Alan on the GAA-T
Alan O'Rourke posts a good review of his near-zero budget approach for his GAA-T site. Some excerpts that illustrate the issues for him:
- "I can’t just barge into a forum, post a link and comment about how great the T-shirts are and disappear. Me and my post would swiftly be labelled SPAM and banned."
- "My range of knowledge of all things GAA is limited which creates a big handicap to the much recommended option of creating a blog."
Go to his post (linked here) to read how he has or proposes to overcome these and other obstacles/opportunities :-). Thanks for taking the time out to post that Alan.
Fergal - "ditch that dial-up"
A weekend post from Fergal O'Byrne (linked here) on whether small and medium businessess (SME's) need to be persuaded to ditch dial-up for DSL (or whatever)has been followed by a good discussion on that topic.
Personally I think Fergal is right - "broadband" takeup is dismal. I talk to a lot of SME's who are not in technology businesses and the issue for most of them is not that they cannot get a broadband service, it is that they don't see why they should. This needs action on a number of fronts and Fergal's suggestion would go part of the way.
Michele speaks some (ad)sense
Michele Neylon brings his various experiences of adsense and how it has worked for him together in one post - linked here. Some interesting observations in here for Pure Play such as:
"Text links are more popular than I would have thought even when it is blatantly obvious that they are not part of the site’s navigation"
Kathy reclaims her sanity
Kathy Sierra writes a superb blog that focuses on end users. In this post (linked here) she makes a link between the neverending obsession with consuming media and our approach to developing for our users. She visits themes that many of you will be familiar with such as:
"By the year 2000, it had become impossible for even a Sun Java engineer--someone creating the API--to be familiar with everything in the standard library. Yet the rest of us were feeling guilty. Like we were falling behind. Like we weren't hardcore Java programmers. So... it's time to let that go. You're not keeping up. I'm not keeping up. And neither is anyone else. At least not in everything."
And then links this to end user design
"Finally, are WE part of the problem? Are we overwhelming our users with documentation? Or are we part of the solution to their info anxiety? We're the ones that should be helping our users really focus on the things they need at any stage."