Dave's linkblog feed

To people who say you get wrong answers from ChatGPT, if I wanted my car to kill me I could drive into oncoming traffic. That's the problem with reporters discovering ChatGPT gives incorrect answers. So does Google. As do reporters.

2024-06-22T16:55:23.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

There are 2 kinds of people: Those who find AI absolutely revolutionary and indispensable and integral to their workflows, and those who haven't learned how to use it yet. #amen

2024-06-22T16:46:38.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Wikipedia is essential, but it hallucinates as does journalism as does ChatGPT. Tim Bray, who I’ve known many years, defends Wikipedia, and quotes me, unfortunately without a link.

2024-06-20T08:15:16.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

The great thing about outlining is that you can reorganize. That's why people invented index cards. But they are one-level outlines. Not nearly as useful as the multi-level reorganizable outlines on a computer.

2024-06-18T19:02:17.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

You may not like Facebook the company, but they do great APIs and docs and example code. I haven't started reviewing this yet, but it looks like they've done an excellent job of laying down a crumb trail for developers to follow.

2024-06-18T15:49:29.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

DW's Podcast0 feed: My second podcast on Apple Podcasts. For some reason I'm kind of proud to conform to Apple's podcast rules. But of course the feed is available without help from Apple, as always.

2024-06-18T11:31:48.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I watched The Matrix, The Devil’s advocate and Fight Club and loved all three. So I asked ChatGPT for five suggestions of movies I might watch next and it came up with some interesting ideas.

2024-06-16T17:26:07.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

This is what we don't do in software -- study each others' creations.

You can barely get anyone to even look at the simplest stuff.

Amazing how people bet their whole careers and businesses without any information on what other people are creating. No wonder new generations of software knock out previous generations. No one has any curiosity, respect.

2024-06-14T02:46:04.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Trump voters want revenge. It doesn't have much to do with inflation or unemployment, material wealth. It's deeper than that. We're all living a lie, that if we had money we'd be happy. The sad truth is no one is happy with this arrangement.

2024-06-11T19:00:30.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Netscape and blogging got together with Salon, Wired, Red Herring and Motley Fool, and eventually brought the NYT and NPR on board, and that created a powerful standard supported by the entire publishing industry, that led to social media and podcasting.

2024-06-10T09:27:37.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

When ChatGPT can read my blog. This is what I've wanted since long before ChatGPT existed. I can't imagine what the privacy concerns are. Everything on my blog is by definition public.

2024-06-04T20:13:13.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

In 1996 I served on a jury in Redwood City, Calif, all the way to a verdict. One of the best experiences of my life. When you ask people to make a serious decision, they rise to the occasion, just like the Trump jury did in today's verdict.

2024-05-31T01:43:49.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Microsoft and Google are putting AI chat into all their apps everywhere you can enter text, which imho is as pointless as embedding web browsers in all of the Office apps in 1994. ChatGPT is the Netscape of this generation. Compete with that, create the best environment for the kind of work we do there. That’s the game, from a UI standpoint.

2024-05-30T02:40:42.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Sotomayor admits some Supreme court decisions have driven her to tears. I hope she does more than that. How about agreeing to testify openly in the Senate about what exactly drove her to tears.

2024-05-25T21:10:11.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

2016: The point of the First Amendment is that it protects the most offensive speech. If there weren't any offensive speech we wouldn't need protection. And some thin-skinned billionaires find anything but fawning praise to be offensive.

2024-05-25T11:37:05.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

The disturbing truth is that there’s probably more sincerity than not in American politics. We may not want to believe it, but most of the people in charge say what they mean and mean what they say.

2024-05-21T10:52:34.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Yes Apple is a soul crushing tech monopoly. And some group inside Apple did something creative that inspired debate and for some revulsion, and in the name of uniformity in artistic expression, the creativity was crushed. And Steve Jobs would’ve loved it, btw, imho.

2024-05-20T08:56:19.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Despite being defeated, the Knicks received a standing ovation in the game’s final seconds — a token of appreciation from a loyal fanbase that enjoyed one of the most memorable playoff runs in team history.

2024-05-19T23:00:27.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Stephen Wolfram on chatgpt. Why it's good at conversation but not at science. The agrees with what I've seen. But it's very useful at telling you what other humans do in situations like the one you describe.

2024-05-18T17:11:35.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I was really angry when the NYT fired Donald McNeil, who had done so much to keep us informed about Covid. If that's what the NYT isn't going to do, going forward, I'm all for it.

2024-05-17T17:25:16.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

A friend from Calif is visiting NYC in July. I used ChatGPT for ideas about where to stay and where to visit for food and entertainment. This is far in advance of what we had before AI.

2024-05-15T12:47:49.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

A Georgia appeals court on Wednesday delayed Donald Trump’s criminal case in that state, agreeing to hear an appeal from the former president that may foreclose a trial taking place this year.

2024-05-09T12:22:39.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Steve Albini, Storied Producer and Icon of the Rock Underground, Dies at 61. We learned a lot from him in Napster days about how little money actually gets to music performers.

2024-05-08T19:03:18.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I was asked on Threads what NY restaurant I miss the most. There are lots. But Ratner's is #1. Their food was fantastic, the ambience even better, and the waiters were wonderfully NY-grouchy.

2024-05-07T12:14:26.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

RSS > ActivityPub. I agree with this. And RSS is not exclusively polling based. If you support rssCloud protocol, as WordPress does, you can have instant news with RSS. It's built into FeedLand of course.

2024-05-03T12:41:59.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

The worst thing about horse race reporting is that the election isn’t a horse race. The race actually won’t start until six months at which point the votes will be cast by mail and in person and then once you start counting, you could think of it as a race, but even then it’s not a race.

2024-05-01T21:03:53.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I asked ChatGPT to write a report, and got back a good list with background info, never could have gotten it from a journalist (too conflicted, too lazy, often outright corrupt) or Wikipedia (controlled by trolls).

2024-04-25T17:05:24.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

And similarly, over on Feedland.com, due to necessary and understandable steps in the evolution of the product, those who subscribed to aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 6101 are no longer getting updates with my new writing on the Old School blog. The new feed is aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 10029 . . . So be it.

2024-04-22T14:30:54.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

And similarly, over on Feedland.com, due to necessary and understandable steps in the evolution of the product, those who subscribed to aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 6101 are no longer getting updates with my new writing on the Old School blog. The new feed is aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 10029 . . . So be it.

2024-04-22T14:30:54.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

And similarly, over on Feedland.com, due to necessary and understandable steps in the evolution of the product, those who subscribed to aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 6101 are no longer getting updates with my new writing on the Old School blog. The new feed is aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 10029 . . . So be it.

2024-04-22T14:30:54.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Ghost announces it will support ActivityPub and "become part of the largest open publishing network in the world." I don't think that's true. Just sayin. And size isn't the only thing that matters, btw. 😀

2024-04-22T15:24:58.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

And similarly, over on Feedland.com, due to necessary and understandable steps in the evolution of the product, those who subscribed to aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 6101 are no longer getting updates with my new writing on the Old School blog. The new feed is aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 10029 . . . So be it.

2024-04-22T14:30:54.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

And similarly, over on Feedland.com, due to necessary and understandable steps in the evolution of the product, those who subscribed to aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 6101 are no longer getting updates with my new writing on the Old School blog. The new feed is aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 10029 . . . So be it.

2024-04-22T14:30:54.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

I see that due to early changes to Feedland.org, necessary and understandable steps in the evolution of the product, those who subscribed to aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 556405 are no longer getting updates with my new writing. The new feed is aka Ken Smith / Feed id: 549368 . . . So it goes.

2024-04-22T14:23:33.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

The eight best bagels in NYC, according to the city's Bagel Ambassador. (They got the #1 bagel place right, it's in the neighborhood in Queens I grew up in, Utopia Bagels. They are the best in NYC these days imho.)

2024-04-14T13:11:41.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

So this ticking time bomb was sitting there all the time the journalists were talking about how Biden is too old to win the election with Trump. Biden was never the issue, the issue was the freaking supreme freaking court.

2024-04-11T10:23:52.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Great map of Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 Apr 08. I've been looking for this for weeks. I still wasn't going to drive to see the eclipse. I've seen a total eclipse. Imho its not magical. We have an eclipse every night at sunset. YMMV of course.

2024-04-08T03:58:01.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

House Republicans Are Amplifying Russian Propaganda. (This is hardly news. All the polling they do, wouldn't their time be better spent focusing on facts today, and forget about magic thinking and polling.)

2024-04-07T20:17:15.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Ted Turner: I bet you’re all wondering what it feels like to be a billionaire. It’s disappointing really. I’ve learned that great wealth isn’t nearly as good as average sex.

2024-04-07T18:28:04.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

"blueskyreader" is a simple little app I put together last year, it still works, nicely, and it's an interesting idea imho. I'm not going to get to do this myself anytime soon.

2024-04-05T17:04:37.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

Yes, Britannica, you can write it this way, softening the focus, blurring the details in that decade of mounting atrocities: "Because she was Jewish, she left Nazi Germany in the summer of 1938 to settle in Sweden." It's not as though she trotted over to a travel agent on her lunch break and casually booked her travel across international borders to safety.

2024-04-02T10:21:37.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I thought it might be useful to watch a NOVA documentary about AI, but it was just the usual very very old scare story, when the truth of what's happening today is much weirder. It's one thing to imagine the future, another to live it. Too bad they didn't accept the challenge.

2024-03-31T03:48:14.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I had to do a little work on the XML-RPC site and stumbled across this page of links into the 1998 version of the site. The text is all the same, but the style is very 1998. 😍

2024-03-24T22:56:22.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

If the Repubs lose the house before 2025, the Dems could in my dreams nuke the filibuster and change the number of Supreme Court justices to 256 (a nice power of 2). Overturn Dobbs, reinstate Roe and 14th Amendment.

2024-03-23T03:58:17.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

If they lose the house before 2025, the Dems could in my dreams nuke the filibuster and change the number of Supreme Court justices to 256 (a nice power of 2). Overturn Dobbs, reinstate Roe and 14th Amendment.

2024-03-23T03:58:17.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

If they lose the house before 2025, the Dems could in my dreams nuke the filibuster and change the number of Supreme Court justices to 256:(a nice power if 2). Overturn Dobbs, reinstate Roe and 14th Amendment.

2024-03-23T03:58:17.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Media entities have this ludicrous trend of disclosing that they have used “AI” on some article or the other. If that is the case, they should disclose they used Google Docs or Microsoft Office and their built-in “grammar” and “spelling” and other features.

2024-03-20T01:20:16.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I was glad to hear that Om Malik, one of the (original) ur-bloggers, has a blogroll on his site. I was almost going to say "still" but blogrolls are now officially on their way back.

2024-03-13T15:46:37.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

" . . . and to overturn the online world being dictated by profit to one that is dictated by the needs of humanity. It is only then that the online ecosystem we all live in will reach its full potential and provide the foundations for creativity, collaboration and compassion."

2024-03-13T12:49:18.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

My friend Guy Kawasaki has a new book out, right now, which you can buy. If you want a great read from a person who knows how to develop and market ideas with humor, wisdom, love and integrity, this is the one to get.

2024-03-05T23:37:32.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

If you're into reading code in outlines, this is the database-level code in FeedLand. The link opens in Drummer. There are comments at the head of the big routines, listing blog-like changes in the code and the thinking behind them.

2024-03-04T22:31:09.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Journos seem to think Americans can't understand the basics of world politics, but somehow we understand the rules and history of the NBA, NFL and MLB. The functioning of politics isn't really any more complicated.

2024-03-04T12:23:13.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

There’s a lot of history here. Google Reader insisted posts must have titles, and at the same time twitter said posts may not have titles, so they could never interop. Truth is some ideas are so simple a title is inconceivable.

2024-03-04T12:19:48.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

There's a rule in covering elections that they don't make projections or even analyze results on TV until all the polls are closed. We need an analogous rule that says there should be no reporting on polls until after the election, to allow the people to form their own opinions, for the same reason.

2024-03-03T12:37:12.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Have a look at the webcams at the local Belleayre ski area where it's raining and in the 50s. Sad sight. It will get cold again and they will make snow. It's not quite over yet.

2024-02-28T20:45:33.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Variety: "Biden has long lacked the ability to bend the medium of TV to his ends." That's true of Democrats as a group. In contrast, the Repubs do this very well. It's the only thing they do well.

2024-02-27T16:54:23.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

This story ought to wake up our journalists. This is the same guy who ordered the rioters to attack the US Capitol. Think about that, and take these threats very very very seriously.

2024-02-25T20:05:37.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

An increasingly detailed picture of former President Donald Trump’s second-term agenda is emerging — one that would make the near-daily shocks of his norm-shattering first White House tenure look tame.

2024-02-25T19:09:17.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

The truth about trump is that while he might claim a huge net worth, it’s all mortgaged, many times, fraudulently, so the banks could repossess all of it, but haven’t for fear of having it all crash, and them getting pennies on the dollar.

2024-02-23T11:51:05.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Logseq, a company I thought so much of I invested, had a blog but hasn't updated since August last year. How does such a young entrepreneurial excellent company keep in touch with their users and friends?

2024-02-21T22:34:17.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Another blog that hasn't updated in quite some time, JOHO the Blog by David Weinberger, a Cluetrain author and longtime friend. If the blogosphere is to reboot, we'll need some love from Dr Dave.

2024-02-21T22:32:13.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I'm trimming my subscription list, removing feeds that haven't updated since last summer, and noticed that Joel On Software is one. He's one of the prolific influential bloggers.

2024-02-21T22:24:19.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I've been wanting to teach ChatGPT how I work, as I would an developer partner, so we can get more efficient over time and tackle more ambitious projects. Eventually I'd like to work with it on porting Frontier to Linux. It's not something any of my human colleagues have been able to help with, but I don't doubt that ChatGPT could do it.

2024-02-17T14:27:42.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Seeing the headline of this op-ed in the Washington Post, I wondered who the author was responding to. You have to wade thru a lot of other stuff before you get to the point, only Repub loony birds, of course, say Trump is America’s Navalny. Does this bs really deserve a response from the WP?

2024-02-17T09:16:54.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Warriors reportedly tried to unite LeBron James and Stephen Curry at NBA trade deadline. That would have been amazing. Flush both teams out of the system in one move. It's about time.

2024-02-14T18:14:52.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

2014: Interop means that I can give you a text file, and you will have a program that can open it. Interop means you can pull into any gas station and put fuel in your car. Interop means you can give me $100 and I'll give you my Knicks ticket, and when you go to the arena, they will let you in.

2024-02-07T13:33:06.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I'm reading Liz Cheney's book, and forgot something I had guessed during the insurrection. Trump was calling Congresspeople saying if you stop the count I'll call off the attack. In other words, your life for a vote. I suspected it before, but they have testimony that confirms it.

2024-02-05T21:18:53.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Thinking of buying an Apple Vision Pro, but when I went to the site, my iPhone 13 Pro wouldn't do anything when I clicked on the first image. Oh well. Not like any of this stuff works, right.

2024-02-05T20:47:02.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Keith Teare with a real benefit for the new Apple goggles: "No need for a standing desk or an office for that matter. The $3500 is cheaper than they would cost. Those living in smaller spaces and working from home should love it."

2024-02-05T16:10:31.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

“A public park with a small marketplace on one side is surrounded by a courthouse, a playing field, businesses, and a radio station. In the marketplace wander male and female reporters, some taking notes, some with cameras.”

2024-02-05T09:47:36.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I'm reading about discussion in Congress regarding exempting newspaper publishers from antitrust so they can address the threat of new technology. "Our chief interest is to keep newspapers alive," says the legislator. The date: 1963. The technology: television.

2024-02-05T00:15:16.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I would much prefer if Apple had poured their vast resources and creativity into making mass transport work in the Bay Area instead, as a prototype for what might be possible in the rest of the world.

2024-02-03T22:17:54.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I asked ChatGPT to design a full-featured feed reader using MySQL, and it got it right. Transcript attached. Remarkable. I wonder what else it could do. I have an idea of using it, eventually, with some work, to port software from Mac to Linux.

2024-02-03T17:20:55.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

People who get my blog via nightly email, there are new requirements from Google and Yahoo, and I have no freaking idea wtf they're talking about. If you have an idea, tell me what I have to do. Thanks.

2024-01-31T23:40:15.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

It won't be long before he has an idea for how spreadsheets should work, or a writing tool, and getting ChatGPT to write it for him. It'll be ready to download before he can load the page.

2024-01-26T23:47:47.000Z
Ken Smith's linkblog

He is like King Lear, who trashed everything in his family and his nation. "Self-awareness isn’t among the former president’s strong suits."

"Tis the infirmity of his age: yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself."

2024-01-25T12:16:14.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

An innovation in FeedLand. This is the list of feeds I'm subscribed to. See the wedge in the left of each feed? When you click it, it reveals the five most recent items in the feed, with links. It's a different kind of feed reader.

2024-01-23T16:20:32.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Joyce Randolph, who played Trixie Norton, the wife of a guffawing, rubber-limbed sewer worker forever mired in a blowhard neighbor’s get-rich-quick schemes and other hazards of life on the classic 1950s sitcom “The Honeymooners,” died on Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was 99.

2024-01-14T18:59:08.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I still believe tech companies can play a very important role in the open internet, as long as they are willing to treat users as customers and sell a product that has value without the usual michegas.

2024-01-13T18:06:08.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Say I had a reading list with my favorite podcasts and my podcasting client could subscribe to it. Then when I add a feed to that list on my desktop computer, the podcast client would automatically be subscribed to it.

2024-01-11T21:42:13.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Services like Substack can make it easy to move to another platform, but of course they don't. I warned everyone about it, got some rude responses from writers who thought they knew better. If we work together we can have better than what we have and not have to compromise. As writers.

2024-01-06T18:00:40.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Michael Cohen Used Fake Cases Cited by A.I. to Seek an End to Court Supervision. (And journalists write fictitious stories based on Wikipedia as a source. All the time. And they don't care, btw.)

2023-12-29T23:24:39.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

The Amazon Music Web API is a new, simplified API allowing quick retrieval of meta-data about albums, tracks, artists, playlists, podcasts, and more from the Amazon Music catalog’s millions of songs.

2023-12-25T14:27:00.000Z
Andy's MyStatusTool feed

Ron, I loved reading your post about YouTube searching, keep it up! (Testing, first time to try to update post 4) (New edit of this post) Another new edit - Yet another new edit - One more time edit - Let's do it again! - One more time! - I think I have it now - trying to edit the main file now - working on part 3 now - had a problem with new code - trying replaceAll change - trying use of var keyword - trying exact copy of example - that worked, now trying my string - that worked, trying to remove slashes - got the first slash - added another line for second slash, switching to new function name - added a calling argument - added second argument for post text - creating directory path - creating rendering - trying final step - updated base URL - making a tweak - last change

Sat, 23 Dec 2023 23:09:29 GMT
Ron's MyStatusTool feed

I need to look through my books for a good reference on Thai customs and culture.  We now have a trained expert in the family who could translate such a book to native Thai and to Chinese!

2023-12-22T22:04:09.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Wikipedia is a complete mess when it comes to RSS. No mention of the NY Times and Martin Nisenholtz. They talk about versions after 2.0, but the format was frozen at 2.0. Makes me wonder when I rely on it as an authority on other subjects.

2023-12-22T16:58:55.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Wikipedia is a complete utter mess when it comes to RSS. No mention of the NY Times and Martin Nisenholtz. They talk about versions after 2.0, but the format was frozen at 2.0. Makes me wonder when I rely on it as an authority on other subjects.

2023-12-22T16:58:55.000Z
Ron's MyStatusTool feed

Spent the morning tracing double entry back to the year 1300, when the merchants of Venice  were already using it in business.  Pacioli didn't publish the details of the system until 1494 but the merchants had already been using it for 200 years!  

2023-12-21T18:34:54.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

You can tell Doc is a blogger because he has a post from 2007 where he lists all the cars he's ever owned. I do not have such a page myself, btw. Not sure what that says about me. 😀

2023-12-20T17:43:37.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I read Brent's piece on Mastodon and NetNewsWire, holding my breath hoping he'd arrive at the same answer I did and the answer is yes -- he did. RSS is perfect for Mastodon, and it supports RSS, as does NNW (of course), and that's exactly the right way to connect the two. That's how we're doing it in FeedLand.

2023-12-18T03:36:39.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

You may hope the big company has good intentions, but they're a big company and they honestly don't have very much respect for us. I've had my nose rubbed in this for my whole career. It was amazing how much better they listened when I had a Harvard business card. 😀

2023-12-17T21:47:27.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

Andrew Hickey is using Bluesky as a blogging platform, and because we're connected via RSS, you can read it in FeedLand. The power of standards. Just a bit more interop betw these systems and we'll have broken free of the possibility of being dominated by bigco's. This is how bootstraps work and they're super-important to progress.

2023-12-13T15:53:06.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

I asked ChatGPT who won the 2020 election and if there was fraud, and why do some people say the election was stolen. There's no "they both do it" to the answer, it's clear and correct. Maybe we could give the AI credit for giving clearer correct answers than the journalists who attack it.

2023-12-13T14:40:19.000Z
Dave's linkblog feed

The best I’ve read so far about the immorality of the Webb decision is the chapter on abortion in Elie Mystal’s book. I wish we could buy it from his publisher so everyone could read it. Basically the law is as immoral as slavery for pregnant women.

2023-12-12T21:32:59.000Z