A little over a week ago the design for OrangeCoat's 404 error screen made it to the front page of Digg. Over the last week, the number of diggs has grown to over 2,000. From the initial Digg-frenzy to the steady increase to 2,021, it was a unique experience that helped us to get a better grasp of how Digg effects web traffic, servers and our own internet popularity.
If blog posting is lighter than normal the rest of this week it is because I'll be out of the office. If you don't have the good fortune to email me during that time I figured I'd share with you my out of office reply:
I'll be out of the office from Tuesday August 19th until Friday August 22nd visiting my nephew Emmit (adorable, no? http://tinyurl.com/5dkqz4)
I'll try to respond to all emails in a timely manner but will be in and out of email range so please bear with me. (Get it bear and my nickname is Bear... genius)
If you have an immediate support need please contact Jimmy C at...
If you have an immediate project question or are just interested in talking about home brewing please contact Evan at...
If you have a million dollar project you would like to award OrangeCoat please feel free to call my cell at 864 993 8239 and keep on calling until I answer.
I want to be the millionth at the Greenville Drive game
Yeah, I've seen those billboards, what sort of prize do you get for being the millionth?
No idea, I just want to be the millionth. The marketing got me.
Magic Hat is on the internet ball. I made a simple tweet yesterday afternoon
Handlebar porch, Magic Hat number 9, and laptop workin'
and this morning I get an email notification that Magic Hat is following me on Twitter. Good at 'em for searching their brand out on Twitter. From now on, I can type @magichat when drinking a #9.
Jaiku and JotSpot are examples of a phenomenon I call the Google black hole. Despite Google's reputation for fostering new companies, many services that nestle into Mountain View's welcoming bosom are never heard from again. The pattern: Company gets bought out. Users rejoice. Company lies fallow for months. Users grow impatient. Company's employees get farmed out to other Google projects. Company lies fallow for more months. Users get even more impatient ...
Preach it Farhad. I can't think of a company Google bought and made better. Writely is my go to example. It was possibly the most polished web app I ever used and then Google bought it and dirtied the damn thing up.
That being said, I still use Google Docs, Gmail, GCal....
So today was a pretty bad day on the self-aware robots must be stopped front. First, Olivier sends us a link talking about the US government building a robotic army and then Engadget links us to an article dealing robots getting biological brains. It's like these people don't watch movies or read books. I admit Star Wars episodes I-III aren't the best in the series and Frankenstein is a boring book to read, but they do explain how both of these experiments will end. Not well my friends. Not well at all.