Craigslist, eBay on Weekday

You might have thought it was a paid infomercial for Craig's List over on KUOW's Weekday today because the comments were so blasted positive. But it's just the natural love one feels for a listing and forum service that's local (even my hometown of Eugene, Oregon, now has its own subsite) and free (except for job listings in a few cities).

People were ranting about eBay's performance, costs, and fraud control, while raving about Craig's List ease and utility. They had the CEO of Craig's List on (which is not Craig himself), and he was a very dry and honest guy. Sales tax issues? Not my speciality, he said, and he didn't attempt to make up an answer.

It's a good listen.

Disenfranchised Iraq-Americans and Iraqis in America

It doesn't matter how you feel about the war; a new country having legitimate democratic elections should be a cause for celebration. Let's see if the international monitors agree.

However, Iraqis in America are eligible to vote in their country's democratic elections--if they could get to a polling place. There are only a handful in the US near large Iraq-American population centers, and only one west of the rockies in Irvine, Calif., south of LA and north of San Diego.

Only 10 percent of eligible Iraqis here registered, in part because registration was several days before voting. This means a dramatic undervote from people living in democracy about the future of a country they may go back to or have an ongoing relationship with. It's probably security that kept more voting places from opening, but it's a shame.

iPod Shuffle Review

Ipodshuffle1I wrote a reasonably long review of the new iPod Shuffle for Personal Tech Pipeline, an online publication from the fine folks at CMP. I focused on usability and eclecticism. It's not for everyone, but I can see its charm. Since I already own a hard-drive based iPod, I'm not sure I need a Shuffle. But if I were iPod-less, the Shuffle might have been the right choice for me.

Blog Business Summit Speech in QuickTime with Slides

<a href=""Blog Biz Summit Final With AudioIt took a little doing, but you can watch my presentation on The Entrepreneurial Blog from the recent Blog Business Summit. I managed to sync up the audio that was recorded to MP3 with my slides. The intra-slide sync is a little off: the bullet points and reveals aren't perfectly timed to my talk. But it's not bad. The whole file is 25 MB and in QuickTime. It might be interesting to those of you working on blogs that make money or are considering how to start an editorial blog from the ground up that has a revenue component. My co-presenter Steve Broback, the conference organizer, pipes in a few times with good analysis, too.

Hold the Lions

 Gifs Sponge1For true Christian spirit, turn to this press release from the United Church of Christ who welcome SpongeBob Squarepants with open arms and no judgment. It brings a tear to my eye, it does, that these folks are using the springboard of ridiculous intolerance as a tool to stress their interest in extending love and redemption to everyone. People of good will everywhere, unite around this message. My beliefs don't coincide specifically with the UCC, but they behave as I wish all humanity does. And it seems genuine.

"Absolutely, the UCC extends an unequivocal welcome to SpongeBob," the Rev. John H. Thomas, the UCC's general minister and president, said, only partly in jest. "Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we."

New Book Releases via RSS

I've been poking some more at, the book-price comparison service I run, and with a suggestion from a news aggregator developer, have added RSS syndication to search results for books. If you search on an author, subject, or title, you can now subscribe via RSS to the results of that search. As I update the database, typically weekly, any new books show up in that feed. For instance, search on Stephen King and the XML feed in RSS 2.0 format is this.

I've embedded the RSS link in the meta tags for the page, which is a nifty way to allow Firefox and many news aggregators to recognize the RSS feed's availability automatically. Kind of slick.

To start with, I've limited the results to the 25 newest books by reported publication date. That seems to make the most sense given why someone would subscribe to a search results feed. I'll experiment over time with this to see if there are other searches that would change over time in a way that a subscription would be useful.

Mac mini versus G4 Cube

I bought a 450 MHz Cube for about $1,800 in Sept. 2000. Here's what the Mac mini delivers for $499 by contrast. (Thanks to Low-End Mac for the Cube's specs, and Apple's site for the Mac mini. These are the initial features of the Cube, which was refreshed slightly during its short lifetime.)

Feature Cube Mac mini
Price $1,799 or $2,299 $499 or $599
Price differentiator Processor Processor, hard drive capacity
Processor 450 or 500 MHz G4 1.25 or 1.42 GHz G4
Cache 1 MB Level 2 Cache 512K on-chip Level 2 Cache
Bus 100 MHz 167 MHz
RAM 64 MB (PC100) expandable to 1.5 GB 256 MB (PC2700) expandable to 1 GB
Drive 20 GB 40 or 80 GB
Video VGA, ADC, 1920 x 1200 VGA (with adapter), or DVI, 1920 x 1080
S-Video/composite video No Requires separately sold adapter
Audio Super-cool external speakers; no input Built-in sound; no input
Optical drive DVD-ROM/CD-ROM Combo Drive or SuperDrive
FireWire 2 FireWire 400 1 FireWire 400
USB 2 USB 1.1 2 USB 2.0
Ethernet 10/100 Mbps 10/100 Mbps
Modem v.90 v.92
Bluetooth What? Optional
AirPort AirPort ready (11 Mbps) AirPort Extreme ready (54 Mpbs)
Size 9.8 x 7.7 x 7.7 inches 2 x 6.5 by 6.5 inches
Weight 14 lbs 2.9 lbs