- GCheckout: <snicker> I know... <snort!> shh SSH here he comes!
- Paypal: Hey guys... what's up?
- GCal: Ohhh not much. <giggle> Hey so listen Paypal, did you ever get that other thing going?
- Paypal: What other thing?
- GCal: Y'know that... other business line thingamajig? With like, the cellphones and the magic money beans or whatever?
- Paypal: Money beam.
- GCal: <snort> yeah... whatever. How's that working out for you?
- Paypal: Couldn't get it off the ground, those mobile carriers just wouldn't be reasonable, and we've had to keep a lot of resources tied up in anti-fraud.
- GCal: Mph, that's just... eh-heh, that's just too BAD man. So you've just <snicker> got the uh, the one thing then?
- Paypal: Uh, yeah I guess. Why?
- GCal: Well <SNORT> the thing is... it's just <giggle> you stop! no YOU... youtoldmeicouldtellhim! well i-it's just that Checkout here's been telling us how he's gonna be doing everything you're doing for FREE for the rest of the year and... well... if that's all you've got, well, we're just wondering <snort> what you think about that, Paypal.
- Paypal: !...well, I mean I guess we've still, you know, we've still got the auctions...
- GCal: Oh yeah that's right! I almost forgot! The auctions! So what, you must do like over a million of those a day right?
- Paypal: Yeahhh, that sounds about righ-
- GCal: Uh-huh, well we do about about a million auctions a MINUTE pay piddly, so what you got to SAY?
- Paypal: Checkout is, is this true?
- GCheckout: You heard it.
- Paypal: You're really going to zero margins? But- but we talked about this! We both said there's plenty of room for both of us!
- GCheckout: Situation's changed.
- Paypal: What's changed? Nothing's changed!
- GCheckout: Law 48 dawg. Yo, let's roll GCal.
- GCal: Yeah that's right, we rollin Paypal. We rollin. <cackle>
When I’m using GMail, I want a GCalendar widget on the side that works as follows:
- Widget header has checkbox labelled “Check here for followup reminder.”
- Check box activates the widget (unchecked, the inputs are greyed-out so as not to distract).
- Inputs let you choose future date for followup reminder.
- Event Title field auto-populates upon check with “Followup emailhandle Re: CURRENT_EMAIL_SUBJECT_LINE”
- Clicking on Title field allows you to edit this if you so desire.
- Cancel / Submit. Submits to your GCalendar with default privacy and alert settings.
Adding YouTube to my Firefox search bars today. Online video is now officially part of my “web toolkit” and not just a place to watch 13 year-olds fall off the roofs of their garages when I’m bored.
In other news, clicking the drop-down arrow on the Firefox search bar when visiting YouTube.com includes the option to Add “YouTube Video Search,” browsing just keeps getting easier. But I wonder, if we’re truly in the “second inning of the internet” then a rough comparison might be with Windows 3.0. Subsequent innovations (‘95, ‘98 and NT) are what created the Microsoft behemoth of today and represented the pinnacle of the company’s OS innovation.
Are similar opportunities in front of Firefox? Can an open source non-profit-ish company deliver the reliability, speed and extensibility needed to take the next BIG leap forward needed to achieve dominance? Or will it always be an also-ran, in the absence of a profit motive as compelling as that which drove Microsoft to push so hard in the 1990s.
I think much more attention needs to be paid to Firefox as a platform than Firefox as a browser. Add-ons (applications) hog resources in a way that few desktop applications of comparable scale would permit, because Firefox itself is notoriously slow at improving its appetite for memory. Make Firefox as lightweight as possible, and pass these same abilities on to your developer community via the Firefox APIs.
Here’s the key: Write it out. Practice saying it aloud. Make it funny. And tell it to everybody. Not only does this create a memorable presence, but the more you share it with people, the more they will share Your Story with other people. Why? Because people don’t remember things, they remember stories. And after a while, the word about Your Story will spread.
100 Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002
Easy to miss. Located downstairs from street level. It’s “garden level” in an apartment building on Forsyth. Group at bar conversing in Italian, always a good sign. Garden patio out back. Not much greenery, but the decayed brick walls of the surrounding apartments/tenements are beautiful, especially in the changing light as the sun sets on a clear day. Paper lanterns and downtown denizen people-watching complete the experience. Floaters in most of your drinks, might want to go with the bottled water. Easygoing and casual service and a focused menu. Our meal:
- Breads, Olive Oil and Sal de Mer - fantastic, the herb bread was great!
- Buffalo Mozzarella, Red & Yellow Tomatoes, Basil - moist, melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella, delicious on the bread with some salt and the olio
- Gnocchi with Pistachio Pesto - pasta with nuts, surprisingly tasty, this is a dry entree
- Side of Roasted Fennel - first time, delicious
- Penne with Asparagus and Anchovy Butter - al dente pasta, tangy/fresh anchovy sauce, fresh asparagus