From the monthly archives:

October 2005

Alpha is the new beta, dude

by Mathew on October 27, 2005

Is it just me, or is alpha the new beta? Looking around at all the Web 2.0 apps that keep popping up like mushrooms after a rain shower, the number of companies doing alpha or “invitation only” beta tests seems to be increasing exponentially. It’s not just me, because others have noticed too. Of course, [...]

All your base are…

by Mathew on October 26, 2005

The latest secret project to trickle out of the Google search labs is something called “Google Base,” which several people — including Tony Roscoe — discovered while snooping around on the Internet. Apart from being a great excuse to revive the old “all your base are belong to us” gag from a few years ago, [...]

Wikipedia backlash continues

by Mathew on October 25, 2005

Perhaps it’s a sign that the Web is maturing, but there’s been a growing chorus of criticism (like this one from Nicholas Carr) about the mighty Wikipedia, the “open source” encyclopedia that anyone can contribute to or edit entries in. One of the more recent pieces to take on the topic — in a somewhat [...]

Column: So long, Mr. Greenspan…

by Mathew on October 24, 2005

Here’s a column I just finished posting at about departing Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan: “During the U.S. presidential election campaign in 2000, Senator John McCain was asked what he would do if something were to happen to Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan. The Senator replied: “God forbid, I would do like [...]

Column: Google wows the crowd

by Mathew on October 21, 2005

Here’s a column I posted at on Google’s quarterly results: “First things first: Anyone who wishes they had bought even a few shares of Google when it went public a little over a year ago, at the now bargain-basement price of $87 (U.S.), raise your hand — the one you’re not slapping yourself silly [...]