Saturday, March 18, 2006

Wash away the SOAP scum...

Web Things, by Mark Baker:

Mark Baker said:

I'm calling bullshit on WS-Transfer. Please join me.

Sure thing.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Tim, lets's make a deal...

Tim Bray writes:
I heard this over and over again at ETech, and it sticks in my craw like a sour lump of food gone bad: “User generated content”. Feh. I am not a user, I’m a person. And you know, I don’t put in all this time and work and obsession to be a cog in anyone’s business model. Just saying.
And I'm with him on that as long as we also get to go after my pet peeve: consumer. Everywhere I turn, I'm called a ^%&**&^*&^ consumer. Like my sole function was to suck up all of the products. I'm especially angry at this when it's used by politicians. I'm a citizen and I don't want them to forget it. Depending on the context I can be a voter, customer, individual or person. Maybe I'm a purchaser or a creator today. Tomorrow I'll be a stakeholder or a client. Just stop using that overused meaningless word: consumer.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Calendars are not Schedules

Ummmmm...what's "calendaring"? Danny Ayers (among others) uses the word like an english speaker would use the word "scheduling". Asking Google gives definitions involving papermaking.

Seriously, this is one of those IT stupidities that should, but probably won't, stop. We seem to be forever coining new words and concepts that are just like the old ones, only painted blue, but because we give it a different name we think it's different and special. Thus the five year dead end into SOAP because somehow it is different from all of the other RPC protocol attempts in the past, just because it is serialized with XML.