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One solution to the "consumer credit crisis"

on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 14:27

The mainstream media says there's another financial crisis looming: Consumer Credit.  The claim is that consumers are way over-extended, and that people buy too much stuff on credit.

So, one way to handle this is to do for credit cards sleeves what tobacco health warnings did on cigarette packaging.  Thanks to Francis Luu for the idea.

(Of course, this presumes people would see this, and <strong>think</strong> about what it says.  There isn't any evidence that people think well when faced with a "want.")

All your content belong to us. Now.

on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 14:56

This gives me pause. Does it you?

I was trying to access a designer-oriented website called Computerlove. It was down. (Various programming errors.) For the heck of it, I Googled the site to double-check the URL. Yup - still down when I clicked through from Google.

Then I succumbed to the urge of simply looking at the Cached page on Google. Google had a fresh page from only a couple of hours previously!

Does the fact that Google has a copy of all the content they crawl -- all your content that is as current as this strike any of you as slightly troubling?



on Tue, 06/30/2009 - 13:06

I'm a big fan of Velogogo. Sox, its curator, works as a UX person at Vimeo.

I was looking a little more deeply into him, watching his videos on Vimeo. Ok, I'll admit it: I'm an immature, lame adolescent at heart. I got joy from this short video. I want one.

baa humbug! the anal jelly bean dispenser from Soxiam on Vimeo.


History in the making: Acquia article in the Boston Globe

on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 14:39

Today in the Boston Globe there's an article in the business section about Acquia. It's gratifying to see our company start to get visibility outside the close-knit Drupal community. I just wanted to take a moment to expand on it a bit.

The article led with a key point about Acquia / Drupal: free software is disruptive. "Free" both as in the Free Software Foundation's "liberty" definition, as well as in Free Beer definition.

Thanks, Universal Sports

on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 13:17

The Grand Tours - the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, etc. - are the big dogs in cycling, and I'm sure TV rights are hard-fought.  And while the Tour will always get good TV coverage, the Giro nearly didn't get <em>any</em> coverage in the US this year because <a href="">Versus</a> network (who broadcasts most of the cycling we get to see here in the US) didn't agree to the Giro's deal terms.

But in stepped Universal Sports, and at the last minute rescued coverage for us here.

And boy, what a rescue.