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Archive of the first commercial web site,

posted by Jason Kottke   May 10, 2007

Archive of the first commercial web site, GNN, launched in August 1993. More on GNN.

Steven Levy profiles Tim O’Reilly for Wired.

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 03, 2005

Steven Levy profiles Tim O’Reilly for Wired. Kind of ironic since O’Reilly Media has put itself in the middle of what’s happening on the web, a position that perhaps should have been occupied by Wired, had they not sold all their online properties several years ago.

This looks like an interesting book from

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 29, 2005

This looks like an interesting book from O’Reilly: Practical Development Environments. “This book doesn’t tell you how to write faster code, or how to write code with fewer memory leaks, or even how to debug code at all. What it does tell you is how to build your product in better ways, how to keep track of the code that you write, and how to track the bugs in your code. Plus some more things you’ll wish you had known before starting a project.”

Long thoughtful response from Tim O’Reilly about

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 24, 2005

Long thoughtful response from Tim O’Reilly about the questionable advertising on some of O’Reilly Media’s sites. Is selling your site’s Page Rank to someone more or less legitimate than selling them your customers’ attention? (via waxy)

It’s sad to see O’Reilly selling PageRank

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 23, 2005

It’s sad to see O’Reilly selling PageRank to all these mortgage and hotel sites that have thoroughly polluted Google with their bad results. Much of the onus is on Google to clean that stuff out, but as Rogers notes in the thread, “if you’re going to sell sponsored links, you should take the time to make sure they are advertisers you’d want to be associated with”. O’Reilly is the kind of company that people believe in (a rare thing in today’s world), but this makes me believe in them a little less.

Today’s helpful feature: how to tell if

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 15, 2005

Today’s helpful feature: how to tell if you didn’t get invited to the exclusive Foo Camp soiree. One method: see it referenced in a blog post and realize that it’s in 4 days and there’s no way your invite is still forthcoming.

“So You Want to Write a Book?”

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 22, 2005

“So You Want to Write a Book?”. O’Reilly Media’s guide for new authors.

Fun new book from O’Reilly’s Hacks series: Astronomy Hacks

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 21, 2005

Fun new book from O’Reilly’s Hacks series: Astronomy Hacks. “This handy field guide covers the basics of observing, and what you need to know about tweaking, tuning, adjusting, and tricking out a ‘scope.”