The personal site of Tom Coates, co-founder of Product Club


On returning from Norfolk…


Well, I’m back in London after the family Christmas. Things went pretty well, all things considered. There were a few wobbly moments as my mother dealt with the stress of catering for – and hosting – thirteen people for lunch, and I will admit to getting irritable with my grandmother at least once. But I Read More

Links for 2005-12-22


A court in the Pennsylvanian town of Dover has declared it unconstitutional to teach Intelligent Design in the town’s schools… I think my favourite comment about the whole thing comes from Pat Robertson who said that the move risked provoking the wratch of God – despite the ID prononent’s assertion that it wasn’t a religious Read More

Links for 2005-12-21


One Billion Internet Users (from Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox) “Some time in 2005, we quietly passed a dramatic milestone in Internet history: the one-billionth user went online. Because we have no central register of Internet users, we don’t know who that user was, or when he or she first logged on.” The guy from Suprnova explains Read More

A quick note from jetlaggia…


It’s this direction that’s the killer – not being able to sleep until 4 or 5am and not feeling awake and fresh until the middle of the afternoon. I’ve been back in the UK for a couple of days, but I’m still living in that hallucinogenic twitchy overwarm zombie space, and I suspect I’ve got Read More

Links for 2005-12-18


John Spencer, who played The West Wing’s Leo McGarry, has died aged 58 God, what terrible news. I’m astonished that he was only 58 – he looked ten years older at least. It turns out that he was younger than my stepfather.

Links for 2005-12-16


Wikipedia survives research test “The free online resource Wikipedia is about as accurate on science as the Encyclopedia Britannica, a study shows. The British journal Nature examined a range of scientific entries on both works of reference and found few differences in accuracy.”

Kong! Kong! Kong! Kong!


There’s a moment about a fifth of the way through King Kong (IMDB / Metacritic) when a young character who’s reading a copy of Heart of Darkness suddenly twigs that he’s not reading an adventure story. And then about thirty seconds later, you realise you’re not watching an adventure story either. And then the ground Read More

Links for 2005-12-14


Alexa Web Search Platform “The Alexa Web Search Platform provides public access to the vast web crawl collected by Alexa Internet. Users can search and process billions of documents — even create their own search engines — using Alexa’s search and publication tools.”

Links for 2005-12-13


The Best Web 2.0 Software of 2005 I’m not buying the Web 2.0 = web app concept as such, but this is still a pretty solid list of good web apps out there and hence (at the very least) pretty much a place to find the gold standard to get inspired by… The Several Habits Read More

Update from San Francisco…


So I’m halfway through my first Yahoo-employed trip to San Francisco and I’ve been so bloody busy that I’ve not really had much of an opportunity to keep up with my e-mail or my community or with what’s been going on around the internet. What’s made the whole thing even more difficult to keep hold Read More

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