I’m a Joker?

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“Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it. You know, I just do things. The mob has plans, the cops have plans, Gordon’s got plans. You know, they’re schemers. Schemers trying… Read more »

Did Comcast just jump the Net Neutrality shark?

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(By way of explanation/disclaimer/credibility enhancer/armchair-quarterbacking, let me say that I was chairman of my town’s cable TV regulatory commission for 3 or 4 years and had the extreme pleasure of negotiating 2 franchise agreements with Comcast.) This quick blog note is in response to the news that Comcast is charging L3 to deliver movies and… Read more »

node.js is Legos for Web Geeks

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Dave Winer infected me with the node.js meme the other day. I’m sure it was innocent on his part, but the results have been a bit like John Pinette at a chinese buffet. So much to try, so little time. node.js has been around for a while. I remember looking at it almost a year… Read more »

Apple’s RAID Software

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I’ve just finished a weekend-long battle with Apple’s RAID software. In the end, it saved my bacon. But the story is longer than that and holds a couple of warnings about backup strategies. First some background. I have a old PowerBook running OS X Server that plays the role of media server. It had 3… Read more »

Escaping RSS for JSON

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I’ve been working with Dave Winer’s “feedhose” system for the past several days and have run into a problem that will likely face everyone trying to leverage this technology. Since the RSS spec is fairly lenient, things like title and description tags can have all sorts of mark-up in them. (Don’t get me started on… Read more »

Tin Can-and-String-Federated-140 Character Message Proposal

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In response to Dave Winer’s post about bootstrapping a federated 140 character message system, I doodled up a spec for a hypothetical service called “F140”. I have a basic implementation of it working and am interested in hearing comments and feedback. The implementation is VERY simple and barely scratches the surface of the issues related… Read more »

iPad at Work

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I decided to get an iPad. I wanted it specifically to use as a platform for work. I wanted to see if it could hold its own against my MacBook Pro for the usual daily tasks around the office as well as use and evaluate it as a platform for potential customer applications. So, I… Read more »

CloudPipe “Fat Ping” Suggestion

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The fat ping addition to the rssCloud infrastructure is a great new feature. After pondering all the myriad of application opportunities it opens up, it occurs to me that there would be value in expanding beyond the implicit content types supported in RSS. As it stands now, the current CloudPipe examples pass through the same… Read more »

I Win the DARPA Network Challenge!!!

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Well, not exactly, but if I’d wanted to win the DARPA Network Challenge, here’s what *I* would have done to win. First of all, I’d settle for splitting the $40,000 prize. I’d enlist 2 other people, one on the other coast and one somewhere in the middle, and offer them $5000 apiece to play along…. Read more »

Twitter Proxy Project

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Given the amount of interest people seem to be showing in the Twitter proxy concept, I’m going to take a shot at making one. If you’d like to help, here’s what I am thinking: I learned a lot about the pros and cons of using Google App Engine while making my Java implementation of a… Read more »