Web2.0

Five Random Websites I Love

As I’m sure is the case with you, I come across a lot of websites. Between all of the things I search, the things that are suggested to me, the things that I read about on Twitter or RSS or in magazines, the number seems astronomical when you step back and think about it. I probably only find 1 in 100 sites that are worthwhile enough for me to bookmark or subscribe to. There are even fewer that I like so much that I tell… Continue reading

2/4/11

Why We Made LockerPulse Completely Free

We’ve done away with the Premium Accounts on LockerPulse and have instead moved to an ad-supported model. This was something we had discussed for a long time, even prior to launch, and knew might be the best path for success for the site. The #1 factor in the decision was simply that the limited ads that we’ve tested out have performed surprisingly well, while the Premium Accounts have tailed off after a promising start. Being featured in the Chrome Web App store gave us an… Continue reading

1/30/11

Unsubscribed From TechCrunch

Mark Cuban professes to read three hours a day. [He points out] that one great idea he gets from a magazine he spends hours reading will pay off a thousand times over for his business. The challenge then is to limit the crap you consume and focus on what’s actually going to help you. You know, so you can actually make progress with your company. I might not spend three hours a day like Mark Cuban, but I’d say I read close to two a… Continue reading

1/26/11

Browsers of Choice

It’s always interesting to me to see what browsers people use. Increasingly I’m surprised by how many non-tech savvy people I notice not using Internet Explorer, something that was rare even a few years ago.  First Firefox and now Chrome have done a great job of pushing the idea that not every browser is the same.  Just the simple fact that Google hits you with Chrome ads every time you visit Google to do a search or YouTube to watch a video has led to… Continue reading

9/24/10

Questions About The Future of the Web Browser

The future of the web browser. It’s an interesting topic in and of itself. It’s even a more interesting topic for a guy like me who makes his living developing stuff that runs in said browser. Lately I’ve found myself asking a lot of questions, both to myself and to the people I know who are knowledgeable in the industry. Here’s what pops into my head: Are we moving toward an app world where the browser becomes less relevant?  Are we already there? How do… Continue reading

8/19/10

Twitter: the Revenue “Problem” Solved

I was disappointed when Twitter announced their @anywhere platform a few weeks back. Not that it’s not a good idea. I think it’s logical to want to compete with Facebook Connect. But it doesn’t solve their number one core problem – they are spending gobs of money and still don’t have a business model. When I heard there was going to be a big announcement, I was one of the many people who figured it would finally be an advertising platform. I mean, it’s silly… Continue reading

4/5/10

What Matters Now (or the best free eBook ever)

I’ve had a cold the past few days. I’ve only been able to mentally handle a few hours of work per day. I’ve been spending a lot of time sleeping, reading and watching TV (and by TV I mean a little Hulu, some DVDs, and Sports Center). Lucky for me I’ve been enamored with a new book. More precisely, a free eBook entitled What Matters Now. The book was organized by marketing extraordinaire Seth Godin and can be downloaded on his blog.  The book is… Continue reading

12/17/09

Another Business Magazine Bites the Dust

Last night I picked up the latest issue of Fortune Small Business magazine and started flipping through. I almost never read the letter from the editor, but the headline ”Hail and Farewell” caught my eye. I thought maybe the editor was leaving and moving on. Turns out that this would be the last issue of the magazine. Time Inc is shutting it down. Damn. This is the second great business magazine that’s gone down in the last few years – Time Inc also closed Business… Continue reading

12/10/09

snailmailr is Brilliant!

I recently discovered snailmailr, a nifty website that lets you send real mail (i.e. “snail mail”) online for only 99 cents per letter, postage included.  As you can see from the picture, the interface is dead simple.  You can write your letter with their online editor or you can attach a Word Document, PDF, Powerpoint Slide, etc.  They use laser color printers, 100% recycled paper, and even purchase carbon offsets for their paper use.  And it works internationally.  You can opt to pay 10 cents… Continue reading

11/25/09

I Just Tried Google Chrome OS And…

I think people are kind of missing the point. If you haven’t had a chance, watch the short video below and read the live blog of the event from TechCrunch. I installed it as a virtual machine using VirtualBox, as you can see in the picture above. Given that there aren’t any guest additions, it’s somewhat limited – even with a ton of memory allocated, it lags a bit and has a 800×600 resolution. So I’ll withhold my real review until those are released. Some… Continue reading

11/22/09