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.