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Thought of the Day on Web Design

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/21/11 (3:18pm)

It's really, really hard to make something really, really easy.

Triumph of Sanity: 'Web site' Now 'Website' in the new AP Stylebook

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 4/29/10 (8:45pm)

ap_stylebook_cover_sm.jpg I'm a bit late to the party on this one but it's always important to acknowledge a triumph of sanity over pedantry when it comes to the English language. The AP Stylebook, the self-proclaimed 'journalist's bible', has announced it's changing 'Web site' to 'website' both online and in its stylebook for next year.


Smart Phones are the new Magic Wand

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 2/27/10 (11:40am)

You'll be able to wave your smart phone at a product in a store and buy it if this article in the New York Times is to be believed.

Of course, the notion that people will be willing to turn their phones into a delivery device for retail marketing based on their every GPS move, called "aggressive merchandising" in the article, is a complete absurdity.

This however sounds more promising:

Did You Ask a Good Question Today?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 2/14/10 (5:01pm)

Nice quote from an article in this month's American Libraries:

Winner Carolyn Wheeler told the audience of well-wishers [at the 2009 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony in NYC] that she has a poster in her library that reads" "Did you ask a good question today?" That, Wheeler noted, sums up the best way to learn to love your librarian.

Where the Action is: Smartphones & Netbooks

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/26/09 (3:26am)

smartphone-netbook.jpg Enough already with the fetishism about eReaders! It's the market for Smartphones and Netbooks that's advancing in leaps and bounds.

Real-Time Web: It's More Than Just Twitter

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/30/09 (12:18pm)

I liked the article in BusinessWeek on the 'Real-Time Web'. It being BusinessWeek, they naturally devoted a significant portion to speculation on how to make money from this emerging trend and I had to laugh at the illusive precision of there being "at least $5 billion to be made on the real-time Web". What, just $5 billion?

Anyway, to give them their due, they correctly identify the trend:

World of Widgets: Google Friend Connect

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/27/09 (1:36pm)

Google Friend Connect Logo

I put up the Google Friend Connect widget on the far right column. It kind of duplicates what the MyBlogLog widget does though in a more dynamic way.

In any case, sign up today!


The Real Gadget Revolution: Web on the Go

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 3/26/09 (9:12pm)

I find it amusing that there's so much buzz (some of it manufactured?) about the Amazon Kindle. The real revolution is all around us (which is what you'd expect for a revolution): it's people using smart-phones or netbooks to text each other, send email and photos, and otherwise access the Internet.

Now we have a report by the Pew Research Center which reflects pretty much what anyone taking a train or bus home can observe every day:


eBook Killer, Thy Name is NetBook

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/7/08 (10:40am)

So remind me again, who's going to pick the utterly drab and uni-functional Amazon Kindle for $359 when they can get this baby for the same price?

Courtesy of MiniNote User.

UPDATE (1/5/09): Not to make this sound like the GadgetBlog but HP just came out with an update to its top of the line model, the HP Mini 2140. Faster chip, bigger lcd panel -- Hoo Baby!