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May 15, 2012

“To Yahoo, It Was Just a Fucking Database”

Gizmodo on how Yahoo killed Flickr, “The first community problems became evident when Yahoo decided all existing Flickr users would need a Yahoo account to log in. That switchover occurred in 2007, and was part of the CorpDev integration process to establish a single sign on. Flickr set it to go live on the Ides […]

January 15, 2009

The Beginning of the End for Google Notebook?

Synchronization and cloud services rear the heads once again as Ars has it, “Google closes down lesser-known services, lays off staff.” I don’t use Jaiku or Dodgeball, although there is sure to be a wailing and gnashing of teeth over the closing of Dodgeball. I had been using Google Noteboook, semi-extensively and although it is […]

November 15, 2008

An Enhancement for ri

Ruby Documentation is terse and difficult to navigate. There are some web based solutions, but I am not always on the web, and there are some solutions for keeping your local documentation up to date, but I haven’t automated them. Ri is the Ruby solution to this problem but the results are not always what […]

June 13, 2008

How Hard Could It Be?: Inspired Misfires, Personal Development Article – Inc. Article

The combination of “seems impossible” and “strong network effects” is about as close as you can get to the magic formula for incredible, sustainable success, as with eBay, Wikipedia, and Google. Trenchant analysis from Joel Spolsky.

April 27, 2008

Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

As someone who has definitely expended too much of my life on the watching of Gilligan’s Island, this is heartening news. Shirky argues that there has been a cognitive surplus in the developed world and for the past 50 years we have been soaking up that surplus with situation comedies and that now we are […]

November 24, 2007

Google Ranking Problem

As part of my re-evaluation of my toolkit, I’ve started using MarsEdit. For those who don’t know, MarsEdit is a Macintosh program to write blog posts. There are a couple of small features in the way the Mars Edit works that could have been deal breakers for me, so I was going back to the […]

October 14, 2007

How Search Can Go Wrong

A few weeks ago, I had a bad experience using search at an e-commerce site. It cost me a little money and it cost the merchant a little good will. It was neither enough money nor enough good will to be serious, but that was just luck. If this had happened with a higher cost […]

September 10, 2007

Miscellaneous Museums

I was looking around on the web for some of the works of the Japanese printmaker Hokusai. Here is The Great Wave of Kanagawa, from his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. but if you are unfamiliar with his work I urge you to seek out a larger version and study up on the techniques […]

August 29, 2007

Site Redesign

As part of a larger project to clarify all my various work and personal projects, I have redesigned this site. The redesign is not 100% complete but it is well over 90% so I’m turning it wild to see if anyone else turns up any problems. What I did I had been using standard WordPress […]

July 25, 2007

Find Clipboard

Here’s a keyboard shortcut that I don’t think I ever learned. From the TextMate documentation: 4.5.2 Find Clipboard Two useful key equivalents are ⌘E and ⌘G. The first copies the selection to the shared find clipboard. This works in the majority of applications and allows you to find the next occurrence of that string by […]