Do I really look like Philip Seymour Hoffman? You decide.
Speaking of calendaring. Are you a DJ or electronic musician? Want to share your event calendar with the world? Well, Crossfader has added a calendar.
Patrick Hurley sends this one in: AirSet (shared contacts, calendars, lists, and more). I love getting a passionate plea to try out software. "A beta that's worthy of your time" says his title. Hey, you don't need to impress me. You need to impress my readers. They are hard to impress. Right?
Primetimepodcast.com released PPR: Your Premier Podcast Receiver. Gotta try that out and see how it compares to iPodder.
MTV debuts the next Xbox Thursday night. That means we'll record the Apprentice final. Heh. We're geeks after all.
Mike's blog has lots of other stuff from the MEDC.
One of my favorite news sources is Good Morning Silicon Valley. They just got a redesign and now is a full-blown blog.
Cool and just saw there that Syndic8 was kicked out of Google's index. Speaking of which, there are several sites that are republishing my content without providing links back to my original blog. That's just nasty behavior.
I actually do give permission to several sites to republish my content as long as they provide a link back here. Just ask and I'll give permission.
My friend Chris Coulter says that Maestro is big news for Microsoft.
What's fun is that Microsoft is so big a company I never heard of this before Chris emailed it to me. I'd love to do a Channel 9 interview with this team to learn more.
I voted "no" on Richard Byrom's poll to make me blogosphere president. Heh.
Cool blog, he's an Oracle consultant and he's coming to the geek dinner we're planning in London on June 7.
What's really scary is two people voted yes on the poll already. Oh, my.
Stick this in your video iPod: Participatory Culture.
Broadcast full-screen video to thousands of people at virtually no cost, using BitTorrent technology.
An Apple employee (at least he claims to be an Apple employee) is over on Slashdot saying some interesting things:
1) "A video iPod would be a dumb idea for lots of reasons, some technical, some psychological."
2) "What's a much bigger thing is the gradual shift, over the past two years, in the way we as a company do business. We are very serious about IP."
3) "And unlike video, people often do want to carry photos around with them."
4) "So there's basically zero reason for video to be portable. You're not going to carry it around with you. You're going to watch it at home."
5) "See, the "alpha geeks" are not our market. We don't sell to them. The "alpha geeks" are defined by one key characteristic: they're irrational."
This guy sounds a lot like Steve Jobs. I don't believe he's an Apple employee, though. Why? Cause generally the Apple employees I meet are smart and this guy doesn't sound smart at all.
Let's look at this again. I wonder if this guy would have voted to fund the original Macintosh. Or, even worse, would have turned down Woz and Jobs when they were trying to get the initial funding for building their first set of computers, which were definitely aimed at alpha geeks.
As to a video iPod. That idea has already happened. It's called a Sony PSP. I'm seeing people all over the place watching videos on their PSP's. And every plane I've been in lately has people watching videos on portable devices, many with screens not much bigger than exist on a PocketPC.
In fact, what I look at the hardware trends. You MUST check out the 640x480 screens on the new PocketPCs to know that portable video devices are coming over the next couple of years and that there's lots of demand for them.
Heck, I love showing off videos on my little phone, which has a tiny screen.
Speaking of Apple. Visit this Apple site (for OS X dashboard widgets) and look at where the radar image of a storm is located. Heh, it's always storming in Redmond. I love a marketing department with a sense of humor!
Apple Computer patented a Tablet PC the other day. Ahh, now wait a second, hey, Bill, what did you do with those photocopiers? ;-)
Update: over on Apple's Developer Connection there's an "Overview of Tablet Devices."
Nicole Simon: Who would have guessed....
Nicole points out something very important that I try to remember everyday. It's so easy to destroy customer trust but so hard to earn it back. The neat thing about the online world is that customers can tell you when they are mad about something you've done.
Bloglines has new competition: FeedTagger. An AJAX-based RSS News Aggregator that uses tags heavily.
Some of its features include:
* Aggregating news from unlimited sources
* You can apply multiple tags to each source - helping you find what you're interested in
* Can browse by feed OR tag
* Server based so feeds are updated automatically so you never miss anything
* Unread items are highlighted and displayed first
* Very quick and dynamic with simple interface
Whadda ya think? I'm still partial to an offline aggregator like NewsGator, FeedDemon, RSS Bandit, or NetNewsWire.
Sorry for disappearing for a day, but I was up until 1:30 a.m. doing Channel 9 videos last night. Lots of interesting stuff is coming through email and my aggregator. Here's a sample:
A VC: The Starbucks of the Internet. Thanks to Rick Segal for sending me that.
O'Reilly had an AJAX summit. Hey, maybe we should have an AJAX summit. I know a few guys who invented the AJAX basics. A bunch of my coworkers are working on AJAX stuff too. As seen on an internal mailing list and over on Dave Winer's blog.
Paul Graham: hiring is obsolete.
Norm Augustinus: She was talking to me about a podcast she had recently listened to. Thanks Ann Marie Mcfarlane for sending that.