I’m Tom Abate. I hope you’ll find my Ruminations useful, informative and, at times, entertaining. The site is a work in progress. I have organized it around four content pages. These I plan to fill with eclectic notions arising from my working class, small business, and white-collar experiences, including more than 30 years of writing about Silicon Valley.
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I have an old-timer’s familiarity with the principles underlying the internet and the web, but out of touch with the culture and technologies. Still, I imagine making contributions in the realm of business models for independent content creators. I’ll approach this as a former beat reporter for a newspaper – learn from those who are active and successful; help synthesize and popularize their work; and connect the dots or people and/or add ideas of my own, should these seem useful.
I derived the organizing principle of this site from Steve Krug’s web usability book, “Don’t Make Me Think.” He maintained that every page is a front page because most viewers will discover you via a search engine, friend referral, or social media hit. Hence, I every page of Ruminations has the same look and feel and navigation. We’ll see how that works.
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