I wrote an essay entitled Web Publishing 101 for Musicians. I wrote it because I've been to a number of bands' official web sites, and they (the sites, not necessarily the bands) really suck. Worse, I join their mailing lists to find out when they're playing nearby, and they never send any messages, so I miss their shows. Argh. Sometimes it takes two or three years for a band to tour again. So hopefully this little essay will help bands' web sites suck less.
It appears that one of the companies I interviewed with last December has quietly gone under. Olliance (no link because the site seems to be down) was an "open source consulting" company, based on the idea of providing services for companies using open source software. Theoretically this could be a good idea but I didn't get a sense that they were going to make it. I guess I was right! The phone number on their WHOIS record isn't currently in service. Doh.