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# Friday, 28 March 2008

How's your driving?

Been rude to other motorists lately?

Wasn't that you leapfrogging through traffic, cutting people off and giving them the old one-finger salute? In fact, isn't that your licence plate posted online, along with a description of your car and a blog telling all about your atrocious driving?

Yes, listed right there on the Internet, for everybody to see, on one of those websites where people vent about encounters they've had with rude and reckless drivers, like you.

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Friday, 28 March 2008 09:27:42 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Friday, 07 March 2008

I can't stand slow drivers or that annoying guy in my political science class who can't seem to get enough of his own voice. I hate bad dates and Wal-Mart is the pits.

I could continue, but I'll tell you right now: I like to complain, and venting tends to be my only solution. From bad quiz grades to a runny nose, my friends and family are the first to get an earful of my sorrows.


Read article here

Friday, 07 March 2008 11:50:44 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Friday, 29 February 2008

Backseat drivers, Sunday drivers, whatever kind of driver you might verbally lash out at, you can relax. Here is an outlet for your road rage that is certain to improve public safety. It's not just bad drivers; you can reward good drivers in the process.

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Friday, 29 February 2008 15:07:56 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Great segment produced by Cleveland's Action News 19.

http://www.woio.com/Global/story.asp?S=7844475

Wednesday, 13 February 2008 11:00:40 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Saturday, 12 January 2008
Yes, PlateWire's next version has taken much longer than I originally anticipated, but I am almost there. Currently polishing off the logic that will import and transform the data from the existing site into the new sites' data schema. Once that is done it's just a matter of a few tweaks in the license plate maker (users will now have the ability to add custom plates templates to be used when filing wires) and some tweaks to user registration and I'll be ready to launch the private beta.

Once again I want to thank everyone that has helped throughout this process, your feedback was invaluable!

I also wanted to share a screenshot of the new versions' Class Diagram (for the non technical, a Class Diagram is just a graphical representation of the logic that encompasses an application). As context, PlateWire's current versions' Class Diagram only has 6 objects.


Saturday, 12 January 2008 14:37:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [2] -
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# Sunday, 06 January 2008

In response to a newsreaders' question about how to react to road rage, the Three Wise Guys, Joe Heim, Justin Rude, and Dan Zak, recommend PlateWire!

Read full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/03/AR2008010303759.html

Sunday, 06 January 2008 16:13:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [2] -
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# Monday, 12 November 2007

"If you've ever found yourself furious at the thoughtless driver who cut you off, or sped right by, or tailgated and you felt the need to get them back? Well now you can... online with a website called PlateWire.com."

Great story by Eyewitness 11 News from Raleigh-Durham North Carolina.

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=triangle&id=5757346

Thanks to Sam for finding this one!

Monday, 12 November 2007 19:07:20 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1] -
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# Wednesday, 03 October 2007

I am very excited about how the new site is coming together, so I wanted to share a preview of the look and feel of the upcoming version.

(click on image to view)

I'd love to hear everyone's feedback.

Mark

Wednesday, 03 October 2007 14:19:07 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [11] -
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# Saturday, 18 August 2007

As PlateWire's popularity continues to grow, web sites of a similar nature are launching on a regular basis. After some discussion with other webmasters (including AboveAverageDriver.com's Chris) we came to the conclusion that this niche market would benefit from having one single clearinghouse to exchange messaging of license plates.

For instance, say Joe in California, witnesses Suzy's teenage daughter driving recklessly down the highway. Perhaps Joe does contact the authorities but they deem it low priority. So Joe goes home and send a "wire" to the plate, using AboveAverageDriver. Suzy on the other hand is registered on PlateWire to receive a notification if any of her plates are messaged. WIthout PlateXchange, Judy would have not received the message regarding her daughters reckless driving (unless she would have checked on AAD's website).

PlateXchange offers an Open Source system for web sites to communicate license plate packages amongst themselves.

So if you run a license plate based web site, or have a neat idea that you think would take off, but have avoided launching it, because others have something similar, now is your chance to participate in a growing network of niche web sites!

http://www.PlateXchange.com/

Saturday, 18 August 2007 16:10:35 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Well, PlateWire has survived its first year of existence and what a year it has been! It is interesting to  note that shortly after launching, I received several comments from the general public claiming that I would have at least one lawsuit filed against the site in less than a years’ time; boy, am I glad they were wrong! Not only has PlateWire been widely publicized by the media, it has developed a unique community dynamic primarily compromised by forward thinking individuals that share a similar goal of a decidedly safer and enjoyable driving experience, far exceeding my initial expectations.

As the Internet continues to evolve, we are experiencing an overwhelming exposure to new concepts that revolve around the Internets’ powerful capacity to reach anyone, anywhere. This effect has in turn caused an “Information Revolution”; Information which was once owned and controlled by government and large corporations and only accessible through the proper channels, is now free to be created, modified, and shared across the world in the blink of an eye. Although we have already begun to experience some of the negative effects of this Information Revolution, such as private data being lost, leaked, or stolen due to negligent handling, the positive aspects have only begun to surface. It is my opinion that PlateWire is a prime example of how this new paradigm can be harnessed and applied towards real world situations, offering services and information access that would have previously been impossible. With that said, I am of the belief that PlateWire is here to stay and I am committing myself to developing the best possible tool, service, community that PlateWire can and will be.

Without delving too much into the new functionality, I’d like to point out some of the focus for the next version of PlateWire (V4); I believe that a dash of social networking will assist PlateWire’s community in getting to know each other better and collaborate.  V4 will allow users who choose, to have public profiles, which will include pictures, links, registered plates, and anything else they would like to share with other members.

Wires: wires will no longer be anonymous. In order to begin building reliability and validity rules, I have arrived at the conclusion that your username should be attached to wires that you have filed. Of course, private information will always remain just that, private. No information will be given to third parties with anything short of a subpoena. Wires will also have a “Validity Score” which will be determined using several factors, including votes from the community.

Verification of identity: there will be 3 levels of identity verification, with email verification being the only mandatory one for participation. Mobile phone verification will act as the secondary method of identification. Users with higher levels of identity verification will receive a higher validity score on wires that they file.  The highest level of validity will be given to users who have verified a home address through a PayPal process (~$5-$10).

Plate Registration: V4 will allow individuals, families, and businesses to register as many plates as they wish, and setup notifications via email or SMS at no cost. Although the site will recommend users with multiple plates to complete level 3 identity verification, it will not be required.

That covers a top level view of some of the major functionality changes, the design will also be updated to match, focusing on a clear and easy to use interface.

Although I was hoping to launch the beta of V4 before May 11th, time has been on short supply so this date has been pushed to mid-to late June.

I look forward to thoughts and comments from all of you!

Mark

Wednesday, 30 May 2007 21:06:33 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [5] -
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