The brilliance of Steve Gillmor, in an open letter to
Bill Gates Ray Ozzie. He says they should get in front of the U.S. government, and give us back our own attention data. This is a nice how-do-you-do to Google and Yahoo, would undermine their strength and gets on the user’s side in the upcoming battle between Hollywood and the Rest of Us. Oddly, Microsoft is now in a position to be the outsider to Apple’s insider.
One of my Sims characters is named OPML 2.0 . He was born around the time the spec was being made public. He’s now an adult, and really into money. Having a character with such a funny name has led to some odd dialogs. :-)
An interesting essay on the BART website explains that the system doesn’t run 24 hours a day because some maintenence can only be performed when the system is down. They say that the London Underground and Paris Metro don’t run 24 hours either. It’s the one thing that Bay Area BART-lovers agree is keeping BART from becoming a standard method of transport. If you’re staying out late, you still have to drive.
Scott Beale was at Thursday’s opening of the Long Now Foundation’s public space at Fort Mason in SF.
Yesterday I pointed to an SYO-like feature from Odeo, then Biz Stone added an update that spices things up quite a bit. Here’s a look at bizstone’s inbox which is a list of the podcast feeds he’s subscribed to. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll see that this is available in RSS, which is really interesting, it’s a reverse-chronologic list of items from the feeds he’s subscribed to. Very nice. They also have an OPML rendition of this data, which is basically a list of feeds. He says they still have some work to do to get it in form for SYO, which is true, but when they do, it will also work as a reading list. It’s good to see this stuff converging. :-)