Monthly Archives: May 2003

Around the World

Our good friend Craig Courtnay is taking a 16-month journey around the world. He created a MovableType weblog to keep track of his travels and to post pictures.


I’m jealous…check out this travel itinerary:

  • May-June: Scandinavia
  • July-August: Alps, climb Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn, and the Eiger by way of the Mittelege Ridge
  • September: Spain
  • October: Africa Safari – Tanzania, Rwanda/Uganda ( mountain gorillas ), and Botswana
  • November: start of surf safari, Cape Town and E. London/J Bay
  • December: Australia
  • January: New Zealand/Fiji
  • February: Reno, NV
  • March: Southeast Asia
  • April-May: Himalayas
  • June: China
  • July: Russia, Kamchatka, Trans-Siberian Railway
  • August: Europe
  • September: Italy
  • October: Greece
  • October: Home

Dave’s Quick Search

Dave’s Quick Search Taskbar Toolbar Deskbar (or DQSD for short) is a must-have utility for Windows. I recently noticed (in the Story of Feedster) that support for Feedster is now incorporated — just type “rss” followed by your search term.

One of the best features of the Quick Search Taskbar is its extensibility. Numerous users have submitted searches for different web data. I’ve created a custom search at work that searches our bug database for keywords or bug numbers.


I’ve been meaning to install ieSpell at home and finally did today. At work I use it for spell-checking bugs (submitted through our web-based bug tracker). It’s also great for checking postings to MovableType which doesn’t have a built-in spell checker (that I know of).

Plaxo Launched

Getting caught up on e-mail, I notice that Plaxo Contacts 1.0 was launched on May 21st. This software looks like an interesting way to keep people up-to-date with changes in their contact information, but I suspect that it will be met with resistance for a couple of reasons:

  • People will be reluctant to send their entire contact list to a company due to privacy concerns
  • We don’t yet know what the business model is for Plaxo — how do they plan to make money?
  • Is there a real problem that needs solving here? For those who care enough to keep their contacts up to date, wouldn’t a simple “my address has changed” e-mail suffice?

I’m intrigued by the concept, so I’m going to give it a try with a couple of friends. Clearly it wants to be “viral” by sending update messages to your entire contacts list, but that would be rude. Reading various weblogs, it looks like a lot of people are skeptical about the data being sent back to Plaxo. I’ll need to look more closely at that once it’s up and running.

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