Not a fat nerdy guy tech show…

I love the new Mahalo Daily done by Veronica Belmont. Well, I like the trailer, at least. Oh, and yes, my show is long, boring, and I’m fat and nerdy compared to Veronica.

But at least I’ll have Newsgator on my show at midnight. Great consolation prize. 🙂

Even better, my show got on the SXSW blog. How cool is THAT!?! Why? We give away Austin’s BBQ secrets. Now THAT should have been on Mahalo!


New browser war brewing over JavaScript?

I’ve been getting lots of emails and calls on this, so I know that at least some developers care about the proposal for a new ECMAScript titled the ES4 proposal (PDF). I am still trying to figure out which side to take in this, but from what I’ve been able to learn there are a few sides to this.

1. Mozilla and other browser manufacturers who are trying to push a new version of JavaScript (er, ECMAScript) through the system.
2. Microsoft, who those browser companies see as dragging its feet. Chris Wilson, architect on the Internet Explorer team gives his side of the story. He also wrote a post on the IE team blog. I’ll just link to Chris Wilson’s stuff because he links to plenty of stuff on the other side so you can get up to date on what’s going on.
3. Web developers, who are scared that they are going to have to support yet another version of JavaScript and test their sites on yet another platform.

Where do you find yourself?

Google, last week, told me it was about to announce a ton of things for developers that would be based around JavaScript and CSS. I wonder what it thinks about this conversation?

I’d love to have developers on my show who can explain both sides of this argument to me and also explain what the new JavaScript will do for the Web and for end users, since that’s really who I care about. I don’t have a dog in this fight, so would love to give both sides equal time to explain what’s going on. Anyone game?

UPDATE: Brendan Eich, head of Mozilla, writes back to Chris Wilson about this issue.

PayPerPost rebrands and goes after social media starfish advertising

PayPerPost is the company that Mike Arrington founder of TechCrunch (and me) love to hate. But today there’s reports that they are rebranding the advertising network to “izea.”

They are focusing less on gaming Google (since Google has rejiggered page rank anyway to penalize pay-per-link streams) and more on being an advertising agency for the social media starfish.

Wonderful. But here’s the rub: I expect Facebook or Google to start sharing revenues with bloggers and social media freaks like me in a new way. Real soon now.

Since Google’s ad salespeople are going to get the brands I like and trust (like BMW, Procter and Gamble, etc) I’m far more likely to go with an ad network from them or Facebook than one that wants me to peddle stuff I’ve never heard of.

Translation: Ted’s company is interesting to watch cause he pisses off lots of A listers but I’m still not sure he’s really going to build something disruptive. A company doesn’t change its name if it’s loved.