Thursday, October 18, 2007

Who knows Dave Winer? Who doesn't?

That's how he describes himself in his blog:

"I’ve been a blogger as long as there’s been such a thing, starting in 1996 with a blog around a project I was doing at HotWired, where I was a contributing editor.

I’ve been credited with developing or co-developing many popular Internet technologies, including RSS, OPML, XML-RPC, SOAP. I’ve been a software developer since the mid-late 70s, having worked on outliners, presentations software, scripting, content management and blogging tools.

I’ve been a lead developer, company executive, board member, investor, editor, research fellow and blogger..."

Could you imagine that a guy like this would have trouble operating his iPhone? Read here. And that's what FSJ responded when he heard this...

"This week's "Assy" goes to computer industry legend Dave Winer for complaining about his iPhone ringer being broken or not working and then finding out that, um, all he had to do was flip a friggin switch. I mean come on. We've got dogs using iPhone. We've got one-year-olds using it. And yet David Winer, one of the biggest living legends of technology, can't follow the instructions on his little pamphlet? BTW, FWIW, according to his website David invented RSS, XML, blogs, Internet video, VOIP, HTML, podcasting, Web 2.0, Web 3.0, Perl and Linux. He also co-invented Netscape Navigator before Marc Andreessen got involved and was one of the original co-founders of America Online. He's a recipient of the Turing Award, and in his spare time he writes Groklaw with Eric Raymond. And he has a master's degree. In computer science. But he can't operate an iPhone. And his first thought was that this must be our fault. Siooma, Whiny."

Now, honest! ain't this story to die for?

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