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Daily link Saturday, July 09, 2005

Jason Calacanis wrote more about his challenge to Google and Yahoo. Hey, Jason, you know that MSN Search has RSS searching too, right? In fact, that's one big thing it does better than Google (since Google doesn't have any way to subscribe to searches).

11:59:46 PM    comment 

Robert X. Cringley announces NerdTV.

It's a video blog, he says.

Will interview famous geeks on video.

Hey, Robert, sounds a lot like my day job (Channel 9). Welcome to the video blog world.

11:48:17 PM    comment 

Paul Schaeflein, over on SharePoint Blogs is talking about this article: The Five Things Wrong with SharePoint.

Hmmm, that got me into the spirit. What are my things wrong with SharePoint?

1) No centralized ping server. There are thousands of SharePoint sites at Microsoft. Is there a central place to learn who just published? Are there ways to build services like Technorati/Feedster/Pubsub/Bloglines like the blogosphere built on top of

2) No RSS. When I find a cool Sharepoint site (like the one the Longhorn team keeps) I can't subscribe to it. Well, OK, some sites are adding RSS feeds, but they aren't done automatically.

What would you like to see in Sharepoint?

11:43:30 PM    comment 

Um, no, I'm not gonna wear THIS at the PDC. Heh!

11:21:02 PM    comment 

Loren Heiny: Enhanced comments for developers (Visual Studio and Eclipse). I've heard it said many times: "I'm a developer. I type code. Why do I need a Tablet PC or even ink?"

Oh, that's cool. I like how he got it running in Eclipse as well as Visual Studio. Has screen shots that show what his tool does.

The Inkernet expands!

11:17:05 PM    comment 

Peter Raymond wrote me and said "this is the sort of technology that I'd like to see in the next Windows Media Player."

The "this" is Savage Beast.

Oh, I totally agree. Last December I got a tour around Savage Beast with their CTO, Tom Conrad.

11:03:19 PM    comment 

I saw this one over on Steve Rubel's blog. Ivan Tribble A pseudonymous faculty member, writing at the Chronicle of Higher Ed. website, reports that during job searches blogs actually turned them off of many job seekers.

I see this as a major positive. When you're hiring someone you want to make sure they are an absolutely great fit for the position. You WANT as much information as absolutely possible to help you in that decision.

It sounds like blogs helped keep him from making a bad hiring decision.

In the three most recent jobs I've had the hiring team had read my blog. I found it greatly helped out the interviewing process cause we could talk about deeper things and skip the "getting to know your personality" part of things.

Update: I corrected the name of the publication in this post after I published it.

Metafilter has more.

There's already 85 other blogs linking to this article on Bloglines' Citations.

4:15:33 PM    comment 

Hugh Macleod asks why there isn't a cool version of MSN Messenger for the Mac.

Hey, Hugh, I was about to ask him why the Mac often gets more attention than Windows from Microsoft. Check out the Macintosh Office Suite. In the past it often has gotten cool stuff before the Windows version does (and lots of my friends think it's nicer than the Windows version of Office).

But, sounds like we need to do more for the Mac. My son wants a Mac too (Steve Jobs has Patrick tied around his little finger) so we're ignoring an important market there. These kids have a lot of cash to spend on music and a lot of time to spend IM'ing their friends.

By the way, Maryam says hi back!

3:54:14 PM    comment 

Ed Bott: Boing Boing gets a big shovel, spreads BS.

Sorry, Boing Boing, you deserved that one. You got it absolutely wrong.

But, I can't pile on. I bias toward getting the story first rather than getting it right, too. But, when I make a mistake (and I make many) I try to correct it and say I'm sorry. Boing Boing did correct the post, but only after the damage had been done.

I didn't see an apology from Boing Boing for doing this kind of damage. If you think this post here clears it up, it does not. BoingBoing is read by many times more people than read my blog here.

Update: Ed continues to update his post. Turns out that Boing Boing hasn't corrected all instances of its post. Someone else asked "do you correct your posts?" I try to, especially when there's an obvious falsehood in the story. There is at least one I haven't corrected yet, though (yes, Goebbels, I'm talking about my NeXT post) because I still have more homework to do.

When I was in journalism school learning how to write corrections they had two rules: 1) Don't repeat the error. 2) Don't make it worse.

But, if you look at the higher education blogging post above, I corrected it after someone pointed out I made a mistake.

3:30:33 PM    comment 

Dell to bloggers: Call our tech support.

Who reported that? Dwight Silverman of the Houston Chronicle.

Of course, that prompted the bloggers to respond:

Jeff Jarvis: Clueless. Absolutely clueless.

Ed Bott: Or maybe C is for Clueless.

Todd Kitta: Dell is Stupid.

Francois, on Emergence Blog: Dell - wake up!

2:14:06 PM    comment 

Stephen Baker, over on BusinessWeek's blogs again, noted that Jason Calacanis has launched a petition asking Yahoo and Google to get into blog search.

Hey, I feel left out there. But we deserve it. If I really ran Microsoft (sorry Adam Curry I actually don't) I would start a Microsoft Social Software division and start investing in companies that are trying to do blog search. First thing I would do is figure out how to search non-commercial blogs. Yeah, that probably means leaving me out of the index. That's OK. When I search for "car" or "camcorder" I wanna see what real people are saying. I don't want to see yet more advertisements.

Can search companies solve that one? Sign me up!

2:04:44 PM    comment 

Technorati's Niall Kennedy reports on Yahoo's new RSS search site.

Interesting. Can I search blogs for "camcorder" without seeing spam? If so, let me know!

Looks like Steve Rubel reported it first, and BusinessWeek's Stephen Baker gets in on it too.

1:59:27 PM    comment 

Shel Israel, the former Silicon Valley PR-ite, who is cowriting a book on corporate blogging with me was nonplussed when he heard that I interviewed Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO this week. Why was that? Well, he interviewed Michel-Edouard Leclerc. Who's he? He manages a group of 500 companies employing 85,000 people in France. And the interview is wonderful.

Thank you Loic Le Meur for making this happen.

1:54:57 PM    comment 

BBC News's Jo Twist: Mobiles capture blast aftermath.

It's a really strange world I'm in. I've met Jo Twist a couple of times in the past month. First in London, second at Gnomedex. She's someone I could spend a lot of time talking to about what's going on in the world.

Who knew that she'd be reporting on one of the biggest stories to hit London in years just a few weeks after Gnomedex?

What's really eerie is that Maryam and I were just in London at many of the places the blasts happened.

Yet another reminder to live life to its fullest. You never know what's going to happen next.

1:41:22 PM    comment 

Russ Beattie is complaining about PR types who are getting into blogging and who are "pitching" products to him. Russ: there's something far worse that's eating away the usefulness of blogging technology: spam. And I'm not talking about the kind that Steve Rubel emails to us once in a while. I can deal with a pitch from a PR guy once in a while, but we should be focusing all of our energies on ridding our comments of spam, ridding our ping servers of spam, ridding our search engines and blog services of spam.

I'm seeing more and more spam every day. The only thing that hasn't been spammed is my news aggregator. The 1374 feeds I subscribe to remain great, but I don't have time to read like I used to so I'm relying more on search services to find cool blogs that talk about stuff I'm interested in.

Everywhere I look I see spam. Jeff Sandquist has been pointing out where it's destroying user experiences on search engines and other places nearly everytime we talk. It really is corrossive.

I wonder what the blogging industry (which really is pretty small) can do about it? It seems that's where there's some pretty good opportunity for VCs (and the big companies too) to make a real impact.

Want an example of spam? Here, I want to search the blogs for what real people are saying about camcorders. So, I go to and search on the word "camcorder."

Every single link is spam. Every single one! Not a single "real person" talking about camcorders on their blogs.

And Google and MSN and Yahoo are no better. This is a HUGE opportunity for search companies to do better.

Technorati for camcorder? Almost all spam.

So, Russell, what are we gonna do about the real spam?

1:34:14 PM    comment 

Think Channel 9 is evil? Well, here's your wallpaper! Done by Jamie, Channel's resident artist. He's good. I love the evil Channel 9 guy! It's my wallpaper now.

On other news I see we've been Slashdotted! Alex, the guy who submitted it, says he submitted it on Thursday before I whined. I guess Slashdot is overwhelmed with email too.

Yeah, reading the comments is fun. I knew that the interview would get Slashdot's commenters riled up.

1:07:10 PM    comment 

There's been a lot of news and noise on the blogosphere about Claria and Microsoft's anti-spyware software.

I had a chat with the anti-spyware team this week. I'm urging them to start blogging so that everyone has a way to talk with them. The fact that they are quiet makes rumors far worse than if they just were out there. Now that Steve Ballmer has again reconfirmed that blogging is a great way to talk with customers I'm hopeful we'll see every team blog.

Anyway, there are some rules when working for a big company. One of them is that we can't comment on rumors about acquisitions. If I wanted to deny the rumors, I can't. If I wanted to confirm the rumors. I can't. Why? Because then the business would need to comment on every rumor out there. "Are you still beating your wife?"

Unfortunately that means we get stuck with bad PR that we can't control or, even, answer. Life sucks sometimes.

That said, here's some other sites you might consider on the Claria issue:

Letter from the Microsoft AntiSpyware team: Response to questions about Claria software.

Donna's SecurityFlash: So Claria and MS Talks are not really real?

Spyware Warrior: MS AntiSpyware "Ignores" More Adware.

Neowin thread on Claria.

Spyware Warrior: Claria Detections.

12:58:26 PM    comment 

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