Simon Willison’s Weblog


Friday, 24th July 2009

AdSense for Feeds: What’s all the hubbub about PubSubHubbub? “Today we’re happy to announce initial support in FeedBurner for the PubSubHubbub protocol.”

# 6:45 pm / feedburner, google, pubsubhubbub, pushbutton, realtimeweb

The Pushbutton Web: Realtime Becomes Real. Anil Dash is excited by the potential for PubSubHubBub and Webhooks to make near-real-time scalable event publishing accessible to regular web developers. So am I.

# 6:30 pm / anil-dash, pubsubhubbub, pushbutton, realtime, realtimeweb, webhooks

MoD sticks with insecure browser. Tom Watson MP used parliamentary written answers to find out that the majority of government departments still require their staff to use IE6, and not all of them have upgrade plans to 7 or 8. Not a single department considered an alternative browser. “Many civil servants use web browsers as a tool of their trade. They’re as important as pens and paper. So to force them to use the most decrepit browser in the world is a rare form of workplace cruelty that should be stopped.”

# 10:18 am / browsers, civilservice, politics, tom-watson, ukgovernment

This is an apology for the way we previously handled illegally sold copies of 1984 and other novels on Kindle. Our "solution" to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we've received. We will use the scar tissue from this painful mistake to help make better decisions going forward, ones that match our mission.

Jeff Bezos

# 12:48 am / amazon, apology, jeff-bezos, kindle

EtherPad. Outstanding implementation of an online real-time collaborative text editor—basically SubEthaEdit in your browser. I can see myself using this a lot.

# 12:35 am / appjet, comet, etherpad, javascript, realtime, subethaedit

xmlwitch. An XML building library for Python that doesn’t suck (I love ElementTree for parsing XML, but I’ve never really liked it for generation). Makes smart use of the with statement.

# 12:33 am / python, withstatement, xml, xmlwitch

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