Scripting News for 1/30/2007

Matt Mullenweg on Snap: “I think this is one feature where what the masses want and what geeks prefer diverges pretty heavily.” 

MacNN: Apple pays $700,000 for bloggers’ legal fees

Fake Steve Jobs: “Well my friggin lawyers are advising me that I will have to shut down this scandalous old blog.” 

Freedom to Tinker: “Having long argued that customers can’t be trusted with MP3s, the industry will have to ask the same customers to use MP3s responsibly.” 

Denon’s NetAudio 

This morning I explored the NetAudio feature of my new Denon receiver, and found more new interesting ideas, fully implemented. Had Apple done this first, we would all have raved about how they were reinventing home audio, what Denon is doing is that good, with the usual caveat that the user interface is at best workable and at worst — slow and ugly. But it works, and that amazes me.

The first thing I did was visit the central website, radiodenon.com, enter the MAC address of the receiver, which I got from the attached devices page of my Netgear router. It needs to know the address because once a day the receiver checks with this website to see if I’ve updated my favorites, and the ID it uses is the MAC address. Then I browse through the directory, by geography, by format or by language, and added my usual favorites, WBUR, WNYC, KCRW, WJCT. And a few new ones, including Virgin Radio and the DNA Lounge. Now I’m going to wait 24 hours and come back and see if my receiver knows about it.

In the meantime, I found that there’s a minimal directory available through the fractional horsepower HTTP server in the receiver itself. I navigated through its menus, and chose WBUR, my favorite Boston radio station. Now I feel like I’m at Berkman, living in Newton, and getting ready to dig some snow!

Dear Ted 

Your geeks are taking both of us for a ride.

I was subscribing to your feed, generally reading all your updates, and now I see the feed moved.

I was going to post a note saying that it would be better if you redirected to the new feed, but then I saw that your new feed isn’t RSS, to which I ask — why??

Do you want to lose subscribers?

Because that’s what happened. I can’t read your feed anymore Ted. I’ll survive, but I will miss your posts.

You and I both have gray beards, and we knew each other when we were young lads. And that wasn’t so long ago!

Isn’t life too short to keep breaking things that work?

Your pal, Dave

Very nice integration 

I am working on a contract, so I’m sending back and forth lots of DOC format files, and this morning I noticed something nice, that works really well. I’m a Gmail user, and now there’s a link when you’re looking at an attachment that allows you to open it in their browser-based word processor. It’s by far the most convenient of the three links, esp since I don’t have a desktop word processor that reliably opens Word files. Since I’m so often critical of Google I thought it was important to say “Good job” when they do something that’s nice for users.

18 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Boris Popov on January 30, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Umm, whats wrong with his new feed? I was able to subscribe with google reader without a problem, smooth as ever. Isn’t that what matters?

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  2. Posted by David on January 30, 2007 at 11:32 am

    This particular user doesn’t care whether a feed is RSS or Atom. I care if it works. And Ted’s feed works just fine with Sage.

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  3. I can read Ted’s feed just fine in FeedDemon. The problem is that the aggregator that you (Dave) are using (Radio? Manila?) must be the only one left in the world that doesn’t support Atom. Maybe it’s time to switch to something that supports ALL of the syndication standards.

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  4. You might really like feeds.reddit.com, Dave. It’s very similar to the reader it looks like you’re using.

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  5. In the time it took you to notice the new feed and rant about Atom you could have built-in support for it into your home grown news reader. The end user doesn’t care what format is under the hood, they just want their news. Since that’s the case, any news reader worth its weight has support for all common formats and that definitely includes Atom.

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  6. Dave: I’ve put up an RSS 2.0 feed for Ted’s blog.
    http://xml.opiumfield.com/rss/ted

    Can’t guarantee it’ll always work, nor can I guarantee that it’ll do everything it should do.

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  7. Posted by Steve Smith on January 30, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Dave – are you serious? His feed moved to an Atom format and you won’t read it? How childish.

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  8. Dave – the google folks have been slowly rolling out a number of neat features.
    In the case of the Docs/Spreadsheets… the feature i like is that you can leave the files in web space and collaboratively update read etc. Also you should check out MacFUSE http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/
    and their
    GmailNotifier http://mail.google.com/mail/help/notifier/notifier_mac.html

    enjoy…

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  9. Posted by Boris Popov on January 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Tom, so why bother then? I just don’t get it. There’s nothing wrong with Atom aside from Dave’s lack of notice that world does not revolve around RSS.

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  10. Boris: because I have a script to turn Atom in to RSS an it takes me fifteen seconds to set up…

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  11. Posted by Nick on January 30, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Davem why not use RSS for the contracts?

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  12. Thanks Tom, worked perfectly.

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  13. Dave,

    I can understand the frustration about someone moving the URL of their feed.

    But I’m not sure I’m hearing you right; are you saying that you won’t read the feeds of people who syndicate their content via Atom, period?

    You know that I’ll try to persuade you otherwise if that is the case, but I don’t want to make that case if I’m simply misunderstanding you.

    -DeWitt

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  14. Posted by Anton2000 on January 31, 2007 at 1:03 am

    Hey Dave, be friendly to your oldman :-)

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6312871.stm?ls

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  15. Just in case you are not aware

    For contracts exchange electronically, you might want to checkout Echosign :
    http://www.echosign.com/

    Many bloggers have spoken favourably about tehre services and they have also received accolades from various places. Just do a technorati search on them to see the coverage.

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  16. Great to see you listen to us here at Virgin Radio. (Yay!)

    One quick question – does that mean that you had to ADD Virgin Radio to the service at radiodenon.com? It would be great to get our channels as presets on that service. Will go and play.

    J

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  17. Virgin Radio was one of the choices they offered under United Kingdom.

    I did not have to add it.

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