Friday, May 06, 2005











A New Photoshop Makes Retouching Reality (Somewhat) Easier
Adobe Photoshop, the world's most popular photo-editing software, has added some new features. What could it possibly have been lacking?
By DAVID POGUE

Earth Has Become Brighter, but No One Is Sure Why
The brightening could partly explain the record-high global temperatures reported in the late 1990's, and it could accelerate the planet's warming trend.
By KENNETH CHANG

Internet Phones Arrive at Home (and Some Need No Computer)
For those with high-speed online connections, Internet calling and videoconferencing are finally taking off. So is the selection of tools.
By DANIEL TERDIMAN

I.B.M. Job Cuts Will Hit Europe Especially Hard
I.B.M.'s job cuts will fall heaviest on Germany, France, Britain and Italy, where the costs are high and growth prospects have been dim.
By MARK LANDLER

Taxis to Go High Tech With Credit Cards and Commercials
Riders will have to wait longer until they can use credit cards in all New York City taxicabs, and they may have to endure commercials in the back seat.
By SEWELL CHAN

After Cost-Cutting, MCI Posts a Small Loss
MCI Inc. posted a small loss in the first quarter as it made deep cost cuts to offset steep declines in revenue.
By KEN BELSON

Internet Phone Company Raises$200 Million in Venture Capital
Vonage's deal constitutes one of the largest single rounds of venture capital financing in the last decade.
By MATT RICHTEL

In a Reverse, Microsoft Says It Supports Gay Rights Bill
Faced with unrelenting criticism from employees and gay rights groups, Microsoft announced that it was once again in support of a gay rights bill in Washington state.
By SARAH KERSHAW

Antipiracy Rule for Broadcasts Is Struck Down
The rule required computer and television makers to use new technology to limit copies and distribution of digital programs.
By STEPHEN LABATON

Judge: Seizure of Camera Phone a Violation (AP)
AP - Police officers overstepped their authority when they seized a camera cell phone from a man accused of taking compromising photos of an unconscious woman on the beach, a judge ruled.

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

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.

@podder
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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!

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.

server overload
Looks like I underestimated the bandwidth currently needed for my podcast!Unbelievable amounts of requests result in poor performance. We'll upgrade the pipe this afternoon. Your patience is appreciated :)

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

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.

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











Off the Couch, Deeper Into the Psyche
Reviews of three new adventure games: Psychonauts, White Chamber and Still Life.
By CHARLES HEROLD

A Ribbon Runs Through It
Spring's most feminine fashions are bedecked with ribbons and bows.
By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM

Taxis to Go High Tech With Credit Cards and Commercials
Riders will have to wait longer until they can use credit cards in all New York City taxicabs, and they may have to endure commercials in the back seat.
By SEWELL CHAN

A New Photoshop Makes Retouching Reality (Somewhat) Easier
Adobe Photoshop, the world's most popular photo-editing software, has added some new features. What could it possibly have been lacking?
By DAVID POGUE

Small Speakers Improve That Tiny Laptop Sound
To improve the dismal audio quality of their laptops, travelers can now try the SPC-400 Sound Effects Notebook Sound Case.
IAN AUSTEN

Stop Them Before They Shoot Again
Digital cameras are taking billions more pictures than anyone wants to see. The notion is finally dawning that perhaps less may still be more.
By AMY HARMON

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.
MICHEL MARRIOTT

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

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

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


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!

pipe cometh
OK, the floodgates are about to open up on the server, throughput anddownloads should start to work for everyone in the next few hours.

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.

Backup Trauma
Now here's anad campaignthat works

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!

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

Internet Phones Arrive at Home (and Some Need No Computer)
For those with high-speed online connections, Internet calling and videoconferencing are finally taking off. So is the selection of tools.
By DANIEL TERDIMAN

Earth Has Become Brighter, but No One Is Sure Why
The brightening could partly explain the record-high global temperatures reported in the late 1990's, and it could accelerate the planet's warming trend.
By KENNETH CHANG

A New Photoshop Makes Retouching Reality (Somewhat) Easier
Adobe Photoshop, the world's most popular photo-editing software, has added some new features. What could it possibly have been lacking?
By DAVID POGUE

Share Your Disk Space Without the Setup Confusion
The SimpleShare, a server from SimpleTech, requires little setup work: it plugs into Ethernet networks and in most cases is accessible from a Web browser without additional configuration.
THOMAS J. FITZGERALD

Tip: Getting Dreamweaver to Run on Tiger (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - When Sean Gallagher installed Mas OS X Tiger on an iMac G5, Macromedia Dreamweaver hung up trying to"reactivate."Fortunately, the fix was pretty easy.

Axe to fall heavily at IBM, unions fear (Reuters)
Reuters - IBM employees in France are bracing forbigger job cuts than the 800 to 1,000 posts that unions saywere already set to go before the world's largest computercompany unveiled a far-reaching restructuring this week.

Court Blocks TV Anti-Piracy Tech Rules (AP)
AP - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows later, after all.

Intel's CEO says WiMAX competitive with DSL, cable (Reuters)
Reuters - Intel Corp. Chief Executive CraigBarrett said on Friday that new wireless high-speed datatechnologies would be competitive with Internet links providedby cable and phone companies.

Review: OpenOffice a Strong Competitor (AP)
AP - It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result? The competition is back and, this time, it's free!

AOL Mixing More Free And Pay Services (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - America Online is doing two things at once, but both have the same goal: boosting revenue and profit for what remains the largest Internet service provider.

Anti-Piracy'Flag'Was Never Popular (AP)
AP - The consumer technology industry never embraced the"broadcast flag."The idea of embedding computer code in video to prevent it from getting loose on the Internet wouldn't just frustrate consumers but also stifle innovation and drive up costs, many in the tech industry say. And that's presuming the scheme is technically feasible.

Craigslist.org Founder Fights Fraud (AP)
AP - The number of people who use Craigslist.org is expanding at more than 100 percent per year— a growth rate any venture capitalist would covet.

Big media companies weigh blog strategies (Reuters)
Reuters - Internet blog Engadget created a stiramong digital game lovers when it wrote that Microsoft Corpwill give away thousands of its new Xbox video gameconsoles in a promotion with soda maker PepsiCo
Bloggers Learning Tools of Reporting (AP)
AP - Bloggers— those Internet-based writers without rules— are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly written.










AOL Mixing More Free And Pay Services (Investor's Business Daily)
Investor's Business Daily - America Online is doing two things at once, but both have the same goal: boosting revenue and profit for what remains the largest Internet service provider.

Axe to fall heavily at IBM, unions fear (Reuters)
Reuters - IBM employees in France are bracing forbigger job cuts than the 800 to 1,000 posts that unions saywere already set to go before the world's largest computercompany unveiled a far-reaching restructuring this week.

Review: OpenOffice a Strong Competitor (AP)
AP - It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result? The competition is back and, this time, it's free!

Appeals court strikes down rule on digital TV copy protection (AFP)
AFP - A US appeals court struck down a regulation requiring makers of television sets to be equipped with technology to prevent unauthorized copying of digital broadcasts.

Court Blocks TV Anti-Piracy Tech Rules (AP)
AP - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows later, after all.

Tip: Getting Dreamweaver to Run on Tiger (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - When Sean Gallagher installed Mas OS X Tiger on an iMac G5, Macromedia Dreamweaver hung up trying to"reactivate."Fortunately, the fix was pretty easy.

Catalyst Releases New Supply Chain Software (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Supply chain software vendorCatalyst International, Inc. has released CatalystComplete 9.2, an upgraded application suite that supports the core technology stack of IBM (NYSE: IBM) and targets easy integration with SAP (NYSE: SAP) or other warehouse management systems.

Intel's CEO says WiMAX competitive with DSL, cable (Reuters)
Reuters - Intel Corp. Chief Executive CraigBarrett said on Friday that new wireless high-speed datatechnologies would be competitive with Internet links providedby cable and phone companies.

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!!

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 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


@podder
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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

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.

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 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


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...





























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.

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.

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

pipe cometh
OK, the floodgates are about to open up on the server, throughput anddownloads should start to work for everyone in the next few hours.

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.

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.


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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


A New Photoshop Makes Retouching Reality (Somewhat) Easier
Adobe Photoshop, the world's most popular photo-editing software, has added some new features. What could it possibly have been lacking?
By DAVID POGUE

Stop Them Before They Shoot Again
Digital cameras are taking billions more pictures than anyone wants to see. The notion is finally dawning that perhaps less may still be more.
By AMY HARMON

One Remote to Rule Them All: TV, DVD, Lights, Air-Conditioning
With its 3.5-inch color touch screen, the Nevo SL might be mistaken for a media player or a hand-held video game. But it is a wireless remote control that its makers, Universal Electronics, promise is truly universal.
MICHEL MARRIOTT

I.B.M. Job Cuts Will Hit Europe Especially Hard
I.B.M.'s job cuts will fall heaviest on Germany, France, Britain and Italy, where the costs are high and growth prospects have been dim.
By MARK LANDLER

Now, iButtons for the iPod; Soon, iCuff Links and iTie?
The iTop Button Relocator for the iPod has a unique surface that users can recognize immediately.
ANDREW ZIPERN

Programs That Start When XP Does
My Windows XP machine takes forever to start up. How can I tell what programs are loading during the start-up process?
By J.D. BIERSDORFER

After Cost-Cutting, MCI Posts a Small Loss
MCI Inc. posted a small loss in the first quarter as it made deep cost cuts to offset steep declines in revenue.
By KEN BELSON

Microsoft to Lease Some Ideas to Start-Ups
Microsoft said that it would license its home-grown ideas to venture capital firms and entrepreneurs, in an effort to open its technology to outsiders.
By STEVE LOHR

Off the Couch, Deeper Into the Psyche
Reviews of three new adventure games: Psychonauts, White Chamber and Still Life.
By CHARLES HEROLD


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.

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.

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!

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.


Spokane Paper Risked Scoop by Tipping Off Mayor to Probe (Editor and Publisher)
Editor and Publisher - NEW YORK Near the end of the three-year investigation that led to a front-page story today alleging sexual misconduct by the mayor of Spokane, Wash., the Spokesman-Review there took an unusual step -- hiring a"forensic computer expert"to verify Mayor Jim West's online activities by posing as a young man.

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.

Apple Grabs More of Flash Market (NewsFactor)
NewsFactor - Apple Computer's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPod Shuffle has expanded its share of the U.S. flash player MP3 market, growing from 43 percent in February to 58 percent in March, according to research firm NPD.

Review: Cheaper Laptops Full of Features (AP)
AP - When you're buying something as pricey as a new laptop, it takes courage to stray from the comfort of established names like Dell, IBM and Sony. And it's the sort of courage that can easily lead to"penny-wise, pound-foolish"regrets after the purchase.

Qualcomm Adds Linux Support To 3G Chipsets (TechWeb)
TechWeb - CDMA chipset vendor adds Linux support to one product now and will include it in future 3G chipsets.

REVIEW: OpenOffice a Strong Competitor (AP)
AP - It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result? The competition is back and, this time, it's free!