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Radio Entry Jan 24

Recovered from the Wayback Machine


Started Alter Ego back up again. Time to do a bit deeper research into the innards of Radio 8.0.

And take a look at this conversation about WSDL that’s been going on.

I still can’t believe that Don Box sold DevelopMentor and went to work at Microsoft. I know that he’s been joined at the hip with Microsoft for years — but is this man going to be comfortable with corporate oversight? He must have negotiated a great contract (as in “I’ll do what I want, when I want to.”) I wish DevelopMentor and Don the best.



The Userland folks came through with a preferences page, allowing us to customize the graphics associated with, among other things, the permalink. Time to start playing with the look again.

Rumor has it that we’ll also have the ability to customize the extension for the file that’s generated, so that we can generate index.php or index.jsp or index.asp. This will be particularly helpful for all of us who want to incorporate the weblog pages into our server environment.

Good updates.


Boy was I wrong about AOL

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

At first I thought the reports of Red Hat and AOL in discussions were a joke. However, I found out otherwise.

I like my friend Andy’s view of the possibility at O’Reilly – chances are this is going to be a mix that won’t favor either open source or technical innovation. AOL may be business savvy (and known to be rather ruthless in this respect), but the company is also a technology killer.

John Robb thinks that AOL should package and distribute Radio as an alternative to .NET. John, apples and oranges. Radio ain’t .NET. And remember what I said about AOL being a technology killer. Radio is Userland’s baby – you sure you want to hand it over to the really, really big BigCo Suits? What’s the price of success?

Two monopolies are not better than one. A world with AOL and Microsoft sharing dominion is no better than Microsoft having dominion alone.