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15 July 2009

Editor’s Note: Bruce Lawson will be doing a 1-hour tutorial called “How to build a HTML5 Web site” at the FOWD Tour.

Everyone is excited about the possibilities of HTML 5, but there’s a lot to learn and absorb as well. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of articles to get you started!

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14 July 2009

“There will always be a company that replaces you. At some point your BlackSwan competitor will appear and they will kick your ass. Their product will be better or more interesting or just better marketed than yours, and it also will be free. They will be Facebook to your Myspace, or Myspace to your Friendster or Google to your Yahoo. You get the point. Someone out there with a better idea will raise a bunch of money, give it away for free, build scale and charge less to reach the audience. Or will be differentiated enough, and important enough to the audience to maybe even charge more. Who knows. But they will kick your ass and you will be in trouble.”

- Mark Cuban

We’re not completely against the Freemium model for web apps (heck, that’s what made DropSend really succeed for us) but there are some important things to consider before taking this route. Here are a few great resources to checkout when deciding on your web app pricing model:

  1. Freemium did not work for Phanfare
  2. When you succeed with Free, you are going to die by Free by Mark Cuban
  3. Jason Fried on why Free is the Future of Failure. Jump to minute 9:15 on the video or audio.
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13 July 2009

We’ve rounded up five great links for you today. Topics range from Firefox plugins to CSS3. Enjoy!

  1. 3D CSS Visual Effects demo using pure HTML, WebKit’s 3D CSS Effects extensions and JavaScript
    An amazing demo that shows what’s possible with CSS3, HTML 5 and JavaScript.
  2. How to Measure the Health of your Business at a Glance
    A quick article by me on how to use a ‘Red Light – Green Light’ system in your business to measure performance.
  3. Download all your Google Docs at once
    “Users of the Google Docs web service can easily access and manage their documents in one location online. However, they still would like to be able to back up and archive their files on their own systems. Unfortunately that isn’t so easy and requires you to download backups of each document individually. The Google Download Script was written to help streamline this process in two different ways.” Warning: Command line knowledge required.
  4. Top 10 Wallpaper Tools & Tweaks
    Great article from Lifehacker: “A good wallpaper provides a pleasant backdrop to productivity. A great wallpaper changes your whole computer experience. See some of the best image sources, software, and usability tweaks we’ve come across and rolled up for your downloading pleasure.”
  5. Set Up “Push” Gmail on Your iPhone
    Want Blackberry like push notifications when you get email? This gem from Lifehacker that shows you how to setup ‘push’ Gmail on your iPhone 3.0 software.
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