Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Seth Godin's Squidoo Opens It's Beta To The Public

More Web 2.0 news. It seems like Web 2.0 is all I can talk about lately. Seth Godin's Squidoo is now in open beta. I was in on the closed beta test and came up with a pretty good lens about Fondue.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Diggity, Digg, Digg... in the dirt.

More Web 2.0 News: Digg.com receives 2.8 million dollars in venture capital.

I heard in one of the TWIT podcasts that Kevin Rose has a lot of plans for Digg.com. I think Dvorak said something like, You could use the Digg idea for a lot of other things. Kevin Rose replied that there were other things already in the works. I guess that's what the 2.8 million dollars is for. Good for him and good luck too.

Now remember what happened during the boom and don't waste that money on Aeron Chairs and pool tables and other crap. 2.8 million could give you a nice sized staff to help promote those other situations where a Digg model would be helpful.
I’m on a Web 2.0 kick lately. They say that before the internet crash it took millions to form a new startup. The first step back then was to get angel funding. Now in the web 2.0 era, there’s free open source software, cheap hardware/hosting, and built in revenue streams like adsense and affiliate programs. You can literally start you company from your garage on a shoe string budget and grow your company with revenue instead of selling your soul to investors.

The other part of the web 2.0 definition is that these new websites are services. Users and other developers should have access to your services so they can create all kinds of new tools that you would have never though of. Another aspect of a web 2.0 site is that they’re very community oriented. The users are in control of content. There’s sites like Flickr, Digg, Technorati, del.icio.us and more. Those are the sites that stand above the rest and a lot of them seem to just be hype. I saw one that reminded me of the internet boom and I was like, yeah so what? Another thing that I just heard in the web 2.0 podcast is that Digg doesn’t fully pay for it’s hosting. They have 7 servers and their own switch, etc but someone helps them out with that. Kevin Rose met a lot of people on TechTV and made some great contacts. He said that they wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for it with their adsense revenue. Interesting stuff.

One startup that I’m waiting patiently for is Squidoo. Seth Godin who wrote permission marketing and a bunch other excellent books that I read during the boom came up with the idea of lenses. 1 page guides to any topic. He believes that these pages will become more valuable to people looking for information than a seach engine. Think about the last thing that you searched for in Google. Did you find what you were looking for? If you did, you probably had a dig through a few pages of sites selling stuff to find the information you were looking for. Squidoo is hopefully going to filter out the noise better than the search engines with their new LensRank algo. We’ll see how that works out. I know I’ll be banging out all kinds of pages once the beta opens up.

Web 2.0 is the internet's 2nd chance. I’m sure that some people will believe their own hype and blow it again but some good is definitely going to come out of this.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

So the big rumor today is that Google and Sun are going to announce their Microsoft Office killer. It’s be a web based tool based on OpenOffice with online storage of your files that you can access from any web browser. Sounds to me like we’re back to the days of dumb terminals but I welcome someone trying to topple the Microsoft monopoly.

Ajax, Ajax, Ajax! It seems like you can’t look at the web without someone telling you how great Ajaxis or how it’s going to change the web (like in the Google/Sun Office killer). For someone used to PC development, Ajax just makes the web more useable. Better user experience, less submitting forms and page reloads make for more efficient use of server resources. Maybe these dumb terminals won’t be so dumb after all. So I guess we’re back to Client Server Development with Fat Clients.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Wow, today marks a new beginning in the world of web searching. My Web 2.0 BETA will rely on user opinion for web searching. Find a site you like, save it, tag it, let other's see it. No more keyword densisty, no more link counting, no more cloaking, redirecting, etc. I'm sure the SEOs out there will figure out how to spoof the results (perhaps click fraud firms from India will re-org to become Save It-Tag Firms).

Google are you listening? Yahoo I salute you!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Just found this Deep Fried Turkey Guide. OoooWeee! Can you just imagine deep frying a turkey?

Monday, May 09, 2005

Global Google Server Down. Come on Yahoo, where is your version of AdSense? Google is starting to show signs of becoming a bloated company.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Now that's a tasty burger. Eatery Offers New 15-Pound Burger

Monday, April 25, 2005

Is there anybody out there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anybody home?

What If Everybody Is Listening And Nobody Is Transmitting?

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Wow, how messed up is this that even McDonalds is outsourcing? It's just sad.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Wow, pretty cool. Yahoo Buys flickr. Congratulations to flickr. The moral of the story is build a good service and it might work out.
InterActiveCorp buys Ask Jeeves for $1.85 billion. Did anyone Ask Jeeves what he thinks about this deal?

Could the days of huge tech money be coming back? Unlikely. Sure the big guys Amazon, Google, EBay, etc will become the IBMs of old but there's still no need for companies with pool tables and free soda that have no idea how to make money.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

TiVo surges on speculation of Apple's interest - Feb. 23, 2005

I'd like to see an Apple Mini loaded with Tivo and used as a settop box. Or perhaps a iTunes like store to sell movies and tv shows. Hmmmm.......

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wow, these are awesome. Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts It's sad that I'm still running Jaguar and haven't installed Panther yet even though it came with my Powerbook. I'd really like to see windows menu accelerator style short cuts like + for the file menu, etc.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

This boy has got the moxy. Boy's drive steers attention
Congratulations to WIL WHEATON for landing a role on CSI. I love his blog and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Personally I only like CSI: Miami but I know I'm in the minority there.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

ABC News: Calif. Jury Awards $15.6M to Nestle Model I'm going straight to the supermarket and checking all the product labels. :)
Looks like no G5 for a while. Apple on G5 PowerBook: Not so fast That's fine with me since I'm a G4 owner. The G4 Powerbook is fast enough for most people already. People are just waiting for the G5 because they think they're power users.
Wow, can't believe this happened so close to where I used to go to the movies.
Private Jet Crashes Near Teterboro, NJ Airport
Route 46 will probably be closed for a while.

Monday, January 03, 2005