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Thursday, February 28, 2002

Steve MacLauglin envisions a HSN, or home storage network to serve as a central, digital repository for all your home digital needs (TiVo, MP3s, iPhotos, etc.). I've been thinking about something similar to this for sometime. Of course, taking it the next step to what Steve labeled the LSN, or local sharing network, is what would cause it to really take off. E.g. Forget to sync your MP3 player with your latest song downloads before you leave the house? No problem, logon to the web from your local internet cafe and access your home network and download them to your MP3 player remotely. My guess is that there has to be multiple companies in development of some sort of solution along these lines. If so, however, they're all currently keeping it under wraps.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Well ... I'm back. From Wednesday, 2/20 to Sunday 2/24 my wife and I were at Club Viva Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Awesome vacation. Did absolutely nothing. Slept in, read a book while relaxing by the pool, drank too many Toasted Almonds, boogie boarded in the ocean surf, and napped the afternoon away. We both thought the Club Viva resort was great and would heartily recommend it to anyone looking to take an all-inclusive trip to Mexico.

I'll try to get back in the swing of things and post on a more regular basis over the coming days.

Friday, February 15, 2002

The Internet IPO is back! PayPal went public today. This will definitely go on my "watch list." Bring together a great business concept along with a brilliant, viral marketing campaign to attract a large user base and you have yourself a business. Should be interesting to fsee where this one goes.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

kottke.org: personal schema - I think what I'm really looking for is a schema of my world, that is, a system of describing the people, places, and things that I come into contact with.Interesting topic and a lot of interesting comments.

Wednesday, February 13, 2002


Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Google continues to innovate. Witness the new Google Catalog Search. Search for an individual product or browse their impressive list of catalogs. There are images of EVERY catalog page. First few the thumbnails of the whole catalog, then choose a 2 page spread then view the page at close to 100%. Great shopping resource.



Sorry for the lack of posts ... been busy lately.

Business 2.0: It's Not Just Amazon. These Net Businesses Are Profitable! - Amazon isn't the only online company that's turning a profit. Here's a look at three others and how they did it. Makes me yearn to be back at a dot-com ... this time focused on making money rather than attracting eyeballs.

Thursday, February 07, 2002

Bloggin' from Toronto today. Taking a class on SAP Portals. Oops ... the trainer is talking again ... I guess lunch is over.

Tuesday, February 05, 2002

E-Commerce News: Are There Any E-Commerce Niches Left? - "We're in an environment right now where even if a great idea came along, it wouldn't get funding," Bartels said. Of course, now is the time I'll finally wake up in the middle of the night with THE business idea I've been waiting for.

Friday, February 01, 2002

InformationWeek: Office Of The Future > New Way To Work - A good plug for my employer who recently partnered with IBM to create Bluespace - the office of tomorrow. Visions of the office of the future burn brightly inside the research labs at technology and office-equipment companies. Among the heady ideas: sensors that detect when you get to the office and cue software to alert colleagues you're available to talk; microelectromechanical systems that render super-sharp images on displays the size of a wall, working in tandem with tablet computers that network to a shared-team display; and business software that learns the relationships among the words and phrases people use. Find out what's coming into your cubicle.