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12:45:42 October 4, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
The Web Canvas
Dave Winer lays down The Rule of Links. In general, he's right. But in the world of RSS, I will sometimes make a judgment call and not link to something that the reader is likely to have read. Subscriptions are a different relationship, where time is of the essence. Where I think Dave and I agree is in the judgment call.
13:24:36 September 30, 2003, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Ridiculous Optimism II
Chris Lydon's Wes Clark press conference is an eye-opener. Time for some movement on RSS enclosures in NetNewsWire please.
19:13:20 September 28, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Out of Sight
Back from the shadows again with a newly-restored T-Book. Over the past few weeks, the Mac has slowed down on reboot, 'til I made the mistake of saying yes to an OS upgrade download. Down is the operative word, as my machine just said no on reboot. Fade to black.... 6 days later and $300 lighter, I have my Big Mac back. I could have slid back to an older Powerbook, or booted an old ThinkPad, but instead I lived on my Blackberry, cell phone, and occasional glances at Scripting News, Doc, Udell, brother Dan, and Scoble. Email newsletter briefs kept me caught up with the trades. The break gave me a good chance to ponder the rhythm of the absent RSS and iSight/iChat feeds. No big surprises -- a road trip or a conference week produces much the same effect. But I did learn some important backup lessons -- my Safari bookmarks and my NetNewsWire OPML list were not protected. One was ignorance -- I still don't know where Safari's bookmarks data is stored. The OPML file doesn't appear to ...
21:56:00 September 27, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Future Art
AIM IM with [Some Buddy] 11:00AM SG: so did u see Ray's last 2 posts SB: yes SG: "where the product is going" of course, if he makes it an Outlook add-on he'll blow it bigtime SB: yeah i think groove is already dead they wouldn't sell themselves to ms ms did sharepoint SG: but sharepoint is dead from the neck up SB: yeah, but ms will bundle sell super cheap SG: free isn't cheap enough SB: like so many ms techs, it doesn't matter if it's not good it's bundled imho of course SG: of course you're right 11:05AM SB: i don't really even watch groove any more i bet ozzie is getting ready to start something else i say that w/o knowing him just by knowing ms SG: yes I bet he is starting something new, but launched out of the groove prior art SB: yes SG: with RSS all over it look at the job offerings - pay particular attention to the WS Security stuff. SB: yeah SG: he's gonna build out the groove security space with WS stack and RSS as the transport. Note that this could be easily ported to ...
12:18:19 September 22, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Silly Walks IV
Enter attention.xml. Of course it monitors my attention list, noting what feeds are in what order. Then it pays attention to what items I read, in what order, or if not, then what feeds I scan, and for how long. The results are packaged up in an attention.xml file and shipped via some transport (RSS, FTP, whatever) to Technorati. Dave has some ideas about what he will provide in return: "If you liked these feeds and items, then here are some ones you don't know about that you may want to add to your list." But the real power comes in a weighted return feed that works like this: OK, I see who you think is important and what posts are most relevant to your interests. Then we factor in their attention.xml lists weighted by their location on your list, average the newly weighted list based on this trusted group of "advisors", and return it to your aggregator, which rewrites the list accordingly. Some other benefits--pushing duplicate links down the list, providing user data that can be ...
17:34:45 September 20, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Silly Walks III
Taken in aggregate, the RSS knowledge space is like XML--self-describing, loosely coupled, and verbose. There's content there to be found nowhere else--if you have the passion and the patience to corral it. As mainstream publications join in, the content and its related context are maturing, but not without additional signal-to-noise problems. For those of us who've moved as much to RSS as possible, the efficiencies of the technology have hit a wall. It's not just that I never get to the end of my unread list. It's that each day, I get a little less far down the list. I've tried to identify the dynamic through various mechanisms. I'll scan through a feed, only drilling down on headlines that speak to strategic issues. But then I lose track of the deeper context of detailed RSS-driven full-text posts that reference other such entries, often without repetitive cross-linking. But there's a more important loss going on here that speaks to RSS's powerful virtuous circle. It's the magic ...
16:15:41 September 20, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Silly Walks II
Here's where the second part of the RSS strategy kicks in: the cliffhanger. Remember we have an understanding, you and I, in the RSS space. I may have defaulted on supplying you with clear, cradle-to-grave information that can let you determine without wiggle room whether I have anything useful to say. But I haven't foreclosed on that possibility, because I know what network programmers know--namely, that it is unlikely that I have provided the impetus for propelling you off the couch or looking for the remote to switch the channel. Instead, I've brought up something (attention.xml), that hopefully has piqued your interest, and also subtly flattered you as RSS readers by suggesting how smart you are to be engaged in this trend-setting, virally disruptive, paradigm-shifting elitist conversation. But, as Carol Liefer once said, Enough about me... What do you think about what I said? There's the rub: You know who I am, but I don't know who you are. If you're a blogger, emailer, or ...
14:38:05 September 20, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Silly Walks
At the end of John Cleese's keynote at SunNetwork, he suddenly crouched down behind the podium as the conference moderator wrapped things up. InfoWorld's Mark Jones, sitting next to me, wondered what he was up to. I hazarded the guess that he was doing something that appeared to be completely different, namely "getting out of the way", while actually calling even more attention to himself. As he said during his talk, comedy is hard. That's why he surrounded himself with the other Pythoners, to help pick up the slack when he or one of the others dropped the ball. Thus the Beatles balanced McCartney's It's getting better all the time... with Lennon's Can't Get Much Worse. Or why King George the 1st picked Dan Quayle as his running mate. RSS is all about keeping attention. It's not the fleeting attention of a headline, or an ad, or a slogan. It's the process of maintaining consciousness, establishing and retaining a connection, a thread, an idea--morphing the flow of information ...
13:40:27 September 20, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Underheard
Most interesting thing heard today at SunNetwork: Look for a Bluetooth JavaCard authentication between my Nokia 3650 camera phone and the Mad Hatter desktop. Second most interesting thing: Rich Green, Scott McNealey, Steve Jobs on a conference call spelunking for prior art in the Patent Scramble. Most interesting thing heard on phone with Jon Udell: Wouldn't it be funny if Groove turns out to be .5 billion dollar patent-proof RSS browser container. Well, that's my paraphrase, but you get the idea. Most interesting thing Scott McNealey said to me about RSS container as a work-around: Keep Jonathan [Schwartz] focused on that. Will do. Update: Most interesting thing heard today (Wednesday) on phone with Jon Udell: I love being misquoted by some guy named Steve Gillmor. Lest there be any misunderstanding here, I'm paraphrasing Jon's comment, which was said with muted sarcasm. Turns out that Jon was saying what he so eloquently proffered on his Weblogs, prior art, and virtual machines ...
17:48:12 September 16, 2003, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Prior Art
As Ray Ozzie so clearly illustrates in Saving the Browser, Notes 3.0 provides prior art to debunk Eolas' patent claims. As one who reviewed Notes for Byte, I can clearly attest to Ray's suggestion that Eolas must surely have been aware (or should have been) of the powerful hypermedia capabilities of the product. Indeed, I vividly recall querying Jack Ozzie on the details of linking Excel to Notes and vice versa, the start of an ongoing dialogue that wended its way through OLE, Microsoft's ActiveDocument technology, and the Domino evolution. When Ray first showed me Groove during a conversation for XML Magazine, I noticed Ray had inverted the relationship between the Groove "rich" client and the browser. Rather than embed Groove components in the browser, he embedded the IE control as a tool in the Groove transceiver: There are many different data models: the file-based data model, a directory-related model in the tic-tac-toe game, more of a document model in the pictures tool. The ...
11:47:37 September 13, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Free Lunch...
...but how much is the fork? A Google representative said the formerly paid services will be rolled out in the free version in the next few days, but that syndication and posting by e-mail will take longer to offer. [News.com via Scripting News Watch carefully to see what RSS they offer.
19:21:08 September 10, 2003, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
The Semantic Ned
The Bitflux Editor is Open Source since September 10, 2002. Bitflux open-sourced the fully functional Editor (with tables, lists, picture upload etc.) under the Apache License. [via Ned Batcheldor] Ned lead the Domino team that brought the Web to Notes.
19:17:14 September 7, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Identity Rent
Gary Reinacker on subscriber tracking: 1. Get a user request for the RSS feed, say /rss.xml 2. Redirect the request with a 301 permanent redirect to /rss.xml?user=123456789 There you go. If you assign users an individual ID, you can track them to some extent. You can't just look at how many times the feed has been retrieved (not relevant), but by looking at all the data in aggregate, you can tell how many users you have subscribed, the date they subscribed, the approximate date they stopped reading, and other useful data. You can tell, with pretty decent accuracy, how many individual people are reading each post. And if you are lucky enough to know something about an individual subscriber, you can customize the feed just for them. For example, with the NewsGator Tips feed, we trickle out tips one per day, based on the date you subscribed. It's not hard - you just need a smart server, and your clients need to react correctly to certain HTTP status codes. Lucky? How about swapping ...
14:49:02 September 3, 2003, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Comments
Thanks, I think, to Robert Scoble for paraphrasing my RSS addiction. His pass-along of my enthusiasm for this seminal technology sparked several comments, all of which underline my concern about their role in the RSS mindquake. First was Dare Obasanjo: I read his blog. He isn't kidding, all he writes about is RSS and how it is the second coming. I haven't such hyping since the dot bomb days. As you can see from previous posts, particularly Private Life II, I've been on this jones since well before the .bomb days. Do a Google on "information router Gillmor" and check out my InfoWorld column of a year ago. Next was a typical example of the weakness of comments in weblogs from someone codenamed DD: Like his brother, Steve Gillmor walked off the sane field quite awhile ago. One note broken record. No email address, no blog reference. I do wish OneNote was available for the Mac, though. Finally, a measured comment from Phil Wolff, who has contributed eloquently to the RSS conversation: ...
16:24:47 September 2, 2003, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Conversation with Jonathan Schwartz Part II
Gillmor:How does Microsoft make their money work for them against this? I know you don't want to answer the question. Schwartz:No, I can do my best to answer the question but I can only posit; I'm on the outside looking in and despite their $45 billion in cash and the fact that they fleeced the economy of $6 billion in free cash in one quarter while the industry is suffering... Gillmor:Well, other than that. Schwartz:Other than that, they have failed, despite their wealth, to penetrate the mobile handset marketplace. They failed utterly. Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, Ericson have just obliterated Microsoft in the mobile handset world. They have failed in the gaming marketplace where Sony has obliterated them. They've failed on the set-top box marketplace where the OCAP (OpenCable Application Platform) standards are going to obliterate them. So Microsoft has failed to do anything other than successfully exploit one product over which they have monopoly control -- which is Windows. ...
11:57:39 August 28, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Conversation with Jonathan Schwartz Part 1
Conversation with Jonathan Schwartz, Executive VP and chief of Sun software, at JavaOne: Schwartz: What did you think of the keynote? Gillmor:I was doing a Netseminar for CRN. Schwartz:What did you hear about it? Gillmor:I didn't hear a lot about it. Your operation has been widely successful so it wasn't about cult of personality as much as it was about data. So I would think that that would be successful from your perspective. The momentum that is clearly being shown here must be very pleasing. Schwartz:I'm thrilled, there's such a buzz down there (gestures down at the JavaOne show floor.) Gillmor:I don't know about down there. It's hard to get a handle on the crowd, the developers. The keynotes have been pretty full, right? Schwartz:They've been packed; there's been standing room only. And there's some good stuff. I just wished we had the HP-Dell announcements yesterday. Gillmor:But it all was said today. Schwartz:What we had to show today was -- Gillmor:Web services, right? ...
09:34:16 August 27, 2003, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Blog down on the web but...
you can still get the full text on the RSS feed. But you knew that if you are reading this. Hopefully the outage will get fixed over the weekend. UPDATE: back in business.
15:39:39 August 23, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Private Life III
With Microsoft taking the Longhorn view, Chandler betting on RDF, and Sun postponing OS/X OpenOffice to '06, what can we do in this lifetime? After video conversations with Gary Burd, Dave Sifry, and players to be named later, here's the plan: 1. Get Panther. This will cost $500 for an entry level developer license today. 2. Investigate the new Mail APIs and the new TextEdit developer kit (if it exists). 3. Develop Gary Burd's idea of a brute force private Google built on top of a local IMAP store hosted in Mail.app. 4. Produce NetNewsWire plug-in from #3's work and contribute it to Brent Simmons with all possible speed. 5. Use NNW plug-in framework to develop additional extensions for converting iChat AV/AIM/Rendezvous presence and message attempts into RSS feed. 6. Investigate wiring #5's feed to iSync for persistent calendaring and scheduling. 7. Work with Mozilla-based cross-platform aggregators to migrate to Windows/Linux base. 8. Watch Microsoft and Google scramble to catch up.
17:45:02 August 22, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Private Life II
Lotus Notes came closest to a vehicle for private information capture. Its eat-your-own-dogfood development model bootstrapped LotusScript to model the emerging email client and the transition to a Web-based template for Domino's URL-addressable infostore. Building on the core note-based infrastructure proved reasonably flexible for mail, less so for personal and especially group calendaring and scheduling. Notes' Rubicon was the 4.5 release, where the opportunity to turn the native client into an information routing console was damned with faint praise. You could drag and drop certain objects to the left side of the interface, but attempts to persist web pages were torpedoed by the client's braindead native HTML 3.2 browser "capture" tools. I can't tell you how many times I had this conversation with Lotus officials--oh oh, here comes Gillmor with his info-router schtick again. Why would anyone need the ability to capture and route items of interest around a private network? Oh, ...
15:14:31 August 22, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Private Life
The faint stirrings of a revolt against email should not be misconstrued as the long-awaited (at least by me, Chris Pirillo, and Adam Curry) tipping point. Email will continue to function as long as RSS thought leaders remain tactical in their approach. By this I largely mean those who want to bootstrap the email client as the mechanism for adding persistence, searching, and filtering. It may be seductive for small startups to grab a quick ticket on the .Net runtime, but the work may just be free R&D for Microsoft, whose only current (pre '06) option is to piggyback on Outlook. Or more precisely the entire desktop/server/Yukon/OS platform. None of Redmond's "strategic" leaks about MSN job opps will send fear, uncertainty, or doubt into the hearts of anybody else. Remember the Journal feature of Outlook? If you don't, it's because it's been buried since shortly after its release way back in Office 97. When the Tablet PC's Journal shipped, MS was quick to note (pardon the expression) ...
13:08:45 August 22, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Top of the Pops
When Gates III retires, there'll be a war between employees who want to freeze his (executive virtual) head so they can keep going back to the Oracle of his wisdom, and the new executive structure that will want to fix what they know is limited in the "What Would Bill Do?" response. [Jeff Angus] Note: Angus' blog has no RSS feed, an artifact of Google/Blogger's tactical decision to only provide such access via the paid version of the service. Am I correct in assuming that Google doesn't want to move people from a web-only model to one that could eventually provide offline persistence?
12:45:35 August 18, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
The Death of Email
Not everyone in the RSS community is as bullish as Gillmor. "I can see the headline now, 'Death of E-mail. News at 11,'" said Kevin Burton, who created the aggregator NewsMonster. "I don't think so." [Wired via Scripting News] Me neither. It'll show up in RSS at 11.
12:04:18 August 18, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Free at last
This free model will be the ruin of us yet. After all, the free browser destroyed Netscape, Microsoft, and everyone else who tried to seed market share. Now McDonalds is going belly up with their free WiFi service - I'll gladly trade free WiFi today for a burger today, or something like that. Then there's the meeting I had yesterday with a colleague at a coffee house that provides free WiFi. Sure, the decaf latte in a bowl was delicious, but that free WiFi must be dragging them into oblivion by the megabyte. I can't figure out why media types like this kind of story so much. Is it Lee Gomes disease--where the worm goes to the first bird to identify a corruptive technology? Interestingly, I thought corruptive was a coined word, but the Mac spell check let it pass without a squiggle. Wait a minute--is Apple giving away red squigly lines without specifically including them on the bill? Or conversely, how much are they charging for that feature set--or the componentization that spreads ...
17:38:08 August 14, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Step by step
Microsoft is "focusing on the first version right now--standard edition," the spokeswoman said. She also said the standard edition will offer out-of-the-box enterprise-grade instant messaging features, the ability to build presence-awareness applications and the capability to "turn on" the presence features in Office 2003. [CRN Breaking News] Key quote: Channel sources said they had expected the Office Live Communications Server 2003 to be priced more affordably, but that the cost is in the same ballpark as Lotus' instant messaging product. IBM and Microsoft fight the last war, while Apple ships videoconferencing that works and platform components that enable RSS information routing. Office Live Server: $929 iSight: $150 AIM: free RSS: priceless.
15:47:11 August 11, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Mills to go before I sleep
From a corporate point of view, has Lotus been assimilated at this point? Entirely. We now assimilate with speed. The Lotus subsidiary lived on for a period of time but ceased to make sense after a while. That was fine in '95, but it doesn't make sense going forward. What is the future of office-type suites? The office-system-type approach is where the world was. Where it is going is to collaboration services. The world is going to in-context use, which is where the Lotus portfolio is going. [Steve Mills]
15:18:07 August 11, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Who You Gonna Call?
There's a term in the record business for a certain type of player, one who although technically proficient, somehow subtracts from rather than adds to the track. The best way to describe this is by telling you about the opposite. One such musician is Hiram Bullock. I once was in a session where Hiram overdubbed a guitar part on top of players including David Sanborn, Mike Manieri, Warren Bernhardt, Steve Kahn, and Steve Gadd. As Hiram did his first take, the track seemed to come to life in subtle ways. Mind you, the track was already solid, and Hiram was adding not a lead but a rhythm part. The result was eerie--for the life of me I couldn't hear the part, just its effects. On playback I could solo the track to confirm it was there, or mute it to undo its magic. Hiram was, and is, the opposite... of a groovebuster. Jon Udell is that way too--as far from being a groovebuster as you can get. He is smart, fair, and sharing with the joy of technology--its ability to challenge the ...
21:51:53 August 10, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Niagara Falls III
Ev'rybody's talking about Borgism, Blogism, Dragism, Dropism, Tagism, Pragmatism This-ism, that-ism Isn't it the most All we are saying is give peace a chance All we are saying is give peace a chance Ev'rybody's talking about RSS, RDF, Plug-ins and Namespaces, Mozilla and Safari and URIs and UIs, And bye bye, bye byes. All we are saying is give peace a chance All we are saying is give peace a chance Let me tell you now Ev'rybody's talking about OS/X, Longhorm, Yukon, Hailstorm, Persistence. Business Models, Mr. Safe, Standards Bodies, Technorati All we are saying is give peace a chance All we are saying is give peace a chance Oh Let's stick to it Ev'rybody's talking about Dave Winer, Doc Searls, Robert Scoble, Brent Simmons, Tim Bray, Sam Ruby, Don Box, David Sifry, Mark Pilgrim, Jon Udell, Dan Brickley All we are saying is give peace a chance All we are saying is Niagara Falls
20:01:23 August 8, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Niagara Falls II
Clay Shirky is the Adlai Stevenson of Team RSS. Maybe Adlai couldn't elect his way out of a paper bag, but when the chips were down he made the case with elegance, intelligence, and iron. No 16 word retractions for him, were there? As Dean of Social Software (uh, Morse Science High) Clay has lent a sense of fractal form and structure to the swirling chaos of intersecting disruptive technologies. As a B- student with a major in extra-curricular activities, I've always admired your intellect but recoiled a bit from the analytic nature of your work as I told Clay in email recently. But now, I continued, you're actively engaged at the heart of the conversation, and given the nature of the RSS struggle, your insights couldn't come at a better time. For me, something had changed. The best evidence was Clay's ETcon keynote, A Group is its Own Worst Enemy. I've been interested in this sort of problem since the early 90s, and have been after it in a serious way for the last couple of years, ...
15:29:30 August 8, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps
Niagara Falls
"Google Don't Fail Me Now..." I muttered. I was searching for the definitive citation to what I remembered as the classic Abbott and Costello routine Niagara Falls. You know, the one where the mere mention of the words sent some psychotic off the deep end. Slowly I turned... Step by step... Inch by inch... It turned out the bit was first filmed by The Three Stooges in a 1944 short called Gents Without Cents. According to the Abbott and Costello Quarterly:FAQ, Bud and Lou first performed it on film the same year as Pokomoko, and only much later on television with Sid Fields in the Jail episode. That's where I first saw it. Others may have seen it as an I Love Lucy episode. The FAQ explains: No, Bud and Lou didn't originate the "Niagara Falls" (a.k.a. "Slooowly I Turned") routine; it is an old burlesque bit. As A&C screenwriter Harry Crane explained in the book, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, %A0"That [routine] is a burlesque classic; all the comics knew it, and there were even ...
12:07:12 August 8, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Steve Gillmor's Emerging Opps