» My Google Wave sonnet

Please enjoy this poem (in iambic pentameter) I wrote for the Google Wave team.

****** Google Wave ******
**** By Aron Trimble ****
I would really like to join Google Wave,
I think that I could help make it behave.
I’m a big fan of Google’s new service,
and bugs do not make me at all nervous.
I saw the video of Google Wave,
It’s technology that I really crave.
Please accept my request for an invite,
It would bring me joy and it would excite!
And once you finish reading this sonnet,
You must get off your butt and get on it;
Let me participate in this beta!
I surely will give you lots of data.
Oh please let me join in on Google Wave,
And let me have the tech that I so crave!

If you’d like to sign up for Google Wave invites, go click the link and fill out the form.

» John Gruber on charging for access to news sites

Great essay by John Gruber about the changing times and how it is affecting the “dinosaurs.” It’s interesting to note that a lot of the problems companies face in the “analog” to “digital” transition is that they continually try to change without actually changing.

The question these companies should be asking is, “How do we keep reporting and publishing good content?” Instead, though, they’re asking “How do we keep making enough money to support our existing management and advertising divisions?” It’s dinosaurs and mammals.


» Consumer activism and the guitar broken by United

United really screwed the pooch on this one:

When United Airlines broke Dave Carroll’s $3500 Taylor guitar in the the spring of 2008, he contacted them to ask for compensation. United said they wouldn’t pay for the damages.

But thanks to the power of consumer activism and You Tube, United has caved posting this to their Twitter page:

@tinamack This has struck a chord w/ us and we’ve contacted him directly to make it right.

And this, dear friends, is why you should always fight for your right to not be screwed by big corporations.

» Google Chrome brings excitement for all

The early announcement of Google’s Chrome project details have brought tears of joy excitement to the World Wide Web.  I am extremely intrigued by the idea of a multi-process browser; I cannot express the frustration I have when FireFox crashes because of some rogue website or Safari slows to a crawl because of all of the tabs that have been opened and closed.  Google’s Chrome hopes to solve many of those problems by bringing a new open source game to the playground.  Many of the exact details are pretty scarce so far but what is known is brought to us courtesy of a 38-page comic created by Scott McCloud.  I’ve posted a link to my hosted version of a PDF containing all of the pages.  Enjoy.