Friday, April 29, 2005


Apple Computer's Mac OS X'Tiger'Now on Sale (Reuters)
Reuters - Apple Computer has unleashed theTiger.

Verizon Pulling Plug on Free NYC Wi-Fi (AP)
AP - Verizon Communications Inc. is turning off the free wireless Internet access it beams from New York City telephone booths for DSL subscribers who use laptops away from home or the office.

Spitzer Sues Intermix Over'Spyware'(AP)
AP - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued a major Internet marketer Thursday, blaming it for secretly installing software that delivers nuisance pop-up advertisements and can slow and crash personal computers.

SCO, IBM and Outcomes-Based Circular Reasoning (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - SCO's basic claim against IBM (NYSE: IBM) is simple. According to SCO, it is the legal successor to AT&T (NYSE: T) with respect to licensing of the AT&T Unix source code and its derivatives. IBM, SCO said, violated the contractual terms under which it has access to AT&T and related code by passing protected knowledge into the Linux development effort.

Coalition Forms To Protect Cookies (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - A coalition of agencies, publishers and measurement firms hopes to head off a consumer revolt against Internet tracking cookies.

Apple's"Tiger"aims to take a bite out of Microsoft,"Longhorn"(AFP)
AFP - Apple Computer sharpened its focus on the personal computer market with the release of a new operating system called"Tiger"that aims to take a bigger bite out of the market dominated by Microsoft.

Cinema Owners Seek to Curb Phone Rage (AP)
AP - New Zealand cinema owners may use mobile phone jamming technology to stop mid-movie calls, text messaging— and cell phone rage among patrons, they said Friday.

Gates Pushes Auto Industry on Technology (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. mogul Bill Gates and the leader of Ford Motor Co. outlined a future Friday in which software enables cars to fix themselves and avoid accidents.

From Apple, a Tiger to Put in Your Mac
Apple is about to release Mac OS X 10.4, nicknamed Tiger - the latest version of the software suite that makes up the Macintosh operating system. How is it?
By DAVID POGUE

New York Sues a Marketer on Use of Internet Spyware
The New York attorney general accused a California company of clogging computers across the nation with secretly installed spyware and adware.
By AL BAKER

Dial-A-Poem Enters the Internet Age
The phones are now long gone, but Dial-A-Poem is still out there waiting for you day and night on the Web.
By SARAH BOXER

Microsoft Earnings Meet Expectations Despite Modest Sales
Microsoft reported that its quarterly sales increased a modest 5 percent, pointing to slowing growth in its desktop software business.
By STEVE LOHR

Wireless and Broadband Lift Verizon Profit by 47%
Verizon's better-than-expected first-quarter earnings underscored how much stronger it is financially than Qwest, as the two companies bid for MCI.
By KEN BELSON

Small Business Bets Big on Technology, Study Says
A survey showed that 81 percent of small businesses polled said they planned to increase their technology spending an average 20 percent.
By EVE TAHMINCIOGLU

Dial-A-Poem Enters the Internet Age
The phones are now long gone, but Dial-A-Poem is still out there waiting for you day and night on the Web.
By SARAH BOXER

Open Wallets for Open-Source Software
Venture capitalists are again embracing open-source technology companies, and a natural question may be whether some of them have perhaps lost their minds.
By GARY RIVLIN

@podder
@Podderis an evolving podcast receiver designed especially for visually impaired listeners

Tiesto and Creative
The world's most popular (and dutch) DJ, Tiesto and Creative Labs have joined forces to sell a Tiestobrandedmp3 player.

tower cast
Micah haspostedanother Tower'cast

podcsope
Hmm, I triedtwosearcheson podscope that I know for certain have been mentioned on theDawn and Drew show.

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...

Daily Source Code for April 26th 2005
Daily Source Code for April 26th 2005

Shownotes
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the mp3
  • Bitching aboutEasynet'sperformance
  • WiFi, what will it bring to our cities?
  • Upcoming travel to the US
    • Shall we plan a meetup?
  • Ugg boots
  • Promo: The Simian Syndicate
  • Steely Dan - Reelin'in the years
    • As purchased from the iTunes Music store
  • Remember when sounds was clear, before mp3's?
  • Blindcasters
  • Promo: Southern Sports Week
  • I like the new in-line shownotes
  • New server and network instead of dot-mac today.
    • Please provide feedback if the download has problems
    • or if your ipodder didn't download the show
  • Promo: Small World Podcast
  • Kobe Beef Podcast
  • Podsafe Music: Berman - No one understands
    • Site
    • Directlinkto this song
    • Referred by C.C. Chapman of the Accident HashPodcast
  • Promo: Florn.net Podcast
  • Promo:ArthritisCentralNews and Views


Cast Blaster beta closed
We have more than enough qualifiers for our cast Blaster beta test,thanks for sending in your mixer reports. You will be contactedpersonally if selected for this beta period.


Wireless and Broadband Lift Verizon Profit by 47%
Verizon's better-than-expected first-quarter earnings underscored how much stronger it is financially than Qwest, as the two companies bid for MCI.
By KEN BELSON

Small Business Bets Big on Technology, Study Says
A survey showed that 81 percent of small businesses polled said they planned to increase their technology spending an average 20 percent.
By EVE TAHMINCIOGLU

RealNetworks Tries Giving Away Music
RealNetworks, an online music service that lets computer users listen to songs, introduced a service that allows nonsubscribers to listen to 25 songs free each month.
By SAUL HANSELL

From Apple, a Tiger to Put in Your Mac
Apple is about to release Mac OS X 10.4, nicknamed Tiger - the latest version of the software suite that makes up the Macintosh operating system. How is it?
By DAVID POGUE

Apple Chief Strikes Back Over Biography
Apple Computer has retaliated against the publisher of an unauthorized biography about Steven Jobs by removing other books sold by the publisher from Apple stores.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Art That Puts You in the Picture, Like It or Not
All the annoyances of interactive art (prurience, ritual, ungraciousness and moral superiority) are on display at the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival.
By SARAH BOXER

Australian study uses mobile phones to monitor teen angst (AFP)
AFP - Australian researchers are planning to use teenagers'love of mobile phones to help monitor adolescent depression and pick up warning signs of potentially suicidal behaviour.

Apple Computer's Mac OS X'Tiger'Now on Sale (Reuters)
Reuters - Apple Computer has unleashed theTiger.

Apple's"Tiger"aims to take a bite out of Microsoft,"Longhorn"(AFP)
AFP - Apple Computer sharpened its focus on the personal computer market with the release of a new operating system called"Tiger"that aims to take a bigger bite out of the market dominated by Microsoft.

Coalition Forms To Protect Cookies (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - A coalition of agencies, publishers and measurement firms hopes to head off a consumer revolt against Internet tracking cookies.

Cinema Owners Seek to Curb Phone Rage (AP)
AP - New Zealand cinema owners may use mobile phone jamming technology to stop mid-movie calls, text messaging— and cell phone rage among patrons, they said Friday.








Coalition Forms To Protect Cookies (AdWeek.com)
AdWeek.com - A coalition of agencies, publishers and measurement firms hopes to head off a consumer revolt against Internet tracking cookies.

Verizon Pulling Plug on Free NYC Wi-Fi (AP)
AP - Verizon Communications Inc. is turning off the free wireless Internet access it beams from New York City telephone booths for DSL subscribers who use laptops away from home or the office.

New Design Could Transform 1st Bike Ride (AP)
AP - Who can forget the thrill— and terror— of that first solo bicycle ride: Mom or Dad letting go, the magic of two-wheeled freedom and, inevitably, toppling over in a knee-scraping crash?

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.

Tiesto and Creative
The world's most popular (and dutch) DJ, Tiesto and Creative Labs have joined forces to sell a Tiestobrandedmp3 player.

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




Daily Source Code for April 22nd 2005

Daily Source Code for April 22nd 2005


I raided the promo bin again and found a cool mashup. Also some details about the paparazzi, the BBC and podsafe music thoughts.

mp3

Detailed shownotes inhtmlandopml


Daily Source Code for April 26th 2005
Daily Source Code for April 26th 2005

Shownotes
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the mp3
  • Bitching aboutEasynet'sperformance
  • WiFi, what will it bring to our cities?
  • Upcoming travel to the US
    • Shall we plan a meetup?
  • Ugg boots
  • Promo: The Simian Syndicate
  • Steely Dan - Reelin'in the years
    • As purchased from the iTunes Music store
  • Remember when sounds was clear, before mp3's?
  • Blindcasters
  • Promo: Southern Sports Week
  • I like the new in-line shownotes
  • New server and network instead of dot-mac today.
    • Please provide feedback if the download has problems
    • or if your ipodder didn't download the show
  • Promo: Small World Podcast
  • Kobe Beef Podcast
  • Podsafe Music: Berman - No one understands
    • Site
    • Directlinkto this song
    • Referred by C.C. Chapman of the Accident HashPodcast
  • Promo: Florn.net Podcast
  • Promo:ArthritisCentralNews and Views


PR speak translator Adobe acq. Macromedia
TranslationFrom PR-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Adobe‚sŒFAQ‚ Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia

podcsope
Hmm, I triedtwosearcheson podscope that I know for certain have been mentioned on theDawn and Drew show.

Backup Trauma
Now here's anad campaignthat works

CBS Evening News Podcast
Originally taped in January, the CBS Evening Newspieceon podcasting finally ran last night. GoBiddies!!

CastBlaster Beta Testers Wanted

It's timeto open up beta testing of the CastBlaster podcast recording tool to a wideraudience.

Inorder to stomp on as many bugs as possible we need a wide variety of machines,soundcards and users. In order to make a valuable selection of beta testers, weneed information about the machines it will run on. This beta is for WindowsXPusers only.


Please download[closed]this small application, run it and follow theinstructions on your screen. It does a scan of yoursoundcard and outputs the results to your screen with a button to send it in an email to our development team.


In this phase of our beta, testers will be selected based on their mixer output.Once we have this step done, we can move to a public beta!



Cast Blaster beta closed
We have more than enough qualifiers for our cast Blaster beta test,thanks for sending in your mixer reports. You will be contactedpersonally if selected for this beta period.

paparazzi
The neighbors called at 8 this morning to warn us that a paparazzo was postingoutsidethe cottage with a telephoto setup. Well, two can play that game :)

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




podcsope
Hmm, I triedtwosearcheson podscope that I know for certain have been mentioned on theDawn and Drew show.


Sun Microsystems Stock Up on Privacy Report (AP)
AP - Shares of computer hardware and software maker Sun Microsystems Inc. climbed Friday on a report the company is gearing up to go private, a notion that was strongly denied by the company.

PortalPlayer Hits High Notes (The Motley Fool)
The Motley Fool - I'm simply in awe of the growth that PortalPlayer (Nasdaq: PLAY - News) reported in its earnings release last night. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised, because the company's chip designs and development kits power Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL - News) iPod, as well as hard drive-based MP3 players from Koninklijke Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG - News) -- feel free to substitute Royal for Koninklijke --and others.

Apple's"Tiger"aims to take a bite out of Microsoft,"Longhorn"(AFP)
AFP - Apple Computer sharpened its focus on the personal computer market with the release of a new operating system called"Tiger"that aims to take a bigger bite out of the market dominated by Microsoft.

Hong Kong man pleads innocent to copyright charge by sharing movies online (AFP)
AFP - A Hong Kong man pleaded innocent in court for allegedly violating copyright laws by sharing movies on the Internet, a judicial spokeswoman said.

SCO, IBM and Outcomes-Based Circular Reasoning (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - SCO's basic claim against IBM (NYSE: IBM) is simple. According to SCO, it is the legal successor to AT&T (NYSE: T) with respect to licensing of the AT&T Unix source code and its derivatives. IBM, SCO said, violated the contractual terms under which it has access to AT&T and related code by passing protected knowledge into the Linux development effort.








Updating Software When It Asks Nicely
Is it necessary to heed the program messages that tell you to download a newer version of something like Acrobat Reader or RealPlayer if you already have a version that works?
By J.D. BIERSDORFER

Remember Where You Looked (Even if You Didn't Find It)
Yahoo added several features to its search capability this week, including an archive of previous searches and the ability to share these search histories with others.
By ANDREW ZIPERN

New York Sues a Marketer on Use of Internet Spyware
The New York attorney general accused a California company of clogging computers across the nation with secretly installed spyware and adware.
By AL BAKER

Art That Puts You in the Picture, Like It or Not
All the annoyances of interactive art (prurience, ritual, ungraciousness and moral superiority) are on display at the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival.
By SARAH BOXER

Wireless and Broadband Lift Verizon Profit by 47%
Verizon's better-than-expected first-quarter earnings underscored how much stronger it is financially than Qwest, as the two companies bid for MCI.
By KEN BELSON

RealNetworks Tries Giving Away Music
RealNetworks, an online music service that lets computer users listen to songs, introduced a service that allows nonsubscribers to listen to 25 songs free each month.
By SAUL HANSELL

Updating Software When It Asks Nicely
Is it necessary to heed the program messages that tell you to download a newer version of something like Acrobat Reader or RealPlayer if you already have a version that works?
By J.D. BIERSDORFER

Remember Where You Looked (Even if You Didn't Find It)
Yahoo added several features to its search capability this week, including an archive of previous searches and the ability to share these search histories with others.
By ANDREW ZIPERN

Art That Puts You in the Picture, Like It or Not
All the annoyances of interactive art (prurience, ritual, ungraciousness and moral superiority) are on display at the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival.
By SARAH BOXER

European Antitrust Official Chastises Microsoft's Chief
Europe's top antitrust official told Microsoft's chief executive that the company must comply with Europe's antitrust ruling"urgently and in full."
By PAUL MELLER

Open Wallets for Open-Source Software
Venture capitalists are again embracing open-source technology companies, and a natural question may be whether some of them have perhaps lost their minds.
By GARY RIVLIN

RealNetworks Tries Giving Away Music
RealNetworks, an online music service that lets computer users listen to songs, introduced a service that allows nonsubscribers to listen to 25 songs free each month.
By SAUL HANSELL

Microsoft Shares Up on Strong 3Q Profit (AP)
AP - Shares of Microsoft Corp. rose Friday after the world's largest software maker reported a third-quarter profit that nearly doubled from a year ago, despite sales that fell short of Wall Street forecasts due to leaner licensing business and a sharp drop in the dollar's value.

Taiwan's Acer profit rises in first quarter (AFP)
AFP - Acer Inc., Taiwan's top personal computer maker, said its net profit in the first quarter rose 54.6 percent from a year earlier to 2.15 billion Taiwan dollars (68 million US).

European Digital Library Is Proposed (AP)
AP - Six European leaders jointly proposed Thursday that works contained in European libraries be made accessible online, in what they called a"European digital library."

Bahrain Site Registration Sparks Protests (AP)
AP - All Web sites operating in Bahrain must register with the country's Information Ministry under a new government mandate that has provoked protests from an international watchdog for press freedom.

Tiger Server Roars, Too (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Analysis: Tiger Server bridges the worlds of open source, Unix and Windows, and may be the key to finally gaining Apple a foothold in the corporate data center.

Verizon Pulling Plug on Free NYC Wi-Fi (AP)
AP - Verizon Communications Inc. is turning off the free wireless Internet access it beams from New York City telephone booths for DSL subscribers who use laptops away from home or the office.

Spitzer Sues Intermix Over'Spyware'(AP)
AP - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued a major Internet marketer Thursday, blaming it for secretly installing software that delivers nuisance pop-up advertisements and can slow and crash personal computers.

More details emerge on TigerDirect lawsuit (MacCentral)
MacCentral - Systemax Inc. subsidiary Tiger Direct Inc. has filed suit against Apple to prevent the company from using the word“Tiger” to describe its new Mac OS X v10.4 operating system, which goes on sale worldwide at 6 p.m. local time on Friday, April 29, 2005. The company claims that Apple is creating brand confusion by marketing Mac OS X v10.4 as“Tiger” and has asked the United States District Court for the District of Florida for a temporary restraining order and injunction.

Mobile phone virus spreads to 20 countries (AFP)
AFP - A virus that spreads from cell phone to cell phone has made its way to 20 different countries around the world, a Finnish anti-virus expert said.

Just what is an ESB, anyway? (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology has sparked a debate in the integration space. Players in the ESB arena agree this newfangled technology is critical in providing a mechanism for application integration in service-oriented architectures (SOAs). However, vendors do not agree on whether an ESB is an actual product or merely a concept, even though various providers are selling software that they have labeled an ESB.













Art That Puts You in the Picture, Like It or Not
All the annoyances of interactive art (prurience, ritual, ungraciousness and moral superiority) are on display at the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival.
By SARAH BOXER

Apple Chief Strikes Back Over Biography
Apple Computer has retaliated against the publisher of an unauthorized biography about Steven Jobs by removing other books sold by the publisher from Apple stores.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Microsoft Earnings Meet Expectations Despite Modest Sales
Microsoft reported that its quarterly sales increased a modest 5 percent, pointing to slowing growth in its desktop software business.
By STEVE LOHR

From Apple, a Tiger to Put in Your Mac
Apple is about to release Mac OS X 10.4, nicknamed Tiger - the latest version of the software suite that makes up the Macintosh operating system. How is it?
By DAVID POGUE

Itty-Bitty and Shrinking, Fusion Device Has Big Ideas
Scientists are reporting that they have produced nuclear fusion - the same process that powers the sun - in a footlong cylinder just five inches in diameter.
By KENNETH CHANG

Updating Software When It Asks Nicely
Is it necessary to heed the program messages that tell you to download a newer version of something like Acrobat Reader or RealPlayer if you already have a version that works?
By J.D. BIERSDORFER

New York Sues a Marketer on Use of Internet Spyware
The New York attorney general accused a California company of clogging computers across the nation with secretly installed spyware and adware.
By AL BAKER

Microsoft Weighs Reversal on Gay Rights, Gates Says
The founder of Microsoft has indicated he may reconsider his company's decision not to support a Washington State gay rights bill.
By SARAH KERSHAW

Remember Where You Looked (Even if You Didn't Find It)
Yahoo added several features to its search capability this week, including an archive of previous searches and the ability to share these search histories with others.
By ANDREW ZIPERN

Open Wallets for Open-Source Software
Venture capitalists are again embracing open-source technology companies, and a natural question may be whether some of them have perhaps lost their minds.
By GARY RIVLIN

Art That Puts You in the Picture, Like It or Not
All the annoyances of interactive art (prurience, ritual, ungraciousness and moral superiority) are on display at the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival.
By SARAH BOXER

Amazon's Net Income Falls Despite a 24%Revenue Rise
Amazon.com said that its net income fell in the first quarter, as costs from technology investments and shipping promotions offset higher sales.
By LAURIE J. FLYNN

Itty-Bitty and Shrinking, Fusion Device Has Big Ideas
Scientists are reporting that they have produced nuclear fusion - the same process that powers the sun - in a footlong cylinder just five inches in diameter.
By KENNETH CHANG

Small Business Bets Big on Technology, Study Says
A survey showed that 81 percent of small businesses polled said they planned to increase their technology spending an average 20 percent.
By EVE TAHMINCIOGLU

Wireless Net Connections for the Roaming Laptop
Operating on different standards from Wi-Fi, the broadband services require special modems that plug into a laptop computer's PC card slots.
By IVAN BERGER

From Apple, a Tiger to Put in Your Mac
Apple is about to release Mac OS X 10.4, nicknamed Tiger - the latest version of the software suite that makes up the Macintosh operating system. How is it?
By DAVID POGUE

EBay Execs Who Got IPO Shares to Pay$3 Million (Reuters)
Reuters - EBay Inc. said on Thursday itschief executive and two early leaders will pay$3 million tosettle a shareholder lawsuit alleging they received shares inhot stock offerings from their investment bankers.

AOL Begins Beta Test Of AIM Overhaul (TechWeb)
TechWeb - America Online launches in beta an overhaul of its instant messaging client that expands the product's communication capabilities to include enhanced PC-to-PC voice and streaming video messaging and media file transfers.

Popularity Of iPods, Other Gadgets Is Sweet Music To Chipmaker (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Every computer, server, PlayStation and iPod has a hard drive.

Bahrain Site Registration Sparks Protests (AP)
AP - All Web sites operating in Bahrain must register with the country's Information Ministry under a new government mandate that has provoked protests from an international watchdog for press freedom.

Microsoft not glowing over LAMP (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Microsoft officials are undaunted by the popular LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL Perl/Python/PHP) application stack that serves as an open source rival to the Microsoft .Net platform.

European Digital Library Is Proposed (AP)
AP - Six European leaders jointly proposed Thursday that works contained in European libraries be made accessible online, in what they called a"European digital library."

Verizon Pulling Plug on Free Wi-Fi (AP)
AP - Verizon Communications Inc. is turning off the free wireless Internet access it beams from New York City telephone booths for DSL subscribers who use laptops away from home or the office.

Cinema Owners Seek to Curb Phone Rage (AP)
AP - New Zealand cinema owners may use mobile phone jamming technology to stop mid-movie calls, text messaging— and cell phone rage among patrons, they said Friday.

Spitzer Sues Intermix Over'Spyware'(AP)
AP - New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued a major Internet marketer Thursday, blaming it for secretly installing software that delivers nuisance pop-up advertisements and can slow and crash personal computers.

You Heard It Here First
Without interviewing me, Jacksonville TV newscastFirst Coast Newsreported Thursdaythat I was selling the domain:

While the World Wide Web might not be a priority for Pope Benedict XVI, one local man hopes someone will think it's worth some cash to him. Roger [sic] Cadenhead of St. Augustine registered the domain nameBenedictXVI.comalong with other potential choices before the Pope selected his name. Cadenhead wants to sell it to the highest bidder.

This was news to me. I had been telling all reporters the exact opposite, as the original story in Tuesday'sWashington Postattests:

Reached on his cell phone, Cadenhead said he hasn't made any decisions about what he'll do with the domain, but he vowed he wouldn't be pawning it off to the highest bidder.

"I never really registered it with the intent of making money, and I think to crassly auction it would be a sin of some kind. ..."

Five hours before the newscast, BenedictXVI.Com wasdonated to the charity Modest Needswhile we wait to hear from the Vatican, as I wrote on my weblog.

A First Coast News producer e-mailed me for an interview at noon, but I was unable to call him back -- I haddisconnected my phonebecause I couldn't say no to female TV producers.

Interestingly enough, I can see exactly what the station read on my web server, because the office computer the producer used to e-mail me requested several web pages Thursday, including these:

  • 9:58 a.m.: Thefirst papal weblog entry, which stated"I don't think there's any speculative potential in these domains"
  • 10:09 a.m.: TheWorkbenchhome page, where thetop entrystated"my goal was to keep it away from pornographers"
  • 12:24 p.m.: The BenedictXVI.Com home page, which at the time displayedthis page, where I explained that I"registered benedictxvi.com to prevent a pornographer or online casino from getting it"
  • 12:24 p.m.: Myfavorite photofrom my10th wedding anniversary cruise
  • 1:17 p.m. and 2:04 p.m.: The same BenedictXVI.Com home page

All told, that First Coast News computer made 115 web page requests before the newscast, also checking out mybio,books, and thetelevision categoryof my weblog.

I don't know how thestationcould have reported something false that contradicted several pages they viewed on my server and so much other press coverage. My only consolation is that the story wasn't delivered by Donna Hicken.

Extended Pings in Weblog Pinger
Dave Winer addedRSS supportto Weblogs.Com this morning, making it possible to send an extended ping message to the service that includes the address of a site's RSS feed.

This will make it easier for services that are built atop Weblogs.Com, such asTechnoratiandGigaDial, to incorporate RSS feeds.

I haveextended my pingerto support this new feature.

Weblog-Pinger, an open source class library for PHP, can send update notification pings over five XML-RPC services that monitor new weblog content.

Holy See, Holy Do
I'm getting a lot of comments like this one by Concerned Canadian:

I think it would be in your best interest to use this site to better humanity. Use it to donate to some sort of Catholic charity, or use it to write about the history of the Catholic church. Cashing in on it would be very typical, and if you have any personality at all, you won't want your 15 minutes of Internet media fame to be seen as typical.

I haven't decided what to do with thebenedictxvi.comdomain -- my goal was to keep it away from pornographers, not grab a domain for some kind of papal superstore.

But now that my weblog has 120,000 new readers, just counting yesterday, I'm using the opportunity to promoteModestNeeds.org, an organization that's like a charitable eBay: They match up donors with people who have short-term, under-$1,000 emergencies (such as repairs to the family's only car), helping them get out of the crisis.

SmartMobsdescribes how the charity got started in 2002:

The founderKeith Taylorbegan Modest Needs by giving 10 percent of his $350 a month earnings as a way to return a no-strings kindness paid to him when he most needed it. He told me,"Those who need help can always ask for it at Modest Needs, absolutely for free. How much money we raise matters less -- to me, anyway -- than simply providing a vehicle for human kindness."

Here's thelatest donation-to-expenses reporton Modest Needs from GuideStar and the charity'sfull financial statistics, for people who want to research the group before contributing.

Master of My Domain
The owners of other Pope Benedict XVI domains are taunting me.

Jacopo Di Trani, an Italian who gotBenedict16.Com, has declared that pornographers and online casinos are welcome to buy it from him:

The first time i didn't believed Cadenhead when he said"i'll never give my domain to gamble/porn site developers"!

He's a very kind guy, but, first of all, his hair CAN'T be real, and, second, although i have respect for his decision to give for free his very valuable domain (with a billion of christians in the world), it doesn't change my opinion about the human nature and i'll never do something like that with this domain!

The owner of PopeBenedictXVI.Com, who received a $150,000 bid on EBay that turned out to be a hoax, had a question-and-answer page up where he posted this:

I'll be keeping every red cent of this dough, thinking about blowing it on horse races. ... the person that you saw on tv is the owner ofbenedictxvi.comand not me, you will just have to take my word on the fact that I'm much younger and sexier than that guy, I've got more hair too.

I know in a higher sense I did the right thing by donating the domains toModest Needs, a great charity that continues to getrecord traffic, but if my gesture turns out to have an actual market value of six figures, I think I'm going to spend the rest of the day curled up in a ball eatingChunky Monkeydirectly out of the container.

Update: A discussion onReal Time with Bill Maher:

Joe Scarborough: I think there's going to be a porn site."BenedictXVI.com."

Sen Alan Simpson: [overlapping] John Waters would love it.

Scarborough: [overlapping] In fact, go to it.

Insert Charlie Brown"Auuuugh!"here.

I've Been X'ed
I did an interview yesterday withAVNOnline, believing the"AV"stood for audiovisual, like theA.V. Clubentertainment site published byThe Onion.

I liked the final piece, although I thought it was odd for the reporter to quote another papal domain registrant talking about"nipples and snatch."That kind of talk hasn't appeared much in the media since the end of the Clinton administration.

When I showed the story to my wife, she noticed that the ads around the piece were forX-rated sites and products(warning: link advertises X-rated sites and products).

As it turns out, AVN stands forAdult Video News, theleading trade publicationof the adult entertainment industry.

Virgin Mary of the Viaduct
I received an e-mail from someone affiliated with theVirgin Mary viaduct, the Chicago highway underpass that has alife-size water stainresembling the mother of God. They wanted advice on setting up a web site.

I'm a firm believer in the idea that all religious iconography that develops naturally upon either surfaces or food should have its own site. This is exactly the kind of thing for which the Internet was invented.

Because of the visual nature of the underpass and the community that has developed, the ideal place for its web presence isFlickr.

Flickr's a terrific photo-sharing community that was recently purchased by Yahoo for 5.2 bajillion dollars. You can create an account for free, upload your photos for public viewing, and add tags that describe the subject of the shots.

Every time I find myself on Flickr, I get lost in the photos, most recently in the work of Justin Hankins. His pictures of theBridge of Lions,Night of Lights celebration, andIntercoastal Waterwayare some of the best shots I've seen of St. Augustine.

Flickr photos can be grouped into sets and viewed as slideshows. Somebody should hire Robin Jean, the photographer doing thisRockstars set, to take column mugshots for newspapers.

Habemus Domini!

"A spokesperson for the US Conference of Bishops declined to speculate on whether the Vatican would ask Cadenhead to transfer ownership of BenedictXVI.com and the other potential papal name addresses he controls. Messages left with the Vatican's embassy in Washington were not returned."

When I registered six domain names at the end of a 14-hour writing day earlier this month, I didn't realize that my actions would reach all the way up to theVatican. I figured that some idiot was going to do it, so the idiot might as well be me.

I've received an offer from a gambling site. I'm pretty sure that's a bad idea, ecclesiastically speaking, but I should contactBill Bennettto make sure.

Thinking out loud, I'm trying to figure out what I might ask for, should Pope Benedict's people get with my people (a hastily convened College of Cardinals that includes my grandmother Rita and my in-laws, fellow Catholics whose commitment to our faith was demonstrated by their nine children).

Here are some things I would like. Please do not call them demands:

  • I. Three days, two nights at the Vatican hotel they built for the conclave.
  • II. One of those hats.
  • III. Complete absolution, no questions asked, for the third week of March 1987.
  • IV. A back-cover blurb from the Pope for the next edition ofMovable Type 3 Bible Desktop Edition. But only if he uses the book to create his own weblog.
  • V. World peace.


All-Podcast, All-the-Time Radio
A San Francisco radio station is going to start airing nothing but user-submitted podcasts beginning on May 16. The station, which calls itselfKYOU Open Source Radio, will broadcast on 1550-AM/San Francisco and the Internet.

Submitted podcasts must be 60 megabytes or less in size and can be in any format. The categories on thesubmission formdemonstrate how strange this is likely to be -- traditional fare like news, sports and politics is mixed with over-the-road trucking, sex and wiffleball.

This could be one of the great wheels-off radio experiments of all-time -- at least until earnest liberal San Franciscans fill it with local community news, activism and independent music.

The station sounds like a good opportunity for Jacksonville webloggerTodd Smith, who devotes his site toAmericana musicand has a Saturday morning show about the music on alocal college station.