One clear result of the rise of Twitter and Facebook is the ever-growing number of abandoned blogs out there. Blogs have always had a high abandon rate. It’s “cool” (well it was) to have a blog and it’s dirt simple to start one. Much harder is the task of keeping […]Continue Reading →
Paul Graham just wrote a wonderful overview of how to disagree. Go read it. I’ll wait. My guess is this was spurred by a mildly controversial post he did a few days earlier called You Weren’t Meant To Have A Boss which was widely commented on. I don’t disagree with […]Continue Reading →
I hadn’t heard of Mary Barclay before stumbling across her obituary by the BBC. While I know nothing about her other than what I read today I can’t help thinking she’d get a good laugh from the unfortunate juxtaposition of the headline and caption in her obit: I’m sure it […]Continue Reading →
A while ago I started collecting up all the old photo albums and shoeboxes of pictures and slides that have been stored at the back of closets with the hope of starting a scanning project to share these with family and (to a lesser extent) the world. I did a […]Continue Reading →
I just checked my calendar to see what my week was like and nearly fainted: I never have weeks like this. We’re not big on “standing meetings” at Tucows but I do like to make time to sit down with all my direct reports at least once a week. And […]Continue Reading →
Earlier this week I was reading a post on Fred Wilson’s blog and clued in to the fact that he’s been using Disqus as a substitute for the TypePad commenting system he used in the past. I really liked the Disqus approach to commenting and, given that this blog runs […]Continue Reading →
Earlier this week I was quoted in an IT Business article about the possible acquisition of Yahoo! by Microsoft. Here’s what I had to say: The two main things going for Yahoo is brand and massive audience, said Ken Schafer, vice-president of product management and marketing for Tucows Inc. Tucows […]Continue Reading →
One of the things I love about Apple Mail is the way it integrates with Address Book to pull out a picture of the sender. Another is that I have installed a Plaxo plug-in that pulls up additional data and reminders from Plaxo’s social network. To see this in action, […]Continue Reading →
The same people who pitted Seattle-area windshields in the spring of 1954. Right now Techmeme is littered with people spinning wild theories on why “five undersea cables have been cut” in a short period of time. Of course there have been some voices of reason as well. It’s really worth […]Continue Reading →
I actually watched the Superbowl today, even though we don’t get many of the Superbowl ads up here in Canada. Luckily all the ads are online at myspace.com/superbowlads. I think this “twofer” was my favourite: I love Will Ferrell despite an incredibly erratic track track record when it comes to […]Continue Reading →
Mitch Joel pointed me to this YouTube video of Sarah Silverman on Jimmy Kimmel:
I don’t watch Kimmel but apparently this is the culmination of several running gags on the show.
When I was young, one of my favourite shows was The Bob Newhart Show. And I had a major crush on Suzanne Pleshette. Actually, I guess it’s more accurate to say that I had a crush on Emily her character on the show. I was very sad to hear that […]Continue Reading →
The wonderful Presentation Zen pointed out that McWrap is pronounced “McCrap”. I can’t believe I didn’t notice that before. Now, for the win, what the heck is in that wrap? Lettuce, melon and bacon?
I’m not sure if TypePad allows you to “post to the future” (by that I mean set a time and date before which a post should not be visible, but once the time comes, the post publishes as if you hit “publish” right then). I set this post to publish […]Continue Reading →
I’ve hated — no loathed — clowns since I was very young. I could share several traumatic pre-school encounters with these, uh, clowns — but I won’t bore you. Besides, you probably hate clowns too! It’s a fact — kids hate clowns! LONDON — Bad news for Coco and Blinko — children don’t like clowns and even older kids are scared of […]Continue Reading →
I’ve generally just done my blog posts in directly in the web interface of whatever application I’m using at the moment, but I’ve always been interested in using an offline editor. I’m trying Ecto right now to see if I can make it work. If not, it’s back to the […]Continue Reading →
Over the holidays I took some time to rethink my inbox strategy and I thought I’d share my current approach with you. For reference, that’s my brand-spankin’-new inbox you’re seein’ here. IMAP I’m now using IMAP for work and home accounts. Up until now I’ve been a POP-guy — more out of […]Continue Reading →
(I got a poem from Lucy for Christmas and — with her permission — I’m sharing it here) Twas the night before Tucows, launched their domains, Ken Schafer was stirring, simply going insane; The plans were all there, displayed on his macable, In hopes that domains, will soon be unhackable;
It looks like everything is moving smoothly post migration to Typepad. DNS propagation took longer than I expected but my goals was to have everything in place for the end of the year and it looks like that is the case. I’m sure I’ll be fiddling more with the look […]Continue Reading →
I took a few hours this morning to move all the posts I did on the WordPress version of my blog over the last six months to this TypePad version of the blog. I’m pretty happy with the move (back) to Typepad and I’m looking forward to playing with the […]Continue Reading →
I’m thinking about it. I like my WordPress blog well enough but it’s probably more horsepower than I need. 2008 will be (once again) a year where I focus on simplifying and going with what I care about rather than what I “ought to do”.
I’m showing my class how to blog. Once I post this they will TOTALLY get it.
If you look to your right, and down the page a bit you’ll notice something called “sidebar”. That’s all the links I find around the web that I want to share with you. I’m doing this by posting a sub-feed from my del.icio.us account so that the whole thing is seemless seamless. Ooh, seemless seamless. Sweet.
I’m totally excited about the eventual release of Will Wright’s Spore. This is going to be SO cool. The kids and I have had great fun with open ended video games and this looks like it will top everything else we’ve tried to date.
I’ve been blogging for a long time (well a long time for a new communication tool, not long time as in “the long now” long). My first “hello world post” was on July 4th, 2001. Between then and last year about now I blogged on a semi-regular basis and managed […]Continue Reading →
The folks at 37signals posted this to their Flickr photostream a while ago and I wanted to capture it: