While I was flying…

The Internet Explorer team released a new version which includes our new RSS platform. We posted a new video with the team up on Channel 9 (and that links to all the important stuff). Thanks Charles Torre for getting this up. Dave Winer promptly posted his thoughts. We were promptly Slashdotted.

In other news…

Rebecca McKinnon notes that we have a new privacy policy to deal with government organizations who want us to do things. Great first step! Now, start a blog and be transparent. Let us know EVERYTHING that comes in as a request to see data, whether we think it’s important or not. Great job Rebecca on reporting this and keeping our feet held to the fire, thanks!

TDavid reacts to my request for bloggers to make it easier to deal with them in email. Says that he doesn’t like email. Oh, neither do I, neither do I, but sometimes there are times when I need to get ahold of you privately and not in chat rooms or blog comments¬†(and not via Skype or MSN Messenger either). What else is left? Email.

Oh, Marc Canter, you’re so funny! All I have to do is snap my fingers, huh? Truth is I’d jump if Marc told me to too. We’re all jumpy. I see that JD, over on Marc’s blog, left a comment about audience participation via little clickers. Oh, the first time I saw that done was at CNET’s Builder.com Live conference. Not sure who came up with that idea, but Dan Shafer, the guy who ran that conference liked those. Anytime someone got too commercial you’d hear tons of little clicks. It was even funnier if the speaker wasn’t in on the feedback mechanism. Then it turned into a game. Click. Click. Click. Click. ūüôā

I’m in NJ right now, leaving to fly to Geneva soon.

Off to Switzerland, taking my podcasts

Hello from gate B9. I’ll soon be getting on Continental Airlines CO 1580 X to Newark. Then onto Geneva Switzerland. So, I won’t be reachable today.

Anyway, I’m using my new Cingular wireless card to download a bunch of podcasts. Got any podcasts I should consider?

The Podcast Network has a gadget show. I listened to the first few minutes and it sounds worth getting the rest of the show.

Rob Greenlee has a new mobile podcast blog. He’s been doing Internet radio for longer than I’ve been blogging and is always a favorite.

Carly Fiorina gave a talk at MIT. She used to run HP. Even if I don’t agree with how she ran the place, I bet I might learn something from her.The Invisible Hand Podcast has a weekly podcast devoted to management thinking and other business topics and this week he interviewed my co-author Shel Israel.¬†



Landed.fm has an interview with Geoffrey Colvin, senior editor at large of Fortune Magazine.

I’ll download some more traditional ones like from IT Conversations, Leo Laporte, Chris Pirillo, and John Furrier to catch up on what the top tech podcasters have been doing.

What podcasts are you listening to?

Searching for emails…

Is search done yet? Quick, find a list of 100 bloggers. Now, quick, tell me what their email addresses are.

You can find mine pretty easily. Just go to Google or MSN or Yahoo and type:

Scoble email

And you’ll find it within the first few links. Why? Cause I put my email on my home page. It’s amazing how hard many bloggers make it to find their email address. I should just be able to go to your home page and search for the @ character and find your email address.

But, this all got me thinking. What if we could get things into search engines? What if we could just post one post with all the stuff you’d want to appear in Google or MSN or Yahoo for when people search for your name? Wouldn’t that be cool? I think so. It’d let me get some sleep.

Oh, and if you think I have a deep rolodex? You’d be confusing me with Buzz Bruggeman. I’d rather just find you in a search engine. If I can’t find your email address in a search engine? Well, then, I can’t invite you to cool things, can I?

Here’s my post for the search engines:

Robert Scoble’s email: rscoble@microsoft.com
Robert Scoble’s cell phone: 425-205-1921
Robert Scoble’s mailing address: 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052
Robert Scoble’s birthday: 1/18/1965
Robert Scoble’s best friend: Dave Winer
Robert Scoble’s significant other: Maryam Ghaemmaghami (married November 2, 2002).
Robert Scoble’s offspring: Patrick Scoble (born January 14, 1994).

What else should we put into the search engines? Yeah, I’m doing this just to see what’ll happen on my search query. By the way, have you searched for your name lately on Google? They’ve been displaying more stuff lately.

Kathy posts ‘Death by risk aversion’

You ever been on a team where something starts out as a fantastic idea but then gets worse and worse over time?

I’ve¬†seen this happen and talked with Kathy Sierra about it last week at Search Champs (she used to work at Sun Microsystems and saw the same thing happen).

Out popped this fantastic post: Death by risk aversion.

I present to a lot of corporations. Everywhere I go I smell the fear. People are scared to do something different.

In big companies taking risks really isn’t appreciated. Oh, yes, I know I’ll get 50,000 examples emailed to me in an hour, but come on.

Here’s an example that someone I know (who doesn’t work at Microsoft) told me. He was looking at changing groups at his company. But doing so would need building up a reputation with a new group of people, would mean working harder, taking on new responsibilities, for no increase in salary (and a very real chance that he’d fail in his new job since it was something he hadn’t tried yet).

But, if he left his company to try something new, he’d have the same risks, albeit with a higher salary and with more upside if the company succeeded.

Three years ago I took risk after risk after risk and it paid off. I now have a great job that I love, a book that looks like it’ll be successful, and lots of great friends who are interesting (and lots of great readers who tell me off when I write something stupid, which is often).

But, am I taking enough risks? Well, I’m gonna speak in front of an audience I never thought I would be speaking in front of, and then I’m gonna go skiing in the Swiss Alps this weekend. That’s enough risk for this week.

Are you taking enough risks?

Arguing about how to bring computing to poor

Interesting article in New York Times today about Microsoft’s efforts to bring computing to the poor. One of the images that still stick in my head of visiting China eight years ago was a guy riding down the street on a rickety bike talking on a cell phone.

Over on TeleRead¬†David Rothman¬†says he hopes that MIT’s approach wins cause it’s easier to read on a big-screen device. Hey, I agree with that, but most of the world doesn’t. Go visit London. I rarely see someone reading a laptop or Tablet PC, but EVERYONE is staring into their cell phone screens. It’s really a huge cultural difference between the US and Europe (same can be said of US and Japan too).

Also, don’t underestimate the readability on the new high resolution screens. I read thousands of words per day on my cell phone. It’s amazing how many things you can do on a two-inch cell phone screen.

I also watch the kids around me. They’d rather have a cell phone than a big computer. Why? Cause they can talk! And they can carry the thing around with them everywhere. Oh, and it’s affordable. Very few kids can afford a $1,000 laptop.

What do you think?

Dual booting Windows on new Macs…

I got VERY close to plunking down $2,000 for one of those new MacBooks that Apple came out with. Why? Cause it is able to dual boot both Windows and Mac OSX and I wanted to have a machine that could have run both. An article showing how to do this is on Memeorandum right now.

But Steve Jobs pulled one of his favorite tricks. He removed a popular IO system and put in a new slot that no one uses yet. It’s called an ExpressCard. I’m sure it’ll be very cool soon, but today there’s no peripherals that use this.

Why does this matter? Well, go down to Sprint and ask for an EVDO card. Or Verizon. Or Cingular. They all have them. I would say these are all now NECESSARY for a traveling businessperson. I just got one yesterday and I’ve said goodbye to Wifi forever. My friends are all buying them (Phillip Torrone showed me his running on his 17-inch Apple Powerbook at Macworld expo).

Now that I have this capability I’ll never buy a machine that isn’t compatible. Torrone told me that’s why he’s not buying one of the new Macs either.

How about you?

By the way, I say this is a Steve Jobs trick because he famously pulled a floppy drive out of his NeXT computer which made it very futuristic (very few computers today have floppy drives, just 17 years later) but also made it hard to use at the time.

Anina told to stop blogging (I’m not using wifi)

I’m writing to you from Southwest Terminal 10 at Oakland Airport. But I am not using wifi. I got a Cingular wireless 3G card. Works great. Costs $80 a month. But I just paid $30 of hotel wifi fees. Got so fed up we all went to the Cingular store today to get this.

Anyway, I just saw that Anina, the geek model, has been told to stop blogging. That sucks. But leaves a bunch of future opportunities. She’s smart and that’ll take her a lot further than her looks.

I keep coming back to the iPod. Why is it such a cultural phenomenon? Hint: it isn’t the features. At least not alone. It’s the combination of the technology with fashion and culture.

Match Anina up with an inventor and you’ll have an interesting marketing combo. Her work with Nokia was an interesting example of this.

This week I am going to Switzerland for the LIFT conference. I hear Anina will be there. Hope to talk with her more about this then.