Blogging @ Applied XML Developers Conference 2003 West
It has begun, another iteration of XMLDevCon West. This is my second DevCon, and I have high-signal-to-noise-ratio-hopes.
Right now Dave Winer is doing his talk, which is the first of the day. His slide (that's singular) says "Dave Winer: Harvard Law School" rather than Userland. It's been mostly an Andy Rooney-style talk so far.
Here's a brief synopsis of Dave's Talk...
"...users....users....users don't care about protocols, they just want things to work...I've been developing software for 30+ years...here's how XML-RPC started....here's what I was doing in the Valley in the 80s...You can spot Microsofties even before they go to work for Microsoft....Scoble would talk about Lornhorn in social situations...why should we care about Microsoft's internal logic? <DonBox breaks in>Internal competition can be healthy...</DonBox breaks in> It's artificial, it's an economy...competition within groups at Microsoft isn't a substitude for competition within an economy. I don't think the Gods (BillG, SteveB, JimA) understand technology and I hate that they control the web...Microsoft owns Word and the Browser, one is free, one is not, Microsoft will never let the Browser compete with Word."