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.