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items for 03.15.2010

March 15, 2010

items for 9.10.2009

September 11, 2009
  • How Twitter Could Lose The Game By Design – Dembot
    Every time I use the site, I’m always amazed how poor the navigation is for such a simple – and popular – app.

  • Why I’m Done Making Desktop Applications – MicroISV on a Shoestring
    Very well written article on desktop apps vs. web apps from a developers perspective.  The advantages of web apps – usage analytics, a/b testing, lower support requirements, frequent updates, dynamic languages – are so strong now that this is becoming a permanent shift for many.

items for 08.31.2009

August 31, 2009
  • At Last! Redfin Releases Its iPhone App! – Redfin Corporate Blog
    At long last, Redfin has an iPhone application. And it is gorgeous and fast and free and freakishly powerful.

    Congratulations to Matt, Sasha, and the gang on a job well done!

  • ★ So Dan Lyons Called – Daring Fireball
    And he’s all, “I guess you saw that ‘Dear Gruber: You’ve Been Pwned’ thing I wrote last week over at Fake Steve. Haven’t seen a link to it from Daring Fireball, so just checking to make sure you’re cool with that.”

    Genius response from Gruber.


items for 08.18.2009

August 18, 2009

items for 08.12.2009

August 13, 2009
  • Simple non-programmer explanation of REST architecture – Hacker News
  • Will HTML 5 Break Apple’s Stranglehold on Apps? – GigaOM
    It’s no secret that the iPhone App Store is a walled garden. Mobile platform developers like Apple have several ways to control what can run on their devices: Prohibit plug-ins like Flash, cripple the Java they run, or simply limit the installation process. But HTML 5, the next big standard for the web, will dramatically reduce this control by creating a new generation of web sites that look and feel like they’re iPhone apps.

items for 10.26.2008

October 26, 2008

items for 09.19.2008

September 18, 2008
  • We’re Never Content – Amazon Web Services Blog
    Before the end of the year we are planning to release a new service for content delivery. This new (and as yet unnamed) service will provide you with a high performance way to distribute popular, publicly readable content to your customers all over the world, with low latency and high data transfer rates.

    New CDN coming from Amazon, joining their other web services.

  • Second set of logo drafts are here! – Lightning | Twice

    Another set of logo drafts for dwellicious – come and tell us which one you like.

items for 09.15.2008

September 13, 2008
  • Plastic Logic Reader: Get to the wow – Signal vs. Noise
    But there’s a demo lesson to be had here: When you’ve got a product that does something amazing, don’t waste 40 seconds talking about it. Just show it! The best demo is a usage demo, especially if you’ve got wow factor.

    Dude! I want one of these! Where do I send my money?

  • Help us pick the logo for our new web app! – Lightning | Twice Blog
    The new blog for the Woolley | Robertson Group.  Help us pick the logo for our new app!


items for 09.08.2008

September 4, 2008

items for 08.01.2008

August 1, 2008
  • We live in a cynical world of tough competitors . . . – FBS Blog
    There’s a lot corny about Tom Cruise’s “you complete me” dialog at the end of Jerry Maguire but the part that always sticks with me is where he says something like “we live in a cynical world of tough competitors.”  Implicit is that there’s something more to life and I’ve been fortunate to witness that this week.

    In business, as in sports, people’s true character comes out when you’re down and need to mount a big comeback.  The true winners and team players are revealed.  Scaling is the most difficult thing in the web world right now – I’ve been there many times.  This particular game might have been hard to watch at times, but I’m calling it a scrappy, come from behind win for the home team – and I’m a fan.

  • The Art of Visual Thinking – How to Change the World
    The more slides and pages that you need to explain your business, the less likely you will succeed. Truly, the best pitches and plans require nothing more than one page or a picture to explain them.

    Can you do this?  It’s harder than it sounds.

  • Advanced Access Earthquake Photo in LA Times – Advanced Access BlogThe “Your Scene” section of the LA Times published a photo taken after our 5.4 earthquake on 7/29/08 at 11:42 AM. The photo included is the office of Marketing Director, Gary Brackle – his office took quite a beating! Friends at Advanced Access also has a tough week – but they’re all ok.

items for 07.30.2008

July 30, 2008
  • Yuil – Google BlogoscopedYuil is “a mashup of Yahoo! search results (using their BOSS platform), presented using the new Cuil look and feel, and running on Google’s App Engine,” as Tyler Hall tells us. (“Just in case things weren’t confusing enough”.)


  • Can Rails Affect Your Business’ Bottom Line? – Ruby on Rails Website Development Blog from Atlantic Dominion SolutionsMeasuring Return on Investment (ROI) is interesting as there are a few approaches, many of which are determined by how a company defines and determines returns and costs.
  • Kickfire
    This sounds killer: a high-performance database appliance for MySQL. The custom SQL chip uses parallel, pipelined data flow to deliver the power of tens of high-end CPUs. Query performance 10-100X faster than a traditional RDBMS.
    (tags: mysql hardware post:tzetzefly)
  • Streamfile
    Simple, clean, and free way to get large files (up to 2MB) to people when you can’t e-mail them a large attachment. File is uploaded to site, where it is available for 24 hours, and recipient is sent a link to download it.
    (tags: web file transfer post:tzetzefly)

items for 07.11.2008

July 11, 2008
  • Mapstraction – map abstraction API for Javascript –
    Mapstraction is an abstracted Javascript mapping API that can make use of Google Maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo Maps and Mapquest. Instead of deciding on a particular mapping provider, you can build your web application with Mapstraction and easily switch to a different service by changing a single line of code.
  • Browse Bookmarks Visually With FavThumbs – TechCrunch
    FavThumbs offers a visually-pleasing web application to view screen shots of your bookmarks using the API.

    Not so interested in the app itself, but in the fact that clear, published, open API’s make it so easy to add value around a great service.

  • When Distraction is Good – O’Reilly Radar – Insight, analysis, and research about emerging technologies
    Distraction is getting a bad name. This past month, I’ve been heads down on a few projects and noticing something I’d not been very conscious of before now. When I get “stuck” or when I reach a natural break point on a piece of work, the menu of potential distractions includes everything from email and telephone calls to getting food, socializing and more.I did an informal audit. Sometimes I would check email. Other times, I would pace, get a glass of iced-tea, or walk outside for a few minutes. When I did the latter — any activity that was quiet, reflective and receptive, I would feel refreshed. I was open to receiving an insight and to being in the moment. When I returned to the project that had momentarily stumped me, I would enjoy new energy. I started calling this receptive distraction. Receptive distraction is any sort of distraction that creates mental space.

    When I went to email, however, I would “spin out.” That is, I would completely lose track of what I had been working on and get immersed in all sorts of other issues. I started calling this deceptive distraction. I thought I could take a short break and crank out a few emails, but it took longer to do the emails than I thought, and longer to get back into my project afterward.

  • Scaling on EC2 – WebMynd Blog
    Interesting post about how WebMynd is scaling quickly using EC2, Solr, and nginx.
    (tags: ec2 scalability architecture solr)

items for 07.09.2008

July 9, 2008
  • All I need is a red guitar, 3 chords and the TRUTH! – Welcome to Vendor Alley
    So it begins…  Woolley | Robertson Group has found a home!

    What more do you need?  (Products, customers, employees – yeah, yeah, I know – let us enjoy a day at a time).

  • is social search – skwpspace
    I find myself more often turning to tag search on when I’m looking for ‘best of’ type searches.
    (tags: delicious)

    Good insight – totally agree with this – delicious is one of my most used web tools.


items for 07.05.2008

July 5, 2008

items for 07.02.2008

July 3, 2008

items for 06.26.2008

June 27, 2008

items for 06.20.2008

June 15, 2008
  • BMW’s fascinating GINA Light Visionary Model design study – Signal vs. Noise
    presents GINA, a new take on car design, materials, and flexibility. The GINA replaces the traditional metal/plastic skin with a textile fabric skin that’s pulled taut around a frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. Even the shape of the car can change. Fascinating and creative design study.

    The video is absolutely nuts.

items for 06.10.2008

June 9, 2008
  • Organizes desk-bound cords – Cool Tools
    For sheer bang-for-the-buck, these cord management cards are tough to beat. They’re cheap polyethylene sheets you either stick or screw to the edge of your desk and then snap the cables coming from your computer and peripherals into the recesses.
  • Finding the natural size for your company – Signal vs. Noise
    Popular perception holds that companies must always be growing or they’re dying. There’s either up or down, win or lose, success or failure. I think that’s a harmful dichotomy that leads to the death of perfectly viable companies in their quest for constant growth.

items for 06.06.2008

June 5, 2008

items for 05.31.2008

May 31, 2008

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