Wednesday, May 04, 2005


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


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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









To Dream the Impossible Dream
Lifetime to-do list:

  1. Writehands-on tutorialfor beginning Java programmers who want to teach self language in no more than 21 days
  2. Successfully predict next pope's name
  3. End TV news segment with segueway back to anchors
  4. Be insulted in no less than five languages by total strangers
  5. Do more to helpworthy charity
  6. Become a professionally ranked tennis player.

My uncle Paul wanted to become John McEnroe as a teen, and we've disagreed for years over whether I could become ranked if I devoted myself to tennis instead of web surfing and fatty foods.

I figured if the rankings went low enough -- the ATP Tourgoes to 1307-- I might have a shot.

Paul thinks I'm an idiot, but I haven't given up the dream. At the very least, I might draw a match somewhere against a ranked pro who had to withdraw due to injury or illness.

Nestor Bricenowatch your back!

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.



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!

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.

Close But No Cigar
I publish several web sites that run advertising sold byBlogAds, a broker that has been a financial boon to hundreds of weblogs.

I rejected an ad today from a site that sells Cuban cigars. The site claims that it's legal for Americans to import two boxes, but the language of the site's frequently asked questions page gives me the willies:

The original embargo on Cuban products has been revised by the US Dept of Justice to allow importation of small quantities when returning from a licensed trip to Cuba. This revision was extended to the public who are now allowed to import up to 2 boxes for personal use. There is no formal regulations that outlines the ability for US residents to import Cuban Cigars. There have been thousands of customers importing Cuban Cigars for personal use in the US and there is no history of anyone being prosecuted. Also, it has become a common practice among celebrities, military personnel, politicians and even law enforcement.

AU.S. Treasury brochure on the Cuba embargoseems pretty clear on the subject, stating that Americans can't even buy Cuban products while in foreign countries.

I rejected anabsinthe adlast year over similar qualms. When I saw that Google wasn't selling text ads for absinthe, I decided to adopt the same policy.

A Google search for the phraseCuban cigarsfinds only onecigar sellerin the sponsored ads, and that company won't export to the U.S.

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.

Everybody Carl Jung Tonight
Avoicemail messagereceived last week:

Hey, it'sMancow, we're trying to get you on the radio show here. It's an Illinois guy, he probably knows this show. But he got the pope's web site. And the story is he's going to turn it into a porno ...

I didn't get this message soon enough to return his call. I suspect that if he heard my actual plans forBenedictXVI.Com, I would have been a great disappointment to him.

WashingtonPost.Com reporter David McGuire wrote afollowup storyyesterday about how the domain has been donated to the charityModest Needswhile we await the Vatican.

I'm glad that Modest Needs founder Keith Taylor was able to put something together so quickly April 21 -- 90 percent of the 410,000 visits to BenedictXVI.Com were made by Sunday morning, and traffic has slowed to around 9,000 visits a day. (Taylor may be seeing more traffic directly on the charity'sBenedictXVI.Com page.)

Jacopo di Trani, the owner ofBenedict16.com, offers aJungian analysisof why he seeks financial reward and I chose the approval of my Catholic grandmother:

I think that C.G.Jung will say that Cadenhead primary function are his"thoughts", and his last function are his"sensations", and that my primary function is my"intuition", and my last function are my"feelings". I think (do you agree?); so it's very predictable that from all this popedomain-story I'll earn more and more cash than he will ever get . Even if he was the first (he registered his domain the 1st april, against my 14 april), even if he is the most famous (but not in czech sites!), and even if search engines give more traffic to his domain than to mine. I have only a better brandable domain and more real hair - but I'll get more cash than you, Rogers. It's only logic.

I can't address his theory. I majored in journalism -- the only way I would've learned about Jung was if I interviewed him for the school paper. In retrospect, I should have spent less time skipping classes in college to watchGeneral Hospital.

But I will concede the point about his hair.
















A Flat-Panel Revolution Is Changing the Look of Computer Monitors
The Flatiron monitors (models L1780U and L1980U) recently introduced by LG Electronics USA (www.lgusa.com) are among the slimmest flat-screens in their class.
By MICHEL MARRIOTT

After Looking Elsewhere, Microsoft Will Expand at Home
After years of indecision on whether to build a satellite campus, Microsoft has pledged to keep its growing empire in Redmond, Wash.
By HARRIET KING

Time Warner Says Data on Employees Is Lost
Time Warner reported the loss of computer backup tapes containing data including the names and Social Security numbers of about 600,000 people.
By TOM ZELLER Jr.

Let's Make Some Magic, With No Strings Attached
The appeal of wireless technology has as much to do with glamour as it has to do with practicality.
By VIRGINIA POSTREL

Latest Promotion Vehicle Is a Hand-Held Media Device. Will Anyone Watch?
Sony has given advertisers another venue in their struggle to reach increasingly distracted consumers: its PlayStation Portable.
By NAT IVES

In Shift on Intellectual Property, Microsoft Will Team With Outsiders
Microsoft announced that it would begin to license its home-grown ideas to venture capital firms and entrepreneurs.
By STEVE LOHR

At Dartmouth, Advanced Wi-Fi
Classroom movie viewing is a result of a major wireless convergence project that has taken Dartmouth's phone, cable and wireless systems and condensed them into one Wi-Fi network.
By KATIE ZEZIMA

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

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!

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!



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.

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Daily Source Code for April 25th 2005

Daily Source Code for April 25th 2005


Shownotes:
  • From Curry Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the podcast
  • CastBlasterBeta
  • Mashup: HitMaker - Feels like the first time vs. Foreigner
  • Podcast snippet: Marlaina By Ear
  • Promo: The Technoblog Audio Feed
  • Open access podcasts via sattellite
  • Out of Print Music: The Incredible Bongo Band
  • Promo: Source Code Mini
  • Podsafe Music: This and That Podcast - Podcast Star
  • Promo: Schlaflos in Munchen (Sleepless in Munich)
  • Mashup: Four Tops meet Weird Al - eBay I need your lovin'
  • Feedback:
    • adam at curry.com
    • Promos with Subject:"DSC PROMO [podcast name]"
  • Subscribe + Archives:
    • dailysourcecode.com


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.

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.


Latest Promotion Vehicle Is a Hand-Held Media Device. Will Anyone Watch?
Sony has given advertisers another venue in their struggle to reach increasingly distracted consumers: its PlayStation Portable.
By NAT IVES

Let's Make Some Magic, With No Strings Attached
The appeal of wireless technology has as much to do with glamour as it has to do with practicality.
By VIRGINIA POSTREL

The Future Calls, and Mom Says Call Back
A do-it-yourself Wi-Fi mobile phone may be the wave of the future, but don't call Mom just yet.
By SETH SCHIESEL








Time Warner Says Data on Employees Is Lost
Time Warner reported the loss of computer backup tapes containing data including the names and Social Security numbers of about 600,000 people.
By TOM ZELLER Jr.

You're Ice Cold at a Hot Spot: 7 Reasons Why
The distance between your wireless laptop and the Internet is a lot longer than you might have imagined. What can go wrong? Let us count the ways.
By DAVID POGUE

Rebuffed, Qwest Ponders the Next Move
Having dropped out of the contest to acquire MCI, the chief executive of Qwest said the company's reputation had not been hurt by the three-month bidding war.
By MATT RICHTEL

The Future Calls, and Mom Says Call Back
A do-it-yourself Wi-Fi mobile phone may be the wave of the future, but don't call Mom just yet.
By SETH SCHIESEL

Latest Promotion Vehicle Is a Hand-Held Media Device. Will Anyone Watch?
Sony has given advertisers another venue in their struggle to reach increasingly distracted consumers: its PlayStation Portable.
By NAT IVES

Let's Make Some Magic, With No Strings Attached
The appeal of wireless technology has as much to do with glamour as it has to do with practicality.
By VIRGINIA POSTREL

Your Phone Is Calling Your Car
With a new technology, a mobile phone's internal directory and call logs are displayed on a car's dashboard.
By WILSON ROTHMAN

At Dartmouth, Advanced Wi-Fi
Classroom movie viewing is a result of a major wireless convergence project that has taken Dartmouth's phone, cable and wireless systems and condensed them into one Wi-Fi network.
By KATIE ZEZIMA

Review:'Psychonauts'an Imaginative Trip (AP)
AP - With its snarky wit and twisted mental landscapes,"Psychonauts"is a video game that'll blow your mind.

Am.Tower to buy Spectrasite for$3.1 bln (Reuters)
Reuters - American Tower Corp. onWednesday agreed to buy Spectrasite Inc. for about$3.1billion in a deal that could lead to more consolidation in theU.S. wireless broadcast tower industry.

Microsoft to Offer Technology Licensing (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp. is trying to make some money off some of its spare technology, offering entrepreneurs and venture capitalists licenses to such inventions as tamperproof identification card software and computer tricks that make chintzy speakers sound top-notch.

Firefox Reaches 50 Million Downloads (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Open-source browser Firefox has topped the 50 million download mark, 171 days after its release.

Internet Cuts Need for Bike Messengers (AP)
AP - Bicycle messengers once crowded downtown traffic to deliver court papers, business documents and blueprints. Today, only one such company and one lone courier pump along on any given workday in Maine's biggest city.

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.

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.

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.

Everybody Carl Jung Tonight
Avoicemail messagereceived last week:

Hey, it'sMancow, we're trying to get you on the radio show here. It's an Illinois guy, he probably knows this show. But he got the pope's web site. And the story is he's going to turn it into a porno ...

I didn't get this message soon enough to return his call. I suspect that if he heard my actual plans forBenedictXVI.Com, I would have been a great disappointment to him.

WashingtonPost.Com reporter David McGuire wrote afollowup storyyesterday about how the domain has been donated to the charityModest Needswhile we await the Vatican.

I'm glad that Modest Needs founder Keith Taylor was able to put something together so quickly April 21 -- 90 percent of the 410,000 visits to BenedictXVI.Com were made by Sunday morning, and traffic has slowed to around 9,000 visits a day. (Taylor may be seeing more traffic directly on the charity'sBenedictXVI.Com page.)

Jacopo di Trani, the owner ofBenedict16.com, offers aJungian analysisof why he seeks financial reward and I chose the approval of my Catholic grandmother:

I think that C.G.Jung will say that Cadenhead primary function are his"thoughts", and his last function are his"sensations", and that my primary function is my"intuition", and my last function are my"feelings". I think (do you agree?); so it's very predictable that from all this popedomain-story I'll earn more and more cash than he will ever get . Even if he was the first (he registered his domain the 1st april, against my 14 april), even if he is the most famous (but not in czech sites!), and even if search engines give more traffic to his domain than to mine. I have only a better brandable domain and more real hair - but I'll get more cash than you, Rogers. It's only logic.

I can't address his theory. I majored in journalism -- the only way I would've learned about Jung was if I interviewed him for the school paper. In retrospect, I should have spent less time skipping classes in college to watchGeneral Hospital.

But I will concede the point about his hair.

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.

To Dream the Impossible Dream
Lifetime to-do list:

  1. Writehands-on tutorialfor beginning Java programmers who want to teach self language in no more than 21 days
  2. Successfully predict next pope's name
  3. End TV news segment with segueway back to anchors
  4. Be insulted in no less than five languages by total strangers
  5. Do more to helpworthy charity
  6. Become a professionally ranked tennis player.

My uncle Paul wanted to become John McEnroe as a teen, and we've disagreed for years over whether I could become ranked if I devoted myself to tennis instead of web surfing and fatty foods.

I figured if the rankings went low enough -- the ATP Tourgoes to 1307-- I might have a shot.

Paul thinks I'm an idiot, but I haven't given up the dream. At the very least, I might draw a match somewhere against a ranked pro who had to withdraw due to injury or illness.

Nestor Bricenowatch your back!

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.



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!


Microsoft Podcast
As far as I know, this is the first'official'Microsoftpodcast.Welcome!

Update: It appears this is a video podcast with wmv files, don't know how many ipodders will understand the feed...

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!



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

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

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.

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




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!

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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.


After Looking Elsewhere, Microsoft Will Expand at Home
After years of indecision on whether to build a satellite campus, Microsoft has pledged to keep its growing empire in Redmond, Wash.
By HARRIET KING

Do It Yourself: The Home Heart Defibrillator
It sounds compelling: be your household's own paramedic by wielding the electrodes that could restart a loved one's heart. But some doctors are skeptical.
By BARNABY J. FEDER

The Future Calls, and Mom Says Call Back
A do-it-yourself Wi-Fi mobile phone may be the wave of the future, but don't call Mom just yet.
By SETH SCHIESEL

In Brief: Eiffel releases tool for authoring ASP.Net pages (InfoWorld)
InfoWorld - Eiffel Software has released Eiffel for ASP.Net, a free tool for developing dynamic Web sites and Web applications in Eiffel. Eiffel's Design by Contract feature makes it easy to write bug-free code to build business-critical applications. The tool runs with the latest Eiffel compiler on both Versions 1.0 and 1.1 of the .Net Framework.

Gates touts Xbox, takes jabs at Apple (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - SEATTLE - An uncharacteristically relaxed, witty Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates gave a wide-ranging talk Monday about the future of technological innovation, while dropping hints about the company's coming Xbox game system and taking mild shots at Apple Computer's rival operating system.

Can Open Source Trust Microsoft? (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: Or, can a sheep trust a lion? I don't think so.

New Computers Make Grocery Carts Smarter (AP)
AP - New supermarket carts equipped with touch screens will guide you to the tomatoes or toothpicks, let you order deli meat without standing in line and keep a running tally of your purchases.

Speakeasy launches wireless broadband in Seattle (Reuters)
Reuters - Speakeasy Inc., a privately ownedInternet broadband provider, on Wednesday launched an Internetaccess service for businesses using new wireless technologythat it said was faster and easier to deploy than its currentbroadband service.

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.

Everybody Carl Jung Tonight
Avoicemail messagereceived last week:

Hey, it'sMancow, we're trying to get you on the radio show here. It's an Illinois guy, he probably knows this show. But he got the pope's web site. And the story is he's going to turn it into a porno ...

I didn't get this message soon enough to return his call. I suspect that if he heard my actual plans forBenedictXVI.Com, I would have been a great disappointment to him.

WashingtonPost.Com reporter David McGuire wrote afollowup storyyesterday about how the domain has been donated to the charityModest Needswhile we await the Vatican.

I'm glad that Modest Needs founder Keith Taylor was able to put something together so quickly April 21 -- 90 percent of the 410,000 visits to BenedictXVI.Com were made by Sunday morning, and traffic has slowed to around 9,000 visits a day. (Taylor may be seeing more traffic directly on the charity'sBenedictXVI.Com page.)

Jacopo di Trani, the owner ofBenedict16.com, offers aJungian analysisof why he seeks financial reward and I chose the approval of my Catholic grandmother:

I think that C.G.Jung will say that Cadenhead primary function are his"thoughts", and his last function are his"sensations", and that my primary function is my"intuition", and my last function are my"feelings". I think (do you agree?); so it's very predictable that from all this popedomain-story I'll earn more and more cash than he will ever get . Even if he was the first (he registered his domain the 1st april, against my 14 april), even if he is the most famous (but not in czech sites!), and even if search engines give more traffic to his domain than to mine. I have only a better brandable domain and more real hair - but I'll get more cash than you, Rogers. It's only logic.

I can't address his theory. I majored in journalism -- the only way I would've learned about Jung was if I interviewed him for the school paper. In retrospect, I should have spent less time skipping classes in college to watchGeneral Hospital.

But I will concede the point about his hair.

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.

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.


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

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

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.

tower cast
Micah haspostedanother Tower'cast

Can Open Source Trust Microsoft? (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: Or, can a sheep trust a lion? I don't think so.

New Computers Make Grocery Carts Smarter (AP)
AP - New supermarket carts equipped with touch screens will guide you to the tomatoes or toothpicks, let you order deli meat without standing in line and keep a running tally of your purchases.

Next-Generation Xbox to Be Media Hub (AP)
AP - Microsoft Corp.'s next-generation Xbox gaming console will be more of a digital entertainment hub than its predecessor, making it even more of a PC hybrid than ever, Bill Gates told a meeting of business journalists on Monday.

Wireless Developers Plan to Meld Bluetooth (AP)
AP - Wireless developers plan to work together to meld Bluetooth, the short-range technology that links cell phones and cordless headsets, with an emerging technology designed to beam video and other large content short distances between TVs, home entertainment systems and computers.

Once Fiorina's Bane, HP's Server Business Ready For A New Era (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard's new CEO, is barely a month into his job. But his no-nonsense focus on execution is already making its way down the chain of command.

safe in san francisco
Developments in NY have led to a brief trip to the west coast afterall. Now I'm really jet lagged :) I've got some exciting news to reportin tomorrow's Daily Source Code!

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 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


Wireless Developers Plan to Meld Bluetooth (AP)
AP - Wireless developers plan to work together to meld Bluetooth, the short-range technology that links cell phones and cordless headsets, with an emerging technology designed to beam video and other large content short distances between TVs, home entertainment systems and computers.

Once Fiorina's Bane, HP's Server Business Ready For A New Era (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard's new CEO, is barely a month into his job. But his no-nonsense focus on execution is already making its way down the chain of command.

Amazon.com to Partner With Wine Retailer (AP)
AP - Amazon.com Inc. has launched a partnership with Internet wine retailer Wine.com, hoping to move more wine shoppers online and capitalize on one of the last major retail markets that hasn't yet made a big splash on the Internet.

Can Open Source Trust Microsoft? (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: Or, can a sheep trust a lion? I don't think so.

An MTV Host Moves to Radio, Giving Voice to Audible Blogs
Adam Curry, a former MTV host who helped start the craze for the amateur audio programs known as podcasts, will produce and be host of a four-hour podcast show each weekday on Sirius Satellite Radio.
By KEN BELSON

Let's Make Some Magic, With No Strings Attached
The appeal of wireless technology has as much to do with glamour as it has to do with practicality.
By VIRGINIA POSTREL

Profit at Nortel in 4th Quarter Declined 75%on Falling Sales
Nortel's sales dropped 20 percent, as the company deals with financial restatements as well as criminal and securities investigations.
By IAN AUSTEN

The Web Behind the Scrawl
Founded by a New York University graduate student, John Geraci, last December, grafedia is a new and growing form of street art that brings together the wireless and physical worlds.
By ETHAN TODRAS-WHITEHILL

New Capabilities Breed New Accessories
On the cellphone front, gadgets and services previously known in other domains are fighting for a spot next to mobile dial pads.
By BOB TEDESCHI

Latest Promotion Vehicle Is a Hand-Held Media Device. Will Anyone Watch?
Sony has given advertisers another venue in their struggle to reach increasingly distracted consumers: its PlayStation Portable.
By NAT IVES

A Megachurch's Leader Says Microsoft Is No Match
Ken Hutcherson claims to be the person who forced Microsoft to withdraw its support of a gay rights bill before the Washington State Legislature.
By SARAH KERSHAW

You're Ice Cold at a Hot Spot: 7 Reasons Why
The distance between your wireless laptop and the Internet is a lot longer than you might have imagined. What can go wrong? Let us count the ways.
By DAVID POGUE

New Technology Is the Big Challenge for Madison Avenue's Executives
Advertising poo-bahs are gathering for an annual conference in Bermuda, where they will discuss how technology is challenging their ability to deliver commercials to consumers.
By STUART ELLIOTT

The Future Calls, and Mom Says Call Back
A do-it-yourself Wi-Fi mobile phone may be the wave of the future, but don't call Mom just yet.
By SETH SCHIESEL