Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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carry and use a USB drive with a set of portable apps

I’d bumped into portable Firefox and portable Thunderbird before, and played with them a bit. I’ve just bumped into and realized that I can have a more or less full suite of the tools that I use most, on a USB flash drive, that I carry with me. Really want to see how well this works!

build a $10 handheld for the poor
How does this work?

Computers exist at a price point because

  1. Companies that make them can make money at that price, because
  2. People will spend that much

So what if you start with a different optimization criterion? What if you try to push Moore’s law the other way, and build, say, something with roughly the computational power of a Palm V for as little as you can? $10, say? It’s technically possible.

One person in four lives on US$1 a day or less. So a $10 computer is two weeks wages. I’d love to contribute to a computer that would help that 25% of the world find their way out of poverty.

find out how much God loves me
Talk about an unreachable goal...

I’m slowly learning that the whole point of everything is for us to learn how much God loves us. I’ve only just realized that one of the most fundamental verses in the Bible doesn’t say what I read it as… I thought “God is love” meant something like “God loves” or “God is loving”. Doesn’t say that. Man, do I have a lot to learn.

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