Scripting News for 11/13/2006

Engadget: “Our experience with the first version of the Zune software this afternoon is much like that of many version 1 software experiences. It sucks.” 

Nick Douglas leaves Valleywag, you heard it here first.  

Sheila Lennon wonders what version of the web will they use on the Starship Enterprise. Beam me up! 

Nick Bradbury: “The Semantic Web may happen, but if it does, it’s going to be a helluva lot messier than the architects would like.” 

Google Blogoscoped: “I asked several bloggers about their most popular, or one of their most popular, blog posts.” 


TechCrunch on Confabb. “A new service launching today that offers a centralized place to find information about all kinds of conferences.”

First, an important disclaimer — I am an investor in Confabb. I believe in the product, it’s a simple but incredibly useful tool for conference managers, speakers, participants. I put together something much more limited than Confabb for the four conferences I have done, my tool was hard to use, and it was missing important features, but it worked. Next time I do a conference, I’ll use Confabb to organize it. You can find out who’s going to what sessions, see what other conferences people participated in, publish your own conference itinerary and look at those of your friends. It’s a metadata-rich application, kind of a no-brainer, you have to wonder why no one has done this before. When I saw it, I immediately recognized the power.

Examples: Le Web, TechCrunch party in NY, Web 2.0.

Scoble’s interview with Salim, recorded here in Berkeley yesterday, he explains just how awesome the product is.

Technorati linkage about Confabb.

The Confabb weblog.

Dueling Markoffs 

Imagine John Markoff on the banjo, playing with Tim O’Reilly also on the banjo, except Markoff calls his instrument Banjo 3.0, and you get some idea how surreal tech publishing has become. Markoff, theoretically the top technology journalist in the world, and O’Reilly who many believe publishes the best howto and reference books (I’m among them) seem to think somehow this BS matters! I know why O’Reilly wants to perpetuate the myth that anyone understands wtf Web 2.0 is, but why would Markoff and his NY Times bosses want to get into this fray? If you have a clue, please post a comment.

What a day! 

Yesterday was a super-interesting and sweet day here at The House that RSS Bought. First, NakedJen came over from Santa Cruz, and we went for a walk up and down and up the hill, then we took some (warning, not work-safe!) pictures here and Scoble and Patrick came over. Patrick and I went into the den to watch Ice Age 2, while his dad interviewed Jeff Ubois. Salim Ismail came over, he also did an interview with Scoble, and a demo (more on that later).

Jen showed me how to use my food processor (never been used) and then went back to Santa Cruz. The remaining partiers went down the hill for Chinese. I came back up, made some delicious carrot soup, easy with the food processor, then Sylvia called and I walked up the hill to her house to hang out with Richard Stallman and Henri Poole. I had never met Stallman, and contrary to his rep on the net, he’s a warm, considerate person, definitely with a very specific focus (free software) but very different from the way people portray him. A very interesting and stimulating Sunday in Berkeley! 🙂

12 responses to this post.

  1. Dave, after clicking through to that photo of NakedJen, the phrase, “Jen showed me how to use my food processor” will never be the same.


  2. Posted by th0m on November 13, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    the semantic web is the worse idea out there, unless you consider all the others…


  3. I’d tweak Nick’s comment a little : “The Semantic Web is happening, and it’s a helluva lot messier than the architects would like.”

    Nice house, btw.


  4. Dave, this could be setting up for years of “Daddy, are we there yet?”
    Everybody has a different idea of what’s next, what’s news.

    Would the Star Trek replicator be Web 4.0 or Web 11.0?


  5. Sheila, that’s fantastic!

    What version of the Web do they run on the Enterprise?

    Outstanding!! 🙂


  6. I always loved that small screen of blue light that Spock looked into to answer just about any question they had.


  7. Nov 13, 2006
    Stop Frist from lying to the press. Stop the scandal.

    “Change can be tough,” said Frist, R-Tenn.,
    whose self-imposed 12-year term limit in the
    Senate comes to an end in seven weeks. “That
    is a very powerful message from the American
    people: Move forward and move forward together.”

    Nobody ever said, before the election results, that the American people were voting to move forward together. Frist made that up. He is lying and should be stopped.

    Bill Donohoe


  8. My comment on Confabb, from here:
    Confabb, a conference tracking community launching today looks like a great resource for atendees and speakers, but for me one thing stands out: there is no “Mobile” subcategory. Not under Technology and Telecom, not under Computers and Internet, not anywhere. No “Mobile” for you. C’mon Old-Time Webheads (© Rawsocket 2006), when will you stop ignoring us?


  9. Winer meets Stallman for the first time? That’s a story that deserves a lot more than just that aside. What did you guys talk about? What are the points of agreement / disagreement? What does Stallman think of Winer etc. etc.


  10. Congratulations, Dave! Nakedjen has blessed your home! This is very good luck, you know. Double happiness. Good health. Enlightenment. And, best of all, parking spaces will appear at your command, very important in your neck of the woods.

    Santa Cruz women rule! (flashes weird “SC” gang sign; teenage daughter is mortified; dog starts howling for no apparent reason)


  11. Dave, the NYGT and most newspapers are very linear. Therefore, if there’s an existing Web 2.0 it’s obvious there mjust be a Web 3.0 in the wings. The New York editors cast about their brains and think “Google Mashups are Web 2.0, therefore, Web 3.0 will be search.”
    Markoff gets called and asked “what’s next in search?” HEe pauses about a microsecond asnd says “the semantic web.”
    Voila a cover piece is borna,albeit absent any “warning fatal wreck ahead” road signs.
    Next question?
    My you’ve been a very daring boy, Dave
    the dude abides,
    jim Forbes


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