User experience, web, technology

couldn’t have said it better myself

In a article, Search Results Clogged by Blogs, Pete Prodoehl (RasterWeb) is quoted:

the trick to achieving prominent search rankings is fairly straightforward: “update frequently and provide good content.”

Not that I’m doing this. The point is that web sites that actually have business objectives could take this and run with it.


watch for this book

Zeldman has written another book. This one is called Designing with Web Standards. I’ve already pre-ordered it. Check out the the link for more info. Or, check out Zeldman’s page about the book.


Cheaper DSL! Way to go, Verizon.

According to an article on’s news site, Verizon has lowered the price of its DSL service to $34.95 per month. Just another prize for the end-user in the broadband wars…

User experience, web, technology

Broadband over your electrical wiring

CNN Technology article on broadband via electrical wiring.

I’ve been watching this technology for a couple years. It’s good to see they are actually running trials in some cities.

User experience, web, technology

Launched a site yesterday…

I launched the Wieland-Davco web site yesterday. Have a look at it.
The site seems to be moving slowly to me. Since it is using fewer files and those files are leaner, I suspect the server is having some issues.

User experience, web, technology

Frontpage vs Dreamweaver

For you web builders out there, here is one web builder’s comparison of FrontPage and Dreamweaver.


This is hilarious! Putin a little fairy!

Check out the side-by-side comparison of Vladimir Putin and Dobby, an elf from the new Harry Potter video.

User experience, web, technology

Copyright wars

I attended a lecture this evening by Peter K. Yu, an expert on intellectual property, at the Michigan State University — Detroit College of Law. The lecture, entitled “The Escalating Copyright Wars,” was very well delivered and provided a good opportunity to hear some thoughts on intellectual property as it relates to media and the Internet.

Yu describes three strategies that industries (stakeholders of intellectual property) have employed. They are:

  1. Lobbying — resulting, for instance, in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act which makes it illegal to bypass copy-protection technologies (including encryption of products delivered online, I imagine)
  2. Litigation — e.g., Napster no longer threatens any record label
  3. Self-help — e.g., encryption, digital watermarking, etc. before selling

Yu goes on to discuss a number of cases that illustrate jurisdictional complexities as music copyrights in the Eurpoean Union end 45 years before they do in the U.S. What does this mean for importing music from the EU that hasn’t been cleared of copyright status in the U.S. yet?

Another interesting aspect of the lecture was Yu’s application of game theory to the copyright wars between stakeholders and non-stakeholders. Yu seems to promote a nonzero-sum approach to resolving disputes. That is, how can a win-win situation be set up. He puts forward an example of unofficial Harry Potter web sites being brought into the fold now, instead of the initial approach of suing the kids’ pants off.

I can’t do justice to Peter K. Yu’s lecture here, but suffice it to say it was an hour well spent.


Cinammon stick rant

Those who have been around East Lansing, Michigan for more than a few years may remember Bilbo’s Restaurant/Bar. I think a place called La Trattoria, or something like that, is in its space now. It’s right next to El Azteco. You know the place.

Anyway, back then, Bilbo’s had the best cinnamon sticks anywhere. In fact, as far as I know, the were the only place that had cinammon sticks. They were way ahead of the game on that one. The night I heard that Bilbo’s was shutting down, I lay in bed, my eyes tearing up with the thought of the rare jewel of Bilbo’s cinnamon sticks being gone forever.

So these days it seems like every pizza place offers some version of cinammon sticks. Pizza Hut has them. Domino’s has them. And, this evening I had some from Cottage Inn Pizza.

While Cottage Inn does great pizza, their cinammon sticks just don’t cut it. And, frankly, I haven’t had any cinammon sticks since Bilbo’s that are worth the money you pay for them.

Here’s the problem: these pizza shops are cheaping out. They have some leftover pizza crust, throw some cinammon & sugar on them, add a little tube of prepackaged icing and call it desert.

The solution? Well, the wise pizza place will custom make dough specifically for some tasty, soft cinammon sticks. They should rise more than pizza crust, they should be a little fluffier, a little more moist, and the dough should be a little sweeter.

And they shouldn’t be served with icing. It’s honey, baby. Honey.

If any pizza place in town starts to offer well-crafted cinammon sticks, they will capture my devotion and the devotion of so many other people who find out about the desert.

The really smart place will track down an old employee of Bilbo’s and find the original recipe.


Talk about taking advantage of the war…

So there’s this guy I know that frequently sends me stuff that I consider spam. Anyway, here is the latest.

This “news” website really seems to be taking advantage of anti-French sentiment in the U.S.

Before you continue, just take a look at their boycott France web page, then come back and read the following.

Here’s is my reaction:

  1. If is “America’s news page,” how come I’ve never EVER heard of them?
  2. If I’ve never heard of them (have you?), they probably need a major publicity push if they are going to survive the fierce competition of online news.
  3. This kind of viral email marketing is a great way for them to get millions of hits to their web site and to get their name out to the public. For those who agree with the idea of boycotting French products/services, the web site may even tug at their patriotic hearts, thus deepening their connection with the web site.
  4. A basic tenet of journalism is to present all sides of a news issue to get at the unbiased truth. Now, I don’t for a minute believe that I’ve ever seen an unbiased news cast, but at least they most often make an effort.
    • If NewsMax is a news page, where is the other side of the boycotting issue?
    • Would any self-respecting news agency actually start or sponsor such a clearly one-sided political move as a boycott?
  5. I’m left to believe that the motive of NewsMax is not the pursuit of truth and real news, but rather revenue that will be generated by eyeballs on their web site. No shocker, right? The thing that gets me is that it appears they have completely abandoned all journalistic scruples in the process.