Archive for September, 2007

Richard Paey released from prison

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Back in September 2005, I wrote about Richard Paey. According to Wikipedia:

Richard Paey is a Florida man who was incarcerated in 2004 for drug trafficking. There was no evidence he ever distributed or intended to sell any pills, but drug laws in many states, including Florida, allow officials to prosecute for trafficking based solely on the quantity an individual possesses. Paey spent three and a half years in prison, until he was granted a full pardon by Florida Governor Charlie Crist in September of 2007.

As the St. Petersburg Times reports, he was freed from prison today: Paey given full pardon; Crist orders him freed today

The people responsible for his spending 3 1/2 years in prison should be ashamed of themselves.

Sometimes I seriously worry about this country…

Startups without name nor face

Monday, September 17th, 2007

I always find it surprising:

You sign up for a beta invite. Time passes. One day, you get an email after all stating the app, project whatever is now live. You sign up, you log in, and then, when you try to see who’s behind all this — nothing. No names. No pictures. No (real) address. No background info whatsoever about the founders or the team or the management or the backers or the first customers or their mother or their cat. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

Sorry, but what do you think this is? Hide and seek?

I’d have to go back and look through all my beta invites to confirm this, but off the top of my hat I’d argue that the sites that get it (i.e. are social, community-oriented, and web 2.0 in the best meaning of the word etc.) don’t usually have this problem. Only the crappy, convoluted, un-pretty, also-ran, wannabe sites tend to lean towards keeping the most basic information forever secret.

Anyway, if you’re a startup, and your main concern is to hide from your early adopters who they are dealing with — you’re probably on the wrong track.

Playing with Listphile: “A good citizen is…”

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Listphile just came out and seems very nicely done at first glance:

Listphile is a free website that enables anyone to create collaborative lists, atlases, databases and more. Lists can be broad and ambitious (like a List of All Baseball Players Who Played in the Majors) or niche (Punk Bands from the Lower East Side, 1975-1980), or quirky or ridiculous. You can collaborate with other people to share, create, and make something that will benefit humanity.

I set up a little civics-related crowdsourcing experiment: A good citizen is…

Will be interesting to watch what kind of statements people suggest.

Via Techcrunch: Listphile: Lists On Speed

Actual follow-up email from a friend with regard to involuntary Quechup spam invite

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

A few days ago, I received an invite to Quechup from a friend (not that I would have signed up).

Yesterday, he sent this follow-up:

Subject: Sorry about Quechup

Hello all,

You probably got an e-mail from me recently asking you
to join Quechup, a social networking site. Sorry
about that! Please ignore it. I clicked on something
from a tech-savvy friend, thinking it was safe. It
wasn’t and it did bad, bad things with my address
book. Quechup is the devil.

Again, sorry!

G

‘Nuff said.

This “problem” has been around for how many days now? Further proof that this is intentional behavior on Quechup’s part. Otherwise, they would have fixed it by now.