Ideas

Synergy is Fun

One could say I’ve got too many projects with too much free time, but another way to look at things is that constant exploration can put a smile on your face. I’ve been working on a few projects: GearTracker (http://geartracker.com) This is my big project, which I really need some product marketing help on. I’ve gotten most of the infrastructure in place, but need somebody to come in an help me put the finishing 20% on top to make the first time experience right and probably catch where I’ve just been wrong headed about the thinking.

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Email is Dead – Long live Email

Brief bio background – I’ve been doing email in some way shape or form since my address was: …!uoregon!chemstor!koblas or …{ames,decwrl,pyramid,wyse}! mips!koblas If that means something to you, then you probably have a clue that I’ve done this for a while. If it doesn’t here’s some other tidbits, I can write a sendmail.cf file from $* rules, and written SMTP servers, managed 200M++ mailboxes for internet companies… Mail is in my blood, but at this point it’s just something that I know, from GUI, Spam and Servers it’s not a challenge it’s just an hour here or there to get it working.

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Groups – Google vs. Facebook vs. (Notewave, Brizzly, Fridge)

Small rant attached – though it’s over groups which I’ve been thinking about for years Facebook groups launched a short while ago, I’ve been using Google Groups for ages (along with Y!Groups). Brizzly launced their groups product (though they didn’t call it groups) TheFridge has their view and Notewave (my own weekend project) has it’s view. Groups is a necessary space, so much so there are fields of “mom-and-pop” startups doing it around pictures, sports teams, etc, etc.

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Good ideas, inquire within

I’ve had lots of idea of things to build, as somebody once said ideas are a dime a dozen, it’s doing it that’s the hard work. Between talking to companies over the years, or just random things I’ve stumbled across there has to be a good idea to put more energy into. Things I’ve built in the last few years — in some state of “goodness” (90% complete or better).

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Tax Your Calories

Just a random idea that came out of a strange hallway conversation on the cost of health care. Here’s the idea of the week. One of the current big problems in America is the over consumption of food yielding both health problems and just waste. Since we’re currently trying to figure out how to pay for our healthcare system the quick idea is to tax calories in the style of other sin taxes.

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Assistance … ZapQuiz pre-alpha

Very short story… Working on building a website that is designed to assist students with studying for classes or subjects. Hence the idea for ZapQuiz. Interested in people testing and playing with things, create things, test things, comment and give feedback. I know it needs work, but I’m interested in understanding where I should focus rather than all over the map. Check it out : http://zapquiz.com

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Signal vs. Noise — How to make decissions

Once again I’m faced with the challenge of how to make good decissions. It’s not Life vs. Death, not anything meaningful in the scope of the world, but something amazingly simple — where to eat! Two easy examples where this has been a problem: Last Night — I’m “stuck” in a hotel in Washington DC with my timezones totally messed up, so at 8pm at night I want a quick dinner.

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Google Knol is not Wikipedia

After giving a few days for the hype to cool down — not the hype around Dark Knight — but around Google Knol.  I think I understand the business and the opportunity and the shortcomings. In the press, they keep on equating Knol with Wikipedia, which is totally inaccurate: TechCrunch: Google Launches Knol, The Monetizable Wikipedia Each article is created by a team of authors who receive attribution, and are allowed to take part in a rev-share for AdSense ads on their page.

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Framinstein lives!

Not quite interactive, but half of what I want in a digital picture frame is now available… eStarling Picture Frame Feeds – flickr, etc. Email WiFi

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Framinstein — Digital Fridge — Digital Postcards

Photo frame, or world interface.  Caught this article about a Digital picture frame doubles as a secondary display and got to thinking about an old project. Idea: What I want is a useful device on my fridge to replace my calendar on the wall, see just about every sci-fi movie made in the last five years.  But how? How about a slave interface: Digital picture frame at around 800×600 Shows photos when not “in use” WiFi (ok, USB for now) connection to the home computer Voice commands — think Star Trek — “Computer, show calendar” That’s it, if it was really good you could say:  “Computer, show grocery list, add milk” When not in use show the slide show — maybe “improved” with the digital postcards… Things that I continue to think about is how we interact with computers ala:

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