It may be late, but it’s perfectly formed. And you get an extra five minutes this time around, so count yourself lucky. Twenty minutes of chat about URL shorteners, the state of RSS, Google’s new static maps API, and more.
Brian and Matt discuss the problems inherent in using proprietary third-party systems to shorten URLs. Can you trust them to stay around? What happens if and when the go bust and disappear? What are the alternatives?
Is RSS dead?
RSS is a technology nerds can’t do without. But the average ‘man on the street’ has yet to find it exciting or useful. These days, Twitter and Facebook are replacing it as a user-facing technology. Has RSS come to the end of its useful days?
Google static maps
Site of the episode
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What we’re reading
- Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life, by Len Fisher
- How Would You Move Mount Fuji?, by William Poundstone
- The Stuff of Thought, by Steven Pinker
- The Pillow Book, by Sei Shonagon
- The New British Constitution, by Vernon Bogdanor
- Imprimatur, by Monaldi and Sorti