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Winer is a software entrepreneur and creator of RSS, the technology that allows people to skim lots of blogs i [Read More]

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A definitive list of news feeds
Yesterday I posted an item here and on Twitter suggesting a collection of RSS feeds from news orgs managed by one or more universities. There were a few responses from people who believe they at least have a good start on this, so let me flesh out th...
Scripting (David Winer)
Sunday, September 15, 2019

On this day in 2001
I was up and blogging early on this day in 2001. If you visit the site you'll find that many of the links are broken, so you might want to try the version. It's in reverse-chronologic order, so read from the bottom and scroll up. What th...
Scripting (David Winer)
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The heroes machine
Where are we left after Joi Ito resigned yesterday from positions at MIT, the Knight and MacArthur Foundations, the NY Times and Harvard? The scandal exposes how money is used by the very rich to help erase reputations they got as they got so rich. I...
Scripting (David Winer)
Sunday, September 8, 2019

The motivation for persists
Phil Windley, a developer friend from Utah, asks via email about the motivation for the persists package. Here's the story. I was writing a bit of example code for another package I am working on. I iterated over it, factoring and simplifying until ...
Scripting (David Winer)
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Persist -- a new data behavior?
In JavaScript they have const, var and let which control how things are stored. Every language has these. Using Frontier, I got used to having persistent data storage. If I created something in the object database, the kernel took care of persisting ...
Scripting (David Winer)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

How the NY Times came to support RSS
Note: I posted this story on a site in 2006, but it should be part of the archive. The history of RSS is usually told only in one dimension, it's the story of geeks fighting with geeks, so they say, but in my humble opini...
Scripting (David Winer)
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

My cat Nurse
When I was a grad student in Madison I had a cat named Nurse. I got her when I lived in NYC, between college and grad school. I got her from an ad in the Village Voice, from a woman who had dozens of cats in her Manhattan apartment. She pointed out ...
Scripting (David Winer)
Sunday, September 1, 2019

When we cover mass shootings
Let's understand the damage to lives in all dimensions. Report how many were shot. How many bodies were penetrated with bullets. Not just how many were killed and injured. The survivors' body condition should be reported. How much pain, how long rec...
Scripting (David Winer)
Sunday, September 1, 2019

My uncle's stories
My dear departed uncle had a repetoire about 100 stories. Each one took about 15 minutes to tell, and required your full attention. It was really uncomfortable, but since he was my uncle and I loved him, I put up with it, begrudgingly. By the time I...
Scripting (David Winer)
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Date formats
I ran this poll on Twitter asking which date format you would prefer. The choices were as follows: 8/30/2019, 5:51:55 PM 2019-08-30T21:51:55.810Z It's had 322 votes so far which is a lot for one of my polls. And it was pretty ambiguous in its i...
Scripting (David Winer)
Friday, August 30, 2019

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