Monthly Archives: April 2007

Do you have the IT blues?

There’s an anonymous blog that’s gotten my attention. It’s from a software developer who explains that he is having trouble fighting depression and anxiety.

This is a problem I’ve seen people have in our industry. I don’t have the answers other than what keeps me going is that I realize I’ll be in a box someday so might as well try to improve people’s lives while I’m here. And, I’ve gotten some great experiences like this week’s Charles River Venture partner meeting where I was around really interesting people who fed my soul and didn’t expect anything in return.

One other thing? When I am depressed I turn on HDNet and watch a concert or something. Right now Styx is on.

Thanks Mark Cuban for funding that. It’s just freaking amazing picture quality. It’s like being there in the concert hall. It’s the most satisfying purchase I’ve ever made and HDNet is getting to be one of my favorite channels to turn on.

But, back to the question: how do you get clarity in your life, especially if your head is running 20x normal speed?

SmugMug CEO says Amazon’s S3 saves — big

SmugMug’s CEO (Don MacAskill) says Amazon’s S3 saved his firm more than half a million dollars so far.

Don also does some great CEO blogging where he takes on whether or not Flickr is better.

Speaking of photos, come on along to Photowalking on Sunday. Half Moon Bay Airport. I’ll be at the front gate at 9 a.m. The weather is going to be awesome.

I found both of these links by reading feeds for my link blog. Read that and learn about the guy who couldn’t get into the US because of a Google search. Scary.

Note to Oracle: not me

Hey, I’m an egotistical baaahhhhsssttttaaarrrdddd. My business relies on getting invites to companies to video the latest cool stuff. Thanks to Oracle’s Justin Kestelyn for working to get me an invite.

But if I really was honest with Oracle I’d tell them not to invite asshats like me. That’s not how you’ll really get noticed on the Internet. First of all, I don’t have credibility with the audiences that you really want to reach. When was the last time I’ve been inside a data center?

Second. If you really want to change a company’s PR, start at the bottom of the stack. Find the bloggers we don’t yet know who are writing about Oracle. Go for diversity. Link, link, link often! Bring them in to meet Larry Ellison and your management teams. But even better, let them talk with the engineers building your products.

Let them video, audio, blog, MySpace, wiki, Twitter — whatever they want. But, resist the big-company PR impulse to only invite those who are perceived to be at the top of the A list. You’ll add value by discovering unknown people and bringing them in. Oh, and if you’d like me along to video too, I’ll be happy to show up.