Archive for May, 2006

in line now

Friday, May 19th, 2006

well since I last blogged my accomplice and I decided to walk around rather than be in a very long line. Having taken in the sights and gotten some starbucks we resolved to take a few pics from across the street. We had a few folks come up to us and ask what is going on. At one point, a few apple employees wandered by and marveled about the fuss. CELEB WATCH: the guy from Saturday Night Live & Nickelodeon & Snakes On A Plane Kenan just walked by. JUST A FEW MORE MINUTES AND WE ARE IN.

THE ACCOMPLICE IS THREATENING TO GET A MACBOOK PRO TONIGHT. Updates pending.

oh my god the line

Friday, May 19th, 2006

oh my god the line is at least a city block long _ wraps all the way to Madison ave. weather is nice people are cheery.

moblog

Friday, May 19th, 2006

On the way to the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. Left work and got on the road. ETA about 2 hours. Hope to moblog later but my phone was a tad flaky earlier today. (Phone story to follow later.)

mobloggin

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

mobloggin

Update and explanation: I’m testing my mobile blogging capabilities, so you’re going to see posts appear and disappear while I figure it out. So far I have seen that I can post from my phone, just don’t know how long the posts can be.

Another social event

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

A neat little place to check out on Friday night.

Update: ifo Apple Store is blogging the wait.
[tags]Apple, Cult of Mac, I hope the PATH trains run kinda late on Fridays [/tags]

WINKsite

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

http://winksite.com/cleverhack/g33k

Don’t know if it will really work, but I figured might as well try since I have a phone with a keyboard now.

[tags]Web, Mobile Web, Mobile Web Browsers, Moblogging, Moblogs [/tags]

Yahoo Front Page May 06 redesign

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Here’s a shocker for you, I actually like the May 06 Yahoo redesign. (Well, aside from the fact that the browser I use, Camino, is not supported already, but that’s probably because of a lack of Ajax support.) As a designer, I can see the direction where Yahoo’s designers are going with the page and it echos many of the same elements that have been recently unveiled on the newly redesigned NY Times and not quite there yet CNN home pages.

Elements I like…

*Boxy boxes. Even though these boxes are like that I do know that Yahoo uses rounded corners in their other branded pages. See Yahoo Tech for an example of this.

*Menu buttons and action box (with the Mail, Weather functions) background.

*Page colors are muted (gray and blue on a white background), stay in background, while photos and video pop out.

*Call to action colors are yellow and orange.

*Drop down hover action for the Mail, Weather, etc. functions.

*Overall feedback I heard from others about the page - new page has less text and seems easier to read.

*Left hand menu seems better organized. The caveat for Yahoo designers is that I wonder if the new organization will direct traffic differently than in the past.

*Major page elements float and have the margins around the boxes - but that was on the old page too. This is indicating that Yahoo is probably planning to allow some configuration of the boxes.

*Designed use of nearly the whole width of the page, save for a margin (depending on screen width).

Elements I don’t like…

*I think the Aqua looking accents will age a little too quickly.

*Yahoo Pulse box can’t be configured to show Pulse items you’d want to see.

*There are some text ads in some weird spots - i.e. a text ads in margins between the boxes on the page.

*When I first viewed the page via Firefox/Windows on 5/16, the left hand buttons had different text sizes - as if to promote various services. The text size issue appears fixed on Firefox/Mac this morning 5/17.

Aside from the look and feel aspects, I will let others debate if portals are so “Web 1.0″. Personally, I have been using Yahoo News and Weather on a daily basis for some time now - I think Yahoo executes those two functions nicely and they are easier to use than some other services. So if my use of Yahoo qualifies as a portal which Yahoo provides or organizes content, so be it.
However, I thought that once a long, long time ago, Yahoo had unveiled a simpler Google like search page.

[tags]Yahoo, Web, Web 2.0, Portals, Search, Web Design, CSS, HTML[/tags]

MacBooks and Marketing Apple

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

I shall add my voice to the chorus and note that I think that the new MacBooks look awfully cool, especially the black one.

I won’t be trading in my trusty PowerBook in the near future, but a discussion I had tonight centered upon the thought of “Why doesn’t Apple have a trade in program for individuals?”, especially for those of us who turn out to be company cheerleaders. I know I have had influenced at least $6,000 worth of Apple product sales within the last three years or so.

One other great marketing idea was “Why doesn’t Apple have a wedding registry? A 30 inch Cinema Display would make the perfect wedding gift.”

See, I’d be a great addition to the Apple marketing team. :-P

[tags]macbook, apple[/tags]

I guess you just had to be there

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

From the “ooh shiny new back Macbook” thread on Slashdot today, advice for European vacationers trying to avoid sales tax on new computer equipment…

Yes, I often find myself thinking “Oooh, St. Moritz or Wilmington? I just can’t decide.”

[tags]Slashdot, Delaware [/tags]

RSS feed and blog directories

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

If you had nothing else to do on a Tuesday, here’s a list of RSS feed and blog directories.

There are quite a few services that I’d never even heard of. Some of them are useful, some of them not so. Some of them you have to be active on like RateItAll and Blogazoo (good luck with that). Some of them have broken sign up links. And some of them are old fashioned link exchanges.
Most of the earliest listed services I’ve been using for the past few years. Out of the new services I’ve discovered via this list, BlogSearchEngine has actually given me the most referrers so far.

I’m not quite sure that listing with all of the services mentioned will help blog or feed popularity in the long run, but hey, it’s an experiment for someone interested in SEO.

[tags]blog, blogging, blog directory, blogosphere, RSS, RSS directory[/tags]

Apple Store Suburban Square Grand Opening

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

A not so hypothetical question for my readers: What’s worse, getting an email about a store grand opening or putting said grand opening on one’s social calendar?

Since I mentioned the Apple Store Suburban Square Grand Opening a few days ago, I somehow found myself in Ardmore, PA at the ungodly hour of 10:10am this morning. Not only was there a line out the door, it was around the corner and snaked along three sides of the building. At least I was there in time to get an official Apple Store (hugely oversized for my petite frame) t-shirt.

The line was so long (and oh yes, there was a security guard outside directing traffic) and regular people who were shopping at Suburban Square didn’t get what the hubbub was about. In fact, a middle aged couple had the misfortune to ask a few people in line around me what the occasion was.

Middle aged couple: “What is going on?”

People around me in line: “The Apple store just opened today.”

Middle aged couple: “No, really, what’s going on? What are they doing?”

An excited person in line replied with “It’s the Apple Store Grand Opening!”

Middle aged couple looked at each other incredulously and walked away.

Among the sights in the store, ooh shiny Mac Minis, 30 inch Cinema Displays, Video iPods and hot MacBookPro action. I spent about a good 45 minutes in the store, egging on a Video iPod purchase and people watching. The activity died down about 11:30ish, when the t-shirts ran out. Oh, and there were lots of bloggers. Bloggers taking pictures and video - like the quicktime movie below (hint, click on the image).

Apple Store Ardmore

[tags]Apple, Apple Store, black plastic framed glasses[/tags]

Update: 5/15/06 Two things, first, in case you were wondering there’s a whole Web site devoted just to Apple Stores…now you know.

Secondly, a certain blog author made an appearance in this video about the Grand Opening.

From the site logs

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (PSP (PlayStation Portable); 2.00)

PlayStation Portable- I didn’t realize they had Web browsers now.

[tags]site logs, user agents[/tags]