Blog Archive

The iPad: Imperfect, But Enough for Me!

I’ve been lusting after a great tablet device for a long time. The iPad has its faults, but it’s the first that really appeals to me. Bottom line: I can’t wait to get one.

Categories: Riffs and Rants, Technology

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Webvanta Financing Closed!

Following a marathon effort, I’m delighted to announce that we’ve closed Webvanta’s Series A financing. It’s very exciting, and quite a relief, to have this behind us and to be able to really focus on growing the company in 2010.

Categories: Building a Business

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Mose Allison Performs

I’ve been a Mose Allison fan for more than 40 years. He’s now 82 and still playing clubs around the U.S. —this year, he performed on 75 days! With more than one performance on many days, that’s probably more than 100 live performances this year. I hope I have that kind of energy when I’m 82.

Categories: Performances

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10 Years Later: Thoughts on PhotoTablet/Fotiva/Adobe

The First Two Years: Conception

It was 10 years ago last week that the idea for PhotoTablet came to me—an Internet tablet that takes care of your pictures. The day that name came to mind, I bought the domain and started writing a business plan.

Categories: Riffs and Rants, Building a Business, About Me

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Webvanta Update

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, so I thought I’d at least give a brief update.

Categories: Building a Business, Technology

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Is Facebook Ready for Business?

I’ve been working lately on creating a Facebook presence for my company, Webvanta. It’s been a somewhat painful experience. You can see the primitive results so far.

Categories: Riffs and Rants, Web Services

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The pains of creating an online store

I’ve recently been helping my sister put together an online store, using Volusion. It has been eye-opening how complex they make it and how clunky this system is. This is a product that is ripe for being replaced with something a lot cleaner.

Categories: Riffs and Rants, Web Services, Building a Business, Technology

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A Brief History of the Web, and a Glimpse of Its Future

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of speaking at Ignite Sebastopol, the first-ever local Ignite event. Started a couple years ago by O’Reilly Media, Ignite talks use an unusual, fast-paced format: 20 slides, 5 minutes, and the slides advance automatically every 15 seconds so there’s no such thing as running over. It’s a challenging format but it sure keeps things moving. The event was packed, with more than 150 people at the Hopmonk Tavern.

Categories: Riffs and Rants, Performances, Web Services

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Adventures in Social Media

I was not an early adopter of social media, being of twice the optimum age. But in the past few months, I’ve become much more involved with it, and I now believe it is going to be central to the growth of my business.

Categories: Riffs and Rants, Web Services

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Amanda's Skating Triumph -- and Interesting YouTube Behavior

Last Sunday, Amanda won first place in her group at the skating competition in Vacaville! Here’s the video—and below, some notes about copyright and YouTube.

Categories: Family, Performances

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