Mail Starting 7/30/97.
MSIE/Mac 4.0 preview.
7/18/97: Moving into the Future was a response to a group of Mac zealots who thought they had my number.
News.com wants more charisma at Apple.
Two hot Frontier sites! Fast Company and The Atlantic Monthly.
Using Frontier with WebSTAR, BBEdit and The Finder. (Mac only)
A beautiful Frontier site: 29 Months in Exile.
SJ Mercury: Even though he hasn't been christened chairman of Apple Computer Inc., Steve Jobs is playing the part.
Apple Ireland digs Frontier.
AppleScript users face a difficult migration
due to changes in System 8 Finder. Frontier users have it easier because we go directly to the operating system for file and OS functions.
News.com: Ex-Apple CEO Amelio speaks at the Commonwealth Club.
Rumors! Is former IBM PC chief Jim Cannavino going to be the new CEO of Apple?
The Cannavino speculation is fed by his abrupt resignation from the top spot at Perot Systems.
If you run a web server: MIME type for CDF. (All platforms)
Experienced Frontier users: A new command for your web browser shared menu that does a Who Is for the site you're currently browsing. (Mac only)
The Smithsonian's Air & Space website is managed with Frontier.
PowerAgent: Good cookies?
Web interface for Hotwired's Newbot, a JIT-SE.
Netscape's fact sheet for Castanet.
Computerworld: Why Microsoft won't ship Sun's JCL.
News.com: Microsoft IE 4.0 beta for the Mac to ship Wednesday. It can play CDF channels. Here's the CDF for Scripting News. We have tools for creating CDFs for Frontier webmasters.
Infoseek's approach to distributed searching.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: If Apple fails we'll all pay a high price.
MacWorld: Rumors say Jobs will be new Apple chairman.
Dan Gillmor tries to reason with zealotry in the SJ Merc.
Three new Frontier verbs:
You are invited to subscribe to DaveNet via email.
Source for the SiteChanges refresher script.
Download the Frontier suite from the fat pages site.
Want a sneak peak at how UCMDs will work on Windows? DLLs.
An important milestone for the Win32 version of Frontier.
Microsoft's response to ABM -- NOISE. Netscape, Oracle, IBM, Sun, and Everyone else.
DaveNet: Steve Wozniak and the Garage. (Also discusses the Netscape-Marimba deal.)
Mike McCue, a lead developer at Netscape: "For the record, we are working very hard to make the Marimba protocol an open standard asap. It will usually be the case with fringe features that they are initially non-standard. Then over time the open standards circle will widen to encompasses these features."
Henry Norr seeks peace with MacZealots and Cliff Colby has mixed feelings about Mac OS 8 and (for the most part) Don Crabb takes off the gloves and stops apologizing for past Apple management, all in this week's MacWEEK.
DaveNet: A Helpful Tip for reporters, flamed by zealots.
Mail Starting 7/25/97.
Bloomberg report on the Marimba-Netscape deal.
Upside interview with Larry Ellison.
News.com: Apple board member resigns as CalPERS takes a closer look at Apple.
An interesting idea
which we are already exploring.
NewsTracker and other "just in time" search engines could use our siteChanges file to keep up with changes on
Scripting News on a daily basis. We could rebuild the file every hour or every ten minutes.
Anyone want to work with us on this? Excite? Yahoo? Netscape? Microsoft? email@example.com.
Mail Starting 7/24/97.
Apple's InternetWorld News Site, live from Chicago. We did the first one in LA in March.
Interesting! What is Alexa? (Wired has a story.)
Netscape and Marimba in a distribution deal.
The InfoWorld and news.com stories miss an interesting angle. Netscape is now selling a server that's not based on an open standard. Early Netscape hype, in 1995 and 1996, said that the company and the software would be built on open standards. This Marc Andreessen column from Oct 96 was the only one I could find on the Netscape site that talked about open standards. Has there been a change in religion at Netscape? Not necessarily good or bad, but let's check it out.
Why should you care? An example -- if you wanted to serve a channel from a database that Marimba doesn't
support, you might be able to. The problem with the Anyone But Microsoft approach is that it excludes lots of
other software developers too.
William Safire in the NY Times: "Media power pressured and paid government officials to protect and extend media monopolies. Journalists must ask ourselves: Where were we during this abuse of power?" Read the rest of the piece.
Tomorrow 5:15 - 8:00PM in SF, The Commonwealth Club privacy panel with leading industry experts. 595 Market Street at Second. Call 415-597-6705 for reservations. CC site.
Wired News: Guy Kawasaki and his band of email enforcers.
Did you want to know more about buttcracks?
MacWorld's Adrian Mello, proposes a new board for Apple with John Warnock, Bud Colligan, Joel Kocher, Jim Barksdale, Heidi Roizen, Eric Schmidt, Steve Jobs, Larry Zulch, Greg Galanos, Andy Grove and Bill Gates.
Add to the list: Steve Wozniak, Chuck Shotton, Bill Campbell, John Doerr, Ellen Hancock... others?
News.com: Mac OS 8 ships, still no deal with clone vendors.
BYTE: 20 software products that changed the world.
Did you know that James Gosling, the lead developer of Java, did a simple Visicalc-like spreadsheet called vc?
NetObjects gallery of Fusion-managed sites.
Call 1-800-672-2754 (US only) or check the Oscar Meyer website.
Better yet: does your browser play .wav files?
Philippe Kahn on information devices.
Marc Canter responds to Philippe.
Marc Canter Braindumps on Chat.
More new ideas on Mail Starting 7/22/97.
Mail Starting 7/22/97.
Mark Pesce on ZDNet: The importance of being Macintosh.
Coooool! Internet Anagram Server.
Pointcast and Macromedia sittin' in a tree.
Special Page for NewsTracker.
Susan Kare, user interface designer. Susan helped with the 24 Hours of Democracy project in February 1996.
Wired News: Trellix challenges HTML. Bravo!
MacInTouch: Mac OS 8 special report. "Mac OS 8 represents the biggest change in the Mac operating system for years, but it is an evolutionary change, and migration is straightforward for supported hardware (PowerPC- and 68040-based Macs)."
TidBITS explains Frontier as a Mac web development tool.
Frontier website scripting for BBEdit users.
Using Frontier with the Alpha text editor.
WebMonkey's Jeff Veen reviews MSIE 4.0 beta.
News.com says that the Microsoft browser is a risky proposition.
MacWEEK overview of OS 8.
BusinessWeek: Is Apple mincemeat?
Trellix: I just got a press release on this product. It sounds like a web-based outliner for Windows. Should be interesting! I'm meeting with Dan Bricklin tomorrow to get a demo. Dan and I used to work together at VisiCorp. Stay tuned...
Red Herring interview with Bricklin.
NewsTracker query for Trellix.
SJ Mercury: A critical resource problem for the net.
ARDI Executor: Runs Mac programs on DOS, Linux or NextStep.
PC WEEK: Microsoft to invest in Progressive.
Past DaveNets: We could dance again! (1/26/96), Canary in a Coalmine (2/12/97), The OpenDoc Lesson (3/17/97).
NY Times article about the Creative Good site, which is managed with Frontier.
Mail Starting 7/21/97.
SJ Mercury: Java -- fact or fable?
Henry Norr in MacWEEK: Compatibility of Mac utilities and OS 8.
Dave Winer: Moving into the Future.
Version 2.0: Response to Mackido.
News.com readers prefer Ellen Hancock as the new CEO of Apple. I think she'd be a great choice! She's down to earth, respectful, listens well, has a deep understanding of technology, and fits the bill as I outlined it in Choices (7/15/97).
Craig Cline on the Mars website: It's Almost as Good as Sex.
My space piece: Do you have a Head? (5/5/97)
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence -- sounds like fun!
Guy Kawasaki in Forbes: Journalism in the Internet age. Right on!
Infoworld: Netscape Netcaster Beta 3.
PC WEEK: Microsoft profit grew 86% in the last year, revenue up 41%. Its share price more than doubled.
SJ Mercury on yesterday's DNS outage.
Webmonkey's Lawrence Sanchez on VBScript.
Mail Starting 7/18/97.
A wonderful elevator prank from firstname.lastname@example.org: "A friend and I used to get on at different floors; when we were both on, one of us would say, 'Anyone want to trade shirts?' Then we'd exchange shirts and watch the reactions." Now that's funny!
DaveNet: Attacks, DNS Failure.
Mail Starting 7/17/97.
Eva Way Konigsberg on Sex and Power.
There was a serious DNS Outage this morning affecting the entire Internet. We felt it here, many of today's DaveNet emails bounced. It's very frustrating and it's going to take a fair amount of work to fix the problem. And this is just one tiny corner of the Internet.
Does this product evoke your fear? (There will be many like it.)
Simson L. Garfinkel on HotWired: Electronic Border-Control.
PC WEEK: Report on the DNS outage.
SJ Mercury: Apple slows flow of red ink.
Marimba: Castanet 1.1.
c't review of Frontier, translated to English.
Rik Myslewski's Chimpanzees piece on the MacUser website.
From email@example.com: "Bored? Try drilling a hole in your forehead."
Dan Shafer on c|net: Persistent storage for browsers.
ZDNet: MSIE 4.0b2 download page. (Windows only)
SJ Mercury: Apple reports $56 million quarterly loss.
Jean-Louis Likes Apple So Much...
John Perry Barlow: 60 Fun Things to Do in an Elevator.
Mail Starting 7/15/97.
SF Chronicle: Is Microsoft playing fair in Windows browser market?
The Life of Helen Keller.
News.com: Bill Gates net worth -- $36.4 billion.
Joe Gillespie on the High Five site:
No matter how much effort a web site designer puts into his or her work, there are millions of people out there who will see something other than what the designer intended.
Nombas: ScriptEase Integration SDK.
USA Today: Man shoots computer. "We don't know if it wouldn't boot up or what," Police Sgt. Keith Moon said Thursday.
Henry Norr in MacWEEK: New research says Macs more productive in media-producing industries.
SJ Mercury: John Sculley's plan to save Apple.
A trip down memory lane... HyperCard Heaven.
Boston Globe: New Mac System May Be Too Little Too Late.
Lori Fena on McCain-Kerry.
News.com: The FBI wants to control domestic use of encryption software.
Newstracker query for encryption.
"No deal!" says The EFF.
More interesting Apple stuff on Mail Starting 7/11/97.
After we're finished wringing our hands over Apple, let's get busy with what comes after HTML.
Everyone, have a grrreat weekend! If you're looking for some reading material, check out The Best of DaveNet (it's a little out of date) and Matt Neuburg's Web Scripting Tutorial.
See ya's on Monday!
Jodi Mardesich of the SJ Mercury interviews former Apple CEO Gil Amelio and Dawn Yoshitake of News.com interviews Apple board member Edgar Woolard.
Dave Winer: Crashes and Caches.
Oooops! A browser crash for firstname.lastname@example.org while he was reading about Crashes and Caches!
You can download MacsBug thru www.download.com.
Astrobyte: BeyondPress 3.0.
Upside's discussion board on the changes at Apple.
David Coursey: Apple After Amelio.
Rafe Coburn responds to yesterday's The Sure Road to Bankruptcy.
As of 11:20:15 AM, the Newstracker query is picking up 38 matches, 23 of which are articles about the resignation. The NewsTracker folks say they index the sites every four hours, but it appears to happen more slowly. Even so, it's a uniquely valuable service for people who want to follow stories as they appear on the web.
Mail Starting 7/10/97.
SJ Merc: Jobs is calling the shots at Apple.
Andy Ihnatko on Macsbug.
2/20/97: Being Kind to the Mac.
How Mark Guzdial of Georgia Tech uses Frontier.
This fat page
contains a new startup script that UCMD writers can use to make sure that their UCMDs are
refreshed with virgin code at each startup.
DaveNets: The Sure Road to Bankruptcy, Amelio Resigns, Mid-Afternoon Corrections.
Mail Starting 7/9/97.
SJ Mercury-News: Amelio Resigns.
Other reports: InfoWorld, News.com, PC WEEK, MSNBC, MacWEEK.
Excite Newstracker query for "Amelio". As of 3:38:01 PM it's only coming up with stories from last week.
Red Herring: An open letter to Gil Amelio.
Joshua Kempner, email@example.com, asks: "Are you still going to update Frontier for MacOS (not Rhapsody) or will it be strictly Windows in the future? There are lots of us out here with a strong investment in the MacOS but no plans to switch to Rhapsody. We'd hate to be shut out of the Frontier loop."
Answer: Frontier 5, the next release, will be cross-platform, for Mac OS and Windows. In fact, the Mac version will be more complete for quite some time.
Phil Suh: This suite remembers what files you need to upload and uploads them for you.
Jim Hebert asks some great questions providing an opportunity for me to explain how Frontier code extensions will work in the Win32 enviroment.
Transcript of Can Apple Survive? panel at Seybold in New York in April.
4/21/97: Can Apple Survive?
Major revision: Matt Neuburg's Web Scripting Tutorial. He says: "Many errors corrected and explanations improved; lots of new tricks and tips; expanded discussions of macros and renderer writing; and an entire new chapter which traces the whole process of rendering a page from start to finish. Intended to be the court of first resort for those learning Frontier for its Web site management capabilities."
Microsoft: Windows Host Scripting.
In the 80s dot-head format was how we exchanged info among Living Videotext's outliners. You could, for example, render a Ready outline as a graphic MORE tree chart. As we approach the first alpha release of Frontier 5.0, we make it possible for Frontier's outliner to be a Ready-like outliner for Mac and PC users. Of course, being part of Frontier, it's scriptable. The first step is to make it possible for Frontier to read dot-head files. You'll find the code and more info on the fat pages site.
Jon Stevens has a 1-2-3 Functions Outline in a web page. What a long and winding road!
From MacroMedia, 5 Flash 2 sites: 1 2 3 4 5.
A quick tour of Frontier's outline-based script and menu editor.
Frontier's outliner is scriptable and has 34 built-in verbs.
Written in 1988: Outliners & Programming.
Ashton-Tate's Framework, 5/17/97.
Great essay! Against Software Determinism.
PC WEEK: "JFCs will never ship as part of any Microsoft product," said Cornelius Willis, group product manager at Microsoft.
North Bay Multimedia Association.
Marimba: Bongo 1.0 for the Mac (alpha version).
Question: Can Bongo work with Frontier?
InfoWorld: Year 2000 problems coming for Netscape and Microsoft browsers.
Mail Starting 7/6/97.
HotWired's new mission statement.
CNN: Pathfinder on Mars, 10:07AM Pacific.
SJ Mercury: Santa Cruz Beach Roundup.
|To non-US readers -- today is July 4, the birthday of the United States! Everyone goes to the beach, eats hot dogs, corn on the cob, and in the evening, just as the sun goes down, the fireworks go off. It's a day for fun! A three day weekend for the USA. We have a great country, and today's the day we celebrate that!||
A grand old flag!
We'll resume our normal Scripting News schedule on Monday.
Microsoft response to earlier pieces: Microsoft on Microsoft Money.
Teledesic, a satellite network co-owned by Bill Gates and Craig McCaw.
Alpha Centauri, the nearest solar system, could have terrestrial planets and intelligent life.
News.com: IdeaMarket is rewriting their business plan, narrowing the focus to for-money information about computers and software. Peter Lewis, formerly of the NY TImes, resigns. See Jim Seymour on IdeaMarket, 2/27/97, for an earlier perspective.
Life at Netscape in the early days.
|The SJ Mercury's Chris Nolan, The Gossip Columnist, asks an interesting question. Does Microsoft want to buy Marimba? Kim Polese says there's no deal. Marimba wants to go public, not be acquired, she says.||
The Second Crack-A-Mac Challenge.
Mail Starting 7/3/97.
A new language called REBOL.
InfoWorld: John Doerr and Jim Barksdale form
an organization of the CEOs of large and famous Silicon Valley companies. The organization will attempt to
"firm up working relationships" with Washington political leaders.
Jimmy Stewart dies
He played the dreamy American idealist.
"You all think I'm licked. Well, I'm not licked, and I'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause even if this room gets filled with lies like these, and the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place." More quotes.
The Jimmy Stewart Museum statement.
DaveNet: Microsoft's Money and Jimmy Stewart.
Excite's news-collecting robot: NewsTracker. It works!
List of websites indexed daily by NewsTracker.
Original piece about jit-se's: Floating Ideas, 9/7/96.
USA Today: Microsoft, CBS deny takeover report.
CNN: Scientists giddy as Pathfinder nears Mars.
Wired News: Mag Editors Impose Editorial-Ad Rules.
Ivo Spigel: Report from Croatia.
Netscape's No Hair Club For Men.
Chuck Shotton: Link Piracy and Java.
Mail Starting 7/1/97.
Stanford Protocol Proposal for Internet Search and Retrieval .
Want to work for Netscape? This page may change your mind.
Want to work for Microsoft? This page might change your mind.
I spent an hour or so playing with the new HotWired 4.0 website. I was using a 3.0 browser, and suspect I'm not getting the full effect. I looked for a page explaining where they're going, but couldn't find one. They're having a party tonight in SF, I'll ask some more questions then.
MC News: How Sun is Marketing.
Check out Scripting News -- June 1997.
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