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Idea du Jour: Bandwidth Credits

Plenty of American geeks are in a tizzy over Time-Warner Cable’s recent announcement to test usage-based billing for bandwidth in Texas. Like, say, water or electricity, you’ll pay based on how many gigabytes you use per month. This seems pretty reasonable, actually–I’m not sure why everyone’s got their panties in…

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Idea du Jour: Widget for Responding to Searchers in Real Time

When I need a brief distraction, I occasionally surf my incoming visitor stream on HitTail. With an emphasis on searchers, this service shows where your site visitors are coming from, in (more or less) real time. For example, in last two minutes, five visitors showed up at DB.com from these…

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Idea Du Jour: Blogger’s Birthday

I’m not big on random blog traffic trading widgets like Blog Explosion, but today (while having the most splendid solo walk along the Canal du Midi) I thought of one. Call it BloggersBirthday.com. It goes like this: You visit BloggersBirthday.com, and register by entering your name, email address, date of…

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My Social Network Idea Du Jour: ForLent.com

As the Christians among you surely know, last week was Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Traditionally, during Lent, you give something up. From Wikipedia: Many modern Protestants and Anglicans consider the observation of Lent to be a choice, rather than an obligation. They may decide to give up…

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My Web Widget Idea du Jour: The Spectrometre

I finally got around to reading a bunch of articles I’d printed out. One of them was Truth and the Net by Cory Doctorow. It begins: Trusting what you read on the internet is a dangerous prospect, but it beats the alternative. At least on the internet, you get to…

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Idea du Jour: FirstFor.Org

While registering a few defensive domains (for example, darrenbarefoot.org) with Webnames, I registered FirstFor.org (there’s nothing there). It was on a whim. I imagined that I could make a site where people submitted the strange phrases for which they’re first in the Google results. For example, tree humping (I’m keeping…

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Idea du Jour: NHL Salary Tracking Website

For the non-sports fans out there, the National Hockey League recently signed a new collective bargaining agreement which includes a salary rollback and cap. Here’s an explanation, but basically the cap requires teams to spend at $21.5 million and no more than $39 million on player salaries. 18 months off…

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Idea du Jour: SchoolofBabel.com

Currently, I’m taking French lessons. I’m at the stage where I can order dinner, express what specific actions I completed last week, and discuss which musical instruments I can play. To learn a language at my venerable age, I’m employing as many different strategies as possible: I’m taking a class…

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