Monthly Archive for April, 2003

How to cite a blog

the MLA entry on citing web stuff [via Vertical Hold]

Definitely nice to know I can now cite websites.

Related Entries for MT

Related Entries from within my own MT database is something else I’m interested in adding to my weblog soon.

Search term highlighting…

This is something to add to my weblog this weekend.

Later: Just found Google Hilite from Textism… cool stuff.

Need an answer from Apple on this…

I just read this post from l.m.orchard and this post from Scott, and I’m wondering if any of my friends at Apple can answer the question about what Safari bookmarks are doing in iSync.

It seems that this has been discussed on the MacOS X Talk list run by the OmniGroup, but no one seems to have a solution or answer to the reasons for the error messages… although this post provides a little bit of info, but no real answers…

Interestingly, I ran across an old aquaintance’s name on that list: Scott Stevenson, principal of Maxify, a fantastic design/development house. Hi Scott — now to find out if he has a weblog.

Why I blog?

In Adam Kalsey’s latest post, The Agenda of Professional Blogs, I’m reminded of why I started weblogging, and realize that I’ve gotten away from it.

Why do you blog?

WSJ Customer Service is Good

I wrote about my problems trying to sign up with the WSJ online using Safari a few days ago… Just wanted to post a quick follow up.

I’d emailed them saying that Safari wasn’t working with their subscription process, and I gave them my phone number, asking them to call me so I can subscribe.

Here it is, noon, the first business day after I emailed them, and I just got off the phone with a nice guy named Steven who was able to sign me up painlessly (well, except for the $80 or so it cost) over the phone.

Thanks WSJ, you’re setting the standard for publishers online, as I’d expect.

Linkfest: April 27th, 2003

This weekend was packed with out of town visitors… and yard work… lots of yard work.

“Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.”
Henry Kissinger

Scoble: “The Web is killing publishing.” I’d argue that the web is killing ‘traditional’ publishing, just as TV ‘killed’ radio at one point in history. It didn’t kill it, just made it adapt and change to stay successful as a media format. Performance-based salaries don’t always pay off

How to extend the reach of a TiBook’s poor Airport reception range [via A Whole Lotta Nothing]

Rich In Style A good CSS resource it seems.

Low End Mac: What We Hate on the Web (from May, 2002 — hopefully to be updated soon.

OJR: Getting to Know You – an article by JD Lasica from June 2002 covering the topic of online registration by news websites.

Ben posted these links on as a comment to a post on

Here are some resources I gathered when I was looking into this topic a while back:

Getting your reader’s attention with pull quotes

How you can design for the scan reader

Using a pull quote

Ever Wondered What Your Users Looked at First?

Why Web Users Scan Instead of Read

Definitely Not Your Father’s Newspaper

Eyetracking: A Closer Look

Eyetracking Study of Web Readers

10 Universal Newspaper Design Myths, Debunked

Differences Between Print Design and Web Design

Great reading…

Quote: Story of my life

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” — Dale Carnegie

Quick Links: April 25th, 2003

rebecca gayhartI’m braindead today:

Billboard: Apple Music Service Trumpets Ease Of Use

MacCentral: WSJ: Apple signs Eagles, No Doubt for music service

McMinute: WSJ: Apple signs exclusive artists for music service

Forbes: Thoughts On Apple’s Music Plans

Reuters: Apple CEO ducks questions on music strategy

SpyMac: Anonymous Crystal Ball Friday (telling us of Apple branded multi-button mice — it’s about time)

O’Reilly: Freeware Gems for Mac OS X

The video promo accessbile from this page (scroll down) is an impressive demostration of QuickTime Player skinning and has some great clips from the new Matrix movie coming out soon. [via MarketingFix]

ArsTechnica: Small form factor computing round-up (for some reason this article looks like it’d interesting to Scott — perhaps so he can set up a small file-server for his home?)

San Jose Mercury News: Sony fails to connect with RoomLink [via Gizmodo]

Quote of the Day: “Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” — Mark Twain [via Adam Curry]

Glenlog: Google’s Director of Technology Talks

WSJ doesn’t accept subscriptions from Safari

I tried to give the WSJ $80 tonight, and their subscription forms wouldn’t work with Safari… I might try to subscribe to the online version again in the future, but not anytime soon. I sent them an email to call me so I can give them my credit card and requested login/password over the phone… we’ll see if they call.

Thought of the Day for April 25th, 2003

“Take the most difficult challenge you are now facing and turn it into the greatest opportunity to grow simply by changing how you see it. Dead ends then become turning points.” — Bob Perks

Dixie Chicks bare bodies and souls

Dixie Chicks bare bodies and souls

Hubba, hubba…

Quick Links: April 24th, 2003

Still busier than shit:

Google and Advertising

PHPNuke is so easy to upgrade when neccessary… just thought I’d point that out.

A plea for Full RSS Feeds (which I’ve made before).

Elegant Hack – cool site

Matrix sequel marks Imax first from the BBC

Textbox is coming folks… hold on to your seats.

Accomodating – I really enjoy reading John Gruber’s writing, regardless of the topic.

Internet Advertising Not Trusted – Hmmm… no shit.

You can do anything – but not everything from FastCompany [via Andy].

Looking for a job in Austin?

Look no further than quiXoap. They just got a round of funding… pretty decently sized too, at 6.5 million dollars (from Austin Ventures).

Quick Links: April 23rd, 2003

Once again, I’ve been busy working, so here’s a collection of links and quick comments:

Scoble comments on Meckler’s non-weblog weblog — heh, name slinging is always a fun sport to watch.

Love the new look of the Apple Store.

Clutter for iTunes… nice idea [via MoreLikeThis]

OS X Command Line Fun from John Gruber

Very cool: TypePad, a new hosted solution for people wanting to use MovableType, which is superior to Blogger and Radio, in my opinion. Oh, and Ben’s write up of this announcement and Kalsey’s thoughts.

Note for work: How to do customer relations email marketing thanks to Adam Kalsey.

Interview with Bob Diener, of (Only interesting because I used to work closely with HRN and drove by their corporate headquarters in Dallas today… they really need to get a better sign on the outside of the building… it still looks like a cheap-ass sign on that building).

All the little buttons you could ever want for your weblog [via Scott]

Oh, and Jeremy, I use Klear Screen to clean my laptop screen… forgot to blog that for you.

RANT: Macminute launches a MacMinute Radio feature, but zips the MP3 (doesn’t StuffIt, which would be the Mac way of compressing the file) and oh, by the way, the MP3 is already compressed as much as possible, isn’t it? It should be (it is, they saved 23,000 bytes by zipping it), and that forces me to close my browser windows (or at least get it out of the way) so I can un-zip the file, to load into iTunes… instead of just offering the MP3 for clicking and playing in Safari, or IE, or whatever browser I’m using. Stupid. One more example of a technology publishing company that really doesn’t get today’s technology or how people use it. Fucking amazing how stupid zipping an MP3 for a Macintosh audience is. Amazing.

Oh, and Appleworks for Windows was updated in case you didn’t know. (Does anyone use it?)

My thoughts on the new Palm Tungsten C? I should’ve waited a month and a half to buy a new Palm.

Who’ve Known:

Bluetooth gets its name from Harald Bluetooth, a 10th century Danish king famed for uniting his nation with Norway [via Adam]

Mini Icons

Just read an interesting article at the Asia Times [via Slashdot] I’ll come back and write more on this I’m hoping.

MarketingFix Updates

This is just a quick update for all of my readers. We’re soliciting feedback from our readers over on MarketingFix. If you’ve missed the post, please go leave a bit of feedback for us… it’ll only help us make it better.

Oh, and we just added a new category: Jobs. It’s a little slim still, but we’ve only been allowing job postings for two days.

Great Timeline of the Browser’s got a great ‘history of the browser‘ in celebration of Mosaic’s 10 year anniversary (which is today btw).


Can’t wait to see this when it comes to town:


Can’t wait!


Quick note: Collectrix looks like a great cost sensitive hosting company… must check them out later

Safari Tip

Brent Simmons offers a tip on how to open links from an application outside of Safari in the same window that you have open in Safari, but in a new tab.

Great tip Brent.

forgot to say thanks…

Scott helped me out a bit a week ago or so, and I forgot to say thanks. He was in the middle of being pretty sick, and he still came to my rescue.

Thanks Scott.

Now, if you ever find yourself in the same stupid position that I was in (hard drive’s full on a server impacting the server’s ability to do its job) check out Scott’s neat little script that’ll tell you when the disks are full.

browser wars

John Gruber’s written a great little piece on the current browser wars taking place on the Mac platform.

Tasteless (greatfilling?) Miller Lite Ad featuring Pamela Anderson

You gotta love this new Miller Lite commercial [in Windows Media format]

(from Adage: Pamela Anderson Does Miller Lite)

How to Secure Adoption of Something New

How To Secure Widespread Adoption of Pretty Much Anything is a great read for anyone in product development or sales management. Reminds me of my major in college.

Safari Time Out issues

Everyone else blogged the release of the new Safari beta, but no one really mentioned the fact that Safari still has a tendency to time out for really odd reasons and at really odd times…

…except for Slava over at Unsanity.

He did better than just blog that Safari times out, yesterday, he released a haxie that solve this problem: SafaryNoTimeOut 1.0.

If you, like me, have issues with Safary timing out on you, download this haxie and see if it fixes your problems… it’s helped fix mine.

Come Away with Me

Norah JonesNorah Jones is amazing. I just picked up her CD “Come Away with Me” and I love it. Especially, this track:

Feelin’ the Same Way

If you like that track, you’ll love the rest of the album… most of the other songs are a little more mellow, but her voice is amazing.

Pick up Come Away with Me at Amazon.

Shopping at Tiffany’s

I don’t make a whole lotta money, thus, I’ve only been stupid enough to walk into a Tiffany’s retail location once.

I was thouroughly embarrased to be in the store after I asked how much a necklace was.

I just don’t make that much money, however, they do have the most beautiful stuff.

I saw a banner ad for Tiffany’s on the NYTimes website, and decided to click on it, and I was quite surprised to find myself actually spending time on their website. Much more time than I’d ever spend in one of their stores (at least until I’m made of cash).

I found a few pieces that are just wonderful:

This Amapola brooch is just stunning as a gift for my grandmother (perhaps from the whole family).

This Pavé Ball pendant is a perfect anniversary gift perhaps.

And I just love this Paloma Picasso cabochon stone bracelet for my wealthy and extravagant aunt.

And lastly, if I ever get the cash, I’ll buy my wife this Tiffany Lace neclace and the matching earings.

Not a bad shopping experience.

Fantastic Business Resource for Research Information

The Penn State Smeal College of Business’s online library is a fantastic resource for business research papers.

For example, I just skimmed this report “Turning Adversity into Advantage: Does Proactive Marketing During a Recession Pay Off?” [pdf] and am about to skim “Internet Integration in Business Marketing Tactics” [pdf].

Great use of the internet to expand the knowledge base there.

If you’ve got time to read a few 50 page graduate papers, I’d highly recommend this library.

[via marketing in recession]

Good Starting Point for Privacy Protection

I had to read over the Privacy Promise from the DMA today.

It’s a good starting point for publishers and marketers alike when deciding how to run your direct email programs.


Remember playing MASH when you were a kid?

Play it again, online.

I love these little online games:

You will live in Apartment.

You will drive a Yellow Passat.

You will marry Tara and have 5 kids.

You will be a Newscaster in Paris, France.

[ps. it doesn’t work with Mozilla on Mac OS X 10.2.5, had to use IE]

Quick Links II

monica adamsStill busier than shit at work… got home tonight and cooked dinner while cleaning the pool and drinking a few beers. Here are a few links from the week:

Keith has gathered a bunch of links on URL/URI design and implementation.

The Fine Art of Sucking Up

Rewiring Afghanistan – Is this really needed?

Cute little “icon story” flash movie.

A Few Local Online Advertising Links (these are all work related somehow)

When Will Online Advertising Hit Home?

Local Advertising: Creating Demand Online

Local Internet Advertising Information for Local Web Success

Local Advertisers Uninformed About Web

Cluetrain still makes sense for Doc

Lisa Read this today over at Searls’s weblog, which references this article over at, which contains this paragraph:

“Closely held Google gives out no numbers, but paid search is likely its main source of revenue. Danny Sullivan, who edits, estimates that Google, with about 100,000 advertisers, is a “several-hundred-million-dollar” business. He may be guessing low. The newly revived search site Ask Jeeves, which carries ads from Google and pockets a portion of the fees, forecasts revenues of about $100 million this year. It operates around 13 million searches per day, compared with Google’s 200 million. It’s impossible to do a direct comparison, but Google clearly could be a $1 billion company soon.”

Oh, and Cluetrain still makes sense for Doc (and Google) because relevancy and one-to-one communication is what the internet makes it so easy for companies to do (once they decide it’s time to do it).

When Gold isn’t enough…

A great little diatribe on Titanium.

Quick Links

AliceI’ve been working 13+ hour days for what feels like an eternity lately, and thus, this is just a dump of links that I either wanted to write about, or at the least bookmarked for some reason:

Here’s a quick article that everyone that owns a home (or will in the future) should read about home improvement and what pays off.

A Comprehensive Review of the Email Marketing Scene

Anyone Seen the Bridge? from Mark Pilgrim

Slimbrowser (interestingly, this is the first ‘.info’ site I’ve ever visited.

MacLorem – Great OS X software for creating that old space filler text: Ipsum Dolor Set…

Don’t Make These Management Mistakes – really a great read.

The Digital Resource – a great little startup digital news portal. (my favorite icon site)

Austin Stories

Adrants: Just when all the Posts were getting boring…

More on the 13+ hour work days later…

Thought of the Day

“Vices are their own punishment.”

   — Aesop

(Seen on’s Thought of the Day)

Yahoo Search Beta

I haven’t run this one by Jeremy, but I’m assuming this is a legitimate example of Yahoo’s new search engine look and feel. Pretty snazzy if you ask me.

All that’s wrong with today’s economy

CEO’s get richer

…that’s just fucked up.

The ultimate sales movie

A Friend recommended this movie to me as the ‘ultimate sales movie’:

Glengarry Glen Ross

Anyone ever seen it? Got any feedback on it?

Also see the unofficial Glengary Glenn Ross site

Meet the Pope

Play Nunlander

[via Gretchen]

How to make Sushi

Cool Article on Kuro5hin about how to make sushi.