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scriptingNews outline for 1/7/2001
Author: Dave Winer Posted: 1/7/2001; 7:02:28 AM Topic: scriptingNews outline for 1/7/2001 Msg #: 22043 Prev/Next: 22042 / 22044
DaveNet: What if technologists had integrity?
Glenn Fleishman: "[Mac OS X] is like leaving the food on your plate untouched while replacing the table with a solid granite block, the tablecloth with a fancy embroidered tapestry, and the place settings with modern Danish shiny stuff. The food still tastes the same - but the surroundings are suddenly oddly unfamiliar."
Dan Gillmor: "Apple still matters, just not as much."
Go househunting in San Francisco with Paul Andrews.
Two designs for the UserLand coffee mug/mouse pad.
You just knew I had to do a survey on this!
Fantastic I Can't Stop Thinking.
A group of developers including Jonathan Borden and Tim Bray are discussing a new format called RDDL to give meaning to URIs that identify XML namespaces. Bray says: "Namespaces have names, and the names are URIs, which usually means URLs. What does the URL point at? So far, nothing in particular. RDDL is an attempt to imagine something useful to have a namespace name point at. It's mostly a human-readable discussion, with labeled links built in, pointing at... well anything that might be helpful with that namespace. Like a stylesheet, or some useful code, or some copyright notices."
Jake's all-new bionic weblog. Woo hoo!
I love getting emails like this one. Makes my day.
I'm falling way behind on responding to emails. Next week is going to be very very busy. Everyone I know is coming to town, and it's not all because of MacWorld Expo. Oy.
When I'm doing the final edit on DaveNet pieces I often use dictionary.com to look up spelling and to be sure I'm using the right word. This is one way I expand my vocabulary and make my stories more interesting. This morning their server is very slow. Almost non-functional. Then I imagine that their servers are getting pounded by a dozen stupid search engine crawlers looking up every stupid word to see if its definition has changed. (Clue: they don't change very often.) The Internet is so stupid sometimes. Not sure this is happening at dictionary.com, but I can't tell you how much time we waste fighting idiotic agents on our servers.
For just these occasions I have a list of alternate dictionaries. Send me pointers to others you like. And if anyone from dictionary.com is tuned in, thank you, I couldn't write without your service. You can quote me on that.
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