids betw 8 and 80! :-)

scripting.com running on Linux now Permalink.

A picture named can.jpgAfter my static server crumpled yet-again under the weight of a link from Daring Fireball and Hacker News, I threw in the towel, and with the help of Ted C. Howard, a wonderful friendly geek, moved the static server from Windows Apache to a Ubuntu instance running Apache on EC2.


I also redirected my RSS feed, which has been around since the dawn of time (and therefore has a huge number of subscribers) over to S3, which is able to handle all the robots and ghost apps, some of which are reading it every minute.

So with any luck we should be able to handle it if Gruber or the HN geeks think we're link-worthy. :-)

Your humble servant,


A call for Frontier jocks Permalink.

Remember Frontier?

The object database, outliner-based, multi-threaded programming environment that spawned blogging, RSS, podcasting and much more. Lots of people say they loved it. Well it lives. For you to love again.

A picture named elephant.jpgIn 2004 it was released under the GPL. And this year it's bundled as an Amazon AMI and forms the core of EC2 For Poets.

In the last four months, we've released a bunch of major new code. It's going to form a huge coral reef for a new activity called blorking, which I'm going to talk about at The Next Web conference in Amsterdam at the end of the month. A long way to go to tell you all about what I've been cooking up. Unless you love Frontier and you love an adventure. For those of you who do, start reading here, going back in time.


I'll have a lot more to say about this. Sooon. :-)

Still diggin!

PS: We also need jQuery and node.js programmers, or equivs -- to port bits of the back-end to help us scale.

Must-read interview with Noah Glass Permalink.

Stop everything and read this interview.

It will change what you think about Twitter.

Great news: UberMedia to launch Twitter competitor Permalink.

Twitter needs competition, imho.

We need Twitter to have competition, that's for sure.

Now comes news that Bill Gross's new company, Ubermedia is going to compete. Can't say I'm surprised. Can say I'm pleased. :-)

Hope we can wire our networks together for compatibility. RSS provides a nice bridge.

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Framing and Obama Permalink.

A picture named mirror.gifJust saw a brief announcement that President Obama will call for an end to the Bush tax cuts for people making over $250K per year.

Not everyone will agree, of course, but I for one am very glad to hear this. We have to turn away from the awful philosophy that we can keep taking from the middle class and giving to the rich. It's wrong for so many reasons, and not smart.

And this one idea makes me wonder if the President has been listening to George Lakoff, and is starting to frame the discussion with the Republicans in the role of the spoiled child and the President as the strict father.

The rich have gotten their way, over and over, and now it's time for them to let the middle class have something. Like a father with two children and one of them keeps throwing tantrums to get his or her way, as the other gets nothing.

Unfortunately, in the US, the electorate is so unconscious that this kind of bullshit not only works, but is necessary. :-(

Cure for that dragging-your-ass feeling! ;-> Permalink.

1. Really good coffee (it happened again).

2. Todd Rundgren's Bang on the Drum. :-)

Help! config.root is too big Permalink.

On the EC2-for-Poets list, Adam reported: "I'm getting errors on the size of config.root and the OPML editor is telling me I need to save a copy in order to compact it. Unfortunately unlike Frontier, where I've been reading docs on this problem, there is no 'Save a Copy' command in radio2 to do this."

Here's how you deal with that situation.

1. Bring config.root to the front.

2. Press control-; to bring up the quick scrip window.

3. Type filemenu.savecopy ("c:\\config.root")

4. Quit the opml app. In the program monitor force flaunch.exe to quit (it will relaunch the opml app).

5. Replace config.root with the one on C: you just saved

6. Relaunch the opml app.

Be real careful. Config.root is super important.

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