Sunday, May 29, 2005

New Look Too...

Time for a change. I just swapped my old hand coded style for one of Bloggers canned ones. Not that anyone actually comes to the site. It seems like most folks are reading via the RSS feed. Any way I chose something similar and minimal like the old style. Hope you like it.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Comments On...I think.

Testing comments....

Thursday, May 26, 2005

iTunes Podcatching

It's been widely reported that iTunes 4.9 will include podcatching capabilities. To those of you who may not know what that means check out the "What is Podcasting?" section of iPodder.org. [Warning this site is slow.] The short version is that it will allow you to subscribe and download podcasts automatically to your iPod using iTunes, presumably both on the Mac and PC. This is fantastic news on two fronts. First, I think Apple is the first big firm to legitimize podcasting. This is smart thing to do for them because although podcasting really isn't about the iPod Apple has just made it really simple for lots of people to get into listening to podcasts. The installed base of the iPod is massive. Now everyone of those people will have a new feature of iTunes to play with and who knows many of them may get hooked. I don't really count Sirius and their decision to bring on Adam Curry as being equivalent. They aren't really doing podcasting but maybe only promoting it in one of their channels for a few hours a day. Maybe if they start offering content via RSS I'll tip my hat to them but until then their just adding content to their satellite radio network. Apple's contribution is a direct contribution to grow the market. Of course Apple was really the only company in this position because of the nature of the iPod and it's ligatures to iTunes. Second, I whole heartedly agree with Dave Winer that this is a continued validation of RSS. Listen to his podcast about it. I think he's dead on about the announcement with the exception of a few points I'll enumerate later. This is the second tip-o-the-hat Apple has made to RSS. The first being RSS support in Safari. Microsoft has yet to respond. I have a feeling that will change if the new version of IE ever ships. I don't think they can stay silent for too long. Their entry is inevitable. Where I disagree with Dave Winer is that I think Apple will probably pre-load some podcasts and be very selective about who gets into that initial podcast bookmark list. Dave says it freezes out the wider podcasting community. No question. I just don't think its bad or something to worry about. I think we have to worry about it as much as we have to worry about pre-loaded bookmarks in all our browsers. Also, it's not about the icon. Dave Winer comments that the blue "RSS" chicklet in Safari should be the orange "XML" chicklet. I think even Dave realizes this is a small issue. I think this eventually will fade and Apple, and the community, may come up with something different. I mean wouldn't an icon that said "Feed" be what we really want? Isn't it time to disassociate the application (RSS) from the format (XML)? In any case, a big day for podcasting. Lots of fun to come I'm sure.

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Scott n' Steve...Happy Together

I'm not fooled. Are you?

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Friday, May 13, 2005

Holy Ajax! A Browser Based Wiki!

I just stumbled upon this GTDTiddlyWiki. I had no idea these TiddlyWikis even existed. Considering my love of all things wiki I'm shocked. I've been working on using GTD techniques to manage my life and I'll have to give this browser based approach a try. The big feature is that it will output to 3x5 index cards which are my preferred mechanism for keeping lists of actions. It's tempting me to migrate to a hybrid paper and TiddlyWiki based system.

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IE Share Dips Below 90%. Anyone sweating yet?

While I really welcome the news that IE share has dipped below 90%, I think it might be a while before anyone in Redmond starts having sleepless nights. However lets consider the following: browsers like Firefox and Safari have been adding new features at a pretty good clip whereas IE hasn't really changed much in a few years. So is the new down trend in IE share may just be all the early adopters jumping ship to get new features. If that's the case Redmond better start shipping something interesting soon before people get used to some of the nice new goodies in these upstart browsers.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Emacs on Tiger

For those of you who've made the jump to Tiger and are struggling with getting a version of Emacs up and running. It seems like the current version in CVS builds just fine and seems to be fully functional. I was able to get everything going with the instructions at Andrew Choi's site. He seems to be working on perfecting the Carbon version.

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Hotbeds of Rest

I visited a university in eastern Pennsylvania today. As I walked through the parking lot I couldn't help but notice that amongst the archetypal identifying decals in the rear windows were an unusual number of pro-Bush bumper stickers. I mean like 3 out of 5 cars had some kind of pro-Bush sticker from the election. Now back in my day you'd see things like "The Phil Zone", "My other car is a broom" or "If this van's a-rockin' don't come a knockin'" and the like. Moments like these open your eyes to just how far to the right this country has shifted.

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