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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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The problem with most attempts to make products on the web is that developers assume that they only way to beat the competition is through laundry lists of new features. The reality is that people spend the majority of their time using the core of your product and ignore most of the extraneous fluff.

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Blog Statistics

Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 11/16/2018

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Posts - 2532
Comments - 2584
Hits - 2,096,530

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Entries/day - 0.45
Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 373

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  06:45 AM

A dollop of information in an easy-to-open, obselescence-resistant package.

Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging. Yay. Amazon is leaning on working with manufacturers to create less-wasteful and, incidentally, easier-to-open packaging. Here's a picture from their site:


[via kottke ... I think.]

Time stands still. Michael Broschat has a Kodak photo CD that's only 10 years old, but already the format is obsolete and he can't read the images. As the pace of technological innovation accelerates, so does the pace of technological obsolescence.

Monster Smart. [video] Seems to be missing the point, somehow. (Turn audio down -- it's wretched and not needed anyway.) [via Friend Dennis]

How 10 Famous Technology Products Got Their Names. Where did the name iPod come from, anyway? [via Code Project]

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