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.