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  Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Steven's Plog

A picture of Amazon's home page closeupLooks like Amazon is experimenting with "plogs". I was greeted by this page when I hit Amazon's site tonight. Instead of searching for a gazebo for our back porch, I got sucked in a pitch to buy Call of Duty.

After seeing it a couple of times, I'm liking it more and more. It comes back to targeted ads and the fickle public: if I like software and I see software ads, then they don't bother me. If I like software and I see ads for gardening equipment, well, I don't know. The one thing that has always impressed me about Amazon was it's ability to explain why it showed you a particular product.

We'll see how this runs...

Update: Only seems to work on IE browsers. Safari is out of luck, for now. Works on my PC running IE, not IE Mac. Won't work if you change the user agent in Safari. Bad form, Amazon.

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RSS Tech Talk webcast

Alex Williams: "We're having our first Webcast tomorrow at 10 a.m. PST, featuring Bill French, founder of MyST Technology Partners and Bob Wyman, CTO and founder, PubSub."

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A buffet that you can't eat

A buffet that you can't eatIt seems as though we are on a furniture replacement quest. Tonight's purchase was a buffet designed by Russell Wright and made by the Conant Ball Furniture Company. We replaced a hutch that my mother and father gave us when we first moved in to the house which had become a nest for junk. Of the five drawers, four were filled with stuff used once a year. Considering the small amount of floor space we have, anything that takes up space and doesn't do something has to go. It's now sitting safely in our garage, awaiting disposal somewhere.

All of this would not be possible without the tireless efforts of Kerry and Tammy, owners of Springfield Antiques. We frequently get calls before merchandise has made it to the floor because they keep close tabs on what their customers want. Cary was kind enough to trade a couple of other items in as "credit" toward this purchase, to boot.

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