Sunspots: the Gestalt edition 37signals 11 Apr 2006

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8 comments so far (Jump to latest)

Mark 11 Apr 06

Goo Gone has been an indispensable kitchen cabinet staple in my home for years.

Matt Dempsey 11 Apr 06

That last link doesn’t work and I’m quite interested in that article. I enjoyed the Steve Jobs article, thanks!

Claudio Perez Gamayo 11 Apr 06

why Gestalt edition?

Edmundo 11 Apr 06

I wonder if you guys checked out Maeda’s sixth law of simplicity:

“In order to “feel,” you gotta have noise.
Too much noise, and all you’ve got is noise.”

George 11 Apr 06

That Bill Gates thing surely begs the question of what browser does he use, and then, how does he avoid spyware/enjoy his pop-ups?

Vishi 12 Apr 06

Looks like your new aggregator is working on all cylinders. Is it called sunspot? We have something similar in our pipeline too.

Stephen 12 Apr 06

I especially liked Bill Gates tacky Ikea office and the Learning To Love You More web site. One wonders if Bill would really need three screens if he had a more productive operating system, or maybe virtual desktops?