Archive for February, 2003

Alan Meckler really gets how *not* to write a corporate blog. Let’s see: Disparaging the competition for silly reasons. Claiming to be a leader when it’s obvious you’re jumping on a bandwagon. This is 2003, not 1999. Weblogs aren’t new, even for marketing purposes. Not connecting with anyone in the outside world. This isn’t a […]

Internet.com: "Back in 2001, when Windows XP was being positioned as a clearinghouse for Internet-based services, VoIP firms jostled for placement on the platform, but, with Microsoft pushing its own .NET Voice Services, the ability to make phone calls from the instant messaging application will be removed. [...] For XP users still interested in VoIP […]

Newsweek is giving away all pretense at editorial integrity, while CNet is not far behind ("a radically new instant messaging and communications product"). These "articles" are just big infomercials for the latest Microsoft yawner, too bad the target audience won’t read them. I’m a music freak, I spend a fair amount of time in IM, […]

Interesting screenshots by Jon Udell: 10 things you need to know about XDocs, Groove + Radio interop. Update: Jon looks at XML support in Office 2003.

So says this review of Polytown. Though I don’t think it’s that tough to listen to, it’s true it’s hard to do anything else beside listening to this album. Terry Bozio on drums and Mick Karn on fretless bass, something tell me these guys could flawlessly play their record, note for note, in a live […]

Dan Gillmor: "Denton doesn’t want to make too big a deal of it, but I think he’s onto something important. He’s pushing the boundaries of niche journalism in logical ways, making the most of the Net’s ease — and low cost — of publishing, as well as the advantages that seem to accrue to pioneers. […]

WebWord interviews Andy King, someone who focuses on speeding up web sites under the fancy name of WSO (web site optimization).

NYT: "Why replace France with India? Because India is the world’s biggest democracy, the world’s largest Hindu nation and the world’s second-largest Muslim nation, and, quite frankly, India is just so much more serious than France these days. France is so caught up with its need to differentiate itself from America to feel important, it’s […]

Hip-hop from the late 80’s is now 15 years old. Take Boogie Down Productions’ By All Means Necessary for instance, ain’t that a true classic? There’s nothing I like so much in rap than these early records. How about NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, or Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us […]

Heiko Hebig: "Inktomi Enterprise Search is now called Verity Ultraseek (as much as Raider is now called Twix). So far so good. Why bother? Well, the inktomi.com web site used to be the host of all support and FAQ pages for the search product. And no one at Verity seems to care that all support […]


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