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August 16, 2006

eBay: Kiko Calendar: website, software and domain

Justin & Emmett are throwing in the towel with Kiko, the Y Combinator-funded whizzy AJAX calendaring app. When they built to flip, I can’t imagine this is how they were hoping to go.

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July 25, 2006

Web Inno 7 Report | Boston WTF

Brian’s summary of last night’s Boston Web Innovators Meetup. My snark is saved for the comments section. But if I hear of another startup whose entire business model is “targeted advertising”, there’s going to be trouble!

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June 16, 2006

tourb.us | Find Local, Live Music

Local startup tourb.us has launched. User-contributed and web-scraped gig listings. Includes my pet favourite feature: Enter your last.fm username, and they’ll email you if any of your favourite bands play locally.

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May 28, 2006

BarCamp / BarCampBoston

Only a week to go until the New England geek unconference. There’s a good mix of interesting folks signed up, so it should be a good time.

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May 15, 2006

Tabblo: Poster Child | Boston WTF

glenn’s written an excellent review of new photo-sharing site Tabblo for BostonWTF.

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April 13, 2006

Google Calendar

The stuff of rumours no more. The integrated iCal search is nice — I was able to add the Red Sox schedule as an overlay to my calendar with very little thought.

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April 12, 2006

MONEY Magazine's Best Jobs: Software engineer

Apparently, I have the “Best Job in America”. Can’t say that I disagree with that statement. Good software engineers should be able to find jobs they love, or at the very least, jobs they hate that pay staggeringly well.

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April 10, 2006

Boston WTF | web technology forum

And we’re live… Tracking the goings-on of the newly-reinvigorated Boston-area tech community. I’m the resident curmudgeon. “Objectivism through extremes”, that is our catchphrase.

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April 8, 2006

Google Jobs: Engineering Director - Boston

Looks like the rumoured Boston Googleplex is pretty close to happening. “We have an exciting opportunity to expand our Engineering operations to Boston.”

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April 6, 2006

SiteAdvisor blog: Taking SiteAdvisor to the Next Level

Local excellent security startup SiteAdvisor has been snapped up by McAfee. They were pretty clearly built-to-flip — My money had been on Google to buy them, though.

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April 5, 2006

Genuine VC: Musing on Freemium and Ad-Supported

“Freemium”. What a lovely word to describe all those “Free for now, then we’ll add pay-for premium services later” startups. Of course, I’m sure it will be overused, and in a year’s time I’ll hate it as much as I do the word “Ajax” now.

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March 31, 2006

nanocolo iPod Linux colocation

April 1st has come early this year, it seems.

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March 30, 2006


“Daversy is a source control tool for relational databases.” Man, something like this has been needed for years.

March 28, 2006

Safely install software in a virtual layer - Lifehacker

This looks handy. Install Windows applications into isolated silos so you can try them and uninstall them without leaving debris all over your hard drive and registry.

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Anil Dash: A Culture of Criticism

Good post from Anil, that is quite appropriate to a little side-project I’m going to be taking on for Beantown web types.

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March 27, 2006


These guys were presenting at ETech. It has to be said, I’m still thoroughly flummoxed as to what problem they think their technology is solving. Seems like a horrible bandwagon-jumping to me.

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March 23, 2006


Interesting take on collaborative filtering — Finds you movie reviewers whose opinions match yours. Initial signs point to it being wicked fricking awesome.

The MTA Song - Wikipedia

The kind of attention to trivia that Britannica can never hope to beat. A detailed analysis of whether 1980s transit policy in Boston would have allowed Charlie to deboard the train.

March 22, 2006

Friendster lost steam. Is MySpace just a fad?

Another great danah boyd essay. “Hanging out on Friendster is like hanging out in a super clean police state where you can’t chew gum let alone goof around and you’re told exactly how to speak to others. Hanging out on MySpace is more like hanging out in a graffiti park with fellow goofballs while your favorite band is playing.”

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.