29 11 2005

Simplicity gets its media moment. Does “jumping the shark” come before or after a “media moment”? Just wondering.

Memor.ia and the sense of play

28 11 2005

I made a couple of quick notes in my “Moleskine Memor.ia” this morning. One of the notes went something like this: A sense of play is essential in making memor.ia a success. Imagine my surprise to find this by Doug Rushkoff in my RSS feeds.

Ten Rules for Web Startups

27 11 2005

Evan Williams, who I admire for his work with Pyra Labs (Blogger), Google, and Odeo, hits the nail on the head.

Meet Jane Geek

26 11 2005

This has strong implications for memor.ia

Snippet: ” The digital home has also come to confer on women the role of chief purchasing officer of computing and entertainment gear. They’re judging the user-friendliness of computers and wireless networks just as they would stoves and refrigerators. “Last week my 11-year-old came in and said she needed a JumpDrive to transfer digital files back and forth from school, and who buys it? My wife,” says Paul Rand, chief development and innovation officer at communications firm Ketchum.”

The Wisdom of Crowds Approach to AI

26 11 2005

“The purpose of this web site is unusual, but we hope you find it interesting and compelling, because we need your help! Our goal is to teach computers all those things an average person knows but takes for granted, because they are so obvious. This is known as the problem of giving computers “common sense”. This includes things like:

  • every person is younger than their mother
  • you can push something with a straight stick
  • one hundred dollars is a lot to pay for a sandwich
  • snow is cold and is made of millions of snowflakes
  • a week is longer than an minute
  • computers need a source of power to operate
  • most birds can fly, except for penguins and birds with broken wings.”

The Origin of Google

26 11 2005

An early presentation introducing the concept that would become Google by Larry Page

The Beauty of Simplicity

26 11 2005

From Fast Company:

“Google has the functionality of a really complicated Swiss Army knife, but the home page is our way of approaching it closed. It’s simple, it’s elegant, you can slip it in your pocket, but it’s got the great doodad when you need it. A lot of our competitors are like a Swiss Army knife open–and that can be intimidating and occasionally harmful.”