I allow anyone to comment on my blog posts. This leads to a nice worldwide conversation, but lately that is being overtaken by about 5-10 spam posts per day, which I have to delete by hand. They are computer generated posts -- I can tell because the same phrases are used over and over again -- with links to e-commerce web sites targeting specific keywords. I have to delete these by hand every day or two. (Fortunately, WordPress is very blackberry friendly, so I can actually delete spam posts from my blackberry from anywhere. But it is slow.)
Bill Nguyen's latest company: La La Bill Nguyen is one of the smartest entrepreneurs I've ever met. (Ranks up there with Josh Kopelman.) I met him when MyFamily.com partnered with him in 1999 to provide his Onebox.com email/audio unified messaging service to our users. He is full of ideas and boundless energy.
Political bloggers may get federal protection Some members of Congress are trying to make sure bloggers have freedom of speech and are not subject to Federal Election laws like PACs. Can you imaging a blogger being arrested and convicted for doing something online (like supporting a candidate) because they spent some money to build out their site or create a podcast or video endorsing a candidate? According to CNET:
RIM adds instant messaging to BlackBerry server Corporate apps devleoped under Blackberry MDS Studio are being made available to Blackberry users. Instant messaging has also been enabled. This is a great platform. Through T-mobile, we just bought 8 Blackberry 7290 phones for $99.95 each. The data service (unlimited text messages, email and web browsing) is like $19.95 per month and the phone plans are decent.
I blogged the other day about the need for usability testing of web sites. The Steve Krug book "Don't Make Me Think" is a good one, but my favorite is still "Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity" by Jakob Nielsen. One of my readers asked:
Thank for the blog entry on usability the other day. Do you know of any usability/UI experts here local in Utah?.. Or that you can recommend locally?I haven't worked with any external consultants or firms that will do this. Does anyone know who the best people are in Utah?
I think this portends things to come in the music space. An all-you-can eat subscription is SO compelling. Yes, people want to "own" their music right now. But that will change. If you can "rent" all the music in the world for $9.95 per month, tens of millions of people will do it. We won't even think about "owning" vs "renting" in the future. Steve Jobs always attacks the subscription model. But he also said no one would watch video on a 3" screen. It's all part of his strategy to mislead the competition.
MercuryNews.com | 03/10/2006 | With word processing acquistion, Google edges onto Microsoft turf I thought this was coming. I see no reason why Google won't have a web version of all the Microsoft Office apps within the next year or so. We won't need a desktop OS or Office Suite when Google offers all the functionality we need online. (And for free!)