February 28, 2008

February 27, 2008


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Here Comes Everybody

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February 26, 2008

Bookshelf Staircase

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February 25, 2008

February 20, 2008

February 17, 2008

February 15, 2008

Subprime Primer

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Is It Better to Buy or Rent? - New York Times Very useful calculator here, although it's pretty important to note that the settings are biased heavily towards buyers, at least in the context of the NY market (and it is the NYTimes). The investment return is set at just 5% which is essentially a bond only investment, and there are $0 condo/co-op fees! Set realistically and buying a home looks retarded without even factoring in the cost of personal illiquidity one takes on by owning. Retarded that is unless one thinks housing prices will just go up faster than inflation forever...

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February 14, 2008

Europe savors '08 race drama - I wonder if any foreign news outlet can describe the US primary & delegate system without using words to the effect of "archaic and baroque"...

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February 12, 2008

Silobreaker, one of the more promising of the many new news collations/filtering/visualization sites. Kind of curious how many of these seem to be popping up, how many programmers/entrepreneurs are there out there convinced they can make a algorithmic system better than the NYTimes?

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February 11, 2008

February 09, 2008

Designing What’s Right for Consumers - New York Times

"But you don't have to have an M.B.A. to understand that refusing to compromise on design, for any reason, can lead to fantastic commercial success. Look at Apple, Google, Sonos, R.I.M. (makers of the BlackBerry), or (in its glory days) Palm."

It's a mildly interesting article, but I think that bit about Palm's glory days is pretty telling, just designing a good product once or twice is no indicator of long term success. RIM for instance is in danger of going out of style like a palmpilot, Apple almost died without Steve Jobs around and Google's design track record is hit or miss. It's one thing for a critic to say companies need to incorporate good design and another thing entirely for them to actually figure out how to implement good design and then repeat it.

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February 08, 2008

The Greener Grass: Concept - Current State Slick system for monitoring and controlling a homes power usage via an iPhone. So 21st century! (update: actually it's just a concept not a product, which I guess makes it even more 21st century...)

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Pruning Shears - Pruning Shears - The New Authoritarians heh, I guess that's a more charitable way of separating the Coulter/Rush style conservativism as obedience from the other less odious but still not so great styles of conservativism...

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February 07, 2008

CNN Hits The Wall for the Election, I actually thought they were faking the multitouch, but it turns out CNN's infowall is a genuine Jeff Han creation.

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February 06, 2008

February 04, 2008

RIP Sheldon Brown. A true bicycle/internet maverick. Fixed gear cycling would never be where it is today without him and the resources he created. Sad day on the internet.

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