Stewart Alsop is having many problems with his Motorola Droid:
“The software (Google’s Android plus apps both from Google and from other developers) doesn’t work and is unacceptable on a mobile device.”
Only thing is that these are problems that it appears no other Droid users are having – blatant, massive issues which anyone even glancing at the phone for five minutes couldn’t fail to see.
But Stewart’s opinion is, at seems, that everyone else is wrong and he is the only one who has seen it.
Obviously, there’s some kind of conspiracy and all the other people who have Droids and are not reporting this behaviour are in on it. As opposed to, say, Stewart having a duff phone.
Twitter with a Brain — Shotton.com:
“The example he [Dave Winer] used was wanting to un-follow a particular user for a day, then re-follow them automatically. It’s certainly possible to build this sort of functionality into an existing Twitter client, but I’d like to suggest something easier than herding all of the Twitter client authors in this direction. Specifically, rather than having the scripting support built into a Twitter client, why not just ask Twitter client authors to allow their clients to be pointed at alternate hosts that implement the Twitter APIs besides Twitter’s own servers?”
Umm…. because that would be a massive, gaping security hole?
Seriously, just because Dave thinks some kind of federated Twitter is the solution to his problem* doesn’t mean that opening up Twitter clients to evil hackery is a good idea. There already is an open source Twitter clone, in the shape of the excellent Identi.ca.
(* Dave’s issues with Twitter only appeared to start when they introduced the suggested user list and he wasn’t on it, leading to him not getting millions of followers who would have been baffled by his tweets.)