November 27, 2006

Is there a black market behind Sitepoint?

The blogosphere’€™s most stumbling blog, Jack of all Blogs, thinks so. I would probably have missed this story since Jack of all Blogs has been in feed reader limbo for a while, they just haven’€™t delivered anything good for, well, ages.

Then this comes along, a whiny post about the selling practice over at Sitepoint, which was followed by another example a couple of days ago.

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The importance of proofreading

Darren over at Problogger runs a series of reader quick tips, presumably to be able to take some time off I guess. We all need time off, and Darren has a solid user base to rely on in times like these. Lucky bloke.

Anyway, a recent tip tells you to proofread. While this might sound like a ‘€œduh!’€? moment you’€™ll soon discover that most online writers in the semi-professional circle actually don’€™t do it. A fairly large part don’€™t even use spell checkers to get rid of those annoying mistakes that you really don’€™t need to be doing.

I think you should proofread, but it’€™s even better if you can get someone else to do it for you, since you can get pretty error blind to your own writing. Now, having a second person proofing your blog posts might not be possible since the blogosphere often demands a pretty high pace, but it is ideal.

Proofread and spell check. I do it all the time, and sure, I still make mistakes. That’€™s only natural (especially for me, English not being my primary language), and it’€™s just at natural to try to make as few of them as possible. Trust me, you should be happy about that’€¦

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Moore’s Law Reaches Important Financial Point — Computing “Free”

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That is to say, the cost per MIP (million instructions) has now fallen to about a penny.  Chris Anderson (you know, Chris “Long Tail” Anderson) makes a great point today saying that historically, the price of computing power has been astronomical; but, as hardware falls and Moore’s Law kicks in, that price has been falling at a faster and faster rate.  Now, its virtually free. 

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A Journey Through Social Networks

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If somewhat trippy, stream-of-conscious type narratives interest you, an article right out of the LA Times might be right up your alley.  Authored by one of the researchers in the editorial pages, it details one woman’s journey from friendster to facebook to myspace, equating each one with a different stage in her life.  Even if these kind of narratives are NOT your thing, its still worth reading from a bit of a historical perspective if you were either too old not not hip enough to them in the first place (take me, for one).  read more

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Bloggers and The Old Media — A Partnership in Evolution?

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The now-defunct Press Gazette is carrying the keynote address of Leonard Downie, the executive editor of the Washington Post, at the launch of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford.  Don’t let the title of the keynote speech, “Journalism After Iraq”, fool you however.  Although Mr. Downie does describe the influences of war on journalism, and the attempts of various governments in controlling it, Mr. Downie also goes into great detail about blogging and how it affects old media.  read more

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November 26, 2006

Blog Herald Going Out Of Style?

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With Blog Herald divesting so many of its properties, our very own Tony Hung asks our very own Matt Craven some questions regarding the future of the company.

With BlogMedia transforming into ProBlogging.com, I pinned down Matt for a few words during the middle of a particularly bloody divestiture (is that a word?) for a few words on ProBlogging’€™s plans for its future, its focus and scope, and above all the burning question on my mind ‘€” is the BlogHerald safe from its bloody axe?

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Quebec Considering Cell Phone Ban. The Reason? YouTube.

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So a few days ago, I posted on how school children were using YouTube to harass teachers in the UK.  Well, it seems like the same thing is happening in Canada.  In Quebec (which, as of this writing, is still part of Canada) a veteran teacher has been staying at home since an unfortunate incident was caught on a cell phone camera and uploaded to YouTube.

What is now being debated, however, is how to deal with the incident, as it seems like the teacher may have been baited into the incident (which involved yelling) so that it could be captured on camera.  Quebec’s school teacher’s union is now trying to get cell phones banned throughout the province as a result, in an attempt to get school teacher’s feeling safe about their own privacy within the classroom.

While its good that YouTube was compliant in taking down the video once asked, the banning of cell phone cameras also raises the issue of accountability as well.  While the move may try and establish teachers as the “master” of the classroom, one hopes a banning won’t result in swinging the pendulum the other way — that complaints by students will still be taken seriously.

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November 25, 2006

Is Corporate America Finally Getting Web 2.0? (YouTube And CBS)

After years of fighting sites like Napster, AudioGalaxy, and every peer-to-peer sharing network under the sun, it looks like corporate America is getting that social network sites like YouTube can be an asset instead of a pain in the “you know what.”

(Reuters) CBS uploaded more than 300 clips that averaged about 850,000 views per day in the first month, in an early sign that YouTube’s deals with TV and traditional media businesses could be paying off, the companies said in a joint statement.

CBS said ratings of its late-night programs have seen increases since uploading the shows, including adding 5 percent or 200,000 new viewers to “Letterman” and adding 7 percent or 100,000 viewers to “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

This is probably a wise maneuver for CBS, as suing companies out of existence has not quenched the thirst for piracy of content (also known as “sharing”). CBS, along with several other music companies are finally realizing that they can use web 2.0 to their financial advantage, without isolating their fans who simply want to show off what they enjoy to the world.

Although not everyone will get how web 2.0 can benefit them, it looks like corporate America is taking its first step into a larger world.

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BlogMedia, Inc. renames itself to Problogging, Inc.

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Our parent company, BlogMedia, Inc., has renamed itself to Problogging, Inc..

We’ve outlined over at Problogging a bit about why we’ve been selling off some of our sites – and what the road ahead poses for us…

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Special Series: Drugnet

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The Philadelphia Inquirer has been running a series entitled Drugnet about a family from India who ran a massive & illegal drug prescription drug wholesale operation across the internet.

The series is interesting not only for their inside look into how the syndicate operated, but also for the government’s use of e-mail and IM wiretaps in order to obtain evidence against the members of the syndicate.

The series started last Sunday and runs through this coming Sunday at Philly.com.

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