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Kottke says a tumblelog is a quick and dirty stream of consciousness… with more than just links. Anarchaia was the first, but there are many copies. And they have a plan.

  1. Rakesh Agrawal posted his notes from a talk that Carl Sjogreen gave about how his team went about building Google Calendar. Some choice bits:

    • First thing’s first — go talk to "real" customers
    • sounds cliche but it’s amazing how little it’s really done
    • focused on getting interactions and user model right before thinking about scale (a significant challenge for us)
    • Save the pixel pushing (fine alignment on the user interface) for when you know you have it right
    • Always have an eye on the minimum useful feature set that most people will use
    • focus on what the web can do that paper can’t
    • Timing launch properly
      • launch early and often is the mantra of web companies
      • it IS a fundamental structural differences that sets web companies apart from packaged software
      • However the old adage of "you can only launch once" still applies
  2. I’m pretty sure I’ve already linked to this, but Scott Berkun’s The start-up inflection point is brilliant. Required reading for anyone at a startup which is becoming (or trying to become) a small company.

  3. Are you a web person or a dot-com person?

  4. Whoa. Star Trek Gets Upgraded (emphasis mine):

    The original 1960s Star Trek series will receive a high-tech makeover[…] with digitally remastered episodes[…]

    The original special effects will be replaced with computer-generated images, including the exterior of the Starship Enterprise[…] The main title sequence will also be redone [What, no theremin? Blasphemy!] with new effects and a new digital stereo soundtrack re-recorded by an orchestra and a female singer[…]

    All of the space scenes, alien landscapes and ships—including the Romulan Bird of Prey and Klingon Battle Cruisers—will be updated as well[…]

    Thanks to madbard for reminding me of what the theremin is called.

  5. Taylor has some very sensible weight-loss advice.

  6. SBCL 1.0 should be out in October or November. Yay!

  7. I’m pretty happy with how well our API meets with Alex Bosworth’s rules for providing web APIs, though there is certainly room for improvement in several areas.

  8. Lifeguard chair

    A lifeguard chair in Scituate.

  9. Safari Guide is a free application for Mac OS X Tiger that allows developers to evaluate arbitrary XPath, XQuery, XSLT, and JavaScript expressions against the current frontmost Safari webpage.

  10. Perramont Hotel

    The Perramont Hotel, where I unfortunately stayed while in SF for WordCamp. Cool sign though.

  11. Being self-directed is hard. Sometimes you need a boss.

  12. Scott Berkun's brilliant description of the start-up inflection point is a must-read for anybody at a startup.

  13. subcon sounds like a potentially nice cluster management tool.

  14. Sailing in Scituate harbor Peggotty Beach during a storm

    Two faces of summer in my hometown, Scituate, MA.

  15. It's a golden rule in most businesses that salaries must be kept secret. Except for a few heretics it is almost universally accepted that mayhem would ensue in the workplace if people knew what their co-workers, their managers or - gasp - the CEO was making.

    Making salaries open inside a company instead seems like a wild idea sure, but it makes a lot of sense and brings advantages for both the workplace and for its people. Read on to see why.

  16. Bloglines announced their new Feed Access Control extension for RSS and Atom last week. Over at Sam Ruby's blog, Mark Pilgrim pointed out a potentially thorny legal implication of the extension:

    "I am not a lawyer," but it seems entirely plausible that this new element could be considered "a technological measure that effectively controls access" under the DMCA (specifically section 1201). If so, software (such as Planet) that redistributes feed content without respecting this new element could be illegal under U.S. law, and any developers — and potentially any users — of such software could be subject to felony charges.

  17. Alex Schroeder's posted the rsync recipe he uses to back up his Mac Mini. rsync is one of those tools which I love to use, but I use it just infrequently enough such that I always have to look up the options each time I go to actually use it.

  18. Terrorist Calculus:

    1. If I kill you, I win.
    2. If you kill me, I am a martyr. I win big.
    3. There are no innocents in the land of my enemy. If I kill infants, the elderly, pregnant women, even on purpose, I win.
    4. When my enemy kills innocent civilians in error, even his own allies condemn him for brutality. I win.
    5. When my enemy kills innocent civilians that I purposefully put in harms way, even his own allies condemn him for brutality. I win.
  19. Captain Ed, on proportionality: To use a crude analogy, if someone is stupid enought to bring a knife to a gunfight, it doesn't mean that those holding the guns have a moral obligation to fight with knives instead.

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