A nice piece by Matt Neuman: The Exception That Proves The Rule
How many bombs does it take to bring down the Internet? The Scientific American reports that routers are the most vulnerable points.
The Book Report reports in an interview Stephen King wants to write a book called "On Fiction" which will be an anthology of stories about writing. But, he feels it's risky. No way, Stephen! Damn, where can I pre-order?
For my local readers: I suppose that everyone has to start somewhere. Watching public television has become a major fascination for me while I work online. Tonight I saw the end of an independent film produced by an outfit called Quickly Produced Television, made up of a few of the local Indie film-makers in the Ann Arbor area. I came very close to changing the channel, but was nicely rewarded for my suffering with a tasty URL. Click.
CamRant: BULK EMAIL MARKETING WORKS! Spam
What is community branding?
Jakob Nielsen says you shouldn't outsource your web design. I completely agree.
With so many films being crammed through the Hollywood movie engine these days, I'm often reminded of great movies that come in from other countries. Especially good are movies like "Fortress" and "Walkabout" from Australia.
People who have studied writing and/or journalism tend to look at Strunk & White's "Elements of Style" as the Holy Grail of writing rules. However, when these people land themselves a job writing for an online resource or website, they sometimes forget that writing for the web can be a whole new medium with its own rules.
Little kid #1: "I lost my dog."
I've actually known about CamWorks for some time, but only now have linked to them. They have a pretty impressive client list.
For some good, weird fun, visit these guys. Java and Shockwave required.
No updates today. I'll be in Detroit this afternoon taking the Jeopardy tests to try to get on Jeopardy, the game show. What is "wish me luck," Alex?
Let me know if you'll be in New York next month for MacWorld. Maybe we can hook up. Coming soon: CamWorld T-Shirts, possibly free. Details to follow, stay tuned....
Cool....www.camworld.com.br. Can someone tell me what they do?
Very few updates today...I'm REALLY busy and might not have time. But check back later. If I run across some good links during my normal info gathering/surfing daily routine, I'll definitely post them.
My brother, knowing how busy a guy I am, sent me the following links from his bookmark collection:
"Ever wonder why you don't learn anything by watching Ann Arbor Public TV? Because it is owned by the government to harass the public. Production facilities provided by Community Television Network." - on a piece of paper taped to the front of a television camera. There was an entire half hour of this. Reminds me of what Ben told me about the guy who films himself sleeping and then airs in on Public TV. Kinda strange what some people will do just to make themselves think they're being funny.
Upside: Set-Top Nonsense. I think she's dead-on, correcto-mundo, absolutely right in her assessment.
My archives section is finally in a presentable form. Let me know if you find any problems, like broken links and whatnot. I will slowly update this design for the first 3 months of 1998 and all of 1997.
Debunking Kentucky Fried Rat.
Do you have recurring dreams about animals.
Can dreams tell the future? Here's one person's notes.
An old link, but a good one. It's funny!
I used to live here. No lie!
It's Research Day here at CamWorld:
Christian Ørsted's Micromarketing Thesis. One-to-one marketing, it's all the rage.
HP's E-Business:Mass Customization Meets the Web.
"Clinton Sells Lewinsky Sex Tapes on the Web!" Well, no, but this made me think of it.
What is Social Hypertext. Ah yes, that explains it.
Locating International and Interdisciplinary Environmental Data Using Internet and World Wide Web Databse Access Methods. Big words are coming out my ears!
And some great books: Design of Everyday Things, The Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine, and Turn Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles. All three by Donald A. Norman, who just happens to be an Apple Fellow. No surprise here.
CTHEORY: Dreams Engineers Have.
FlabJab Profile: cameron.
Hooking a computer up to your electric bug zapper? Want to control your fridge from the office? On vacation, but need to let someone in the house via your digital security system? A few years down the road...you say? Nonsense. Just visit SHED and download their free software. There must be a catch, you say. Ah yes, you must first have a Mac.
WebFreekz: British Invasion. Again, again!
BayCHI SIG: Bay Area Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group
Why is it that many people working for large corporations never seem to participate much in some of the better mailing lists? Here's why.
X-Files Phenomenon: FBI releases 1600 pages of unusual phenomenon. Cool!
Industry Standard: IBM to Announce Apache as PreferredWeb Server. Whoah, what about Net.Commerce and Lotus Domino Go?
Makes a great Christmas present! Dummy Cow.
Microsoft debuts it's beta version of Start. Anyone else think it's kinda ugly?
Canada's Daily Marketing News Source: AdNews.com.
British Broadcasting Company (BBC) Online. Ah....I remember watching loads of BBC programmes as an American kid living in England. Channel 4 was surely a better station, though. They had great shows like Chocky and and cartoons like SuperTed
Upside: The dirt behind Brill's Content, a new Tech magazine for the Tech insiders.
I hate to be so critical, but here's a perfect example of how not to use typography when designing a website.
A screenshot from yesterday before Microsoft took down linus.microsoft.com.
News for Nerds: Slashdot.org. This guy is Michigan-based....cool
What do you do five years from now when your current database (that only supports text-based information) stops being as functional and expandable as you'd like? Better start looking at systems like Jasmine from Computer Associates International, Inc. now.
"Cogito is a software environment for knowledge interaction. Fundamental to this environment is how it stores information. Our information (computer) industry has grown up storing information in documents. Since we always used documents to share information, it seemed logical to store our information this way. Much of our electronic information today is in some form of document or diagram. Documents make terrific methods of information communication, but are very inefficient methods of knowledge retention."
These kids are our future. I'm starting to see a whole new paradigm shift in the way companies do business. From the traditional top-down hierarchical business management style to a bottom-up style, new start-ups are embracing these new technologies and using them to their fullest potential. A word to the wise for large corporations: Start listening to your younger employees. They may know a lot more than you think.
Hmmm....what is Microsoft up to? Coming soon: MS Linux?
Update: Microsoft must have decided this was bad PR. For those who missed it, this URL took you to a page that was a default installation page for RedHat and Apache, a Linux-based webserver. But, here's some more Miscrosoft machines running Linux and various other OS'es:
Do you like the new design? Please note that many of the existing pages may not get a facelift. I've also created new subsections: Rants, Screwed, List, & Misc. These are categories that I've added in the past year. I've moved the Techno category to Misc., along with Scripting, & Classes
Do you have a site on AOL? Do you publish your writings there? If so, you could have some trouble.
This site is launching June 18: But you can check it out now!.
Another online-advertising catch-all: SearchZ.
Happy Birthday! CamWorld turns one year old today. One year of stuff.
More important news: I've been selected as one of 300 people in the Detroit area to try out for Jeopardy! My testing is on June 25. I'll keep everyone here informed about how I do.
This magazine is really good: Fast Company.
Industry Standard: Banner Ads With a Few More Brains.
Another good read: Marketing Warfare.
Tuesday, June 2, 1998
CamRant: Notes on a Cool June Night