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Saturday, March 29, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A picture named sweetLittlePig.jpg Permalink to this paragraph

A little pig came up to me while I was waiting at a stop light in Walnut Creek.  Permalink to this paragraph

He squealed "Pssst down here." I looked down. The pig looked up at me and asked: "Can you keep a secret?"  Permalink to this paragraph

I don't know, I said. It depends. Permalink to this paragraph

"Oh hell," said the pig. "I'll tell you anyway." Permalink to this paragraph

"You know how Amazon has all those great web services." Permalink to this paragraph

Yes, I said, I use them and they're great.  Permalink to this paragraph

"Well how would you like to get all those services and more, and get to run software in Google's cloud, just like all the people at Google do?" Permalink to this paragraph

Yes, I would, I said, wondering how much this would cost. Permalink to this paragraph

"How much would it cost?" I asked. Permalink to this paragraph

"That's the best part," said the little pig. "For a guy like you, a blogger, with modest needs, it would be free." Permalink to this paragraph

I bent down and gave the pig a kiss on the cheek and said "You're a very nice little pig." Permalink to this paragraph

The light changed and I crossed the street. I noticed the pig was stopping the next person and asked if he could keep a secret. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, 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, 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 Berkeley, California.

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