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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.

8/2/11: Who I Am.

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

Domains for sale Permalink.

As part of my house-cleaning on GoDaddy, I'm putting some domains up for sale.

Here's the list so far:






A wifi pocket disk Permalink.

A picture named tryHarder.jpgI read an article recently that said that we're seeing more identity theft because people are walking around with unprotected disks in their pockets that can be accessed over wifi. Millions of people are walking around with these pocket wifi disks. And the bad guys, having figured this out, are setting up listening posts, in second floor offices, cabs or just walking around on foot with a computer in knapsack. They make it look like free wifi, and the disk, set up to automatically connect to wifi, starts broadcasting passwords to email accounts, often unprotected, through these wifi endpoints. Which of course are paying close attention.

These pocket wifi disks are called iPhones. :-)

And then I read a piece on Fred Wilson's blog, about the new laws being rushed through Congress that would basically give the entertainment industry control over the DNS. I commented that even if they pass the laws, new networks would be quickly established that would allow peer to peer sharing of movies and music. They'd be even more powerful than the ones they replace. Because getting to completely start over is every technology's dream. Having shut off DNS as a way to advertise the presence of pirated content, we'd have to find new ways of doing it. And what we come up with now, forty years later, has to be better. Or else something is wrong with technology. :-)

Okay so here's an idea of how the new system could work, theoretically.

I love PBS documentaries. So I stay up and record a new episode of Frontline, and put it on my pocket wifi disk and then walk down to Times Square and hang out for an hour or so. Or I just sit in the Starbucks in Grand Central Station. You get the idea. Somewhere where there are enough people to be sure of my wifi signal being seen by other members of the new file sharing network.

Then of course they move around doing their thing, each willing to serve up segments of large video or audio files. Eventually you'd get the full Frontline episode if you wanted it.

It might be fun. And if the MPAA or RIAA wanted to stop it they'd have to hire an army of thought police and deploy them everywhere people congregate. I don't doubt they've thought of doing that, and maybe they will be able to. But in the meantime...

PS: Or maybe instead of pushing around the content, we just exchange pointers to the content. That would more closely resemble a replacement of the DNS.

Safing-up a Manila site Permalink.

Manila is an early blogging tool created in the late 90s by a company I started, UserLand Software. I'm hosting a bunch of Manila sites, but to future-safe them, they should be converted to static sites that can be moved to S3. As part of safing-up conventionbloggers.com, there's a Manila site, blog.conventionbloggers.com. I'm glad to have the opportunity to work on this now, because it will help me do the other sites I'm hosting that should be converted to static sites.

On 2/10/10 I wrote a postfilter for Frontier that saves each rendered page to disk.

It's stored in www/staticManila on monster3. This is not currently accessible over the web.

The theory is that over time all the pages that are ever going to be accessed will be accessed, and we'll have a copy of the rendered page as a static file, in the proper place in a static hierarchy that we will be able to move it from Manila to S3.

I now have a blog that needs moving, blog.conventionbloggers.com. And there is a folder there for it. Let's check it out.

It looks pretty good. There are some addresses in the files that need patching. And there are some mysterious domains that work but you wouldn't think they would.

For example, monster2.scripting.com is a long-gone server. But when I retired it I must have made sure that its static files were hosted somewhere, because the links still work. An example.

Also kudos to Bryan Bell, who designed the template on this site. He links to some graphics on redjupiter.com, which must be one of his servers, and it's still up and the links still work. An example. I'm going to patch these so the site will work even if these should go away at some time.

List of host names that have been re-mapped:









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