Monday, May 30, 2005


Daily Source Code for May 23d 2005 #182

Daily Source Code for May 23d 2005 #182


Another update from the road as we are stuck in Phoenix

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Daily Source Code for May 20th 2005 #180

Daily Source Code for May 20th 2005 #180

Shownotes:

  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the show
  • Mashup: DJ BC - What's Opera Doc? [Site]
  • Submit yer stuff:
    • submit[at]podshow.com
    • podsafe[at]podshow.com
    • mashup[at]podshow.com
  • Promo: Media Artists Secrets [Site]
  • Promo: Dutch HopTo [Site]
  • Promo: Pod Pyrates [Site]
  • This burp brought to you bySenseo
  • Email from Scott Shannon everyyybodddyyy!
  • Promo: Chub Creek [Site]
  • The Eurovision Song Contest [Site]
  • Podsafe: Chance - When doves cry [Site]


Daily Source Code for May 24th 2005 #183

Daily Source Code for May 24th 2005 #183


After 20 hours of being stuck in Phoenix we decide to take matters into our own hands.
Our trip is far from over and the series is certainly to be continued...

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Slide showto go with the last 10 minutes of this'cast

Amsterdam Segway Tours
Amsterdam Segway Tours

oracle is podcasting
Shayreportsthat Oracle is podcasting

Podshow on Sirius PSS-2005-05-19-2

Podshow on Sirius PSS-2005-05-19-2


I've been receiving lots of email, submissions and requests for and about thePodshowon Sirius.
We're in our first full week andP-Duband I have worked out most of the kinks in the production system.
Quite a lot of bits to look after as it pertains to what airs when,rotation and repeats. Most of this is automated, but there's still afair amount of good old fashioned scheduling done by hand/ear.

What's interesting is that myDaily Source Codeshowprep now comes from the podcasts that are on the Podshow, I alwayslistened to a lot of podcasts, that number seems to have tripled!

What's really working well are the promos podcasters are sending in. The podsafe music submissions are heating up as well.

Unlikea personality based radio show, this program is completelyfilled daily with podcasts, promos, podsafe music and mashups. I'mthere to tie all the elements together. Much like DSC, only muchlessAdam :)

The daily shownotes are still a problem, first of all we're working onconverting logs from our playout system, secondly and most important, isthe lack of good information in theID3 tags.The better use we make of them, the easier it will be for those'justtuning in'to find the podcast they heard online and subscribe. Once wesee more mp3's with full ID3 tags, we can start utilizingRDScapabilities, so your podcast url can be seen on the display of thesatellite receiver.

Here's alinkto the second hour as it will be broadcast today.

Shownotes:

1. Stickit

2. Pocast_Open

3. Mashup: Another one by DJ BC called"Teach"it features Crosby Stills
&Nash vs. Tony Rebel
          http://www.djbc.net

4. The Riddle

5. Promo Time

6. Promo: Voices From The Vaultpromo

7. Safety Council Message

8. Podsafe: "Porcupine" by the Falling Wallendas -"Considered by some
rock critics to be one of the best unsung alternapop bands in the country.
They have a reputation for being strangely beautiful and, well, just strange."
anothergarageband.comband.

9. Podsafe: "Adrenaline"by Nick Johansen -"Nick Johansen is a
singer/songwriter from Ottawa, Canada. He has just finished his upcoming
release produced by Leslie Howe for Mad Cow Music, and he and his band are
playing local venues and gearing up for showcases to record labels.
http://www.nicolasjohansen.com<wbr>/main.htm

10. Podsafe: "Everywhere I Go"by Buffygirl - Buffy is a Boston-based
singer songwriter. She's still working on her first CD. If the rest of it
is as tight as this song it will be well worth buying. Sort of a laid back
funky groove.
http://www.buffygirl.com/

11. Podcast_Sweep09_05_16

12. Podcast: "Family Reviews" This show they review the Lemony Snicket
movie. 
13. Podcast: "The Catholic Insider" Part one of his Star Wars
Chronicles. 

14. Podcast: "Podcheck Weekly Review"- Scott Fletcher reviews the prior
weeks podcasting news.
  • Submit yer stuff:
    • submit[at]podshow.com
    • podsafe[at]podshow.com
    • mashup[at]podshow.com



Daily Source Code for May 30th 2005 #186

Daily Source Code for May 30th 2005 #186

Shownotes:

  • FromThe Vitale Hotelin San Francisco
  • Directlinkto the show
  • Memo to self: Don't stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel again!
  • Go Heat! [Site]
  • Mashup: DJ Tripp - Dr. Dre vs. The Champs with Next Tequila [Site]
  • Promo: 5 Minutes with Wichita [Site]
  • Promo: Philly Feed [Site]
  • A trip to the Apple store in LA
  • Review of OSX Tiger
  • Promo: MommyCast [Site]
  • New releases from iPodder Lemon and iPodderX
  • Podsafe: Brother Love - Push [Site]
  • I miss my girls!
  • Jan Polet's Hittest #39 [Site]
  • Submit yer stuff:
    • submit[at]podshow.com
    • podsafe[at]podshow.com
    • mashup[at]podshow.com

Sunday, May 29, 2005


Even Further Down South
Rex Hammock has become the fifth member of theCreative Commons Choir, adding his voice to thesingalong podcastof"Dixie."

My vocals were receding deeper into the background with each version, so I'm pleasantly surprised to hear more of myself in Rex's edit. I also like the shotgun blast sound he makes at the end, which I interpret as a metaphorical attempt to put a sick dog out of its misery.

He'd love to hear an asynchronous podcasting choir that had the sense to exclude the five of us:

... this is a great idea for some serious choral folks and acapella enthusiasts (translation: people with talent) to experiment with. Post the music arrangement and some MP3 masters for each vocal part, and then invite folks to send in their part.


Friday, May 27, 2005


Ask Jeeves Improves Response Time (AP)
AP - Question: What well-known Internet search engine continues to lag industry leaders no matter how smart it becomes? Answer: Ask Jeeves Inc.

Mad as hell, switching to Mac (MacCentral)
MacCentral - This is my first column written on a Mac - ever. Maybe I should have done it a long time ago, but I never said I was smart, just obstinate. I was a PC bigot.

Intel Launches Dual-Core Chips for PCs (AP)
AP - Intel Corp. unveiled its first mainstream home PC microprocessor with two computing engines on a single chip Thursday and vowed to sell millions of them by the end of the year.

EarthLink Offers$69.99 Subsidized PC (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Xandros and Earthlink said Thursday that customers who sign up for Earthlink's premium dial-up service can purchase a Microtel Pc for only$69.99, which comes bundled with a Xandros Linux operating system.

Lawyers, others questions radio TIVO-like devices (Reuters)
Reuters - It's like Tivo for radio, but is itlegal?

Review: Cooking Up Recipes Online (AP)
AP - I had six pounds of rhubarb, 40-plus cookbooks and a computer. Where to look for a recipe? Despite the cookbooks, I find the Web is often the best place to satisfy a food craving or help me figure out what's for dinner.

Hitachi, IBM extend interoperability deal (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and IBM have extended their technology interoperability agreement and have also agreed to increase the compatibility of their storage systems.

Woman Sues Yahoo Over Nude Photos (AP)
AP - A woman sued Yahoo Inc. for$3 million, alleging the Internet site failed to fulfill a promise to remove nude pictures of her from the Web.

Intel Unveils Pentium D and New Business Chipsets (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) on Thursday unveiled two new platforms for home and office PCs. The new platforms, consisting of hardware and software technologies, are designed to provide consumers with the ability to handle more digital content simultaneously and to provide businesses with the ability to enhance PC security and systems management remotely.

Bargain Hunters Stalk the Bluefly
After interviewing a handful of experienced clothing shoppers, a reporter offers tips on buying clothes on bluefly.com.
By MICHELLE SLATALLA

As TV Moves to the Web, Marketers Follow
Television programmers are looking to make the Web a lot more like TV, and advertisers are showing a growing interest in the approach.
By NAT IVES

For the Coolest Ear D�cor, Buds You Can Barely See
Shure's new E4c Sound Isolating Earphones cost as much as a 20-gigabyte iPod that holds 5,000 songs. But they sound pretty amazing.
By ANDREW ZIPERN

Loud, Proud, Unabridged: It Is Too Reading!
The popularity of audio books is redefining the notion of reading, which for centuries has been centered on the written word.
By AMY HARMON

With Popcorn, DVD's and TiVo, Moviegoers Are Staying Home
Sliding box-office attendance may reflect a change in the way Americans look to be entertained - a change that will pose serious challenges to Hollywood.
By LAURA M. HOLSON

On-Demand Channels: A Niche Frontier
Free video-on-demand channels are expanding, seeking more viewers and asking advertisers to help pay the way.
By NAT IVES

University Presses Challenge Google
A trade group objects to Google's plans to digitize the collections of university libraries.
By EDWARD WYATT

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Review: Ergonomic Keyboards Ease Strain (AP)
AP - A decade ago, there was much talk about keyboards causing repetitive motion injuries. Attention was focused on ergonomics and leading manufacturers including Microsoft introduced special curved and split keyboards.

Singapore leasing firm buys 20 Boeing 737s in billion-dollar deal (AFP)
AFP - Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise (SALE) has bought 20 Boeing 737s with a list price of 1.1 billion US dollars in the biggest deal of its type since the September 11, 2001, attacks.

CIA Overseeing 3-Day War Game on Internet (AP)
AP - The CIA is conducting a secretive war game, dubbed"Silent Horizon,"this week to practice defending against an electronic assault on the same scale as the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks.

Vendor Support Key To Big-Business Adoption Of Open Source (TechWeb)
TechWeb - At LinuxWorld, Cendant, Citigroup, and E-Trade talk about what swayed them to open source, and what it'll take for them to expand its use.

Friendster Taps CEO Amid Market Challenges (AP)
AP - Friendster Inc., one of the biggest startups in the"social networking"niche, appointed a new chief executive Wednesday, hoping to make the company profitable and revive its status as a trendsetting Internet destination.

EchoStar To Roll Out Portable DVR Device (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Satellite TV broadcaster EchoStar is about to find out whether portable video players will strike consumers'fancy as much as Apple Computer's iPod.

Feds Shut Web Site in Piracy Crackdown (AP)
AP - Federal raiders. Internet pirates. Intergalactic screen adventures. The government announced a crackdown Wednesday on the theft of movies and other copyright materials that has the elements of a film plot.

Novell reports loss, shares slip (Reuters)
Reuters - Novell Inc. on Wednesdayposted a quarterly loss on restructuring charges, while revenuerose slightly from a year earlier, but shares in the softwarecompany dropped after both fell short of expectations.

AAA members can look for cheap gasoline on the Web (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. drivers will have another toolavailable in their pursuit of low-priced gasoline this MemorialDay weekend when AAA members on Thursday gain access via AAAclub Web sites to retail prices at individual service stations.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Dismembering the Eighties
SoapNet airs reruns of the cancelled soapAnother World, digging 16-year-old episodes out of the Procter&Gamble archives.

They've reached June 1989, and every time I hit this show during a channel surf I can't find my way back out -- it's a hypnotic time capsule of excruciatingly bad '80s fashion. Movies that mock the decade, such asThe Wedding Singerand200 Cigarettes, don't come close to how ridiculous we looked. There may be no more unseemly spectacle than men in feathered mullets, Member's Only jackets, and wedgie-tight acid wash jeans looking for love from women in shoulder pads, molasses-thick mascara and giant Dee Snider hair. If not for beer goggles, my generation would have single-handledly cured overpopulation.

I was reminded of this when I saw old photos of Tina Fey, who sang at ablogger's wedding.

Fey, who may top the list of attractive female celebrities with corrected vision, appears in wedding photos wearing a floweryHomer Simpson mumuunder a dense hair helmet. The only recognizeable feature is her wry lockjaw smile, the universal gesture that tells the world I'm not sure I flossed.

Serving Files with a Cache to Save Cash
Some podcasters and other publishers who serve large, high-traffic files have begun using theCoralservice to keep from going offline or going broke. The iPodder clientadded supportin March.

Coral's a network of several hundred servers that can store and serve copies of any file on the web. To offer a file via Coral, all you have to do is add.nyud.net:8090to the host name in its URL.

Here's an example -- the trailer for the underappreciated Brat Pack thrillerBad Influencestarring James Spader as a passive yuppie and Rob Lowe as the devil. IfVideo Detectivewanted to save bandwidth and offer the file over Coral, it could change theoriginal URLto aCoralized version.

Coral's also a useful place to look for any URL that can't be loaded due to high traffic or some other problem. Just add.nyud.net:8090to the host name of a request -- here's the cached copy of thethunderstorm podcastby Dave Winer and God. There areCoralize bookmarkletsfor browsers that can request any page from Coral's cache.

The long-term plan for Coral is to expand the network, adding any host who wants to serve requests. This brings up integrity issues raised in the debate over Google Toolbar's autolink feature, as noted byWes Felter-- there must be a way to ensure that a Coral server is not modifying the original content in transit.

TheNYU Secure Computer Systems Groupthat developed Coral has created anApache modulefor signing web content. Clients could use this signature to verify that content has arrived in unaltered form.

I'm going to see if this module can be fished out of Coral, so I can sign content onWorkbenchas a testbed for the concept.


The online magazine Slate, now a part of the Washington Post Company, has developed an anal fixation.

A line from David Edelstein'sStar Wars: Revenge of the Sithreview:

With his lisp and his clammy little leer, he looks like an old queen keen on trading an aging butt-boy (Count Dooku) for fresh meat -- which leaves Anakin looking more and more like a 15-watt bulb.

Jack Shafer:

I've been called many ugly things in my life -- neo-con, without decency, Michael Kinsley's butt boy -- but school monitor, never.

Dana Stevens:

Things quickly escalated into a full-scale food-fight. Carlson accused Stewart of being John Kerry's"butt boy"and"sniffing his throne."



Weblog Comments Near and Far Out
I'm coding this weblog myself in PHP and MySQL, writing software that I will eventually release under the nameWordzilla. A newrecent comments sidebaron Workbench makes it easier to follow active discussions on old weblog entries.

Running a weblog with open comments attracts some unusual discussions when people using a search engine find familiar names in an old entry. For two years, Workbench has hosted anongoing soap operabetween the current and former spouses ofAtlanta Journal-Constitutionreporter Ron Martz.

The sidebar also will show how much comment spam I have to weed out, even though I refuse comments with three or more links and actively ban senders. In the last six months, I have banned 1,263 IP addresses used by spammers. They haven't gotten the message -- an additional 21,043 attempts have been rejected from those addresses.

25 Will Enter, 5 Will Leave (with Books)
From around 25 entries received in thebook giveaway, four copies ofRadio UserLand Kick Startwere mailed today toRod Kratochwill,Ole Olson,Gary SecondinoandNick Starr.

Steve Kirks is working with UserLand Software onRadio 9, a major upgrade to the software. Though I suspect that the upcoming release will affect weblog publishing features covered in early chapters of my book,Kick Startemphasizes two aspects of Radio that are important to learn and unlikely to change much in the future: the object database and UserTalk scripting language.

A fifth copy of the book will be sent toMarinusas soon as I find one. I accidentally gave away more copies than I own.

Bob's Mother Won't Talk to Me
Ten years ago Melinda French Gates was a manager on Microsoft Home products such as Bob, Encarta and Expedia. Some reporters even claim thatBob was her baby.

Because bloggers are beinghyped to the gillsby the mainstream media, I figured it was a good time to start making interview requests of people who are ordinarily far too important to talk with the likes of me.

I began with Melinda Gates, hoping to clarify her role on social interface software like Bob. I even prepared a Mike Wallace question for the end of the interview: Why did you allow Bob to die in 1996 -- didn't you knowanyoneat Microsoft with enough pull to save the project?

My request was rejected, but I regard the speed of the reply -- under 48 hours -- as a recognition of the importance of the blogosphere.

"Melinda is not able to participate in this particular opportunity,"according to a publicist. No reason was given, but I suspect that she may be preoccupied improving the lives of millions of people throughcharitable givingon a scaleunprecedented in human history.

My Needs are Modest
Newsweekgives me special recognition for missing out on the booming multimillion-dollar market in Internet domains:

When a Florida man, in anticipation of the naming of the new pope, registered the Web siteBenedictXVI.com, the Vatican was in luck. Rogers Cadenhead, who has since used the site to publicize anonprofit organizationand plans to transfer control to the Vatican, could have been an investor looking to get in on a booming business: the domain market. Indeed, owners of similar sites such as Benedict16.com and PopeBenedict-16.org, are looking to sell to the highest bidder.

A few relatives share this view, believing that the cash value of your Catholic grandmother's love is paltry recompense against a 50,000 percent return on a $12 investment.

But so far, the financial windfall for non-altruistic pope domain registrants has been mixed. The owner ofPopeBenedictXVI.Comauctioned his domain for $6,100 on eBay to a buyer using it for pay-per-click papal search results. The seller told me in an e-mail that if eBay had not cancelled the original auction during thepress frenzyover the domains, he had legitimate bidders on the hook for as much as $30,000.

The Italian sellingBenedict16.Comapparently waited too long to auction it, so he's having trouble finding a buyer. (I'm crying on the inside for you, Jacopo.)

On one level, it's nice to be recognized for my error in judgment, which I blame on watching too manyABC Afterschool Specialsin my formative years.

I have my wife, my kids, my health, and my hair. I don't need a fully loaded 2005 Ford Mustang GT, Sub-Zero refrigerator, or enough money to send my children to the same Ivy League college as Katie Couric's kids. I can live without the Hewlett Packard Windows XP Media Center PC with the built-in DVR capabilities and the detachable Tablet PC monitor. I'm not bothered in the least by paying off student loans 14 years after graduating from a modestly pricedstate school. I can live without HBO untilThe Wirecomes back next year. A perfectly good meal can be based around Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Some of the store-brand colas aredelicious.

Even if I had earned enough to join theSawgrass Country Cluband knock a few in the water atTPC 17, can you imagine my discomfort when my new moneybag friends started talking about how we made our fortunes?

Donald:"I made my money in real estate development."

Thurston:"My family is in investment banking."

Me:"I was a popesquatter."

Old-Time Radio, Way-Nu Format
I'm helpingYesterday USA, the first old-time radio station on the Internet, start podcasting its programs.

The station has been produced for 22 years as a labor of love out of the home of Dallas audio engineer Bill Bragg, who's better known these days as the voice ofBig Tex.

YUSA broadcasts 23 shows that already sound like podcasts. They're 30- to 90-minute programs created by listeners who briefly introduce the old-time radio shows and music they love, with little editing, polish, or pro-radio fakery. One of the longtime hosts is the singerRonnie Millsap.

In order to podcast, YUSA needs a Visual Basic component that converts WAV files to MP3 and then uploads the resulting files to a web server.

I don't code much in VB, so I'm having trouble trusting the free code I've found on the Internet to perform the MP3 conversion.

An ActiveX component fromUnited Research Labslooks promising, as you can see from the documentation for aWaveToMp3 function.

Before I encourage YUSA to shell out $299 for the license, I'd like to find some Visual Basic coders who can tell us if there's a cheaper alternative.

Even Further Down South
Rex Hammock has become the fifth member of theCreative Commons Choir, adding his voice to thesingalong podcastof"Dixie."

My vocals were receding deeper into the background with each version, so I'm pleasantly surprised to hear more of myself in Rex's edit. I also like the shotgun blast sound he makes at the end, which I interpret as a metaphorical attempt to put a sick dog out of its misery.

He'd love to hear an asynchronous podcasting choir that had the sense to exclude the five of us:

... this is a great idea for some serious choral folks and acapella enthusiasts (translation: people with talent) to experiment with. Post the music arrangement and some MP3 masters for each vocal part, and then invite folks to send in their part.





Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Daily Source Code for May 5th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 5th 2005


Shownotes
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Direct downloadlinkto this show
  • Election day in the UK
  • War rememberance day in Holland
  • Podcast Paul's ElectionPodcast
  • Jan Marijnissen, leader of the Dutch Socialist Party's firstPodcast
  • European Constitution - Googlesearch
  • My recent US trip (east and west coast)
  • TSA tagged me as'suspicious'
    • Lighters? We don't need no stinkin'lighters!
  • Mashup: Big Ruckus - Walkie Talkie Vertigo Man
  • More about the US trip
  • BitTorrentforpodcasts
  • The weblogs.comdebacle
  • More about thePodshow on Sirius
    • Submissions:
      • submit@podshow.com
      • podsafe@podshow.com
      • mashup@podshow.com
    • Please also use these addresses for submissions to Daily Source Code
  • Gigadial
  • DMCA
  • Promo: Dorktones -Site
  • VC's
  • Promo: The MShow -Site
  • Promo: Ed Tech Musician -Site
  • Madge is mad  at Paris
  • Podsafe Music: Chance - Say what you will [Site]
  • Promo: Rocket15 [Site]
  • Promo: AwareTech Podcast [Site]
  • Jan Polet'sHitTest#37 with special appearance by Announcer-Guy Kevin
  • Promo: CC Radio [Site]
  • Promo: iRok Radio [Site]
  • The Speechless Podcast [Site]
  • Promo: The Grind [Site]
  • Podcast Brothers [Site]
  • DisneyPodcast


Gillmor Gang to return
Steve Gillmor:"In addition to reincarnating the Gillmor Gang, I will also deliver a daily program, ironically called Gillmor Daily"

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005


Radio and Record legend Steve Leeds visited the cottage this lovelyfriday afternoon and I sat him down for a trip down memory lane intoday's'cast

  • From the Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the show


In The Apple again
Goodmorning from New York! It's early thursday and the next 2 days arebooked solid (that's a good thing). Part of the schedue is thestrategy'castRon and I have been working on. It will be online tonite, in your mp3 player tomorrow.

Time to make some damn announcements.

Happy Birthday Dave!
Been running around like crazy here on the west coast, hooking up withMichael Butler and Steve Gillmor for after dinner drinks before I headhome tomorrow. A big Happy Birthday toDave, who turns 50 today. As wesayin Holland: Say hi to Abraham!


Scripting the Future
Dave Winer turned 50 today, and he asked for links toScripting Newsin lieu of presents.

I've had a chance to get to know Dave in recent years, first through his work and then through his visits to Northeast Florida, an area he prowled as a kid with his uncle, theGreat VavaVoom.

VavaVoom lived in Crescent Beach, a laid-back town south of St. Augustine, back when it could still be described as a"hippie commune."Today, suburbanites like me are scaring them off, subdividing the bucolic area into the kind of well-manicured, community covenant-ruled neighborhood that the feds shipped Steve Martin to inMy Blue Heaven.

Dave's had a unique impact on the technology that drives weblogging, creating or cocreatingRSS,XML-RPC,OPML, and theMetaWeblog API; developing the web content management softwareManila,Radio UserLand, andFrontier; and evangelizing the strange idea that millions of people would be blogging.

I can't decide whether he's prescient or he just makes his predictions come true by dragging the rest of us along. A May 1999 post he made to theXML-DEV mailing listshows how far ahead he saw this stuff:

RSS is an XML-based format that represents what we in the Frontier community call a"weblog". It's frequently updated site that points to stories on and off-site, that identifies an audience and feeds links to them. Until RSS came along the only format people were using was HTML. RSS changed that. ...

We're doing easy to use software to develop and maintain weblog sites, and of course they will all aggregate using the next generation of RSS and today's RSS. Who knows in what perverted ways this content will flow around the net? I'm totally looking forward to the creative chaos that's coming!

Back then, I thought weblogging was a fad that would receive aWiredcover story and an ignominious fate, likepush technology and the Zippies.

Shows what I know. Here's to another decade of perverting the flow of content around the Internet. Happy birthday, Dave!

Bob's Mother Won't Talk to Me
Ten years ago Melinda French Gates was a manager on Microsoft Home products such as Bob, Encarta and Expedia. Some reporters even claim thatBob was her baby.

Because bloggers are beinghyped to the gillsby the mainstream media, I figured it was a good time to start making interview requests of people who are ordinarily far too important to talk with the likes of me.

I began with Melinda Gates, hoping to clarify her role on social interface software like Bob. I even prepared a Mike Wallace question for the end of the interview: Why did you allow Bob to die in 1996 -- didn't you knowanyoneat Microsoft with enough pull to save the project?

My request was rejected, but I regard the speed of the reply -- under 48 hours -- as a recognition of the importance of the blogosphere.

"Melinda is not able to participate in this particular opportunity,"according to a publicist. No reason was given, but I suspect that she may be preoccupied improving the lives of millions of people throughcharitable givingon a scaleunprecedented in human history.

Take a Bite of the Apple

Michael Moore is swimming in money afterFahrenheit 9/11, according to aSlate analysisthat describes how the filmmaker and Disney rode the controversy over the movie all the way to the bank:

Under normal circumstances, documentaries rarely, if ever, make profits (especially if distributors charge the usual 33 percent fee). So, when Miramax made the deal for Fahrenheit 9/11, it allowed Moore a generous profit participation -- which turned out to be 27 percent of the film's net receipts. Disney, in honoring this deal, paid Moore a stunning $21 million. Moore never disclosed the amount of his profit participation. When asked about it, the proletarian Moore joked to reporters on a conference call,"I don't read the contracts."

I lovedRoger&MeandTV Nation, but over the years Moore'spenchantfor dramatic embellishment and sloppy facts made it hard for me to enjoyFahrenheit. He produces great diatribes, but documentary filmmakers are one of the last remaining groups who believe in the quaint notion that facts matter. If we lose them to spin, all we'll have left are reference librarians, theSociety of Professional Journalists, andBob Somersby.

I'm not surprised that Moore exaggerated Disney's actions in refusing to distribute the film, nor that Disney found a way to profit handsomely from a project it was ostensibly refusing to release. Their relationship is a lot like Tom Cruise publiclygrouting the esophagusof Katie Holmes right before both release summer blockbusters.

The same cynical game appears to be at work with the new Steve Jobs biographyiCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business. The book's print run was doubled after Apple, at the presumed behest of Jobs,banned the publisher's booksfrom Apple stores.

I haven't spoken about this with anyone at Wiley, a company that also publishesone of my books, but I have trouble believing that a marketing genius like Jobs took this action without knowing it would send book ordersthrough the roof. The guy runs a company with so much hype you'd never know it sellsfewer desktop computersthan also-rans likeAcerandLenovo. Apple's marketing is difficult to resist. I own five computers and a laptop, and I'm still convinced I need aMac mini.

Memo to self: Find a way in next book to anger Steve Jobs.

That's Quite a Spectacle
Whenever a character in a movie is a by-the-book square who never got over the end of the 1950s, he wears plastic-top, metal-rim eyeglasses. Tom Hanks donned them inCatch Me If You Can, and you can't make a film about Malcolm X, NASA, or the JFK assassination without ordering them in bulk.

The glasses are especially effective if the buttoned-up wearer is one bad day from a total nervous breakdown, like the downsized defense contractor D-FENS, who rampages across Los Angeles to protest incivility inFalling Down.

I wrote about these glasseslast yearwhen I heard the only manufacturer, ArtCraft NewYork, was discontinuing the style. This was crushing news -- I step on my pair of Clubman Art-Rim frames at least twice a year and can barely see through a SuperGlue smudge in one lens.

Since then, I've heard from an executive at Shuron, the company thatinvented the style in 1941and sold more than 17 million of them by 1970:

The Ronsir was in many movies and worn by many actors/celebrities -- Kevin Costner, Denzel Washington, Vince Lombardi, Nicholas Cage, and many others. The Ronsir is not going away.

Because I keep directing people to Shuron when they ask about the glasses, the company is sending me a free pair, which I believe makes me the world's first blogger/spokesmodel. I'm spending this weekend trying to come up with my ownBlue Steel.

















I.B.M. Expected to Buy Start-Up to Advance Open-Source Strategy
The purchase of Gluecode Software, an open-source start-up, is the latest step in I.B.M.'s strategy of building a big business around open-source software.
By STEVE LOHR

Remains of Failed Mars Lander May Have Been Found
Five and a half years after it descended into the Martian atmosphere and was never heard from again, the Mars Polar Lander may have been found.
By KENNETH CHANG

Which Came First, the Headphones or the MP3 Player?
JVC has entered the market for flash-memory music players with a model whose form emphasizes not the player but the headphones.
By JOHN BIGGS

A Web of Sensors, Taking Earth's Pulse
Scientists are turning 30 acres of California forest into a futuristic vision of environmental study.
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

The Cellphone That Does Everything Imaginable, at Least Sort Of
Samsung's new phone for Sprint can take two-megapixel photos, scan in business cards, record 90-minute videos, play TV shows and even transcribe dictated speech. But how well?
By DAVID POGUE

Chinese Businessman Acquitted of Illegal High-Technology Exports
The businessman was acquitted of illegally exporting microwave technology to China for military purposes but was found guilty of making false statements.
By LAURIE J. FLYNN

Slip the Surly Bonds of Epcot
Took the family this weekend to ride Soarin', a new movie-based flight simulator at Disney World Epcot thatzooms overthe state of California:

Guests are lifted 40 feet in the air over an 80-foot domed projection screen. Wind effects and gentle tilting of the seats create a simulated flying sensation totally unique to Disney. Scents released at key points during the five minute presentation enhance the experience.

I had the mistaken impression that this was going to be similar to Peter Pan's Flight, but it's more like a smelly, breezy IMAX moviefilmed by Superman.

Disney copied this attraction from the California Adventure theme park, and the ride makes the point that California may be the most topographically interesting state in the U.S. That's an odd thing for a Florida-based attraction to do, but I would pity the Imagineer who had to make a similar film about this state, which has ahighest pointonly 345 feet above sea level.

The ride was worth the 30-minute wait, especially when the smell of orange groves and pine forests wafts by as you travel past them. I was a little disappointed that the urban flyover of San Francisco didn't include the scent of bum urine, which always brings me back to a 1989 visit that included a brisk stroll down a rough stretch ofTurk Street.

Giveaway: Radio UserLand Kick Start
We adopted a kitten from the humane society nine months ago who thinks he's a dog, and there's nothing he likes more than the taste of a computer book. A stack of them make an excellent scratching post, as I learned when he shredded a dozen copies ofHow to Use the Internet Eighth Edition.

This situation adds urgency to my need to give away more of my books, before they become either out-of-date or drenched with saliva.

I'm giving away four author's copies ofRadio UserLand Kick Start, each in new condition and completely untouched by my catdog.

If you'd like to win one, post a comment on thisWorkbenchentry or write about it on your weblog, linking to itspermalinkso I don't overlook it. I'll pay the postage to anywhere that I can send it for under $10.

Kick Startcovers everything you need to get started with Radio UserLand, an Internet content management and programming tool that makes it simple to publish your own weblog, develop web services, and collect information from thousands of Internet sites. Severalsample chapterscan be read online.

During mylast book giveaway, I awarded an extra copy to the person with the most inventive reason for wanting one. If I can scare up a fifth copy, I'll do that again here.

Symphony in Eight Bits

A funny video is making the rounds of aschool choir performing Nintendo themes:

This next song needs a little bit of introduction. Keeping with the experimental nature of Redefined we decided that we would now do what some might consider an art piece. It's a little older than some of the music we've already sung today, and it's all original work from Japan. So I hope that you can all listen with open minds, and if you'll give me one second I need to boot it up.

The choir does a really nice Tetris, complete with falling blocks in L, S, and T shapes, and theLegend of Zeldaswordfight scene is practically Shakespearean.

Some digging reveals thatRedefinedis an 18-member ensemble at the University of Wisconsin that kicks major a cappella ass.

They're auctioning off thelast few copiesof the CD that includes the"Redefined Nintendo"video on EBay.

Take a Bite of the Apple

Michael Moore is swimming in money afterFahrenheit 9/11, according to aSlate analysisthat describes how the filmmaker and Disney rode the controversy over the movie all the way to the bank:

Under normal circumstances, documentaries rarely, if ever, make profits (especially if distributors charge the usual 33 percent fee). So, when Miramax made the deal for Fahrenheit 9/11, it allowed Moore a generous profit participation -- which turned out to be 27 percent of the film's net receipts. Disney, in honoring this deal, paid Moore a stunning $21 million. Moore never disclosed the amount of his profit participation. When asked about it, the proletarian Moore joked to reporters on a conference call,"I don't read the contracts."

I lovedRoger&MeandTV Nation, but over the years Moore'spenchantfor dramatic embellishment and sloppy facts made it hard for me to enjoyFahrenheit. He produces great diatribes, but documentary filmmakers are one of the last remaining groups who believe in the quaint notion that facts matter. If we lose them to spin, all we'll have left are reference librarians, theSociety of Professional Journalists, andBob Somersby.

I'm not surprised that Moore exaggerated Disney's actions in refusing to distribute the film, nor that Disney found a way to profit handsomely from a project it was ostensibly refusing to release. Their relationship is a lot like Tom Cruise publiclygrouting the esophagusof Katie Holmes right before both release summer blockbusters.

The same cynical game appears to be at work with the new Steve Jobs biographyiCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business. The book's print run was doubled after Apple, at the presumed behest of Jobs,banned the publisher's booksfrom Apple stores.

I haven't spoken about this with anyone at Wiley, a company that also publishesone of my books, but I have trouble believing that a marketing genius like Jobs took this action without knowing it would send book ordersthrough the roof. The guy runs a company with so much hype you'd never know it sellsfewer desktop computersthan also-rans likeAcerandLenovo. Apple's marketing is difficult to resist. I own five computers and a laptop, and I'm still convinced I need aMac mini.

Memo to self: Find a way in next book to anger Steve Jobs.

I'd Buy That for a Dollar
A stamp machine at the post office gave me dollar coins back as change -- five Sacagaweas and two Susan B. Anthonys. I gave some to my kids, who had to be convinced they were legal tender, and freaked out a clerk at an Arby's by using one.

"Are you sure you really want to spend this?"he asked, marveling at the golden coin honoring a woman so obscure there'sno record of her appearance. A coin can't be doing very well when people think you spent one by accident.

Last week the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill to crowd out Sacagawea withnew dollar coinsfor each president, beginning in 2007 with the first four: Washington, Jefferson, John Adams, and Madison. I'm setting a task in Microsoft Outlook to corner the market in 2010 on Millard Fillmore, widely recognized as our least accomplished leader.

The earliest a Hillary Clinton dollar will be available is 2017.

R.S.V.P. at Any Time
This Saturday at MIT, aTime Traveler Conventionwill be held for anyone who hears about the event in the future and can find a way to attend:

We need you to help publicize the event so that future time travelers will know about the convention and attend. This web page is insufficient; in less than a year it will be taken down when I graduate, and futhermore, the World Wide Web is unlikely to remain in its present form permanently. We need volunteers to publish the details of the convention in enduring forms, so that the time travelers of future millennia will be aware of the convention. This convention can never be forgotten! We need publicity in major outlets, not just Internet news. ThinkNew York Times,Washington Post, books, that sort of thing. If you have any strings, please pull them.

If MIT no longer exists at the time the invitation is received, time travelers are given the latitude and longitude of the event: 42:21:36.025 degrees N, 71:05:16.332 degrees W.

Bob's Mother Won't Talk to Me
Ten years ago Melinda French Gates was a manager on Microsoft Home products such as Bob, Encarta and Expedia. Some reporters even claim thatBob was her baby.

Because bloggers are beinghyped to the gillsby the mainstream media, I figured it was a good time to start making interview requests of people who are ordinarily far too important to talk with the likes of me.

I began with Melinda Gates, hoping to clarify her role on social interface software like Bob. I even prepared a Mike Wallace question for the end of the interview: Why did you allow Bob to die in 1996 -- didn't you knowanyoneat Microsoft with enough pull to save the project?

My request was rejected, but I regard the speed of the reply -- under 48 hours -- as a recognition of the importance of the blogosphere.

"Melinda is not able to participate in this particular opportunity,"according to a publicist. No reason was given, but I suspect that she may be preoccupied improving the lives of millions of people throughcharitable givingon a scaleunprecedented in human history.

I Fear the Blogosphere
Dave Winer continues to take a pounding over theRespectful Disagreement sessionhe moderated at BlogNashville. Convention organizer Rex Hammock complimented Dave, calling his effort to introduce Thumper's Rule to bloggers astep in the right direction.

Stan Brown, one of several liberal-loathing bloggers in attendance, has a different interpretation of the rule -- if you can't say something nice,mock them inaudibly:

Perhaps I should have just walked out. Instead, I controlled the urge and simply chuckled silently to myself while thinking that this poor fool was beyond help.

This reminds me of the time several hundred InstaPundit readers beat me to an instapulp for questioning the president'ssartorial correctness. You can learn a lot about yourself when the number of people who disagree with you reaches critical mass.

I have received an advance copy of the schedule for next year's BlogNashville conference in May 2006:

  • 10 a.m., Southern Hospitality (moderated by Stan Brown), what the people of Philadelphia, Miss., could teach us about welcoming visitors from the North

  • 11 a.m., Bodcasting (moderated by Rogers Cadenhead), usingraw sex appealto drive traffic to your weblog

  • 12 p.m., Weblog Comments -- Threat or Menace? (moderated by Glenn Reynolds), how to inspire your most vocal readers to start their own weblogs by keeping their opinions the hell off yours

  • 1 p.m., Atom (moderated by Mark Pilgrim), a report on the upcoming release of the syndication format and API (may be delayed)

  • 2 p.m., Fox in the Henhouse (moderated by John Hindrocket), exposing the pervasive liberal bias at Fox News, theWall Street Journal, and every blog that isn't namedPowerLine

  • 3 p.m., Kiss My RSS (moderated by Dave Winer), how to rebuild the walls that made it difficult for us to communicate prior to the introduction of weblogs and simple syndication

I'll be in attendance, but I'm a bit concerned that Tennessee'sconcealed carry lawdoesn't appear to allow out-of-state guests to pack heat.


Recht Voor Z'n Raap Podcast for May 8th 2005

Recht Voor Z'n Raap Podcast for May 8th 2005

Patricia and I hijack the DSC podcast feed for our own podcast, in Dutch.

mp3

(As a test, this is alsoavailableas a torrent file)

BMI Podcast License
BMI, the'other'ASCAP,announceditspodcasttoday.Licensingis available to podcasters, but we ain't out of the woods yet, according to BMI:"You will needto secureadditionallicensingfrom music publishersand record labels for mechanical rights in the underlyingmusical works and for uses of master sound recordingsin your podcast."

Essentially this means without permission from the label or publisher(whoever owns the'master'), you still can't play a song on your'cast.
At least this part of the equation is solved, but I have my doubtsabout the labels, who will undoubtedly want their piece of the pie.Meanwhle, back at the ranch, building continues on the Podsafe MusicNetwork.

Daily Source Code for May 10th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 10th 2005

Shownotes:
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the show
  • Screen Shotof my new setup
  • Submit yer stuff:
    • submit[at]podshow.com
    • podsafe[at]podshow.com
    • mashup[at]podshow.com
  • Mashup: Queen - II Princes of the Universe remix [Site]
  • Promo: Dash Rip Rock [Site]
  • Promo: Lucky Bitch Radio [Site]
  • NRC Handelsblad [Site]
  • Dr. Ruben's Healthcast [Site]
  • MegaSeg [Site]
  • ID3 Tags [Info]
  • CastBlaster Beta Tester screen recording [Watch] [Torrent]
  • Promo: UCF DM Podcast [Site]
  • Old Time Radio Vault [Site]
  • Podsafe Music: Simpatico - Resolve [Site]
  • Promo: MEDC 2005 [Site]
  • Promo: Rumpus Room [Feed]


Daily Source Code for April 27th 2005

Daily Source Code for April 27th 2005



Shownotes:
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford, UK
  • Directlinkto the show
  • More on Blindcasters and the CastBlaster api
  • Ad: Paris Hilton Podcast
  • CBS Evening news on podcasting
  • Podsafe: Lascivious Biddies - Hell of a boy
  • Promo: The Cubicle Escape Pod
  • Paparazzi results in the gossiprags
  • Promo: The Johnee Bee Show
  • Send Promos to:
    • adam@curry.com
    • Subject: DSC PROMO [your podcast]
  • Promo + Podsafe Mother's Day Tune: Dagnabbit!
  • Promo: FML Jukebox Podcast
  • Community podcasting
  • Hit Test #35
  • Promo: I Hate Radio




Source Code Torrent feed
Here's atest feedof source code podcasts as bittorrents

Bill Gates on Engadget Podcast
It's great that Bill Gates allowed an Engadgetinterview,too bad it's an'old world'format of Q&A from a scripted list ofprimarily industry oriented and geeky questions. I want to hear BillGates review products just like Engadget usually does.

Daily Source Code for May 5th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 5th 2005


Shownotes
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Direct downloadlinkto this show
  • Election day in the UK
  • War rememberance day in Holland
  • Podcast Paul's ElectionPodcast
  • Jan Marijnissen, leader of the Dutch Socialist Party's firstPodcast
  • European Constitution - Googlesearch
  • My recent US trip (east and west coast)
  • TSA tagged me as'suspicious'
    • Lighters? We don't need no stinkin'lighters!
  • Mashup: Big Ruckus - Walkie Talkie Vertigo Man
  • More about the US trip
  • BitTorrentforpodcasts
  • The weblogs.comdebacle
  • More about thePodshow on Sirius
    • Submissions:
      • submit@podshow.com
      • podsafe@podshow.com
      • mashup@podshow.com
    • Please also use these addresses for submissions to Daily Source Code
  • Gigadial
  • DMCA
  • Promo: Dorktones -Site
  • VC's
  • Promo: The MShow -Site
  • Promo: Ed Tech Musician -Site
  • Madge is mad  at Paris
  • Podsafe Music: Chance - Say what you will [Site]
  • Promo: Rocket15 [Site]
  • Promo: AwareTech Podcast [Site]
  • Jan Polet'sHitTest#37 with special appearance by Announcer-Guy Kevin
  • Promo: CC Radio [Site]
  • Promo: iRok Radio [Site]
  • The Speechless Podcast [Site]
  • Promo: The Grind [Site]
  • Podcast Brothers [Site]
  • DisneyPodcast


Happy Mothers Day
Happy Mothers DayMom!

Love,
Adam

Daily Source Code for May 9th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 9th 2005


Shownotes:
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the show
  • BBC In Business Podcast show [Listen]
  • Using a new setup withMegaSeg
  • Mashup: DJ bc - Golden Peace Frog [Site]
  • Promo: Rock and Roll Geek Show [Site]
  • Submit yer stuff:
    • submit[at]podshow.com
    • podsafe[at]podshow.com
    • mashup[at]podshow.com
  • Promo: RevTim Podcast [Site]
  • Arthritis News and Views feedback from Dr. Joel [Site]
  • Podsafe: Samantha Murphy - Laundromat [Site]
  • Promo: Madge Weinstein [Site]
  • Promo: Firehouse Radio Podcast [Site]

















Home in the cottage
I arrived safely at the cottage an hour ago. Good to be home, but I'mwiped from the trip and bag/traffic delays so the source code will haveto wait until tomorrow. Lots to talk about.

Podshow Startegy Cast 2.0
As promised, the PodshowStrategy'cast 2.0Recorded on location in NewYork. In this podcast we discuss the past, present and future. 2 [tired] guys,an iRiver and acoat hanger...

Recht Voor Z'n Raap Podcast for May 8th 2005

Recht Voor Z'n Raap Podcast for May 8th 2005

Patricia and I hijack the DSC podcast feed for our own podcast, in Dutch.

mp3

(As a test, this is alsoavailableas a torrent file)

Daily Source Code for May 2nd 2005

Daily Source Code for May 2nd 2005


From the Clift Hotel in San Francisco

Direct link tomp3

This show includes an excitingannouncementabout Podshow.com
and Sirius Radio as well as new podcast promos, podsafe music
from'Out of Warranty'and Jan Polet's Hit Test

Runtime: 40 minutes

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005


Radio and Record legend Steve Leeds visited the cottage this lovelyfriday afternoon and I sat him down for a trip down memory lane intoday's'cast

  • From the Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the show


Amsteram 2005
Amsterdam 2005:"Then just as quickly as it began, it was over. I was standing up on myown, and our attackers were fleeing. There had been dozens of people onthe streetcorner, but none of them had acted or even yelled anything."

Happy Birthday Dave!
Been running around like crazy here on the west coast, hooking up withMichael Butler and Steve Gillmor for after dinner drinks before I headhome tomorrow. A big Happy Birthday toDave, who turns 50 today. As wesayin Holland: Say hi to Abraham!

Gillmor Gang to return
Steve Gillmor:"In addition to reincarnating the Gillmor Gang, I will also deliver a daily program, ironically called Gillmor Daily"

BMI Podcast License
BMI, the'other'ASCAP,announceditspodcasttoday.Licensingis available to podcasters, but we ain't out of the woods yet, according to BMI:"You will needto secureadditionallicensingfrom music publishersand record labels for mechanical rights in the underlyingmusical works and for uses of master sound recordingsin your podcast."

Essentially this means without permission from the label or publisher(whoever owns the'master'), you still can't play a song on your'cast.
At least this part of the equation is solved, but I have my doubtsabout the labels, who will undoubtedly want their piece of the pie.Meanwhle, back at the ranch, building continues on the Podsafe MusicNetwork.

Podshow Test Run

Podshow Test Run


I spent several hours this morning troubleshooting the 4Mb line at the cottage.
British Telecom is once again the culprit. So that disrupted today's schedule, luckily there's always Starbucks :)

So, today, inlieuof a Source Code, check out a test run of what the Podshow on Sirius will sound like.

It was an interesting experience to create this kind of show, because of the linear nature I automatically clicked into
'broadcast mode', teasing upcoming elements etc. So as you listen tothis first hour, imagine you are in your car with the sound comingthrough the speakers, definitely a different experience from podcasting.

Feedback is welcome!

mp3

As you can see from the logoutputof the production system, there is still a lot left to be desired when it comes to folks completingalltheir ID3 tags. The comments field is great for urls.









Internet Attack Called Broad and Long Lasting by Investigators
A break-in at Cisco Systems last year was only part of an extensive operation in which thousands of systems were penetrated.
By JOHN MARKOFF and LOWELL BERGMAN

Trading Slump Spurs Online Brokers'Merger Talk
Online brokerage firms may have no other option left but to combine.
By RIVA D. ATLAS

Cisco Profit Climbs on Demand for Network Systems
Cisco Systems reported that third-quarter profits rose 16 percent, spurred by increased demand from telecommunications companies upgrading their networks.
By LAURIE J. FLYNN

Text streaming service lets users read material as fast as they can (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Today's mobile phones are as versatile as ever, but you wouldn't ever want to read a magazine article or book on that tiny little screen. Or would you?

Microsoft Unveils New Windows Mobile (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. unveiled Tuesday a new version of its Windows operating system for mobile devices that adds such features as PowerPoint viewing while making it easier for gadget makers to equip phones and handheld computers with typewriter keyboards and iPod-sized hard drives.

Talisma Releases KnowledgeBase.net 5.0 (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Talisma has rolled out KnowledgeBase.net 5.0 slightly more than a month after it acquired KnowledgeBase.net, a provider of hosted and on-site Knowledge Management software for customer support and self-service.

Information Leaks Too Fast for Microsoft (AP)
AP - The difficulty of keeping secrets in the instantaneous age of the Internet and digital cameras should come as no surprise to the world's leading technology company, Microsoft Corp. But this week, the behemoth software maker apparently was caught off guard.








Remains of Failed Mars Lander May Have Been Found
Five and a half years after it descended into the Martian atmosphere and was never heard from again, the Mars Polar Lander may have been found.
By KENNETH CHANG

Rookies Can't Hit Change-Ups
Science has explained one of the frustrations of parenthood: why Johnny can't hit.
By JOHN SCHWARTZ

Taking the Heat Out of the Kitchen
Wolfgang Puck has introduced a new line of lattes that come in self-heating containers. Food that cooks itself might just be the next big thing.
By KIM SEVERSON

Your Internet Search Results, in the Round
Grokker software, which displays a Web search as a series of categories on a circular map, will now run as a Java plug-in for browsers.
By JOHN MARKOFF

A Web of Sensors, Taking Earth's Pulse
Scientists are turning 30 acres of California forest into a futuristic vision of environmental study.
By WILLIAM J. BROAD

Trading Slump Spurs Online Brokers'Merger Talk
Online brokerage firms may have no other option left but to combine.
By RIVA D. ATLAS

MCI Pays WorldCom's Back Taxes to State
MCI will pay$100 million in cash to cover back taxes that its predecessor company, WorldCom, owed to Mississippi.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Chinese Businessman Acquitted of Illegal High-Technology Exports
The businessman was acquitted of illegally exporting microwave technology to China for military purposes but was found guilty of making false statements.
By LAURIE J. FLYNN

I.B.M. Expected to Buy Start-Up to Advance Open-Source Strategy
The purchase of Gluecode Software, an open-source start-up, is the latest step in I.B.M.'s strategy of building a big business around open-source software.
By STEVE LOHR








Yahoo launches music subscription service (Reuters)
Reuters - Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday saidit was launching a new online music subscription service,aggressively competing against current providers such as AppleComputer Inc. , RealNetworks Inc.'s Rhapsodyand Napster Inc. with lower pricing.

Tokyo Tightens Cyber Defense After Protest (AP)
AP - Japan has bolstered the defense of its computer systems in the face of a surge in cyber attacks believed linked to anti-Japanese sentiment in Asia, increasing staff and creating a new agency to coordinate its efforts.

Give Me an E!
The Texas House has approved legislation toban sexually suggestive routinesby school cheerleaders:

"Girls can get out and do all of these overly sexually performances and we applaud them and that's not right,"said Democratic Rep.Al Edwardsof Houston, who filed the legislation.

Edwards argued that lascivious exhibitions are a distraction for high school students that result in pregnancies, high school dropouts, contraction of AIDS and herpes and"cutting off their youthful life at an early age."

If Edwards hopes to turn the thoughts of teens away from sex, he'll have to restrict a lot more than an NC-17 rendition of"Rock Steady."He seems to have forgotten what it was like after the adolescent change of life known asPeter Brady, which turns the entire world into a lascivious exhibition.

When I was a teen, a legislator trying to protect me from knocking up a dropout would have banned all of the following:

  • The time Laura Dumais fell into my arms and my left wrist inadvertently reached second base
  • Drawing theShe-Hulknaked
  • A breeze of at least three knots
  • Role-playing a female NPC with a charisma score of 15 or better inAdvanced Dungeons&Dragons
  • The scene inThe Sword and the Sorcerorwhere Kathleen Beller had to be lathered in oil to prepare for her wedding
  • Phoebe Cates

Good times.

Take a Bite of the Apple

Michael Moore is swimming in money afterFahrenheit 9/11, according to aSlate analysisthat describes how the filmmaker and Disney rode the controversy over the movie all the way to the bank:

Under normal circumstances, documentaries rarely, if ever, make profits (especially if distributors charge the usual 33 percent fee). So, when Miramax made the deal for Fahrenheit 9/11, it allowed Moore a generous profit participation -- which turned out to be 27 percent of the film's net receipts. Disney, in honoring this deal, paid Moore a stunning $21 million. Moore never disclosed the amount of his profit participation. When asked about it, the proletarian Moore joked to reporters on a conference call,"I don't read the contracts."

I lovedRoger&MeandTV Nation, but over the years Moore'spenchantfor dramatic embellishment and sloppy facts made it hard for me to enjoyFahrenheit. He produces great diatribes, but documentary filmmakers are one of the last remaining groups who believe in the quaint notion that facts matter. If we lose them to spin, all we'll have left are reference librarians, theSociety of Professional Journalists, andBob Somersby.

I'm not surprised that Moore exaggerated Disney's actions in refusing to distribute the film, nor that Disney found a way to profit handsomely from a project it was ostensibly refusing to release. Their relationship is a lot like Tom Cruise publiclygrouting the esophagusof Katie Holmes right before both release summer blockbusters.

The same cynical game appears to be at work with the new Steve Jobs biographyiCon: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business. The book's print run was doubled after Apple, at the presumed behest of Jobs,banned the publisher's booksfrom Apple stores.

I haven't spoken about this with anyone at Wiley, a company that also publishesone of my books, but I have trouble believing that a marketing genius like Jobs took this action without knowing it would send book ordersthrough the roof. The guy runs a company with so much hype you'd never know it sellsfewer desktop computersthan also-rans likeAcerandLenovo. Apple's marketing is difficult to resist. I own five computers and a laptop, and I'm still convinced I need aMac mini.

Memo to self: Find a way in next book to anger Steve Jobs.


I tookBuzzword.Comoffline for several hours this morning to compact the databases and perform some other server maintenance. I'm tempting fate by saying this, but so far, so good.

We're nearing the one-year anniversary of the server, which became the home for 3,000 longtime Weblogs.Com bloggers last June. I have some ambitious plans to mark the occasion, but for now my priority is to keep theactive bloggersrunning smoothly and bring all of UserLand'supgradesonline.

UserLand has a new version of Manila, the software hosting these weblogs, inbeta release. There are a bunch of new features, among them a better way for bloggers to manage visitor comments and trackback.