Friday, December 30, 2005

Good morning. I did release an early version of the News River aggregator yesterday. Lots of people have put it through its paces. I'm not going to link to it here until it's more solid. The biggest difficulty has been importing OPML subscription lists because there's been some "drift" from the initial format. I'm going to make some fixes this morning according to Postel's Law and be liberal in what I accept. And thanks to all the hale and hearty souls who are helping out here. Much appreciated!—Dave Winer
Wow, what a shocker. You mean you're having trouble importing your own freaking format beacuse of "drift" from the initial format? Aren't specs supposed to prevent "drift" from happening? You know, like an XSD schema that people can validate against. Oh wait, was there ever a real spec for OPML? Oh, haha! Silly me. I forgot that you're above such things. Real men don't need specs. They just need vague references to how something should work and general directions people should take.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Confession: I am now addicted to the TV show Lost. I've watched the whole first season and am working my way through the second. By the time tonight's shows air, both re-reruns, I'll be in synch, but I'll probably skip ahead via BitTorrent. I have mixed feelings about the show. It's a bit too bloody and a bit too simplistic and there's too much yelling and blaming, but the characters are interesting, and I'll keep watching because, like I said, I'm addicted.—Dave Winer
Classic. You rail against Google for their project of scanning in copyrighted books, but you no qualms about downloading a torrent of a show you want to watch. Glad to know your bread is buttered on both sides. Who needs consistency... oh wait, I mean integrity... when you're getting what you want?

Monday, December 12, 2005

I have a feeling that we're just beginning to be disgusted by the year in review pieces in the professional press. The first clue was the Sunday NY Times magazine series of mini-articles about great ideas of 2005. Interesting that the blogosphere went from being a no-show in these summaries to being all over them, but in this context we're either owned by conservatives or spammers, or the TV networks. I expect more of this, leading up to Time Person of the Year, who may well be the same guy who's telling everyone he is a nicer version of me, with nicer hair.—Dave Winer
"We're" just beginning to be disgusted by the year in review pieces? I think you are beginning to be disgusted. Probably because these pieces aren't kissing your arse about OPML and RSS and "leading up to Time Person of the Year." I bet if they included a spot about you and OPML and RSS, you wouldn't be so digusted with the articles, no matter what else they focused on.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Thanks Adam for inventing podasting and being our leader. And thanks to BusinessWeek for honoring our podfather. He's so cool and his hair is so pretty. Hey he may just be a DJ but somehow he wrote all our software! He's so amazing. ";->"—Dave Winer
Amazing. This almost stands by itself.

You didn't write all our RSS software, yet you seem to be on a neverending quest to ensure every person on the planet knows that you are the father of RSS. And I think you're just jealous of Adam's hair, because yours looks like crap. (See? I can take cheap, petty shots too.)

So, again, for the record. Regarding this whole podcasting thing and who actually invented it, let me clue you in: nobody cares.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Here's a piece I wrote when it became clear that not only was Adam going to (try to) take all the credit, but he was going to take all the money too. Fact is, it's almost a year later, and he's never settled the account. I put a lot of creativity, time and money into building his business, and his (and Kleiner's) position seems to be Thanks for nothing. I really appreciate that Ben pointed this out, he was the first to notice (other than me, of course).—Dave Winer
Three words:


Sorry, but this debate is getting tired. Does anyone remember off the top of their head who invented adding attachments to e-mail? Didn't think so. You're fighting for the spot of a minor, half-footnote in Internet history that only pedantic old farts are going to care about 50 years down the road. Get over yourself and get over it. So you didn't make a fat bundle on podcasting? Waaah. Cry me a river.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Danny Ayers asks Raymond the question that XML geeks always ask about OPML. And Raymond gives him the answer I always give (but it's great they can hear it from a user now). "There are tools." Users don't care about formats, they care about getting their ideas organized and out there. OPML does that for them. I remember explaining that to Edd Dumbill five years ago, and he then wrote about it on XML.Com and ridiculed it, saying OPML had "secret hidden powers." If you make software for users, there's no mystery. OPML is unique in that the application, outlining, existed before the format. So unlike most XML formats, it's not stuck waiting for tools.—Dave Winer
*Bzzzt* WRONG! The OPML format isn't for users. It's for developers. That's like saying that assembly code is for users. Software is for users. Source code is for developers. Formats are for developers.

Oh, and you say, "OPML is unique in that the application, outlining, existed before the format." That doesn't make it unique. Do you think page layout didn't exist before CSS?

Just because people use something doesn't make it great. Just remember that people use FrontPage too.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

...I guess I pay too much attention to the critics who say that XML-RPC isn't good enough for them. I think those people may have other motives, something we used to call Not Invented Here, which means they'll dis it if they didn't invent it.—Dave Winer
*cough* *sputter* And this doesn't go the other way? *cough*Atom*cough* People can't dis XML-RPC without being afflicted with Not Invented Here, yet you can dis Atom? Oh wait, that's because you didn't invent it so it must be crap compared to RSS!

Friday, November 11, 2005

...Further, the model that's being pushed as Web 2.0 is the core of the How To Make Money pieces I wrote in 2000 and 2001. There really are still some fresh ideas in those pieces, I wish more people would listen.—Dave Winer
Here we go again. Once more, Dave thought of it first. But nobody listened!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

So I went on an instant letter-writing campaign to everyone I knew at the company, and some I didn't know so well, and said I was determined that the blogosphere would get the story in a way that the mainstream guys can't.—Dave Winer
In case you didn't know, Dave is talking about the leaked memos he "exclusively" brought to the blogosphere. Oh wait, these were leaked to him? No, no. Sorry, I got that wrong. He was fed them. These memos weren't leaked, they were fed. Dave should know about feeds. (I made a pun! I'm so funny.)

Microsoft was counting on you, Dave, and you pulled through. Pour on the Kool-Aid!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Something really stupid. When people disagree with you, they can't just disagree, they have to say you're a bad person, or you're lying or you're flaming or whatever. Microsoft has a bunch of people these days who relate this way. It used to be possible to discuss software with Microsoft people, in public even, without the ad hominems. It's a sure way to change the subject. To me it's a sign of intellectual weakness. Okay you don't like me, I'll survive. Now let's get back to how to be more competitive, or make the software work better, or support developers who want to use your platform. The good news is there are still some people left over from the old days, I ran into one of them on Tuesday. I couldn't believe he was still there. Reminds me that Microsoft used to want to win. Maybe there's an element that still does?—Dave Winer
Possible Translation: Someone who hasn't heard of you, or doesn't care, made you cranky because they didn't kiss your OFGN arse, but instead actually said what they think.

Oh and I'm sorry, but "support developers" from the guy who gave us the steaming pile of OPML to deal with? Come on.
This is a good idea and one I saw coming. My thought was to put video games in bars that optimized traffic lights in a city for maximum flow to route around tie-ups. Plugging human intelligence into software systems is a very neat possibility. Now let's hope Amazon didn't try and patent it.—Dave Winer
Oh right, you saw it coming. Of course you did! Heaven forbid anyone has any ideas these days that you didn't already think of years ago.