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Wednesday, September 25, 2002
SpamNet Update once again
I suppose I should provide another update on SpamNet by CloudMark. Seems like one of the last couple beta releases have fixed the problem I was complaining about here. It was fixed within the last 3 weeks or so, I just haven't had a chance to post about it until today.
There has been a lot of talk recently about how useless calendars are on weblogs. I've been bugged by the Radio Userland calendar for a very very long time now. Clicking on the month links to go back and forward between months brings up just the first (or last - I can't remember) day of that month and then you have to click through each day to find a particular post. That is totally useless user interface design if you ask me. I've asked Userland if they have any plans to link to the monthly archive pages they recently implemented. So far it doesn't seem they think this is of much use so I finally got around to dumping the useless calendar and now just have links to the monthly archives.
Stop Blaming IT For Problems. One of the things that has struck me as amusing the past few years is the laser-like focus investors and management now has on "cutting costs". During the boom time, no one gave a damn about costs, and the focus was all on "increasing revenue". At what point do people realize that the equation balances? That's why it's call the cost-benefit equation, and focusing only on one side does a lot of damage. Cutting costs that hurt your revenues even more is no good. Bringing in revenue that costs you more than that revenue is no good. Balancing the two is what a business needs to do. You spend money if it's likely to bring in more revenue. You cut costs if the corresponding decrease in benefit isn't as much. For example, suddenly, many companies are looking at technology infrastructure as a cost that needs to be cut. In doing so, they often ignore the benefits that the technology brings. Thus, they end up "cutting costs", and hurting the company in doing so. Any company that only looks at one side of the cost-benefit equation is unlikely to stay in business very long. [source: Techdirt]
I'm getting really tired of VeriSign sending out domain name renewal notices for domains that don't expire for many many months. Just received another today for 3 domains. Two are up for renewal in 8 months and the other is due in 13 months.
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