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Amazon’s Customer Culture

The Harvard Business Review has a fascinating interview with Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, who I’ve mentioned before is my favorite CEO. In the interview, Jeff discusses how the company’s culture is completely customer focused, and why it’s not easily reproduced by competitors. Mr. Bezos offers a metric ton of insights and advice about running a […]

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Something I’d Like to See: A REST Web Service for My Phone

I’m a big believer in the potential of integrating VOIP technology with business applications, as you may have gathered if you read my recent post on Asterisk and Adhearsion. However, right now I see most of that potential reserved for businesses with the need (and cash) for an on-site PBX system. Microbusinesses, small businesses, and […]

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How to Use Your Paypal Security Key with OpenID

I told you about the Paypal Security Key a couple of days ago, and since then, I discovered something very, very cool. It’s possible (and actually pretty easy) to use it your security key to give you multi-factor authentication with OpenID. Here’s how. Verisign, the company behind the technology in the Paypal security key, is […]

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A Few Helpful Web Tools

Here’s a short list of three really cool and helpful web tools/technologies that I use on a daily basis that you should take a look at too. OpenID OpenID has been gaining lots of traction lately, and is definitely one technology you’ll want to keep on your radar. At its core, OpenID is an open […]

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Staying Flexible: Living a Loosely Coupled Life

There’s a term we use in programming and development to describe system interfaces that are designed with maximum flexibility in mind. They are said to be loosely coupled. In plain English, it means that applications have stable and consistent ways for other programs to communicate with them. More importantly, since there are clear boundaries that […]

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How the Internet Works!

We bought a store brand version of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch cereal the other week, and it had this unintentionally hilarious panel on the back (click on it to view a much bigger, easier to read version): Titled “How the Internet Works!”, this piece seems like it was written 10 years ago (when the Web […]

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Gambling on the Weather

Update: JD clears up some of my misconceptions in the comments. It turns out that you need to have a net worth of at least $5 million to get an account. Not quite as accessible as I thought…Thanks JD. Have you ever wanted to bet on what the weather would be like next week? In […]

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Senator Dorgan Introduces Net Neutrality Bill to the Senate

Update a few minutes later: Here is the actual text of the Internet Freedom Preservation Act (PDF) in case you’re up for reading some legalese (or can’t get to sleep). Possibly in an attempt to make himself more tech friendly, North Dakota’s Byran Dorgan has introduced a Net Neutrality bill to the Senate along with […]

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The Year of the Widget

I’ve mentioned my love of widgets in passing, but thought they deserved a little more attention. If you’ve ever used Apple’s Dashboard, the customizable Google Homepage, the Yahoo! Widget Engine, or Windows Vista’s Gadgets, you’re familiar with the idea. If you haven’t tried any of these, widgets are little, single purpose “applications” (if you can […]

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Why del.icio.us is Better than digg

I’ve been thinking about this for quite awhile, but was finally prompted to write about it after reading a good piece on Download Squad titled “Why digg is destined for failure“. In it, blogger Jason Clarke details why he believes the “social news” site is fundamentally flawed and why website traffic generated by it isn’t […]