Archive for July, 2005


Test Driving Yahoo Q

I just came across a new plug-in that allows me to implement Yahoo’s Q search functionality on HeSaid. My first attempt did not yield any results but maybe Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is a tough query….let’s see if this is any better.



all apu all the time Bringing back the Best of CL….one in three He Said readers (there are only three in total) have demanded it back:

The latest installment has a Simpson’s twist to it. Here is the gist of the conversation between a hung-over patron and the 7-11 Cashier

“Can I have a hot dog?” hung-over me

“You want the big smokey?” Cashier

“Sure whatever” hung-over me

“ahhh you like it big and spicy!” Cashier

At that moment I did not realize what this would start. This small transaction caused this particular cashier to ask me every time I went back “You want a Big Smokey? Cause you like it spicy!” This has continued to this day.

BTW — Apu’s last name is Nahasapeemapetilon.


Themes Makeover

As a part of the bachelor weekend I dedicated my morning to WordPress upgrade and tinkered around with some new themes. Where my custom hack of the Kubrick/Headspace theme was getting the job done I like what Dennis Yang did with rotating headers and decided to give it a go myself. To see it in action simply reload the page a few times — see button on sidebar.

Apparently this latest version of WP allows me to post via email….very cool. Would love some comments on your favorite header.


What do you know from blogging?

David Coursey used to pen for CNET Networks and I was sad to see him leave. My favorite of his contributions were to CNET Radio — CNET’s best material ever and another departure that saddens me. There was this inherent radio alpha tension between Coursey and the voice of CNET Brian Cooley.

Enough CNET nostalgia, David’s most recent article reviews a recent study that touches on the very question I hear so often from friends and family. What are you talking about…blogging…RSS….blah blah blah.

And he is right…it’s not that those close to me and the four, maybe five, who actually visit the Galleries reside in a cave. Blogging is an evolution of what we already do online….not some new revolution bandwagon everyone is jumping on.

If nothing else, the blogging buzz has created some nice fodder for the Daily Show. Now if I could only track down that Rob Corddry video.


Cooter Blocking

The original Hazzard County Cooter is not pleased with the content of the Dukes of Hazzard remake. Whatever you barnacle….this is nothing more than a cheap plug for your memorabilia store. Enjoy the ride.

I’m sure the Dems were pround to have this guy on their team.


Google Maps meet Pedometer

A dream app for any runner or biker. Not only are you able to track your route but it also calculates mileage. This is rather addicting once you get a hang of the navigation and instructions. This is definately going into My Web community page.

Here is one of my go-to training runs. Points of interested as follows:

1. From home, head towards the Panhandle. Wave to Dan Farber leadingTai Chi group on the basketball courts.
2. Enter JFK side of GGP and head toward Ocean Highway
3. Head North on Ocean Highway up the hill toward Cliff House
4. Head West onto the Lands End Trail
5. Run along outskirts of Presidio, past Baker Beach to the south entrance of the GG Bridge – treat self to goo and water
6. Head back through Presidio…up Arguello hill and back to GGP
7. Reverse steps 2 and 1 home
8. Treat self to beverage

RObert…you are all over this one

marathon training route


Passwords are so Passe

As the Director of our user authentication and customer support platforms at CNET Networks I feel first hand the challenge/frustrations end-users have with authentication via email address or username and passwords. Most users have many passwords, each required to gain access to online sites or services. As a result, users concerned with password recall set themselves up for security breaches by :

  1. Jotting down their passwords on a piece of paper or a sticky note
  2. Use very simple, easily compromised, passwords.
  3. Reuse old passwords as often as possible

In short….there are no good solutions for end-users as long as we are dependent on their short-term memory.

This is why I am following, with interest, the emergence of biometric user authentication. I also oversee our ecommerce platform and work closely with IPAY, division of Pay by Touch, as our merchant bank gateway. PBT has a number of patents in the biometrics space and they are conveniently within in walking distance. They recently hired a former IBM exec as their new CEO and I have to believe integration with your computer hardware, as mentioned in the SF Gate article, is fast approaching. As far as I’m concerned….it can’t happen fast enough.

It’s a safe bet adoption will be slow…probably even slower then asking users to provide their credit card online. I’m confident that, as we have seen with the adoption of online commerce, the ease of use will eventually outweigh the reluctance to participate.

Photos on Flickr

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