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Latest Posts

Google eases Map API restrictions

Google released its Maps API version 2, which include faster Javascript download, overlay maps, easier debugging, more map types and no page view limit (over 500K/day give Google some notice so they can prepare to handle the traffic) and a 90-day notice before ad related changes.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


Zimbra makes ALE, Calc and Write

The Zimbra Gang is at it again. After making waves with its mashed up, open source email/calendar collaboration suite and Zimlets, the company is adding new Web applications (what might as well be called Zimbra Calc and Zimbra Write) and ALE (AJAX Linking Embedding), a compound HTML document framework for embedding and linking AJAX components.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


General Motors hosts ads attacking Chevy SUV executive editor Harry Fuller just walked into my office to tell me how General Motors still has a Web site up hosting dozens of negative ads about the Chevy Tahoe 72 hours after the unflattering and sometimes raunchy, x-rated content about the gas guzzling SUV appeared.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Charles Simonyi: Space cadet

I've been following the work of Charles Simonyi since his early days (Xerox Parc), Microsoft days (Word and Excel) and now Intentional Software days. In fact, I've been waiting for some news that Intentional, where Simonyi is President and CEO, has come up with the breakthrough technology to transform the act of programming.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


Harnessing the content flow

The New York Times redesigns its online site (the first major one in five years) to make the reader experience "simpler and more useful," including links to the most blogged articles, topic pages, personal pages with guidance from NYT editors and more emphasis on multimedia content.  All very nice, but still basically the print publication augmented online.

April 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


Tug-o-war over Mass Bay Charter: Harbinger of things to come?

While reading yesterday's Boston Globe, I read with great interest a story about the tug-of-war over the Massachusetts Bay Charter.  Written in the early 1600's, the Massachusetts Bay Charter came from the throne of England and gave the settlers rights to create their own government.

April 3, 2006 by David Berlind


Professional audio advice for podcasters (rookies and vets)

Earlier this year, Dan Bricklin called me up to say that he had attended a BoomersTV party in Boston and that he took the opportunity to interview John Osborne,  a Boston area-based video and audio production professional who has been doing on-location recording for reality shows and documentaries for more than 20 years.

April 2, 2006 by David Berlind

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Placebase commerical alternative for Google Maps

Placebase launched a commercial alternative to Google Maps, Pushpin LE. It "embraces" the Google Map API, but unlike Google it offers non-advertising, non-branded or customer-branded maps, licensing for any application, service level agreements and support services.

April 2, 2006 by Dan Farber