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  • Google Gulp!, by Ben Ramsey
    you drink This is all designed to provide you with a better drinking experience I ve heard from some of my inside contacts that the wrapper is made of a special LCD cellophane that can serve up Google text ads based on the flavor you re drinking how fast you drink and your proximity to a McDonald s The downside is that Google Gulp isn t readily available to everyone Like GMail the drink is in its beta stages and is available by invitation only However to pick up a bottle of this refreshing drink just beg your friends for a Gulp Cap a Google Gulp bottle cap and present the bottle cap at your local grocery store who will then allow you to enjoy this outrageously brilliant drink UPDATE I currently have 50 Gulp Caps to give away The first 50 people to leave a comment here get one APRIL 4th UPDATE Well the 50th comment mark has been reached and I really hate to inform you all of this but Google Gulp was so good that I used all 50 of my Gulp Caps on myself Sorry but it s just that good really I suggest that you

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/04/google-gulp/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Yahoo! 360 Impressions, by Ben Ramsey
    blogosphere Danah Boyd gives a list of features that 360 will have as well as expresses her concern for the divide between the lack of features for techgeeks and the target novice users and how the word blog may scare off the newer folks Esther Dyson shares her thoughts on how 360 should not presume to know what interests she and her friends might share and that 360 should allow

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/03/yahoo-360-impressions/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Discussing Flickr With Esther Dyson, by Ben Ramsey
    Then again I was too busy going through my feedreader to pay much attention While reading through my blogroll I had sort of a serendipitous moment I was reading Jeremy Zawodny s Flickr Analogy post from yesterday when I realized that the very same Esther Dyson that sat upon the stage here in Chicago was in Sunnyvale at Yahoo headquarters only a matter of hours ago and she had met with Jeremy and the other folks at Yahoo about Yahoo 360 and Flickr which Yahoo just recently acquired After the interview during which no mention of Flickr was made I made my way through the crowd to talk to Ms Dyson to ask her about Flickr and Yahoo 360 She seemed surprised at the question and admitted that she would ve been pleased to discuss it during the plenary had the forum been of a different focus She said that Yahoo unveiled the entire beta project to them and that she wasn t told to be hush hush about anything Nevertheless it was difficult to gain an understanding of how the 360 service will be much different from services like Live Journal It seems that the biggest difference will be

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/03/discussing-flickr-with-esther-dyson/ (2016-04-26)
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  • N-TEN NTC Wrap-Up, by Ben Ramsey
    an observation I share with many others I heard this mentioned more than once in conversations at the reception Another recurring statement was that the conference should ve been at least one day longer There are simply too many sessions offered side by side and many had to flip coins to pick the ones they would attend the Tag This session about Flickr del icio us etc was itself a standing room only crowd Though there were many sessions that did not interest me finance fundraising etc there were equally as many that did pique my interest technology policy blogging trends OSS etc I didn t expect to find such a diverse converence geared toward managers and techies alike I expected it only to focus on the managers I also didn t expect to come into contact with such high profile individuals in the Internet industry In addition I was amazed at the eagerness and readiness to accept open source technology that these nonprofits exhibited Many of them though not from technical backgrounds were excited by the prospect and this shouldn t come as a surprise It s not the money that they may save in licensing fees It s the politics of it rather Open source at its heart is about political change It s about volunteers being moblized to collaborate and create something that is meant to benefit all of society It s about supporting a cause that is not driven by profit and commercialism And while I have nothing against making a profit or the capitalistic society in which we live indeed I embrace it I see a distinct value in welcoming this technology and promoting it I see it as progress while capitalism can stall progress even though that is not supposed to be at the

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  • Name Dropping at the NTC, by Ben Ramsey
    president of Six Apart Mena did a great presentation on how NPOs can utilize blogs to connect with donors and volunteers I was able to meet her and blabber my way through a stupid sounding interview of very broad questions that left her asking Now what was it you wanted to know Why do I always do this I need to go back to Interviewing 101 Michael Palage ICANN board member I ended up sitting next to Mike in a session about Nonprofit Technology Policy unbeknownst to me he was a board member for ICANN what a fascinating role He s been a member since the beginning and we were able to have a good but short conversation after the session He s a great guy Henri Bergius co founder and spokesman of the Midgard Project I met Henri in the hallway and had the gall to ask him why Midgard is so damn hard to install He was very approachable and proceeded to discuss the application with me Plus he s from Finland I wonder if he knows Linus In addition to these three folks I want to give a special thanks to the guys from Chicago PHP for

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  • Mena Trott Speaks at N-TEN, by Ben Ramsey
    of a computer only days ago and the use of a new one she purchased only yesterday the talk on using blogs to connect with potentional donors volunteers was interesting and captivating I often find this topic fascinating and it s awe inspiring to see how a blog can transform someone from an average anonymous citizen to a great voice for change or just a popular idiot Trott began blogging in 2001 with the intent of gaining a sort of celebrity status She didn t think she would be able to gain this status otherwise so she chose the Internet and blogging as the medium by which she might achieve her goal In short it worked In those days only 4 years ago there were fewer blogs so it was easier for one voice to stand out from the crowd and hers apparently did Since then the blogosphere has grown from about 10 000 weblogs to nearly 8 million in the U S alone Trott attributes this phenomenal growth to a variety of factors including 9 11 the War on Terror and with Iraq the 2004 election and most recently the tsunami disaster Throughout her presentation she made a conscious effort to steer away from plugging her software Movable Type and services Type Pad Live Journal though it is clear that Six Apart also has made a substantial contribution to the advancement of blogging through such innovations as the open specification for trackbacks According to statistics provided during Trott s presentation over 32 million Americans regularly read blogs today 40 percent of which are college graduates These readers generally have an annual income that is 30 percent higher than the national average an average of about 58K They are people who get involved and can be generous they are looking

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  • Brain Bulb, The PHP Consultancy, Launches, by Ben Ramsey
    very happy to announce the launch of Brain Bulb a company that I ve been planning for over a year It s purely a PHP consultancy and this is a reflection of my faith in PHP s promise While it offers a few services already available elsewhere development PHP training etc there are a couple of services that are not so common PHP Security Audits PHP Support Contracts Good luck

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  • PHP Get-Together in Chicago, by Ben Ramsey
    Uncommon Ground 3800 N Clark http uncommonground com Good Food Drink Atmosphere Uncommon Ground is not downtown but only a short L ride away Red Line to Addison Wrigley Field Walk 2 blocks Northwest on Clark Apparently a good little crowd from Chicago PHP will be there It s just an informal get together with no agenda Hope to see you there By Ben Ramsey Posted on 17 Mar 2005

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