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Robert Scoble has a long

Robert Scoble has a long and detailed post on the differences between Tablet PC, laptop, and Pocket PC. Very interesting, if you’re into that kind of mobility thing. [The Scobleizer Weblog]


Freshmeat now has a dedicated

Freshmeat now has a dedicated Mac OS X section. There’s even an RSS feed here.


Guardian Online posts a little

Guardian Online posts a little link to CNet’s top 100 products of 2002, and once again Jack Schofield manages an anti-Mac dig. How come the only mention Jack gives to a negative is about “the Apple Titanium G4 Powerbook’s abysmal performance with Wi-Fi wireless networks”? Strange, too, that Jack doesn’t mention that the iBook has better than average wireless performance (one of the reasons why it appears to be becoming the online geeks notebook of choice).

But then again, that would smack of balanced reporting about Apple – something that I doubt many people would accuse Jack of. [onlineblog.com]


One thing that I forgot

One thing that I forgot to say when I posted on how easy NetNewsWire Pro was to use with Radio: I also have Blogger API access turned on in Radio, and XML-RPC/SOAP access enabled. I haven’t played around yet to find out exactly which of these is really needed, but all this works for me…

However, at the moment, I’m not using it for posting. Why? First of all, I like the fact that using Radio’s News Aggregator automatically maintains a copy of mySubscriptions.opml on my server, making it available to anyone who wants to Blogroll (and this is a feature that would be really good to have in NetNewsWirePro). Secondly, my main machine is a mere 500MHz iBook, so the fewer applications I can get away with running the better!

One that that I’ll definitely try doing at work, though, is using NetNewsWire Pro on my desktop machine to post to Radio on my iBook – should be interesting…


Phil Gyford has once again

Phil Gyford has once again excelled himself, with the marvellous Pepys’ Diary project. This is a presentation of the Project Gutenberg version of Samuel Pepys’ diary, in blog form. Where does he find the time to think of this kind of brilliance?


It was only a matter

It was only a matter of time, but it seems that spammers are harvesting email addresses from rss feeds. Personally, I don’t see much spam, as I use Spamfire. It just means that my POP server has to deal with receiving more crud that only gets destroyed.


Robert Scoble has been lucky

Robert Scoble has been lucky enough to get loaned a Tablet PC – and he likes what he’s seen so far. While I agree with him that this form factor can change the way people use computers, he claims that the tablet form will be attractive to graphic artists, and that it could mean “Apple is toast in the graphic design business”.

I’m not so sure that Tablet’s will attract many professional designers. I know many, and only one uses any kind of tablet – most simply don’t draw, preferring instead to use the insanely great tools that Photoshop and Illustrator provide.

Robert also mention one of my old Apple faves – Knowledge Navigator. The Sculley-era Apple thing was Knowledge Navigator. It was never a real Apple project, more of a kind of promotional tool for the vision of where the company saw computing going. It remains, however, the most compelling vision of truly personal computing I’ve seen.[The Scobleizer Weblog]


Phil asked me when I

Phil asked me when I switched from Blogger to Radio about the way that Radio does its RSS feed. Radio lets you set both a title and a link for that title, and by default most of the time you put in the link to the story you’re referencing in the link box. However, this means that in aggregated feeds (like Haddock Blogs you click on the link, and it takes you to the original story the blogger is linking to – not necessarily the piece that you want to read.

The answer is to leave the link box in Radio blank. In this case, Radio fills in the link with the permalink to the story itself, which is what Phil (and probably many others) wanted. So that, in the future, is what I’m going to do.


Nick Monahan was on a

Nick Monahan was on a pretty ordinary trip with his pregnant wife, and ended up being fined over $300 for disorderly conduct at an airport. But this wasn’t the usual kind of “ground rage” you get when a passenger, perhaps a little the worse for wear, confronts ground staff over safety precautions.

Instead, Nick’s “crime” was simply to ask why an airport security person found it necessary, in front of a hundred other passengers, to touch his wife’s breasts and ask her to raise her shirt. In the ensuing case, Nick claims airport staff lied in statements, ignored video evidence, and generally acted like idiots.

But, and this is the ultimate point, they are idiots that thanks to ill-thought out legislation and the blanket consideration of “security” as more important than freedoms, have the law on their side. It’s an important illustration that what happens in most tyrannies isn’t a big decree from above that crushes freedom, but a million small acts by small people who now have more power over the lives of others. Power, as the old saying goes, corrupts. [Lew Rockwell]


Another new addition. Somewhere at

Another new addition. Somewhere at the bottom of the page, you’ll find a rather large icon that looks like another kind of coffee mug. This is a link to my Radio Outliner, an in interesting feature of Radio that’s in beta at the moment. It kind of works like a little scratch pad, for me to jot down things that pop into mind at any time, with notes on what I’m doing and so on.

Why is this interesting? Because potentially, it takes weblogging to another level – immediate interaction with whatever you’re doing. Of course, that takes potential distractions to another level as well – but it’s interesting, nonetheless.