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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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
Well the Knicks had something, and let it go.
I think next year I'll either be a Houston Rockets fan or just keep the fond memories of NY basketball in 2012. I was glad to get to go to one of the Linsanity games at the Garden, with three friends. The Knicks beat the Mavericks, 104-97.
Read the NY Times account for a sense of the moment.
Jeremy Lin enters the pantheon of NY sports folklore.
No matter how the rest of his career turns out, he'll always have a place in our hearts. Alongside such great characters as Mookie Wilson, Casey Stengel, Marv Throneberry. And there's a little Jackie Robinson in there too.
Maybe it's good that we get to close the book on Jeremy Lin as a Knick, now -- before the story becomes more mundane and less heroic. Somehow it's gotta be good or it would be just plain heartbreaking sad.
I'd like to propose a new acronym. TIJABP.
This. Is. Just. A. Blog. Post.
In other words, this is not the US Constitution or the Declaration of Independence.
Or the Treaty of Versailles or even legally binding.
It's not Hey Jude or Beethoven's 9th.
Not Catcher In The Rye or Annie Hall.
And it's definitely not the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. (Yo Mookie!)
It's just a blog post, so read it that way.
Twas written quickly, by one (busy) person, who then moved on to something else.
It's time to ask this question.
We didn't go through the W3C or the IETF to develop RSS. It's not that we didn't try. Neither organization wanted to build on our work, and RSS was already a very popular standard, and all either organization offered was to rip it up and start over. That wasn't an option.
So the RSS 2.0 spec lives on a server at Harvard University. An institution that has been in existence since 1636, predating Google by several centuries. An institution at least as respected as Google itself.
So why does Google ignore the spec? Why do so many of their applications fail to process feeds that are permitted under the spec, for very good reasons. Why does Google so thoroughly disrespect work that has proven so useful and so popular?
I don't expect to get an answer, and I'm pretty sure I don't even want to hear it because it's sure to be ugly and egotistic and very very BigCo. But it's awful every time I try to view a perfectly legal feed in Chrome, which is the browser I use these days, and see it mangled because someone at Google thought their opinion was more important than the installed base.
Jon Postel was familiar with this problem when he proposed what has come to be known as Postel's robustness principle. In this case, being "liberal" means "implementing the spec."