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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
More on crappy formats  —  Ahh, lots of people are getting on me for evangelizing a "crappy format."  Hey, here's the deal.  Dave might write crappy specs.  I've heard all of his specs be called crappy.  But, he does something most of the other, more superior, spec writers rarely do: he wrote an app.
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants:
Some one has to say it  —  Scoble wants OPML: … Ye gods, it's time someone came out and said something.  OPML is a really, really crappy format.  Really crappy.  I had massive headaches implementing OPML support for import/export in BottomFeeder.  Why?  Because there's no real specification.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
OPML "crappy" Robertson says  —  James Robertson: "Ye gods, it's time someone came out and said something.  OPML is a really, really crappy format."  —  James, here's the deal.  I really don't care about specs.  I'm a user here.  When users say they want something the correct answer …
James Kew / Resident Alien:   A storm in the OPML teacup
Matthew Broersma /
Eolas Wins Round vs. MS in Browser Patent Fight  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected an attempt to invalidate a far-reaching browser patent controlled by Eolas, despite fears that the patent and others like it could lead to Internet chaos.  —  The decision is a serious blow …
Discussion: iBLOGthere4iM
Tony Smith /
Dell, HP slam Intel, MS' 'erroneous' HD DVD claims  —  Our format's better.  Isn't.  Is.  Isn't.  Is.  Isn't.  Is...  Backers of the Blu-ray Disc (BD) have hit back against "erroneous" claims from Intel and Microsoft that HD DVD is the superior next-generation optical disc format for PCs.
Discussion: Cathode Tan, Joystiq and TipMonkies
Ars Technica:
Blu-ray fires back at HD DVD camp, Microsoft responds
Discussion: Gizmodo
Steven Levy / Wired News:
The Trend Spotter  —  Tim O'Reilly built an empire on computer­ manuals and conferences that make sense of new technologies.  Along the way he became the guru of the participation age.  —  Tim O'Reilly likes to walk in the dark.  Sometimes after dinner he'll head down the long dirt pathway outside …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Google Confirms Free San Francisco WiFi Plans  —  breaking.... Google is making a bid to build a San Francisco-wide free wifi network, according to company officials.  The company today filed documents in response to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's request for information for the city wide network.
Dell to stop free home delivery of computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dell Inc. (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will stop its practice of sending low-end computers to customers homes without charge in order to cut costs, the company said on Thursday.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
MIT's One Laptop per Child Movement Sponsored By Google  —  MIT's One Laptop per Child Movement Sponsored By Google  —  MIT's plans for a $100 durable laptop to be distributed to the children of the world were announced today with pictures of the laptops and the distribution plan.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
And when will there be a museum of blogging?  —  I suppose it's appropriate that we had a meeting about the future of media with old media and new, big media and small, mass media and personal at the Museum of Television & Radio's Media Center.  The big guys aren't history yet.  But I suppose they could be.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's Weblog:   The view from the top
NASA Takes Giant Step Toward Finding Earth-Like Planets  —  Are we alone in the universe?  Are there planets like Earth around other "suns" that might harbor life?  Thanks to a recent technology breakthrough on a key NASA planet-finding project, the dream of answering those questions is no longer light-years away.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Search Tips 2005  —  Here are some search syntax basics and advanced tricks for  You might know most of these, but if you spot a new one, it may come in handy in future searches.  —  A quote/ phrase search can be written with both quotations ["like this"] as well as a minus in-between words, [like-this].
Discussion: Lifehacker
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Media Central:
More two-way CableCARD products  —  Last week I mentioned the Samsung TV with full two-way digital cable support.  Samsung has more tricks up its sleeve, if this tidbit from This Week in Consumer Electronics is accurate: … The enabling hardware is indeed on the way.  It's not here yet.

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