The guy delivers a decent speech at the DNC and now he’s all over the place. Isn’t this sudden excitement sign that the Democratic ticket is desperately boring? It’s just a speech people, it’s not like Obama has invented the cure for cancer. I’m sorry but I’m not excited by people whose major achievements are rethoric and pushing more legislation. The guy went to law school for chrissakes, that should tell you something (for one, that might get him a VP job one of those days!). Read More
"I can attest to having been extremely frustrated doing web searches trying to find things like software, templates, standard documents, and legal agreements to help me grow my business.
But when advertisers of such services start to put their little classified ads up next to those keywords, the process gets a lot faster. I still use PDF Factory Pro, for example, because I saw their ad on Google next to a jumble of useless results for my web searches on PDF publishing."
Hear, hear! I find myself actively looking for the ads when I’m doing product/shopping-related queries, as sometimes all I want is to know where to buy the freaking stuff and how much it costs. Someone explaining why they offered the thing for their grandma for Christmas, or an obscure academic paper which happens to include my query’s keywords, is sometimes just noise. It’s all about context.
01/14/05 update: Google search within sponsored links.
05/30/05 update: indirectly related: Yahoo Mindset.
You can now drag and drop text from another HTML page to the Blogger editing screen, and the hyperlinks will follow along. Very nice. See Christopher Jason Wetherell’s note on the usefulness of WYSIWYG editing in the browser.
There are still some datapoints you cannot use as pivots, for instance even though Chopin is filed under the Romantic era, that period is not a hotlink that would lead to its own area on the site (which is frustrating because contemporary works are supposed to be browsable by decade, though that feature doesn’t work too well).
The new sortable list/detail format is more efficient to let you browse a discography, and other features such as the picture browser let you access more content without reloading the whole page. Some features such as advanced search (which loads within the page too) will require free registration.
Overall, this feels like a nice update to an invaluable resource that makes better use of the huge underlying database (and now classical is merged with the rest), here’s hoping the rough edges will be ironed out soon.
"Before that Mr. Kerry did nothing but boring boilerplate–John Edwards "shares American values"–all that vague stuff. What does that mean? It means someone’s focus group said “they like the word values” But they like it when it has meaning, when it is connected to issues that mean something, not when it’s just some dumb word cynically thrown out for the boobs. Boobs are sophisticated now. They may be sophisticated beyond their intelligence, but they know rote words used to please them are rote words used to please them. And they’re not impressed. "
I wouldn’t want to go beneath Peggy Noonan’s utterly civil but nonetheless lethal scalpel! But please, every columnist should have an RSS feed. Ditto for, say, David Brooks, or whomever you want to follow (Krugman triggers so much response he doesn’t need his feed, each of his columns will be abundantly praised or fisked anyway).
"There are two distinct components here: an open source Gmail API written for the .NET framework, and a proof of concept Windows application built on top of that API that provides basic remote Gmail functions."
Open source, client software, in .NET, connected to Gmail — all in the same sentence? That’s blowing up a lot of common misconceptions.
And this is very interesting in terms of architecture:
"And we’re striving to handle the load. But to be perfectly frank, it isn’t easy. We’ve had some bugs and some outages – and for that I am truly sorry. I don’t think the service is fast enough or stable enough. So, stability and fast response time is job #1, over new features and product developments. It has to work, 100% of the time."
I’m pretty sure this isn’t the last we hear from Technorati this summer…
Update: speaking of scalability, Wikipedia faces interesting challenges too. Small organizations serving always-increasing demand with a shoestring budget while the underlying content database keeps growing too deserve a lot of respect.
Phil Wainewright, after having drifted too far into the "the web is good enough" camp, now gets back to a point of view I find much more easy to agree with:
"Jon Udell’s recent column on The Google PC generation made a very strong case for deploying PC horsepower to marshaling data rather than enhancing the user interface: "If you join massive horsepower to vast data, amazing things will happen." The mistake that Microsoft is making by pouring resources into Avalon is to focus on perfecting the user experience for solitary creative endeavours at the expense of enhancing good-enough access to the tremendously powerful collaborative resources of the Internet (low-cost photo touch-up service providers, for example)."
While I’m not sure Avalon is so much of a focus that it would hurt Longhorn’s strengths as a rich internet client, at least we agree on the premise: the challenge is to get the best of both worlds, rather than keep opposing reach and richness. We want both, and there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll get them. What platform will get there first, and in what timeframe, is what remains to be seen.
07/15/04 update: Phil got back to this topic here, and addresses the counterpoints I and others raised in this entry (where he underlines the synchronicity between the sale of Oddpost to Yahoo and the acquisition of Alphablox by IBM). I have witnessed firsthand the resistance of resource-starved small and medium businesses to feature-rich but high-maintenance solutions such as the Exchance/Outlook combination, so I certainly can relate to the idea that lighter products such as browser-based apps can be valuable.