Daily Archives: November 28, 2006

UK Press Complaints Commissioner: “no means of redress”

Ahh, the BBC reports a UK Press Complaints Commissioner told a conference this week that there should be a voluntary code of practice for blogs. Hmm, nice thought, but never will happen. Why? Cause a large percentage of bloggers don’t type their goods in the UK. So, who is going to regulate us? And, heck, we can’t agree on anything, including the definition of the word “blog” so you think you’re going to get us all to agree to a code of practice? Yeah, right.

But, then he gets started “on the internet ‘there are no professional standards, there is no means of redress.’”

Oh, that’s poppycock. If someone throws you under the bus on the Internet YOU CAN RESPOND ON YOUR OWN BLOG! And then the readers can decide the truth for themselves.  That’s what I just did.

Libel and slander laws still apply here, if you want to go that route. But I’ll take this world over the “professional only” world anyday of the week.

Me thinks this guy senses the end of his job and is grasping at ropes trying to keep it.

PodCamp email taken out of context…

Damn, I love when something I write in email gets taken out of context and put on blogs. Here’s such a context.

The PodCamp folks asked me if I wanted to come and speak at PodCamp.

I email back and ask them if they can cover any of my expenses in getting there. That’s what I always do. Why? Because most of the time conferences WILL cover expenses to bring in outside speakers.

It’s my responsibility to make PodTech make a profit. IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO PUT AS FEW RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS ON MY BUSINESS AS POSSIBLE. And, yes, if there is money available to cover my expenses it IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK FOR THEM!

I didn’t ask for hotel money. I have friends in New York that I’ll stay with. In fact, I didn’t ask for anything in particular. I just asked if there were any expense funds available.

But, I guess this group just wants to embarrass me. They could have simply said “no” and then I would have had to decide whether or not it was a good investment for PodTech to be there (it probably is).

Instead they took a private email, which hadn’t yet reached a conclusion, and took it into public. Wow.

Future speakers watch out when dealing with this group.

UPDATE: since my words, said in private, have now been taken public, here’s the email string in full. Please note that I was perfectly willing to fund the trip, but that THEY OFFERED THE EXPENSES AND ADMITTED THEY HAD SPONSORS!!! Read my thread. I said “I take it there’s no budget to cover travel expenses, right?”

And, here’s the thread that is in public view where they were talking about the issue.

UPDATE: Jason Van Orden, in my comments, says that Rob Safuto was not involved in the planning and the committee that was planning this doesn’t agree with him. My view? Unfortunately when you have negotiations in public view, these kinds of problems happen. It is unprofessional to be treated this way, but the blame for that lies mostly at Rob’s feet. He should have reported the facts, rather than just attacked. I hate it when people attack without even calling, or trying to get the point of view of the person who is being attacked. There’s a reason my email address and phone number are on my blog.

What Mark Cuban is missing about HDTV

Hey, I know he’s a billionaire. Owns the Dallas Mavericks. And invested in an HD movie company.

I can still teach him something.

Today he said that it’ll be a long time before your PC will connect to an HDTV because your PC doesn’t have the right connections.

I say that’s poppycock.

Here’s how I hooked mine up: Ethernet. Your PC has one of those connectors, right?

My Media Center-run PC hooks up to my Ethernet jack, which hooks up to a Wifi router. My Wifi router sprays its packets down (via 802.11a) to a Wifi antenna on my Xbox 360. Those packets get decoded, and sent from my Xbox 360 over its HD component cables to my Sony 60-inch HDTV. Which displays them for me to watch.

I hear Microsoft is selling something like 15,000 Xbox 360s every day.

Mark, if you want to fly me down to your house I’ll be happy to connect a similar system for you. It’s easy and it ROCKS.

Once you do that, you can play Rocketboom (or ScobleShow, if you like long and boring videos about the tech industry) from your PC to your HD screen. Plus music. Plus photos.

It’s the best way to hook a PC up to an HD screen and has the added benefit of being “wife approved.” Why? Cause the ugly PC doesn’t sit in your living room with your TV. Just ask Maryam how important this is to getting along with women. You don’t want to look like a billionaire geek who has no sense of style, do you?

Shhh, don’t tell anyone…

But Thomas Hawk bought a Mac.

Hmmm, I bought two so far this year. And my wife’s makes three. I still use my Windows machine more, though. Mostly cause of Outlook. Unlearning hundreds of thousands of emails answered (and tons of calendar items stored) is proving to be very tough. Since leaving SFO I’ve answered more than 600 emails. Whew.

What’s worse, is I received 48 new ones between Newport, Wales, and London.

Sigh.

Get “pissed as newts” in New York too

Jason Calacanis has nothing to do, so he figured he’d get “pissed as newts” too, albeit in New York instead of flying over to London and joining us. Heh!

Ahh, but he doesn’t have a Firefox party to visit on his little tour through New York’s fine drinking establishments! Not to mention there’s not a bloody Queen in New York.

Can you tell I’ve been in London for a few hours already?

Oh, and happy birthday Jason! We’ll drink to you, your birthday, and the bloody Queen, over on this side of the pond.

Zuma champion on ScobleShow

Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma. Zuma.

That’s about how fast Kim Sacha is — she’s one of the top 10 players in the world. Watch the video and learn how to play Zuma (one of the top Xbox 360 and iPod video games). Oh, and if you’re in the video game business, this is free customer research into the casual gamer market. Hint: those women control a lot of Xbox purchases! Wake up Tom Peters! She has a WordPress blog all about Zuma 360 too.

Oh, and if you want something a bit more geeky, watch Liz Lawley, the social software professor. She has forgotten more about social software than we know. Seriously, if you’re into Web 2.0 and World of Warcraft and all that, she’s done some of the best thinking. Yes, she has a blog too (doesn’t update it enough, we think she’s off in WoW or over in Vox too much), and is an instructor at Rochester Institute of Technology and just finished a stint at Microsoft Research.