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Saturday, August 30, 2003

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AOL is the Borg of the Web.

Ross Mayfield who is putting his money where his mouth is , noticed that AOL hasn't had a real impact on the blogsphere.

Ross's heart is in the right place, but his understanding on AOL is short.

He said, "Expect AOL to realize this is sheer stupidity and change course. "

I replied, "BZZZZT!!! Wrong!"

I wrote on his blog a few of my thoughts that I will expand here. No sense making my reply longer than his post on his site.

"AOL has repeatedly done everything that they can to continue their walled community. This is no different. From the IM wars/email/.art format for images, and including their advertising on national tv with the tag line 'AOL is all we Need' AOL is determined to remain an insular community."

Installing AOL on a computer and taking it off later has always had software issues, From the stuff you needed to do to remove the early dialers, which on a network had created hours of fun, to the proprietary version of the IE browser, to the .art image format, which is still being downloaded as part of the Win98 IE 6 upgrade, that you need to work around as a web designer.

"They have as you point out leverage, but it is in the assets of Time Warner and it's subsidiaries porting that content to AOL subscribers only which will if anything can stem the tide of churn and defection to the internet at large."

The leverage in the Time Warner assets will come in increased revenue to access the new content as well as opening up the vast movie, TV, Radio and printed holdings they have in their vaults, to AOL Members exclusively of course.

Ross discovered a slashdot posting about the blocking of Live Journal referrer's, which of course breaks one of the prime directives in blogging, being able to link to a posting somewhere else.

"Blocking Live Journal is probably the first of 'enhancements' to be discovered over time."

"Look for a propriatary RSS in the future rather than opening AOL to the raving lunatics outside the walls of AOL."

I have been watching the web for a long time and there are two constants, AOL will do everything in it's power to keep the gates closed, and Microsoft will have a new problem next week.

The RSS issue will be resolved by an extension to the format of use to AOL and not to the larger web community.

"There are good folks working in the trenches everywhere, but on a corporate level, they sent mozilla packing, re-upped with IE, and built a new connection package for "bring-your-own-access broadband service" in AOL 8 for broadband. "

None of the above activities point to AOL becoming a member of the world wide web anytime soon.

"But wait! If you still think that they will open their comminity think about the recent request to the FCC to lift the interoperability restrictions ."

This includes video through the IM client. No I don't think that you will get these feeds on Jabber.

"No, Ross AOL is the Borg of the Web."

Voting for the hell of It

Where blogs are getting some traction and attendant buzz is on the campaign trails. Doc who lives in Cal. has determined that at this point he won't vote for Arnold. So be it. I would. Not because he has a plan, or that he inhaled, but simply because he is not a machine politician. The bureaucracy of government is a large enough barrier to new ideas, but someone with vision just may be able to pull it off.

Getting the connected to pony up sums of money like Howard Dean is getting, in hopes that we can get a little vision and a change of policy which we desperately need as George of the Corp, is selling off every bit of credibility, every asset that has been held in trust for the people, and involving us into the quagmire that the Middle East has been for thousand of years, under the assumption that a little Yankee Know How can fix things, not to mention a few hundred billion bucks that could be used elsewhere with far more effect.

This is still early enough in the campaign blog season, so I still have hope of finding a blog or two written by the candidate, and not the flappers or handlers.

Other News

The Computer Vet is moving along on the master bath. Zeldman has been anointed as the new W3C Validators Father. Mitch Ratcliffe is doing some great posting. You get the idea....


Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02

One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.

p i x e l v i e w

Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.

p i x e l v i e w - behind the screen with Mitch Ratcliffe
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