Drinking Scotch while watching Diggnation

Have you ever noticed that Diggnation gets better if you’re drinking hard-core alcohol? I can’t believe 200,000+ people watch that show. John Batelle told me that FM Media is selling tens of thousands of dollars of ads on it every week. UPDATE: I must have misheard him, cause I learned that FM Media sells ads on Digg, not Diggnation, sorry about that.

Actually, the fact that Diggnation is bringing in the ad dollars means I’m aiming too high. What a brilliant idea. Get together on a couch. Drink some beer. Tell people what you think. And collect cash.

I’m jealous.

That said, I’d rather watch Photoshop Online. Heck, mix Photoshop Online with good Scotch and you’ll end up with nicer photos while getting drunk. Beats listening to Kevin Rose while HE gets drunk on cheap expensive beer.

OK, I gotta fess up. Thomas Hawk and Jan Kabili, the guru behind Photoshop Online, will be here in the morning filming a Photowalking session.

I think I’ll show her the new Paint.NET, which is looking pretty good.

What the hell is Don Box up to?

I see that John Lam just joined Microsoft and is working in building 42. That’s where Don Box works. Before I left Microsoft Don was working on something cool, but he wouldn’t tell me about it. Don has Chris Sells locked in an office with him. I can just see it now. Building 42 is where good bloggers go to escape the world.

In the meantime, Chris Sells linked to this Windows Vista website. Weird. I really don’t like sites like this. I think they are a waste of marketing dollars. But that’s just me. Just go into Don Box’s office with a camcorder and ask him about Windows Vista. He knows what it does.

If you don’t know who John Lam or Don Box or Chris Sells are, well, they used to be among the favorite speakers at Visual Studio Conferences. Smart dudes.

I wonder what’s going on in building 42. Hey, Charles Torre, take a camcorder over there and see what’s going on!

Oh, and Chris Sells, your site looks better in Google Reader than it does in HTML. Can you do something about that?

My favorite conferences: Northern Voice and LIFT

I was just reading feeds and saw that Northern Voice is on. This is one of those conferences that I’ll spend my own money to attend. It’s where I first saw video blogging. It’s where I met Kris Krug, who I’m hoping will take us on a cool photowalk. It’s where Julie Leung made me cry. Coming next February sometime. Please schedule it after February 11th, cause I’m going to LIFT 2007 in Switzerland.

Yes, my schedule is being booked for February already. Sigh.

MySpace should buy this to protect kids

Brandon Watson CEO/Founder of IMSafer just talked with me on the phone. Funny that geeks are online and available on Friday night. Anyway, one problem with having kids online in social networks like MySpace is that sexual predators can easily meet up with them without parents knowing about it.

His system is interesting because it warns parents when sexually predatory behavior is taking place. Downside? Kids might feel spied on. I think that’s a lame excuse, though. This doesn’t tell your parents when you say something like “let’s go over to Steve’s and drink some beer.” Rather it’ll warn parents when a dangerous situation develops that the child might not be able to deal with.

So, why should MySpace buy this? Because it would demonstrate that they are doing something to try to keep kids safe from predators and, if there is a lawsuit (there already was one) then penalties would probably be lower because MySpace could demonstrate that they tried to do something about the problem (and, this might head off some really nasty stuff anyway).

More about how it works is here.

New kind of video education system

I’m happy to have my former boss, Olivier Garbe, on my show todayy talking about what Winnov is doing. They used to do videocapture cards, but now they build systems to enable video education over the Internet. Really cool stuff.

Compare what you learn from this 38 minute long interview and demo of Winnov’s CBox to their Web site. Which one convinces you that this is an interesting product that your corporate training department or university should buy more? I go with the video. The demo starts about one quarter of the way in.

If I were a small business trying to sell a semi-complex product like this, I’d make sure I had a video like this up so that potential customers could actually see it.

And, yes, I’m sorry about the audio on my voice. I only had one microphone and still have a few interviews that were done with one microphone. Soon all my interviews will have two microphones so you can hear me just fine.