Help me name a new site

I’m trying to nail down a name for my newest project. But since most of the names I thought of are taken or too expensive, I need a little help.

BTW, if you’re searching for a good name, be sure to add Bust A Name to your toolbox, I can’t say enough good things about it.

How to get iLife ‘08 for free

I was just getting ready to buy iLife ’08, but then came the news that people that bought iPhones before the price drop would get a $100 credit store credit. I believe I will be using that towards iLife ’08 and that makes me a much happier Apple customer and should calm the early adopter crowd a bit.

Now I just have to find that receipt. I know it’s around here somewhere.

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The Casey controversy

You may not have heard (or care much, but I do) that the University of Oregon is bringing back varsity baseball after a 28 (or so) year absence. I think it’s a wonderful thing, though perhaps 10 years too late for me, but still nice to not have to root for the arch-rival come spring time. You may also know that the Oregon State baseball team won their second straight national championship in a stunning run through the College World Series back in June. Their coach, Pat Casey is perhaps the hottest coach in college sports and it came to light this week that the Ducks had maybe tried to woo Casey down to Eugene with their deep pockets. The Ducks denied this report, but it’s still an interesting issue.

Kelly emailed me today and mentioned the subject so I thought it be worth a reply here.

I could go either way on this. For one, big deal if the Ducks tried to woo him, I don’t see that as an etiquette violation. Casey has built OSU into a dominant force, and maybe he’ll win another national title at OSU, but what if he were to undertake the challenge of bringing UO baseball to national prominence and succeed. Then he would prove that without a doubt he is one of the greatest coaches in Oregon sports (and college baseball) history. Nothing like cementing a legacy. He could always turn the job down if he chooses.

On the other hand, I’m perhaps one of the few people who do not like Casey. I can and do respect what he’s accomplished, but hey he didn’t let me on their team and I’ve been known to hold a grudge or two, it’s one of my weaknesses. So, to see a coach I don’t like, coaching my favorite team would not thrill me. If it turns out as reported and the Ducks start with a fresh name with Oregon roots, I think that would be outstanding.

Let Civil War rage year round now. Though since the Ducks will probably suck the first couple years, at least we’ll crush the Beavers with our competitive cheerleading team (the other sport added along with baseball, which just so happens is only the 2nd competitive cheer team in the country). On the plus side for me, whenever it comes up that I played and coached baseball at the U of O, it’ll sound a heckuva lot more impressive without knowing that it was Club Baseball.

Stay away from my contacts

In what is quickly surpassing CAPTCHAs as the most annoying, and frightening part of registering for a new web service, we, as users are being asked to give up our email contacts in order to get more “friends” to use the service. I’ve been pondering this for a week or so, but Jeremy Zawodny summed up my feelings pretty well in his post about Spock:

That’s right. They want me to provide my username and password for the on-line services that may contain some of my most sensitive information, including: Gmail, Plaxo, Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL.

I can’t think of a very polite way to say “no fucking way”, so I won’t even try. There wasn’t a button for that.

Blame it on Facebook, Flixster, or whatever spam.. cough cough, I mean “viral marketing” success story there is out there that has led to this trend. I wish it would stop and I wish it would stop now. I have no problems with a service providing me some copy that I can send to my friends, or even let me put in some email addresses to send invites to. But asking for username and passwords to online email accounts is beginning to cross the line. How am I suppose to trust what you do with all of this information? I realize there is a “skip this step” in these examples, but note how small it usually is.

I admit I fell for this on Facebook and they found several people that were in my contacts, and it got me started. But that’s Facebook, one of the biggest sites on the web and they have little incentive to abuse the information. I have since wised up though and even that fact will not dupe me into falling for this again.

Here’s a quick look at some doing this in addition to facebook and spock:

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Hello iPhone

This post was published on my iPhone. Turning 30 isn’t so bad with this in my hand. Be sure to leave your favorite iPhone apps in the comments.

Today is my last day as a twentysomething

Tomorrow is the big 30. Just thought I’d mark the milestone somehow, the passing of an era. No longer will I “still have my youth” :-).

Unfortunately, there haven’t been many web things considered here lately. I became a father for the 2nd time in early June, which has made this a wonderful time. However, time for blogs (both reading and writing) has dwindled as I sharpen my focus on family, work, and paying side-projects (yes, July also marks the first month that I will personally make money on NetworthIQ). I can see opportunities all around these days, it’s just a matter of seizing them. That will be my goal as I enter my 30’s. Less reading and talking, more doing.

Sherwood: best place to live in Oregon

It must be time to start a Sherwood Web Innovators group now that it’s been named the #18 best place to live in the country (and top Oregon city). Well, we’re probably not that far along yet, but maybe someday. Here’s the write-up:

Like much of the Northwest, Sherwood is home to an array of beautiful parks and natural beauty. But the quickly growing commercial sites of Sherwood offer true insight into the town’s character: a juxtaposition of old and new, with reverence toward both the city’s historic past and its bright, expanding future. The community events calendar is always full and the town’s location makes for a fairly easy commute to nearby Portland. -A.B.

As much as I complain about living so far out, Sherwood does indeed have a nice community feel to it, the downtown/old town area has a great throwback vibe, and there are nice parks and sports facilities. I grew up in a town of only a couple thousand people, near Eugene, and that was definitely too small for me. But the 15,000 population range, while near a bigger city is an appealing mix. Plus, you can have a decent backyard. That makes it great for families.

If you don’t have a family, you would probably go crazy in this town. I’m betting there is a picture of Sherwood in the dictionary next to the definition of “suburbia.” I can’t believe the “fairly easy commute” line from the author. Say what? Personally, I think Sherwood is by far, the most difficult commute of the west-side suburbs (Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Beaverton, Hillsboro). There are minimal mass-transit options (nowhere near MAX, one bus running up HWY 99), and driving down Tualatin-Sherwood road to I-5 is one of the most aggravating stretches of road you will ever travel. I know a lot of people make the commute, but I would never refer to it as easy.

But, it’s great to see the city get some exposure, perhaps we’ll get some better restaurants now. One can only eat at Red Robin so many times.

Portland suburbanites avoid iPhone hype

I found this report about remaining iPhone stock funny. Despite the fact that there was a line 50 deep at the Sherwood AT&T store on launch night (I checked), the closest Apple store still has stock:

Stocks of iPhones were depleted at all but two of Apple’s retail stores by the end of business on July 4th. Only the Shadyside (Pittsburgh) and Bridgeport Village (Portland area) stores report stock when they open Thursday, July 5th. Estimates of initial iPhone supplies by analysts range from 700,000 down to about 350,000, not including iPhones shipped to 1,800 AT&T stores.

One of my colleagues managed to flip two iPhones on eBay for a modest profit that were purchased at the Bridgeport store shortly after they were released, and without having to wait in line more than a couple minutes.

I guess I’ll know where to go next time there’s a hot Apple release. And, no I didn’t get an iPhone yet, and yes I do want one. The real web, not some crippled mobile browser, in the palm of my hand wherever I go. Sounds like a dream to me.

TechCrunch Database and Startup Search

I haven’t seen any formal announcement, perhaps because it’s still being built out, but there is a new feature at TechCrunch called the “TechCrunch Database.” It appears to be a comprehensive listing of startup companies with information on their products, people, funding with additional content pulled in about the company from TechCrunch posts, TechMeme, Technorati (I’m sensing a tech trend here…), del.icio.us, and the company’s blog. If you go to db.techcrunch.com you are re-directed to the main site, but if you want information on a particular company you can go to http://db.techcrunch.com/c/facebook or http://db.techcrunch.com/c/twitter to get an idea.

This is a very cool feature that gives a nice, quick snapshot of a company. It looks like it was released in posts beginning last Wednesday. What’s especially interesting is that on the same day, Niall Kennedy’s Startup Search was released and it’s almost exactly the same thing as the TechCrunch database. Startup Search has better linkage among people and investors in addition to tracking traffic indicators, but the company profiles are nearly identical.

I wonder if Mike and Niall will work together to built a more complete database faster. Both appear to have pretty limited listings (only 47 companies on startup search and I could only find a handful on TC DB, in contrast I had over 300 on the web 2.0 map last year and that number has at least doubled by now). And hey guys, bring back an updated version of the Web 2.0 Innovation map, I still think that’s a cool way to visualize startup activity.

Blazers un-jump the shark

Amazing what a couple weeks will do for a team. The Blazers won the draft lottery last night for the rights to pick first in this years NBA draft, the most highly coveted #1 pick since Lebron James a few years back. Couple that with Brandon Roy’s rookie of the year win and I’m actually excited about seeing them play next year.

It’s been years since I’ve attended or even watched a game on tv as they’ve fielded teams that were terrible on and off the court. I’m definitely not alone, as the team has suffered huge decreases in attendance and financial performance. It doesn’t take a genius to predict that with this stroke of luck, the team should now have a city starting to get behind it again.