Review: YouTube’s New Premium Shows Design

We’d worried that YouTube’s (s GOOG) redesign to promote premium content would crowd out the site’s homegrown stars. But now that YouTube has launched its site refresh, we see we might have been overly concerned. The new shows and movies section is well-contained within a little header tab. The premium content is highlighted so marginally that I’m not sure people will even find it unless they read the news reports.
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A lot about the premium content design could change, and probably will, but here’s my review of what’s available today:
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jkOnTheRun makes Top 25 Technology Blogs list

We try to not toot our own horn too much but this is so big we have to let it out.  Trends Updates is a web site that rates other web sites in a myriad of different categories.  They recently named their Best of 2008: Top 25 Technology Blogs and we are honored to make their cut.  You can see from the sites on the graphic below that we are in very good company and we are absolutely thrilled to make the list.  We do what we do because we love it and it’s always great when others appreciate it.  Check out their full list for the list of 25.

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Giving It Up to Get More Done

For the past month, I’ve felt like a doctor who has suddenly become the patient. In my case, however, it is a very good thing. What ails me, you ask? Nothing serious. I’ve just hired a Web designer for the first time ever to redesign my professional web site. And like the old adage that doctors make the worst patients, I’m sure there must be a new adage that old-school Web developers make terrible clients.

Every time I want to open my mouth and put in my $2.50, I bite my tongue. I know that my Web design skills are so…1996. That is the year I began hiring other designers to work for me at my Internet company, finally loosening the iron-fisted grip on the creative, so my HTML and design skills are frozen in time. Still, I’ve always redesigned my own web sites – not because I think I’m a good designer, but because I can. Read More about Giving It Up to Get More Done

UPS teases me about my Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium

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That’s just SO not right. I know the Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium shipped yesterday and I paid for 2nd Day Air service. That means I should have the device as early as tomorrow, but I thought it also meant I’d be able to track it today. You know, like hit my browser refresh button a few hundred times today just for the chance to see one, maybe two location updates. I may get the device tomorrow, but I think I’m getting ripped off today. It’s all part of the experience UPS! Or am I the only one who does this? 😉Update: Oh UPS. Still no tracking data and now you have the nerve to ring my doorbell… with an unexpected package for Barb?!? Evil. Pure evil.

Apple’s next Pad

June 6, 2004, I wrote: “I expect a new device from Apple – which is somewhere between a laptop and a PDA, but completely connected and be mostly used by the thumb tribes, i.e. young people who cannot live without IM. (Okay – it just a guess about what Apple should or could be building next!)” Funny, exactly two months later we have a similar rumor surface on The Register (via Engadget and Gizmodo) “Apple has filed for a European design trademark which may provide a tantalising glimpse of the company’s long-awaited tablet computer. The filing, made in May this year but only published this week, covers a “handheld computer” and contains sketches of what look like an iBook screen minus the body of the computer,” The Register writes. EWeek had reported that something like this might be in the works at Apple in November 2003. Well looks like this cacophony might result in a new Mac Symphony!