Feedless in Tacoma

Arrrrgh! NewsGator.com has been down since last night. Now that I’ve switched my NetNewsWire subscriptions to sync with my NewsGator account I can’t get feed updates until the site comes back and resumes feed services. My MacBook Pro and my Treo are both feed-less at the moment because of it. Grrrr. Perhaps it’s time to examine other feed readers for times like this.

UPDATE: NewsGator is back to normal and working well. CTO Greg Reinacker had this to say.

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Looks JUST like Safari. No kidding. Freakin’ identical.

Regardless, what they’ve done with list extensions and especially the common feed list is impressive and is good for RSS, syndication, and users. I do wish that Apple would open up Safari’s RSS subscription list to all apps. A single, system-wide feed list is definitely the way to go. Good for them.

Gnomedex: First impressions

  1. Dave Winer is much taller than I’d expected.
  2. Adam Curry isn’t as tall as I’d expected
  3. Chris Pirillo is about as tall as I’d expected
  4. Dan Gillmor gave me a nice bit of encouragement
  5. The place is crawling with “A-list” bloggers and podcasters
  6. Cameras everywhere
  7. The wifi is fast but uses the same IP range as my corporate WAN, making VPN connections something I’ve yet to work out
  8. The Google trucker hat was a nice touch
  9. My URL got left off my name badge somehow but I’ll fix that myself
  10. Parking isn’t bad


Gotta go into the office for a few hours today then it’s off to Seattle for Gnomedex. What is Gnomdex? It’s a geek-fest the covers pretty much whatever is happening now or will be happening soon in the online world. This year it’s going to be about RSS, podcasting, citizen journalism, micropublishing, and more. This looks like the one to attend, too. Microsoft is poised to make some announcements at the show, as is Audible. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being in the same room with both Adam Curry and Dave Winer. I’m not sure if their personal falling-out and subsequent public arguments have helped our hurt podcasting but it will certainly be interesting to see them in the same room.

You can follow along at home with Flikr or Technorati.

Too early

“I think it’s very easy, 2 nanoseconds after the Big Bang, to complain about a lack of galaxies and planets” Doc Searls on Chris Lydon’s OpenSource radio show/podcast (at the 31:50 minute mark).

Doc is correct (as usual), the web is far too young for us to bemoan the paucity of truly engaging content, paradigm-shifting services, or technologies that change the world. Time to put on our thinking caps?