Software, Digital Content, Geopolitics, Economics & More from of a Libertarian Serial Expat and Entrepreneur
Memorable Download of the Day is McLusky Do Dallas, a totally enjoyable indie rock album that will please all the people who, like me, used to get drunk listening to the Pixies or Sonic Youth about a dozen years ago. (The transition to Iaora Tahiti by Mouse on Mars – which is what comes next [...]
Scott Berkun: "All things can not be easily discoverable because everything is limited. You have limited screen real estate, users have limited attention spans, and abilities to perceive or understand things. Therefore, all design for people is a zero-sum game: tradeoffs must be made and priorities must be set if there
After a few weeks spent attending to a voluminous amount of various tasks, I’m back in the project manager saddle for a little while (I’m doing both our product management and project management, which is not a terribly bright idea, but it’s the best organization we came up with considering our current resources and skills). [...]
That’s Dr. Evil reading Typepad’s Plus account specs. Dr Evil is impressed because he’s just been awaken from the 60′s. I’m not because this is 2003, and we have nearly half a TB in storage across our several PCs here at home. I’ve just got my girlfriend Sophie to sign-up there to handle our pictures [...]
Chris Pirillo is convinced email is ded and he’s betting the farm on RSS. As a user, the spam problem is a lot less acute for me now that I use a combination of SpamAssassin on the server and Cloudmark on the client, but as a publisher, I can relate, as it is quite difficult [...]
Adam Bosworth: Detour "Why has the web kept its gesture of user interactions so small? I believe it is because most web applications are not intended for frequent/daily use. Instead of the old model in which you use 2 or 3 applications every day you tend to interact with hundreds or more every month or [...]
If, like me, you download all the feeds you subscribe to in a single directory, you might want to group them by "Feed Name" (a custom field), rather than "From". Keeps things tidier and easier to follow. Thanks Greg!
My buddy and (sleeping yet awake) business partner John "summer cold" Engler asks me to explain how I handled our change in URL structure last month at Up2Speed (2004 update: now called MarketingVox), so here we go. My first goal was to change our URL structure for individual archives from: http://www.up2speed.com/archives/name_of_entry.php#uselessnumber To: http://www.up2speed.com/archives/yyyy/mm/dd/name_of_entry/ You’ll recognize [...]
Simon Fell: "I’ve been working on an ASP.NET app that uses Context.RewritePath to give friendly style URLs (ala mod_rewrite), everything was working great, but have run into a problem where it doesn’t play well with smartNav and redirects." Isn’t it high time there was a mod_rewrite clone for IIS? Shouldn’t it come right out of [...]
Jon Udell: "Take a test-driven approach, and your engineers will better design software and engage in risk-free refactoring. [...] TDD solves a different set of problems. It does so by proposing that before you write any nontrivial piece of production code, you write tests that the code will at first fail, and then when written [...]
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.