Fargo will stop working on June 28, 2017.

That's the headline. Now the background.

I've received notice from Dropbox that the API we're using in Fargo will stop working on that day. Since Fargo is built around that interface, it will stop working at that point. I wanted to give users as much time as possible to prepare for this change.

It's been a good run, it'll be about four years give or take, when June rolls around. I had hoped that Fargo would take off, or that Dropbox would notice it and help us build a modest community around the product, but neither has happened. 

In the interim I've built a new storage system that isn't dependent on a single company, and have created an outliner that's very comparable to Fargo, that uses this new system and isn't dependent on Dropbox. Since both outliners use OPML as their file format, it should be easy to convert. You'll have nine-plus months to do that. 

And even when the API stops working, the files will still be in your Dropbox folder. No need to export them, they are already in a standard format, ready to be imported into any outliner that supports OPML. 

I'm sure some users will feel let down, but this is the reality of software. It's not all based on ads. We have to get enough users to sustain a growing effort. Fargo didn't make the cut. It's great software, but there are other choices. I have provided a path forward with LO2. And the outliner that's at the core of Fargo is open source, so if someone wants to create a Dropbox outliner with the new API, they can. 

This change should not affect smallpict.com sites. They should continue to function after the Dropbox API change. 

Perhaps not many people will see the connection between today being the first day Gawker is gone, it being the 25th Anniversary of the Web, and the message all Facebook users were greeted with this morning.

  1. Gawker is gone because Peter Thiel financed its murder-by-lawyer. It's legal to do this in the US, but until now as far as I know, no one has crossed this line. Now that the line has been crossed, it's fair to assume it will become standard practice for billionaires like Thiel to finance lawsuits until the publication loses and has to sell itself to pay the judgment. 
  2. It's the 25th Anniversary of the Web because 25 years ago a generous visionary named Tim Berners-Lee invented something that would benefit humanity more than it would benefit him. And many other visionaries saw it, and because it was open, were able to build anything they could imagine using it as a basis. And they did, making something like Facebook possible.
  3. Facebook is a silo for web writing. And while it would be easy for them to create paths for ideas to flow in and out of Facebook, at very low cost, and they have the features already developed, and use them internally, they refuse to share them with users. I suppose we could just explain this as they're a very large tech company and that's what tech companies do, but they also have the chutzpah to pretend to support the open web. They have been happy to accept its bounty and have done nothing to return what they've taken from the commons to the commons.
  4. And finally, remember Peter Thiel, the guy who thinks his wealth entitles him to shut down publications he doesn't like, not only did he make billions from Facebook stock, he's still on the board of Facebook. Zuckerberg has had plenty of time to ask him to leave, or to fire him, and he hasn't done it. Again, you could just shrug it off and say Zuck is like Thiel, but he's extra special in that he wants you to believe he appreciates the gift of the open web, as he strangles it. 

Last week I visited Seattle and Portland. 

In Seattle, I spent a day with Brent and Sheila Simmons, two longtime friends. Brent and I worked together at UserLand. He's also an excellent writer. His interest in blogging stemmed from his literate side, which made him an excellent web developer imho. Making software for yourself is a path to success. 

And in Portland I met with Ward Cunningham. We went bike riding in 100 degree heat, all over town, saw the sights, and talked software philosophy. We share the same basic values. It's amazing to meet someone like that. I regret that we didn't hook up 20 years ago. But maybe we each had to finish our work on our respective ideas -- mine which is blogging and his of course is the wiki.

In Brent's and my world, writing is episodic, chronological. This is what I wrote on August 23, 2016. And then there's what I wrote on August 23. 1999. And almost every other day in between. 

Whereas in Ward's world, there's the writing about a topic, say The Wildlife of Antarctica or Home Run Leaders in Major League Baseball. Chronology is an attribute of each bit on a page, but it is not the structure of the site as it is on a blog.

Thing is, I yearn for what Ward's world has. I'm so frustrated that my blogging doesn't have a concordance of all that I think on this topic or that. I repeat themes here all the time. And my memory is not very good. At times I can read things I wrote and published and have no recollection of writing them. Sometimes I even have trouble understanding them! 

I've written letters to execs at Google at various points in time, suggesting they have the tools to create such a resource. Supporting writing on the web is something we should all get behind. The 25th anniversary of the web is a good day to remind us what it is we're trying to do here. 

One final thing to tie this thread together. Ward has a friend, Mike Caulfield who is also a web writer who also makes software. Allen sent me a link to his piece about the diff betw chronologic writing and wiki-writing, and I thought man this is just like what I was talking about with Brent the other day in Seattle. It illustrates what I have now and what I want to create. 

One of the things I said repeatedly at the Portland meetup: It's All About People. I said it because this is something we don't always remember in Nerdland. We're creating tools to connect people. Not just people on one company's network or another's, but all people everywhere, in the belief that smart people may have the answer we seek even if they don't have a billion dollars to make their voice louder or to silence others.

A second Portland podcast, this time with Allen Wirfs-Brock. The topic, how JSON came to be and the back story about how Tim Bray came to be interested in its evolution.

First, I should say, and as will be obvious in the podcast, I have history with Tim. He was one of the original designers of XML, and I was working in XML starting in the late 90s and extending into the mid-00s. Tim was also one of the authors of the Atom spec, which was an attempt to replace RSS. My software supports both formats, but I was skeptical of the need to replace RSS. I felt that the people who were behind Atom didn't understand what RSS was being used for, or how widely deployed it was, and how unlikely it was that it would be replaced.

Now Tim wants to change JSON. I first heard about it in a recent blog post of his. I knew I'd be seeing Allen in Portland, and since he has been involved in JavaScript for quite some time, I asked him what he thought of Tim's post. He said there's a story behind it. And that's what we discuss in this podcast. 

Along the way we get a lot of interesting tidbits about how JavaScript and JSON evolved. 

Allen was the author of the Ecmascript 6 spec, and has been a longtime language developer at Microsoft and Mozilla. It was Allen's idea to get Ward Cunningham and myself together last year in Portland. And we all got together again at the meetup at Mozilla last Friday night.

The podcast is 31 minutes. We did it at a picnic table in a forest in the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland. You'll also hear from Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, Allen's wife, a noted expert on software methodologies.

Someone in NYC should have a weekly flash conf for news insiders on the dilemmas created by covering Trump. Fluid time, good for understanding and even influencing the way reporting changes. Just an idea.

I've been learning about software design patterns the last few days, thanks to my Portland friends. Turns out they use this concept to teach computer science these days. And as I understand it, it's a good one.

So I wrote a pattern about patterns, to see if I got it. Here it is.

When you want someone to understand a new concept, provide them with a simple example that illustrates the essential properties and nothing more. Omit the formal definition. That can come later.

This pattern would be help Amazon, for example, create toolkits that are immediately useful to experienced programmers.

And here's an example of a pattern that can be used to help a neophyte understand what a pattern is, if that person is a reasonably experienced JavaScript developers.

Today I learned that when you buy a business class seat on Delta they have the option to move you to coach, without notification, with no recourse. 

They offer to refund the difference in price. But I didn't think I was buying an option to fly business class. I thought when I made the reservation, including a seat assignment, that I was not playing the lottery, that they would not give the seat to someone who paid more.

Their excuse: It was in the fine print that I agreed to when I purchased the ticket.

This is why I hate Delta. 

A 30-minute podcast conversation with Ward Cunningham, prolific and active software developer, who among many other things invented the wiki. 

We talked about a lot of things, I'll fill in the blanks later, but I wanted to get this out to people right away.

We were at the Bunk Bar in southeast Portland. We rode there on bike, I was using a Biketown rental. A good time was had by all (I had a large frozen Margarita and Ward had whatever he had).

On Thursday I wrote a quick post that said body shaming was wrong, unconditionally. 

But then I read how the Repubs are creating their 2016 swift boat campaign against Hillary Clinton about her health. 

So I changed my mind. This stuff works. Kerry's mistake was not responding immediately, not just with denials, but with attacks-in-kind.

Trump's body is very much at issue, and the naked statues of Trump were not lies, so I say go for it.

Fight fire with fire. Sorry, we have to get in the mud. 

For those who are coming to the Portland meetup tonight, I've put together an agenda outline.

http://instantoutliner.com/0g

It's live, so if you click the lock icon to unlock it, you will see any updates as they happen.

Most important -- it's a friendly meetup. No grudges! No politics or religion. No business models. Ideas, tech, questions, all good. ;-)

This appeared as a post on Facebook two years ago today. Still relevant today.

You couldn't have had podcasting without a lot of things coming together.

1. Networks of writers who shared links. Blogging.

2. A protocol for moving links around a network. HTTP.

3. Something to attach links and recordings to. RSS.

4. A standard format for recording. MP3.

5. Inexpensive, easy to use playback devices, that could hook up to all this. iPod.

You might argue that we still haven't gotten all the pieces needed for it to really work. But one thing is for sure, none of the pieces existed when the famous patent troll claims to have invented podcasting.

Maybe we should reach not for a victory but for understanding. The patent system is making decisions about technological processes it doesn't understand. No wonder it gets it so wrong.

The life-size naked DJ Trump is funny, but body shaming is wrong.

And did you think of what the response might be. 

The new .blog domain is administered by Automattic, the people who created and run wordpress.com. Even so, it's cool that it can be used with sites created with any blogging software. This is truly in the spirit of the web, open source, and the Internet itself.  (Democracy and capitalism too.)

Users should be free at all times to choose what's best for them. And developers should be able to combine the output of sites, to create new flows. And the input of a content system should seamlessly flow to any other content system.

I will be proudly using my own blogging software, 1999.io, with dave.blog.

Today in 2016, the web is unfinished. It should always be so. There are more connections still to be enabled or created. Meanwhile many of the biggest tech companies try to trap users in "silos," without free movement, with no ability for developers to build on their work. Ultimately this leads to stagnation, and eventually explosive discontinuous change. 

Tech has a choice: change can come with steady innovation or all at once. 

I'm glad to say that my friend Matt Mullenweg and Automattic are consistent champions of user and developer freedom. That's why they host .blog for all to use. 

They could have said "blog" == "wordpress" -- many companies would have -- but they didn't. That's very good! I wish more big tech companies had that philosophy. 

Every developer who embraces this idea is courageous and futuristic. No one should want to win because users can't move. 

I'm being recruited by a big tech co probably on the basis of my GitHub account which doesn't state my age. Also assume they haven't looked at my Wikipedia page. Should I respond? At what point should I disclose my age?

Update: Raines Cohen, in the Facebook thread, came closest to my own take on this: "If they are not hiring you based on your experience, connections and reputation, you will be totally wasted there so it won't last, you wouldn't put up with being a mindless corporate drone. If they are, that's where it gets interesting."

Dear Peter Thiel,

Please sue Breitbart News into oblivion.

Thanks in advance,

Dave

I've had more time to think about journalists grappling with Trump. 

On the subway this morning I listened to the latest Slate political podcast, where they talked about Trump's threat to have Hillary Clinton assassinated. I tried to imagine listening to this two years ago, and wondered if it would have made any sense. I would also wonder why they weren't talking about the substance of what Trump said, as opposed to trying to discern why he said it. 

The words were so dangerous, it doesn't matter why he said it, what matters is what such words, delivered from the powerful podium he now speaks from, might incite. A line was crossed, a sacred and dangerous one, in a country with a long history of assassination of politicians. 

The question they were avoiding

The question they should have been discussing, imho, is this -- 

What do we do if a candidate of one of the major parties breaks an important law? 

What recourse do we have?

Can we arrest the candidate?

And what if this is a warning, a shot over the bow, a test, for the next atrocity from the candidate, that might be more direct, more overt, more dangerous? What line would he have to cross to require a stronger response. 

When I think about this privately, I ask myself the question they should ask out loud, in public. When is it too much, and what power do we have to stop it?

What if it were to happen?

Now suppose it eventually becomes a practical, not theoretical, question. 

That is, what if Hillary Clinton were assassinated and it was known that the killer was inspired by Trump? What then? Does it matter that his supporters will be upset if Trump is arrested and tried? We know that's not a justification for ignoring a heinous crime. Might want to interview a lawyer for that. 

As far as I know that question has not been raised in public. 

I'm friends with Walt Mossberg and Larry Magid on Facebook. Both are accomplished journalists who I have known through their work for decades and have enormous respect for. This isn't about them, rather it's about how journalists try to maintain neutrality when faced with a candidate who lies openly and admittedly in bold and dangerous ways.

Here's a link to the Facebook thread where these comments originated. 

There's truth and journalism truth. When Trump calls for the assassination of his opponent journalism runs out of words to say what he just did. I was thinking of collecting the various descriptions, just to show you guys how ridiculous it has become. It's a mishmash of attribution and qualification. 

Why can't journalism make a direct and true statement: The candidate called for the assassination of his opponent after he loses the election. That's what actually happened. Or, at least put someone on a panel who can say that. All the sources are as conflicted by the rules of their own trade that prevent them from saying what's obvious to every adult watching or reading.

Supposed ethics give the atrocious candidate a fig leaf to hide his sins.

The reporting, to users, and I'm a serious user of news, has little or no value. If you were relying on a journalist's description of Trump and didn't hear his actual words, you wouldn't be able to make sense of it. 

I wonder if journalist ethics aren't obsolete at this point, and if they haven't been obsolete for a long time, and if that is what got us into this mess. All the false equivalence and he-said-she-said reporting has gotten us to a place where an objective reporter still maintains that "they both do it." You see that everywhere, if somehow the scale of Hillary's dishonesty is in any way comparable to Trump's. Adult to adult, it's not. And the journalist's view from nowhere has always been dysfunctional, but now it's so far from reality that it's like the emperor with no clothes. 

And the danger, also, is totally obvious.

The reporting no longer serves any purpose other than to demonstrate how tortured journalist ethics are by a candidate who pushes it to its limits. 

One more thing -- I noticed the other day that Chuck Todd on MTP Daily was taking objectivity a little less seriously as the crowds at Trump rallies started chanting "Lock Them Up" where "them" refers to journalists.

The thread continued...

I am voting for Hillary and contribute to her campaign. But my complaint about the press is very similar to Trump's. I never have felt you guys gave me a chance Walt. I stopped worrying about it in 1994 when I found that I could communicate directly with users, without going through the press. I was very effective that way, far more effective than I had been by hiring PR people and going through the tech press, which always thought I was somehow incompetent or insignificant. My competitors, the biggest tech companies, used the press. We still were able to gain traction with blogging, RSS and podcasting, without the press support. I still read your stuff, always have, Walt, but I think your view of the world has been proven incomplete, and that proof has been out there for a decade or more now. You're still not accepting it, when it's risen to the point of a presidential candidate circumventing all the gatekeepers.

I just learned about Hillary Clinton's new podcast, here's the RSS feed, and it's in the mix at podcatch.com, so future episodes will show up in the river there.

I just listened to the first episode. It was good, but I can imagine if you're not a Hillary fan you might think it's dorky or self-promotional. But I am on board with her, and I think dorky is fine, esp when the other candidate says he's being sarcastic while he tries to rip up our political system. 

The interviewer, Max Linsky, asked her what's the last thing she thinks of as she goes to sleep. That's the kind of podcast this is. I'm not going to spoil it, but she had a good answer. 

People ask if they did this in response to my Hillary's Daily Show post and podcast. I don't think so. It's not the same idea. They're creating a platform for her to talk directly to her supporters. It'll be a weekly thing, not daily. It clearly won't be edgy, newsy or comedic. But it is a great first step.

I'm always glad when someone I'm interested in starts a podcast. I'm not sure I'll be a regular listener, but I'll certainly listen to a few more shows.

NY Times Run-up podcast

Also, on the subject of new political podcasts, the new NY Times Run-up podcast, two episodes in, is very good. Because it's a podcast they can run whole interviews, not just excerpts. In the first show the star was Newt Gingrich. We got everything including his admonition at the end to not quote him out of context. I actually really like that. I've been hearing Gigrich interviews for 30 years, never heard that part before. 

This week they interviewed a former Trump exec and tried to answer the question we're all wondering about -- What exactly is going on?

A good contribution to the political podcastsphere.

Politics, when it's done right, is pretty boring.

The person you want running the show should fairly quietly make things better.

You aren't going to have a beer with them. 

You need to trust them enough to not blow up the world, and in our form of government to have the kind of personality that can compromise and work with others.

You want someone who's thoughtful and loves to understand how things and people work.

Mostly you want to feel things are being taken care of and get on with your own life.

It's hot, so hot that I decided a bike ride would be better than a walk. At least on a ride you make your own breeze. 

It was good until the final stretch which is all uphill, so sloooow and no breeze. And hot, and no shade, so sweat was pouring out of my eyes. I brought a towel with me so I could wipe the sweat off my face, many years of bike rides in hot weather,  but when I did it, out popped the contact lens and my vision became uncorrected. Now I have to navigate by color. There's no detail to my vision without lenses. 

Even worse, I could feel the lens in my eye, somewhere, the wrong place. And I thought oh shit, it's behind my eyeball. Now I'm screwed.

I made it home. Went to the mirror and looked, and it was right there, so I pinched it and took it out and put it in solution -- I'll put it back in. Maybe I'm getting the hang of it. Knock wood.

Here's a 25-minute podcast about my experiences learning to program and the central role that C played in the journey.

This podcast was spawned from the hashtag #firstsevenlangs, which for me were:

  1. Fortran
  2. Basic
  3. Simula
  4. PDP-11 ASM
  5. C
  6. UCSD Pascal
  7. 6502 ASM

One interesting question raised in this podcast -- the Apple II clearly isn't a Unix clone, but the Mac borrowed lots of ideas from Unix. Did Woz play with Unix before designing the Apple II?

Hope to do a bunch more of these. I want to start talking more about the internals of software. As I explain in the podcast, I've been focused on "poets" for my career, but underneath it all there are a few new software ideas that haven't been well-enough discussed, and the things we learned are not reflected in other people's software. It's now time in my career to think about passing off, so I want to be sure to cover the important stuff. But first we have to talk about the foundation, and for me that was C and Unix and how they were one and the same, how a language could be the core of an OS and how an OS could be the core of a language. And how C was both a machine language and a high-level language (something I did not go into great detail in, in the podcast).

C and Unix integrated two big concepts in two dimensions. Once I saw it could be done, I wanted to do it for storage and editing too. And that's what Frontier is/was.

Little-known fact -- you can use Amazon S3 as the storage system for 1999.io servers. This came up in discussing the Docker implementation of the server with Don Park. 

So yesterday I wrote a doc that explains how to configure the server to use S3 instead of filesystem storage.

If you have questions please ask on the 1999-server list. 

Here's an idea for hacking the campaign.

When you see people debating something nutty that The Troll said, like whether or not he really meant for a crazy person to assassinate his opponent, instead..

Post a link to a story about why he might not want to release his tax returns. It's totally okay to point to the most interesting theories

There's lots to choose from.

It's all so parallel to his request for the President's birth certificate. The President eventually relented. Let's make sure The Troll does the same. 

And celebrate creative campaign humor. 

I'm trying to think but nothing happens!

PS: I've gotten a lot of feedback on this already, in just the first hour. Let's call this Ethical Trolling. Is there such a thing? Unfortunately I think there is, now. 

I was walking crosstown on 57th St yesterday, west to east, on the south side of the street. The walking is easier on that side because there are a bunch of Billionaire's Row apartment buildings going up on the north side. 

On the south side are shops and office buildings. 

It was hugely hot and humid yesterday. It was okay I guess if you kept moving, but if you had to stop and wait for a light or an emergency vehicle (there were lots) you baked and dripped so much sweat it felt like you were taking a shower.

As I passed shops with their doors open, they emitted deliciously cold air, bathing the sidewalk in air conditioned relief. New Yorkers rush by, we all appreciate the chill, until you realize this is quite bad, climate-change-wise. Burning all that fossil fuel to cool off the sidewalk. Probably long term not a good strategy for staying cool. 

And those emergency vehicles! On the way back there were more, and I could see they were all going to Trump Tower, on 5th Ave just off 57th. 

I fantasized that perhaps the Republican nominee had been assassinated, or had suffered a heart attack or stroke and died. 

It was not quite so dramatic, there was just a guy climbing the building

When I got home I turned on the TV and found out what was up. Major news on all the cable shows. It was actually a lot more entertaining than the usual fare. Esp on Fox. 

Another summer weekday in the Big Apple!

A quick post about fat protocols.

I don't think they're right about this.

Twitter could easily have been a fat protocol, and for quite a while the Union Square Ventures guys were pushing that idea. 

It's a platform! they said.

Then they did what owned platforms so often do, they took it back.

Oh no we never said it was a platform.

We never encouraged anyone to build on it.

So instead of a million apps, there was one.

They'll do that with BitCoin too. Because it's easier to go public with a big thick app than it is to sell the idea that one of your developers might eat your lunch.

I think it's totally possible that Twitter could have been thriving as a thick platform, but it requires a technologist to be in charge, one who knows how to relate to other technologists. You have to invest in your developers both with support and dollars. The thick platform vendor must be a venture capitalist, a visionary arm-twister friend to developers.  

I think they will blink, and take back the idea that Blockchain is a platform, and someone will try to own it. 

But I could be wrong. That's why it's a sport and it pays to watch carefully how the bets turn out. ;-)

This is a must-read piece for anyone who has bet heavy on the tech industry. Because it isn't long before the outrage will be directed at you. Or should I say us. 

I've been warning about this forever. Users eventually figure out that you're screwing them. The tech industry is built on the idea that they don't. Contradiction. You lose, eventually. So many times we've been around this loop, and every time the tech industry thinks it won't happen again. Yet it always does. 

Look at the ad-blocker revolt for a demo. Ads aren't a good business model because the users figured it out. Finally someone gave them the software they need to stop being slaves to your business model. You might argue that ads were never a good business model. As the ads get better you might as well just let people use search. 

People want commercial information. You don't have to force it on them.  (For example, I am now contact-lens-enabled, so I can wear sunglasses for the first time. What brand should I get? How do you pick one pair over another? I've tried to provide signals to the ad services, but they don't seem to get it. I use search instead.)

2008: Perfectly targeted advertising is just information.

So if Google wants to preserve their ad business they have to cripple search. Which they are doing! Long-term that won't work. Just give me a way to tell you what I want and show me how to get it. It's really simple. Unfortunately it isn't advertising, and you can't charge for it. Ooops. 

The smart money must be exiting tech now. The Trump phenomenon is a sell signal. Find a safe place to park your money. Only thing is there really aren't any safe place, because the disease has progressed so far that it's now trying to infect the US economy, it already has infected the political system. Not sure where you park your money that's safe.

Maybe the best thing to do is to start unilaterally giving the users more power over their own online presence. Stop trying to own everything. Because there's no way to win that game. Even if you win you lose.

BTW, in addition to the Portland meetup on Friday evening, I will have some free time in Seattle on Wednesday and Thursday. Always open to interesting meetings with readers of the blog. (If you see this elsewhere, please don't re-publish, I only want to get with people who actually read the blog, thanks.)

I just got video butt-dialed by Scoble's phone.

Via Facebook!

Truly weird.

I wonder if there's some way for me to broadcast it?

Not that I would!

Chris Matthews just asked the question about Trump as President.

How would the military respond to illegal orders?

This question has been out there, but no one has, as far as I know, had the guts to ask it. 

  1. Untied schoolmate's shoelaces.
  2. Stole kids lunch money.
  3. Sold fake raffle tickets.
  4. Rigged election for 6th grade class president, lost anyway.
  5. Forged father's signature on report card.
  6. Fired principal, a joke! -- suspended unfairly, will get even.
  7. Ordered 27 pizzas for dorm, sadly bankrupt, didn't pay. Suckers!

To people who run WordPress or Drupal hosting services.

I have a new blogging product, 1999.io.

I like to develop software, not interested in hosting sites for users. 

The server is open source, free to operate, supports multiple blogs automatically, easy to install, configure. 

I'd like to work with a few hosting people to work out the problems that are sure to come up when 1999.io is offered as a hosted system.

I have set up a test server so you can create a free site to try it out.

If you're interested in setting up a hosting business, after trying the software, please let me know via email (dave.winer@gmail.com) or Twitter direct message. 

Fedex should have an option where you can pay extra while a package is in transit to have it delivered tomorrow. 

I have a package coming from Chicago that won't be here until Friday. I'd pay $10 to have it here tomorrow. 

Obviously this idea works for any delivery service with a web interface. 

Details on the meetup in Portland on August 19.

Where: Mozilla/PDX -- 1120 NW Couch St, Suite 320.

When: Friday August 19, 6:30PM to 8PM. After the meetup we'll go out for dinner and drinks at a nearby establishment. 

How it works: We use BloggerCon unconference format. Read it. I take this format seriously. No droning, no sales pitches, I cut people off if they are long-winded. No arguing. We all respect each other. Your business model isn't interesting. No one cares how you make money. Lessons learned the hard way about meetups. 

Register here: To help us plan for space, and to be sure you can participate, please register at the Eventbrite page for the meetup. Thanks! 

Who: Dave Winer (me) and friends, including Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki, and Allen Wirfs-Brock, editor of the Ecmascript 6 spec. And hopefully many other interesting users and developers from the Portland area. 

Why: I'm in town, and have never done a meetup in Portland, and thought it would be interesting to meet you all. 

What: I'd like to talk about blogging in 2016, why it's great that podcasting is taking off (again), and how the big silos are in the way of progress, and how they could help. Also how to combine wikis and blogs, and why callback hell is actually a lot of fun once you make your peace with it. And pretty much anything else people want to talk about. 

Demo: I'll demo 1999.io, my latest blogging tool, which I am using to write this post.

Thanks: Jim Blandy at Mozilla for generously offering to host the meetup! 

I use Amazon Route 53 because I love the idea of a DNS server with a modern API. I wrote my own glue for Frontier, and used it for years, but now that I'm working in JavaScript, I needed to convert to use Amazon's JavaScript API. Unfortunately, while I love AWS services, their APIs are often incomprehensible. They do a lot, and it seems you have to understand it all before you can write a simple Hello World app. 

Then last week I came across a Node.js package called nice-route53, which claims to be "the API you really wanted to Amazon's Route53 service." 

It's true. The simple stuff is right up front. 

Within a few minutes I could see all the zones and all the names I had defined over the years, and which zones were clogged with old obsolete names, and which zones had none. Both extremes are problematic, the latter is wastefully expensive. 

Route 53 is surprisingly expensive. Of all the services I use, DNS  is the single most expensive. I never could understand why. It seems like it's just a database application, but at least now I have an idea how to simplify it. Which has been on my todo list for quite a while. 

I got a lot of value out of nice-route53, right from the beginning, so I decided to give something back. I created a small-but-useful utility called myRoute53 that creates a map of your names and zones, and saves them as JSON files on your local computer. From there, armed with the source, you may be able to write your own utilities that go deeper. 

https://github.com/scripting/myRoute53

Hope it helps!

Saying the election is rigged is like shouting fire in a crowded movie theater. 

It's an indictment of the entire country. It's much more likely to be something a loser says, we know that, and only a dishonorable person makes that statement without lots of hard-to-refute evidence to back it up. So far none of the accusations about the current election have any evidence behind them. 

And for a journalist to repeat the accusation, without extensive irrefutable evidence, is malpractice of the worst kind. 

Maybe it should be rigged? 

Michael Wolff echoes something I've said in a previous post

"I don't think he'd ever take office, even if he wins. I think there would be a coup first. I don't think the oligarchs who really run this place would ever let him run the military and the economy. They may be greedy bastards, but they're not stupid." 

When faced with a choice of survival and the Constitution, survival is the correct choice. However the best outcome is for Trump to be defeated at the polls, so we can keep our form of government, and avoid what would come from a Trump presidency.

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