Software, Digital Content, Geopolitics, Economics & More from of a Libertarian Serial Expat and Entrepreneur
Jakob Nielsen: "Small websites get less traffic than big ones, but they can still dominate their niches. For each question users ask, the Web delivers a different set of sites to provide the answers." A few years ago I looked at what Jakob Nielsen published as a great source of insights. Now I feel he’s [...]
Julian Bond: "I have to wonder why. But then I’m one of those reactionary old bigots who thinks that the killer broadband app is the Internet. And that captive portals and broadband "launch pads" are hopelessly 1997." Exactly. If SBC wasn’t pushing its existing customers to switch to the Yahoo cobranded stuff, I wonder how [...]
CNet: "Second, the proposal substitutes an unelected bureaucrat’s judgment about what material is appropriate for a mailing list, a chatroom or a Web log for the judgment of the person who first created the resource. There are other checks and balances than this kind of rough-hewn approach, such as readers eventually recognizing that a publication [...]
InformationWeek: "Rather than looking at maintaining the integrity of data as a necessary evil, companies should see data quality as a critical business process, and clean data a key product of the business. "You need to build your database around your constituents. [...] Databases created at different times, in different formats, and for different business [...]
These sample apps are cute, but damn are they sluggish. The very simple contact manager makes Outlook (a program several orders of magnitude more complex and powerful) look blazingly fast (and a fast program it ain’t, if you compare it to Excel). I guess Laszlo is still faster than the typical browser experience and all [...]
Line56: "Estroff [a Microsoft senior product planner] says that Microsoft doesn’t plan an RFID package per se, rather that the company (and its partners) want to make sure that Microsoft software "integrates with RFID" in the manufacturing and retail supply chains."
InfoWorld: "IDG’s InfoWorld yesterday became the first publisher to incorporate advertising into its RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed, an important step in the medium’s commercial viability." Well, I guess The End of Free, which has had some ads in its RSS for more an a year, is not a "publisher" then. Whatever. I don’t see [...]
Don’t waste time on sterile arguments with competitors who think they’re the center of the universe. There’s nothing in there that will grow your business whatsoever, and customers don’t give a crap. Just ignore those that, whatever the topic at hand might be, think the discussion should be about them. We, the customers who are [...]
Dear consulting client who I’ve been bugging for months about RSS and who argues back that it’s just for ultra geeks, would you consider the fact that Yahoo is adopting RSS on a variety of their services a clue that this is catching on? Plus reading RSS feeds in Outlook (thanks to Newsgator) feels a [...]
I'm CEO of an online trade publishing firm in the marketing and defense verticals. We try to make news and data digestible and useful in an environment that is more noisy each day. This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, software, and more, based on my business and personal experiences. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that stood the test of times better. Personal views only.