We have lived in this world where little things are done for love and big things for money. Now we have Wikipedia. Suddenly big things can be done for love.

Clay Shirky

Wayback: The Web Is Not Walden Pond

From the Bloggle Archives, circa March, 2002. I wrote this as an antidote to what struck me as a surge in misplaced web design ideals; ideals that, in fact, turned out to be the beginning of ‘Web 2.0,’ for all that’s worth. I think it’s as...

Maple-Bacon Goodness Spoiled by PayPal

When there is a confluence of links — when not one, but two sites I visit every day features links to the very same interesting new thing — I can’t resist. And so I learned of Lollyphile, and their Maple-Bacon Lollypop. With the exception of...

This Modern Life

It’s remarkable the ways the Internet has transformed us. We’ve been quietly beguiled by technology that doesn’t look or feel like, well… like technology. We’re connected — inexorably, insidiously connected — in ways that just...

Woz: Why Robots Will Never Make Coffee

What’s not to love about Steve Wozniak? Think of the steps that a human being has to do to make a cup of coffee and you have covered basically 10, 20 years of your lifetime just to learn it. So for a computer to do it the same way, it has to go through the same...

iPhones, Black Holes and Stickin’ It to The Man

The state of Vermont is a black hole so far as AT&T is concerned… they offer no direct cellular service here, only a roaming agreement through Vermont’s regional carrier, Unicel. Which is neither here nor there, unless you want to buy an iPhone. And...

Simple Cyphers Every Muggle Should Know

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series — and I am — this last run-up to a book release has you sort of twitchy. Spoilers — or potential spoilers — lurk around most every corner, and sometimes in seemingly innocuous places. Simply...

A ticket to the world…

In the very early 90’s my brother Ken and I sysop’ed a Bulletin Board System (aka, a BBS.) It was a simple dial-up affair (I should be clear… *all* BBS were simple dial-up affairs back then) and ours consisted of a single (anemic) IBM PC, two phone...

Switched

I’ve been using Microsoft Windows on a PC since… since before it was Windows, really. I’ve seen the introduction of Windows 1.0, 2.0, Windows 286, Windows 386 (had a tough battle with DESQview, that one), Windows 3.0, Windows 3.11, Windows for...

On the calculus of memory (or lack thereof)

New Castle lies on the seacoast of New Hampshire, a three hour drive from my home in Vermont. Along the way the road weaves through Vermont’s Green Mountains and New Hampshire’s Boreal forest, and most every turn reveals another postcard-perfect view of...

On the Road…

I’m on the road — destination New Castle, New Hampshire — where I’ll be presenting a usability session at the annual VT/NH DMG conference. This is a new presentation for me; a new platform (Keynote), new tools (MacBook) and lots and lots of...

Now this is just almost embarrassing…

But not so embarrassing that I won’t post it… The Vermont/New Hampshire Direct Marketing Group has made me a poster boy of sorts for their (19th Annual!) conference at the lovely Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa in New Castle, New Hampshire. I understand...

From the Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.

Join me at Wentworth by the Sea for the Vermont / New Hampshire Direct Marketing Group’s 19th annual conference where I’ll be presenting, Get the “F” Out of Your Web Site. “F”-patterns. “C”-menus. The...

!#$%@! Blister Packages!

To accompany the lonely usability note below, and for your reading pleasure, see Pogue’s catchy NY Times ditty, 10 Ways to Please Us, the Customers: 1. Thou shalt not entomb thy product in indestructible plastic. Sure, we understand the temptation: you want your...
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