Friday, December 26, 2003






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  Thursday, December 25, 2003

Blog moved. As an experiment, this blog is now the home page of my personal/professional web site. Of all the content that I have on the web, my blog is what gets updated by far most often. This is an experiment using Radio/FTP-ing to another site. Problems that I anticipate:

  • Where I am on someone's blogroll, it will continue pointing to the wrong place
  • In Google Search results the links will be to my old url
  • I am not quite sure what will happen with the URL which I used to have
  • People that navigate to the old URL will think that I stopped updating my blog because it will stuck on Christmas 2003

We'll see....

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  Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Shel Israel: "Happy holidays, whichever you choose to observe, and may the New Year bring all of us closer to peace on earth." A beautiful little essay.

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  Saturday, December 20, 2003

Two under-reported details about the Wal-Mart entry into the online music space.  Yeah, it's pretty cool that we may have an even cheaper source for dowloadable music.

But two facts may be worth noting that makes the competition with iTunes not quite as direct as it may at first appear.

First, on iTunes, you can (usually) download a whole Album for $9.99. On Wal-Mart you can only download single songs, for $0.88. That's a pain if you want the whole album. Also, with CD's having more and more cuts packed on them these days, it also not be a good deal.

Second, the only supported format is apparently .WMA, which happens, as of now, not to be supported on the iPod. With iPod the most popular 'mp3' player, this poses kind of a problem.

Finally coupling this with the fact that the iTunes app (on Windows!) is much more pleasant to use than Microsoft Media Player, then I'd say that for now, anyway, iTunes rules.

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  Friday, December 19, 2003

Clay Shirkey compares RIAA lawsuits with prohibition. A thought provoking analogy and article (as usual). Today's court ruling is very relevant to Clay's argument.
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  Wednesday, December 17, 2003

LinkedIn did something useful for me.  I read David Isenberg's comments and pointers to other comments about LinkedIn. I've been playing with LinkedIn for several months now, trying to understand if it was any more than a curiosity. In recent days I've gottent some real value out of it. I discovered a couple of people who I had known some years ago, and had totally lost track of. Turned out they were only 2 people away from me. It was a simple matter to get their email and reconnect.

Useful. "LinkedIn: Helps you reconnect."

In the last two weeks, by the way, I've noticed a distinct upswing in the number of people who are connecting to me via LinkedIn. Have I or LinkedIn reached some kind of tipping point?

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  Monday, December 15, 2003

Howard Dean reacts to Sadam's capture: (yes, its a joke, he didn't really say that.)

"It's great that Saddam Hussein was caught, but we did it all wrong and he should be released immediately," said Mr. Dean, "This will allow him to be recaptured later by a true multilateral coalition led by the United Nations."

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