This blog is moving

November 19, 2007

If this blog looks empty, it’s because it’s been moved here.


Why You Should Read ZDNet

May 1, 2007

Check out this video on ZDNet.

Mac Sales Soar – Thank Vista!

April 26, 2007

As Philip Elmer-Dewitt points out, Mac sales soared in Q1. This was mostly due to laptop sales. I’m part of this soaring, because I bought a MacBook recently. Why did I finally choose a Mac over Windows? One reason was that my kids use Macs at school. Another was that I don’t do Windows development anymore. The main reason, though, was that I took a look at Vista and decided it was too much trouble to go through the upgrade. Moreover, I couldn’t save money by buying a Windows laptop, because Vista’s requirements meant that I had to buy a higher-end laptop to run it. So, the Mac won out.

MySQL Conference 2007

April 26, 2007

I just spent two very enjoyable days at the MySQL Conference in Santa Clara. My take on the conference has been published on ZDNet by Dan Farber in this post: MySQL’s success leads to customer frustration. The headline is Dan’s, not mine, though I concur with the sentiment.

Scoble and Full-Text RSS Feeds Vs. Partial-Text Feeds

April 20, 2007

Scoble has another post on the subject of full-text RSS vs. partial-text RSS in which he argues that major sites like ZDNet would gain more than they lose by offering full-text feeds. I think he just doesn’t understand the economics of running a major content site. Scoble could link to ZDNet every day and it still wouldn’t affect the traffic. He is just too small a fish in the internet pond. Meanwhile, splogging of ZDNet content is already a problem that is causing us pain, and probably hurting us in Google. Full-text RSS would just make that Google problem worse, and would probably cost more traffic than ZDNet would gain from Scoble’s increased willingness to link.

Tweet Vs. Blog

April 17, 2007

So, I am not the most prolific blogger anyway, but I have become even less likely to blog now that I have Twitter. Most of what I have to say is more suited to 140 characters than to a blog entry.

Twitter Addiction

April 8, 2007

So, I have been playing with Twitter the last couple of days, and I have become completely addicted. If you want to see how boring my life is, you can check it out here. As a more useful use of Twitter, I played around with the API, and you can now track the postings from ZDNet blogs on Twitter at

On The Web, You Can’t Escape Your Past

April 4, 2007

So, I was playing around with ZoomInfo, and I found a link to a profile of me that was put up when I worked for a cool Web 1.0 startup called Here’s the Profile in its entirety:

John “Puff Daddy” Potter happily works at as a Software Engineer. He often strides in well before dawn and goes right to work, then waits for hours until someone else makes the coffee.

A recent haircut has restored John’s boyish charm, which faded during his recent years at Community NewsDealers Inc., a division of The Boston Globe, where he worked as a Programmer / Analyst.

He is the co-author of this year’s groundbreaking book, HTML User’s Interactive Workbook, with Newmediary colleague Alayna Cohn. The book is skyrocketing up the Amazon charts … why not give it a nudge.

All time not spent in his cube is occupied with attempting to turn the mud patch around his house into a lawn.

And, here’s the ZoomInfo link.

Shift-Insert on the Mac

March 27, 2007

So, one of the things that I find annoying about my Mac is the lack of an insert key. Luckily, I ran across this tip somewhere (I can’t find the link any more). Function+M is the insert key on the Mac. Also, Function+Period is the delete key.

Matt Mullenwegg Profile

March 27, 2007

The profile of Matt Mullenwegg for which I was interviewed is now available online. You can see it at either the Sydney Morning Herald or The Age (Brisbane). Dan Skeen, the author gives me a shout-out at his blog