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Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Got one of these today:
If you are looking for lobsters, I highly recommend these folks: Lobsters-Online.com. They saved me like 25% (over their competitiors).

Tuesday, May 23, 2000

Another article on the social effects of the internet: Is The Web Isolating You?
I'll be the first to admit that there are times when there's no substitute for the touch or voice of a friend or loved one. But many people, especially those comfortable with the written word, have no trouble maintaining social connections by e-mail.
Via Ed's Weblog.
The Sad, Short and Perplexing Life of Computer Whiz.
Aaron reacted negatively to the David Plotnikoff article linked below. While he may be right that it is dangerous to retreat into online community at the expense of offline community involvement, I don't think that danger negates any of the positive aspects of online interaction that Plotnikoff is celebrating. I know from personal experience that the internet has strengthened me socially in certain ways; I would be lying if I said it had not hurt me in other ways. But this should not be an either/or proposition. There is a balance to be struck. What is important about the study that Plotnikoff was reporting on is that it offers some proof that online time is not a road to social isolation, that in fact there are REAL social benefits to be found in online communities; I simply disagree with Aaron that online interaction is not "nourishing".

Monday, May 22, 2000

TheStandard.com: Wondering About WAP
American companies have been slow to adopt the Wireless Application Protocol. Will it hurt them in the long run?

Sunday, May 21, 2000

The Internet doesn't isolate, but reconnects us to others. True, true.
An interesting read from a former Boo employee: Boo.com Goes Bust.
From Redherring.com: Startups hope GUIs are sticky sweet. This sounds like an absolute nightmare to me:
Sticky Networks and UBUBU ... are attempting to bring eye-candy and ease of use to Web surfing through graphical navigation tools. In the process, they hope to create new and more lucrative channels for Internet advertising.
A nightmare not only because of the crap about developing interface as a channel for advertising, but because of the (I think) HORRIBLE usability of the type of interfaces being discussed. UBUBU asks:

or

A desktop or a solar system? As Bobby Knight would say, give me a F****** break.

The Captain will be interested in this provocative lead in from UBUBU:
We think text is good, but pictures are better for finding things you care about.
In his honor, I am downloading the "Marvel Planet" from UBUBU to try out this new-fangled interface.
The latest article from A List Apart, Fragments (of Time), is full of wonderful thoughts and insights. The most interesting to me is from the "SMALLER - FASTER - BETTER?" section of the article:
I reviewed my own web page (http://truedesigns.com) the other day, and got quite upset with myself. Everything - both text and graphics - is too damn small, in my opinion.
Exactly what I have been thinking about my own site! And I will soon have a new design for glish.com to remedy the situation.
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