Daily Archives: August 25, 2006

One thing about innovators…

Dave Winer frustrates me too. Why? Cause he shows me a world I didn’t know could exist. He challenges my assumptions. And, tries to get me to join his world. The baaahhhhssssstttttaaaaarrrrrddddd!!!

I remember when he showed me RSS. I thought to myself “isn’t that nice?” I couldn’t see why I’d use it. But, he kept at it. Everytime I’d be over his house (called “the Internet Hut” by my son) he’d show me RSS again, each time from a little different angle). I still didn’t get it.

Until one day when I realized I was spending most of the day visiting blogs in my Web browser. That was when I started asking him to show me RSS again. “Hey, Dave, can you show me that world outline idea I kept ignoring again?” It was almost two years from the time he first showed me RSS to the day I “got it.”

This week it’s river of news. Lots of lightbulbs are going on about why that idea is interesting. But it took Dave cutting it up, simplifying it, and coming back to us with different views of the same idea for us to get it. He first showed me River of News years ago. The bbbaaahhhhssssstttttaaaaaarrrrrdddddd!!!

Yeah, it does look effortless. But Dave is one of those guys who is tireless. He sees a vision of how the world should be and then tries to drag us all into his world.

It pisses a lot of us off. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Oh, and if you ever meet a true visionary they do have this frustration with the rest of the world. I remember hearing that frustration from Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the mouse (it took us 25 years to get THAT innovation!)

Thanks to the innovators who keep showing us their world until we get it. Sorry for the friction and cluelessness when it occurs.

First 16 hours of IE 7 RC 1

What's a Scoble?

Heheh, that cartoon was posted on http://blaugh.com/ yesterday.

Speaking of interesting blogging trends, this Chinese tech blog looks very interesting but I can’t read it. Major bummer. Someone yesterday asked me about the digitial divide. This divide concerns me more cause there’s tons of interesting blogging going on in Iran and China and other places in the world and I can’t really participate or link or understand.

Ahh, I see that Microsoft has first stab at Video Search (thanks to Brady Forrest’s blog over on O’Reilly).

Everyone is talking about Amazon’s EC2. David Galbraith says it’s the most amazing thing he’s seen. That’s mighty high praise. I asked Tim Bray, co-creator of XML, about it and he didn’t want to comment until he’s really had a chance to build something with it, but it certainly was on his radar screen too. It’s amazing how fast this world moves lately. 

Oh, regarding IE 7 RC 1, I loaded it up yesterday. So far I’ve had one crash with it, but like it a lot. Will I stop using Firefox because of it? No. But it seems to have taken IE users into the modern age. Will I put this on my dad’s computer? Not yet. I don’t load pre-release stuff on people’s computers anymore.

This is the first IE 7 release I have felt good about after the first few hours of using, though. So, instead of writing my own review I’ll just link over to Paul Thurrott’s and go “ditto.”

How did I get the name “Scobleizer?” after all? Well, back in OS 7 beta days I’d go around the journalism department at San Jose State University and load the latest Macintosh OS betas on everyone’s computers. People would come in the next morning and things would be different and a secretary there complained to my boss, Steve Sloan, and said “I’ve been Scobleized.”

Aside: PodTech is an official company now. How do you know that? Cause we have T-shirts!

Indian BlogCamp gonna be bigger than TechCrunch

You all thought that Mike Arrington’s TechCrunch party last Friday was big? Wait until you see the BlogCamp in Chennai on September 9-10. I was trying to get there, but it just won’t work out (but I’ll be joining via video link).

How do I know it’ll be big? Because everything in India gets big almost instantly. Americans can’t understand the population density of places like India and China unless they visit. I know one guy, Anand, who runs a .NET user group. It hit 1,000 members in the first year. It took the user group in Silicon Valley several years to hit that level. 

Patrick’s first Garage Band composition

Wow, it was only, what, a couple of weeks ago, but it already seems so far away. Probably cause of the startup life. Yesterday, for instance, started at 6 a.m. (we were giving a presentation at 8 a.m.). That went until 10:30. Onto see Maryam’s mom for a few minutes. Tried to catch up on email (totally failed, I’m now only answering about 10% of my email, sorry). Then met with a bunch of PodTechers, took some calls. Called Steve Ball, interviewed Tim Bray. Met with the Stanford students at 6 p.m., stayed at work until 9 p.m.

Whew. It’s almost like working at Microsoft. :-)

Anyway, I just saw Jan’s video come through that she shot at Off the Grid and remembered that Patrick had fooled around while we were there and made a musical composition on Apple’s GarageBand. She used that as the background for her video. We had a lot of fun. Too bad life can’t always be hanging out with creative people who like teaching my son about how to make his own music.

One thing about GarageBand that I like is that it encourages people to create their OWN songs rather than ripping off someone else’s music. It’s a lot more fun and, heck, if a 12-year-old can do it, so can we all!

This American Second Life

Last night we met a bunch of smart young people from Stanford University who are part of the Mayfield program. While we were introducing each other, the PodTech’ers explained what they did in their past lives. We have a few professional journalists who came from places like Reuters and NPR.

One of the NPR’ers is Michael Johnson and his NPR influences leaked out in his audio submission titled “This American Second Life.” Good overview of what’s going on in Second Life, lots of voices from the recent Second Voice conference.