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Fri, 03 Nov 2006 17:42:48 PSTSo I am in Oxford UK after some time in London and a day in Manchester to watch England V Macadonia. London was great but the details will have to wait. England has been fun and crazy the last few days. Planes, trains and buses galore, I am in Oxford for a few days to relax. Will write soon. Miss you all.
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Sat, 15 Jul 2006 14:04:12 PDTCouchsurfing.com, the online destination of thousands of travelers looking for a free couch to crash on, recently launched version 2.0. Couchsurfing suffered a major database failure on June 27th [http://www.digg.com/tech_news/
Tue, 11 Jul 2006 23:41:06 PDTI just installed Firefox beta and it shows a great improvement on the Mac. This article shows you how to enable all your extensions for the beta (most extensions won't work yet) with minimal effort. Most of my extensions worked. I hope this 2.0 version is out of beta soon. It is well worth a go.
Mon, 10 Jul 2006 17:09:26 PDTFirefox 2.0 Beta 1 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) can be downloaded from Mozilla's FTP site, although the official Beta 1 won't be released until July 11, according to notes published by the open-source developer.
Wed, 05 Jul 2006 19:22:41 PDTAfter going to see the Al Gore movie this past weekend, I re-read an article about him in Wired magazine. What I forgot about Al, aside from the fact he created the Internet, is his project called Current TV. A cable network that is broadcast on some major cable providers, but not on my sweet (read sarcasm) Adelphia package. I heard about it when it launched, visited the web site, and pretty much forgot about it. Because of the Youtube.com and Google Video phenomenon that has been sweeping the internet, Current TV has been swept under the proverbial internet rug. The Wired article indicates a lackluster uptake on the TV channel, but I decided to give it another go.
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Fri, 30 Jun 2006 02:52:47 PDTTechcruch has reported that Couchsurfing has taken a dive. The site is down and most likely has closed it's doors for good. Being a user of couchsurfing, I am saddened to see this happen. It seems there was a series of mistakes made by the administrators of the database and now the data is gone. I really though Couchsurfing was a great site and great community of nearly 100,000 users. I used it when I travelled to europe to meet locals and get travel advice. Techcrunch has a deadpool list of startups that have failed, but this brings to home a bigger issue that we must consider. Who do you trust with your data, and who will be around to make sure it lasts?
Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:51:48 PDTI hate to be cynical about new technologies, but it seems that Podcasting is getting a little crowded in the directory space. With Melodeo being in the spotlight this week, it is hard to say Blubrry will make a buzz. Fresh for Gnomedex, Raw Voice, the creators behind Geek News Central, has released the web 2.0ish application in the wild. The first impressions in usability is a good one. The site looks clean an is easy to use. There doesn't seem to be a massive amount of content at this time, so it looks like a site that requires podcasters to sign up to add their podcast to the site. I say "looks like" because there is no information about what blubrry actually does. I assumed it was a podcast index site that would go out and aggregate content, but with so few offerings at launch, I think that assumption will be wrong. As you can see they are more than mysterious with their about pageAbout BlubrryOne network that meets your needs and keeps you independant.So how are you going to meet my needs? And joining a network keeps me independent how? Yes I know it is beta, but when you launch a product, please tell me what it is and what it does.Searching the web, I found an article in thePodcast Herald,where Todd Cochrane talks about his new service.From reading I gather this much:"Dynamic user-driven connecting place featuring "MySpace" - Style social navigation, ranking and commenting for each show""...listing requirements for podcasters...including""...One advertising spot for your podcast...."..Blurbrry promo if no advertising is available..."and here's the rub....."honor your commitments to advertisers and not compete with Blubrry outside the network...."Like Flickr and other name catchy applications, they just couldn't find any room for that additional letter in the name (I mean come on, they don't charge by the letter when you register a domain name)Now that has "user-generated", "social network", "folksonomy", web 2.0 buzz kill written all over it. Why would anyone want to join this network and be a part of the advertising pool if they can't subsidize with outside advertising? Talk about your walled garden, people come to sites for the content and ease of use. Yahoo, Odeo and others have made finding podcast's easy, so now others will have to compete on content.The upside in joining blurbrry for podcast producers is a share of the revenue. The split will be 70 -30 split with the big chunk going to Podcasters. A fair deal, but you need advertising dollars in order to fund this share. The key question is how can blurbrry differentiate themselves from other podcast networks where advertisers will want to invest.Monitization can be tricky in podcasting, and given the lack of big names on the network, I don't see a huge uptake to blurbrry.Todd has some experience in podcasting and building networks, so I do think he has a chance to get some buzz, but over the next year I am sure we will see more networks with other types of business models hit the space and bring more competition to a already crowded market.Good luck Todd, I just have one request. Please add more content to the site so users and producers know what it is all about.Update: Friday June 30, 2006 4:30pm PDTAnthony from Podcast herold sent me an email to clarify the comment I made about not being able to advertise on the outside if you join the network. He says: One correction about Blubrry: podcasters can subsidize with outside advertising.I think what Todd Cochrane means is that he doesn't want a conflict between the advertisers Blubrry is setting up for member podcast spots. Any previous advertising deals a podcast may have and any other ad deals are no problem and are up to the individual podcast producers.And yes, the collective bargaining power and 70-30 split does look nice.I took more time on th[...]
Wed, 28 Jun 2006 18:47:19 PDTScoble has left the building.....Good luck Robert on your new adventure.
Wed, 28 Jun 2006 18:14:17 PDTDigg Article:
Wed, 28 Jun 2006 14:10:35 PDTIt looks like Google's Book Search Program just earned a little validation. German publishers have dropped thier copyright suit against google. Now lets see if this will influence publisher's here in America.
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Day one at bloggercon was very successful. As a small blogger, I was able to get a lot out of all the sessions and meet some really great people. The blogging community is great about coming together and sharing ideas. Dave Winer's "unconference" format works very good and everyone is the speaker and the audience.here.
Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:39:12 PDTBloggercon IV is about to begin here in San Francisco. Last night's kick off party was great. I met some great bloggers that I have been reading for awhile now.
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Mon, 12 Jun 2006 22:21:43 PDTThe google book search debate was great. The arguments were well laid out and I found the debate to be on point at most times. I recorded much of the debate and some commentary afterwards. It will take a day or 2 to edit, but I am excited about the audio I recorded.
Mon, 12 Jun 2006 18:28:35 PDTI am at the central library downtown to listen to a debate between publishers and authors and Google about the program to scan all the books in the world. Larry Lessig will be involved and it should be a good debate for fair use and the control of words and knowledge as we know it.
Sun, 11 Jun 2006 23:17:01 PDTVloggercon was happening this weekend in San Francisco and it sure seems to be a success. One of the valuable offerings this year was the live video streams of all the sessions and the real time chat for online attendees. Being a Video Blogging conference this was a great idea. The chat feature worked as remote participants were able to ask questions and get involved.
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Thu, 08 Jun 2006 08:12:15 PDTAs you can see I have not been posting lately. Mostly busy, but also wanted to take time off from writing and just enjoy life. This next month is busy, but I will get a chance to get to go to Bloggercon IV. I hope to take more time this summer to enjoy camping and hanging out at the beach.
Mon, 01 May 2006 21:26:52 PDTSundays remind me that life is spent in short bursts. We live for the weekends, they come, enjoy and they are quickly gone again. One thing that will be gone forever in my weekends is the West Wing. A perennial favorite TV show of mine since it was cool to be a democrat, I am sad to see the show off the air forever. I think Dave says it best.
Tue, 25 Apr 2006 01:55:05 PDTTime fly's by when you are having fun. So here are a few quick links that I came across:
Tue, 18 Apr 2006 01:40:14 PDTIt has been awhile since I posted a podcast, so I thought I would record a quick one. Talk about books and publishing and some interesting links in the sphere.
Wed, 12 Apr 2006 20:13:57 PDTThere is someone that thinks they are funny by posting rude anonymous comments about me. Whoever it is either, post with your real name,site and email address or go away. It is amazing how childish and weak people are when they hide behind anonymouse comments.