Saturday, February 24, 2007

Palm, Blackberry, iPhone and user obsession

"A gadget that elicits an emotional response from buyers can emerge only from visionary design, and cannot be produced with a design-by-committee corporate culture." -- technology write Mike Elgan on the future demise of Palm.

It's a good opinion piece on why Palm is doomed to fail (unless they have some fabulous stealth product up their sleeve).

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Nike Air high heels

Not sure what this really means, but Nike is now doing high heels . . . really! (Through their Cole Haan subsidiary.) Feels like there's some bigger meaning here . . .

Friday, February 16, 2007

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Sync Outlook 2003 to Google Calendars

I've been hoping for a way to publish my Outlook 2003 to my Google Calendar so that I can offer my calendar up to friends and family outside of work. SyncMyCal works well, when it works. I was having trouble with Outlook prior to installing this add-on, with various unexplained freezes. It seems to me that SyncMyCal makes these random freezes happen more often, but this may just be my system or may be conflicts with other add-ons. In any case, when the thing works it's great and well worth the $25. If you use the free version, it works too, but limits the date range that you can sync up to Google Calendar.

Zygote at ToyFair

Nice booth thanks to our distributor Temple Games.

New CRM from 37Signals

Someone has to create a CRM that actually helps manage business relationships in the way they work today rather than the way they worked yesterday. In general, CRMs are designed for an active sales force that needs to track outbound and inbound communications. While this is still important, it doesn't fully correspond to how leads are generated today. CRM's in general aren't designed to track the relationships between people. For example, with the majority of CRM's, tracking a series of referrals (Person A referred me to Person B who referred me to Person C) requires at best some custom programming. Why is this important? Because increasingly, at least in high value businesses, new business comes from referrals not from cold calling. And to be able to remember to a new contact how you reached them is critical. A few CRMs do this OK (GoldMine, Daylite) but others that I've tried (ACT, Salesforce, Netsuite) don't. I have high hopes for 37Signals new effort, which they announced a few days ago after a teaser announcement over a year ago. We'll see . . .

Make no little plans

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die."- Daniel Burnham.

from Treehugger

Monday, February 12, 2007

Press starting to flow on Parasites

Nice little write-up of Zygote's new game on Boardgame News: "Boring into vital organs? Taking over your host’s brain?! What’s not to love here?"

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Google Reader

Those new boxes on the right menu bar of this blog are created by the new Google Reader, a news reader that . . . well it's a little hard to explain, which is why when you go to you get a video that tries to explain how the thing works. Essentially, it's a wonderfully efficient and easy to use RSS reader which makes reading your favorite websites or weblogs more efficient and in many cases aesthetically more pleasing to boot. Take a look.

My brother the drill worker

My brother Eric Steig and a colleague working away on their ice core drilling, gathering data for climate change research. From Smithsonian Magazine.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Global Warming search term conspiracy

I'm highly allergic to conspiracy theories (like all that "9-11 was staged by the government" junk) but here's one that highly specific and provable, so not a theory at all but a conspiracy:
. . . there are some curious patterns in the search engine. It turns out that it has been blocked from returning most results if the search phrase includes "global warming" - even if it's from the President himself. For instance, searching for "issue of global" gives as top result the President's Rose Garden speech in June 2001 on Global Climate Change, but searching for "issue of global warming" (which of course is the full phrase used) returns nothing. Hmmm.....


Jeremy Steig

I just "rediscovered" my Dad's first cousin Jeremy Steig through a chance encounter in NYC. You can see him too, March 9 or May 11 at the Cornelia Street Cafe.