Videobloggers and geeks “Get Off the Grid” in Montana

I didn't get invited to the famous exclusive geek campout, so, I figured I'd take Patrick and Maryam to my mom's house instead in Montana and invite my friends. Turns out that a few other geeks/video bloggers I know are looking for a reason to get "off the grid" too and spend their vacation time in a beautiful place (I already have a few famous videobloggers who are going to come). So, the week of August 6th we're gonna have a campout at my mom's house. No Wifi. No broadband. But we'll have a good time, Chico Hot Springs is five minutes away, Yellowstone is 30 minutes. Grand Teton National Park, four hours.

It's in the middle of nowhere (in Emigrant, MT, which is south of Livingston), closest airport is Bozeman, which is a little more than an hour away. I have four beds, three are already taken, but we can sleep lots more if you bring your own air mattress and bedding. I'll provide beer and wine. The scenery is stunning.

A good chance to hang out with creative people in a place where we can get off the grid. Oh, and just in case you "get the shakes" cause I won't have Wifi or anything like that, we'll go and visit the Tech Ranch at Montana State University too. 

If you're interested, just drop me a line at robertscoble@hotmail.com and we'll arrange the details. There is camping, real hotels and RV slips within a few minutes of my mom's house as well. Five minutes from the house is the Yellowstone River which is some of the best Fly Fishing in the world. I'm not into that, but I like putting my toes into the mud and sharing a beer with friends on the bank.

As usual, my campouts aren't exclusive. First come, first served.

Forbes Magazine publisher anti Network Neutrality

I don't agree with his position, but Steve Forbes makes some good points against Network Neutrality on PodTech.net today. Catherine Girardeau (who'll be my coworker at PodTech starting on July 6) did an awesome job interviewing Steve. 

PodTech threw up a bunch of interesting stuff today. They have a whole series of PodCasts from the SuperNova conference. There are a ton of awesome podcasts, too many to pull out specifically. The guy who named AJAX is interviewed, so is a developer from Linden Labs, among many others.

Digg it, podcast with Digg’s founders

I'm listening to more podcasts lately. Imagine that! But there's some really awesome stuff out there. First, I'm bummed that I had to miss tonight's Digg 3.0 launch party. I thought I was going to make it, but Maryam wants to look at a house so I had to fly back this morning and she's on her way down to the Valley.

But, if you miss the party you can still get the good info thanks to Mike Arrington and Richard MacManus who interviewed Digg's founders. Well worth listening to. Digg is the hottest community site out there right now (they sent me more traffic than anyone except for the BBC).

The computer Gods aren’t happy

Ironically my main Tablet PC died on the way down to Silicon Valley two days ago. Just won't boot. I have a spiffy new Lenovo model now running Windows Vista and Office 2007. But, I just spent 20 minutes typing up a blog post and IE 7 bombed on me, restarted, and lost my post. So, now I'm typing in Firefox. We'll see how that goes. Eating the dogfood of unreleased software isn't fun sometimes. Anyway, lots of things are happening, so let's see how many posts we can get done before the computer Gods decide they've had enough. Heheh.