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

NYT on Ethnography

UBWAThe New York Times recently offered an amusing glimpse of commercial ethnography — Consuming Rituals of the Suburban Tribe. Its author aimed a soft-focus lens on field studies of typical American consumers… and even found a wizened ethnographer to...

On the horns of a dilemma…

Like a great many web sites, I’ve got some difficult decisions ahead. New HTML specifications offer promising glimpses of compatibility and extensibility — XHTML, in particular — while at the same time widening the gap between current standards, and...

Everyday Design

Last Friday, Talk of the Nation Science Friday’s Ira Flatow spoke at some length with Don Norman, the user friendly half of the Nielsen-Norman group. I’ve been tremendously influenced by Don over the years. My copy of Don’s Psychology of Everyday...

A grain of salt…

Pop used to zing me with the old saw to “believe 50 percent of what you read and 90 percent of what you see” — though I’d wager that in this age of digital photography and computer-based video wizardry, the latter of those number might tumble....

Solis Maestro’s Paces

Donny brought along his Solis Maestro coffee grinder for our cupping session yesterday. After pressing it into use as our espresso grinder and using it to grind for our open cup session, we’d pretty well explored its very capable range of grinds. On both ends of...

LCD Convergence

Pundits have for some time suggested a least common denominator approach to the convergence of mobile phones, PDAs and increasingly feature-laden devices. “If you can talk into it,” they say, “it’s a phone.” A new generation of products,...

It’s About Semantics

Peter Morville offers a thoughtful perspective on the battling twins of control and creativity that shape information architecture. He lists a number of complex adaptive systems: examples that include collaborative filtering, reputation management, and cooperative...

CES 2002 is underway

CES 2002 is underway — 1.2 million square feet of shiny new consumer products — in the city that itself typifies America’s lust for style over substance, Las Vegas. How utterly appropriate. And, given that the show is reportedly bigger and better...

Anti-SPAM SPAM?

How profitable can it possibly be to spam millions of email addresses with advertisements for anti-spam software? And yet this week it’s the clear leader the junkmail folder. Along with every single message from the yahoo.com domain, which apparently has become...

It’s The Picture, Stupid

Thumbs-up to TechTV for their coverage of the entire MacWorld keynote [hereafter known as the 2002 Apple Lovefest]. Thumbs-down to TechTV commentator and long-time PC columnist John C. Dvorak for whining afterward about Steve Jobs’ extensive demonstrations of...

Tech TV Tivos MacWorld

TechTV is covering the keynote of Steve Jobs from MacWorld, where the *really big* new thing is to be announced. They just cut to a commercial but assured viewers there was no chance they’d miss the big announcement, because… “We’re Tivo-ing...

Happy New Year?

“On Jan. 1, 300 million people in 12 countries will start using some funny-looking money they have never seen before. Months later their old familiar bills and coins will buy them nothing. Many of these people will have only a vague idea of what is going on....

10 True Things

Ya just gotta love these guyz…If you read nothing else on the Web today, read this: 10 things Google has found to be true. Can it really be just that simple? Yes. Absolutely, yes. -Link lifted from Christina at elegant...

By leaps and bounds…

More nifty notes from Google — information about the archivists [folks who knew that, some day, this whole Internet thing just might take off] and statistics that tell the tale: Number of articles per year (roughly): 1981: 4 000 (from May 11)1982: 27 0001983: 62...

Your First Time?

Do you remember your first time? Shy? Uncertain? A little nervous? Now that Google has made its 20-year historical archive available, you can revisit your very first UseNet experience… way back when you were a newbie,...
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