23 Feb

Zeldman: Web 3.0

Why, now that all these topics that I posted feverishly about for years are making front page news, am I almost mute? Jeffrey Zeldman perfectly captures everything that got me sick of the whole web 2.0 noise explosion. I’m busy building our own businesses and I hardly even keep up with what’s new. Oh wait, there’s actually preciously few innovations around, everybody is busy trying to pass me-too features for original products, and bland products for actual businesses.
My interest for online things sold to Google (or whomever else) that not only did zero dollar of revenue so far, but obviously scream for a lack of any business model is absolutely nil. More power to you if you can make a quick buck in the meantime, if I can grab some silly money I wouldn’t spit on it either. But let’s drop the attitude and stop pretending there’s anything actually exciting going on there.

06 Feb

Introducing TaxPrinter.com

Please welcome TaxPrinter.com, another site I created with Tig, this one totally different from what we usually do. Tig came up with the idea after he needed to address one of his administrative needs and couldn’t find a ready answer. The service is pretty basic: if you lost your old tax software but need to reprint a tax filing you had processed with it, send the file to us, we’ll read it and send it back to you. Seems crazy but backward compatibility isn’t part of most (all?) tax software, and sometimes you do need your old tax filings. Getting them back from the IRS is slow and cumbersome and searching through the attic and den for an elusive backup printout isn’t anyone’s idea of fun.
We really have no idea how big the market for this is but we do think our service is much more convenient, fast and inexpensive than what’s available so far. If you can help us get the word out to accountants who will no doubt find it a practical resource for their clients, please let me know (link love is much welcome too of course). Also, I’ve put together the site rather quickly so there’s no doubt I left rough edges, feedback is appreciated (I’m not sure the form on the front page works with Safari yet for instance).