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.


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?