Category Archives: useful web

Using Sandy with Web Snippets

Welcome to the third in my series of tutorials on getting the most out of I Want Sandy, the “virtual personal assitant” from Portland company Values of N. In the last two installments, I covered how to communicate with Sandy … Continue reading

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An iwantsandy Port of the Quicksilver Append Trick

As a follow up to my last post on mobile communication with Sandy, here’s a trick I use to communicate with her when I’m sitting in front of my computer. My favorite super-fast way to tell Sandy about new reminders … Continue reading

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I Want Sandy with SMS and Twitter

I’ve been happily using I Want Sandy, the virtual email-based personal assistant from Portland-based Values of N for some time now. (Disclaimer: Sandy is the brainchild of Rael Dornfest who I’m proud to count a friend.) The service’s friendly avatar-driven … Continue reading

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What Happens When Web-Scale Computing Becomes a Commodity?

With the announcement of Amazon’s much-anticipated SimpleDB service this week, we now officially live in a world where the kind of enormous systems run by Google, Yahoo, Ebay, et al — systems that power huge portions of the web (where … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Social Networks Provide RSS Feeds?

The total lack of RSS feeds on many of the most popular social networks seems shocking. More and more, across the net, RSS feeds have become the standard way to make important oft-updated information universally and easily accessible. In addition … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Google Reader

A few weeks back, having ditched my dying beer-stained PowerBook for a shiny slightly-used MacBook Pro, I found myself trying out news readers for the first time in a long time. I’ve been a NetNewsWire 2.0 man for nearly ever, … Continue reading

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On the Expectation of Privacy in Social Web Applications

Alex Payne from Twitter has an interesting post up about the costs of privacy in social web applications. The thrust of his argument is that respecting the complex privacy requirements of the average non-geeky user increases the complexity of developing … Continue reading

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The NY Times Explains the Ratings

In honor of today’s 79th Annual Academy Awards telecast, I’m proud to present: The NY Times Explains the Ratings. Continuing the tradition of ridiculous web apps begun with Largehearted Goat, TNYTETR aggregates the short blurbs at the end of each … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 or Captcha?

Call them fads, trends, or memes, there’s a type of idea that resembles kudzu. It may have evolved to conquer the requirements of a particular intellectual landscape, but eventually it becomes so wildly well-adapted that it spread way wide of … Continue reading

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Safari is an inbox

Do you know that moment between when Safari hangs and when you realize it’s about to crash? Or when you accidentally hit ‘cmd+q’ when what you meant was ‘cmd+w’? There are a frantic couple of seconds where you’re desperately trying … Continue reading

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