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 did the MS ride today. Thanks to all the sponsors. We raised $585 to fight MS.
It was a clear sunny day, with dramatic clouds. Not much wind. Chilly, in the low 50s.
The route was 12th Ave to West St, then through the tunnel under the financial district onto the FDR all the way up to the very top of Manhattan, way north of the George Washington Bridge, and down the Henry Hudson Parkway to Pier 94.
I could have gotten a badge if I wanted to give them access to my Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn accounts, but I won't be doing that. I think we need to start saying no to that question. I gave to fight MS. Now maybe they can give to fight the BigCo takeover of the web.
Map: 3 hours 11 minutes. 35.9 miles.
An item for anyone who's thinking about new browsers.
Motivation: You could use a text editor in place of a spreadsheet app. But once they invented spreadsheets, why would you?
Same idea applies to browsers. When they were invented no one knew what they would be used for. So they had to be generic and relatively low-level. But now we have a very good idea of what they are used for, so we can streamline things.
Easy things should be easy, and hard things should be possible. It should be easy to go across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. But it should also be possible to put your car on the Staten Island Ferry if you want to roll your own trip across NY Harbor.
Here are some examples of things that are hard that should be easy:
1. A basic two-column layout. You should be able to say this is the left column and here's the right column. The right one is 225 pixels wide and the left column fills the remaining space. There's 28 pixels between them. And if I didn't feel like specifying the number of pixels there would be reasonable defaults.
2. A menubar with dropdown menus. The first menu has this name, and these items. When the user chooses the item named Foo from the menu named Bar go to this url.
3. Here's a crumb trail. It's got the following items in it, and for each item this is what it links to.
4. Comments go here.
5. Get the user's name and password.
The focus should be on simplicity of interface, both for the programmer and users.