Now that I am Time Magazine’s person of the year, after writing a book and getting my face on a stamp (which I’ll do in the US where it costs a dollar in January), the only item left on my 15-year old self’s List of Things to Achieve is the Nobel Prize for Peace. That one might prove a bit harder, although who knows!
By the way, I like the Performancing plugin for these quick blog notes. It could use some improvements, but it’s FAST and right there in my browser, which is a big deal.
Unlimited Skypeout calling for US$ 30 a year? Oh, but it’s only to the US and Canada. Oh well, still might be a good deal.
Offline access to web services (email, editing, …) is the next Big Thing (I’m sure Google must be working hard on this). SocialText seems to have an interesting approach: embed the application in the html (as js), download it, use it to edit and such, and when you’re back online synch back. (If I understand the approach correctly). That’s smart, it doesn’t require a new browser or anything. Could Gmail do this for me?
Christina Wodtke’s baby, Publicsquare launches. It’s a hosted CMS for magazine style sites, with a focus on editorial workflow. Check it out.
Mike mentioned on a mailing list that he “can think of at least 5 startups that were seriously hurt by using Drupal”.
I have to agree, I can think of at least three cases.
But you could say that that’s more a case of startups being hurt by technical incompetence because they thought they could use an open source CMS as the basis for their company. Not to say there aren’t any successful companies using Drupal, but if you’re building anything else than a content company (which you could probably run on any cms), you’d be foolish to start by using Drupal. That’s just what I think.
Why? Drupal keeps evolving to solve a lot of different problems, it tries to be a swiss army knife. You’ll probably use 20% of Drupal, which means you have 80% cruft (which 20% can be different for everyone), and you’ll probably only have 20% of your needs addressed by Drupal, which means you’ll have to hack around the 80% cruft to get your 80% needs addressed. It’ll just keep frustrating you.
I call this Peter’s “generic-cms-warning 80-80 rule”.
Check out the would rather eat a turd tag at Amazon ;)