Blog Spam, Cheating and Ethics

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.)

Call for Utah experts on Usability testing

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?

Apple finally does a subscription model

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.