Monthly Archive for June, 2003

The truth about TV advertising

“Holy Shit!”

That’s the sound I think you’ll be hearing in network TV boardrooms across the country for months and years to come…

I’m an internet advertising sales person, and you know what’s the hardest thing to sell? Reporting. Data. Trackability of the advertising medium.

Why? Because it’s damning to sell people advertising that’s as trackable (that’s totally a double-edged sword) as online advertising. Until very recently, TV advertisers had no idea if their advertising worked as hard as the money they were paying for it said it should work. TV advertising is sold based on ‘reach’ or ‘audience’ but the problem with that is that it’s all assumed reach or assumed audience.

Until Tivo started selling the aggregated data about advertising viewership, no one really knew if their TV advertising was being watched, or ‘consumed’ as the popular saying goes… (the key phrase in that sentence is Unitl Tivo

So, today, I read this article at Business Week.

Indeed, just like clickable ads, TiVo’s initial data reveal some trends that ad agencies and networks might prefer to bury. For one, a program’s rating — the number of people saying they watched a TV show at a given time — appears to have an inverse relationship with the proportion of ads viewed. On April 11, 2002, ABC’s popular TV drama The Practice drew a TiVo rating of 8.9, meaning 8.9% of TiVo owners watched the show live or recorded it and watched it later. But those viewers watched just 30% of the ads shown. Meanwhile, quiz show The Weakest Link , drew a rating of 0.9, but viewers watched 78% of the commercials. TV news magazine 60 Minutes got only a 2.2 rating, but its viewers sat through 73% of the ads.

So, guess what?

TV advertising really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that means Jennifer Anniston and the rest of the Friends crew might just have been the last TV program to get paid as much as they all get paid in the past few years…

Oh, and by the way, I just cancelled my subscription to DirectTV (which I’ve talked about before) and haven’t watched a TV program in a full week… I’m sure I’ll buy basic cable or something comparable come the fall, but this summer is all about enjoying the summer, not the TV.

Apple Tablet?

Gizmodo thinks Apple might create a tablet based on the reports of others… hmmm… interesting.

Geek Humor

Jerermy’s had some fun with a guy that was stealing images from his website. Read all about it in Fun with mod_rewrite.

Quote: DOS computers

DOS Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq, Tandy, and millions of others are by far the most popular, with about 70 million machines in use wordwide. Macintosh fans, on the other hand, may note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans, and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form.

— New York Times, November 26, 1991

banned IP address: 200.72.26.98

Just an FYI:

This IP address: 200.72.26.98 has been spamming my referrer logs…

they’ve been banned.

Search Engine Optimization a No-No?

Tom Coates wrote an article that says people don’t need Search Engine Optimization companies to help them get good rankings in Search Engines. I’d say that I disagree with such a blanket statement.

A lot of companies do need SEO consultants as long as those consultants are trustworthy and will help those company’s build good sites built on those basic principles that Tom tells his readers about. Search Engine Optimzation consultants are what companies that want good search referrals need, not those kinds of companies that sell you a bunch of inter-client links, or one that just submits you to 1,000 search engines… just a good old fashioned consultant to teach their client how to do things better.

I can’t point you to a great SEO firm off the top of my head, but I can tell you that my buddies at MarketingFix (soon to be Up2Speed) are experts at search engine ranking.

Also, keep in mind that Search Engine Optimization is quite different than Search Engine Marketing.

How to know you’re from Texas

You know that you’re from Texas if you know these things already:

  • Armadillos sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
  • Roadrunners don’t say “Beep Beep”
  • There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live inTexas.
  • There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live inTexas, plus a couple›no one’s seen before.
  • Possums will eat anything.
  • Raccoons will test your crop of melons and let you know when they are ripe.
  • If it grows, it sticks. If it crawls, it bites.
  • Nothing will kill a mesquite tree.
  • There are valid reasons some people put concertina wire around their house.
  • You cannot find a country road without a curve from corner to corner.
  • A tractor is NOT an all-terrain vehicle, they do get stuck.
  • The wind blows at 90 MPH from Oct. 2 until June 25, then it stops totally until Oct 2.
  • Onced and Twiced are good words.
  • It is not a shopping cart it is a buggy.
  • Fire ants consider your flesh as a picnic.
  • Graduating 1st in your class means you left in the 8th grade.
  • “Coldbeer” actually is one word.
  • People really grow and eat okra.
  • Green grass DOES burn.
  • When you live in the country, you don’t have to buy a dog. City people drop›them off at your gate in the middle of the night.
  • When a buzzard sits on the fence and stares at you, it’s time to go to the doctor.
  • “Fixinto” is one word.
  • The word dinner is confusing. There’s only lunch and then there’s supper.
  • Backards and forards means I know everything about you.
  • “Je’eet”? is actually a phrase meaning “Did you eat?”
  • You work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see.
  • You measure distance in minutes.
  • You’ve had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day.
  • Stores don’t have bags; they have sacks.
  • You know what “cow tipping” and “snipe hunting” is.
  • You only own four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Picante.
  • You think sexy lingerie is a tee shirt and boxer shorts.
  • You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
  • You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
  • You know all four seasons: Almost summer, summer, Still summer, and Christmas.
  • There is a Dairy Queen in every town with a population over 1000.
  • Going to Walmart is a favorite past-time known as “goin wal-martin” or off ›to “Wally World.”
  • You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good chili weather.
  • A carbonated soft drink isn’t a soda, cola, or pop .. it’s a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor.
  • You understand these jokes and forward them to your friends.

Direct TV customer support

jenniferI came home today… exhausted from a short but stressful week so far.

My goal: Be drunk and/or asleep by 9:00 pm, on the couch, in front of the TV watching a good reality show (that’s all that seems to be on TV this summer).

But, my Direct TV unit is having problems. I don’t know what the fuck is wrong with it (yes, I’m drunk almost) because it won’t tell me, but every time I turn it on, it give me a error message that says:

PLEASE CALL

Your Internet terminal needs to be repaired of replaced before you can connect to MSN TV service.

Call RCA/Thompson customer service at 1-800-722-9599.

So, I called them.

The dumb CSR on the line asked me a bunch of stupid questions like:

“Does the phone line connected to your Direct TV unit work?” (It’s the same line I’m calling her on).

“Do you hear clicking noised on the line when your unit tries to dial MSN?” (I’m thinking, I dunno lady, I’m not picking up the phone to see if the modem in the unit works).

All the while, I’m thinking she’s going to have me reset the unit to see if that fixes it…

Then she finished the call with:

“Please unplug the unit for 5 minutes, then call us back if it still doesn’t work”

I was right (she was telling me to reset the unit).

So, I did. Guess what?

It still doesn’t work… so I called them back, and of all the pissy things to do in the world:

They’re closed until tomorrow morning.

Figures… It is a microsoft product.

update: If you’re tired of DirectTV but like the convenience of Satellite TV, then I’d highly recommend Dish Network. Dish Pronto is offering a great deal right now: Get a FREE DISH Network satellite TV system with DVR & HDTV plus FREE install with DishPronto – click here

Do no harm

A good rule to follow when marketing.

the news is out: MarketingFix bought

So, the news is out. We were holding off until our relaunch date of July 1, but we got scooped by a person we considered a friend… such is life.

Look for a few changes with MarketingFix in the coming weeks and months.

following up: Andy Bourland comments

On the new PowerMac G5’s

Yes, I was right on one count, we got new G5‘s today (but my new Powerbook sources were wrong). My quick thoughts:

The new enclosures are cool, retro type looking cases, that I’d dig owning. They meld with the brushed metal look of the apps. (now if only they sold a brushed metal display…)

Frank is right about the Dual 2GHz machines helping Apple sell more high end machines (hopefully increasing APPL’s profits in the short term).

The conversation at Slashdot about the new machines in interesting to say the least.

The new Apple Powercheesegrater 9000 guarantees to grate cheese 9.7x faster than any Intel lookalike. Gastronomically impress your friends with freshly grated parmesan, romano or limburger cheese by simply moving a cheese block along the front (or back!) of the Powercheesegrater case. The groundbreaking 64-bit G5 CPU gently heats your cheese while you continue to grate. This computer simply gives the greatest grate imaginable — all from the folks who brought you the original Macintosh computer. Call 1-800-MY-APPLE today for more information, or to place an order.

by Jon Abbott

Please check all power connections and restart your computer. If you are still experiencing trouble with your Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field please contact Apple and marketers will be on hand to help you with any problems you may be having.

quantaman in response to another post

Mac arguments through the years:

1994: Your peecees suck so bad because they’re soooo slow. Our CPU benchmarks kick your butts. We are the speed kings!

1999: So what if your peecee CPUs are faster than ours. It’s not about speed, it’s about quality. Speed is totally irrelevant. You’re all just speed whores.

2004: Your peecees suck so bad because they’re soooo slow. Our CPU benchmarks kick your butts. We are the speed kings!

Waffle Iron

And lastly, Scoble was right back in December and I applaud his congratulations to Apple… mighty surprising since he took the blue pill.

Rebuilding an iPhoto Library

This is an interesting tip from Mac OS X Hints:

iPhoto has an undocumented “Rebuild libary” option. Press Shift-Option while starting up iPhoto to invoke it, and you will get a rather scary message about possible loss of data if there is any unreadable data. Clicking OK will allow you to select a new location for your library (make sure you have enough space).

Read the full article for some lessons learned from the author of the tip. Man I love Mac OS X Hints.

The history of ‘hypertext’

From Kuro5hin:

What is hypertext? It’s one of those things that make the web so wonderful, but how many of us have stared into the various, intricate patterns in the rich tapestry of hypertext and pondered them? We’ve certainly come a long way from the ‘ click here ‘ days of old.

Interesting read… although I’m sure it’s too short… lots of linky goodness though.

All Small Businesses Need Websites

Here’s an example of why:

On the way home from a fun-filled weekend at a small town cook-off, the wife and I stopped in an un-remarkable corner store/gas station in small town, TX. We were really only interested in stopping for a potty-break, and possibly to pick up some refreshments.

After using the restroom, and grabbing a Dr. Pepper from the cooler, I spotted a display that had “Country Store Old Fashioned Taffy” as the main item for sale. I was intrigued (I’m a taffy nut) so I grabbed a package of the red colored taffy and headed to the counter. I paid for the taffy and headed for the door. On the road, I opened the taffy packaged and enjoyed the salty suggary substance greatly as I drove 90 miles an hour on my way back to Austin.

Upon arriving home, I emptied the car, and looked for a URL on the now torn and ripped apart taffy wrapper.

To my amazement, there was no URL at all anywhere on the package… I thought, “well, maybe they just don’t know that they should have a URL on the package” as I thought about the company that made this candy: McCraw Candies, Farmersville, TX. Having no idea where Farmersville was, I checked mapquest for a location: I now know that Farmersville is north-east of Dallas.

Then I searched Google for McCraw Candies. I found a few websites, of which, one looks to be McCraw’s but there’s nothing on it. I learned from an old UT On Campus report that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison owned McCraw at one time (and just might still own it, who knows).

I then performed a whois for mccrawcandies.com and countrystorecandy.com. The latter is regsitered to McCraw, but as I stated before has noting on their home page, and the former isn’t registered to anyone (odd). So, my attempt at learning more about the maker of this fantastic taffy ends with me spending a lot of time searching, only to learn very little other than where Farmersville, TX is and that McCraw got in some trouble with the FDC a few years back.

I know nothing about what other candies they make that I might be interested in buying. I don’t know where to buy them (except maybe through this web-savvy retailer), nor do I know anything about their history or where they’re going (other than that they aren’t concerned about the internet). I also don’t know if Sen. Hutchison still owns the company (which would be a cool resume builder because her bio doesn’t say anything about McCraw.

So, I registered McCrawCandies.com and emailed the address listed in the whois for countrystorecandy.com: [email protected]

Small businesses need websites, even if they’re just business card place-holder type websites that cost nothing to set up and maintain. They also need to think about developing web strategies that will help them sell their products to more people in the future, if they’re concerned about competing in today’s economy.

(Just an FYI, I was thinking of how cool it would be to buy a case of this taffy over the web to keep around the house for myself and guests… but that won’t happen any time soon, I’m afraid.)

update: After I emailed the company at their AOL address, I got a reply within an hour… truly amazing. The reply was truly helpful, and the guy that wrote me back agreed that they needed a website, and explained that they were a small company. I pitched the idea of creating a small website for them, and we’re now conversing about how I can order a case of taffy… I love small businesses, especially when they actually talk to you. the web is a conversation.

Purple Cow and Business Models

Seth comments about Apple:

Apple is in the fashion business.

Apple is Gucci.

Apple is Calvin Klein.

Very true… read the rest of the post for the context.

More Apple G5 rumors

So, Apple’s going to announce a PowerMac G5 line next week (most likely), which I think’ll be pretty cool. I’m looking forward to hopefully talking the wife into letting me buy one by the end of the year. Interestingly (if karma holds through Monday), we already know the specs of the machines:

The Specs according to AI:

  • 1.6GHz, 1.8GHz or Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 Processors
  • Up to 1GHz processor bus
  • Up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM
  • Fast Serial ATA hard drives
  • AGP 8x Pro graphics options from NVIDIA or ATI
  • Three PCI or PCI-X expansion slots
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • One Firewire 800, two FireWire 400 ports
  • Bluetooh & Airport Extreme ready
  • Optical and analog audio in and out

By the way, have I said how much I like the new and improved (actually, it’s the real and original) AppleInsider so much more than a year ago’s version? Well, I like it alot again now.

Oh, and MacMinute confirms that AI isn’t bullshitting about the image being posted on Apple.com. (It only took them 10 hours to post the news I stand corrected… MacMinute had the news pretty quickly… MacCentral however was truly hours late to the news game – heh. My apologies to my MacMinute buds for dogging them). updated on 6/20 @ 4:30 central

URL syntax/usage/implementation run-down

Noel Jackson wrote a good piece about URL syntax, that I think every budding web architect should read.

As the saying goes in the field of real estate – Location, location, location. In the web development business the same applies, except location isn’t the only thing you need to pay close attention to. Location however, is key to creating a highly navigable and user-friendly site.

I’d also point out to you dear readers, that Keith Devens has documented his struggle with a smart URL schema pretty well on his weblog and in his Wiki.

Next, you should head over to Simon Wilson’s weblog for these posts: URI Design Resources, Smart Scripted URLs, Sensible URLs with PHP, and URLs matter, which will point you to Jeremy Zawodny’s post URLs matter, alot.

Jon Udell’s Web namespace design: de facto standards is a good quick read on the subject, as is the discussion over at webword.

And never forget Brent’s Law of CMS URLs:

The more expensive the CMS, the crappier the URLs.

And lastly, URLs as UI, from Jakob Nielsen gives these basic guidelines:

  • a domain name that is easy to remember and easy to spell
  • short URLs
  • easy-to-type URLs
  • URLs that visualize the site structure
  • URLs that are “hackable” to allow users to move to higher levels of the information architecture by hacking off the end of the URL
  • persistent URLs that don’t change

In principle, users should not need to know about URLs which are a machine-level addressing scheme. In practice, users often go to websites or individual pages through mechanisms that involve exposure to raw URLs:

  • people guess the domain name of sites they have not visited before: if possible, secure the name of your company and main brands as domain names
  • even when people have been to a site before, they will often try to guess or remember the site name instead of using a bookmark or history list: have memorable domain names that are easy to spell
  • the social interface to the Web relies on email when users want to recommend Web pages to each other, and email is the second-most common way users get to new sites (search engines being the most common): make sure that all URLs on your site are less than 78 characters long so that they will not wrap across a line feed
  • shorter URLs are better since people often type them manually
  • do not use MiXeD case text in URLs since people can’t remember the difference between upper-case and lower-case characters: all-lowercase URLs are usually preferred (domain names are less of a problem since they are case-insensitive – usability would increase if webservers would ignore case in resolving URLs)
  • use a spelling-checking webserver to minimize the damage caused by the inevitable typos

All of this is of great interest to me because my own company’s URL schemes make absolutely no sense to me, and no one in the content development side of our business can give me a real reason for why our URLs are so stupid.

Blame it on Mexico

In a bar in Acuna called Mah Crosby’s

I found myself not feeling any pain

I told a Frisco girl I’d come for freedom

She said she’d only come to catch a train

We struck up some idle conversation

Traded all the troubles on our minds

One thing led to another in the evening

And I fell in love again for my last time

Blame it on Mexico

If You need a reason

Say it’s too much guitar music, tequila, salt, and lime

Blame it on Mexico

But she’s the reason

That I fell in love again for my last time

Daylight dawned and found me in DelRio

In a run down motel room as dark as hell

I felt all the pains of a morning after

And all alone as far as I could tell

Why she left, I have no way of knowing

Guess she cought her train, and that’s a crime

She took everything I ever wanted

And i fell in love again for my last time

Blame it on Mexico

If you need a reason

Say it’s too much guitar music, tequila, salt, and lime

Blame it on Mexico

But she’s the reason

That I fell in love again for my last time…

— George Straight

I didn’t loose the girl, but felt all the pain after our romp in Acuna this weekend.

The drive from Austin to Acuna isn’t bad at all though, so I’m sure we’ll be back. Pat Green played a fantastic show… it was very cool, though I’ll have to say the Corona Club was one hot, tight place to be during the concert. Maybe that’s why all those girls kept taking their tops off during the show…

A very cool thing happened at the end of the show. We caught the drumsticks when the drummer through them into the crowd… both of them.

At the end of the show we were all drunker than usual, and covered in beer (crazy drunk rednecks start throwing beer on each other when they get excited). The cool thing is, it was so damned hot that the beer felt good, believe it or not.

After the show, we walked to a liquor store, bought some cheap mexican coconut run, and walked back across the border to our car (man that’s a long bridge from Mexico to Texas). We got in our car, and drove back to our hotel in Del Rio, and went for a swim with a bunch of other drunk people in the hotel pool. It was a lot of fun, look for some great pictures from the night coming soon.

Sadly, Monday brought nothing but hard word at the office.

Acuna

Heading to Acuna, Mexico this weekend to see a little Pat Green.

Stupid, but worth a laugh or two

If a bra is an upper topper titty flopper stopper

and a jock strap is a lower decker pecker checker

and a roll of toilet tissue is a super duper doody pooper scooper,

what do you call a Japanese drummer boy whose father has diarrhea?

A slap happy Jappy with a crap happy pappy.

I told you it was stupid.

Apple G5 Rumors

I almost wrote about the G5 rumors the other day, then I figured, why bother… hell, McMinute didn’t post anything about the G5 until today and even then, all they did was point to an eWeek article that was published yesterday (no corroboration on MM’s part), and the hard(er) rumors with facts have been coming out for days… At least MacCentral puts the news into context for its broader reader base.

Today, however, I read this post on In My Experience, and figured I’d comment as well:

Apple’s biggest problem in the consumer market might be the clock speed gap perception, but I don’t that’s really the issue keeping more consumers from buying Macintoshes.

People buy computers based on referrals and recommendations, and the majority of people out there that own computers, recommend what they own, use at work, or have used in the past (positive or negative recommendations). They make recommendations based on the experience and their perception of ‘what is best.’

Thus, I’d make the argument that more people think PCs are better for others, because that’s where the market share lies…

A WHOLE LOT of people out there don’t own Macs, and haven’t used them in many years, thus they can’t make a recommendation, to their friends asking them, to buy a Mac. Apple needs to work on that.

And part of the issue might be for Apple to really work hard to get more corporate (commercial and in-house) software ported to OS X. My company dropped Macs for our sales department because there aren’t any really good/useful media sales applications for OS X, or at least there weren’t 2 years ago when we built the hardware replacement plan, which turned into a ‘transition to Windows’ plan.

Then again, to Apple’s credit, the whole market share battle was lost a long time ago to Windows, and thus Apple’s done a good-enough job of ‘hanging on’ and might just have the patience and fortitude to win over enough people one-by-one to make it back to a thriving market share picture some-day. I know I’ll never abandon them as a customer for a PC that I personally pay for.

And, no, I don’t have a clue if the rumors will come true at the WWDC… and I wouldn’t tell you if I did. (okay, maybe I have a clue, but I’m not spilling the beans) Though, I do have a feeling about new powerbooks in the near future (just because of the recent price drops) but that feeling isn’t as solid as my view on the new G5s.

Safari Hacks

I read a thread over at MacMinute’s forums today, that directed me to ResExcellence’s excellent Safari Hacks pages. I had no idea there were so many graphical hacks for Safari… I love how easy it is to hack Apple’s UI.

Netscape 4.x support

Kalsey says it best:

Dear Client,

Netscape 4 is now six years old. Could we please stop catering to an old, buggy browser that is incompatible with all other browsers?

Thanks.

I mention it in full, as my web dev department asked our internet general manager just today if we could drop Netscape 4.x support in the next major redesign of our website… the big problem with doing that is that we still use Netscape scheduling software, and thus 90% of the organization uses Netscape 4.7, as Netscape 7.x isn’t supported by the scheduling software we’re using (or some such other BS reason)… so guess what? It’s gonna be very hard to convince the folks that matter (the bigs guys) that Netscape 4.x is a dead browser platform in my company…

…maybe one of these days.

Outlook XP’s Auto-Complete Function

If you use Outlook XP as your mail client, you’ve likely run into the problem of having bad addresses show up in your auto-complete options when you’re typing a new email to people. It’s usually really annoying, and there’s no way to really fix the problem from inside Outlook XP that’s intuitive (to me at least).

This message board post will quickly walk you through two ways to fix the problem though, depending on the severity of your problems… enjoy:

When typing an address into the To:, Cc: or Bcc: lines of a new message in Outlook 2002, Outlook will use AutoComplete and automatically suggest an address based on addresses it has cached.

To turn off this feature, so that addresses are never suggested, go to the Tools pull-down menu, choose Options, then click the E-Mail Options button, and the Advanced E-mail Options button. Uncheck the box for “Suggest names while completing the To, Cc and Bcc fields”.

To remove one address from the list so that it won’t be suggested again, open a new message and begin typing in the address. Use the up and down arrow keys to select the address to be removed from the addresses suggested. When the address to be removed is highlighted, hit the Delete key.

To remove all the saved addresses, delete the .nk2 file where Outlook stores them. The file is normally located in Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder for each Outlook profile.

And just in case you want more information, here’s another link with plenty of info.

PhotoStack 1.1 is out

PhotoStack 1.1 is out… great application. If you’re interested in having a cool, super easy to use photo gallery, download PhotoStack and then say thanks to Noel.

Getting the most out of Google

Fantastic article here about getting more than you’re used to out of Google. Examples like:

Using the * with a pipe and quotes:

“Google has * my life” | “Google * my life”

Quick read too. [via JD]

Competition in “RSS Reader” land

You know, competition is good for the consumer, or at least that’s the argument the government used against Microsoft a while back.

Today, that means that Brent has to watch his back. Shrook has been released, and I’ve downloaded it to play with. The cool thing is that I’ve already paid for NetNewsWire, so I don’t feel like a traitor to Brent at all.

NetNewsWire is definitely my main RSS Reader, but I’m playing with Shrook as soon as it’s downloaded… the real question is “Is Shrook pushing the limits, or merely following in Brent’s footsteps?” We’ll see. [via Ben, via Tom, via Tesugen, via Urban]

Windows Media Player on Mac OS X (and Quicktime) rant

I visited a few sites today, and got really annoyed at Windows Media Player for OS X.

The first site was Yahoo Movies, and a trailer for American Wedding (hat tip to Jerermy for pointing it out). The movie looks great, but Yahoo Movies only offers a WMP or Real version of the trailer for viewing, which is odd, because Apple has long hosted Quicktime versions of Universal’s trailers, but they don’t have this movie.

Then, I visited Chrysler’s Million Dollar Film Festival website, which is pretty cool from a marketing stand-point and takes a cue from BMW Films. [link via MarketingFix]

The problem I have with Windows Media Player is that for some reason, the WMP files don’t play inside the browser (I’m using Safari) on OS X. The Yahoo and Chrysler sites have settings and preferences for your media player, and even cool little branded places for the movies to load, but each page says something about not having a plugin, and Safari then passes off the URL of the movie files to WMP, which launches outside of the browser for viewing of the films… I’m glad that it works, but not happy about the experience… mainly because when you close a WMP file, the application quits itself, meaning that for every film I watch, I have to wait for the app to load again, prior to watching the film…

In addition, I’m sort of pissed that Yahoo and Chrysler don’t offer Quicktime versions of their films… they’ve likely look better than they do in WMP. Apple should really push Quicktime harder to people that distribute films online.

Toobin’ – Texas Style

Yesterday, we hit the Guadalupe River in New Braunsfels, Texas, for some fun in the sun. We got up around 9 am, and everyone gathered at our house (there were about 10 of us hitting the river for the day). My buddy Josh made some gourmet breakfast tacos for everyone, and after eating and picking up some beer on the way to the river, we hit Rockin R to rent the tubes and rafts for the day.

We spent 6+ hours on the river, and afterwards I was exhausted (too much beer and sun, I think). We ate at the Gristmill Restaurant [good photo] in Gruene, before heading home and going straight to bed. It was a great day.

Relaunching a website in today’s terms

Years ago, major web-sites were ‘re-launched’ every year or two, and some were relaunched as often as every six-months. This often resulted in major usability changes for a large group of core users that ended up sounding very vocal to the designers and managers of those websites. Today’s approach is to no ‘re-launch’ a website in one fell swoop, but rather to have ‘creeping site re-design’ and continual improvements added all the time. This article is a great overview of the practice, and one I’d recommend reading.

teamwork and death

Here is a fantasticly written story about teamwork and the effects on it from on high.

read it. commentary later.

Quick Links: 6 June

For the past week I’ve been pretty busy… here are a few things I’ve read recently and needed to blogmark:

MT Medic [via Pat Berry]

Interesting graph on SARS

Let’s Make a Cell-Phone Deal – I’ve done this. It works. More from ArsTechnica.

Working with Forms in PHP, Part 1 and Part 2. Great information on PHP and forms handling.

Great tutorial on Cookies and PHP.

Famous Fonts [via angiemckaig.com]

Upsell More [from XPlane]

Closing the Sale [from XPlane]

Increasing Customer Loyalty [from Xplane]

The Anatomy of a Style Sheet (brought to you at 37,000 feet courtesy of Net News Wire Pro’s caching of RDF feeds – Thanks Brent) Looks like a great start to a useful CSS tutorial… and something I can really use the help on learning.

Automating iPhoto 2 with AppleScript

Power Keys in Jaguar

Common Style Mistakes, Part 1

Papers written by Googlers

So Much for Economic Principle :: Apple Computer’s persistence defies the law of increasing returns.

A article on software development and the business side of it: Risky Business part 1, and part 2

Digital Editions of Newspapers

I just read JD’s version of his latest OJR article.

JD’s got some great information there about uptake of digital editions, as well as great information about how other company’s are using them. Good info. Also, it’s interesting to see the author’s draft of the article, and the final edited version side-by-side. Thanks JD.

QOTD: Advertising Spending

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” — John Wanamaker