November 2005

Spiekermann in 80s BBC clip on typography

Erik Spiekermann on type in a BBC clip from the 80s. Be sure to check out his post on the heritage of Nokia’s corporate typeface.

Ilya

Syndicating and sharing calendars, contacts, and pretty much everything

Ray Ozzie’s take on Really Simple Sharing (of calendars and contact lists). Russell has a few questions.

(Geez, what’s up with MSN Spaces’s URLs?)

One important thing to note is that the focus is on sharing personal information with specific people or groups, not the Web at large. The management of these “privilege groups” is tough.

Oh, and today I broke down and finally installed Skype.

Ilya

Matias Tactile Pro USB — best keyboard ever?

Is Matias Tactile Pro USB Keyboard the best keyboard ever? I have no idea. Luckily, there’s a lot more to know about keyboards.

I like keyboards that make loud clacking sounds when you press the keys. You can get big old “clackies” from the Kyläsaari recycling center for five euros a piece.

Ilya

Sataman hosting-toiminta Nebulalle

Muistan, kun Nebula oli ainoastaan pieni ja pätevä hosting-firma. Tänä päivänä se on varmasti edelleen pätevä, mutta isommaksi se tosiaan on kasvanut.

Koska Nebulan tiedotteihin ei ole ankkureita eikä permalinkkejä, on tiedote alla kokonaisuudessaan.

11.11.2005

Satama myy hosting-liiketoimintansa Nebula Oy:lle

Satama Interactive on myynyt Sataman hosting-liiketoimintansa Nebula Oy:lle. Hosting-palvelun yhteydessä Nebulalle siirtyy noin sadan asiakkaan sopimuskanta. Samalla yhtiöt ovat sopineet hosting-palveluita koskevasta yhteistyöstä. Yhtiöt ovat päättäneet olla julkistamatta kauppahintaa. Kaupan vaikutus Sataman vuoden 2005 tulokseen on vähäinen.

Satama luopuu hosting-liiketoiminnasta keskittyäkseen ydinliiketoimintaansa, digitaalisten palveluiden suunnitteluun ja toteutukseen. Hosting-liiketoiminta tuli Satamaan vuoden 2004 syyskuussa ostetun Kuulalaakerin liiketoiminnan ja kesäkuussa 2005 ostetun G5 Digital Design Oy:n myötä. Hosting-liiketoimintaa on harjoittanut lähinnä Sataman Turun toimisto.

Satama ja Nebula ovat sopineet yhteistyöstä, jossa Nebula toimii Sataman kumppanina tarjoamalla Sataman asiakkaille hosting-palveluita.

Ilya

What if the real Web 2.0 has nothing to do with WWW?

Abandon the Web has some interesting ideas on the evolution of the Web. The author (going by the moniker of J.R. Pessimist) poses five “paradoxes”, or problems with the Web today, and suggests, for one, that we need a whole new platform. World of Warcraft and Skype are examined as examples of alternative networks. Via Evhead.

Ilya


Grass and rounded corners?

Whoa, check out the the grass and the rounded corners? Both presenting at next week’s Helsinki MobileMonday, Nokia and Opera seem to be sharing some grass-roots love.

Ilya



  • Seaside is a Web application framework for Smalltalk.
  • Lisp-on-lines is a Web application framework for Lisp.
  • Paul Graham’s On Lisp is available in electronic format.
  • Hmmm. Hottest Blogger is exactly what the name says it is. But there’s something strange going on there…
  • Wow, this illusion is really neat!

Nested comments vs. out and out branching

I don’t like threaded discussions. Not in forums, not anywhere. But the way Phil Ringnalda’s blog comments nest is a neat solution that doesn’t take away attention from the general discussion. It provides replying-to context without spreading out the comments by branches. While it still isn’t perfect, I’m not sure there even is a way to have reasonable “discussions” among crowds, online or off.

Ilya

Akateeminen vs. Amazon

Mietin, olisiko halvempaa ostaa kirjoja Amazonista vai Akateemisesta, jonka kautta voi tilata myös kirjoja, joita ei ole liikkeessä myynnissä. Vertailun tekee työlääksi se, että Amazon kätkee postituskulut tilauksen viimeisimpään vaiheeseen.

Vertasin verkkokauppoja tänään, ja yhden kirjan otannalla Amazon vaikuttaa edullisemmalta.

Pehmeäkantinen Moneyball maksaisi 22 euroa Akateemisessa, ja Amazonista tilattuna, edullisimmalla postituksella, 17,20 euroa. Kirjakohtaisesti ero on aika suuri.

Asiaan liittymättömänä, osoite “akateeminen.fi” ei johda Akateemisen kirjakaupan sivuille, vaan johonkin epämääräiseen työpaikkailmoituspalveluun. Ärsyttävää, tuo squattaus, varsinkin kun Akateemisen osoite on akateeminen.com.

Ilya

Ajax-based “Web desktops”

Ajax-based “Web desktops” are sprouting up like mushrooms. What’s funny, is that their functionality is basically the same as Netscape’s customizable portal back in 2000.

Cribbed from Techcrunch’s round-up, the newcomers are Netvibes, Protopage, and Zoozio. Then of course there’s Google Reader and Microsoft’s Start (or is that Live?).

While I really liked Start at first, Bloglines fairly quickly won me over. It’s better as a feed aggregator, at least. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but I was impressed that, despite being hard to find, there is a way to export feed subscriptions as an OPML file.

Ilya
  • What’s the difference between Upcoming, Eventful, and Zvents?
  • Blogscient claims to provide a bird’s eye view of the blogosphere. The user interface is much clearer than Memeorandum’s.

Free sheet music

Free sheet music. Taneli and I thought a lot about sheet music on the Web back in 2000. We had a business plan worked out, and a lot of ideas on neat things to do with the sheet music. Phase one would’ve been to offer music in the public domain for free.

Ilya

Memeorandum, the automatic blog newspaper

Memeorandum glues blog posts and news pieces together as newspaper-like frontpages. Unfortunately, my first look didn’t impress me. Wired talks to Gabe Rivera, the creator of Memeorandum.

Ilya

  • JSON is a lightweight data-interchange format meant to be easily used with Javascript. Useful for tranfering data for Ajax. There are two implementations for PHP: JSON-PHP and PHP-JSON (as a C extension).

  • Mice sing to their beaus, they just sing so high, humans can’t hear it. It may be that lab mice haven’t learned to sing as well as their wild cousins.
  • Schizos get illusions, they just see them where they aren’t.
  • Bret Easton Ellis sets himself in Lunar Park. The Random House site has sound clips of Ellis reading and being interviewed. Did you know that in 1987 Ellis dined at the White House as a guest of Jeb and George W. Bush, both fans of his work.

Commodore’s unsung history

The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore is a fascinating read. Well, the first sample chapter is (pdf version also available). There’s also excerpts of chapters 12 and 19.

Via Retromania.

Ilya
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