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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »