Thanks to Colin Devroe I’ve been selected as the next to carry on this useful meme. Pick my favorite Mac applications. Okay, let’s go:
Guys, this is the real deal here. My boy Paul Bragiel just sent me this press release and since it says FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE it is my responsibility to my 6 Business Logs readers to IMMEDIATELY RELEASE it by quoting from it liberally.
San Francisco, Calif. – April 1, 2006 â€“ Meetro, the world leader in Instant Messaging software announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire Friendster, one of many social software sites for keeping in touch with friends and hooking up with new people.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We’re excited to be acquiring Friendster because we can leverage their web 2.0 technology,” said Paul Bragiel, CEO of Meetro. “This acquisition gives Meetro another brand name in its warchest, similar to Infogrames purchasing Atari a few years back.”
Friendster will provide Meetro users the ability to see who’s looked at their profile to encourage a greater number of ‘random hookups’ without the need for alcohol. Leveraging Meetro’s location-based technology will allow users to see other members in ‘real-life’ and avoid a common photo profile pitfall known as â€œthe angles.â€
In my last entry about Apple’s new MacBook Pro laptop, I noted that even though it’s a first generation machine, it’s probably not the best thing to buy if you spend your days in Photoshop painting pixels. The reasoning behind this is because Adobe Photoshop currently runs in emulation using the Rosetta emulator technology. Adobe has publicly given notice that Intel-native versions of their Creative Suite will wait until the next major version, so considering CS2 is still pretty new, I can’t imagine Adobe launching CS3 for more than a year — meaning another year until Photoshop runs at full speed. How bad is the emulation speed drop? Let’s find out.
“Iâ€™m still curious how they plan to turn this into an actual business, and how they plan to deal with the non-existent barrier to entry in their space. I wish them the best of luck!”
I responded to that comment with this:
“Matt – the barrier to entry isnâ€™t trivial by any means. Interoperating with the major IM services (since they update their connection protocols often and like to lock-out 3rd parties) is a major pain, so these guys deserve all the credit theyâ€™re given.”
The beauty of writing good XHTML is that it relieves me of my normal design duties. Design takes place in the creative side of my brain, whereas XHTML coding fully occupies the rational and logical half. After being mired in Photoshop for days and weeks on end, it’s so nice to debate if something should be an H3 or an H4 instead of manually kerning a logo for a half-hour until it’s perfect. The zen simplicity of beautiful and semantic XHTML somehow puts me into a trance-like state, clearing my mind of those dastardly misbehaving pixels who haunt my dreams at night.
And in other news …… I need to lay off the LSD!
For a new company, a good domain name is like an office on Madison Ave. (or the similar San Francisco equivalent!) and if you’re starting your company now or soon, you basically have four choices: