Saturday, May 07, 2005


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.

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.

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


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


'Tiger'Trips Up Some Creative Workflows (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Apple says it will cooperate with developers as they try to update their applications to work with Mac OS X 10.4. In the meantime, some companies offer workarounds.

As the iPod Stays Hot, It Risks Losing Its Cool
President George W. Bush listens to an iPod, it was learned recently. How uncool is that?
By KEN BELSON

California Dreaming: A True Story of Computers, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll
John Markoff makes a convincing case that for the ubergeeks in the 1960's, approaching drugs as they might any other potentially helpful tool was only natural.
By ANDREW LEONARD

A Blog Revolution? Get a Grip
Nick Denton, publisher of Gawker Media and its growing list of popular Web logs, is one of the most watched entrepreneurs in the business.
By TOM ZELLER Jr.

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

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

Time Travelers to Meet in Not Too Distant Future
Some students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have organized what they call the first time traveler convention.
By PAM BELLUCK

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.

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


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...

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.

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


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 :)

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.


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.

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


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




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

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


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 :)

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.

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.

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Kansas, Darwinism Goes on Trial Once More
Kansas is poised to push through new science standards this summer requiring that Darwin's theory be challenged in the classroom.
By JODI WILGOREN

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!

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!

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.



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.

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.

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.


Craigslist.org Founder Eyes Journalism (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. But the people who run the 10-year-old community Web site, which gets 8 million unique users and more than 2 billion page views per month, seem to have little interest in exploiting new sources of revenue, going public or even adding to their 18-person staff.

Siebel dogged by talk of takeover (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Siebel Systems on Thursday tried to dismiss recent speculation that it was in takeover talks with Oracle -- or anyone else.

Court Strikes Down TV Anti-Piracy Rules (AP)
AP - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows without any interference from Hollywood. A federal appeals court on Friday threw out government rules requiring built-in, anti-piracy technology to let broadcasters and studios prevent digital shows from being copied and being shown on other TVs, computers and video players.

Nokia antes up new wireless player (Reuters)
Reuters - Nokia AB, the world's leadingmobile phone manufacturer, has introduced what is by far themost advanced combination of wireless phone and MP3 player,upping the ante for devices hoping to compete against AppleComputer's iPod.

Court axes FCC's anti-piracy rules (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - A federal appeals court Friday threw out controversial regulations that would require the coming generation of digital televisions, DVD recorders and personal computers to contain anti-piracy technology.

Craigslist.org Founder Eyes Journalism (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. But the people who run the 10-year-old community Web site, which gets 8 million unique users and more than 2 billion page views per month, seem to have little interest in exploiting new sources of revenue, going public or even adding to their 18-person staff.

64-Bit Linux Is Already Here (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: While 64-bit Windows is taking its first baby steps, 64-bit Linux has been running in the enterprise for years. To which would you rather entrust your business?

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!

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.

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.

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.



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.

Take a Bite of the Apple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Computers Now Grading Students'Writing (AP)
AP - Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off— to a computer.

Google yanks two political ads attacking Reps. Pelosi and DeLay (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - A complaint this week by a conservative advocacy group over a political attack ad it tried to place on Google's Web site has again raised questions about the company's restrictive advertising policies and whether it can effectively police them.

Bloggers'Conference Emphasizes Reporting (AP)
AP - Bloggers— those Internet-based writers without rules— are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly done. More than 300 bloggers came to town Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term"the mainstream media."One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics.

Craigslist.org Founder Eyes Journalism (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. But the people who run the 10-year-old community Web site, which gets 8 million unique users and more than 2 billion page views per month, seem to have little interest in exploiting new sources of revenue, going public or even adding to their 18-person staff.

Bloggers'Conference Emphasizes Reporting (AP)
AP - Bloggers— those Internet-based writers without rules— are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly done. More than 300 bloggers came to town Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term"the mainstream media."One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics.

Siebel dogged by talk of takeover (SiliconValley.com)
SiliconValley.com - Siebel Systems on Thursday tried to dismiss recent speculation that it was in takeover talks with Oracle -- or anyone else.

Jail for'Robin Hoods'who cost Microsoft millions (Reuters)
Reuters - Four Britons were jailed on Friday forbeing part of a global gang described as"Robin Hoods"whostole expensive software from rich companies and gave it awayfor free over the Internet.

64-Bit Linux Is Already Here (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Opinion: While 64-bit Windows is taking its first baby steps, 64-bit Linux has been running in the enterprise for years. To which would you rather entrust your business?

'Tiger'Trips Up Some Creative Workflows (Ziff Davis)
Ziff Davis - Apple says it will cooperate with developers as they try to update their applications to work with Mac OS X 10.4. In the meantime, some companies offer workarounds.

Court Strikes Down TV Anti-Piracy Rules (AP)
AP - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows without any interference from Hollywood. A federal appeals court on Friday threw out government rules requiring built-in, anti-piracy technology to let broadcasters and studios prevent digital shows from being copied and being shown on other TVs, computers and video players.

Computers Now Grading Students'Writing (AP)
AP - Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off— to a computer.

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

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

California Dreaming: A True Story of Computers, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll
John Markoff makes a convincing case that for the ubergeeks in the 1960's, approaching drugs as they might any other potentially helpful tool was only natural.
By ANDREW LEONARD

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

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

Time Travelers to Meet in Not Too Distant Future
Some students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have organized what they call the first time traveler convention.
By PAM BELLUCK

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

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

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

Take a Bite of the Apple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.


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.

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!


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

In Kansas, Darwinism Goes on Trial Once More
Kansas is poised to push through new science standards this summer requiring that Darwin's theory be challenged in the classroom.
By JODI WILGOREN

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

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

California Dreaming: A True Story of Computers, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll
John Markoff makes a convincing case that for the ubergeeks in the 1960's, approaching drugs as they might any other potentially helpful tool was only natural.
By ANDREW LEONARD

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

Spending for a Rainy Day
The umbrella, while a sensible accessory, isn't always the most chic. Until now.
By MICHELLE SLATALLA

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

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.

Jail for'Robin Hoods'who cost Microsoft millions (Reuters)
Reuters - Four Britons were jailed on Friday forbeing part of a global gang described as"Robin Hoods"whostole expensive software from rich companies and gave it awayfor free over the Internet.

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.

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.

Bloggers'Conference Emphasizes Reporting (AP)
AP - Bloggers— those Internet-based writers without rules— are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly done. More than 300 bloggers traveled to Nashville, Tenn., Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term"the mainstream media."One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics.

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!

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005


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

  • From the Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the show


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

Time to make some damn announcements.

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.

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

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


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


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

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

Daily Source Code for 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


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




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

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

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

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










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

In Kansas, Darwinism Goes on Trial Once More
Kansas is poised to push through new science standards this summer requiring that Darwin's theory be challenged in the classroom.
By JODI WILGOREN

Spending for a Rainy Day
The umbrella, while a sensible accessory, isn't always the most chic. Until now.
By MICHELLE SLATALLA


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.