Anatomy of a Crushing:
Imagine you're a relatively small company (Pinboard) and news leaks that your vastly larger competitor (Delicious) might be about to disappear. A huge bonanza? Sure, if you can keep the site running under traffic that's suddenly 20 times higher than normal. (previously) (via)
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Mar 8, 2011 -
"[W]ebsites and hosting services should not be “fads” any more than forests and cities should be fads – they represent countless hours of writing, of editing, of thinking, of creating. They represent their time, and they represent the thoughts and dreams of people now much older, or gone completely. There’s history here. Real, honest, true history. So Archive Team did what it could, as well as other independent teams around the world, and some amount of Geocities was saved."
Now, one year later, they have announced that nearly a terabyte of web history
will soon be made available to the public as a 900GB torrent file
. (Previously. / Previously.) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Oct 29, 2010 -
Oh those vaunted "first 100 days
," they are finally upon us. Roosevelt's legendary time period has long been applied to new administrations, but never so emphatically or with such hope as to the Obama administration. And now you can follow them! For commentary, there's The First 100 Days
, for mainstream media there's Obama's First 100 Days
, for a comparison between old and new there 100 Days: Starting the Job, From FDR to Obam
a, for new media there's Obama's First 100 Days
, and finally, for a government perspective there's First 100 Days
I smell an idea for an ironic t-shirt...
posted by Cochise
on Jan 22, 2009 -
If you enjoyed Supermarket 2.0
, you'll love brgr
, aka Burger 2.0
! Yes, it's your basic "if your hamburger were like a website/web celebrity/software product/tech company/buzzword" schtick, but some
of them are funny. My faves [inside].
posted by wendell
on Aug 26, 2007 -
30,000 customers in the San Francisco area lost power today at about 1:50pm PDT, in a series of power failures which knocked out a major datacenter hub: 365 Main. The hub controls servers for many social media sites, including Technorati
and all Six Apart
properties, including TypePad
. (6A's twitter stream
has updates.) More here
Amusingly enough, 365 Main tempted fate and released a press release today
patting themselves on the back for "two years of 100-percent uptime".
posted by zarq
on Jul 24, 2007 -
People of the Web
--very well done short video profiles of interesting people online. Mike Rogers of blogactive
is on the front page now. Links to previous profiles are on the right, including Kirk Cameron, Caleb Shikles, Sherman Austin, and Josh Wolf.
posted by amberglow
on Jun 1, 2007 -
Before RSS and personalized aggregators such as Personalized Google
, there was CRAYON
, a service that allowed you to "CReAte Your Own Newspaper" by providing a page with links to chosen sources. [mi]
posted by divabat
on Mar 28, 2007 -
Love food? Love kvetching about how moderators suck? Here's a look inside what it takes to moderate a hugely popular site (Chowhound.com) and to have to explain to people over and over that you are not in fact, evil.
posted by spicynuts
on Mar 13, 2007 -
Your favorite band's website sucks.
I can't count the number of times I've wanted to share a band's great new tracks with friends over email and had to give them detailed instructions on how to navigate the flash popup (ok, first click on the band's launch panel, then look in the popup for something marked "sounds" then click that and click the stream button...what? you don't have the latest flash?), or if I love a band's music, I can't seem to find their tour dates even though I know they're on the road. Merlin drops the five golden rules for bands that do too good of a job keeping their fans from their music.
posted by mathowie
on Dec 6, 2004 -
Hatred via weblog.
The Jewish Internet Association
, a tax-exempt, non-profit California corporation, considers the Internet a battleground, where "every channel must be utilized to resist and convert others to our defense and support." A whois showed they have the same mailing address as palestinefacts.org
. However, examining their weblog
reveals an agenda that is every bit as hateful as Hamas.
From a recent entry:
"The Palestinian Arabs go through a pretense of having a government" .... "This must end. In the past the only way such murderous, bastard regimes have ended was through massive destruction of their people and lands." .... "The same process will be required to end the fraudulant "peace process" and come to the point where there can be a new start."
The JIA site links to a guide for shutting down offensive websites
. Do you think the same techniques would work against them too?
posted by insomnia_lj
on Oct 16, 2003 -
The Most Delicious Food That's Also Very Good For You -
- in fact, to my mind, the best
food in the world
, including all the tastiest unhealthy ones, is sashimi
. And sushi
comes second. But sometimes it's late at night or too early in the morning; you're broke; the restaurants
are closed; you're nowhere near Tokyo's Tsukiji
and all your sushi etiquette
; your favourite sushi websites
; your well-thumbed sushi books
and your fishy wishlists
...are of no darn use to you. Then
you remember it's late or early enough to hit your local fish market... And it's then
that this ideologically incorrect and Hawaii-leaning, California-dreaming, somewhat Englishly-challenged set of video tutorials comes into its own! Truth be told, for the price of one fresh mackerel, one sardine, a slice of salmon... and sashimi is yours! [But who am I kidding? It's just not the same. Oh well, Windows Media required for the vids.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 19, 2003 -
Users don't like a lot of Flash
- Looks like Macromedia's new Web site redesign
that utilizes all Flash for its navigation isn't winning any awards with users, especially those running Opera and Apple's Safari browsers. It's nice looking, but I prefer a simpler design like here MetaFilter.
posted by MediaMan
on Mar 11, 2003 -
If you like movies, and you like to watch them on DVD, and appreciate in-depth, thoughtful analysis of various features on a particular DVD, then you need The DVD Journal
. And nothing else.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Feb 17, 2003 -
Information deemed useful to terrorists is disappearing from government Web sites
. I know this is old news, but this article details some of the specifics of whas has been happening. "The previous presumption, that publicly-funded information is the rightful property of the public until proven otherwise, has been replaced by the presumption that the public has to prove to a suspicious government that it deserves the information." I understand that as a nation we are hypersensitive now to terrorism, but isn't this just what the terrorists want? The loss of our freedoms to information?
posted by archimago
on Dec 19, 2002 -
Feng Shui for Web Designers
Contains such helpful tidbits as "Macromedia Flash encourages curvy images and is therefore blessed with positive chi" and "The messy dithering of colours that occurs with JPEG compression is bad feng shui."
posted by oissubke
on Dec 12, 2002 -
The Apothecary's Drawer
is the "play page" of writer and science journalist Ray Girvan. Here you'll find the Web equivalent of stuffed alligators, brass astrolabes and jars of leeches: an eclectic choice of links to scientific and artistic sites worldwide. Give it a try.
posted by Morphic
on Nov 17, 2002 -