Archive for the 'Microformats' Category

hResume Creator Online

For those of you who want to create an hResume we built a creator. Check out the beta version here: hResume Creator. You simply enter your resume data, cut and then paste the code on your website. Give us the URL so we can ping it. We built the Creator for […]

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Cocktail Napkin to Startup (DIY Part Four)

Over lunch Brian and I had fleshed out the broad stroaks of the hResume business:
The idea: What if you could create your resume on your own blog or website and allow job sites, potential employers and other interested parties view it as necessary? You could maintain and update your resume in one place. […]

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Cocktail Napkin to Startup (DIY Part Three)

It began with a call from a guy looking to raise money for his Ajax-driven job listing site. He was a nice enough fellow, but I was unable to concentrate on what he was saying. I recall something about a revolution, the best, superior, and earth shattering. Other than that my mind […]

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Persistant Search

Bill Burnham’s post, “Persistent Search: Search’s Next Big Battleground” talks about how ping servers and RSS will define a whole new segment of search. Interesting article if you get a chance to check it out. Our own work with structured data, such as those defined by Microformats have shown us there is a […]

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Cork’d: Dan’s second baby this year!

Dan has been busy both personally and professionally.  He has been so busy he hasn’t been able to work on several of our Big in Japan projects.  But we still love him!  He just announced his new site he and Dan Benjamin created called Cork’d.  The site is devoted to the reviewing and sharing of […]

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Inside the Net Interview

Brian and I spent more than 45 minutes talking to Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur from This Week in Technology about Big in Japan, Microformats, Agile Development and the new Web 2.0 style of cooperation. You can listen to the interview on the Inside the Net Podcast No. 17 or subscribe to the […]

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Microsoft supports microformats!

In an interesting move, Bill Gates indicated that microformats are a core part of Microsoft’s strategy. Marc Cantor noted that Tim O’Reilly had clued Bill in on microformats the night before the announcement in this video. I am not as concerned about the timing - just the fact that Bill is talking about […]

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Goodbye and Hello!

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to the classic PHP version of elfURL. I came up with the URL shortener while sitting at SuperNova last year. From idea to launch it took four days. Read about it here. Here is the old skin:

Now meet the new Big in Japan […]

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PodServe alpha comment . . .

Since Emily Chang was nice enough to note that PodServe was up I thought I would mention that it is only in "Alpha" - in the old days I would have called it "Beta" but in these days of perpetual beta I want to be clear.  If you use PodServe you might get an "APPLICATION […]

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Mash Pit 2.0 Starts NOW!

It has been a busy weekend (BarCampDallas just wrapped up). Chris Messina is hosting the second Mash Pit at the Architel offices (the first with guys like Matt, Niall, Chris and Josh was held on January 18th) this morning at 10AM. Kevin (of soon to be SimpleTicket fame) will be representing Architel, Brian […]

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Open Source + Web 2.0 = ?

As many of you know I began this blog as I became excited about the prospects of Web 2.0 focused businesses.  Shortly after we began two projects/businesses in the space.  The first is a company now called Weblogs Work run by Brian Oberkirch.  Weblogs Work is a blog consultancy helping companies with interactive marketing using […]

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Big In Japan Mock-up

Here is the current mock-up for the front page of BiJ. If you mouse-over the icons at the bottom of the page the big window above will change to describe the ‘tool’ and show a screen shot.  What do you think of the little icons for each tool?  How about the RED - a bit […]

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elfURL now at 300,000+ visitors!

On September 29th I blogged that elfURL had only had 12,000+ visitors.  Just two months later almost 300,000 more unique visitors have used the tool.  Woot!  elfURL is being rolled into the Big in Japan project and will get a new look and feel as well as enhanced functionality.  One of our Ruby on Rails […]

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Jason Calcanis Supports PodServer…

No, not really, but almost.  PodServer is a simple tool from the Big in Japan: Web 2.0 Toolbox.  Here is the overview:
PodServer allows users to upload their mp3 to our servers.  The system will write the various standard and non-standard (i.e. iTunes) XML data to turn an mp3 into a ‘podcast’.  Users can tag their […]

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Timeshifting Church…

The Big in Japan: Web 2.0 Toolbox projects are well underway.  One of the new tools is called PodServer.  Basically it is a simple tool that allows a user to upload their mp3 and turn it into a podcast usable for iTunes, Odeo, or any other podcast directory.  It is written in Ruby on Rails […]

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