Showing posts from April, 2004

Gmail accounts go up for bid

These things are valuable people, but don't auction them!

Irrational? Transcendental!

We are looking to raise 'e' dollars.

Key dates in the history of Google

Pyra Labs makes the cut.

Google S-1 in PDF

Courtesy of

Google files a form

The actual S-1 is 5MB - but worth every kilobyte!

What is Bert doing with that two headed goat?!?

I scanned this in from an old Sesame Street calendar I found years ago. I always thought it was funny and thought I would save it for a day when I could really use a laugh. Lotta action going on round these parts. Hoo boy. [update]:See what I mean?

The C64 Direct-to-TV

Will trade for a Gmail account.

iTunes 4.5 fights DRM killing apps

Updating to 4.5 killed my slick AAC to MP3 encoder. Damn.

'The O.C.' Debuting New Beastie Boys Single

Ch-Check it out!

When you can't be bothered to register.

New York's Gospel of Policing by Data Spreads Across U.S.

A numbers driven police force. I like it!

That SX

I mentioned that my father is a Silicon Valley veteran and was responsible for my love of computers. Some say it could be traced back to the day in 1984 that he brought home a Commodore SX-64 Executive Computer, during a brief stint at Commodore. The SX-64 was like a normal C64 but designed to blind children. The screen was 5 inches wide but that didn't stop Taylor and I from playing Dig Dug and Centipede on the thing... and I wonder why I wear glasses. Good times.

Alameda faces presidential election with no voting system

My county is both bleeding edge and screwed. Discuss.

Blog-Tracking May Gain Ground Among U.S. Intelligence Officials

The Blogger crew are happy to do our part to fight freedom... or wait.. fight FOR freedom er... let me know when you sort it out.

Five people who never got the chance to opine at length about Gmail

F. Scott Fitzgerald... runner up.

Ticketmaster's Wave of Mutilation (or P2P's 'Making the Band')

and i will tell you this about peer-to-peer networks. i seriously doubt i would have paid $100 out the door to see this band if i hadnt downloaded their Minnesota show of a few weeks ago, their first show in years and years and years - and was amazed at how great it sounded and how many songs i remembered and loved and loved and loved.Tony calls bullshit on p2p paranoia. Plus he's right about the show, it's a great copy made right off the sound board.

Safari fans, start your Gmail

Preliminary support for Safari has just been added to Gmail. [update] I forgot to mention, after logging in it currently says 'Gmail does not currently support your browser. See browser requirements for Gmail or sign in anyway.' Just click the 'sign-in anyway' and you are golden.In other news, somewhere in this post, Chris Wetherell reveals he had a hand in fixing this.

If 802.11x is ever deemed bad for your health Silicon Valley is screwed.

Pentagon angered by photos from military mortuary

Why are we banning these photos anyway? This IS America.

new Thunderbird logo

Sexy. Ya know, for a bird.

Game emulators for Palm PDAs

Play Donkey Kong in the can!

We've been botspotted

Our conspiracy is boundless!!!

Aren't I Switched yet?

It's a cruel twist of fate that brings a Wired article about my Mac-over on the heels of a frustrating weekend of wrestling with my new 2GHz Dual G5 PowerMac. I've been an ardent fan of Apple, Jobs, and the Macintosh line for years. Not a customer, just a fan. I've marketed to Mac lovers. I've named and designed product packaging for Macs. I played Oregon Trail in the third grade on an Apple IIe. I learned Photoshop 2.5 in a college graphic design course on a black and white Mac SE. I've even used a Mac or two for the odd graphic conversion that just wouldn't play nice on a Windows machine. I just never had the money or inclination to look at a Mac, or any prepackaged PC for that matter. I blame my Dad. Being raised in Silicon Valley by a man who works in the high tech industry means that computers are built, not bought. 'Getting a computer' meant going to Fry's to buy components, a motherboard and a power supply. Maybe it would work on first powe…

You can't escape.

Bush flipflops on Iraq crisis

I love it when a good word like flipflop gets more play.


Your next desktop OS?

Graphical User Interface gallery

Us Mac voyeurs love to compare.

Mac Voyeurs in a Windows World

Hey look, I've been Wired!

Life at TJ's Place

TJ's is a strip bar so...ya know NSFW.

An Atom-Powered Wiki

Way to go Joe!


Occular damage coming to a site near you.

The gravy train has come to a full and complete stop

Thanks for playing, but the Gmail account giveaway has ended - for now. Gmail should be available to the world soon and thus I can stop giving away accounts from this little blog. I must say the level of begging was impressive. I'll enjoy driving around town in my newly-gifted purple Escalade and paying my rent in PayPal 'donations' for the next few years. For those without a funny bone I'm kidding... about the rent. I have a mortgage.However, more info about Gmail won't stop. I'm going to talk with the Gmail team later today and hopefully have some good insider dirt to share about new features and answer some of the questions users have brought up in their Gmail reviews.

The Perfect Corporate Weblogging Elevator Pitch Competition

I'm a judge - enter soon!

Underoo archive

I'm currently wearing the BatMan set.

How do Condi and George sleep at night

Well put. I'm keen on November myself.

making leta

do not read if the term 'garlic poop' offends

Installing Linux on a Dead Badger

Nothing says geek cred like booting from a Debian distro on a dead Taxidea taxus.

Gmail redux

It's no secret that we have been giving out accounts to our blogging friends and journalists. Here are some early reactions to Gmail (good, bad and otherwise) : Baby and Baggage : It pains me to report that apparently, without my realizing it, I have become too stodgy and boring to become ',' though Google to its credit did its level best to talk me into it.Chris 'Lockergnome' Pirillo : y'all should have an Atom feed for the Gmail inbox (via AIM)Matt Haughey : I want to test out the limits of this new email app, see how long it stays spam free...[updated]Gmail ReviewStewart Butterfield : The test group can't be that small if 'stewart' and 'butterfield' were already taken.Jeff Jarvis : Just got a GMail account. Will let you know what I find. So far, I see nothing revolutionary.Rick Bruner : So far, it looks pretty cool. Automatically adds any email address you send to, to your address book, which is handy.Andre Torrez

Drew turns 2 this weekend!

We bought him a tricycle but keep it on the down low - no emailing him in advance.

Yahoo hints at social networking service

I dub thee - Yafrohoo!

Amazon outage

Amazon was down (or unreachable) for ever so brief a moment. It was like when the cat walked by twice in the Matrix. (Oh like this wasn't a geeky post to begin with without the Matrix reference?)

Surfer killed in shark attack off Maui

Tiger sharks!!!

Dvorak: I'll keep my pencil and paper thankyouverymuch!

And then there is Yafro, a site laced with lewd and lascivious snapshots. If you're an exhibitionist, this is the place for you. I never knew it before, but there seem to be a lot of women who like walking around stark naked, having their pictures taken (not porn, mind you), then posting these pictures on the Web just because, well, they think it's cool. I do not need this distraction. From apparently new internet user, John Dvorak's incredulity and histrionic-laced article on camphones, moblogs and a tiny subset of clothing optional users of the aformentioned.


WiFi Booster Antenna a la Pringles


Say it ain't so - beyatch.

Catch me if you can!

$14 Steadycam

I'm building one!

1GB of email - you're kidding right?

On Wednesday afternoon I speculated on an internal Google mail list...
Let me begin the headline speculation game for tomorrow: CNET: Google email no joke NYTimes: You've got Gmail WashingtonPost: Prank is on spam My colleague Kevin Fox filled in the blanks today. Actually, it was: USA Today: Google: 'Gmail' no joke...CNN: You've got GmailTech Review: Gmail: No Prank Close!For those still wondering, it is the real deal. I finally received my personal Gmail account last night and promptly forwarded 6-months worth of mail into it. I did a similar thing this time last year when we received our internal Gmail accounts. I have Meg and Ev's first email to me and the old 'Friends of Pyra' email all just a blazing fast query away. I can't wait 'til the rest of the world gets to take a look at all this hard work and cool technology. Soon enough I hear. For now I suggest you add yourself to the announcement list. [update]: How about a fe…

Turkey's Shoutout

Why create original content when you can have celebrity or animated shoutouts? View Turkey's Shoutout. If you have a shoutout for this site or even better, Blogger, send it my way.


Weblog guide from Nick Denton and Meg Hourihan

Treo 610

A friend at PalmOne hooked me up with the widely anticipated Treo 610. Some have speculated what would be in this product update since it's only been a few months since the Treo 600 was released. I love my Treo 600 but the new 610 includes BlueTooth, a hi-res 1.3M camera and greater amount of memory (128MB) than the Treo 600. It looks similar to the GSM models.I'll follow up with a longer term test, but right now I can tell you Bluetooth allows for much easier syncing of my PowerBook address book with the Treo, but even more stunning it allows me to use my Sprint service with the PowerBook when WiFi isn't available. It's not blazing fast but a nicer way to email than using the Treo's thumb board. The camera, shown in detail to the right here, takes decent photos but isn't going to replace my Canon yet. Here is a sample photo. In the few days I've had the device I can tell you it's been indispensable. No word on whether this is going to cost more than th…

Google to buy the GoGooroa Island

...and offer 1GB of free email.