I love that my son is blogging

I love that my son is blogging. He’s not going to be interesting to most of my readers, but one thing we have trouble with is communicating. Why? Well, he’s down in Petaluma CA and I’m here in Redmond, WA. Not exactly easy to have a relationship over that distance.

Whenever I see him and ask him what he’s doing in school he says “oh, nothing.” It usually takes a frustrating series of questions to get him to open up even a little bit.

But, now on his blog he says he’s working on a science experiment with water and ice. Ahh, something to talk about. And so it expands.

Oh, Patrick, you should see what happens when Oxygen freezes. It’s fun to freeze a balloon with liquid nitrogen.

What’s very strange is just how many of you are reading my son’s blog and my wife’s blog. Lots of people come up to me and say “hey, my wife threw my cell phone too.”

The Podcast Network interviews me

I’m on lots of podcasts. I figure that instead of doing my own podcast I’ll just go on other people’s podcasts and help them out. Here Richard Giles interviews me for the Gadget Show on the Podcast Network. These guys are smooth. It’s so amazing that we can do this. I’m using Skype. Richard is thousands of miles away. I’m using nothing more than my Tablet PC (Toshiba M4).

This interview focused on corporate blogging and I gave some tips for people who are thinking about starting a corporate blog.

We also talk at length about HDTV. I’m doing a lot of thinking about how that will change the world. I predict that 2006 is going to be the “year of HDTV.”

InfoWorld writes: Microsoft is stuck on the C: drive

Ephraim Schwartz writes that despite its new service offerings, Redmond will have a hard time transitioning from the desktop software model.

Actually, he was a bit more direct than that: Something is rotten in Redmond, he wrote.

Now, I have a choice. Do I respond with denials? Or say nothing? Or agree with him?

Now, I’m sure the PR types would say “keep your mouth shut.” Heck, that’s what our competitors do. Read this blogger’s (he works at Apple) post who agreed to do an interview, but then pulled out, probably due to pressure from PR folks or others inside Apple.

There’s really no winning with responding to Ephraim. Not at this point in time anyway. Why? If I agreed then I’d be telling people something that isn’t true. We are undergoing change internally. If I disagreed then I’d be forced to put up some examples of why Ephraim isn’t right and I don’t have enough examples right now.

I keep going back to a Photo Marketing Show where I was sitting in Kodak’s booth in 1989. They had just announced some of the first digital products. It was clear they were being disrupted. They had no clue that over the next 15 years their industry would totally change from a chemical-based one to a digital one (they really didn’t, you should have seen how clueless their salespeople were about digital and the changes that were going to roil over them).

I keep thinking about that. I was actually trying to help them see the new world and they kicked me out of their booth (really, they did, they wanted to control the message and didn’t want some college kid showing that he knew more about their new printers than they did). I never forgot that.

So, what’s the right answer? Listen to the college kids! They have more of the answers than we do anyway.

It’s why I’m on Matt Mullenweg’s blogging service. It’s why I’m using Flock. Why I’m trying out Kevin Burton’s new service.

And, I assume that radical and deep changes are coming to our industry and that these forces can’t be stopped. So, might as well ride the wave and go with it.

Anyway, what would you do if you were Bill Gates and you saw the changes that are hitting our industry?

Memeorandum competition from TailRank?

Kevin Burton just wrote me and said “we’re in public beta now.” And, so, another site, TailRank, that’s trying to help with the information overload problem pops on. It looks like an interesting competitor to my favorite Memeorandum. What do you think? I’m going to have to use it for a week to really have a good idea how it adds value to my life. I’m also going to upload my OPML file right now. Kevin writes that it’s a meme engine on his blog.

Using Flock for blogging

I’ve been playing with Flock for blogging purposes lately. It’s a new browser based on Firefox. I’m interested in it because of the driving force that all the big Web businesses like Yahoo, MSN, AOL, Google, and many of the smaller sites too, like Craig’s List, are focused on: user generated content. It’s interesting, there’s some areas where it just isn’t as nice as IE (the font in the editor on my monitor is ultra tiny, for instance, gotta figure out how to change that) but I love the drag and drop editing of blog posts (I just did that on the previous eBay Stores post) but overall I like it better — the integration to Del.icio.us and Flickr and drag-and-drop blogging is real nice.

I wonder if this will be a trend of seeing specialized browsers be built for unique purposes? Or, will the world just stick with Firefox and IE and add components onto those? I wonder what the browser of 2007 will look like?

Update: One thing I notice is that my workflow has to change if I’m going to keep using Flock. With IE I just Shift-Click on a link and open a new instance of the browser. That’s one reason I never got too enthralled with tab browsing.

But when I do that in Flock my Web performance goes WAY down. I like separate Windows on a high res screen. But I’m weird, so you can ignore me. 🙂