September 2008

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Throw a spaghetti cat at your friends!
Then the language changes, often around the time the outside investors show up. The people who are downloading and using your software are no longer your community, they're the ones who are taking your code without giving anything back. They're the free-loaders.
If I was going to write a political thriller, chapter two would go something like this:
This year I had the pleasure of experiencing one of the coolest moments I can recall playing a game, one that actually left me wandering through the house saying "that was so fucking cool", and confusing my girlfriend whose taste in games runs more to beating the crap out of me in Soul Calibur.
I've always wondered how this became accepted practice. For decades we've warned people not to use easily guessable passwords—dates of birth, names of children or pets—but somehow this is acceptable for password recovery?
I have no words.
Nowadays, Microsoft is looking to advertising because their brand is taking a beating from every front, and a clever advertising campaign is what you're supposed to do when you need to shore up your position. But Microsoft's biggest enemy is its own boring ubiquity. If their products spoke for themselves, Microsoft could just get away with buying another Rolling Stones song.
If your experience with the service is anything like mine, your first-degree LinkedIn friends include a lot of people you currently work with. If you were actually looking to use your network to find a new job, wouldn't they be the last group you'd want to find out?
It's pretty common, when reading discussion of Apple's “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ads, to come across the comment: “Sure, they're great ads but they don't work. John Hodgeman’s PC is far more likeable than Justin Long’s smug hipster Mac.” This is missing the point.
Firefox got where it is today on the three-pronged attack of tabbed browsing, security and standards compliance, on the back of Microsoft's five year hiatus in developing Internet Explorer. Even with that compelling story to tell, eking even a low double-digit market share was a huge accomplishment. What is Chrome's story?
I'm trying to track down whether I can claim credit for ”maven downloads the Internet”
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