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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.


Tue 6 May 2003, 09:44 PM
As jonvon points out, design is all the rage amongst the bloggers (see volker ben colin alex, etc. etc.)

I confess that I am certainly one of those who has hacked together my blog (from Jake Howlett's much better template) and am likely to keep messing with it, and I am sure to make lots of the mistakes mentioned.  Well, guess what?  I don't think it matters much.

Ever eaten in a Chinese restaurant?  The ambiance often leaves a lot to be desired.  The tables are often small and crowded.  The kitchen should never be visited by a health inspector.  So, why do we go instead of going to the restaurant with the lovely decor and lots of space?  Because, we're in it for the food.

That's what I think about the design of blogs.  Unless you are trying to sell yourself as a web designer, which I am not, who cares what it looks like?  If it isn't impossible to read (and the small fonts are killing me on some sites), I care what is said, not what color it is or whether there are lines around the box.  I'm in it for the food.

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Tue 6 May 2003, 07:01 AM
OK, I have to admit I was unsure of the potential for a product such as COEX! Links.  A good friend, Daniel Nashed developed the idea for a specific customer, and came to me to develop the backend.  We decided to try turning the custom solution into a commercial product, and have spent a fair amount of time polishing and tuning and porting to different platforms.  Still, I had fairly low expectations.

Imagine my surprise to find that lots of people are interested in a product that you just drop in place and let it do its job.  I forget to think like a customer and not like a developer.  Anyway, I am determined to look around at the functionality possible with Midas and see what other "drop-in" solutions I can develop.  Let me know if you have suggestions!

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