Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Daily Source Code for May 5th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 5th 2005


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


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

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005


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

  • From the Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the show


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

Time to make some damn announcements.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a Bite of the Apple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

















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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symphony in Eight Bits

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

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

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

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

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

Take a Bite of the Apple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

mp3

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

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

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

Daily Source Code for May 10th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 10th 2005

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


Daily Source Code for April 27th 2005

Daily Source Code for April 27th 2005



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




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

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

Daily Source Code for May 5th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 5th 2005


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


Happy Mothers Day
Happy Mothers DayMom!

Love,
Adam

Daily Source Code for May 9th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 9th 2005


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

















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

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

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

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

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

mp3

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

Daily Source Code for May 2nd 2005

Daily Source Code for May 2nd 2005


From the Clift Hotel in San Francisco

Direct link tomp3

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

Runtime: 40 minutes

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005

Daily Source Code for May 6th 2005


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

  • From the Cottage in Guildford UK
  • Directlinkto the show


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

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

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

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

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

Podshow Test Run

Podshow Test Run


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

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

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

Feedback is welcome!

mp3

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









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

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

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

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

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

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

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








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good times.

Take a Bite of the Apple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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.









Boy Meets Girl, Girl Seeks Bob
An e-mailer asksWorkbenchfor relationship advice:

... it's me and my boyfriends anniversary coming up and he always seems to somehow mention it and say how he wants it and I thought it would be a great thing to give him, no matter how weird it sounds. But I think it would be something he would enjoy, or like at least. I've looked around in all shops that could have a chance of selling older software but there aren't many where I live, I've looked around on eBay too but have had no luck, do you know where I could get it?

I don't know who's luckier -- the guy whose girlfriend would hunt down a copy of Microsoft Bob for their anniversary, or the woman whose boyfriend has such great taste in social interface software.

I'm one of the only people who has gone on record with my love forMicrosoft Bob, the mid-'90s product that has unjustly come to be known as one of the greatestdisastersin software history.

The only place I can find him iseBay, where a few go on sale each month and usually can be nabbed for under $25.

Over the last eight years, I've used eBay to find the original software, the Bob Plus Pack,Great Greetings for Boband the only two computer books written for the software:At Home With BobandMicrosoft Bob. A third book,Microsoft Bob for Dummies, was cancelled by Wiley prior to publication, robbing technical literature of a book that would have been an enduring classic.

I also acquired some great swag on eBay -- a Bob coffee mug, key chain, long-distance card, T-shirt, pin, and baseball cap -- and nearly talked a former Microsoft freelancer into selling me the documentation for companies developing Bob add-on products (he feared, perhaps correctly, that it would constitute industrial espionage).

The swag auctions higher than the software, because I am not the only imbecile willing to blow as much as $50 on Bobabilia.


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.

Everybody Carl Jung Tonight
Avoicemail messagereceived last week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But I will concede the point about his hair.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boy Meets Girl, Girl Seeks Bob
An e-mailer asksWorkbenchfor relationship advice:

... it's me and my boyfriends anniversary coming up and he always seems to somehow mention it and say how he wants it and I thought it would be a great thing to give him, no matter how weird it sounds. But I think it would be something he would enjoy, or like at least. I've looked around in all shops that could have a chance of selling older software but there aren't many where I live, I've looked around on eBay too but have had no luck, do you know where I could get it?

I don't know who's luckier -- the guy whose girlfriend would hunt down a copy of Microsoft Bob for their anniversary, or the woman whose boyfriend has such great taste in social interface software.

I'm one of the only people who has gone on record with my love forMicrosoft Bob, the mid-'90s product that has unjustly come to be known as one of the greatestdisastersin software history.

The only place I can find him iseBay, where a few go on sale each month and usually can be nabbed for under $25.

Over the last eight years, I've used eBay to find the original software, the Bob Plus Pack,Great Greetings for Boband the only two computer books written for the software:At Home With BobandMicrosoft Bob. A third book,Microsoft Bob for Dummies, was cancelled by Wiley prior to publication, robbing technical literature of a book that would have been an enduring classic.

I also acquired some great swag on eBay -- a Bob coffee mug, key chain, long-distance card, T-shirt, pin, and baseball cap -- and nearly talked a former Microsoft freelancer into selling me the documentation for companies developing Bob add-on products (he feared, perhaps correctly, that it would constitute industrial espionage).

The swag auctions higher than the software, because I am not the only imbecile willing to blow as much as $50 on Bobabilia.


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.

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.



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!