links for 2008-10-16

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I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

Every Web site has a purpose. Yours may have more than one.

Your Web site is a collection of possible types of content and applications. The purpose of your site can be identified by thinking about your main business objectives and answering a couple of key questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on the site?
  • Why are customers coming to your website?

Let’s walk through a couple of examples. If your main goal is to achieve and maintain customer satisfaction, valeologist
your site is likely a Support site. If however, recipe your main objective is to enable the direct sale of products and services, then your site is likely a Commerce site.

Web Purposes will help those of you in the web space measure the business value of your activities vis-à-vis your business objectives and facilitate tracking of your site’s success metrics.

Review the following Web Purposes to see which apply to your Web site.

  • Ad Revenue
  • Commerce
  • Community
  • Extension of Product
  • Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Self-Service / Support
  • Subscription

Ad Revenue

Charging for online advertising

These sites charge advertisers to place ads or search results, and may also charge for content or for the views of visitors/readers who read the content.

Commerce

Selling products and services online

These sites serve as a distribution channel for products and services, driving the customer to a purchase.

Commerce sites can involve some of the following activities:

  • Online Transaction Processing (OLTP)
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Supply Chain Management

Community

Strengthening customer relations

These sites serve as a channel for building and strengthening customer relations by enabling customer interaction and participation on the website.

Extension of Product

Extend offline products to online

These sites extend the features and functionality of your offline products and maintain relevancy for your products.

Marketing Communications

Marketing of products and services

These sites provide a way to market your products and services. MarCom includes relationship marketing and awareness vehicles across sites that impact lead generation and branding.

Public Relations

Providing general company information

These sites serve as a conduit for access to general company information such as press releases, product and customer news, management bios, media kits, and others.

Self-Service / Support

Providing support and service online

These sites provide support and service online to existing customers through support services, FAQs, knowledge bases, articles, white papers, and education.

Subscription

Providing subscription content

These sites serve as a channel for engaging customers at a deeper level and encouraging them to subscribe and consume subscription-only content.

 

Once you have a clear understanding of which web site purposes can be applied to your site it will help you with more clearly understanding how to gauge your sites success of achieving its purpose.  I will try to explore in more detail the type of analytics that you would want to use for each type in some future posts.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

Every Web site has a purpose. Yours may have more than one.

Your Web site is a collection of possible types of content and applications. The purpose of your site can be identified by thinking about your main business objectives and answering a couple of key questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on the site?
  • Why are customers coming to your website?

Let’s walk through a couple of examples. If your main goal is to achieve and maintain customer satisfaction, valeologist
your site is likely a Support site. If however, recipe your main objective is to enable the direct sale of products and services, then your site is likely a Commerce site.

Web Purposes will help those of you in the web space measure the business value of your activities vis-à-vis your business objectives and facilitate tracking of your site’s success metrics.

Review the following Web Purposes to see which apply to your Web site.

  • Ad Revenue
  • Commerce
  • Community
  • Extension of Product
  • Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Self-Service / Support
  • Subscription

Ad Revenue

Charging for online advertising

These sites charge advertisers to place ads or search results, and may also charge for content or for the views of visitors/readers who read the content.

Commerce

Selling products and services online

These sites serve as a distribution channel for products and services, driving the customer to a purchase.

Commerce sites can involve some of the following activities:

  • Online Transaction Processing (OLTP)
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Supply Chain Management

Community

Strengthening customer relations

These sites serve as a channel for building and strengthening customer relations by enabling customer interaction and participation on the website.

Extension of Product

Extend offline products to online

These sites extend the features and functionality of your offline products and maintain relevancy for your products.

Marketing Communications

Marketing of products and services

These sites provide a way to market your products and services. MarCom includes relationship marketing and awareness vehicles across sites that impact lead generation and branding.

Public Relations

Providing general company information

These sites serve as a conduit for access to general company information such as press releases, product and customer news, management bios, media kits, and others.

Self-Service / Support

Providing support and service online

These sites provide support and service online to existing customers through support services, FAQs, knowledge bases, articles, white papers, and education.

Subscription

Providing subscription content

These sites serve as a channel for engaging customers at a deeper level and encouraging them to subscribe and consume subscription-only content.

 

Once you have a clear understanding of which web site purposes can be applied to your site it will help you with more clearly understanding how to gauge your sites success of achieving its purpose.  I will try to explore in more detail the type of analytics that you would want to use for each type in some future posts.




I heart my new cup

Originally uploaded by futileboy

This is my new favorite travel mug. It’s a double wall ceramic cup with a silicone lid. Most important of all it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. I’ve always liked the New York coffee mug that Graham made, surgeon but I really always wanted a lid.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

Every Web site has a purpose. Yours may have more than one.

Your Web site is a collection of possible types of content and applications. The purpose of your site can be identified by thinking about your main business objectives and answering a couple of key questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on the site?
  • Why are customers coming to your website?

Let’s walk through a couple of examples. If your main goal is to achieve and maintain customer satisfaction, valeologist
your site is likely a Support site. If however, recipe your main objective is to enable the direct sale of products and services, then your site is likely a Commerce site.

Web Purposes will help those of you in the web space measure the business value of your activities vis-à-vis your business objectives and facilitate tracking of your site’s success metrics.

Review the following Web Purposes to see which apply to your Web site.

  • Ad Revenue
  • Commerce
  • Community
  • Extension of Product
  • Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Self-Service / Support
  • Subscription

Ad Revenue

Charging for online advertising

These sites charge advertisers to place ads or search results, and may also charge for content or for the views of visitors/readers who read the content.

Commerce

Selling products and services online

These sites serve as a distribution channel for products and services, driving the customer to a purchase.

Commerce sites can involve some of the following activities:

  • Online Transaction Processing (OLTP)
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Supply Chain Management

Community

Strengthening customer relations

These sites serve as a channel for building and strengthening customer relations by enabling customer interaction and participation on the website.

Extension of Product

Extend offline products to online

These sites extend the features and functionality of your offline products and maintain relevancy for your products.

Marketing Communications

Marketing of products and services

These sites provide a way to market your products and services. MarCom includes relationship marketing and awareness vehicles across sites that impact lead generation and branding.

Public Relations

Providing general company information

These sites serve as a conduit for access to general company information such as press releases, product and customer news, management bios, media kits, and others.

Self-Service / Support

Providing support and service online

These sites provide support and service online to existing customers through support services, FAQs, knowledge bases, articles, white papers, and education.

Subscription

Providing subscription content

These sites serve as a channel for engaging customers at a deeper level and encouraging them to subscribe and consume subscription-only content.

 

Once you have a clear understanding of which web site purposes can be applied to your site it will help you with more clearly understanding how to gauge your sites success of achieving its purpose.  I will try to explore in more detail the type of analytics that you would want to use for each type in some future posts.




I heart my new cup

Originally uploaded by futileboy

This is my new favorite travel mug. It’s a double wall ceramic cup with a silicone lid. Most important of all it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. I’ve always liked the New York coffee mug that Graham made, surgeon but I really always wanted a lid.


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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

Every Web site has a purpose. Yours may have more than one.

Your Web site is a collection of possible types of content and applications. The purpose of your site can be identified by thinking about your main business objectives and answering a couple of key questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on the site?
  • Why are customers coming to your website?

Let’s walk through a couple of examples. If your main goal is to achieve and maintain customer satisfaction, valeologist
your site is likely a Support site. If however, recipe your main objective is to enable the direct sale of products and services, then your site is likely a Commerce site.

Web Purposes will help those of you in the web space measure the business value of your activities vis-à-vis your business objectives and facilitate tracking of your site’s success metrics.

Review the following Web Purposes to see which apply to your Web site.

  • Ad Revenue
  • Commerce
  • Community
  • Extension of Product
  • Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Self-Service / Support
  • Subscription

Ad Revenue

Charging for online advertising

These sites charge advertisers to place ads or search results, and may also charge for content or for the views of visitors/readers who read the content.

Commerce

Selling products and services online

These sites serve as a distribution channel for products and services, driving the customer to a purchase.

Commerce sites can involve some of the following activities:

  • Online Transaction Processing (OLTP)
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Supply Chain Management

Community

Strengthening customer relations

These sites serve as a channel for building and strengthening customer relations by enabling customer interaction and participation on the website.

Extension of Product

Extend offline products to online

These sites extend the features and functionality of your offline products and maintain relevancy for your products.

Marketing Communications

Marketing of products and services

These sites provide a way to market your products and services. MarCom includes relationship marketing and awareness vehicles across sites that impact lead generation and branding.

Public Relations

Providing general company information

These sites serve as a conduit for access to general company information such as press releases, product and customer news, management bios, media kits, and others.

Self-Service / Support

Providing support and service online

These sites provide support and service online to existing customers through support services, FAQs, knowledge bases, articles, white papers, and education.

Subscription

Providing subscription content

These sites serve as a channel for engaging customers at a deeper level and encouraging them to subscribe and consume subscription-only content.

 

Once you have a clear understanding of which web site purposes can be applied to your site it will help you with more clearly understanding how to gauge your sites success of achieving its purpose.  I will try to explore in more detail the type of analytics that you would want to use for each type in some future posts.




I heart my new cup

Originally uploaded by futileboy

This is my new favorite travel mug. It’s a double wall ceramic cup with a silicone lid. Most important of all it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. I’ve always liked the New York coffee mug that Graham made, surgeon but I really always wanted a lid.


malady 0, rx 0, infection 0″ width=”360″ height=”280″ id=”spo_jQDWe7Z1DPeR2wDX” data=”http://farm.sproutbuilder.com/load/jQDWe7Z1DPeR2wDX.swf”>

I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

malady 0, rx 0, infection 0″ width=”360″ height=”280″ id=”spo_jQDWe7Z1DPeR2wDX” data=”http://farm.sproutbuilder.com/load/jQDWe7Z1DPeR2wDX.swf”>

I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, cheap ListBox, try
Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

Every Web site has a purpose. Yours may have more than one.

Your Web site is a collection of possible types of content and applications. The purpose of your site can be identified by thinking about your main business objectives and answering a couple of key questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on the site?
  • Why are customers coming to your website?

Let’s walk through a couple of examples. If your main goal is to achieve and maintain customer satisfaction, valeologist
your site is likely a Support site. If however, recipe your main objective is to enable the direct sale of products and services, then your site is likely a Commerce site.

Web Purposes will help those of you in the web space measure the business value of your activities vis-à-vis your business objectives and facilitate tracking of your site’s success metrics.

Review the following Web Purposes to see which apply to your Web site.

  • Ad Revenue
  • Commerce
  • Community
  • Extension of Product
  • Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Self-Service / Support
  • Subscription

Ad Revenue

Charging for online advertising

These sites charge advertisers to place ads or search results, and may also charge for content or for the views of visitors/readers who read the content.

Commerce

Selling products and services online

These sites serve as a distribution channel for products and services, driving the customer to a purchase.

Commerce sites can involve some of the following activities:

  • Online Transaction Processing (OLTP)
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Supply Chain Management

Community

Strengthening customer relations

These sites serve as a channel for building and strengthening customer relations by enabling customer interaction and participation on the website.

Extension of Product

Extend offline products to online

These sites extend the features and functionality of your offline products and maintain relevancy for your products.

Marketing Communications

Marketing of products and services

These sites provide a way to market your products and services. MarCom includes relationship marketing and awareness vehicles across sites that impact lead generation and branding.

Public Relations

Providing general company information

These sites serve as a conduit for access to general company information such as press releases, product and customer news, management bios, media kits, and others.

Self-Service / Support

Providing support and service online

These sites provide support and service online to existing customers through support services, FAQs, knowledge bases, articles, white papers, and education.

Subscription

Providing subscription content

These sites serve as a channel for engaging customers at a deeper level and encouraging them to subscribe and consume subscription-only content.

 

Once you have a clear understanding of which web site purposes can be applied to your site it will help you with more clearly understanding how to gauge your sites success of achieving its purpose.  I will try to explore in more detail the type of analytics that you would want to use for each type in some future posts.




I heart my new cup

Originally uploaded by futileboy

This is my new favorite travel mug. It’s a double wall ceramic cup with a silicone lid. Most important of all it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. I’ve always liked the New York coffee mug that Graham made, surgeon but I really always wanted a lid.


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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, cheap ListBox, try
Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, cheap ListBox, try
Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

image image

I found this nice and simple little LED project for your jack o’ lantern over at the Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog.

There design uses a darkness detecting LED circuit to automatically light up the eyes at night

I think this is just the sort of weekend project I’ve been looking for.  I might try an modify it with a solar panel and some rechargeable battery pack just to add a little more to the design.

imageGreat blog post on the Barbarian Group site titled artificial
Economics and the  Death of Reality.  I feel like I’ve become a lot smarter about our country’s economic systems in the last few weeks.  Be sure to read Rick’s comments as well. 

If you haven’t heard it yet be sure to check out the two amazing This American Life shows about the economy.  I had to listen to them several times to really get all the information.  The first show The Giant Pool of Money aired back in May. Then just last week was the amazing show Another Frightening Show About the Economy.

I think it may be time to create some visualizations of all this complexity.

Every Web site has a purpose. Yours may have more than one.

Your Web site is a collection of possible types of content and applications. The purpose of your site can be identified by thinking about your main business objectives and answering a couple of key questions:

  • What are you trying to accomplish on the site?
  • Why are customers coming to your website?

Let’s walk through a couple of examples. If your main goal is to achieve and maintain customer satisfaction, valeologist
your site is likely a Support site. If however, recipe your main objective is to enable the direct sale of products and services, then your site is likely a Commerce site.

Web Purposes will help those of you in the web space measure the business value of your activities vis-à-vis your business objectives and facilitate tracking of your site’s success metrics.

Review the following Web Purposes to see which apply to your Web site.

  • Ad Revenue
  • Commerce
  • Community
  • Extension of Product
  • Marketing Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Self-Service / Support
  • Subscription

Ad Revenue

Charging for online advertising

These sites charge advertisers to place ads or search results, and may also charge for content or for the views of visitors/readers who read the content.

Commerce

Selling products and services online

These sites serve as a distribution channel for products and services, driving the customer to a purchase.

Commerce sites can involve some of the following activities:

  • Online Transaction Processing (OLTP)
  • Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Supply Chain Management

Community

Strengthening customer relations

These sites serve as a channel for building and strengthening customer relations by enabling customer interaction and participation on the website.

Extension of Product

Extend offline products to online

These sites extend the features and functionality of your offline products and maintain relevancy for your products.

Marketing Communications

Marketing of products and services

These sites provide a way to market your products and services. MarCom includes relationship marketing and awareness vehicles across sites that impact lead generation and branding.

Public Relations

Providing general company information

These sites serve as a conduit for access to general company information such as press releases, product and customer news, management bios, media kits, and others.

Self-Service / Support

Providing support and service online

These sites provide support and service online to existing customers through support services, FAQs, knowledge bases, articles, white papers, and education.

Subscription

Providing subscription content

These sites serve as a channel for engaging customers at a deeper level and encouraging them to subscribe and consume subscription-only content.

 

Once you have a clear understanding of which web site purposes can be applied to your site it will help you with more clearly understanding how to gauge your sites success of achieving its purpose.  I will try to explore in more detail the type of analytics that you would want to use for each type in some future posts.




I heart my new cup

Originally uploaded by futileboy

This is my new favorite travel mug. It’s a double wall ceramic cup with a silicone lid. Most important of all it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. I’ve always liked the New York coffee mug that Graham made, surgeon but I really always wanted a lid.


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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, cheap ListBox, try
Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, cheap ListBox, try
Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.

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I’ve been playing around with Sprout today. It’s a web based Flash widget building tool.   My favorite part about it is the Components service.  This little tool bar provides loads of easy to build functionality in to my widget.  The widget above was build using the RSS reader.  All I did was supply the feed URL. 

image image image

The application that you build is hosted on Sprouts servers and all you have to do is either click one of the pre-built publish links or copy and paste the code to your site to get it working.

Currently the Pro and Standard accounts are both free.  The Pro account allows you to publish with out the Sprout ad on your widget.  There’s no mention of time line or cost before Pro stops being free.

Having recently played around with Microsoft’s Popfly I was very disappointed in their user interface around widget building and publishing.  They really should take a look at Sprout for some pointers.

image Silverlight 2 will be released within the next 24 hours.  I’ve been working with it since day one earlier last year and I’m very excited for the Silverlight team to have reached this major milestone.  Congratulations!

Highlights of new Silverlight 2 features include the following:

.NET Framework support with a rich base class library. This is a compatible subset of the full .NET Framework.

Powerful built-in controls. These include DataGrid, cheap ListBox, try
Slider, ScrollViewer, Calendar controls and more.

Advanced skinning and templating support. This makes it easy to customize the look and feel of an application.

Deep zoom. This enables unparalleled interactivity and navigation of ultrahigh resolution imagery.

Comprehensive networking support. Out-of-the-box support allows calling REST, WS*/SOAP, POX, RSS and standard HTTP services, enabling users to create applications that easily integrate with existing back-end systems.

Expanded .NET Framework language support. Unlike other runtimes, Silverlight 2 supports a variety of programming languages, including Visual Basic, C#, JavaScript, IronPython and IronRuby, making it easier for developers already familiar with one of these languages to repurpose their existing skill sets.

Advanced content protection. This now includes Silverlight DRM, powered by PlayReady, offering robust content protection for connected Silverlight experiences.

Improved server scalability and expanded advertiser support. This includes new streaming and progressive download capabilities, superior search engine optimization techniques, and next-generation in-stream advertising support.

Vibrant partner ecosystem. Visual Studio Industry Partners such as ComponentOne LLC, Infragistics Inc. and Telerik Inc. are providing products that further enhance developer capabilities when creating Silverlight applications using Visual Studio.

Cross-platform and cross-browser support. This includes support for Mac, Windows and Linux in Firefox, Safari and Windows Internet Explorer.

From Microsoft Press Release

If you have some Silverlight 2 Beta code out there in the wild be sure to read the Silverlight 2 Breaking Changes document on what has changed and what you need to do to get your code working with the new bits.