Michael P Butler wrote: Blogging software have certainly opened up the web to everybody.
Yeah, the read-write web is really happening at the moment. Just needs a bit of de-facto regulation/organisation and it'll be sweet.
By this I mean that there are so many blog-related web apps (technorati, google blog search etc...) out there, and until a fairly standard way of finding and organising blog stuff is set up, it'll be far better.
I have found, when emailing technical experts, they like to respond. I have emailed many an author of tech books and scholarly papers and they usually respond so long as my email is easy to read, asks a good question, and doesn't hit a spam filter.
The worst answer, is of course, "Thats a good question and I don't know either"
In the zen of programming their can only be one master