Dave Winer, 56, is a software developer 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 and NYU, 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.
scriptingnews2mail at gmail dot com.
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Introducing World Outline for Poets.
As with the first poets tutorial, it's software that's been tested, and it does something new, that you've probably never done before, and in many cases, not thought about. For me, it's what came before and comes after blogging. It's about thinking, organizing, working, presenting and refining. It's an incredibly useful structure for editing stuff on a computer. And now it's all hooked up to the web, in many interesting and surprising ways.
This software is a big deal for me. I've basically been working towards this since I was 22. A long time ago. If it works, it will make the world feel like an alien planet to everyone. Or at least people who think writing is fun and outlining is magical.
There's a test server, and a screencast, and a howto. As the howto says, this is a small first step. Many more steps are basically ready to go. But first I want to get a group of people up and running.
This is one of those times when you really should RTFM.
And as the title says, it's for poets, not programmers, although there are many programmers who are also writers and thinkers.
Here we go!
PS: I always find it interesting to see what random header graphic is chosen on days of big developments here. Today's is a picture I took in the Sangre de Cristo mountains north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in July 2004.