Here’s a business idea: long term storage. And by long-term, I mean 5, 10, 20, 50 years. The economics change. I don’t want to pay 12$/month. I want to pay x$ now to have my pictures stored for posterity, long term. So I can order them in 20 years and have a reasonable chance of getting them.

The technology changes too. If you don’t need fast access, you could store on offline dvd’s or something, instead of on connected storage like harddrives. It’d be an interesting challenge. I wonder if you can make it cheap enough.

In an IM conversation, Raymond asked me why I quit mefeedia, and after a few tries I think I nailed it: “I’d rather dance in the party than organize it.” There are a lot of positive things to being just a hobbyist.

OK this is weird: I am getting 100 results on 1 page for this Google query. Are you getting the same?

Google has alway (afaik) had their 10 results, perhaps they are testing what listing more does? Or perhaps it’s a bug, because 100? That’s just too many results to comfortably use.

Yahoo pipes is something I’d expected to come out of Google. But then again, so was Amazon’s S3.

I guess Google is focused on rolling out their online G-office. Just get that offline editing working guys, that’ll make all the difference!

I don’t find myself going to Technorati when I want to see what the blogosphere is saying.. their results are just usually dissapointing. Their UI is also full of stuff that distracts. If only they’d had the restraint Google has always had.

I find it rather cool that Google pulls out wikipedia content to show you the area codes of a state in the USA.

It’s nice to see that they rely on outside providers of content, instead of trying to provide it themselves (which would be easy in this case), especially someone like wikipedia.

Designing systems is the new black in IA and Peter Merholz is as usual on top of it.

There’s definitely something to it, too. The thinking about ecosystems around your product can use some of that hard-hitting analysis that IA’s love to do, so this should be fun.

My prediction: sure, Google will add a powerpoint app to their office suite. But here’s the kicker, before the end of the year, I expect (hope) that they’ll add some type of offline access to their products too. That’d be the real kicker.

I find myself using Google write and excel regularly… but there’s still the offline thing. And downloading docs is soo oldskool.

This looks like fun: soon you’ll be able to buy small wifi boxes for less than 100$ that create a wifi mesh that yo can spread in your community. I’m sure legal means will be used to try to stop this by various parties, but at the same time, I can think of a lot of places that’ll spend money on this.

Using Amazon’s Mechanic Turk service, this job is to look through lots of satlite imagery to find the boat of a famous scientist who went missing at sea.

A good chance to see how Turk works for “workers”, and perhaps you’ll find him too.

Although Joost is annoyingly focused on television, there seems to be some videoblogging DNA in Joost after all: Jay says
Daniel Salber, the original mac developer for FireAnt, is now the lead developer for the mac version of Joost.