Friday, March 4, 2005

BoingBoing: "Tulsa's giant milk-vending robots of yesteryear"

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Tim Bray: "There've been a couple of weeks to think about it, and the more I think about it, the more it seems obvious that Google has gone seriously off the rails with the new AutoLink feature of their toolbar."

Update: Tim posted again with some revised notes.

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Paul Boutin via Slate: "Is Google using its huge market share to edit people's Web pages without consent?"

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Alwin Hawkins: "All right, I admit it. I love this sort of thing, a Sunday night taking care of a truly sick patient with a wide array of equipment hanging off and a wide latitude in treatment decisions"

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Jonathan Schwartz: "Prior to this meeting, our biggest issue at the account was a perception issue. The CIO had as much as written us off. Being blunt. And how are we solving that issue today?"

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Dave Winer on Radio UserLand

Dave Winer: "We're a commercial software developer and have done the product that we feel is appropriate for a commercial developer to do, in the Summer of 2000. What this will all look like in the coming months and years is anyone's guess. (That's why it's so interesting!)"

Nearly five years ago in the summer of 2000, Radio UserLand was an application that allowed you to play MP3s and share music playlists, all with an "open backend" that anyone could hook into with software or web services. While the app's primary purpose is weblogging instead of playing music, we're still building communities around central themes: podcasting, citizen journalism and more.

Take a moment to read through the discussion group message thread (start here) and you'll find a fascinating time capsule of pioneers brainstorming about their new frontier. In fact, this message from Vince Outlaw in the thread describes what podcasting has become and might grow to.

Finally, Mar nails it with a post later in the thread that says:

"As I see it, Radio Userland is about creating content. It is about documenting and publishing sublime information about music and how people experience it in their daily lifes. It collects information about what music people listen to and in what context they listen to it. The key difference between the Radio Userland software and companies like Real (as in Jukebox), and who collect the information into proprietary databases, is that Radio Userland makes this information available to anyone to aggregate and put into use."

While the music reference doesn't apply any longer, it still makes senses. Radio allows you create, edit and aggregate content. That really reflects our goal for Radio in the future:

Remove the barriers to get your content online.

Become your lightweight personal content manager.

I heard a famous quote on Adam Curry's Daily Source Code--I'll have to paraphrase: "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

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Marc Canter says: "You start off a post with a stream motivated by some announcement, product feature, new standard or totally ludicrous idea. From there you migrate the post to one (or more than one) of your underlying principles - which is what you REALLY wanna communicate". Damn good advice, along with another by BL Ochman I read one month ago: "Omit all unnecessary words. The best advice I ever got about writing was from my first boss, the late "press agent" Leo Miller, who taught me a game to play with sentences. He'd keep taking out words until removing one more word destroyed the meaning of the sentence. For example: He'd take out words until removing another destroyed the sentence meaning". Effective communication is no easy game and totally fascinating. I started a research on communication patterns two years ago, I should dust what I did and dive deeper.

[CRISTIAN VIDMAR: My Public Weblog]

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Halley's Comment: "Screw The Common Good -- some elitist notion the elite define, arrogantly telling us what we need -- give me the Common People any day, writing about their lives with simple tools that cost nothing."

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Jake Savin: "I started my first website in May of 1997. Though the terms weblog and blog didn't exist then, it did have, nearly from the begining, a thing I called daily babble which might be considered a blog today."

It's about two weeks late, but congrats Jake on the blogging anniversary...

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