Something that might, just might, get me using my Blogger account again arrives in the shape of the Blogger for Word plug in. I’m a total Word junkie – unlike half the world, I actually love using it as a writing tool – so being able to write long posts in Word actually makes sense.
Link: Apple: A Little Curious About Rent-a-Tunes.
Two music executives tell BusinessWeek Online that Apple began asking questions about the subscription model earlier this summer, soon after Internet giant Yahoo (YHOO ) unveiled a subscription service called Music Unlimited in early May.
While Apple told those music-industry execs that it had no concrete plans at the time, it expressed interest in the strategy of potential new entrants, such as e-tailer Amazon.com (AMZN ) and search powerhouse Google (GOOG ). According to the sources, it was the first time Apple staffers asked so many questions about the subscription model.
That doesn’t mean Apple is considering a move into this segment of the market. Indeed, says one of the sources, Apple would likely consider such a move only if one of its rivals began to make serious inroads into its market dominance.
I’ve said it before (and I’ll say it again) – there would be no harm to Apple’s business model if it adopted a subscription service in addition to its current sales model. Both can peacefully co-exist, and appeal to different sorts of users.
Dave Winer’s complaining because some people at Microsoft want to use "webfeeds" instead of "RSS" in the public facing bits of Windows Vista:
Now, there’s no one to haul them into court for screwing with RSS, which is too bad, because they deserve to lose this case, but they will pay a price, because all their hard work in RSS will be for naught. How can you claim to support a feature when the name of the feature appears nowhere?
And he even gets more than a little paranoid:
I can just hear the wheels turning at Microsoft, thinking how they’ll
screw me for daring to have an opinion contrary to theirs. This isn’t
paranoia, it’s really how their logic works.
(Obligatory Winer-warning: these quotes may disappear from Dave’s site if he decides at some point to rewrite the history of his opinions… oh sorry, "make corrections".)
That a simple effort to make something more understandable to people who aren’t geeks should provoke such ire is surprising. But then, Dave really doesn’t understand usability – he is after all, someone who’s in love with OPML.