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

A tale of two searches.

A tale of two searches. While plotting a gift for my wife, I recalled an Oprah episode featuring interior design. [For the record, I wasn’t actually watching Oprah, I just happened to be in the same room while it was on. Glad we got that cleared up.] One of the...

Searching Search Results

While engaged in the search for Evan Chan’s killer I recently stumbled across a nifty search engine enhancement, iLOR. iLOR is not itself a Net index… it’s licensed Google’s search technology. What iLOR does is aid in the process of sorting...

The Cost of Free

Silenced by software… Blogger–the engine that drives my [sometimes] daily updates–has been down for most of the weekend. This is bad. Blogger remains free to use, but it’s increasingly clear that, lacking reliability, free is costly in its own...

Net Hunt II

Net hunt redux… Or coincidence, part deux. There’s a new, alarmingly huge Net hunt underway, surrounding the release of the movie A.I. If you wanna start at the beginning, go stare at a movie poster for a while. If you want to catch up to the Net hunt...

Net Hunt

It all started with a Net hunt. You remember Net hunts, right? Mad scrambles around the web? Coaxing obscure information out of cranky, infant search engines? This particular hunt — a marketing machine for the 1995 movie, Johnny Mnemonic [an awful movie] —...

Adieu, Wine.Com

This very sad little message found its way to my inbox this evening… Dear wine.com customer: wine.com, Inc. (the corporation) is ceasing operations and the wine.com website is being transferred to an established and leading online wine retailer with an excellent...

Rumors of B2C’s death are greatly exaggerated…

In a c|net interview of a senior analyst with IDC, I was impressed by the analyst’s take on the state of Internet commerce. The interview detailed a few “perception vs. reality” issues, the first of which was the myth that B2C is dead. The c|net...

Broadband

I’ve always been something of an early adopter. I have, for several years now, been more than willing to adopt a high-speed Internet connection at home. And for those same several years I have been foiled by high-speed access providers, who appeared to be in...

Dotcom Math

The dotcom debacle was “based on the wonderful mathematical notion that if you multiply zero by a sufficiently large number, you’ve got something.” Douglas Adams [yes, that Douglas Adams,] quoted by...

The Absurdity of The Street

So last week I’m with a client, discussing the finer points of navigating a new release of their flagship web application. We had come to easy consensus on virtually every aspect of the design save one, and the group around the table was pretty evenly divided on...

Back the Net Day?

Dear Netizen: Your help is needed. Fueled by a “viral lack of confidence,” the Internet economy has slipped into a recession. If this trend continues, you might soon lose access to your favorite online store, greeting card site, news source, music site or...

Where’d Tech Go?

Every now and then the geek in me revolts… Since the dawn of the “Internet Economy” [yeah, I squirm when I say that, too] I’ve noticed an alarming tendency of mainstream news media and technology industry media alike to eschew reporting on...

A bonus offline shopping story!

A bonus offline shopping story! On a recent trip to a real-world bookstore I found myself wandering in circles to find books related to typographic design. Books about Adobe Illustrator were in the “computers” section, on a shelf that was pretty much...

Just Say No…

I’m a fan of Amazon.com. While I’m not happy with some of their business practices [like their one-click ordering patent — a headlock on the competition and a slap in the face of consumers at the same time] the online shopping experience...

Enough is Never Enough

A recent New York Times article quotes the CEOs of some top PC makers wondering whether there’s an audience for the high-speed processors that have recently hit the market. Michael Dell suggests that, “there haven’t been a lot of great reasons to buy...

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