Rearview Mirror: How Big Can Amazon Be?

Five years ago this month, New York Times writer Saul Hansell asked that question.

Wall Street has put up the money to realize his dream for the most “amazing” and “creative” store that sells everything. Now the warehouses have been built and the ribbon has been bought. There’s only this Christmas, and maybe a few more, to find out just how big Amazon.com can be.

As an aside, for tomorrow’s Sunday New York Times, Hansell updates the Gates vs. Jobs story of Microsoft vs. Apple in online music.

Although the online archive for my weblog begins in November 2001, an earlier edition of my original personal weblog (which is now offline) began on June 20, 1999. So, in one form or another, I’ve been blogging now for almost five and half years.

I found the story link above in an offline copy of that first weblog that I had saved. By the way, back in those pre-historic blog days, I maintained my personal site (and weblog) with Microsoft FrontPage. Yuck!

When Radio Userland was introduced about three years ago (late 2001), I migrated to Radio. I believe this November 2001 post was my first using Radio Userland. Radio was, of course, a mind blower. Not just a web posting tool, Radio was a desktop news aggregator as well — and available cross-platform to boot!

Just about a year ago I migrated my blog from Radio to TypePad. Radio, while being very powerful, was a bit like an Erector set — and I opted for TypePad’s more user friendly approach. I believe this is the first post I made here using TypePad.

For my news aggregation needs, I’m now totally addicted to NetNewsWire and I’m posting this blog update using the ultracool MarsEdit.