Tuesday, April 24, 2007

RSS Reader Video

If you need to watch a video to learn about RSS Readers, here it is:
There are two types of Internet users, those that use RSS and those that don't. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, but don't know where to start.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Slimmer Blogging Code of Conduct

Tim O’Reilly has posted a draft code of conduct for bloggers. My take is that the code is too long. Instead, I like the idea of having your comment policy upfront as suggested by Tony Hung. Being more specific, for one, I don't think "We won't say anything online that we wouldn't say in person" is even possible. As a simple example, how do you say the same thing in person that you would in a photoblog? Or even a standard blog entry like this one that has links to other blogs. Blogs are blogs precisely because you can express things you can not say any other way. And on most other points in the draft I agree with Michael Arrington's summary.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Positioning the British Invastion

How did Spirit stand a chance? The Beatles, The Rolling Stone, Led Zeppelin and Traffic. What mindshare could Spirit hope to gain. Finally San Francisco brands created a new niche with Airplane and The Dead. But the Brits got the mindshare that had a long lifespan with classic rock. I still enjoy Traffic. But don't own a Spirit CD, only vinyl. (Won't own an iPod.) Guess I need to pay up. :)

Prime Time Media

An advantage of age is a history of media. Each media (or extension of man) has a time, no matter how short, where it is the cutting edge. This is often called the golden age. Creativity is king. Three examples: the late 50's are well recognized as the golden age of television. Look at a Marx Brothers movie for a previous golden age. More recent, "web 2.0" gained credence as a new age for internet. I now believe we are in another new age of video as the leader. McLuhan aside: it is easier to recognized what was the dominate media when it is dethroned. "Does a fish know there is water?" In the past decade or three, video games have replaced music. Google "lemmings" to see how many blog about spending time in their youth playing that video (computer) game. I sit hear listening to the first Traffic album produced in an age when the "album" was in its prime. On the screen is "A Day At the Races" with the Marx Brothers at their prime. RIAA knows that their "prime" as passed. My prediction for the next golden age: Ajax (web browser as operating system) games. We've already seen "old media as content for new media" with Lemming converted to Ajax. The golden age is starting - don't lament, enjoy.