Digital Deliverance: The Digital Edition Dirigibles
A good piece on why PDF-based publications stink and are the Zeppelins of our age.
While I am at it, does anyone think Zinio is a good idea? I subscribe to the MIT Tech review via the format and honestly think the technology is rotten. Hard to believe anyone is serious about preserving print design in a digital format.
Not too surprising to see Microsoft acquire Groove Networks — Microsoft was an investor in Ray Ozzie’s p2p project — and it makes sense to see Ray ascend to the triumverate of CTOs. Ozzie’s invention of Lotus Notes was hailed, justifiably, as a great leap forward and created the new category of "Groupware."
I hate Lotus Notes. I loathe it. I think, all other things being equal, if I had to chose between working at two companies — one running Notes, the other running Microsoft Exchange — I would go with the Exchange environment every day.
Notes was the ugliest, most user-unfriendly application I’ve ever endured. This is not surprising given Lotus’ brain-dead approach to user-interfaces in the early 90s, when CCMail — it’s evil email client — had icons that were drawn by participants in a split-brain experiment.
Don’t take my word for it. Notes sucks.
In my morning crawl of the news sites I see that Google News — the perdurable beta news aggregator — has initiated a customization function. It seems a little more useful and less inbox-crushing than the old model of email alerts off of keywords. In the end, it’s just an old "My Yahoo" customization tool driven by keywords.