“We tell our design team,

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“We tell our design team, that when they go into a meeting with a client, they should know at least 2 reasons why they made any one design decision. If you don’t have at least 2 good reasons, then don’t try to defend that design. It’s not about preferences.” This is excellent advice.

It just keeps coming: The relational database paradigm explicitly prevents people looking for related items! Often, you go into a library and search by Dewey code. What you then want is a series of related items to browse – this is hard to do in relational databases without explicit editorial adjacency.

Interesting article from Upside that is probably the hottest link for today!

“Thus, the plaintiff (Ford)

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“Thus, the plaintiff (Ford) is prohibited from selling motor vehicles to consumers by mail, phone calls, leafleting, skywriting or drum signals, As well as on a plane, on a train, in a house, or with a mouse.”

Yet another way of looking at the exchange marketplace. Platitude of the day is that there will be two to four exchanges per sector. They don’t define which sector…

Stephen King looks set to net a pleasant $1m from his online publishing venture. Glad to see it’s working.

The customized newspaper idea is

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The customized newspaper idea is a great one, and would allow all sorts of content publishers direct access to people in a way that technology has only just made possible.

Let’s see the personalized book printing options that follow in the wake of the (easier) newspaper trend.

This is obviously a direct follow-on from yesterdays story…

Another major change: barcodes on the net coupled with mobile phones fitted with barcode readers could be enormous. One story suggestst that the deal has already been done. However, Barcoded.com isn’t going to take it sitting down!

Y2K thought: we’re unlikely to hear about any Y2K problems unless they have an effect outside an organization. As an example, we’re unlikely to hear that data mining has fallen apart for AOL, say, whereas we do hear about US government issues.

New boss (ex-Amazon) of VerticalNet

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New boss (ex-Amazon) of VerticalNet talks about the future.

Interesting discussion of how the new wireless ethernet standard (like Apple’s Airport) is taking off. Will this nuke the 3G developments? If they think of a way around congestion, then it probably will. Maybe the UK Government will have to give back the $34bn!

Amazon does it again –

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Amazon does it again – this time a patent on a collaborative recommendation service. This CNET articlehas some of the details. Firefly was doing this at least three years ago.Some information but no real answers about brain drain from market analysis firms to their covered industries or the stock market in this article on CNET.A US judge has suggested that deep linking could be equated to trespass – a danger for news aggregators.

My profile should have most

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My profile should have most of the personal information you could want, but you can check out my CV if you need more.

Why do the site?I think that the EditThisPage technology is a forerunner of some very important changes in the use of the internet.