New AOL Time Warner CEO

New AOL Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons: “In the past 18 months or so, everything has changed.” (From News.com) I hope he realizes that it’s not just a different stock-market environment, but The End of an Error.

I have an article in

I have an article in this month’s Business 2.0 arguing that the real strength of Amazon and other leading B2C e-tailers is their software platforms. The piece was dumbed-down in the editorial process, which commonly happens when writing for monthly magazines. Such is life. Personally, I prefer the draft I gave them in February. What do you think?

I've got more photos of

I’ve got more photos of our son Eli up for those who are interested. These digital cameras are great!

I'm trying out Simon Fell's

I’m trying out Simon Fell’s WordBlogger tool to post directly from Microsoft Word.

That explains it. It's hard

That explains it. It’s hard to make a good cup of espresso in New York because there’s too little calcium in the water.

The FCC is Your Friend (No, Really)

Expect an order from the FCC today that improves the regulatory environment for WiFi unlicensed wireless services. The agency is expected to change its spread-spectrum rules to reduce the potential for interference between WiFi and Bluetooth. It’s also expected to amend its rules be more friendly to high-speed variants of 802.11 in the 2.4 Ghz frequency band. (Thanks to my friends at Legg Mason for the tip.) Everyone pays attention ...

Eli's arrival unfortunately coincided with

Eli’s arrival unfortunately coincided with several conferences I was invited to speak at. I’m particularly bummed that I’m missing the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, which has been going on this week. Sounds like a great confluence of people and ideas. As usual, Doc, Cory, Dave and Dan are blogging it live.

Keith Teare, former CEO of

Keith Teare, former CEO of RealNames, pointed me to his new Weblog, where he explains how Microsoft effectively shut down his company. I assume most readers of this site have seen pointers to Keith’s site elsewhere. If not, check it out. It’s not often that you get such an insider view of these developments. I can only imagine what an analogous Napster Weblog would include….

It's Dead Now

Two years ago, I wrote a column about Napster which appeared in the Industry Standard with the headline, “It’s Not Dead Yet.” A federal court had just granted an injunction against Napster, which was thought to be on its last legs. As I predicted, Napster wasn’t done in 2000, because it and the music industry needed each other. Bertelsmann’s investment was the surest indication of that fact. In the end, ...

Radio Userland now has a

Radio Userland now has a built-in comments feature, something I’ve been waiting for. Let’s see if I can get it to work.