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2) Squirrels and People...: Dave : 'Patrick Scoble, age 7, came for a visit on Sunday with his
father Robert. Patrick is impressed with the squirrels in my forest.
He wanted to know if the they take their orders from me. I said no,
they don't even know I exist, and if they did they certainly wouldn't
care what I think.'
3) Distributed membership and preferences: Membership and preferences standards are a hot topic among
independent developers, because of Microsoft's Passport, which is in
rapid deployment now.
Developers are now faced with a choice -- support Microsoft's
membership system, and thereby feed customers to them, or develop an
open, clonable and decentralized system, so that membership is a
competitive space, not owned by one or two large companies.
My pitch to programmers, which is far more revolutionary
than any programming language or operating system can be,
is to look for understanding where you find it, work with
people you want to work with, and don't waste time with
people who won't listen and aren't grounded in the truth.
5) The Scoble Story: A hypothetical story.. "I know how to press his button," a random person at Microsoft says. A phone call is made, or an email is sent, it doesn't have to say much, and someone loses their job. In the current economic environment that's a lot of power...
(On the other hand there are powerful people, not at
Microsoft, who respond less generously to criticism,
when it's delivered with a soft touch. To expose that
could do serious damage to something I care a lot
have a lot invested in so I choose not to. So the same
thing is happening right here on Scripting News, and I
don't (think) I have to tell you how much I hate it.)