Nov 26, 2011

Connect real life tasks/objects to the internet. Like IRL @ifttt. Want to hook up things to the Web? Maybe you want to get a tweet when your laundry’s done, or get an email when the basement floods while you’re on vacation. Even if you’re good with electronics and programming, these are involved projects. Instead of […]



Sep 16, 2011

Trying out ifttt (if this then that), a web service that lets you create your own automated tasks, triggers and actions from various social media and digital channels (email, sms, instagram, twitter, dropbox, etc). For example, you can create a task to save every new photo you take in instagram to dropbox. Love the idea.

Happy 20 Years of WWW

Aug 6, 2011

Today is a significant day in the history of the Internet. On 6 August 1991, exactly twenty years ago, the World Wide Web became publicly available. Its creator, the now internationally known Tim Berners-Lee, posted a short summary of the project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup and gave birth to a new technology which would fundamentally […]


Jul 13, 2011

Fount is a browser bookmarklet that identifies any web font you select from a web page.

21st Century Netiquette


Feb 7, 2011

Everyone is excited about the new possibilities in web typography coming with CSS 3 and web fonts – and rightly so.At the same time, everyone is annoyed by the tedious work of matching and adjusting web fonts, let alone writing CSS code for this purpose.While we are, as everyone is, glad about Typekit, Google Web […]


Jan 11, 2011

Automatically resize images to fit the screen resolutions. /via @ehub

Icons of the Web

Icons of the Web

Aug 30, 2010

A large-scale scan of the top million web sites (per Alexa traffic data) was performed in early 2010 using the Nmap Security Scanner and its scripting engine. We retrieved each site’s icon by first parsing the HTML for a link tag and then falling back to /favicon.ico if that failed. 328,427 unique icons were collected, […]

The Browsable Grid

The Browsable Grid

Sep 16, 2009

Several sites, including my own PicoCool, are taking advantage of the grid view as a fast way for users to browse content. Designers have been relying on the grid for generations as a layout technique. Lots of data-driven sites (eg. product comparisons or search results), web 2.0 services and blogs let users toggle their view […]

iA Webtrends Map Poster

iA Webtrends Map Poster

Sep 15, 2009

Poster arrived today!

PicoCool v2 Launches

PicoCool v2 Launches

Feb 16, 2009

I’m so pleased to announce that version 2 of PicoCool has launched! I originally started PicoCool in September 2007 as a side blog where I could indulge in my passion for finding unique, and often obscure bytes of content from social networks and peer media. After doing that for a little over a year, I […]

My First Citizen/Social Media Inauguration

My First Citizen/Social Media Inauguration

Jan 21, 2009

Yesterday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama was significant in so many ways. For web geeks like me, it’s the first time citizen media played such a significant role during an inauguration. Given Obama’s grassroots campaign and his message of citizen responsibility, this is only apropos. Numerous netizens, web sites, blogs, video sites and social networks […]

I'm Goosh-ing

I’m Goosh-ing

Jun 4, 2008

I came across yesterday through someone’s tweet and I’m in love. Goosh, a “UNIX-like command-line interface for Google,” combines the search functionality of Google with the simplicity of command line. It brings me back to the days of using Pine for email. Goosh is written by Stefan Grothkopp and dubs itself “the unofficial Google […]



Jan 18, 2008

The annual Techcrunch award show at the Herbst Theater in SF to honor the best “new” startups of the year. Co-sponsored by GigaOm, ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat. Fun to catch up with the usual tech and startup crowd, as well as my friends and clients, Om Malik (GigaOm) and Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb).

Twitter: Is Brevity The Next Big Thing?

Apr 2, 2007

Jack Dorsey has long been obsessed with status. [I’M WRITING THE LEAD TO MY COLUMN] Not in the snob-appeal sense, but status as in “where are you and what are you doing.” Twitter: Is Brevity The Next Big Thing? – Newsweek Steven Levy

Capturing the Flow of Design

Feb 4, 2007

The best way to present or analyze a design would be to record the desktop of an entire design cycle so that people (users, clients, developers, customers, etc.) can see the entire process that led up to the final prototype. Today’s designer works in a varied environment between screengrabs, layout, code, browser, chat: a hybrid […]

Saturday Maintenance

Saturday Maintenance

Feb 3, 2007

Seems like I’m not the only one working on new site developments on a Saturday evening. As I’m re-architecting and working on what I want to add in 2007, it seems Twitter and Flickr are also at work :)

I Like Being in Other People's Stats

I Like Being in Other People’s Stats

Jan 31, 2007

This morning I checked my feeds and stats and various web searches and saw a referrer from WipBox, an application I had added to eHub. The long tail at work… From the WipBox blog. What a great way to start things off!!! Had awesome feedback from people right out of the gates, was written up […]



Feb 25, 2006

This reminds me of the artweb projects that I first fell in love with in the late 90s and the pixel art sites that followed.  Check out guimp, the world’s smallest website.

The Agile Web Design Manifesto, An Introduction

Feb 11, 2006

Co-authored by Emily Chang and Max Kiesler of Ideacodes. On August 20, 1980, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler were the first to summit Mount Everest without the use of bottled oxygen. They accomplished this amazing feat by doing what no other expedition had ever done. They carried all of their own gear, did no route […]

Ajax Calendaring with Spongecell

Ajax Calendaring with Spongecell

Jan 30, 2006

I received email from Marc Guldimann tonight from Spongecell, an “absorbful calendar.” They’re having a launch party here in San Francisco at Ritual Roasters on Wednesday and we’ll be stopping by. There have been a lot of Ajax calendar applications (see the events and calendar category in eHub). Spongecell differentiates itself with the Spongebar, a […] Ranked in Technorati Top 1000

Nov 4, 2005

On November 1, after two weeks without updates (to inbound links and sites in the Technorati statistics), I logged into Technorati to find my site had jumped in rank from 1,616 (801 links from 423 sites) to 1,047 (1,096 links from 552 sites). At one point during the day, came in at number 999. […]

The Future Hasn’t Arrived Yet

Oct 29, 2005

I came across an old blog post of mine that caused a double-take. The post, titled “One-Screen Access to Your Life” isn’t about Netvibes or another Web 2.0 application, but cites a story at the New York Times from November 2002. Yale computer scientist David Gelernter is glad that the Microsoft trial is behind us, […]

The Social (Activist) Web

Oct 15, 2005

Like you, I’ve been reading much of the commentary online about Web 2.0 at various blogs and sites the last month or so, and particularly this last week as the O’Reilly Web 2.0 conference came and went here in SF. While many have provided insightful thinking into the social implications and technical innovations of this […]

A Statistical Month in Review

Oct 12, 2005

Today is the one month birthday of eHub. I started blogging here at on September 3. A week later, I made eHub as a resource to keep up with the rapid-fire development of new web apps, services, and social trends that I had already been following with a keen eye. I’ll post thoughts about […]

Kevin Kelly: Out of Control

Oct 7, 2005

Though it was written more than ten years ago, this caught my attention and seemed particularly relevant again.  From Kevin Kelly’s Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World. As we make our machines and institutions more complex, we have to make them more biological in order to manage […]

AJAX Image Gallery Examples – Alpha Release

Oct 1, 2005

We’re pleased to provide an alpha release of two examples of AJAX image galleries by Max Kiesler and Emily Chang of Ideacodes. One uses PHP and MySQL and the other requires no database and simply pulls images directly out of a designated directory on your web server. Please visit Max Kiesler’s post, AJAX Image Gallery […]

Google Wants to Provide Free Wi-Fi for San Francisco

Oct 1, 2005

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made it a goal to provide a free or inexpensive citywide network last year and bids were submitted by competing firms this Friday, mostly by ISP companies.  The big news is Google’s bid to install a free Wi-Fi network. As part of its 100-page bid, Google said it could install […]

Netvibes on My Screen

Sep 22, 2005

I had gotten an email from the Netvibes team to take a look at the site last week and signed up and took a quick spin around. I finally had a chance to explore further tonight. The buzz around Netvibes is well warranted.1 In previous posts, I’d been writing about the desire for tools that […]

Google Visitor Map Zooms

Sep 18, 2005

There have been some excellent examples of Google map applications recently like Plazes, which allows you to discover locations and find people by proximity or location, and Mappr, where you can view Flickr photos by US geographic landmark or region. While these apps provide a social network for specific social purposes, the other wave of […]