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· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · September
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Atom News · We’re up to Draft 10 of the Atom Pub­lish­ing Pro­to­col, and it’s very close to what the fi­nal prod­uct will look like. The APP is get­ting more ear­ly de­vel­op­er sup­port and in­terop test­ing than any stan­dards project I’ve ev­er been in­volved with, and that in­cludes XML. DeWitt Clin­ton cov­ers some of the bases, but Dave John­son makes it nice and sim­ple: “Atom pro­to­col can do ev­ery­thing that Me­taWe­blog API can do, and much more.” On the sub­ject of the Atom Feed For­mat, I don’t think much more needs to be said, but the U.S. In­tel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty (which is quite feed-heavy in­ter­nal­ly) com­mis­sioned a study: RSS and Atom Con­sid­er­a­tions; it seems very thor­ough to me. In read­ing it, Wikipedia’s ar­ti­cle on In­telink may be a use­ful ref­er­ence.
 
Trash Your Computer · I was talk­ing with a wom­an to­day, a pro­fes­sion­al writ­er who works most­ly in the health-care tech­nol­o­gy space. She said “These days, I want to stuff my Dell in the near­est trash com­pactor and do ev­ery­thing on my Black­ber­ry. The com­put­er, it’s re­al work to man­age, and I can read what­ev­er any­one sends me on the Black­ber­ry, almost.” Is this the fu­ture?
 
Sometimes You Win · Way back in March, I helped out on a sales call on the Ore­gon State Govern­ment down in Salem. It’s tak­en for­ev­er for the deal to close, but our part­ner­s, Propy­lon, won the busi­ness, against de­ter­mined com­pe­ti­tion, and from what I know of this do­main I sus­pect that they weren’t the lowest-cost of­fer­ing ei­ther. There’s some Sun busi­ness in there too. Propylon’s leg­isla­tive draft­ing sys­tem builds on OpenOf­fice.org in a se­ri­ous­ly cool way; it’s ex­act­ly the kind of thing we thought we were en­abling when we were de­sign­ing XML. I wish I got to do more sales call­s.
 
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