The A to Z of online stores

Pondering the fact that I’d browsed both and, I was curious as to what others exist… — watches and jewellery — Birkenstock shoes — forwards to Codagenic, selling an ecommerce platform — all sorts of stuff; been around for years — geeky stuff; a division of City Software — toys and gifts — green products — hobbies — registered, but not in use — not in use — registered, but not in use; apparently under construction — not in use — registered, but not in use — registered, but not in use — not in use — registered, but not in use — not in use — dent removal from cars — not in use — not in use — not in use — registered, but not in use — web hosting — adult products — forwards to domain name sales; not clear if it’s owned by someone else but unused — party entertainment

Ancient political history

Trivia for you: Back in prehistoric times, when most of you had never heard of the Internet and barely anybody used the Web, and way before Twitter and Facebook, I blogged the 1996 Federal election campaign.

Great Debate

Several times a week I’d add something new, including a spoof leader debate transcript, a Hippy Party manifesto, Ron And Jeff on voting, and advice on what to tell How To Vote hander-outers when you don’t want one.

It went almost-unnoticed because so few people were online at the time, but it did get a write-up in The West Australian (sorry it’s fuzzy; I’ll try to find a better scan):

West Australian article

The timewaster

The curse of the Internet and the short attention span — there’s too much stuff to look at.

So I check my email.

Then I have a look in Google Reader.

What’s Twitter doing? Okay.

Facebook? My turn in Scrabble yet?

Might check a couple of the news sites and see what’s happening.

And the Whirlpool forum?

OK, all under control. But hey, I wonder if there’s any new email?

Rinse and repeat. How do I break this cycle?

I once had an idea for it: a combined mega-reader/aggregator that would grab data from all those sources and more, configured by the user. It would rank everything according to a priority — again, configured by the user — perhaps the emails from your boss and/or spouse at the top, the dull email newsletter which you should read but don’t want to at the bottom, and news bulletins somewhere in the middle.

So you could see everything in one hit, all prioritised.

I even came up with a name and a domain name for it: View My World.

And I did some rough designs on it, but never got to the coding stage.

I still think it’s a good idea, and anybody who’s got the time and inclination to work on it should give me a shout, maybe we can come up with a collaboration.

Meanwhile, amusingly, is now registered by Microsoft, and appears to be a recruitment web site.

(Anybody who wants to develop the Screaming Room idea should also give me a scream shout. I already have a prospective subscriber in Derrimut.)

Searching for Google

Google has announced (somewhat early, and amongst other things) the top Australian searches of 2009.

Most popular searches of 2009

So plenty of people search for Google in Google, despite the idiocy in doing so, and more significantly, the inherent dangers: