Why Physical Media Is Archaic

Most people consume media in a disposable method, despite the fact they want to own it. Interesting conversation on Twitter this weekend with my new friend HarryAllen, as I’m discussing how I consume my media, in this particular case I’m watching the final season of Battlestar Galactica, season 4.  Some in Twitter say they’d prefer to buy the DVD set, where I prefer to have it on demand, and not own or have to manage any plastic.   A few reasons why I think owning physical media (DVDs, CDs) is antiquated:   1) I’m impatient, I want it, when I want it.   2) Owning media takes up space  3) It reminds me of the 80s and 90s when my … Continue readingWhy Physical Media Is Archaic

Pandora to share among the ‘Community’

Just last week I wrote why I use Pandora.  I often listen to Pandora at home and at work, and it has significantly reduced the amount of money spent on music media down 90%.  Yes, Pandora and Last FM and other internet radio stations are disruptive to companies like Tower Records (who recently went bankrupt).  The Web continues to change the world. This websites called Pandora Stations has some ‘preset’ stations that let you have a jump start rather than creating your own. Pandora will be offering ‘social’ features that let the community share amongst themselves tonight.  Likely it will pair up users with similar interests for recommendations, that’s been done in Amazon for years and most recently with Stumbleupon.  … Continue readingPandora to share among the ‘Community’

Why I use Pandora

Recently, I canceled XM Radio in my car, the sound quality was so low and the music selection was repetitive. I listen to Pandora at home and at work, it’s really great. They get the concept that the user is in charge. Here’s a few things I like about them: Streaming video Music the way I like it Simple, smooth interface that is easy to use Advanced features just one click deeper (but not cluttering the main player) High quality sound No ads in the play list A pretty deep play list, and You can customize your channels, vote for songs, and build the radio YOU want. No login to sample (I believe LastFM requires this) I can share my … Continue readingWhy I use Pandora

Need a Vacation? Just visit Ahmed’s Photo Paradise

If you haven’t had a vacation in a while, I suggest you take a virtual visit to paradise with Ahmed Zahid’s amazing photography. Check out Ahmed’s Pictures of Paradise He’s travelling through the Maldives, writing to this photoblog, and publishing his photos to his growing flickr collection. It’s interesting how social media empowers everyone to upload photos and professional photographers can easily publish their work without a middleman. (Such as Shutterpoint, and ImageDisplayworks). Now that I think about it, that would be a great feature for Flickr/Zooomr to add on. The blue colors in Ahmed’s photos really relax me, learn more about him in this interview with him. Ahmed, thanks for helping us escape into your paradise.

Revver Redesigns

Left: Image of Micki taken by KK+ at Webvisions. Micki the community manager at Revver recently alerted me to some changes that have happened, they just launched their version 1.0. If you’ve never played around with their video site (yes, I know another video site) they have a pretty fast interface with quite a few tools for social sharing and voting. Revver Shares the revenue with the uploader. (I was talking about this already happening, the future will be point 24) read their FAQ to learn more. It’s really simple: you upload a video to Revver, and we attach a brief, unobtrusive ad and our unique tracking technology to “Revverize” the video. Every time that ad gets clicked, we share … Continue readingRevver Redesigns

Animation: Life Without the Hard Drive

My colleagues at our sister corporation HGST (They make hard drives, HDS sells Storage Solutions) have published this cute animation of what it would be like without the Hardrive. See the lower right image on this page to watch the animation, or access the video directly here. (No, I did NOT do the voice over for the little kid) I first saw this video live at the Golden Celebration at the computer History museum with Hu Yoshida. The crowd had a good chuckle with this animation. See all my pics from the party here. IBM had a clever video one too called the “Rebels with a cause“. Update: I just submitted this story to Digg. There are other animations such … Continue readingAnimation: Life Without the Hard Drive

TV Shows Only Available on the Internet

Jeff Pulver has a nice list of Internet TV shows, I expect this list to triple by the end of year.  The barriers to create online content are pretty low, and will continue to drop. The Consumers are becoming Producers. “Somewhere between the world of professionally “produced” TV shows and personal video blogs lies the world of what can be best described as “TV Shows Only Available on the Internet.” I’m keeping an eye on Internet TV, I’ve written a few other things (and taken video) of what the future could be.

Scrapblog Tells a Story using my Flickr Pictures –This one is about what REALLY happened at TechCrunch7

A few days ago, I had a wonderful conversation with Carlos Garcia, the CEO of the self-funded Scrapblog startup. I promised to give a trial run of his Visual Mashup, I just tried creating a Scrapblog, which is an online version of a scrapbook. I quickly imported my flickr pictures, and then selected a theme. I grabbed some of my more famous photos –those from the most recent TechCrunch 7 party. Scrapblog Demo of TechCrunch7 Find out what REALLY happened at TC7. You’ll see pics of Scoble (and his Camera), Pepper, Laughing Squid, the Guy, Winer, Canter, and Flockstar. I had the same issues as Tara, the Scrapblog would not embed. The player is kinda slow –that needs to be … Continue readingScrapblog Tells a Story using my Flickr Pictures –This one is about what REALLY happened at TechCrunch7

Using Pandora –A free virtual DJ that ‘learns’

I’ve been using Pandora for a while, and recently looked I have several channels now, the music is free, and it learns based upon my suggestions. I’ve not heard ANY advertisements –just pure music, and play list seems pretty deep.  Haven’t run into any repeating songs. The only challenge of course is since it’s an intelligent DJ, I can’t go back and easily play songs that I want to hear again.  Another challenge/opp is that I would love to have Pandora in my car, how can we make that happen? Pandora will be the “DJ” at the Lunch 2.0 event on Sept 12th. come meet Tom the CTO.