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Archives for June 2006

5 Ways To Make Me Laugh At Your Web 2.0 Company

In this fast-paced and synergistic world, buzzwords get the play. Non-technical people start companies and press ridiculous deadlines to their engineers, Web 1.0 burnouts start new companies that are just rehashes of the idea they couldn’t make work in 1999, and the technology you use is more important than the value you provide. Hell, VCs Read more »

Haute Interfaces

So much is made of good web-based user interface design, that sometimes we overlook just how amazing some software interfaces are, namely high-end audio/visual development software. Many of these tools cost thousands of dollars, so you can bet that the companies have their very best talent pumping out amazing interfaces that to justice to the Read more »

Only 42 Feeds

I only subscribe to 42 feeds via Bloglines and I’m not totally sure why. Instead of continuously adding new feeds and new sites I stumble upon, I find myself removing feeds more often than I add them. It’s not that there aren’t other good blogs out there, but I think of it like I own Read more »

Blogging’s Got That Entrepreneurial Spirit

One of the things that really attracted me to blogs (and now to 9rules) is the idea that one singular person can build up a veritable army of loyal supporters. He or she can build their personal brand from absolutely nothing, ending up with tens of thousands of daily readers and advertising revenue to replace Read more »

Apple and 50 Cent Working On New eMac? has some interesting news from the music industry this morning: it seems 50 Cent and Steve Jobs are currently in talks to bring a lower priced computer to inner city families. Both my parents work in an inner city school district, so I know very well how difficult it is for their students’ families Read more »

Unsocial Bookmarking

Out of everyone on my buddylist, I’d say that only 1-2 people actually use or other social bookmarking apps. I’ve never used them just because they serve no purpose to me — if I like a site I’ll bookmark it on my own computer, and if I really like a site then I’ll probably Read more »

Digg v3 Screenshots Leaked

…and of course they’re sent to Pimp Daddy Douglas, who else? These screenshots are stored on my Flickr account for quick retrieval but originally came from It looks as though silverorange is still doing design duties, and the new sections are a reality. Enjoy!

Om Malik’s Going Pro, The Cat’s Out Of The Bag

I was very surprised tonight to see that SiliconBeat had the drop on info that I’ve known for about a month or so but have kept my mouth locked tight about, simply because I didn’t know when he was going to announce it. My main man Om Malik is leaving Business 2.0 magazine and building Read more »

Holla At Ya Backpack Calendar, Or Why Startups Can’t Hire Great Designers

About two months ago, Jason told me that he and his team at 37signals were working on a calendar. We talked for a bit about how other calendar apps suck a whole lot, and how he (and I) felt it necessary to finally build one that introduced clean design and a quality user experience to Read more »

Getting Fooled By Spam

I’m sure all of you get spam like me, in fact email spam is so integrated into our daily lives that I think if I didn’t get a bunch of spam emails I’d think something was up. This entry isn’t about how spam lords get our email addresses, or viruses received (I’m a Mac guy Read more »

Don’t Whine Because Google Hides Its Cards

Nearly every site I visit this morning is discussing Google with disdain, and not even for good reasons. Michael Arrington vents about Google adding seamlessly useless features to Picasa and how commenters who drink the Google juice are just kowtowing Yes Men: “Google-love is getting out of hand. In fact, Google is getting out of Read more »

Why Are Homepage Portals Coming Back?

“Make this your homepage!” links remind me strongly of the late 1990s, when people thought that the only way to keep you coming back to a site was to force your browser to bring you there, time and time again. Surfing the internet, or logging into AOL, was a big event back in the days Read more »

9rules Round IV Results: 111 Sites Make The Cut

I opened up my feedreader of choice this morning and it seemed as though my entire list blew up with chatter surrounding the 111 sites that were selected out of the 700 who submitted (Paul forgot hyperlinks on the 9r blog entry, Tyme has a big clickable list.) The official entry received over 50 trackbacks, Read more »

Fun With VoIP, Netgear’s New WiFi Skype Phone

I’m not sure how I missed this, but it seems Netgear is coming out with a WiFi Skype phone that looks very slick: I don’t use Skype for calling friends, however nabbing this phone and using SkypeOut to call their regular numbers seems pretty fly. I read somewhere that the bummer is that there’s no Read more »