Archived entries for References

Smart Keywords – Key to Efficiency

You want “Smart Keywords”. I just learned about this last week, and it’s totally awesome. I have a keyword set up for Yahoo Search, so I type “ys honda” into the address bar to initiate a search for Honda on Yahoo Search. Typing “the awesome” returns a THEsaurus entry for Awesome. “dict improvement” returns the dictionary entry for Improvement. The best part of being able to search from the Address Bar is that I can get the cursor to focus on the address bar by pressing Alt-D on the keyword.

Before learning about Smart Keywords (which may be new to the latest Preview Release of Firefox 1.0) I relied on the customizable search box to the right of the address bar. While it has the ability to search just about any source, there’s no way to get there from the keyboard.

Here’s how

Say you search on a lot of different things – corporate phonebook, imdb, etc… wouldn’t it be handy to have convenient aliases to all these searches? You bet it would be.

  1. Go to the page that has the search box on it, right click on it and choose “Add a Keyword for this Search…”
  2. In the “Add Bookmark” dialog that appears enter a name and a short “keyword” and save the Bookmark…

Now you can type “kw search string” in the URL, e.g. “pb Janet Robinson” for a quick phonebook lookup. I can’t live without my keywords. Oh, and it handles POST forms too, unlike most other browsers!

In other words, you can have instant access to any search input field from your keyboard. It’s great.

Hat tip to Ben Goodger at

http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/006467.html

.

Cheet sheet to San Francisco shopping

(this list from the Economist’s City Guides: http://www.economist.com/cities/findStory.cfm?city_id=SF&folder=Shopping )

Clothes

Anthropologie
880 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: +1 (415) 434-2210
Website

Anthropologie’s clothes are the ultimate in urban chic—a mix of retro, girlish and ethnic, all in fine fabrics. The funky décor, which changes often, keeps things fresh. Don’t miss the 1950’s cottage housewares and silk bedding.

Loehmann’s
222 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108-4445
Tel: +1 (415) 982 3215
Website

Discerning consumers head to this grande dame of discount shopping. There’s no better place to find a winter coat or that little black dress—all designer names at reasonable prices.

MIX
309 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: +1 (415) 392-1742

This welcoming shop carries women’s prêt-a-porter from up-and-coming designers in Tokyo, Berlin and Paris, not found elsewhere in North America. There is something for everyone, from crinkly to sheer, tailored to flowing, with an emphasis on creative mixing and matching.
Positively Haight Street
1400 Haight St (at Masonic)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: +1 (415) 252-8747

Nostalgic for the psychedelic Sixties? If you’re after a tie-dyed T-shirt, hemp trousers or a Janis Joplin poster to take back with you, look no further. Expect a patchouli-scented walk down memory lane.
Wilkes Bashford
375 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: +1 (415) 986-4380
Website

Six floors of European menswear and womenswear in a shop that caters to San Francisco’s society set. The city’s nattily turned out mayor, Willie Brown is an habitué. You’ll find famous brands like Brioni, Gucci, and Miyake alongside more casual sportswear.

Jewellery and accessories

San Francisco’s diamond row, which stretches down Post Street off Union Square, includes Tiffany’s, Cartier and Bulgari as you head east (between Grant and Stockton).
Kate Spade
227 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108-4610
Tel: +1 (415) 216-0880
Website

A bright new star in American fashion, Kate Spade designs attractive handbags and leather accessories for the preppy set.
Lang Antiques & Estate Jewelry
323 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108-4301
Tel: +1 (415) 982-2213

This small shop is crammed with goodies, including San Francisco’s largest selection of vintage engagement and wedding rings.
North Beach Leather
224 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108-4604
Tel: +1 (415) 362-8300
Website

Michael Hoban began designing leather garments for hippies back in 1962, dressing everyone from the Black Panthers to Jackie Onassis. There are now five shops across the country, but this is ground zero for custom and unusual leather goods.
Otsu
3253 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: +1 (415) 255-7900
Website

Eco-shoppers will revel in the eclecticism of this “vegan boutique,” whose wares include stylish shoes not made from leather, vegan marshmallows, old records, independent comics and guitar straps.

Paolo
1971 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: +1 (415) 885-5701
Website

This Italian shoe designer revels in exotic hides. The results are high-quality and certainly unique, for both men and women.

Shreve & Co.
200 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: +1 (415) 421-2600
Website

This 150-year-old jeweller was born of the 1850s silver and gold rushes and occupies one of the few buildings to withstand the 1906 earthquake and fire. It’s a lovely, old-fashioned shop with an air of unrushed permanence, stocking all the top designers.
Under One Roof
549 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Tel: +1 (415) 503-2300
Website
The store donates its profits to AIDS charities, and its charming, varied offerings—such as scented candles, kitchenware, handbags and books—have netted nearly $10m to date.

Velvet da Vinci
508 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: +1 (415) 626-7478
Website

In Hayes Valley, near the civic centre, there are plenty of artsy, upscale boutiques. This one is a particularly good find for unique jewellery, with rings, brooches, sculptures and more from 50 contemporary artists worldwide.

Gifts, toys and gadgets

Bell’occhio
8 Brady St (near Market St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: +1 (415) 864-4048
Website

For the finest collection of French frou-frou, sift through this charming atelier in a tiny alley off Market Street. Bell’occhio is filled with sumptuous satin ribbon, silk flowers, fine soaps, antique Alsatian linens and face powder reminiscent of the cosmetics used by Marie Antoinette. Prefer a precious tin of bonbons from Ladurée? You’ll find it all here.

Britex Fabrics
Post St (between Kearny & Grant)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: +1 (415) 392-2910
Website

Anyone who loves yardage will swoon at what can be found here. Fifty years in business, acres of fabric, more ribbons and buttons than you thought existed, all sold with aplomb by old-world experts who speak a total of 18 languages. Regular patrons will be relieved to learn that this temple of textile worship has not gone out of business; it’s merely moved around the corner during a retrofit of its original digs.
Fry’s Electronics
340 Portage Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Tel: +1 (650) 496-6000
Website

Fry’s is to computer paraphernalia what Marks & Spencers was to underwear. A vast selection fills the warehouse-size store, including the double-strength Coca-Cola once preferred by Silicon Valley programmers.
Good Vibrations
603 Valencia St (at 17th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: +1 (415) 522-5460
Website

The women’s collective that owns and runs this store is widely thanked for taking the seaminess out of shopping for sex-related products. Still, you may have a bit of red-faced explaining to do at customs.
Happy Trails
1615 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: +1 (415) 431-7232

Pop Americana at its finest: you’ll find the requisite dashboard fuzzy dice, hula girls, Elvis clocks and all manner of rodeo-inspired kitsch. A fine place for that nutty American gift for the folks at home.

kar’ikter
418 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: +1 (415) 434-2691
Website

This toy boutique off Union Square is heavy on European imports, especially Tintin and Babar. Bright Italian accessories for the terribly fashionable tot are also available.
Paxton Gate
824 Valencia St (between 19th & 20th Sts)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: +1 (415) 824-1872

This gardening store, on Valencia Street, is unusual. Its shelves are stocked with an eccentric assortment of fossils, rocks, dried and mounted exotic insects, garden urns, bird houses and hand-forged garden tools. Good for gifts for the green-thumbed.
SFMOMA Museum Store
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third St
San Francisco, CA 094103
Tel: +1 (415) 357-4035
Website

It is hard to walk out of this large, hip museum store without a gift. Of course there are plenty of books on art and design, but the place is also a veritable gallery of high design: housewares, furnishings, artwork reproductions and even a large selection of smart, attractive toys and games for kids.

The Sharper Image
253 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: +1 (415) 986-1244
Website

This emporium of techno-gadgets was founded 25 years ago, well before the technology boom. Today it carries every cool toy imaginable, from stereos to robots.

William Stout Architectural Books
804 Montgomery St (between Jackson & Pacific Sts)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Tel: +1 (415) 391-6757
Website

Stout’s is widely considered the best source for architectural books in the country. Staff are knowledgeable and can direct you to virtually anything, in or out of print, on architecture, urban planning, landscaping, design and more. For more on books, check our “bibliophilic beat” section in Sightseeing.

Wine and gourmet groceries

Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Café
619 Market St (between Second & New Montgomery Sts)
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: +1 (415) 281-8200
Website

Let the uninitiated buy the tired bread on offer at the airport on the way out of town. The real thing was invented by the Boudins (“Bo-Deen”) in 1849, the year they found gold in the Sierra, and all of San Francisco began fermenting. There are a dozen branches around the city.

Francisco Ferry Building and Marketplace
One Ferry Building (at the foot of Market on the Embarcadero)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Website

Beneath San Francisco’s famous clocktower, you’ll find all manner of edible delights from local producers. Whether it’s grass-fed beef, warm Acme bread or fresh seafood, you’ll find it here. Tuesdays and Saturdays are best for the outdoor vendors.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea
2257 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Tel: +1 (415) 626-6416
Website

This upscale coffee chain was born in Berkeley (in 1966) and sells coffee roasted to order. You can sample any of their coffees. Many stores also offer tastings and “Coffee 101” events.

Plumpjack Wines
3201 Fillmore St (at Greenwich)
San Francisco, CA 94123
Tel: +1 (415) 346-9870
Website

This fancy shop, part-owned by Mayor Gavin Newsom, offers some 550 wines. Staff proudly approve every single one, and are quite capable of finding that elusive bottle.

Whole Foods Market
1765 California St (at Franklin)
San Francisco, CA 94109-4509
Tel: +1 (415) 674-0500
Website

This yuppie food emporium doesn’t just sell food—it reveres it. Expect a vast variety of organic produce, imported cheeses, pomades, vitamins and healthy concoctions of all sorts. Also a good place to cadge a gourmet sandwich for lunch.
The Wine Club
953 Harrison St (between Fifth & Sixth Sts)
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tel: +1 (415) 512-9086
Website

This no-frills warehouse-style store offers an exceptional selection of wines at prices just above wholesale. A tasting bar and affable staff will help you sort through the possibilities. But one need not be a local to enjoy—expert shipping and online sales serve oenophiles the world over.

Under one roof

Gump’s
135 Post St (between Grant & Kearny Sts)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: +1 (800) 766-7628
Website

San Francisco’s finest place for home furnishings since Solomon Gump peddled gilt wares to Gold Rush millionaires. The store stocks a luxurious variety of products for the bed, bath and body, and an impressive array of Asian-style chests and screens.
Nordstrom
San Francisco Shopping Centre
865 Market St (at Fifth St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: +1 (415) 243-8500
Website

This retailer offers a unique department-store experience: excellent service. While shoppers sort through the racks of designer labels, a tuxedoed pianist plays classical music on a baby grand.

Golf and sports

Lombardi Sports
1600 Jackson St (between Van Ness & Polk)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Tel: +1 (415) 771-0600
Website

This sporting-goods emporium has most everything imaginable, from in-line skates to folding bicycles. But if backpacking and extreme sports are not your cup of tea, try the Don Sherwood Golf & Tennis World downtown at 320 Grant Ave (at Sutter St).

REI
940 Brannan St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: +1 (415) 771-0600
Website

This is the city’s best source for outdoor gear, from GPS gadgets to obscure ice-climbing widgets. There’s also a mountain of sportswear. The guaranteed return policy is a boon.

Exceptional Eyetracking and Analysis

Wow!: Eyetrack III

http://www.poynterextra.org/eyetrack2004/main.htm

The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, has just released the results of a comprehensive and fabulously documented eye tracking study. Very interesting information.

They analyzed their data internally, and with external analysis by Jared, Jakob, Rusty, Adrian Holovaty and Alan Jacobson.

They’ve made a lovely self-contained site with all the goodies which you can also download in it’s entirety in PDF.

There are many interesting findings, which did you find most enlightening?

personal reference: my frequent flyer numbers

For my personal reference, here are my frequent flyer numbers

Delta 2382097216
United 03110147227
AA B32Y152
Cont XL338907
NWA 539923871

Feature Complete – A Definition; or An Exploration of Varied Knowledge Management Systems at Yahoo!

This content has been censored during migration from my behind-the-firewall blog to this public one.
Feature Complete

All features planned for the release have been completely coded, unit tested by the developer, and checked into source control, ready for the build. We often differentiate between Feature Complete Checkin date, and Feature Complete Build date.”

Prior to Feature Complete (or FC) the focus of the project is on the development team, who is busy implementing the feature set based on the PRDs and (if we have them) Functional Specs and perhaps other specs. After Feature Complete, the focus of the project is on the testing, the fixing and verifying of bugs. The focus during this time is on the bug queue in Bugzilla, and the Bug Council meets daily to prioritize, assign, and defer new bugs as they’re reported.

This content has been censored during migration from my behind-the-firewall blog to this public one.

PS: All this makes me think we need a unified understanding of our knowledge management tools.

Censored

This content has been censored during migration from my behind-the-firewall blog to this public one.


San Francisco, California | Creative Commons By-2.5 License | Contact

RSS Feed. This blog is proudly powered by Wordpress and uses Modern Clix, a theme by Rodrigo Galindez.