node-webkit for poets (Mac version)

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Here’s a quick step-by step guide for getting node-webkit running on your Mac and making self-contained, double-clickable apps: 1. First, get node-webkit from this GitHub repository: using this download link for the Mac version: (note this is the current released version and there are newer RC versions if you are brave.) Note that you can actually… Read more »

Hierarchical Menu Demo

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Here’s a quick JSFiddle that demos a very simple hierarchical menu implementation that Dave Winer noodled out for It’s been updated to use the latest JQuery, Bootstrap, and Font Awesome. Enjoy!

Google Reader’s Real Value

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Google has announced the end of Google Reader. The tech media breathes a collective “meh,” but they are missing the real tragedy here. There are all sorts of ways to read RSS. Some people read every article in a feed, while others watch it flow by in a river of news. The one thing that… Read more »

Apple Hates Web Developers (?)

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With last week’s release of OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion, Mac users have been given a lot to digest. True to Apple form, there is a lot of marketing info about the release but not much in the way of specific changes or documentation for power users. Usually not a problem as the Internet does… Read more »

Doctors vs. Geeks

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This is an essay I wrote in June of 2002. It was written as a response to a blog post that Dave Winer made, questioning why software professionals don’t get the respect they deserve. I’m posting it again here, because the only other copy on the Internet is hosted on a site that isn’t mine…. Read more »

Bootstrap and WordPress and Blogging

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This blog is weird. Sometimes it goes for months without stuff happening, then it gets a flurry of new content. We’re moving into the “flurry” stage again. I’ve spent much of the past year or so working with various mobile application technologies, settling on hybrid apps that include a substantial HTML5 component. This has led… Read more »

Identity, DNS, and Web Services

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I’ve been lending an occasional hand to Dave Winer on portions of his EC2 for Poets project that is building on the OPML Editor and other tools to create a “coral reef” alternative to Twitter-like services. One of the more thorny issues is how to deal with identity for users and their content across a… Read more »

rssNimbus Source

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In case people show up here looking for an old post on rssNimbus, the source code and links to documentation can be found here.

Public Libraries as Digital Archives

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The following tweet yesterday fired off a lightbulb of sorts: suelyn @doctorow Will digital publishing be the end of bricks & mortar libraries. Let me put that in context. My buddy, Dave Winer, has been on a long time quest to find, foster, create, or instigate some way for there to be a long-lasting, secure,… Read more »

Investigative Journalism Is Over

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This WikiLeaks crap bothers me. This morning, PayPal has shut them off, making the judgement that their activity is somehow illegal without any hint of due process. There is a story not getting told, which is all about who is pressuring Amazon, PayPal, DNS providers, and ISPs to turn off WikiLeaks. Kiddie porn sites, illegal gambling… Read more »