19 Oct 2000 Dacta   » (Journeyer)

Internet

Registered www.ThisIsNotTV.com today. Why? Because I can and it's not. That will go well with my other unused domain name www.CorporatePropaganda.com. One day I'll get around to doing something with them, I swear.

Standards

There is some interesting discussion on the RSS-DEV (can't find the link at the moment) and Syndication lists at the moment. They are both trying to extend the RSS syntax, which is weird because Netscape (who originally created the format, so probably has the only real case for ownership) isn't involved at all. Now we have the case where no one owns the standard, so no one can really have the final say. No one can even agree what RSS stands for(Rich Site Summary, RDF Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication). Rael from O'Reilly posted a RSS v1.0 spec back in August, but that was met with a lot of disapproval from some sectors because it involved using the full (very ugly and complicated) RDF syntax, and had modularised extensibility. That's fine, but it's not really anything like the original RSS which is simple and easy to use. Originally, I was a pro-v1.0 spec person, but now I've changed my mind and thing the v1.0 spec should be the basis of a new RDF-based syndication format, with none of the baggage of RSS. After all, that is what it is, and the only reason it is called RSS is to make it sound more familiar to the users.

Other

Had a blackout here last night, from 7:30pm until 1:00am or something. I went to bed at 9:00 and started Kim Stanley Robinson's The Memory of Whiteness by the light of my nightstick bike light. Gee, that thing is bright! When I ride with it, it scares other cyclists because they think it is a car coming up behind them - now I see why. It's brighter than my normal reading lights. TMOF is a good book (going by the first 45 mins reading / 47 pages, at least!) - as you would expect from KSR.

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