Weekly Round-Up December 30, updated Jan 2.

By Exclusive Concepts Blog Team

Happy New Year everyone. If you’re like me, it takes about 3 weeks to comfortably settle into a new year so that I’m not writing 2005 on my checks. I’m not the only one straddling the old year and the new.

Lists Looking Back and Forward.

The Top 10 Tech Transformations of 2005 by J.D.Lasica.

The 10 biggest Microsoft surprises of 2005. Bet they didn’t think it would be facing its biggest virus threat ever, affecting every Windows system shipped since 1990.

Geek to Live: Top underrated apps of 2005.

Most Predictable Stories of 2005 from Wired.


More and varied content and increased productivity is why mainstream media is turning towards blogs says BusinessWeek’s blog – Blogspotting.

The man who invented the world wide web and gave it to us free, now has a blog. If you are a real nerd, you will want to check out Dig, by Tim Berners-Lee.

Blogging doubled Stormhoek’s wine sales in less than a year says Hugh MacLeod.

From the New York Times Answering Back to the news media using the Internet and blogs.

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Bloggers from lawyer Evan Schaeffer.

Only 4% of the Fortune 500 are blogging. The Fortune 500 Business Blog Index.

Amazon Connect’s author blogs. Blog marketing really works with books.

The New York Times debuts a real estate blog, The Walk-Through.


Marchex is a company that has bought the domain names for some 74,000 zip codes. Will that be enough to burn Google in local search?

How Click Fraud Could Swallow the Internet.

Online Marketing

From the Pew Internet project, How Men and Women Use the Internet. Men like it for the experiences it offers while women like it for the human connections it promotes.

2006 will be the year consumers start buying goods with their cellphones. Now’s the time for retailers to start thinking about next Christmas.

You have to hand it to this kid who made himself a million dollars on his homepage and got coverage around the world. He’s selling the last 1000 pixels on eBay.

Online Holiday Shopping 2005.


The 800-Pound Google that industry fears.

Does Google Talk infringe on patents?

From Niall Kennedy, an exclusive: Google to offer feed API.

Everything else that caught my eye

Watch the talk this week on Sony’s new device for e-books that uses E Ink, a display technique from a Cambridge company. Curling Up with a Good E-Book. Can you really read 15 books between charges?

Online storage Perfection by Michael Arrington.

Slinging images, music and data around the house will be easier. Convergence: This Time We Mean It.

From Guy Kawaski, the 10/20/30 Rule of Powerpoint presentations.

Nerds in the Hood, Stars on the Web.

Yahoo is working on creating the television of the future. It will soon debut “Wow House” a reality series to be broadcast online and that’s only the beginning of its original programming to be done mainly in a short form so it can be downloaded.

Eyebuds for the video iPod are coming from the company that makes video imaging technology for military and industrial uses.

The Rembrandt Code. Mathematicians are now identifying true old masters and spotting the fakes. Why not? If it’s digital, it’s numbers.

Did you ever want to have a second life? You can at Second Life, a 3-D virtual world and digital continent with 100,000 residents. Be whoever you want, you’re limited only by your imagination. You can create an avatar and join for free, but if you want to buy land and build, you have to pay. Hey, it’s worth it if only to see what you can look like.