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The Black Keys Film Clip

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Just an interesting little visual clip with great photography… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKXlgISd3iA 


Written by Nick Argyriou

March 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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Photoshop Online

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Adobe just launched Photoshop Express, an online version of its image editing software.

Obviously do not expect to have an alternative to the real Photoshop suite online, but for minor editing tasks it gets the job done. You can crop, rotate, add some visual effects, change colors and the like.

It is good to see that even mainstream companies are starting to explore online solutions.

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Written by tokkipipi

March 30, 2008 at 10:18 pm

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Peel Away Ads

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This has to be one of the coolest ad units yet. It makes a web page look like a paper page and the ad is revealed when you “peel away” the page. The ad is non-intrusive and effective because it makes people want to peel the ad to see what’s hiding behind it. Peel Away Ads

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Written by deejmark

March 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm

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Why $0.00 is the future of business – Chris Anderson

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Nice graphic from the article - hot design!!

Chris Anderson shot to fame in 2006 with his book “The Long Tail”, his follow up is the 2009 aforementioned title. The recent Wired magazine has an excerpt from the new book.

Anderson details a number of economies with value combos – something cheap and something expensive – free mobile phone/pay for plan, cheap video console/expensive game, etc.

The author sees that free has now won out citing The New York Times becoming free after a few years of subscription.  Also the leading internet sites, YouTube and Google are also free. The essay looks at how technology – computers, interent, servers – have become increasingly cheap to the point where people have “wasted” resources in order to create new markets. So if people feel they can waste technology it is an environment to innovate with ideas and find otehr business models.

The author, Chris Anderson

Some interesting points include:

– the internet is the most competitive market every
– AdSense has made advertising cheaper as it has got rid of the need for human resources in advertising people
– it is better to charge nothing rather than a small amount, total different economics when you charge for something
– the new economy is a third party buying into the exchange with buyers and sellers – the cornerstone of media_
– the internet reduces nearly to zero the cost of manufacturing and distribution
– the new things people strive for in an attention economy are time and respect

Written by portablesimon

March 30, 2008 at 11:01 am

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Wired Magazine – 37Signals

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I have crapped on about these guys before. There was a good article on the team in the recent Wired magazine. It talked through the validity of Ruby on Rails. Their moto is “Simplicity in Technology”

Pros – quick to use, took two people two weeks to build Twitter

Cons – not so good with scalability, another alternative was Merb

Other interest information included:
– only 1% of people have turned off using established products since using online services
– Call Flah apps “horrid and Java ” grossly overused”
– 2 million people use Basecamp

Written by portablesimon

March 30, 2008 at 10:50 am

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New books in the library

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Two new books in this week are:

– The Innovator’s Solution – Clayton M. Christensen – 2003 New York Times Bestseller
– The Long Tail – Chris Anderson – writing a new book on “Wired”

They look awesome! Will keep you posted on what is in them.

Written by portablesimon

March 30, 2008 at 5:23 am

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Ringside Social Application Server

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This is an open-source platform that allows you to build social applications that are integrated with your own site and your facebook application.. It will also eventually be integrated with Open Social.

The really cool thing about it is that developers can create API’s and markup tags (like the Facebook Markup Language) for their own applications. This means that that applications will be able to communicate with each other as well.

Three key points are:
1) Developers can develop and test their social applications on their own laptop using the Ringside, and then upload their applications to Facebook for deployment.
2) Facebook applications can run on any website and are not limited to running on Facebook.
3) New social applications can be developed and deployed on both your website and on Facebook simultaneously.

For the nerds among us, here is a high level diagram of the architecture:

Written by narindajane

March 29, 2008 at 7:55 am