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Dude, That’s My Airbag

Saturday, June 12th, 2004

Saturday afternoon and nasty hangover. “The airbag.ca domain can not be found.” Retry. No luck. What? Greg? Greg? No Greg? What? Dude, you can’t do this to me — you’re like my cup of coffee and cigarette in the morning, ermm, afternoon. This is so unfair. What am I supposed to do without your witty words, thoughtful commentary and stylish design?

Check email. Hurray, email from Greg!

So, it appears that thousands of Canadian domains have been suspended and are pending immediate removal from the world wide web. Uh? I’m not sure as to why this is happening, or the rationale behind this decision for that matter. In all honesty I don’t give a rat’s ass — airbag is alive and kicking, allbeit at a new address:

http://www.airbagindustries.com

Update your bookmarks, links and blogrolls! Now!

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Business Logs

Friday, June 11th, 2004

What makes a great company? Their dollars? Their products? Their services? No. Eventually it’s the people, human capital, that makes a company better than good. Business Logs is a new venture created by three talented individuals, each one of them adding their expertise to create a company that can help a business move forward by using online communication tools. These individuals are Paul Scrivens, Mike Rundle and Matthew Oliphant.

Personally I’ve always been interested in business in general and high technology. Using blogs as a means to improve communication is nothing new. Using blogs as a means to make money is nothing new either. But how about combining the two? Blogs are definitively catching on in the corporate world. Business Logs aims its services at those companies that see the power of blogs in business. It will be interesting to see what they come up with, how they will tackle problems and what different strategies they will develop in the future. I wish them nothing but good luck.

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Apples and Oranges

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

My second column, entitled “Apples
and Oranges
,” was published over at Digital
Web Magazine
, while being asleep. This time around I take a shot at understanding
the relation between the fields of usability and design and why, more often than
not, they collide. Yup, that topic — again. Both fields are mandatory and
I think the web at large, as well as high technology in general, will benefit
greatly from a (better) mutual understanding. Digital Web Magazine now features
the possibility to comment on articles, so consequently comments on this entry
are closed, but
speak out
!

This column would not have been half as good if it wasn’t for the valuable
feedback of Donna
Driscoll
. Who? Yup, Donna! Remember her name because there’s a lot
this lady has to let know — mark my words (the pressure is on!) Additionally
you can read Donna’s
bio
for more background information on her professional experience. Coincidentally
Donna is married to the Michael Moore of design, none other than my friend Andrei
Herasimchuk. Both are currently enjoying their honeymoon on the wonderful Greek
island of Santorini. I just came back from Greece (Crete) and I already want
to return. Enjoy your time in Greece, both of you, you deserve it, and keep
those superb
photographs
coming.

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Sinelogic PDF Update

Friday, June 4th, 2004

While we continue to test the download script, we’ve reset the download clock to a week from today, and switched to a direct download link for the time being, instead of the script. If you have not been able to download the PDF for any reason, do not pass go, proceed directly to Sinelogic and start downloading!

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Technical Difficulties

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004

It’s clear now that quite a few folks are having problems downloading the Sinelogic Budget Design PDF — all indications point to a problem with the script that handles the confirmation emails, which include a link to the file that is active for 24 hours after the user registers. The problem is that some users are having no problem with the link, while others are seeing an error that their download time has expired (when the 24 hour mark is still many hours away).

As I already noted in the comments of the previous post, I’ll be working on the problem tonight (having been away for more days than I had expected, and all without any ‘net access for more than 5 minutes at a time a few times a day, there’s a lot to catch up on today). If I can resolve it quickly, we’ll simply extend the download period so everyone has a reasonable amount of time to get a copy; if no resolution reveals itself, I’ll replace the registration process with a direct download link for the time being, until we have a chance to work out the (inconsistent) bugs.

Thankfully, we’ve received overwhelmingly positive reviews from everyone who has been able to download the PDF, which is very encouraging. Please continue to send us your comments, either via the form on the Sinelogic homepage, or just add them to the comments on the original post.

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