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.
My 40 most-recent links, ranked by number of clicks.
FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
I'm intrigued by the features they're adding to Facebook.
It's not a river, I don't really know what it is, and that's one of the things that's always bothered me about Facebook.
And I don't have a lot of people listening to me over there.
A half hour ago I asked a question -- how do you post a link on Facebook? I see people are doing it, so it must still be possible. But the command moved somewhere, and I can't find it!
So I'll ask here on Scripting News. Bet I get the answer pretty quickly.
BTW, I offer my river -- updated every 10 minutes, as a good source of tech, political and science news.
You know how you get a song in your head and you just can't get it out?
I keep singin...
We're in the money!
We're in the money!
We've got a lot of what
It takes to get along!
The rest of the lyrics are great, and it's worth a listen.
Couple of reasons it's in my head.
1. I'm working my way through an archive of Warner Bros cartoons from the 1930s, and they sing that song a lot, along with Shuffle off to Buffalo. I love watching movies from that period, in order, to see how rapidly the art of movie-making was progressed in that period. And it's turning out to be true in cartoons as well. The first efforts were mostly of the Look Ma No Hands! variety. It must have been amazing that they could do it at all. I imagine people watching the movies the same way we used to revel at the early CP/M machines we hobbyists had in our living rooms. The miracle was that you could have a computer in your living room! Never mind they were a lot bigger than a breadbox. It was a miracle. Then a few years later we had Apple II's and a few years after that, Macs. And then HTTP into the home. You know the rest of the story. The 30's were to movies like the 80s were to PCs.
2. We're actually in a depression now, I think we'll see that in retrospect in a couple of years, and what's eerie about this one, according to people who study the history of the Great Depression, is that we're doing all the crazy things they did back then, again. It's as if we're re-living the past.
In the Warner cartoons of 1933 they already have caricatures of Hitler. Watching them, almost 80 years later, we know what was going to happen. The depression would keep going through the rest of the decade, while Germany was re-arming, and getting ready for mayhem.
Makes you think about some of the crazy war talk you hear these days.