: Adam Curry on the changes he saw in Iraq:
I’ve seen first hand what work is being done in Iraq by the dutch troops, and although a different and much less hostile region than near Bagdad, I spoke to enough iraqi citizens in the province of Al Mutana to know that there is a great appreciation for the coalition ending Saddam’s regime and for facilitating the rebuilding of their country. Assuming there is indeed a void that has been created, folks certainly are happier. Not necessarily worse off.
: Tom sends us to a new RSS reader called Pluck that operates inside Internet Explorer. I’ve been waiting for a reader that would do that. I don’t ever want anything clogging up my Outlook more than it’s already clogged; I find a separate ap awkward; I find a web-served reader limited. What I really want is to be able to do everything — see what’s update; subscribe; read; link — inside my browser.
Pluck is a good start. But it has limitations. They foolishly came out without the ability to read OPML lists of feeds exported from other RSS readers (thus it’s near impossible to switch). I did as they said and put my file in the right folder; still didn’t work.
Because they trick the browser into looking at a Pluck page that, in turn, pulls up RSS files and web pages, it appears impossible to bookmark anything you’ve viewed through Pluck; that’s a big weakness.
All in all, what Pluck really does, based on a quick evaluation, is show the power of adding RSS to Internet Explorer.
When are you going to get around to it, Microsoft?
: UPDATE: UNINSTALLED: I couldn’t even find the place to put OPML files (and went twice to their forums to follow their inaccurate instructions). Without that, this is useless to me. Pluck got one chance to win me over. They lost it. Uninstalled. I plucked Pluck.
Hide your head
: The Scotsman talks to former bloggers to ask why they gave up their blogs and refers to them all anonymously. The shame. The shame.
The inside angle
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams is strip-searched — body-cavity, even. [via IWantMedia]
: And here’s the oops-it-was-a-joke correction.
Reverse publishing, we call it
: Nettavisen — a very good online-only newspaper in Norway (they started Netzeitung, of which I’m a big fan) — just pulled a very cool one-time marketing ploy: They printed a free and very wowy print edition of their online content to show off all the wonders awaiting readers online. PDF of the print paper here. [via E-Media Tidbits]