Andrew Sinclair


iPhone Concept Investment

+ (May 31, 2010)

I was really intrigued by this story on NPR about Apple's stock price and Kyle Conroy's compilation of Apple prices vs. today's Apple stock value because... I've been taking part in exactly this sort of "concept investment". Before the iPhone... more

How Many Emails Does it Take...

+ (February 25, 2008)

to buy something on eBay? Shouldn't it just take one or two? Or maybe it shouldn't take any.... more

I just ordered Radiohead's new album, In Rainbows, for about $5. You can only pay in Pounds Sterling, but the price is entirely up to the buyer (so you can choose to pay £0.00 if you so desire). The business... more

Netflix Movie Streaming

+ (January 16, 2007)

Hacking Netflix has a video clip of the new Netflix feature that I am not lucky enough to have (yet): streaming movies. Despite what the New York Time's says, I think Netflix is poised to continue their success. They're smart... more


+ (January 9, 2007)

Apple's new iPhone* is pretty cool. *iPhone is a registered trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc.... more

Law School Discussion Work

+ (March 11, 2006)

For anyone trying to access Law School Discussion today - I'm doing some work and access to the site is on and off. Stay tuned. Update: It's Sunday now and I'm still working. After upgrading some applications there is a... more

Why Zillow is Important

+ (February 14, 2006)

Zillow is the hot new real estate site brought to you by Richard Barton and David Beitel, the founders of Expedia (dot cooommmmm). The concept is to analyze real estate data to generate estimates of property value for any property.... more

No More Western Union Telegrams

+ (February 1, 2006)

Western Union is no longer offering telegram service, although the website still has a little "your message here" picture right next to the announcement that says they don't offer this service. I'm too young to have ever sent or received... more

Google Analytics Launches

+ (November 16, 2005)

When HitBox and WebTrendsLive ceased offering their free web traffic measuring services several years ago, countless* individual and small business "webmasters" (now an obsolete term I think) had to switch over to Sitemeter to get nice charts of their web... more

Yahoo! Maps +

+ (November 3, 2005)

Yahoo! answers Google Maps with their own updated version - very similar to Google's, with the ability to drag and zoom, and it's very fast. Yahoo is also offering an API so that people can integrate other data with the... more

Google Talk Launches

+ (August 24, 2005)

Google launches talk, an IM and VoIP service. I haven't tried it yet because it takes two to talk, so I have merely a sad list of "invited" people. Like anything Google touches, I expect it to be amazing. I'm... more

Akamai's News Index

+ (August 23, 2005)

Akamai, an internet content delivery company, launched a cool news meter last week. Apparently Akamai touches so much internet news content that they're able to view their own usage data and create a relative index of how much news consumption... more

Writing on this website has become something like working out: as time and motivation start to decline, the curve becomes dramatic. Maybe I can rescue it, and maybe not. In the meantime, check out this cool prototype keyboard that is... more

Yahoo! Searches the Commons

+ (March 24, 2005)

Yahoo! offers a Creative Commons search attribute, allowing you to search for content by it's license. Embedding license information as metadata within documents and photographs is a simple enough idea, and machine-readable information really gets interesting when people finally start... more

The End of Reading and Writing?

+ (February 19, 2005)

Lessig reads his column aloud to introduce himself to podcasting. I just got my March copy of Wired, and I'll probably skip that column and listen to the live version. This is part of the broader movement to record and... more

Baby Names

+ (February 10, 2005)

The Baby Name Wizard Voyager is simply amazing. There are three reasons for this: (1) We've had great data on name popularity for a long time through government records. (2) People are interested in names (a necessarily essential aspect of... more

Google Maps

+ (February 9, 2005)

Google maps are slightly better than other online map services. I'm waiting for them to layer Keyhole images over the maps so the user can see a birds-eye view. Mapquest used to have an option to view satellite images, but... more

Apple's Small Potatoes

+ (January 12, 2005)

Apple offers some new toys for those who can’t afford their pricier gizmos. I think there’s something mildly innovative about a cheap computer that happens to be small and nice-looking, but there’s nothing interesting about a RAM based mp3 player,... more

New Microsoft Search Engine

+ (November 11, 2004)

Microsoft has been lurking in Google’s ever-growing shadow for a long time. Today it launches a beta version of its new search engine. I did a few quick searches to try it out, and it looks like it works pretty... more

Enblogment Nothing to Me

+ (October 29, 2004)

I will be voting for John Kerry on Tuesday and I suggest you do the same. Today I’m participating an internet experiment whereby I “vote” via link for Kerry. There, my ballot is cast.... more

Ad Removal Tool Makes Ad Bigger

+ (October 26, 2004)

I’ve been putting a lot of work into Law School Discussion lately to fix minor user problems. Last night I noticed that a computer I don’t usually use was showing a huge advertisement on the top of the page. The... more

Blawg Republic Launches

+ (October 20, 2004)

Their description: "Blawg Republic is a real-time search engine that monitors the legal blogging community every hour." My technical description: Blawg Republic gathers RSS feeds from legal-related blogs, aggregates them, and renders them as html for your reading enjoyment. My... more

dot org versus dot com

+ (October 6, 2004)

Lessig reports that Cheney used the wrong TLD (that’s “top level domain” of course) when referring to the factcheck website. The real site is, which points outs inconsistencies on both sides of the political spectrum. Cheney mentioned, which... more

Wonkette NYT Traffic Analysis

+ (September 28, 2004)

Anne Marie Cox, the writer for Wonkette, was featured in the cover story of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine. I’ve always been curious about the impact of these things on a web site’s traffic. Thanks to Nick Denton’s policy... more to Remain Open

+ (September 23, 2004) was the best thing to happen to text books since the invention of the college copy-center reader, and eBay has just announced that Half is here to stay. eBay acquired in 2000 after Half essentially beat them to... more

Happy Birthday Google and eBay

+ (September 9, 2004)

Two of the internet companies I most admire, Google and eBay, each celebrated birthdays this week. Google turned six. eBay turned nine. Both companies have excelled because they took an innovative idea and proved its value. Google’s idea was a... more

I first heard about Craigslist when I moved to San Francisco in 2000. I tried to use it to find an apartment but it was a time when the demand far exceeded the supply. One household invited twenty potential roommates,... more

Comment Spam Works

+ (August 11, 2004)

I’m getting several comment spam messages per day on this site despite my use of mt-blacklist. (“Comment spam” is the posting of irrelevant comments with links to increase one’s Google rank.) I’ve never actually checked out any of these online-poker-viagra-mortgage-pills,... more

I never seem to get tired or relational maps. Musicplasma shows connections (by music style) between artists. I’m not exactly sure where the data comes from, but Musicplasma knows my tastes pretty well based on just one or two of... more

I think the search engine is an amazing invention that has progressed to be so useful as to change the way society uses facts and knowledge. That said, no matter how amazing the search engine becomes, I’ll always be a... more

The GIMP is No Gimp

+ (June 14, 2004)

I’ve been playing around a little with The GIMP image editing software. It’s an open source application that’s supposed to do much of what Photoshop does. Though I can’t afford Photoshop for comparison, I’m amazed with the quality of The... more

My high school radio station KMIH (my foremost pursuit during high school) is facing an imminent FCC ruling that will take it off the air. A commercial station based in a small Oregon town has applied to take over the... more

Incredible New Sony X505

+ (June 6, 2004)

The incredible new Sony X505 laptop can now be previewed on Sony Style. I continue to be amazed by Sony’s innovation and their willingness to compete with Apple for top designs (while Dell’s only creativity comes in the form of... more

Gracenote Stumped by BarBri

+ (June 4, 2004)

Since getting an iPod in December, I’ve been amazed at iTunes’s ability to recognize each and every one of my hundreds of CDs. Some of my discs are rare import promo singles from obscure early 90’s bands (A co-worker once... more

Folding@home Team

+ (May 6, 2004)

Pre-Law students on Law School Discussion (now popularly known as “LSD”) are starting a Folding@home team. I’ve been using Folding@home for over two years now and I think it’s great way to donate your computer’s idle time to a good... more

Wireless Leiden

+ (April 30, 2004)

By now everyone knows the advantages of wireless internet access. For companies like Verizon, wireless is a new market and a new opportunity to make some money. For companies like McDonalds, wireless is a way to get some press attention... more launches

+ (April 27, 2004)

The new cnet mp3 service, born from the downfall of, is now live. I’m not exactly sure how much of cnet actually acquired because today (perfectly timed with the public launch of cnet’s I got an email... more

The internet continues to be praised as a grand new medium for discourse – and rightly so. It erases biases and lets ideas flow nearly unhindered by presentation. It cuts through time zones and allows for calculated conversation. It is... more

Google has announced a change in its advertising policy and will now be allowing advertisers to bid on placement for trademark protected terms. They’re not allowing advertisers to use others’ trademarks in the ads themselves, but rather in the machine... more

I continue to be amazed at the sky high prices of some clicks sold through Overture. According to this article, bids for “mesothelioma” are up to $90 per click these days. A search on Overture reveals that, today at least,... more

TypeKey and Identity

+ (March 24, 2004)

Six Apart, the makers of the wonderful Moveable Type software that powers this site, has been working on a solution to the recent comment spam epidemic. Currently there are lots of evil-doers posting irrelevant comments to sites like this in... more

SMF Forum Software Released

+ (March 14, 2004)

The Simple Machines Forum software (the open-source software that powers Law School Discussion) has just been released as a publicly available beta. I continue to be impressed with the quality of the software and the development community’s willingness to help... more

MyDoom Removal

+ (February 9, 2004)

I’m getting lots of MyDoom emails everyday from infected computers, but the worm masks the email “from” address so I don’t know who is actually infected. All that I’m sure of is that my computer isn’t infected and that I’m... more

Just to reinforce the point I made yesterday, this site is coming up number #1 in Google today for “Mike Roe Soft”, and I’m pretty sure there’s no one else linking here with that term. You’d think Mr. Roe himself... more

NYT Google Bomb Article

+ (January 22, 2004)

The New York Times has an article today about Google bombs, search engine optimization, and the “miserable failure” bomb. The proponent of the “Miserable Failure” bomb says, “I'm actually surprised how easy it was to do.” Google says, “We're only... more


+ (December 13, 2003)

A few days ago there was a lot of excitement over the latest Google-bomb (whereby if you search for “miserable failure” in Google you get a George W. Bush biography as the first result). Like many, I’m entertained by such... more

Lego Factory

+ (November 10, 2003)

I never get tired of lego-related websites. In addition to various lego scenes floating around out there (including the amazing and newly discovered Escher scenes) and tools to make your own lego characters, there is now an animated tour of... more

Outdoor Gadgets

+ (October 16, 2003)

Speaking of gadgets, Nick Aster has just launched another quality website. Outdoor Escapade is devoted to outdoor gadgets, trip ideas, and trail reviews.... more

Hosting for Tattoos

+ (October 10, 2003)

Mindfield Media is offering free web hosting for life. The only catch: you have to get a tattoo. This promotion is, of course, working because people like me keep linking to them. (The logos don’t actually say the name of... more

Inkjet Ink Scam

+ (September 23, 2003)

I’m in the market for a low-end laser printer. Any recommendations? My old ink-jet printer works just fine, but I want something that prints in ink that won’t smear at a quality professional enough for cover letters and resumes. That’s... more


+ (July 23, 2003)

I’ve seen a lot of new music devices in the last couple years that use creative interfaces to make music. Korg’s touch pad was first, followed by Alesis’ Air FX. Audiopad is an experimental (the I’ve mentioned are fully developed... more

After reading Alice W’s note that the Star Wars Kid is in her personal network, I found that he was in mine as well. I know him though about four different people, and Chewbacca knows him directly. Chewbacca has over... more

Friendster is a lot more fun and interesting than I thought it would be. Someone invited me to join and I was really surprised to see a lot of my friends already enrolled. If you haven’t signed up yet, I’d... more

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court decided that the doctrine of trespass to the chattels did not apply to spam emails. At first glance, it looked to me like the trespass to the chattels theory had lost a lot of ground... more

GIF Patent Expired

+ (June 21, 2003)

Explore the rise and fall of the GIF patent. The patent expired yesterday, so we’re all free to create GIF files without paying royalties (Never paid a royalty? Me neither, but the makers of software that creates GIFs probably did.)... more

MSN's Spider Egg

+ (June 19, 2003)

DayPop reports that a lot of people are linking to MSN’s information page about their new webcrawler. MSN currently uses Google to produce some of their search results, so this could be seen as the first step in developing their... more

Inactive Account Charges

+ (June 14, 2003)

Nick Aster’s PayPal scam spotting reminded me of this: a lot of companies seem to be closing out inactive accounts lately. emailed me today saying that I hadn’t sold anything in a while and that they’d be closing my... more

Segway Spotted

+ (June 13, 2003)

I spotted someone on a Segway yesterday on Harvard Ave in Brookline. It was like spotting a deer in the wild: I’d seen it before on television, read about it, and find it interesting but not amazing… but I couldn’t... more

Phone "Booth" Wi-Fi

+ (May 14, 2003)

While I’m excited to hear that Verizon is experimenting with using existing phone booths as wireless hotspots in New York, I’m even more excited to hear that Verizon is dropping their DSL rates from $50 to $30-$35 per month. Yeah!... more

File Sharing Review

+ (May 5, 2003)

File sharing issues have seen a lot of developments recently. Last week, the RIAA unveiled software that instant messages users to let them know they are infringing. This followed shortly after a California District Court found that the popular file-sharing... more

Google Goes Dynamic

+ (May 4, 2003)

According to Google followers over at Webmaster World (including a Google employee going under the name of “GoogleGuy”), Google is perfecting their technology to better crawl and index dynamic web sites. Dynamic pages are valuable tools for anyone using a... more

In February, London began charging drivers £5 per day to drive into the center of the city. What I find so fascinating about this is that it is enforced by photographing cars’ license plates at every entry point to the... more

Baked Virginia Spam

+ (April 30, 2003)

Virginia has passed legislation that makes fraudulent spammers criminally liable. The law was apparently inspired by an FTC report that 66 percent of spam contains a fraudulent claim. The report, which I can’t seem to find, analyzed 1,000 emails from... more

Moving More Than Mice

+ (April 27, 2003)

MouseMiles is a utility / art project (mostly art project) that records the distance that you move your mouse (nothing to install, just open a pop-up window). The program keeps track of the vertical, horizontal, and total distance that the... more

Miniature Credit Card

+ (April 24, 2003)

Bank of America has introduced the “Mini Card”. It’s like a regular credit card but smaller. The idea is that it attaches to your key ring like one of those little supermarket cards. How convenient? It works in slide-style machines,... more

Update Cassandra

+ (April 11, 2003)

"Here comes the story of a... Google update." Update Cassandra is underway. Some people are so obsessed with Google that they've taken to naming each update as though it were a hurricane. (You may have to register to view that... more

Communication Structures

+ (March 23, 2003)

In The Tipping Point, Malcom Gladwell describes a way to find the “connectors” (key influencers) of a group. He lists the most popular surnames from the phone book and asks each group member to count how many people he or... more

Thomas Korte Loves Google

+ (March 18, 2003)

Thomas Korte is excited that his new blog (one week old) has already appeared in Google. He claims to be impressed with Google's speed in finding and indexing his site, not because he likes being in google. Come on Thomas,... more


+ (March 12, 2003)

Intel today released it’s new processor, “centrino”. Because it’s specifically designed for mobile computing, all the major laptop manufacturers also released new products today. It’s an exciting day for the laptop enthusiast. Check out all the new designs from the... more

To Google

+ (March 1, 2003)

Google attempts to prevent genericide by asking Word Spy to cease defining “google” as a verb. For those not familiar with the word “genericide”, just google it. Check out the third result for an accurate description: the word spy.... more

Pick a Number...

+ (February 27, 2003)

How popular is your favorite number – and why? I’ve recently learned that numbers, like abbreviations, can be protected under the Lanham Act (trademark protection). Of course, like any trademark, we have to look at the mark in relation to... more

New Daypop Features

+ (February 25, 2003)

Daypop has recently added a couple of really cool new features. In addition to generating a list of the day’s most popular links from blogs, they are now generating lists of the most linked to blogs and the most popular... more

"Don't Try to Change My Plan"

+ (January 24, 2003)

I’ve been extremely impressed with the progression of the Drum & Bass Arena website. Whether you like drum & bass or not, you have to appreciate the quality of this site. The Drum & Bass scene is a small scene.... more

Good Morning!

+ (January 22, 2003)

Why do so many websites require a login? Sometimes a login is actually necessary, but all too often its just there because someone thought it would establish customer loyalty or something silly like that. It’s now common practice to require... more


+ (January 19, 2003)

I got a new desk from Ikea this week. I actually bought it in Seattle and shipped it to Boston (since the nearest Ikea to Boston is four hours away in New Jersey). Despite the distance, the price of the... more

The Other Side of Spam

+ (January 18, 2003)

At my old job, we used to get really random emails from people using the feedback form on our website. I’m happy to announce that Law School Discussion has grown to the level where I too get “feedback” that makes... more

At some recent time, Law School Discussion achieved a Google Page-Rank of 6/10. 6 of 10 is actually fairly difficult to achieve, so I'm happy to see the site progressing. There have been a lot of new posts lately too,... more


+ (December 13, 2002)

I guess I'll be like everyone else and link to Froogle today. It's a good concept - just in time for Christmas too (though it doesn't appear that Google gets any sort of commission on sales). It doesn't really seem... more


+ (December 10, 2002)

Googlism will tell you everything that Google “knows” about a particular topic. Google knows who I am: “Who is Andrew Sinclair?" andrew sinclair is a law student at boston university and he also runs lawschooldiscussion andrew sinclair is still living... more

AOL Scam

+ (December 3, 2002)

AOL to Announce New Focus on Taxing Confused Internet Users Perhaps I am missing something, but to me AOL is a company that sends me lots of plastic and paper in an attempt to get me to spend $20 a... more

Points of View

+ (November 18, 2002)

Nick Denton is the former CEO of my former employer, Moreover Technologies. It sounds like he had a rather interesting night a couple days ago when his wallet got stolen. What makes the story interesting is the interaction between the... more

Wired? No!

+ (November 16, 2002)

Now wireless...... more

From Above

+ (November 13, 2002)

Yesterday Wired Magazine ran an article about a project to photograph the entire coast of California. At first I thought, “that’s cool” and checked a out a picture or two. Then I realized that I used to live across the... more

BU Printing

+ (November 12, 2002)

I've been spending a lot of time lately in the BU computer lab. It's not that I don't have my own computer; I have two. It's not that I don't have high speed internet access; I have DSL at home... more

$8 Clicks

+ (November 10, 2002)

I've been working on a draft of a my "note" for the BU Journal of Science and Technology Law all weekend. In the course of my research for the note, which is about FTC regulation of paid listings on search... more


+ (November 6, 2002)

Don't blame me. I turned up yesterday to let me voice be heard. Apparently, it wasn't enough. This was my first time voting on the east coast, and I was really surprised at the crazy-looking voting machine I was asked... more

Japanese Computers

+ (November 4, 2002)

I saw an ad recently for an importer of laptops from Japan. This seems like a good idea. It's kinda cool that different countries have different stuff, but it's even more cool that people occasionally get there hands on that... more

Game Cube v.1

+ (October 23, 2002)

The original game cube is now emulated online! When I was a kid, we didn't have astronauts to help us "solve the cube".... more

First eBay Sale

+ (October 20, 2002)

My first ever sale on eBay is now at the "please send me the money" stage. I was surprised at the questions people emailed me. It wasn't that they were really strange, but they seemed like slightly unreasonable requests. "I'll... more

Apparently the free version of Web Trends Live (no link because, well, I'm mad at them) has been discontinued. I understand that these companies need to make money, but I, like many others, cannot afford to pay. I hope for... more

For some reason, my throat has been on fire over the last few days. No matter how much water I drank, I was unable to ease the pain. I did, however, achieve a state of clear piss. Today was my... more

Google Daily Updates

+ (September 22, 2002)

I don't know how one achieves this status, but certain websites are visited nearly every day by Google, while others are visited only during the regular (monthly) Google crawl. I'm happy to announce that this page is now updated each... more

Strange Computations

+ (July 31, 2002)

There is so much I don't understand about computers. For example, why does it appear that there was a HUGE spike in traffic to at 1pm today? Why does it look like a russian website is linking to the... more

Travel Sites Suck

+ (July 28, 2002)

It's been a weekend of spending money. I bought a rug and coffee table (finally), an airline ticket to San Francisco, and I'm about to rent a car for this weekend's Newport Folk Festival. And I don't even have enough... more

It's way too hot outside... but I'm inside... with A/C. Thank you Lord for allowing me to work in an air-conditioned place, and for keeping my home A/C unit from falling out the window. My A/C hums peacefully while ardently... more

Google Answers

+ (April 27, 2002)

Not that I'm obsessed with Google, but they're doing something really cool called "Google Answers". People submit a question and pay for it to be answered by one of the researchers. Who are the researchers? They're just people who want... more

The Sweetest Sound

+ (April 26, 2002)

Another day of studying... I took a break today to notice that Google is about to update their index. (They update first on other servers: and Then the main index gets updated.) What does all this mean? It... more

Trillian IM

+ (April 16, 2002)

I might be a little bit behind the times on this one, but today I discovered something very very cool. The Trillian Instant Messenger is an interface that lets you IM across all the major platforms. Thus I now have... more

Hot Computer

+ (March 31, 2002)

My computer is still overheating. If only they made coolant for computers... Actually coolant would be handy for lots of things. This is really annoying. I was checking into getting a new power supply (I think that's the problem) and... more

PC design

+ (March 30, 2002)

I'm still unsure what caused my computer to get so hot the other day. Since then I've had the cover off of the case and I've been tripping over the open wirey box that pretty much contains all of my... more

Stanford Screen Saver

+ (March 26, 2002)

My computer has finished processing it's first Work Unit of the "Stanford Alzheimer and Amyloidogenic Disease Research Program" screen saver. It works like the SETI@home sceen saver, using the power of many otherwise idle processors to get some real work... more