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Blogs of Our Lives.

Blogs of Our Lives. There I was, enjoying a Burger King breakfast, reading the local Gannett paper, when I turn to their Tuesday technology section and find . . .
posted by fpatrick on Apr 10, 2001 - 22 comments

A Flash usability white paper

A Flash usability white paper that says Flash can improve the usability of a web site.
    "When executed correctly, with attention paid to the needs and wants of users, Macromedia Flash content can actually improve the user experience on any Web site."
Can Flash be saved if developers start thinking about usability? Is this going to impact Jakob Nielsen's 99% figure?
posted by Dugout on Apr 9, 2001 - 8 comments

A dot com (sort of) that's making money

A dot com (sort of) that's making money I'd love to post this link to f****dcompany.com but unfortunately these people claim to be profitable. So I have to wonder if some of those really stupid business ideas from the web boom weren't so so stupid after all.
posted by rdr on Apr 6, 2001 - 11 comments

Shockwave 3D Beta

Shockwave 3D Beta - Yet another re-entry into the world of Web 3D, this one long-heralded. It definitely looks a lot nicer than the last one we discussed here, but details on authoring are sketchy. Though it's pretty, it still doesn't really answer the question - is there a need/demand for Web3D?
posted by kokogiak on Apr 6, 2001 - 18 comments

Big Blue moves into the web services arena,

Big Blue moves into the web services arena, claiming to be the first company to provide such services. Ever hear of .NET? Seems to me that they've been rolling a framework (that's got BETA development tools already) since last summer.

i think the most poignant point in this article isn't the fact that IBM's making false claims, but this quote by Peter O'Kelly:

``It's amazing that these guys are agreeing to work with the same standards. They've finally realized it's a disservice to customers when they try and compete on the basis of proprietary formats and protocols."

Now if the browser wars could end, we'd all be in better shape.
posted by tatochip on Mar 14, 2001 - 5 comments

Following the earlier post regarding cheap domain names, does anyone know anything about .eu.com domains? I've found one site offering them, but are they actually available yet? What's the story?
posted by Cobbler on Mar 6, 2001 - 5 comments

AOL Dominates Web Traffic,

AOL Dominates Web Traffic, according to Jupiter Media Metrix, who found that AOL Time Warner’s combined share of the time Americans spent online last month was 33(!) percent.
posted by frednorman on Feb 27, 2001 - 8 comments

A spectre is haunting the Web - the spectre of standards.

A spectre is haunting the Web - the spectre of standards. Jeffery Zeldman takes a bold step and stops supporting "bad browsers". Will the Web follow?
posted by geir on Feb 22, 2001 - 47 comments

According to an Alexa Research report,

According to an Alexa Research report, Web users are morons (entering URLs into search engines to get to sites) and perverts (most popular search term is "sex"). I, for one, am shocked.
posted by tregoweth on Feb 16, 2001 - 37 comments

In time for Valentine's Day,

In time for Valentine's Day, the fabulous Guardian weblog has a special collection of links to articles about love, sex, cybersex and permutations of those three, from Australia, US, Canada, maybe a few virtual realms, too.
posted by jhiggy on Feb 13, 2001 - 2 comments

Slate experiments with form

Slate experiments with form in its new series "Seed" aka "Genius Babies", a long-form investigative report by David Plotz that will unfold on the web as he interviews and collates sources. The editorial concept is a deliberate attempt to bring 5000+ word pieces to web journalism, while opening it up to the possibilities of the medium.
posted by dhartung on Feb 8, 2001 - 10 comments

Salon tightens its belt...

Salon tightens its belt... No surprise there, things are tough all over. But what caught my eye was a quote in paragraph 5 from an industry pundit who said he "hasn't seen any site that can be profitable with a revenue base of less than $15 million per quarter". What future does the web have if every site that creates its own content has to bill $60 million a year?
posted by BGM on Jan 31, 2001 - 12 comments

Goodbye, farewell, and chicken butt.

Goodbye, farewell, and chicken butt. One of the most brilliant comedy sites ever, Computer Stew, is going away. If you've never watched any of these amazingly funny web-shows you have about 24 hours to do so. I highly recommend you do.
posted by bondcliff on Jan 25, 2001 - 5 comments

Welcome to a new era of drop shadows.

Welcome to a new era of drop shadows. Ever since Gore conceded, I was curious about the transition of the White House site. And, um, it's a little sparse right now. Did anyone catch what time it went live?
posted by holgate on Jan 20, 2001 - 59 comments

Invasion of the Usability Experts!

Invasion of the Usability Experts! It's about time someone said this, and I'm glad it was Dale. [ via kottke, where another conversation is going on ]
posted by fraying on Jan 12, 2001 - 11 comments

This by far

This by far is the all-time worst use of flash ever. Boring, long, and utterly unimportant. It blows -- the competition away!
posted by rschram on Jan 10, 2001 - 17 comments

How you say

How you say Duking it out with Accenture for the title of most disagreeable computer-generated faux-English corporate nomenclature de la semaine, a company with the perfectly good name Productivity Works has gone and screwed it up by renaming itself isSound. "Because the future is listening," the homepage tells us. What it's listening to is all of us stammering to pronounce an unnatural string of letters. In related news, despite admitting it still works, isSound isShitcanning itsScreenReader, pwWebSpeak.
posted by joeclark on Jan 3, 2001 - 5 comments

The commercializaton of the web has failed.

The commercializaton of the web has failed. Oh, dear. What a catastrophe. Heh-heh-heh...
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jan 2, 2001 - 32 comments

I think they got a bargain.

I think they got a bargain. A company which was in financial trouble let a kid come in for two weeks as an intern. He took a look at their business, immediately set up a web site for them to sell their product, and they promptly received an order for 70,000 pounds through that web site. It appears it will save their company.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Dec 28, 2000 - 5 comments

At 21,000 gigabytes of HTML, the web isn't all that large. (?)

At 21,000 gigabytes of HTML, the web isn't all that large. (?) Is there anything which you can't find somewhere on the web? An entire Yahoo category for Potato cannons?
posted by Steven Den Beste on Dec 23, 2000 - 4 comments

Mattl.com (links to dubious content)

Mattl.com (links to dubious content) Is it an error/javascript on my client software, or does Mattl.com look like it's been hacked by linking to dubious content ?
posted by williamtry on Dec 23, 2000 - 11 comments


S2K: So the election is over and you're sad. Right? Right? Er, well, anyway, check out this hilarious (and as-yet-unfinished) online comic featuring the guy we all secretly wanted to vote for. If we didn't already. (Features naughty words at times.)
posted by Skot on Dec 14, 2000 - 4 comments

A good Flash intro?

A good Flash intro? Other than what the company is about, i was impressed with the Flash intro, especially the music which goes with it.
posted by Zool on Dec 12, 2000 - 23 comments

5k site debuts

5k site debuts...and it's awesome. Stewart, Eric and Matt have obviously collaborated well on this project.
It really whets my appetite for the TicketStubs site, which I'm really looking forward to, aren't you?
posted by williamtry on Dec 9, 2000 - 7 comments

Yahoo-ification of the Web.

Yahoo-ification of the Web. Yahoo buys E-Groups. They bought Webring.org a few months back. What is next? Will my Yahoo screen name become my legal name? And don't even talk to me about the spam issue, because I might start to cry.
posted by kristin on Dec 8, 2000 - 11 comments

More Pseudo-Amazon Layout Fun

More Pseudo-Amazon Layout Fun It used to amaze me that people have entire careers based on ripping off others. Now it's just standard (I apologize for the thousandth post of an amazon.com tabs comment). The site actually looks like the old Amazon interface hooked up with the current Altavista site, and created some bizarre, overly-influenced mélange.
posted by Hankins on Dec 3, 2000 - 12 comments

Overpaid, anal-retentive web usability expert

Overpaid, anal-retentive web usability expert puts himself out of a job? Or perhaps engages in second-round of funding to maintain astonishing levels of frankly unfathomable self-publicity? You might think so, but I couldn't possibly comment.
posted by barbelith on Nov 23, 2000 - 26 comments

Steal a design, win an award. Sumerset Custom Houseboats won several awards in the 2000 Inc. Magazine Web Awards 2000, including the top prize in the General Excellence category. According to a company press release, the site was chosen for its "simple, functional, yet elegant design". The only problem is, they stole the design from IBM's site.
posted by jkottke on Nov 22, 2000 - 33 comments

marchFirst circles the bowl...

marchFirst circles the bowl... Too bad. I thought it would be cool to work for them but now analyst are predicting the demise of the company. I wonder if they will have a great deals on Macs when they go bankrupt?
posted by Brilliantcrank on Nov 21, 2000 - 7 comments

what will be supported

what will be supported now that browsers are a-changin' again? handy resource from a Netscape product manager.
posted by patricking on Nov 18, 2000 - 0 comments

Gore good, pull down menus bad.

Gore good, pull down menus bad. Jakob no likey drop down menus. I searched and could find no reference to the newest Alertbox. It may not necessarily be a hot topic but I have to agree with Mr. Nielsen. Pull down menus suck especially the ones created by CSS. Web design should not try to function like an operating system interface or a republican political campaign.

Did I include enough politics for this post?
posted by Brilliantcrank on Nov 17, 2000 - 18 comments

Multilingual domain name testbed

Multilingual domain name testbed went live a few hours ago. (More at the ICANN site.)
posted by tamim on Nov 10, 2000 - 0 comments

Boo is back.

Boo is back. And apparently "this time it's personal".
posted by astro38 on Oct 30, 2000 - 1 comment

Patrick Farley's latest comic

Patrick Farley's latest comic is a great halloween treat. Anyone know of other good online comic artists?
posted by mathowie on Oct 30, 2000 - 18 comments

Etour.com claims it's like "channel surfing" on the web, but it isn't.

Etour.com claims it's like "channel surfing" on the web, but it isn't. Surfing is something in-between purposefully seeking a goal and letting the wind blow you wherever it wishes. It's not totally random. It's not totally goal-driven. So it must involve a human who is making half-choices, taking half-risks. It can't be programmed. [more…]
posted by grumblebee on Oct 27, 2000 - 9 comments

Journalism profs are soliciting Internet users' opinions

Journalism profs are soliciting Internet users' opinions on how "politically interested Web surfers are using the Internet in the 2000 U.S. presidential elections."
posted by thescoop on Oct 24, 2000 - 0 comments

A Complete Map of What?

A Complete Map of What? Buchanan International claims to have created a complete page-level map of the Internet. I think (the article's not really clear on that). Am I the only one who finds this ridiculous? And their motives are so pure: "the completion of the map is prob-ably (sic) the first big step in the quest to control internet anarchy." Does the Financial Times usually publish such drivel? (via Brian Carnell)
posted by mrmorgan on Oct 22, 2000 - 8 comments


eve.com is no more, which is a shame they had more than a few sexy photographs on there and decent design.
posted by skallas on Oct 21, 2000 - 4 comments

Register.com and Staples are offering $1 domains

Register.com and Staples are offering $1 domains for a limited time. What's the catch?
posted by mathowie on Sep 30, 2000 - 10 comments

Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic

Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic Jakob Nielsen says "to take the Internet to the next level, users must begin posting their own material ... the vast wasteland of Geocities confirms this. Giving users a home-page editing program does not turn them into good writers." Meg takes Nielsen to task: "his recommended approach is crazy ...Why bog kids down with HTML?" Blogs, of course, are her solution. But for some folks this simply doesn't add up. Saying kids shouldn't learn HTML because Blogger exists is like saying they shouldn't learn to add because calculators exist.
posted by webchick on Sep 30, 2000 - 122 comments


NBCi relaunches as probably the most boring, blase portal site I've ever seen and their stock goes up? Is it just me, or does it look like they bought the site from "Al's Do It Yourself Portals"?
posted by owillis on Sep 25, 2000 - 7 comments

What is up with this?

What is up with this? I thought the weblogging community was the only one to engage in petty bickering? What I want to know is, while I can understand having a free Geocities site or something just to flame somebody, utterly removing your paid-for site stikes me as a bit off-kilter.
posted by mrmorgan on Sep 17, 2000 - 9 comments

Proprietary URLs?

Proprietary URLs? How many of these non-standard prefixes does your system support?

Just off the top of my head with the programs I have running right now, I can handle nap: aim: hotline: and a few others, not counting all the ones built into my browser.

More inside...
posted by anildash on Sep 15, 2000 - 2 comments


ExplodingDog is back up, Huzzah!
posted by Lirp on Sep 12, 2000 - 0 comments

Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia

Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia -- Bike messenger Harim Veracruz says that the IndyMedia site has been "a godsend" for him and his colleagues. "All the messengers are using it," he said. "There's a map of the city, information on who is going to be where, what parts of the city to avoid, how to get from here to there fast, even restaurant recommendations. It's a very helpful site." Veracruz said he's even "gotten educated as to why these people are so angry" by reading some of the political news on the site, and is considering joining a protest walk to the U.N. on Friday.
posted by johnb on Sep 8, 2000 - 1 comment

Oh shit, oh piss, oh dear. Judge rules domain names are not property. We had enough problems with this in the last decade with 800-numbers. <sigh>
posted by baylink on Aug 25, 2000 - 12 comments

Bake Cookies for your Visitors with Flash.

Bake Cookies for your Visitors with Flash. Another spot on editorial from the folks at Flazoom.com. You know, if Flash developers would practice what Flazoom has been preaching for the past few months, my IT department would never have banned SWF files from our firewall. Gahh...
posted by DragonBoy on Aug 23, 2000 - 0 comments

Do you see what i see.

Do you see what i see. Anyone work on web projects funded by the Department of Education, or any other organization which is now requiring websites be Bobby Approved?
posted by milhous on Aug 10, 2000 - 11 comments

Disney.com launches Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety

Disney.com launches Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety
What is Goofy doing on The Cliffs of Mean Manners? Will Donald get lost in The Virus Caves? Is Minnie safe on No Privacy Beach?
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Aug 9, 2000 - 4 comments


Submethod gets a facelift. Creepy, but nice as always.
posted by skizz on Aug 2, 2000 - 3 comments

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