Archive: September, 2007

A Social Network for Social Networks

There is an obscene amount of social networks and there seems to be no-end to new social networks that are being developed. This is great because it means that developers are thinking about communication as a key feature to the success of an application. The problem with social networks is that users end up spending […]

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Why IE isn’t standards compliant

I recently read a post that whines about the fact that Internet Explorer isn’t standards compliant. Boo hoo. Of course it isn’t standards compliant and if people understood how business works we could get IE to be strict on standards in 8 months. To understand why IE isn’t standards compliant you need to understand how […]

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Allow clients to accept credit cards

For years I was using a 3rd party service to accept credit cards for software purchases. This was a good idea at first because it allowed me to get off and running quickly in creating the software and not worrying so much about the sales, processing side of things. The problem is that these third […]

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Testing IE6 on Vista Using Virtual PC

If you’re a web developer you may need to test on IE6, Firefox and IE7 while running Vista. The last two are easy the first one is a little trickier. Here are the steps needed: Download Virtual PC 2004 Download the Internet Explorer 6 Testing VPC Image Unzip and setup everything and launch Virtual PC. […]

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20 things the iPhone should do

I broke down last weekend and got the iphone. Apple Computer Inc has created a design that is great with UI that was lovingly hand polished. Of course no matter how good it is you always want more. This is what separates great products from mediocre products. With my old cell phone everything was crap […]

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Facebook, Myspace and Social Networks don’t Matter

I’ve joined Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, Friendster, Orkut, Digg, Flickr, Twitter and a bunch of others. The verdict… Social network sites are pretty useless for socializing. Don’t get me wrong these sites are entertaining, voyeuristic and in many cases addicting. The primary function on most of these sites is as the name implies ‘networking.’ I get […]

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How to meet – Fight club style

I’ve been to hundreds of meetings, some good, some awful and I’ve come to realize that the majority of people don’t know how to  meet. Here’s some guidelines Tyler Durden style. The first rule of meeting is we don’t talk about meeting. The second rule of meetings is we don’t talk about meetings. We’re there […]

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Usability, Frustration and Delight

On Wednesday Jared Spool spoke at UPABoston about the web today, its history and perhaps its future. One of the more interesting parts was how usability plays into products. In the past the main objective was to overcome frustration. If you overcome frustration and do something useful you can call it usable. But what happens […]

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