Open-source projects are often criticized for their silly or odd names… The GIMP, LAME, and even Mozilla are often met with confused looks. I mean, Word and Internet Explorer are very boring names, but they do plainly reveal what the application is about.

Well, just try telling your boss that you want to try Booby

Welcome to the Booby project

I am VERY interested in your experiences with Booby.

To be fair:

Booby is a multiuser, multilanguage, fully themeable web-based desktop application which provides online management for bookmarks/favorites, contacts, todo’s, notes and news feeds.

So you know, it might actually be useful…

And yes, there are screenshots of Booby.

(Sigh… I can’t even imaging what sort of traffic I’m gonna get from this post…)


Running Late

Via Gizmodo comes word of a Java based wrist watch.

How does it run?

Well, it’s a little slow

(Sorry, couldn’t resist!)


Of minimalism in adding value…

I’ve been thinking about a few of the features you see on some web sites, mainly the ‘send to a friend’ type thing that lets you fill out a form to send someone a link. I almost never use this, but is it because:

  • The function is built into my browser
  • I fear the use of my name/email for evil purposes
  • I have no friends

I wonder what kind of stats are kept on such a feature and if there is added value to the user in it.

The other feature I question is the ‘print this page’ feature, which (usually) allows you to print a page without the navigation doodads and silly banner ads. I’ve worked on sites that have implemented this, and four years ago it made sense, but now that we have browsers that properly handle print style sheets, is this really needed anymore? Do you ever use it to print a page?

I’m contemplating the importance of such extra features in relation to taking a page and stripping it down, providing to the user only that which adds value. Less is more, right?

I welcome any comments on this….


Slim Devices

Those folks at Slim Devices have done it again, this time with the Squeezebox, a wifi enabled network music player. (See review.)

I like these guys, even though the SLIMP3 and Squeezebox don’t really have a place in my lifestyle (lack of budget and lack of listening to music in the home) I’m happy to see them make great products. And to top it all off, they’re a great example of a company that benefits from open-source software, while also giving back to the community. The server software is written in perl and you can download it and use it even without their device. they are also open to the hacker community, and welcome their work.

It’s good to see Slim Devices make cool hardware that people like, and cool software that people can use as they wish. Good Luck guys!



File under: D.I.Y.: Using a Linux box as a sign…