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  1. Information diet weekend

    As a slight sequel to my “feed reading is an open web problem” post, so far this weekend I have taken the following information diet steps: RSS feeds: 610→339 (and counting). Based on Google’s stats, I’d probably read about a million feed items in Reader. This is just too much. The complaints about attention span in…

  2. Licensing confusion is great! (for lawyers)

    I want to heartily unendorse Simon Phipps’ Infoworld article about Github and licensing. Simon’s article makes it sound like no one benefits from sloppy licensing practices, and that is simply not true. Specifically, lawyers benefit! I regularly get calls from clients saying “I have no idea if I’m allowed to use <project X>, because it…

  3. Showrunner and Show Bible? Or Cult?

    I don’t currently do much heavily collaborative writing, but I’m still very interested in the process of creating very collaborative works. So one of the many stimulating discussions at Monktoberfest was a presentation by two awesome O’Reilly staffers about the future (and past) of authorship. Needless to say, collaborative authoring was a major theme. What…

  4. Format(ting?) of Forever

    Mark Pilgrim had a great post1 a little while ago where he talked about Docbook as ‘The Format of Forever’, but HTML as the ‘Format of Now.’ He also argued that (since technical books were constantly outdated) generating technical books in the Format of Now instead of the Format of Forever made a lot of…

  5. Open Source Initiative Board Meeting in Chicago

    I’m celebrating the end of my portion of my trial by … spending all weekend in meetings, specifically the OSI’s annual face-to-face board meeting, which we’re holding this year in Chicago1. It’s been a very productive meeting so far, with lots of good discussion about both our vision and our plan for attacking the future.…

  6. On the Importance of Per-File License Information

    After the release of MPL 2, the first request for MPL 2.1 came from someone who didn’t want to put copyright headers in individual files. The issue has recently reared its head in Apache as well, and I recently was asked related questions by a GPL user as well. The main reasons given for not…