August 23, 2006

Advertise on my laptop! Webpage up

August 23, 2006 - Categories: barcamp, business, entrepreneurship, geek, idea, laptop, marketing

Okay, we’re open for business! Buy adspace on my laptop for USD 1.00 / 0.5″x0.5″ (basic) or USD 2.00 / 0.5″x0.5″ (premium, includes elevator pitch). Hurry! BarCampEarthToronto is just a few days away!

Props to Gabriel Mansour for helping me work things out!

See also my previous blog entries:

Other people’s blog entries:

Reserve ad space now!

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Chasing a wild idea

August 23, 2006 - Categories: business, entrepreneurship, marketing

See http://sachachua.com/advertise-on-my-laptop.html

Mmkay. I took that wild idea of selling advertising space on my
laptop and ran with it. The page is up, I’ve taken new photos, and I’m waiting for AdSense to get approved. Please digg and del.icio.us and forward my advertising page! <laugh>

No, I don’t expect to raise a million dollars through this, although
that would certainly help me not worry about funding graduate school
and even move out of the shared double room I currently live in. ;)

I’ve built it. Will anyone bite? If not, hey, I’ve got a bunch of
laptop signs I’ve been meaning to make…

I expect to get a good story or two out of it, though. Simon thinks
it’s probably more trouble than it’s worth. <laugh> Perhaps for
him it would be—he’s already used to earning money. *I* think that
whether or not I’ll actually be able to buy myself a cup of hot
chocolate from the proceeds, it’ll still be totally worth it for the
experience.

If nothing else, it was great just forcing myself to learn how to set
up a totally small-time e-commerce thing. =) I want to get better and
better at chasing wild ideas and getting them off the ground quickly,
like the way situational apps seize the moment. This will probably
help me out a lot in the long run!

I have a feeling that there are the seeds of a semi-business in here
somewhere. I don’t mind letting the idea go so that other people can
take advantage of it. Have fun and make cool things happen!

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As Web 2.0 moves behind the firewall…

August 23, 2006 - Categories: enterprise2.0

I’m not sure how much I can say because I’m doing my research with IBM, which is a pity because we’re working on some *really* cool enterprise applications of these newfangled Web 2.0 ideas. It’s beyond blogging or social bookmarking – talk about mashups, situational apps, integration, web as platform… fun!

Microsoft’s getting into the game, too. Liz Lawley dropped a few hints about the social bookmarking thing she’s working on, and it sounds awesome.

I’m not too worried about missing the boat or being late to market on
this one. I think we’ve got something unique and really really cool,
and I have a feeling that I’m close to the edge.

Fun!

Stowe Boyd

Buskerfest and other fun things

August 23, 2006 - Categories: ibm, research

Catch amazing street performers at the Toronto
BuskerFest, which runs from Aug 24
(Thursday) to Aug 27 (Friday). I went to the one last year and I was
impressed by people’s skill and flair.

I love watching street performers. Every time I watch one, I learn
more about stage presence, drama and suspense, comedy and patter, even
how to invite audience participation. I see many tricks again and
again: juggling random dangerous objects, riding a unicycle, juggling
random dangerous objects while riding a unicycle. Each performer
brings a certain spin to things, though, and I enjoy their
achievements just as much as the rest of the audience does.

The 2006 BuskerFest starts tomorrow—and the strange thing is, I
feel more excited about going to IBM. I know that BuskerFest will
delight and amaze me, but I don’t want to just be delighted and
amazed. I want to participate, to push the edge, to make things
happen.

Somewhere in the sunlight, I know there will be kids laughing at the
jugglers’ demos and ooh-ing and aah-ing at the acrobats’ antics. No
one will miss me there; no one would even notice if I went. But in
IBM, I can do something cool, learn tons of stuff, and be appreciated
for it. Given a choice between watching a show and being part of
one—you know what I’d choose.

I’ll sleep early tonight. I don’t want to feel tired tomorrow. I want
to be wide awake and bursting with energy! There are so many cool
things to do, so many people to reach out to. =)

What a terrific feeling!

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