I'm lazy. I let a bunch of tabs accumulate in my browser that sit for day or weeks on end. Each tab is open to a site that I want to write about in some capacity. It's time I cleared out all the tabs which are open to sites/artciles/ideas that deserve more than a quick mention in my linkblog but maybe not full-blown posts on their own.

  • Ambient Findability isa new O'Reilly book by Peter Morville that several folks have said good things about. If I manage to get through the 4 flying books on my "to read" list before the end of the year, I might pick this one up too.
  • San Francisco Bay Area Tour Maps are available for pilots flying in the Bay Area. This is something to get after I get my single engine license. I'm sure a few friends will want to see the whole Bay Area from the relatively low altitudes flown on this tour.
  • Bloggers and journalists working together is Jon Udell's story of doing screencasting and ending up on his local NPR station as a result.
  • A presentation on Open Soruce given by Brad Fitzpatrick to his co-workers at SixApart. I may have to, uhm, borrow some of his material for my upcoming talks. (With a reasonable citation, of course.)
  • BlinkList is "your ultimate personal discovery engine" because it has tags, links, and other Web 2.0 buzzwords, I guess.
  • Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes is Jakob Nielsen's attempt to turn his usability eye toward blogs. He's done a good job of providing easy to understand rationale for each point. I don't agree with all of them, but on the whole I recommend reading it.
  • Internet Stamps is what Tim Bray calls his idea for fixing web spam. This isn't new. A small group of us (including Tim) talked about this at the first FOO Camp several years ago.
  • Problems With Splogs & Time-Based Searching is Danny Sullivan's summarization of some spam and search problems, both past and present. It's well written, as usual.
  • Media, Communications & Technology in the Age of the Blogger is a conference I'm attending next week in New York City. I'll be on a panel with several other blogish folks. The web site has to be one of the worst designed I've seen in a while, so I really hope they fix that. (View source, and you'll see they used the Geocities page building tool!)
  • Seven Questions Employees Should Ask Before Joining a Startup looks like good reading for anyone considering a startup as their next job. Having gone down that road a few times, however, I know that some founders really don't want to answer some of those questions. (Ask me about my Friendster stories someday at a bar.)
  • The 10 Faces of Innovation is a story in Fast Company (I forgot they existed) that looks at the various roles which exist at Ideo.

There. I feel a lot better now. And firefox.exe isn't using nearly as much memory. :-)

Posted by jzawodn at October 19, 2005 04:43 PM

Reader Comments
# Sam Newman said:

Tims' internet stamp idea has two problems (I let him know about this a while back when he first mentioned it). Firstly, companies out there already thought of this, and have patented the idea - there are at least two separate patents related to this technology, and my old startup (mothballed on my bossís computer) holds one of them. Secondly, despite two separate companies attempting to make use of this idea, neither took off, I think in part because no body cared.

To put it into context, we were looking for funding at the same time as brightmail launched. They got $50million in funding for an inelegant brute force filtering solution that has to fight a constant battle against spammers in order to filer out spam (most of that money went on hardware), and ended up being no better than SpamAssasin. But that idea is easier to explain than ours was. Our idea was about smart, distributed, secure software aimed at reducing the bandwidth taken up by Spam over the ISP's own network - blocking spam before it even got past the SMTP server. BrightMail was about Buying Lots Of Expensive Kit, which look nice and shinny to a VC. Admittedly, us being in the UK didn't help - our VC's never seemed to have any vision :-)

The background story is actually much more interesting than that - but a blog is no place to discuss it - drop me a mail if you want the inside dirt...

on October 20, 2005 07:46 AM
# Creator said:

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on October 21, 2005 03:44 AM
# Justin Mason said:

re Internet Stamps -- it's a pity the anti-splog people didn't have a chat with the anti-email-spam people first, we could have filled them in on the past few years of CEAS and Spam Conferences! There's a massive amount of wheel reinvention going on.

on October 21, 2005 06:43 PM
# Justin Mason said:

I took a little time to round up my objections in a blog post at http://taint.org/2005/10/22/052231a.html ...

on October 21, 2005 09:24 PM
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