Polite User Agent String?


So can anybody tell me anything about the RSS reader/bot/what-have-you that identifies itself with the very well-mannered user agent string of “please”?

The (very small) sample set of subscribers to this Feedburner feed seems to confirm what I’ve heard about usage patterns (Bloglines and NewsGator battling it out for the top two spots, pretty much all other readers well below either); my stats also seem to confirm that there’s still a lot of miscellaneous and homebrew stuff going on…readers that Feedburner doesn’t yet identify and readers that pass curious little gems like “please” to identify themselves.

Mostly idle curiousity on my part, but I am genuinely interested in finding out what trends in RSS reader usage people are seeing in the real world. Hmmm…now that I think about it, I may actually have a way to get a lot more data on this…more anon.

ASF Rejects Sender ID / del.icio.us Down


Part One
The Apache Software Foundation has written an open letter to the MARID IETF Working Group, stating that the license under which Sender ID is being distributed is incompatible with the Apache License 2.0.

Says the letter:
The current Microsoft Royalty-Free Sender ID Patent License Agreement terms are a barrier to any ASF project which wants to implement Sender ID. We believe the current license is generally incompatible with open source, contrary to the practice of open Internet standards, and specifically incompatible with the Apache License 2.0. Therefore, we will not implement or deploy Sender ID under the current license terms.

While the direct practical impact of this is likely to be little to none, especially in the short term, having a vote of no confidence registered so early in the game by a an entity with a list of members like this one doesn’t bode all that well for happy community acceptance.

Part Two
del.icio.us is down, don’t know why. I’ve only been using it for a week or two, and it’s already frightening and alien for me to not be able to drop a link there (and thereby into the feed for this blog) with a single click. Damn. The world is just conspiring to drive me completely insane this week.