Tellwho? That old chesnut?

Good lord, looks like someone found an old database lying around and thought “huh, is there any way we can make some money off this old thing?” Here’s what I just got from Tellme, which I signed up for and used back in 2000 when it was cutting edge.

From: Tellme Studio
To: Matt Haughey
Subject: Make money with Tellme & Skype
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 17:29:28 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Studio Developer,

Now you can start making money from the voice applications you create using Tellme Studio!

Starting today you can submit your voice application to Tellme. Selected applications will be deployed and publicized to the more than 55 million Skype users who can then pay to use the application.

Visit Tellme Studio now to build, test and debug your application. The first applications will be deployed soon, so start building!

-The Tellme Studio Team

I didn’t even know they existed anymore. And look! They’ve even got a circa-2000 flash-powered splash page. You don’t see those everyday.

On reducing

Matt: I can’t believe he got a new one when he had a year old one
David: heh, I know.
David: He’s a reductionist, though.
David: he wants only the very best things.
Matt: a reductionist is like a minimalist
Matt: with a credit card bill
David: hahah

Cassette Jam

I love the Cassette Jam ’05 page. So many memories of jammed cassettes in car radios that resulted in many yards of magnetic ribbon all over the inside and outside of my car.

I used about half a dozen of the tapes shown, but two hold special memories. I used these in the late 80s, back when the design and color combos were considered normal. My bread and butter tapes used most often were these TDKs. I recall wearing out one of these tapes thanks to a copy of the Smithereens’ Especially for You.

We’re doing it for your own good

A lot of web app developers not only turn off autocomplete for credit card input, but they disable autocomplete on many logins. I get kind of annoyed every time I need to login to my bank’s site, since it doesn’t let you save your username or password. Though I know it’s a good security practice, I’d prefer to make the decision myself.

Today I finally started looking for a greasemonkey script to override this, but after finding nothing useful, I tried looking for extensions and it turns out there’s at least one firefox extension to override these sorts of forms.

Suck it, Wells Fargo.

How to add comments links to your MT RSS Template

One thing I liked when I first started using WordPress was that the RSS feeds had a comments entry, and in readers like Bloglines, it would render a nice “Comments” hotlink below each post. The downside was that (at least with the version of WP 1.5 I used) it would add the comments link to every post, whether they were enabled or not.

I’ve been meaning to do the same feature in my MT blog here, ever since I started enabling comments. Scott’s recent redesign added the feature and today I noticed that I was getting feedback in email from a post that had comments enabled — in other words, people are reading my stuff in an aggregator, and then emailing me a response instead of posting comments and adding to the entry’s conversation. So I finally added it to my feeds, and it works in Bloglines nicely. Here’s the code to add somewhere in between your item elements of your RSS 2.0 feed:

<$MTEntryPermalink archive_type="Individual"$>#comments

That’s it!

The revolution will be ajaxified

I was delightfully surprised when I visited Blogger today without a cookie and saw a new ajaxy recently updated scroller on the front page. Here’s a 1.2Mb AVI file of it in action.

Just to reiterate a point I made early this year, there was a version of the homepage that did exactly this, in early 2001, so I was extra pleased to finally see something like it in public today. I’ve replayed 2001 in my mind over and over again, wondering what the web developer world would be like today if KnowNow‘s stuff was unleashed on the blogosphere back then.

How Apple can appease the fanboys FOREVAH

I just placed an order for my third Mac ever, this time a new iMac. I realized my 2.5 year old powerbook wasn’t worth upgrading if they’ll go to intel someday, and I was just using it as a desktop 99% of the time so I might as well get something designed to sit on my desk instead of my lap. Another odd tidbit is that four years ago, I used to build computers from whatever motherboard was on sale at Frys, and now I buy pre-built non-upgradeable computers. Funny how that works.

Anyway, my point is iTunes and the “renting” problem with their music. They went from allowing three machines to five after Cory at BoingBoing complained, but I think I have a better solution.

Now that I’m on my third bit of hardware, and I’ve had a hard drive crash on the first powerbook, and I’ve given my wife copies of some songs, I’m pretty sure I’ve exhausted five machines for some tracks. But when I get my new machine and I register it, Apple will know it’s me. They own the hardware, software, and servers that both the new computer registrations and music store purchases go through. Why not connect the two? The solution to the number of machines problem is an easy one.

Instead of allowing three machines or five machines to unlock a iTunes song DRM, make it n+1 where n equals the number of Macs you have purchased and registered. It does two things for you that are both good for Apple and good for customers. One, it lets people know their iTunes music has a future. If I buy a song today, and I buy a new mac each year or two, I’ll know that ten years down the line the file will still play (and this isn’t a total stretch — I have mp3s from 1997 saved somewhere). The other thing it will do is remove any hesitation to buy a new Mac on the part of your customers. Imagine if I had purchased hundreds of songs (I’m probably somewhere close to that). If you could ensure that my purchased music collection can follow me from mac to mac to mac, I’d be a happier customer of both your hardware and music services.

Think about it, (n+1) is all I’m asking for here.