Month: October 2004

  • Google Desktop Search

    In a move that took everyone by surprise, Google announced a new downloadable product that installs on your hard drive, indexes your email, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and AIM chat logs and adds them to the Google Search results window. The expected move was that Google would launch their own, Google-centric browser but they have once […]


    The blogosphere is on fire about the strange lump on the back of Bush’s suit during the first debate with detailed video analysis looking for proof that George was channelling Karl Rove via a wireless transmitter. There’s even an entire site dedicated to the debate about the debate which goes into great detail. Who knows […]

  • Fenton’s Creamery

    Went back to visit an old college haunt with the Karp’s this weekend. Fenton’s on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland has been an institution and well worth the trip over from Berkeley. It looked newer than I remembered and was told the whole thing was redone after a fire in 2001. We ordered the Banana Special […]


    As I was listening to the radio the other day and the Talking Head’s song Once in a Lifetime came on and the phrase “same as it ever was” hit me as highly relevant. Part of being middle-aged (I’m now 38) is that things take on a vague familiarity. We moved back to San Francisco […]

  • Can there be two “internets”

    Watching the second presidential debate and just caught another verbal slip to go with the “mexed missages” post from the first debate. When questioned about the prospect of a draft, President Bush said, “I hear there are rumors on the internets, that there is going to be a draft for the military.” This is the […]

  • AOL dumps Netscape?

    I’m not sure I totally follow what’s going on here but CNet reports today that they are now going to base their new browser on Internet Explorer technology. Huh? Didn’t AOL buy a browser company for this purpose?

  • Web 2.0

    Web 2.0

    I realize I’m getting liberal with the “Milestone” tag but it truly seems as if we are living in historic times. I just got off of an amazing three days in San Francisco where I saw history being made all around me at Web 2.0 in San Francisco. Maybe I’m still new to this industry […]

  • How News Gets Made

    What a week! Amidst all the excitement of Web 2.0, we announced that we raised $10 million in funding. A couple of us went to Kokkari, arestaurant downtown, to celebrate when Mena realized that she forgot to post her perspective on the announcement. Ben fiddled with the Bluetooth connections on the phone and the laptop […]


    At Web 2.0 this week and saw Idealab’s Bill Gross announce the release of – a new search engine designed to address comments that Google’s interface is looks like a command line. Based on the premise that search engines need to give control back to the user. You can change the focus of your […]

  • From Vivisimo comes, Clutsy the Search Engine

    From Vivisimo comes, Clutsy the search engine which has elicited guffaws over it’s name, coined to evoke a clustered set of search results but instead brings to mind a buck-toothed, all-thumbed version of the more refined Mr. Jeeves. The jury is still out for me on this as I’m so well-trained that I usually am […]