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Yesterday I tried off and on to create a screen name for AIM, no luck, just kept getting the "Service Temporarily Unavailable" message, I even tried two different web browsers; Firefox and IE. So... I gave up for the day.
Today I tried again. Same exact problem. What's up AOL? Is there some strange requirement for the service to work, or has it really been off line for two days, or longer?
Wired: "The promoters of Web 2.0 venerate the amateur and distrust the professional," wrote Carr. "We see it in their unalloyed praise of Wikipedia, and we see it in their worship of open-source software and myriad other examples of democratic creativity." - Dang, unfortunately there is a lot of truth to that statement. BTW, what I said about pirates earlier was supposed to come off as sarcasm, but the above Wired statement makes it sound silly, doesn't it?
Kevin Burton: "AJAX - Your Foundation is a House of Cards?" - The biggest problem with AJAX is the browser, period. The fact that you're using a browser to write rich clients is what I mean by the browser being the problem. Keep the browser in its' place, use it to view web pages, better yet start using an RSS reader. All the Web 2.0 talk probably shouldn't include the browser as the center piece.
Crap, now I've gone and done it. I said 'Web 2.0', please excuse me while I go kick my own butt.
Micro Persuasion: "Forbes Cover Story Blows It, Calling Bloggers Lynch Mobs" - Of course they called us a lynch mob! We're all a bunch of pirates out to pillage and plunder aren't we?
What they're saying won't hurt anyone, just keep blogging.
To help with communications between members of our group it's been decided we'll use AOL Instant Messenger, not my first choice but fine. So I go to the AIM website, click on the download button, select the "New users click here" button to get an account, fill in the form(which took forever BTW because EVERY screen name know to man is taken), and finally click submit only to get "Service temporarily unavailable".
It has been temporarily unavailable for about two hours.
Great choice of messengers.
John Robb: "I have had the receiver break off from the internal circuitry three times (once on the Sony and twice on the HP). Fixing it took two weeks and $250. Of course, neither company sells the $0.05 part to fix it so I can get it done locally." - Amazing. Bad power receivers seem to plague laptops. This is the kind of thing class action lawsuits are made of.
I've talked about this very problem with our HP laptop, along with sharing a friends account.
Good afternoon. Yesterday's movie line was a bit of a flop, but that's how it goes sometimes.
Our winner was Mr. James Robertson, a big time Smalltalker. If you're a curly-brace kind of guy you can actually benefit from James' design sense and experience. But enough of that! The correct answer was...
Nick Bradbury: "Part of the problem is the 'who's gonna win' mindset, as though there's a battle to the death between web-based and desktop-based apps. The reality is that rather than kill desktop apps, the two types of applications can integrate to create a new breed of software." - I couldn't agree more. All the Web 2.0 talk seems a bit boring. The reality is the web will become what we make it, meaning the little guy will have just as much to contribute as the big guy.
Good afternoon movie liners! I had this one figured out a long time ago, just think of the season, there's your hint.
Here's the line, good luck!