Mike Edwards, the CEO of the now-failed Borders chain, sent out a letter to customers announcing the demise of the company. In it, he declares the reason Borders failed after 40 years:The fact is that Borders has been facing headwinds for quite some time, including a rapidly changing book…
Anil Dash:Why are [people] so cynical about conversation on the web? Because a company like Google thinks it’s okay to sell video ads on YouTube above conversations that are filled with vile, anonymous comments. Because almost every great newspaper in America believes that it’s more important to get a few more page views on their website than to encourage meaningful discourse about current events within their community, even if many of those page views will be off-putting to the good people who are offended by the content of the comments. And because lots of publishers think that any conversation is good if it boosts traffic stats.
When I first started seeing referrals to my site from this post, I was terrified. Oh god, Anil included me in a list of internet assholes. But it turns out people were just coming from his very flattering inclusion of my site in his blogroll (hey, remember blogrolls!). Then I read the whole post and it’s gold.
Anil’s one of those amazing people who is filled with positivity and an ability to create meaningful connections, something I struggle with a lot. I’m quick to mock and complain or to say the easy thing rather than the thoughtful thing. Over the past few months, I’ve been making a concerted effort to change that behavior, and posts like his help drive home the importance. He’s talking specifically about web communities, but the underlying message is very clear and important.
iTunes Visual Comparison Update
Took a few minutes today to update my iTunes Visual Comparisons for the newly released iTunes 10.4. Roll over images (or on iOS devices, touch) to see the differences between 10.4 and 10.0.
For the love of all things holy… why did 1Password create their Chrome icon with the white shadow going the opposite way? The rest of the icons are there for guidance.
I’ve been using the same core install of OS X since April 30, 2005, the day I received my copy of 10.4 Tiger and did a fresh install on my Power Mac G5. Over the past six years I’ve installed the two subsequent releases of OS X as upgrades (Leopard and Snow Leopard), and planned to do the same…
One of the things that can happen, according to the press, is that you can, if you are very lucky, talk with one of the founders of Google, because he’s hanging out using [Google+] too. And you can ask him about user experience, and show him your cat. Which sounds horrifying, like having to pee next to Steve Jobs or playing touch football with Arnold Schwarzenegger. People rich enough to place phone calls to order bodily organs, people who can afford to hide families, make me nervous. The only thing they could want me for is harvesting.
No matter the country or location, Stacey must eat gelato.
Looking for Nectar
Charles Boyer and Katharine Hepburn ride bikes.
Bill Murray steals a bike.