Johnson's Law


Those that know me have heard me refer to Johnson's Law.

Now you can own the t-shirt! :-)


The long tail of the web world

Hitwise has an interesting report, US - Top 25 Popular Websites. The report lists the percentage of 'visit' market share.

Site #1 (MySpace) clocks in at 4.9%, while #25 (AOL Mail) garners a 'mere' 0.26%. The total market share for all 25 sites is roughly 33%. The total market share for the top 10 is just over 28%.

I'm struck by several things when looking at these numbers.
  • The biggest gorilla in the zoo has less than 5% of the pie.

  • The market share drops quite fast, with #25 at one quarter of one percent.

  • The top ten sites are the only ones with more than 1% market share.

My understanding is that Hitwise measures a specific list of markets, so it's distinctly possible that it's missing some significant segments - who knows. Also, we are talking about statistics. Thar be dragons. Still, the overall curve is hard to deny. Most of the web is in the tail!

I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to think of popular web sites not listed in the Hitwise top 25.


www.aloofschipperke.com lives!

As if the world needs another domain. :-)

Take a peek at www.aloofschipperke.com. It's the primary web site for all things Aloof!

I can't believe I didn't do this earlier. I wonder about me sometimes. :-)

www.johnsonpigs.com resurrected

Well, I finally got around to resurrecting www.johnsonpigs.com. It doesn't have any of its previous content, but I expect that to change, now that we have a Johnsonpig Schwag Cafepress store.


Fun with Asset Databases

The New York Times is carrying a story on various absurdities found in the National Asset Database.

As an IT Architect, I am no stranger to 'asset databases', as they are a common element in architecture frameworks. Frankly, I generally find them maddening, for reasons made clear in the article.

The New York Times article presents an excellent cautionary tale on the dangers of a naive asset database implementations. Perhaps naive is too harsh, I'll let you be the judge. Having said this, database content based on inconsistant or incomplete definitions typically results in a database full of invalid data. The fact that the asset database is used in threat calculations brings the problem to an entirely new level. At best, it can result in a plethora of humorous and ridiculous examples of perceived risks. At worst it can result in fundamentally flawed input into calculations used for critical decisions related to national security.

Here's the bottom line. Are you an technology architect, designer, or coder? If so, bookmark the New York Times article. The next time you see an asset dictionary slapped up on the table, pull out the article and ponder your next steps. The rest is up to you.


New Scientist Tech - Bacteria made to sprout conducting nanowires

This is astounding - definitely worth a read.

It's not hard to envision this evolving to a larger scale.



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