Views from Phanfare CEO and Co-founder Andrew Erlichson

Archive for April, 2008

Link Canon: This is the camera I want

I own two digital cameras today. I own a Canon 5D digital SLR and a very small Powershot SD870 IS. The SLR takes gorgeous photos with great depth of field control and amazing low light performance. Alas, when I carry my usual set of lenses (16-35 f2.8L, 24-70 f2.8L and 70-200 f2.8L and 85mm f1.8) [...]

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Link Improvements to Phanfare Web Client (and more)

We released some new features today. The most significant portion of this release is a new web client for managing your photos and videos. In addition to a complete re-write of the user interface to adjust to screen resolutions, show a lot more thumbnails and better enable image transforms, new functionality has been added to [...]

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Link Google App Engine vs. Amazon Web Services

We use Amazon’s S3 storage service here at Phanfare and love it. I especially like that while we are leveraging Amazon’s cost position and development budget, we could probably swap out the service for a competitive service or our own service if we really had to. Google’s new App Engine offering, which gives you a [...]

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Link Selling Music in the World of Free

Although Apple is having good success selling music online, there has long been serious concern within the industry that with DRM disappearing the business of selling music is going the way of the dodo bird as online sales are not keeping up with the declining physical sales. Fred Wilson eagerly awaits the day when all [...]

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Link Good Consumer Apps Don’t Expose the Filesystem

Consumer apps are moving to the cloud. No news there, we all know it. One unifying characteristic of well designed cloud-based applications is that they don’t expose the file system to the user. Do you think about the file system on Gmail? What about when you are using Google Docs? The computer filesystem is an [...]

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Link The Golden Age of Hosted Services

When Mark Heinrich and I started our last company in 1999 we rented space and a network drop at Exodus data center in Jersey City. We bought servers, racked them, and installed a bunch of equipment at the office, including a phone switch and an email server. At the time, most small businesses without engineers [...]

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