Amazon’s “people also bought…” made me laugh

I was comparing some Apple Computer offerings on the company’s web site versus and laughed out loud when I saw that three Amazon customers who bought the new mac mini computer “recommended” also purchasing the Stanley Proto 680-28-241 1-1/2 Flex Blade Professional Putty Knife Stanley #28-241. That’s the tool you’d use to self-install extra memory, but it’s not for the faint at heart.

Past writings

My past writings for various publishers and employers can be found at, but I’m still getting the hang of adding things to the side bar along the right side of this page.

Vanity search ratings

My old boss, John Battelle, who among other projects writes SearchBlog, has a tongue-in-cheek method of evaluating new search engines. Discussing beta search site exalead, he checks how it performs on the vanity search, aka your name in quotes. I like this idea (although my wife says this post should be called “it’s all about me”).

Google bores me with the top links in my vanity search almost all connecting to very recent stuff I’ve written in my day job. Microsoft provides slightly more interesting results.

On exalead, I get some cooler stuff complete with thumb-nails of each site, including a funny picture that CNET reporter Declan McCullagh took of me back when I had long hair and, up high, a link to my vanity site, I guess if you’re looking for timely stuff, the mainstreams are the way to go but for more obscure links, check out exalead. Then again, it could be worse — my name could be John Smith.

Apple’s keynote provided server comparison to Microsoft

Funny side note to yesterday’s Steve Jobs speech. The folks over at Netcraft monitored how various Web sites handled the overload of surfers as Apple unveiled new products. Apple’s own site and its online store, which both run obviously on Mac OS X, held up much better under far greater loads than did the site of conference organizer MacWorld, which runs on WIndows server. See for yourself.

Mini Mac = maxi desire

Apple unleashed its low-cost entries into the PC and digital music player ecosystems today. Predictably, at least one Windows drone has already complained that the Mac mini is too expensive at $499 without a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Like the complaints about the $249 price tag on the iPod mini, critics are utterly misreading the market. Buyers from the PC ranks who don’t want to spring for the $200 or less it will cost to fully outfit a mini will be able to cannibalize from their existing setups. Buyers who are already Mac owners and want a mini to use as media center, kitchen computer, net surfing station, homework platform or luggable portable aren’t so price sensitive. In other words, the entry-level price is low enough to capture a ton of fresh demand even if it can’t beat WalMart.