Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Health Insurance for All
Health Insurance is severely hurting small businesses. I’d like to see Universal Healthcare for businesses that provides a level playing field for self-employed to small businesses, to mega-corporations. This would be a big help to the economy and I think better than any tax cut. There are probably some out there.permalink ( Tuesday, January 31, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Microsoft ships RSS platform Public beta of Internet Explorer version 7 is released. Dave Winer has more on the topic. permalink ( Tuesday, January 31, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Monday, January 30, 2006
Squidoo Lens on Dave Winer I'm a fan of Dave Winer. ThinkTank was a great invention and I believe RSS changes everything. So I created a Squidoo Lens on Dave. permalink ( Monday, January 30, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Yahoo game-changers for 2006
Dave Winer wrote about technology game changers that he foresees. Clone the Google API, BitTorrent and P2P webcasting. Dave is usually ahead of the curve and I note the non-central server view. Worth pondering as time unfolds. Has me thinking.
I think in the coming year and after Dave’s OPML work will be responsible for a new explosion of web creativity. In the last year we’ve seen the RSS creative explosion with memeorandum, top10sources, Squidoo and the like. We’re seeing a glimpse of it with reading lists, but much more is coming on the web and in the enterprise. Exciting times.permalink ( Sunday, January 29, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Publishing Economy I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, but we now live in a publishing economy. It is nearly every phase of our economy now. So Dave Winer’s comment about publishing ring true. I’ll publish more on this after work. permalink ( Tuesday, January 24, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Monday, January 23, 2006
10 Years of AJAX? No, 10 Years of HTMLjive.
So in honor of the occassion I did some very minor changes to the original. Now that it has grown up a little, HTMLjive also has a new (home) URL. Your siblings RBGjive and GEMjive wish their big brother a Happy Birthday.permalink ( Monday, January 23, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Superbowl XL Ads Lens
While watching the Steelers and Seahawks, I created a Superbowl XL Ads Squidoo lens. Think I have most of the advertisers listed, except ABC. I’ll have some work in the next couple of weeks keeping it updated.permalink ( Sunday, January 22, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
What has sounded like a technical and business issue is presented wisely to show the potential negative impact of changing the Neutral Internet in The Coming Tug of War Over the Internet. This is why the FCC was created and I hope they do their job.
We've come to expect that the people who own the phone and cable lines remain "neutral," doing nothing to influence the content on your computer screen. And may the best Web site win.permalink ( Sunday, January 22, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Saturday, January 21, 2006
In reviewing my list of best books for 2005 I just noticed that design is a common theme. Game design, home design, design patterns and D-school. I’m also working on a post about Good Technology and I’m talking about design in there. I’m thinking that I want to focus more on this topic.
So this presents a problem that I need to solve this year. I now have several blogs including this one. Two others are Multipurpose Room where I have not posted in a few years and Surfing The Laws of Media. So I’ll see if I can find some focus and improve my blogging.permalink ( Saturday, January 21, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Friday, January 20, 2006
Love Monkey Is this a tv show or an effort to revive the music business? First, they have a great web site for True Vinyl Records, the record company in the show. Second, the characters are on MySpace: Tom Farrell and Julia Hixon. But it looks like the show is going to feature real muscians in each show with like Teddy Geiger, Ben Folds and LeAnn Rimes. And check out the Other Artists We Love – Aimme Mann, James Blunt, Ben Folds, Eugene, Robbers on High Street, She Wants Revenge and Anna Nalick. Got me listening to new music tonight on my computer. permalink ( Friday, January 20, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Saturday, January 14, 2006
The Web Office is out of the gate
As we move into the contributed content of Web 2.0, collabroation becomes essential. Writely.com looks like it will become THE place to work together to create Word processing documents. WikiCalc is taking care of the spreadsheet. Not sure where the PowerPoint equivalent is, yet. Then an app to make them into a suite. I sense a new new way of sharing that will just keep growing.permalink ( Saturday, January 14, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
O’Reilly Radar answered the critics on digg.com about “stealing” a CSS. This is a great Web 2.0 story for several reasons.
First, digg.com is a wonderful site where the community submits stories and decides which ones make it to the top of the home page. I’ve listened to their podcast on my Tivo a few times. It really is a interesting way to get the latest tech news and points out the power of social software in the web 2.0 world.
Second, I just started reading The Origin of Brands by Al & Laura Ries. (blog) They state that divergence is “the most powerful force in the world.” This is already happening with digg as the O’Reilly story shows with its link to pligg. TechCrunch pointed to a porno version the other day. Here’s a Linux version using the digg model. ituneslove diggs music. Look for many more. Diggs or pliggs will probably become a common feature of some community sites now that there is an open source version.
Third, any new technology “reverses” at some point according to McLuhan’s Laws of Media. For example, a car gets you there faster until there are so many that it reverses into traffic jams when you go nowhere. I think digg is at this point. It was hit by spammers and now the accusations of mob journalism. Maybe having an editor isn’t so bad? (Interestingly, the podcast is an editorial product.) Maybe memeorandum looks better with its robots and spiders? I expect both will find their place and that I’ll continue to enjoy digg.com and their podcast.
Art Rage is one reason why I'll get a tablet
12 years ago I owned a pen computer. It looked very much like the tablet computers you see today with a convertible screen that was touch sensitive. However, the processor was really not powerful enough given that is was a 386 with a black and white screen. I’m anxious to do art again and a mouse does not cut it. It looks like Art Rage is designed for the hand on screen. Thanks to Scoble for pointing to it. Maybe in 2007 I’ll saved up the cash.permalink ( Tuesday, January 10, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Monday, January 09, 2006
You, not Howard Stern, are the Program Director
Sirius and Howard Stern have done great PR. But cut through it and look at the real future of audio programs. It is not broadcasting but podcasting. We know radio is primarily listened to in the car and occasionally on the clock radio. Radio, whether AM, FM or satellite, will compete with hard drive devices (mp3 players) in the car. You’ll subscribe to the programs you want and they’ll automatically (through WiFi or BlueTooth) be in your car. You’ll be the
Howard killed the radio star and satellite radio is fighting for dominance against hard drives. Good luck!permalink ( Monday, January 09, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
2005 Top 10 Lists Heath Row was nice enough to highlight my new Squidoo lens on 2005 Top 10 Lists in his Squidoo Blog. It was fun to make. And I won’t feel obligated to update it because it is a snapshot in time. permalink ( Wednesday, January 04, 2006 ) Ray 1 comments links to this post
Why Build a Squidoo Lens?
A reader asked why I built a specific Squidoo lens, but I’ll answer with a more general answer.
I’ve always believed that member contributed content was the key to online sites. This goes back to my first BBS in 1979 and the followup BBS which was entirely fiction: The Storyboard. I then worked extensively with Searchlight BBS in the ‘90s because it brought the features of a BBS to the web. I contributedcontent.com will someday get my attention.
So I write Squidoo lenses for my own interest and fun. My first Squidoo lens was on Marshall McLuhan which is some indication of my deep interest on the subject on new technology. I’m very intrigued by how Squidoo will do in the longterm. How will Squidoo work when the Web 2.0 spotlight is removed? Will Squidoo work as a site because typically people only view a few pages on a site and move on? Will Squidoo lens primarily work as search results? How do lenses fit into the trackback and tag world of the blogosphere? And I really don’t mean to ask these questions specifically about Squidoo, but about member contributed content. This is all part of the reason I like creating Squidoo lenses.permalink ( Wednesday, January 04, 2006 ) Ray 2 comments links to this post
Was listening to Dave Winer podcast with John Palfrey of toptensources.com. This seems very similar to Squidoo.com where I’ve put together a few lenses (like Sudoku). I’ll refrain from a side by side comparison review for now. Feel free to comment on your view. I do think that they two will compete for the same attention and will learn from each other.permalink ( Wednesday, January 04, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Monday, January 02, 2006
Flyi Flies Off
From Flyi. Just shows that sometimes a great service is not enough.
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Guy Kawasaki is Blogging
Guy Kawasaki, the Apple evangelist is blogging and I’m subscribing too!permalink ( Monday, January 02, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
But check it out. Maybe start you family history, your novel, or just notes.permalink ( Monday, January 02, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Another Video Outlet Here’s were a star will be born in 2006: http://www.youtube.com/ permalink ( Sunday, January 01, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
"Video Killed the Radio Star" 2006 version
When technology allowed cable tv to move from 12 channels to hundreds, the age of public access television became possible. In the ‘70s Sony produced inexpensive, portable video recorders – the PortaPack. People started seeing the possibilities of moving television out of corporate control. Michael Shamberg wrote Guerrilla television and then went on to produce The Big Chill and many other films.
With podcasting it was easy to produce your own radio shows with the help of mp3 players. We now have new video podcasting, iTunes selling tv reruns, TiVo to go, etc, for video distribution. Video can even be shot with a cellphone or any of the millions of digital cameras sold this past year. So there will be an explosion of video production like what happened in the Guerrilla television days. And we’ll probably see a few new Michael Shambergs emerge, the Dawn and Drews of this video wave. Look for them soon. Television won’t be the same.permalink ( Sunday, January 01, 2006 ) Ray 0 comments links to this post
2006 Predictions Mainly technology, but what will probably happen in 2006.