At Apple's fall special event, Steve Jobs introduced a whole new lineup of iPods. From the Shuffle to the iPod touch, everything was refreshed. But the big news for iPhone users is that the 8GB iPhone price dropped to $399 from $599. Now what? I'm an Apple user. I upgrade to the latest versions of … Read more The iPhone price drop
I've been giving a lot of thought to the StartupWeekend phenomena. As I and others have mentioned, it was amazing to see such remarkable talent show up, ready to play. There were no rules, and no expectations other than to see a startup launched by Sunday. People got together to do something cool with the … Read more What is Social Ingenuity anyway?
How many of you have heard about entrepreneur groups in Second Life? Until recently these groups were filled with gambling and club owners. No more, gambling is now illegal in Second Life. Sucks for them, great for us. Many many see this as a problem for Second Life. I think it is a fantastic opportunity … Read more Second Life, a new beginning for entrepreneurs?
HyperSites is coming along nicely. We're in the middle of retooling the Database Manager so that forms included inline can have a totally custom look and feel. This means that soon you won't be able to tell a HyperSites site from a regular site. You'll have HyperCode controls and CSS level controls within the HyperCode. … Read more A big commit
One of the rock star texturers in Second Life posted a very grounded look at the state of Second Life. The tides are turning and the next year will be filled with negative press and doubt. Here's a snippet: “Its somehow fundamentally frightening that with all the press SL has gotten, both good and bad, … Read more So little imagination
Richard Hackathorn from the fames of the Serious Second Life Meetup is going to be an instructor at the event. If you have been sitting on the sidelines, you might want to check it out. From the site: You've developed some Second Life content creation skills and are ready to test your metal in the … Read more DaVinci Institute Second Life Bootcamp
Broadband is definitely here. Now, what kind of fun applications can we build around it? Audio and video are being done. Tons of great services already exist in the media space. But what other kinds of applications will 1.3MB/sec bandwidth allow? Second Life is a great start, and maybe the full 3D internet will emerge … Read more Speed, I am Speed.
Since the iPhone's release, it seems that everyone has an opinion on whether or not the features are worth the money, or how it will or won't impact the world. It has this, and doesn't have that, etc. Here are a couple of my observations. First, I know 25 people with the iPhone – personally. … Read more iPhone observations
Well under way, Startup Weekend is absolutely one of the coolest things I've been involved in. The company we've created is a web/sms service for making quick decisions. If you want to ask a few friends about a decision you want to make, come to the site, enter their email addresses, or mobile phone numbers, … Read more VoSnap, Inc. – The fruit of StartupWeekend.com
Some of Boulder's best and brightest startup talent is gathering tonight at 6. What exactly we'll be doing is still totally unclear, but the result will be a complete startup/product on Monday morning. If the idea is solid, there is plenty of opportunity for going big. Frankly, with the people involved, I expect just that. … Read more Startup Weekend begins tonight
I'd like to test out Kevin Rose's new venture, but it is invite only. Can anyone reading this post spare an invite?
I was second in line at the Apple store in Boulder to buy the iPhone on launch day. I've been using every aspect of it since, and I've found things I'd like to see changed with the first update. Instant MessagingWhether it was at the insistence of AT&T, or that Apple just ran out of … Read more What’s wrong with the iPhone?
While trying to come up with a usable solution for a friend of mine's mobile lifestyle requirements, it occurred to me that there is an untapped network of temporary living spaces around the world. It is just that the owners, the hotel chains, don't know it yet. If you're untethered (single, no kids, can work … Read more The mobile lifestyle done right, a network of… hotels?
Everyone has heard the term “micro-payment.” It has been associated with monetizing websites for nearly as long as the internet has been commercialized. Here's an outline for a simple way to monetize a site, using modern web technology and micro-payments. The key here is to think in terms of cents, rather than dollars. If you … Read more Micro-payments and the modern web – monetizing the blog
The world has been abuzz about the iPhone, since even before Apple acknowledged its existence. Why? Who cares? My mom does… and so will you. First, let's take a look at the state of mobile phones. For better or worse, mobile phones have become far more than simple phones. Text messaging, email, browsers, and custom … Read more iPhone – blah blah blah. I want one, so will you.
If you want to see the path to a cool company that could provide valuable services to prosumers and executives around the globe, follow this puzzle. Read this then watch this. If you take this combine it with this and this you too can have your knowledge navigator service provider. Today. Anyone interested?
Nic over at Kzero has put together a pretty neat slide show of the major brands in Second Life. Remember though, I think everything happening right now in this world needs to be treated as experimental. If you're looking for profit, you're 5 to 7 years early. This space has no analogue, especially to the … Read more Kzero: The definitive guide to brands in Second Life
In my opinion, this is one of the better stories on the future of the internet, not just Second Life. It covers today's virtual spaces, but also take an interesting look at what could be. Coincidentally, Google is buying the refreshments at the Serious Second Life Meetup on Thursday. I think this transition will be … Read more Second Earth – Second Life and Google Earth?
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I've been testing a theory for a while now that has to do with my productivity level as it relates to the number of emails in my inbox. Simply put, the fewer emails in my inbox, the more productive I feel. There are times that my inbox reaches 150 to 200 emails… it has been … Read more Does your email inbox reflect your productivity level?
A movie was released today about a product that has grabbed nearly everyone I know by their inner geek. This post isn't about that product however. This post is about broadband in 2007. (To see, and download the movie for yourself, visit the Apple iPhone: A Guided Tour page at Apple's site) There is no … Read more Broadband is beautiful, remember 14.4k modems?
Today Apple released a software update for the AppleTV that allows you to watch YouTube content on your TV. When Apple announced this, I thought it was a non-story. Then I saw the screenshots and the impact hit me. I have to be forthright… I don't spend much time with YouTube on my computer(s). When … Read more Game changers: YouTube on AppleTV
There are several places that let you define a URL and tag it with interests. Is there a service that lets you tag all or part of a web page? Maybe just an image? Why do we trust a Google with that when humans can do it better? Imagine reading an article at BusinessWeek where … Read more Social tagging – user tagged searching
Caron Schwartz Ellis wrote a nice piece for the Boulder County Business Review on the resurgence of web companies in the Boulder/Denver area. The companies she mentions are a hop or two away from me. While I don't know them all personally, I think that they're all doing great work. Being involved in the startup … Read more BCBR: The return of the dot-com
Can a team of people create an entire company in a weekend, from scratch? From concept to launch during a Friday night to Sunday night timeframe. Can it be done? Yes it can, and I'll be a part of it. Chris and I were banging out grillm when I read about this event for the … Read more StartupWeekend: July 6-8 in Boulder, Colorado.
Chris and I came up with a really cool idea for distraction project. We decided to try and build it within 24 man hours… and we did it. http://grillm.com is a simple social networking site… with a twist. You don't know anyone and the way you get friends is to earn their friendship by asking … Read more A fun new project… grillm.com
John Gruber has a great post about the silly stuff going on around meta-data embedded in iTunes Plus music tracks. Listen, let's put this in terms anyone can understand. You own the tracks and can put them on any device you want. They are DRM free tracks. DRM free however, does not mean it is … Read more iTunes Plus and meta-data
This idea is pretty simple and involves website authentication and your mobile phone. It is a two factor authentication scheme that relies on the EIMI number embedded in your phone and the traditional user name/password combination, common on websites. Put on your user hat. You go to the login page of a website, enter your … Read more Multifactor website security and your phone
I've added categories to the blog. Now it will be easier to find posts that interest you. Next up is search. If I haven't made it clear, the zerologic family of websites is powered by HyperSites. HyperSites a company I founded with my good friend Bracken in 2001. HyperSites is a powerful web development platform … Read more Blog improvements
[This entry originally appeared in the old blog on 03/23/06. I've reposted it here for those that requested it. Enjoy.] … you'll know just how funny my latest technology purchase was: an analog amplified indoor antenna. Why? Frst of all… we only really watch local tv. Sure we'd likely watch more, but who really has … Read more Repost: For those that know me…
[This entry originally appeared in the old blog on 04/30/07. I've reposted it here for those that requested it. Enjoy.] About a year ago I published a post entitled “If you know me…” where I let everyone know that bought a set of rabbit ears for my television viewing. I didn't want cable, or satellite, … Read more Repost: I was on to something: Rabbit Ears
As my friend David says, good ideas are a dime a dozen. Well David, here's another one I had, then found. I hate when that happens. “Data de-duplication, also called data de-dupe, removes duplicate information as data is backed up or archived. It can be done on the file level, where duplicate files are replaced … Read more De-dupe and the desktop
[This entry originally appeared in the old blog on 03/25/07. I've reposted it here for those that requested it. Enjoy.] When Apple mentioned the AppleTV last fall, I wanted one immediately. It was made by Apple, it connected wirelessly to my Mac, connected my HDTV, and frankly that was enough. I bought one Friday night. … Read more Repost: Why Apple TV?
When Linden Labs introduced the Windlight atmospheric rendering system in the latest First Look client, I was surprised at how much it really enhanced the experience. Clouds now render on the fly, and have movement and reflection, just like a real sky. The sun reflects off of the clouds and the resulting colors reflect to … Read more Second Life: The Nimble Atmosphere
At first glance, ustream.tv looks like another way to stream a live webcam. Look a little deeper and you'll see that they're changing the live broadcast model. I was introduced to ustream.tv while listening to a podcast called net@nite with Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur. They mentioned a live video feed, and that feed was … Read more Game changers: ustream.tv
Here's to the successful launch of the new zerologic.com! I received my first contribution Sunday night MST. Thanks Webcramp! When I launched the new zerologic site I wanted to ensure that those that wanted to support this experiment could. Everything this site will become will be because of support like this and the sale of … Read more Fantastic news: My first contributor.
I know this is taboo and very uncommon in the blogging world, but I'm starting over. I've retooled zerologic.com and am re-inventing everything around it. zerologic.com started life in the 90's as the website for my company zerologic corporation. It served that duty well until 2001, the year we created HyperSites. Post HyperSites, it really … Read more Welcome to the new zerologic.com
I've been thinking of ways to improve the retention rate of the HyperSites platform. One of the easiest ways is to add media to the site (by media I mean tutorials, screencasts, a podcast, etc.) I've come across several interesting technologies that can help with the task, but what's more is that I've realized that … Read more The changed face of media: zerologic.tv