Jun 28 '07
The Record Industry's Decline - A well-written article explaining the downfall of the music industry. One of the major problems was the gap between shutting down Napster and the establishment of iTunes, and fighting against those who wanted to download singles instead of embracing it.
The record companies have created this situation themselves... The labels were dinosaurs.
A great example of a company embracing user's needs is Nintendo, and how they have ported many of their old-school games to the Wii for $5 to $10 before hackers emulated the games themselves.
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K'NEX Computer - Probably one of the most impressive things I've seen. After taking my processor design class, I can better appreciate how difficult it is to design even the simplest mathematical operations.
listed in: computers | ∞
Jun 27 '07
Putin? Never Heard of Her - The July 2007 print version of Wired Magazine featured an article examining peoples' political knowledge based on where they get their news. When asked who Vladimir Putin is, who Scooter Libby is, and what the major branches of Islam are... it was found that "Daily Show viewers are more up on current events than Fox News fans". By about 15%.
listed in: politics, stupidity, the daily show | ∞
Google Docs - The "file manager" got a redesign. I like it. I use Google Docs often for group projects.
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Jun 26 '07
They Actually Emailed Back!
I've noticed a trend in the last year or so... Companies are actually responding to my emails. And it makes me happy. I fill out feedback forms with zero expectation of a response, but I've gotten real-life-person replies from the following companies fairly recently:
- Facebook (on multiple occasions)
- Random House (but took forever)
- Most UW Departments (except the Union)
How cool is that? The second and seventh most visited sites in the U.S. takes time to reply personally to emails. So why can't these people reply to my emails? (Auto-replies that pretend to be a real person don't count... Yahoo!)
- The Daily Cardinal (one of our student newspapers)
- Fox News
I guess the only big difference I can find are the many of the places that reply are fairly newer companies. Maybe they'll eventually get tired of providing customer service too. Hopefully not.
listed in: email, life | ∞
Jun 25 '07
Bike Fit - Good article on getting your bike to fit just right.
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Wisdm - Ask yes-or-no questions, get answers. Pretty cool.
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Vicissitudes - A set of photos from a somewhat... creepy underwater sculpture.
listed in: art | ∞
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Jun 3 '07
Too Much Water
Now. You'd think after what happened last year that this problem would be fixed. Luckily it didn't keep raining.
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