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2x2: Information Consumption (08/11/03)
The piece on the iPod a couple of weeks back prompted one popular weblogger to scream in horror at the prospect of Apple integrating marketing messages into his playlist. "I'm...

Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total Bastard (03/26/02)
In the second stop of his virtual book tour, Greg Knauss shills for his micro-publishing masterpiece about parenting, toddlers, moral decay and, above all, the prudence of abstinence.

A Note from the Publisher (09/19/01)
In case it hasn't been made clear at some point over the last six years or so, this site is remarkably, um, irregular. Not only in frequency of updates,...

September 11, 2001 (09/11/01)
(No big ideas. No explanations. Just words, pointless words.) I've been in a media daze and emotional stupor all day long. As I write this, Peter Jennings continues his...

The Webbys: Now with Weird Dancing Crap! (07/19/01)
The theme for last night's Webbys seemed to be, "Wow, weren't we all just a bunch of stupid idiots who got what they deserved except they aren't us because...

I Love the Webbys (04/26/01)
(Originally poasted to metafilter; repurposed here.) I love the Webbys because of the way the nominees reflect the state of the web at large. Year in and year out,...

Five (08/01/00)
Stating the Obvious turns five today. On August 1, 1995, I published my first piece under the obvious title (but not domain -- that wouldn't come for another few...

The Beginning of Web Design (07/24/00)
In this week's Alertbox, titled "End of Web Design," Jakob Nielsen argues that "websites must tone down their individual appearance and distinct design in all ways." Nielsen argues that...

I am Iam Over Here, Lotus (03/04/99)
It was exactly the story Lotus Corporation's lawyers might have foreseen in a nightmare: Andrew Brookes, age four, died in a tragic accident while pretending to fly like comic...

Obvious Resolutions (01/04/99)
It's that time of year, so we figured why not succumb to the temptation of the easy story, the kind that writes itself. Why not publish a trite list...

The Day the Earth Stood Irritated (05/22/98)
5/22/98 The Day the Earth Stood Irritated by Greg Knauss When the PanAmSat Galaxy IV satellite lost interest in Earth earlier this week and spun out of control, millions of...

It's the Source Code, Stupid (02/16/98)
This is typical of web design advice: "You can use an image array, though it will only appear on Netscape 3 and above, IE 4 and above. But the...

Back From Hiatus (12/22/97)
The reports of my demise were greatly self-exaggerated. Thanks for being patient; here endeth the hiatus. And now, to answer some questions. Q: Um, where the hell have you been?...

A War of the Words (05/26/97)
In their book "The 500 Year Delta: What Happens After What Comes Next," Jim Taylor and Watts Wacker write of cryptocentrism, or "the tendency of media communes, tribes, and other...

Information Overload (09/16/96)
It's out of control. During a typical session with my email account, I'm faced with a stream of messages with first sentences that look like this... Delete this message if...

Leaving the T1 Behind (08/12/96)
It's unfair, really. If you're reading this over a modem you're suffering without knowing it -- you're part of the net's underclass. Because for all the talk of "equal access...

Cultcha? On the Web? (07/22/96)
I spent a few hours this weekend in Serendipity, a vast used bookstore on University Avenue in Berkeley. While it may not be the largest or most popular used bookstore...

Confusing the Word with the Web (06/24/96)
I need a vacation from my vacation. Returning from two weeks away from the office, I find my snail mailbox stuffed to the gills with PC Weeks, Web Weeks, junk...

Reality Before Virtuality (05/27/96)
A friend of mine recently gave me some invaluable advice: "reality before virtuality," he wrote. This pearl of wisdom came via email, of course, which I found more than mildly...

Atoms to Bits at the New Main (04/29/96)
I spent Sunday afternoon in the "New Main," San Francisco-speak for the recently completed new home of the San Francisco Public Library. I walked the staircases, I wandered the stacks....

California, Land of Hyperreality (03/18/96)
As I write this I'm sitting in the kitchen of a rented house, overlooking the vast blue expanse of Lake Tahoe, made more dramatic by the snow-capped mountains which...

Live or Memorex? (02/12/96)
The San Francisco Chronicle fell for it. Hook, line and sinker. In the November 13, 1995 "Legal Grounds" column, they ran a story on the "Solomon Project," an artificial...

Doppleganger in a Box (02/05/96)
Yea, OK, so my hard drive crashed. I lost all my data. Three years of work -- memos, spreadsheets, outlines, presentations. A few megs of classic email archives. Two...

Managed Risk (01/22/96)
In this week's issue of the New Yorker (dated 1/22/96) writer Malcom Gladwell examines the Challenger disaster from a new perspective, in an article rather tactlessly titled "Blowup." In...

Real World Web (01/15/96)
This week's "obvious" may not be so obvious. It also may be a bit confused, but I'm gonna try to make sense of some stuff that hit me all...

ASCII Nostalgia (10/30/95)
Last week I talked about how the 'net's nature of instant publishing is the perfect platform for navel-gazing (where we are now) and prognosticating (where are we going). My...

It's Getting Deeper (09/25/95)
My friend Adam has likened surfing the WWW to watching television. And he's got a point. When on the web, my finger is always on the mouse trigger. When...

Back to School (09/11/95)
Yes, it's September already. The US Open is underway. Football starts this week. The fog is coming back to San Francisco. But, most importantly, school is back in session....

It's a Circus Out There (08/24/95)
I saw "The Greatest Show on Earth" last night with some friends from work. That's right, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey. In attendance: hundreds of families with thousands of...

Mid-August Miscellany (08/14/95)
The day that Netscape goes public, Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack. Coincidence? I think not. Jerry must have had a buy order in at 71, and watched...

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