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Last Build Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 15:51:45 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2002 Jonathan Greene


Mon, 18 Nov 2002 14:53:12 GMT

As discussed previously, I have had some significant issues with Radio Userland, the blog system for this site. It is based on my frustrations that I have decided to move my site to another realm. I have deployed Moveable Type and finally made some productive use of my domain name. You can read the new site and the history discussed here, as I was successful in importing everything over, by clicking now. Have a nice day...

Compensation Required...

Sat, 16 Nov 2002 19:15:54 GMT

Because I work in marketing I can see why this is happening, but as a consumer this needs to offset the high ticket price. It's already bad enough that commericials get shown in addition to slide show local ads. If another whole set of progamming comes in, the price needs to change, period.

Paying $10 to get pitched: more movie ads coming: "Regal movie theatres will expand their pre-show advertising and trailers to twenty minutes. The last few AMC/Loew's movies I've gone to in San Francisco have had 20 minutes' worth, too -- it seems to be the norm everywhere. The CEO of Regal sees a trend: "I hope that the line between entertainment and advertising will begin to blur."LinkDiscuss (Thanks, Futtbuck!)" Source: Boing Boing

Blast from the past

Sat, 16 Nov 2002 19:13:42 GMT

This looks very cool... too bad the bundled games are not better. I'd like to see Defender, Space Invaders, River Raider and Pitfall.

10-in-1 Atari emulator-in-a-joystick for $19.99: "Eli the Bearded sez: Avon, the makeup company, is selling a joystick with 10 classic Atari games in it. No console needed, just hook this up to the RCA jacks on your TV and play. I was just watching someone play it, and I want one now. LinkDiscuss (Thanks, Eli the Bearded!)" Source: Boing Boing

Watson vs Sherlock

Fri, 15 Nov 2002 02:44:17 GMT

The SDK was released earlier this week... Watson Developer on Sherlock Plug-ins: "Karelia Software, which recently released Watson 1.6, on the Sherlock 3 plug-in architecture: “We’ve taken a look at Sherlock 3’s released plug-in architecture, and it’s quite a bit different from Watson’s. Although some developers are sure to prefer Sherlock’s approach, our reaction is lukewarm at best. You can’t exactly expect us to be impartial judges, but here are some differences...” (See the sidebar on the right side of the page.)" Source: Ranchero

The Woes of Radio Userland

Thu, 14 Nov 2002 22:40:14 GMT

For the past few weeks I have been having unbelieveable issues with Radio. It seems that Radio, which runs locally as a web server does not like to stay on all the time. In fact it prefers to be offline most of the time, but not officially so. What this means is that most of the time I try to post, or modify something, the server does not respond. I am forced to either restart the app, or stop and start the server. While this does not take that much time to do, it is incredibly annoying.

I have posted many times to the discussion group, but it seems that while others are also having this problem, there is no fix in sight. More and more this is becoming a deal breaker for me and I am looking to alternatives.

Right now I am considering a move to Moveable Type which would allow a great deal of new features to be added and a great deal of control to be had as well. It does mean though that I need to find an inexpensive host for the site. Another option could be This host is based on Manila, a close relative to Radio, which logic tells me should make it easier to migrate my past posts... If only they would return my email so I could know for sure. It would be great if they had a phone number posted, which is currently weighing heavily against them in the running.

Support is a key issue for me. Radio has NO manual. The support is minimal and only through the user community. This is not ok for an application you pay for.

BTW - Radio was not able to stay running long enough for me to finish typing this post and then publish it. I had to restart the server in order to complete the task.

CRM? Not Exactly!

Thu, 14 Nov 2002 19:52:05 GMT

I rented a car from Hertz on Tuesday though I actually reserved it on Monday via their web site. Fortunately I had printed my confirmation notice since I did not receive the usual email confirmation. That came on Tuesday evening after I had returned the car. I have received two additional confirmations of my reservation, one Wednesday and one just now on Thursday - two days after the reservation.

I was only thoughtful enough to print out my reservation because I had rented another car over the weekend. When I went to pick it up, Hertz had no indication of me in the computer. SInce I could not give them my reservation number (my bad) they could not easily locate the car. After a call to HQ, they found a reservation for me in 2003! That is one year later - who would be that anal to reserve a car one year in advance.... Anyway, they had a car for me which saved the day, but since I was at the counter I could not get the same low rate I had reserved. The whole time I was thinking it was my fault thought weird to have selected 2003 on the site, it could have happened in my haste to get it done. When I got home however, I found my email confirmation (this one arrived minutes after I clicked) which listed my car for the correct day and year. Hertz refunded me the difference, but could not explain the error since the confirmation number was afterall in the computer.

Someone better get their shit together at Hertz IT. They are not a small company and can't afford to mess it up this badly. I could always start renting from Avis...

NetNewsWire out of Beta...

Thu, 14 Nov 2002 19:38:06 GMT

Once again, a solid update my RSS news reader of choice... NetNewsWire Lite 1.0.2. (image) NetNewsWire Lite 1.0.2 ships! It’s no longer in beta.

Changes since 1.0.1 include reduced bandwidth use, a Bandwidth Stats window, bug fixes, and user interface enhancements. []

Sony's Future Vision

Thu, 14 Nov 2002 17:55:43 GMT

It's a broadband world enabled by very cool devices to enable Sony to beam the content from its entertainment divisions to us anywhere we might be. Not bad at all... The airboard sounds very cool and the previously mentioned P800 Symbian device could be a wireless killer device.

Sony's Gadget Gamble: "Excellent, lengthy article in by Peter Lewis in Fortune about Sony and its vision of the future for gadgets and consumer electronics. Get ready for the Airboard, the SDR-4X, and the Cocoon. Read..." Source: Gizmodo


Thu, 14 Nov 2002 17:32:12 GMT

This is a must read. If this plan goes into effect, we are all one step closer to the department of pre-crime as told in Minority Report

You Are a Suspect: "(16 links) William Safire: The Homeland Security Act -- Is It A Gross Invasion Of Privacy .. OUTRAGE GROWS OVER PENTAGON PLAN: SUPER DATABASE WILL TRACK CITIZENS .. You Are a Suspect .. NYTimes" Source: blogdex - the weblog diffusion index

Open access to copper leads to profitable DSL

Wed, 13 Nov 2002 20:36:56 GMT

on what it costs to be ruled by the bell-heads: "

Here's a company to watch: eAccess, Japan. They are a profitable aDSL company here in Japan, building the fastest growing aDSL network in the world. They now offer 12 mbs (yes, I mean 12 mps) for $26/m, service within 7 days. And to celebrate their amazing success, on 12/12, they go public.

Talk to the extraordinary president of eAccess, Sachio Semmoto, and he'll tell you the key to eAccess's success: That Japan learned from the United States that access to copper had to be "open." Open access meant new competition; competition has driven prices down, speed up.

It's an amazing thing, competition. Apparently it doesn't work in America, though. Now that the Japanese have profited from the American lesson on regulation, the Americans are retreating. The FCC is moving as quickly as it can to undo open access requirements." Source: Lessig Blog

Global changes in the way Agencies view the business

Tue, 12 Nov 2002 19:58:26 GMT

This is a good article with some good thinking from Sir Martin... The views are not that new but are becoming more common across the ever-changing Marketing and Advertising landscape. At my company we strive for media neutral solutions that solve the business issues at hand for our clients. WPP: Focus on the End Game: "" Source: Drunk Guerilla - Marketing Out of the Cage

Prime Number Shitting Bear Discovered!

Tue, 12 Nov 2002 14:36:56 GMT

Web zen: Internet bear poops prime numbers: "(image) Strange little web site featuring what is, in all likelihood, the world's only "Prime Number Shitting Bear."LinkDiscuss (Thanks, Mark!)
" Source: Boing Boing

Ask and ye shall receive...

Tue, 12 Nov 2002 01:45:09 GMT

My search on Google earlier today for more tricks was not too successful, though the ever-handy NetNewsWire just delivered... Google Hacks: "(image) Google Hacks is just about on its way to production, ready for a late February / early March shelf-date. The book is written and compiled by Research Buzz's faboo Tara Calishain and features contributions from various folks of the blogosphere.

Editing this book and another, along with a plethora of other projects, have kept me pretty much utterly heads-down of late. I'll be re-emerging soon and putting some re-found energy back into raelity bytes." Source: raelity bytes

It's fun to kill guys wearing acid-wash and Members Only jackets!

Mon, 11 Nov 2002 21:47:57 GMT

I don't give a damn what Donahue says: When a guy goes bouncing across the hood of your car and he's wearing acid-wash jeans and a Members Only jacket, that's pretty much justifiable homicide right there.
It's fun to kill guys wearing acid-wash and Members Only jackets!: "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City goes where no video game has gone before -- into the dark heart of the 1980s." Source: Salon - premium access through advertising

Mon, 11 Nov 2002 20:54:02 GMT

I have to salute Salon for taking the initiative and creating some interesting paths to their premium content. I just noticed (perhaps it has been there previously) that you can choose to click and experience an enhanced ad, (in my case a 4 page deeper look at the new E-Class) in order to gain a single day pass to the premium writing.

I really like this model and hope it works out for everyone involved. The site and advertiser get a multi-paged ad view.... I actually tried to jump to the last of the 4 pages too early and was told the average length stay was only 30 seconds and to be patient. After that I went through all the pages and got the apprpriate reward - full access for the rest of the day.

Giving my email was optional for more info, though something I would question if you are going to force the impressions and give the content, it would seem a worthwhile cost to the visitor.

In case you are curious as to what I was reading that was of such great interest, it's an interview with Bob Kerrey, former Senator, Vietnam Veteran and currently President of The New School University on why we should support a regime change in Iraq.

Where are you going today?

Mon, 11 Nov 2002 20:11:06 GMT

This is cool - I wonder what other Google tricks there are to reveal rankings like this... Internet's most PageRanked pages: "Feeding the query string "http" to Google causes it to barf up all the pages in its database in order of their "PageRank" value. The ten most important pages on the Web today?

1. Yahoo!
2. Google
3. Microsoft Corporation
4. Adobe Systems Incorporated
5. AltaVista - The Search Company
6. My Excite
7.'s Biggest Selection
9. Lycos Home Page
10. MapQuest: Home
There's something really cool about that list -- the Internet is more about finding stuff than it is about stuff itself, it seems. LinkDiscuss (Thanks, Jeff!)" Source: Boing Boing

File this under very interesting...

Mon, 11 Nov 2002 13:18:44 GMT

Guess Who Yahoos? Saddam's Son: "Yahoo evidently provides a free e-mail account to Saddam Hussein's eldest son, who also has a .NET Passport from Microsoft -- which would be a violation of U.S. law. By Brian McWilliams." Source: Wired News

Movielink ready to roll... but does it matter?

Mon, 11 Nov 2002 04:15:36 GMT

The Web site, a joint project of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros., will debut Monday with a limited selection of first-run and classic films from the five major motion pictures studios, in a test of the technology to select U.S. residents. Though the film studios have licensed content to other video-on-demand sites, it is the first time they've introduced a service of their own.

Movielink ready to roll: "After nearly two years in production, the online movie rental service will debut Monday with a limited selection of first-run and classic films from five major motion pictures studios." Source: CNET

Movielink vs my Time Warner VOD... Hmmm seems like an easy choice. Watch on my computer (not mine actually since Macs are not supported) or via Cable on my Digital TV with surround. Movielink seems like it will offer about 200 movies to TW's ~100. Prices are about the same, but the Movielink system will let you keep the movie ffor about a month on your computer.

Hilarious movie with Chris Parnell from SNL

Sun, 10 Nov 2002 23:15:11 GMT

This is a hilarious short starring Chris Parnell from SNL... It's well worth the time.

Fox Searchlab : Farm Sluts: "(4 links) Farm Sluts (Fox Searchlab) .. Having a bad day?" Source: blogdex - the weblog diffusion index

What happens when Windows goes too far...

Sun, 10 Nov 2002 22:22:02 GMT

No mention on the OS, but I imagine it to be something very possible as Microsoft extends their reach into our cars, homes and phones.

Rebooting the Cash Register: "" Source: Dan Gillmor's eJournal