Archived entries for Publishing

NYTimes: “Google in China: The Big Disconnect”

Quick pointer: Great, long, interesting article on the the state of the internet in China. Censorship, culture, business, morals.

Discusses the experiences of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; Cisco on the hardware/router side; local players like Baidu, Sina and Sohu; several journalists and bloggers active within China; and what it all might mean.

There are multiple eye-opening descriptions of cultural forces at play in China, and how those influence Internet usage in general.

All and all, a helpful and enjoyable primer.

My First Interview for a Podcast

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dustin Diaz for the sixth episode of his podcast series. It was my first time appearing on a podcast, though I’ve since given another interview for a second podcast (that hasn’t been published yet).

We primarily talked about my Graded Browser Support article, but also touched on other aspects of the Yahoo! User Interface Libary and web development in general. Each podcast Dustin does gets better and better (and I hope I didn’t break that trend — though I’ll let you be the judge of that).

Shoot me a note or leave a comment if you’d like to discuss general web development, the Graded Browser Support article and chart, CSS and DOM Scripting, the Yahoo! Developer Network, the Yahoo! User Interface Blog, or the recently-released Yahoo! User Interface Library on your podcast.

A Dozen Cool Uses for RSS Feeds (via Basement.org)

Basement.org delivers a dozen interesting uses for RSS feeds, and reading blogs isn’t on the list. Weather, comics, contacts and deals are though. They’ve titled this post “Part One”, so check back at their site later for another installment.

Do You Hate To Read, But Love The Onion?

The Onion, America’s Finest News Source, began offering their Onion Radio News as a podcast this week. It immediately rose toward the top of iTunes podcast list.

The Onion Radio News Podcast, w/ Doyle Redland

Onion News is anchored by Doyle Redland, visualized by my dad.

Grab the podcast here or via the iTunes Music Store.

Ouch! Where did the Wow go?

In 2004, Google could do no wrong. I don’t have a Lexus/Nexus account, but I bet one would be hard-pressed to find any negative coverage about them in 2004. In 2005, they built on gmail, the quintessential-wow product, and rocked the industry with gmaps (in the process making Ajax one of the top memes of the year).

But throughout 2005, the negative press began to appear. There were many flareups over privacy and copyright (Print, Desktop Search, AdSense). Many products fizzled (Talk, Base), lost steam (Orkut), or didn’t do much of anything (personalized homepage, Froogle). And to many pundit’s dismay, they continued to move away from their core competencies and into seemingly *every* business around.

But today marks, for me, some of the most scathing words I’ve read about them. A sense of frustration and disappointment. Not that it’s the most egregious thing they’ve done, but CES and the Google Video launch (with DRM) seem to have backfired a bit. Take a look at the roundup of the press that Techdirt’s Mike offers in his “We Sat Around Waiting For Google Video And All We Got Was This?” post.

(For even more, look at the cluster around this topic on Memeorandum.)

wg:List – Best Web Development Articles of 2005

Alessandro Fulciniti reported his Top 20 Bookmarks of 2005 on the Web-Graphics blog. Some great stuff, in particular On having layout (a must-read for anybody trying to get CSS to work in browsers). If you’re doing web development or design, I recommend being familiar with all 20 of his list.



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