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Monday, January 09, 2006

R.I.P Poelog
Ok ... so the last time I posted was almost 4 months ago. I think it's time to bid farewell to Poelog. My first post was in May of 2001. I was pretty active posting for the first 3 years but then slacked off over the last two. I'll keep the site up for nostalgic reasons but that's about it. See ya! Rob

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Well written job posting
This is how more companies should write job postings. Too many HR folks get all caught up in boring, HR lingo and forget that when trying to find a candidate you also need to sell/market the job/company. Seth Godin understands this. I don't have the skills to fit this position but after reading the job posting, I wish I did. Sounds like a great place to work.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Another blog - from good ole 37 signals
Just found out about this today: http://www.37signals.com/svn/.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

New blogs to watch
I'm always interested in what those in the venture capital industry have to say because they have a great vantage point to observe trends in the technology industry. Here's two blogs I'll start keeping an eye on: Brad Feld and Fred Wilson (via Venture Blog).

Friday, May 06, 2005

Backpack
Another cool site from the folks at 37signals. I just signed up for a free account. I'll have to review this in more detail later. What is it? Personal and small business information management. Sounds boring ... but I think it's pretty cool.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Change or Die
Great article on change and why it's so difficult. The solution to getting people to change lies in framing and how you go about trying to bring about change (hint - bigger changes are easier than smaller ones).

Thursday, April 14, 2005

VentureBlog: Hewlett Packard Blogs
Yes .... I'm alive. Been forever since I posted. Hard to say if I can pick this up again on a regular basis ... but I'll try. Anyway, interesting VentureBlog post on corporate blogging at Hewlett Packard. The key statement:

if there is one thing that I think is the hallmark of a successful corporate blog, it is the willingness of the corporate blogger to speaking candidly about the good and bad of his or her company and that corporation's commitment to allowing such a conversation without fear of repercussion.

I wonder if my current employer would ever officially "back" corporate blogging. Sadly, I'm guessing not.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Word of the year: Blog
Merriam-Webster says the most searched word on its Web sites in 2004 was "blog." The dictionary publisher defines the word as, "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer."[Read more]. Although the word of the year may be "blog" I'm having a hard time even posting once per month. Fantasy Football hasn't helped!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Apple Rolls Out IPod Photo, Rocks with U2
How can you not become an Apple convert after seeing what they've done with their iPod. And the timing is of course perfect as the Christmas shopping season begins in earnest following Halloween. Although I don't own an iPod yet I'm really tempted to get the new iPod Photo especially since we're planning on buying a Digital Rebel for Christmas.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Business 2.0 :: The New Road to Riches
Interesting article: The New Road to Riches - If anyone out there is a programming genius and needs to hook up with someone with marketing/operations experience, drop me a line. Rather than come up with the next Google or eBay it's more realistic to "build and flip."

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

MSNBC - I Want a Movie! Now!
This could be a big deal.



Business 2.0 - Dare to Be Different
Dare to Be Different - As I still search for that elusive lightbulb moment that gives me a great idea to start a business around, I need to remember that more than a great idea, a great company is about great execution. This articles discussses the likes of Southwest Airlines and Walmart and shows how great companies can thrive in lousy industries by tapping their own insights -- and saying no to conventional wisdom and management gurus.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

VentureBlog: What I Want From The Next Generation of the Web
Great piece on VentureBlog about Web 2.0. So what do I hope for from Web 2.0? What do I want to invest in? Technology that actually reduces the technology footprint in my life. Applications that result in a net increase in productivity. And most importantly, technology that enables me to strengthen interpersonal and family relationships. The point about strengthening interpersonal and family relationships is interesting. Earlier in the entry Martin writes "E-bay let me buy a DVD from someone in Florida. The next generation should allow me to borrow the DVD from my neighbor.. As a self-professed "geek" it sounds like Martin is more consumed than the average Joe with getting all his technologies and gadgets to work and play well together. For me, personally, I can definitely say technology has made me more productive AND it's increased my family relationships. The main examples of that for me in the last few years are: my Palm Pilot, iMovie and my wireless laptop at work. My Palm has become invaluable when away from my desk or at home to keep track of everything meetings, contacts, memos, etc. iMovie has allowed me to create some memorable Mother's Day videos and vacation highlight compilations that have been a hit with the family. And my wireless laptop allows me to be connected to the network at all times, making meetings more productive and allowing me to freely roam around the office rather than be tethered to my desk. All that being said, I look forward to Web 2.0 and future technology enhancements that can increase productivity even more or allow me to connect better with family and friends.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Gizmodo
I know it's been around for forever but just know I'm adding Gizmodo to my list of frequented blogs. For those who haven't been there, Gizmodo is an online review dedicated to gadgets, gizmos, and cutting-edge consumer electronics.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Fast Company | Thinking Outside The Cup
Great story about Starbucks and a bold, new initiative. Think iTunes meets Tower Records. With lattes. Although it will definitely be a stretch, I think it's a great business idea and just may very well succeed.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Grand Rapids Pundit
You know blogging has hit the tipping point when there's a blog devoted to my home town, and current residence, Grand Rapids. Introducing Grand Rapids Pundit. [It] aims to provide commentary on local politics, economics, and society.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Fast Company | Masters of Design
Masters of Design: No matter what you do for a living, design matters. Meet and learn from 20 visionary men and women who are using design to create not just new products, but new ways of working, leading, and seeing. Steelcase owned IDEO is one of the featured "masters."

Friday, May 28, 2004

Yes, I'm still around
So much for my early new years resolution in which I wanted to get back to regular blogging again. It's been 6 weeks since my last post - probably my longest hiatus since I started this blog 3 years ago. I have been busy ... but who isn't. Hopefully this small post will mark me turning over a new leaf.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

The Search Industry Heats Up with the entry of A9.com
The developments in the search industry have been fascinating to watch. Early this morning, Reuters reported on Amazon's entry into the search market: A9. I've logged in, downloaded the toolbar and am ready to start testing. Pretty cool.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

I think we should probably stop calling it syndication (kottke.org)
I'm a big stickler for using terms and labels that clearly communicate so I appreciate Kottke's article on syndication and what it really is.

Friday, April 09, 2004

Kinja, the weblog guide
Looking for a better way to sort through all the weblogs and sites you want to read on a regular basis? Check out Kinja, the weblog guide. Developed in part by Meg Hourihan of Megnut.com fame, Kinja is a web-based alternative to all the blognewsreaders that exist out there. My initial thoughts are positive but it's going to take some getting used to. No matter how slick the solution to helping me manage my read-list, I often find myself returning to my own POELog blogroll list at the left of this page.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

GooOS, the Google Operating System (kottke.org)
Interesting post from Kottke regarding what he thinks Google is truly up to. All I know is that I'd love to get my hands on some of their stock when they go public. They are definitely the most interesting company on this planet right now.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Translating Passion Into Profits
Venture Blog: Great article about companies that have inspired passion in their user base but have struggled to take that next step to "hockey stick" exponential growth. Examples cited include Tivo and PayTrust. I would just love to work in marketing at one of those companies where users are so passionate about their product. The

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Googlemania!
As you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of Google. The March issue of Wired provides a whole section for people like me that enjoy following all things Google: Googlemania!. Wish I could get my hands on some shares of their upcoming IPO.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

An oldie but goodie
A co-worker of mine forwarded me this article today. It's a 1997 Fast Company article by Tom Peters called The Brand Called You. I remember reading it back in 1997 and it's still very relevant. Peters' closing line:

It's this simple: You are a brand. You are in charge of your brand. There is no single path to success. And there is no one right way to create the brand called You. Except this: Start today. Or else..

Monday, February 09, 2004

Basecamp
Basecamp is another cool new project from the folks at 37signals. Although many companies have entered this space over the past few years, Basecamp looks like it hits the mark as a simple, elegant, powerful, fast, and usable web-based project management and client extranet tool.



Atom Enabled
My site is now supposedly atom enabled. Unfortunately, I can't get my atom feed to come up in a news reader.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Epinions for teachers!
First we had Epinions, where thanks to the help of reviewers like you and me, can tell you what coffee maker brews the best cup of coffee. Now RateMyTeachers.com tells you which teacher to avoid when signing up for history 101. Their list of schools looks quite comprehensive (in fact, here's my highschool). Oh, of course there's also RateMyProfessors.com. What I like about these sites? The education world doesn't adhere to the same standards as the business world in which annual reviews take place and raises are granted based on performance. These sites provide some incentive to a teacher or professor to continually improve. There's nothing quite like having your performance review done by your customers (students) and then having that review posted on the net for anyone and everyone to see.



TiVo's Voyeur Power
Fool.com: TiVo's Voyeur Power - The business model upside of Tivo vs. a DVD player? The network. There's a lot higher margin in selling information than in selling hardware (as is evidenced from Tivo's post SuperBowl announcement regarding a partnership with Nielson).

Friday, January 23, 2004

RSS
I'm finally trying to get an RSS feed for this blog. Supposedly Atom will allow me to do just that. This post will serve as a test.