March 14, 2002

I’m Feeling Lucky

Google

So Rob and I went to BayCHI’s March meeting (use permalinks damnit!) this past week to see Google founder Larry Page speak about his company and the lack of innovation in his industry. He had a very low opinion of company leaders who lack technical skills and made a point against the practice of using the “latest/greatest” tools to solve problems rather than researching a more logical solution. Which are good points but in the end he came off as being a bit arrogant. I suppose it takes a certain degree of arrogance though to develop a project as significant as Google without it being erroded by business-as-usual thinking.

The leader of the BayCHI East chapter made an announcement about an event in Berkeley later in the month called The Design of Online Communities which I’m going to try to make it to as well.

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Comments

Jessyca Wallace

SIGCHI is cool. I just renewed my ACM membership and my SIGCHI membership and finally joined SanDCHI, too… did you know that ACM generously offers a 50% personal hardship discount on their annual membership? that was might nice of them.

Walt Dickinson

What is a personal hardship discount? You have to prove to them that your life sucks on some level and they give you a break on the price?

Jessyca Wallace

They didn’t make me prove anything, actually. I just said I was having a personal hardship…the company I was working for DID go out of business and all…

Walt Dickinson

Gotcha.

Steve Williams

Regarding “Use permalinks, damnit!”: Great suggestion! The BayCHI web site gained permalinks upon its September, 2002, re-launch. The permanent link for the event you mentioned is:

www.baychi.org/calendar/20020312

There’s even an anchor link to Larry Page’s presentation:

www.baychi.org/calendar/20020312/#2

Walt Dickinson

Heh. It wasn’t so much a suggestion as a smart-assed rant but thanks for taking it so constructively. =-) I really like the redesign. Much sharper than the old look. And the permalinks are very useful. Thanks!