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Thursday, October 27, 2005

chuck called it a week ago

I don't quote Charles Krauthammer very often, but he reveals an almost swami-like predictive power in his column 6 days ago on Friday, October 21st, "The Only Exit Strategy":

"Hence the perfectly honorable way to solve the conundrum: Miers withdraws out of respect for both the Senate and the executive's prerogatives, the Senate expresses appreciation for this gracious acknowledgment of its needs and responsibilities, and the White House accepts her decision with the deepest regret and with gratitude for Miers's putting preservation of executive prerogative above personal ambition."

spooky or just inside the beltway prescience? from way out here in SF, it's spooky.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

developer humor

In our XML API Trivia Game today, developers showed some levity in an otherwise all-business-all-the-time forum.

Highlight: developer auroradark posting a faux System Announcement in response to John Darrow's v. creative "MyPost" API call, after getting busted by developer kilsek-ddd for attempting to re-engineer his initial response.

Is this bad that I think this is hilarious?

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

first developer forums mash-up sighting

PHP 4 + AJAX + eBay XML API + Google Maps API + eBay Affiliate API Tier = one slick looking mash-up, posted about in our Tech Soup forum.

Adam's eBay Motors/Google Maps mash-up was one of the originals, but i predict these equations and associated flexibility are going to be more and more interesting to tinker with.

evangelism by example = effective.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Harriet! Har-ee-et.

Topic: Harriet Miers as the replacement for Sandra Day O'Conner, the swing vote up for grabs in the 2004 Presidential Election, when Karl Rove taught us all a thing or two about the value of repetitive monosyllabic talking points and politics from the pulpit. (Forget the whole Valerie Plame mess for a moment):

Ms. Miers:

a) a hard-hearted harbinger of haggis (axe murderer)
b) a pitbull in size 6 shoes (W)
c) a Texas crony with mediocre credentials (National Review: Michael Brown/FEMA anyone?)
d) all of the above

This is going to be an interesting Fall in Washington. Pun intended.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

developer community as an engine of innovation

I can guess at the reception this would get at developer sites like slashdot (big hint: last FAQ on the page), but you might be surprised (or not depending how cynical you are) from which major technology company this quote was grabbed:

""Developers have really always been (our) core customer segment...We know the importance that developers play in the ecosystem of the technology industry. The applications come from developers; they're the innovation engine for the industry. I can't overstate the importance of developers."

Satisfy your curiousity here.