Geek dinner near Microsoft’s headquarters

On Thursday night David Harper of Wireless Ink will be in town. So, I asked him if he’d be interested in coming to a geek dinner since a lot of Search Champs are in town too. He did and so it’s on. 6 p.m. on Thursday night. At the Crossroads in Bellevue.

David is the brains behind WINKsite. Here’s more about David on Charlie Schick’s blog.

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Cede search to Google?

Come on Yahoo. Steve Rubel is right. There is so much left to do it isn’t even funny and if a company discovers a better way to do search they can take share away from Google (which, yes, does have a monopoly share of the search market). I can’t find a ton of stuff on Google, though, the job simply is NOT done! Google hasn’t even tried to do good blog search yet, for instance. Technorati/Feedster/Pubsub kick Google’s ass, which is really sad cause all three aren’t very good at bringing you the best bloggers.

I’m sure this will be a topic at the Search Champs meeting we’re having this week (starting tonight). I’ll be there and will report more on what I hear.

More on this on Memeorandum. A lot more.

By the way, I would be willing to bet that Yahoo’s CFO gave a quote that’s now being used out of context.

I really don’t care about search market share. If I did I would have bet on Alta Vista. I didn’t. I went with Google because Google had better search.

Tomorrow? I guess Yahoo isn’t confident. Might be why Gary Flake, one of Yahoo’s top search minds came to work at Microsoft.

Sparkle beta released

I’ve just been nutty busy lately. I got my email down to zero by the time I left for home at about 9 p.m. (was at work at 8:30 a.m. so long day). How high is my email flow? By the time I got home 25 minutes later my cell phone showed 10 new emails. Knock, knock, how do you make a blogger boring? Send him email!

Anyway, one of the four interviews I did yesterday (whew!) was with the Microsoft Interactive Designer team (aka Sparkle). Today they released a public beta so you can try it out for yourself! Here’s the video and links to the beta.

I was pretty harsh on the team. They have a long road ahead of them because Microsoft has not been seen as a good vendor in the design space. They answer that this tool enables a paradigm shift in how designers and developers will work together.

I did love that they used Flickr to build their demo. Yahoo will love that!

So, what do you think?