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Again with the hijacking…

Need some background? See I’m gonna hijack eWeek and More on podkeyword.com first… eWeek has an update: Podcast ‘Hijacker’ Says Business as Usual.

Is there a fix? Well, Atom has a link rel=”self” thingy so a feed at the URI http://my.org/feed/url/ would have this inside the feed: <link rel=”self” href=”http://my.org/feed/url/”></link> How does this help? Well, in theory, if the iTMS (or whoever) was getting the vegan.com feed from podkeyword.com, they could compare the URI to what is listed in the actual feed. Yes, you could still capture, modify, and reserve the feed, but that’s malicious, and were not talking about that (yet.) Since Apple has it’s own namespace’d stuff, it could easily add something like Atom’s rel=”self” thing, right?

This all comes back to the whole issue of claiming a feed doesn’t it? I’m still thinking I could come up with a devious method to defeat any of the existing “claim this feed” mechanisms out there today to actually hijack a feed. (Heck, I’d even use 200 OK’s instead of 302 Found’s like podkeyword does.) Lucky for you I would only do this to point out the flaws in the existing systems. We all know that when it comes to money making schemes I’m not as smart as those other early adopters of podcasting…

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Podcasting in September 2004

One year ago this week marks a point in time when podcasting really started to take off, and when it got it’s “official” (still widely complained about) name…

What? You want to see what I had to say? Take a look at these messages: 52, 64, 82, 85, 144, 146, 149, 187, 201, 215, 211, 264, 282, 288, 322, and 339.

It seems like I was the “reluctant evangelist” suggesting that “we” or “someone” should work on evangelizing podcasting… Well, I’m an idea man, I can’t be expected to take action on all of my ideas! (Luckily others did…)

One more, the first mention of “podcasting” on the list (courtesy of Dannie J. Gregoire) one year ago today…

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Trigger-Bloggers

Are you one of those trigger-bloggers? You know, you see something on some web site you think is wrong, or you just don’t like, and you post! post! post! as fast as you can, pointing out the errors of someone else’s way…

The latest I’ve seen is the bit about the podsafe music network and the crazy licensing terms brought up by Boing Boing. Now, Adam Curry responded about the changes they made, and this is good, he says:

This is a great example of how the web works; it started with a post on Boing Boing and was followed by a host of pile-jumpers. Although a personal email would have been preferred, it certainly got my attention.

All good, yes indeed, this is how it should work. I think the problem between public finger-pointing via weblogs and private-griping via email is that you leverage the power of the people when you create a post that others can read and point to and amplify. I’ll write up and send an email because I still have my own feedback on the terms, but there’s a chance it will fall into a black hole and I will never get a response.

Now, I’m not saying we don’t need trigger-bloggers, it helps to keep us all honest and on the level with each other, but weigh the options. Sure, everyone wants an email first but everyone also enjoys a good show…

Most importantly, if you do pull the trigger on someone, and they change their ways because of it, please mention the enlightenment you bestowed upon them and the resulting good times that followed. As of my writing this, I still await the post on Boing Boing mentioning the changes PodShow made.

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DNDS Full Time

Congratulations to Dawn and Drew for taking the next (big) step with DNDS. See Drew’s post: fulltime podcaster.

Remember kids: Podcasting, it’s the wave of the future!

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podCast 411 says…

For some odd reason, Rob from podCast 411 thought interviewing me would be a good idea…

If for some strange reason, you think he may have been right, see, I mean hear, the interview here.