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Design

Looking to Baby Toys for Design Inspiration

I recently began reading Robert Hoekman Jr.’s Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design, and can’t recommend it enough. As the title suggests, it’s all about creating web apps that are so easy to use that it seems like second nature. Reading about the concept of “obvious” design reminded me of […]

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Technology

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 […]

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Blogging

Checkout Vox if You Want to Start Blogging

A couple of years ago, if a friend or family member wanted to start blogging, I always had one recommendation for them: use Blogspot. This Google service had a lot going for it for beginners, mainly that it it’s free and simple and easy to learn. While these are still true, I think there’s now […]

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Technology

Jon Undell’s PowerSchool Screencast

Update on 12/02/2006: Don Simon of EduTech updates us with the latest ND PowerSchool numbers in the comments. I’ve adjusted this post to reflect the changes. Thanks Don! Jon Undell, Infoworld columnist and ├╝ber geek, has posted his latest screencast in his “screening room“, this one on Pearson School Systems‘ PowerSchool student information system. It’s […]

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Google

Tip of the Day: Customize Your Google Homepage

I hadn’t realized it until earlier today, but I’ve grown really dependent on my customized Google homepage. It’s the first thing I see when I open up Firefox, so I instantly get a snapshot of happening. In my case: If I have new emails in my Gmail account Any new unread items in Google Reader […]

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Software

Thinking About Software and Lock-in

I was just thinking about my recent switch from Bloglines to Google Reader. It was easy – really easy. Export an OPML file of my RSS feeds from one, import it into the other. I made the transition in less than a minute. So, what does this mean for Bloglines? Should Ask make it painful […]

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Business

The Salesforce Blitzkrieg

I really like Salesforce.com, not just because it makes good products, but because it’s at the forefront of providing business software as a service over the internet. The company has moved from simply providing customer relationship management (CRM) software, to becoming a credible on-demand alternative to traditional business applications hosted on-site. Last year, Salesforce introduced […]

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RSS

Bloglines vs. Google Reader

When Google announced their web-based RSS reader called Google Reader at the Web 2.0 Conference last October, I took a quick look, but I honestly wan’t that impressed. I imported my list of subscribed RSS feeds and gave it a try, but it was really, really slow and buggy, living up to its “beta” label. […]

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Kael

Baby Tracking Software: My Lost Idea

When Casey and I had Kael late last year, I quickly realized the power in keeping track of when he slept, ate, and needed diaper changes. That data isn’t very useful in isolation, but when you look at their trends over time, you can start to see patterns that otherwise might not be so obvious. […]

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RSS

My Grazr

A web app called Grazr was just publicly launched, providing an easy way to display structured outlines stored in OPML. One common use for OPML is to organize and share RSS reading lists. So, here’s mine from Bloglines. **Grazr seems to have been discontinued a long time ago.**