Month: March 2007

Google Apps: full-featured email and more solution


I had a problem I wanted to solve. The problem was this: I love Gmail. This in itself isn’t a problem, but I have a domain that I use mostly for email. I like my email address for that particular domain. So the problem was using this domain with Gmail. Okay, I’ve already looked into the easy route, which is setting Gmail to open up a POP account on another server and bringing that email […]

Are you there? The continuing demise of blogging


I was looking over the detritus of dead blogs last night. A couple of years ago – at the beginning of 2005 – there was an influx of people blogging. A lot of people I know, or once knew, started blogging. It was a way to catch up with old friends and find new ones. Most of those lasted a year, maybe two. The blogging fad having run its course, these people who thought that […]

Intrigue in Tangiers


I’m sitting here on a Friday night, packing a suitcase for a few days of much needed R&R. I’m listening to This Never Ending Now by the reunited Chameleons. It was released a few years ago, and it’s basically The Chameleons Un-plugged. The song Intrigue in Tangiers – even in this acoustic rendition – reminds me of nights on Malta spent looking up at the stars. Heady days. So, my friends, I suggest a course […]

Go to college on Sub Pop’s “Loser Scholarship”


Sub Pop Records would probably like to forget grunge music at this point, but the Seattle-based independent record label is best known for releasing Nirvana’s first album, among other early-‘90s grunge classics. Grunge aside, Sub Pop may be writing a check for $5,750 to the college of your choice. They had an idea for a “Loser Scholarship” – that is, a scholarship for someone interested in music or the creative arts (rather than, say, football). […]

The Elements of Typography


If you’re up on matters of typography, then you’ve surely read or at least seen Robert Bringhurst’s The Elements of Typographic Style. It is the book on typography. It is not surprising then that some enterprising webists are using the book as direct inspiration for a website entitled The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web. It contains a burgeoning list of rules and ideas for setting type in the web world. For example: […]

The Writing University


The local university, home of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has a new website highlighting happenings in the world of writing both here and elsewhere. It’s called The Writing University, and they’ve done a fairly nice job with it. There are links to upcoming readings and events in town, links to various items in the voluminous archives, and what appears to be essentially a blog of writing activity. There’s even an RSS feed to keep you […]

Glyn’s modest proposal


Glyn Moody has A Modest Proposal for Michael Dell. Dell recently launched a site called IdeaStorm that’s based on the idea of user interaction. Like Digg, people can submit ideas to the site, and then people place votes on the ideas they like. A quick perusal of the Dell IdeaStorm site shows some discord in the Dell community. The majority of ideas voted onto the front page relate to pre-installed Linux and/or open source software […]

Mac and PC


Laurie McGuinness has some amusing takes on the Mac / PC divide. They’re spoofs of the Apple commercials you may have seen on TV with PC played by a middle aged man and Mac by a young guy. In these commercials, PC may actually have the upper-hand. Special hint to the wise: you know these are tongue-in-cheek because the clips are in Apple QuickTime format.