October 1, 2006

Closing out my tabs: some quickies

Posted in Fun, Links, Search, Software at 12:23 am by mj

Some things that have remained in my open Firefox tabs…some, for weeks…which I’ve realized I’m never going to blog by themselves, but I still want to share.


Why Search Sucks
Danny Sullivan on Why Search Sucks & You Won’t Fix It The Way You Think. A nice look at the relatively static history of (web) search UIs and some of the more interesting experiments. All of which give too many options in an unintuitive way.


Mad Money: Or Just Mad?
Is the Cramer Effect costing average investors money?

I gave Cramer’s advice on “markup week” a test. There are already good tracking blogs out there: Mad Money Machine, Mad Money Recap, and, for longer-term performance, Booyah Boy Audit has pretty graphs.

My result was mixed. Up 1.1% following his advice to a tee. So, with $10K to invest, and (very) low trading fees, you could be up $100 for the week.

Sounds low, but if all weeks performed just as well, a 50% pre-tax annual return on your discretionary investment income is pretty good. Most of his advice, though, is longer-term than one week.


Best rant of the year
Leon Spencer responding to Tim Bray on domain-specific markup languages in Ruby.

Frankly, if you’re embedding enough HTML markup in your code to make it worthwhile to create, use, or even argue over HTML-like DSLs…you’re doing something wrong.

Now, (ir)regular expressions and XPath, on the other hand…


Is YouTube Worth Buying?
Mark Cuban says no. True, YouTube is big only because of all the illegal or questionable content. (Odd how they do a good job of policing porn, though.) But don’t forget its name. It is the Napster of its time. It could be burned to the ground by the RIAA, MPAA, SAG, WGA, and NCAA, and still…it will rise again, in some form or another, under one ownership or another. That could be valuable. Hell, even Netscape is still kinda sorta in some weird, scandalous way “recognizable” today.

How much would it take to make a YouTube “killer” in six months? Let’s go all out and hire a team of 100 engineers (overkill). 1000 high-end servers (overkill). SpammingViral Marketing like nobody’s seen since MySpace (overkill). Add in PHB overhead (always overkill). Total cost? Maybe $80M.

So is the name and the (unloyal, but impressionable) audience worth $920+M? I don’t think so.

Which just means we’re looking at a purchase price of about $3B by January. You read it here first.


“Jim Mcgreevey” does Letterman’s Top Ten List
I was just thinking how I rarely watch Letterman anymore… and I miss the best Top Ten in probably five years. (Thanks, YouTube!)

Would they have allowed this on the air 10 years ago?


That’s enough tabs for tonight…


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