Yah boo sucks. The Offspring obviously have a sense of humour. THE REGISTER: Napster to sue bastard Offspring. Pure Class!THE REGISTER: C-R-A-P.Com takes the B-I-S-C-U-I-T. Need I say more?So, according to The Register, Microsoft’s plan is to let the Windows OS stuff gradually die a death, and make a hybrid application / browser / management company the newly dominant force on the Net / other devices. Hmmm.Even the New York Times picked this one up! Rebel Outpost on the Fringes of Cyberspace.This is amazingly similar to Neal Stephenson’s cryptonomicon. A regulation-free data haven in the North Sea. Check it outat Wired. Life imitates art!
Gnutella goes mainstream? CNET: Napster-like technology takes Web search to new levelWhew – this is almost more than the profits all the eCommerce companies make! Biggest Waste of Money Online? Hint: It’s Not AdsAn incredible article about the state of Amazon’s finances. Shocking!
This is a great article about setting up your own usability study.
Just the sort of thing to take up an unproductive Thursday. Link
Good article about the questions to ask re:Choosing the Right Design Partner. Can you answer them all?Interesting interview with Jeff Bezos of Amazon. “We Sell Dollar Bills for $1.20.” So are they ripping us off?So now we know – we’re beeing shafted on long-distance calls. Forbes (7-3-00) Meltdown: “With the cost of physically transporting a call now down to just 7% of what consumers pay, it costs more to bill for a call than to provide it.”
It’s official: Netscape engineers are weenies. Microsoft put a deliberate security hole in FrontPage 1998. Whoops.A Guardian interview with Nielsen and Norman (among others) has this quote: “Controllable, predictable, comprehensible, that’s my mantra.”. This is exactly what we’re coming up with at the moment looking at “Autonomy” vs the other search engines (e.g. “Verity”). Good stuff.So here you are. I’m based in the UK, so if you don’t like my site, you know how to get rid of it. Unfortunate.
Dave Winer isn’t convinced by Autonomy either: “I was impressed (not) with the list of links they came up with for that story.”An interesting article in Business 2.0: “The consumer now has control of digital content, empowered with these digital tools. The result of this disintermediation must be the introduction of new business models, not the deus ex machina of technology- or legal-based protection schemes. The true financial value of art cannot be gleaned from selling it over the counter or off the back of a track from a warehouse.”Here are some thoughts (good ones) about writing headlines. The Raphel File. I expect linkrot – there’s no date on the file, etc.Nice one Napster. Not content with merely going up against the labels, they’ve decided to destroy them completely. CNET – Napster: Downloading music for free is legal. I hope they win!
The title is still relevant…While we were away on holiday we had our floor done, and there are some natty pictures of the work in progress. Cheers to Todd at Fab Floors for a fantastic job.Here are some of my favourites:The building site picture…”Floor Before”The fireplace before grinding.”Floor Before 6″The estate agent shot!”Floor After 1″
“The Web has turned the world upside down and inside out. When paradox becomes paradigm, worst practices work best.” From a great article about the effect the web is having on marketing.
MacEdition : Soup Says!: “The King decreed “To every cow its calf, to every book its copy”, and fined St. Columba 40 head of cattle for making an unauthorized copy. Here’s the deal, though: Finnean of Clonard didn’t write the psalter in question, which is a book full of psalms, he just owned it. The issue decided by Diarmit was about allowing the wealthy and powerful to control the flow of knowledge, and allowing the commoditization of information. ” Soooo. Copyright was invented along the lines that the record companies use it, not to protect ‘inventors’!. Things I never knew.The web started here. Amazing to be TBL and see that the whole world is using your view on how things should work.So now it’s clear. Paul Maritz of Microsoft says:”We don’t know precisely whether we’ll get paid for everything”. So .Net is based on them being paid for something and being so ubiquitous that they make billions.PS I’ve been on holiday for a week.
Here’s a nice distillation of what the whole .Net strategy is about… Salon.com tech | Microsoft’s .Net: Visionary or vaporware?