Scripting News for 1/22/2007

NY Times: “The major record labels are moving closer to releasing music on the Internet with no copying restrictions.” 

Marc Canter: “IBM has validated the usage of social networking in business.” 

NPR: “January 22 is the most depressing day of the year, according to Wales-based psychologist Cliff Arnall.” 

Settop box HTTP server 

Buried in yesterday’s piece about layers of the Internet; actually only implied by it, was an idea worth emphasizing.

The day is coming when the cable TV box from Comcast or Direct has another interface coming out: Ethernet, and inside, an HTTP server. Then the TV set will have a variety of HTTP clients, in a perfect world one for each data type, but we don’t live in a perfect world, so — as many as needed. The setup screen, accessed on the TV itself or on your laptop via HTTP (the TV will also have an HTTP server) allows you to choose which player gets which content type. Sorry, even more than today, you’ll need to go to college to learn how to watch TV. Maybe then the content will improve to offer something a bit more challenging to the educated mind. But I digress.

Apple’s TV interface tethers itself to iTunes running on a desktop, but this is a world that imho, Apple is not destined to rule. Denon, the manufacturer of the receiver I just bought, is deeply in bed with Microsoft. Their interfaces are totally nestled in the Microsoft world. Somewhere there is a sales team that works for Redmond who has been touring the Far East, making deals with the home entertainment manufacturers. This means, to me, that at some point Apple will surely offer a receiver of its own, and a TV of its own. Of course Denon also has a port for an iPod (actually two, one in front and one in back). The iPod was the first device to provide content for my new stereo. No tape drive, turntable, CD player. No analog content for this crazy uncle. We’re all digital from day one.

It’s all confusing, so many deals, so many things only work with some other things. This isn’t how I like my technology. Or maybe it’s exactly how I like my technology. A few months ago I found this stuff daunting. Now, I admit, I find it inviting. πŸ™‚

And then Denon did one really nice thing, they also put an HTTP interface in there. I haven’t tried it yet, that’s my next project. Hopefully I’ll have some screen shots soon.

In the meantime, thanks to Mark Cuban for pushing my mind in a new direction. Settop boxes with fractional horsepower HTTP servers. Of course! Why not? Can’t wait. Let’s go.

10 year t-shirts? 

Raines has a good idea for the 10th Anniversary celebration.

I follow with a comment of my own.

More ideas…

An event distributed across the wifi-enabled food courts of the world? Apple Stores. We need t-shirts, buttons and hats so people know who’s a celebrant. A Flickr tag. I want a HyperCamp or two.

Maybe I’ll celebrate in NYC, make it easy for people from the US and Europe to join me. One in DC for blogging lawmakers. A blog-in like the be-ins of the 60s?

Good omen: April 1 is a Sunday. πŸ™‚

Obviously we’ll need a wiki and a mail list.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Nick Irelan on January 22, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Dave “blogging” as you call it is just a WYSIWYG website.


  2. Posted by Ann Morgan on January 22, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I was blogging in 1993 and so were a lot of other people only they were using FrontPage and Zines.
    You did not invent online writing.


  3. your dream of an http server on every box is the developer in you coming out πŸ™‚

    most likely will be some p2p solutions where you can stream media from different sources to get it faster.

    also, no one is thinking about this, except us, but if all that media is located on the central home computer…then distributing it to others would be better if it was to come from other peers rather than the “central authority.” It will also let the company save on bandwidth…

    so, you wana help Dave?


  4. Posted by Nick Irelan on January 22, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Nice comment Ann.


  5. hi,
    I just wanted to let you know that scriping news titles are being missed in the new interface of google personalized page.


  6. Posted by stephen bove on January 23, 2007 at 8:26 am

    Per this quote from the api wires this morning:

    “”The Middle East isn’t a region to be dominated by Iran. The Gulf isn’t a body of water to be controlled by Iran. That’s why we’ve seen the United States station two carrier battle groups in the region,” Burns said in an address to the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center, an influential think-tank.”

    Call me crazy, but this seems not presciently offensive, but planned to draw enemy fire (terrorist or state of Iran) thereby giving America’s war-machine a new excuse to assert itself in the middle-east.

    Given that the current Administration has 2 years left to implement a means for insuring the resilience of their real agenda (control of middle east oil fields [thwarting china] and pricing [$2.50 a gallon at the pump is not high enough]) through the upcoming Democratic resurgence, I think military confrontation with Iran is being “engineered & implemented.”


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