20 years ago: It's a Great Computer, Steve.#

Short podcast about re-connecting with Twitter as a developer. I have to do it, no choice, Also conecting with Facebook, RSS, the web. #

Today's background image is Sheep Meadow in Central Park.#

Little Card: Windows is going as Linux for Halloween.#

The reason things are so sparse here the last week or so is that there's a new version of Scripting News coming, and all my energies are focused there. #

It'll have the linkblog and the river on the same page with the blog posts in a tabbed interface.#

It'll be using all the latest JavaScript technology. Radio3, River4, Fargo, Little Card Editor etc.#

It's time that things start rolling up. #

Still diggin as someone said once a long time ago.#

A picture of a slice of cheese cake.#

Scripting News: Twitter's timeline is changing.#

Scripting News: Ebola is fearful for good reason.#

The howto for installing River4 has changed, it's simpler.#

Radio3 blog: Radio3 v0.65.#

Today's background image: Autumn colors.#

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Scripting News: The backs of receivers today suck.#

Scripting News: A priesthood of sources.#

Fargo blog: Rolling on the river.#

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Guardian: "When the history of the internet is written, software visionary Dave Winer will be right up there with Tim Berners-Lee." #

That's the kind of write-up you dream of. The things Naughton writes about are the things I would like to be recognized for. And the quote about Internet history is especially sweet, because the American press tends to focus on money, not creativity and commitment. Money is great, but it isn't all there is. #

Today's background image is Lincoln Center in the rain today.#

River4: The Hello World of rivers.#

Scripting News: Young technologists love lock-in?#

Today's background image is of the Sheep Meadow in Central Park.#

In today's piece I wrote about how the previous generation of technologists wanted the young techies to come work for them, and we mostly wanted to make cool stuff on our own. We were happy to use their systems, for me the PDP-11 was like a first love. It was a real step backward for us to use the Motorola 6502 that was in the Apple II, or the Z80 that was in CP/M or 8080 in PC-DOS machines. Eventually microprocessors caught up, and the Motorola 68000 that the Mac shipped with was very much like the PDP-11. #

Anyway. I remember going to the National Computer Conference in 1979 in Anaheim, as a person from the personal computer world. Now, I spoke the language of the bigger computers, so when we went over to the main hall to visit, to try to tell them about how cool our microcomputers were, they told us they used real computers, that ours were just toys. We should come work for them, on their operating systems and applications. But they were nothing like the stuff we wanted to make. They thought we were kidding around. #

A few years later, they were coming to our conferences looking for jobs. They all got them, too -- the PC industry was booming, and eventually sucked in what was left of the previous industry. Mainframes were repositioned as resources for LANs that had lots of PCs on them. But the software was flaky and complicated and if they ever got the kinks out it was after the next shakeup, which turned any box that could do HTTP into a resource, and it wasn't just over a local network, it was the world! #

The only things that can move fast enough to keep up are the ones that lots of people can move. So we kept the best operating system from the large-computer world that preceded the PCs, even though the companies are gone. You know what I'm talking about -- Unix. OSes come and go, but somehow at the bottom of the stack it's still Unix. That's not to say people don't use Windows, they do. But evolution went with the just-bad-enough answer, the one that no one owned. As it always does. :thumbsup:#

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What a long strange trip it's been.