links for 2009-04-08

  • Your website is designed, the CMS works, content has been added and the client is happy. It’s time to take the website live. Or is it? When launching a website, you can often forget a number of things in your eagerness to make it live, so it’s useful to have a checklist to look through as you make your final touches and before you announce your website to the world. This article reviews some important and necessary checks that web-sites should be checked against before the official launch — little details are often forgotten or ignored, but – if done in time – may sum up to an overall greater user experience and avoid unnecessary costs after the official site release.
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  • Popcorn Confessions is all about movie reviews. But more than that, it's about your movie reviews. This site was built based on the idea that the best movie reviews and recommendations are the ones we get from friends, rather than some stranger in the newspaper. Here you can be the critic. You can share your enlightened opinions on what movies rocked, which ones sucked, and why. And you can share your opinions with friends, share movie recommendations, and vote on others' movie reviews. Just finish watching a great movie? Review it. Want to see a movie but not sure if it's any good? Look around. Befriend people. As the first social network built entirely around movies and reviews, you'll get out of this site what you put into it.
  • It was a hostile audience. It was June 2007, at a conference center in London, where newspaper and magazine publishers were hearing how a new industry-backed search engine rights standard called ACAP was coming along. The day ended with an "issues" oriented panel. The audience didn't seem that pleased with me telling them they were full of shit about how important they thought they were and how awful they thought they had it from Google in particular. I didn't phrase it like that, but that was the essence of my attitude. I'd rarely encountered so many people in one place with such a sense of entitlement. Worse, these were supposedly my own people. Newspaper folks, where I got my start in journalism. What an embarrassment. I'm not talking the rank-and-file of newspapers, however — the reporters and editors doing the grunt work. This crowd was full of publishers or editors of a different type, not wordsmithing and story assignment but looking out for the business issues.
  • BumpTop is a fun, intuitive 3D desktop that keeps you organized and makes you more productive. Like a real desk, but better.
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