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Learning from the fire of 1991

Wednesday, September 02, 2009 by Dave Winer.

Fires are on the minds of Californians, esp ones who live in the hills, like the ones in Berkeley and Oakland.  Permalink to this paragraph

In 1991 these hills burned. I watched the fire, safely, from a friends' deck on Potrero Hill. It seemed far away, but now I live here. Permalink to this paragraph

In the RTN podcast on Monday I asked Doc Searls if we could learn from the fires in Southern California.  Permalink to this paragraph

Today, on InBerkeley, I ask if there are any old-timers who were here during the fire of 1991 who would share what they learned. Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, 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.

"The protoblogger." - NY Times.

"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.

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.


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