My rock star: Rocky

Rocky, the rock star

Rocky Barbanica does a lot more than just edit my videos and get them up. On Saturday night I found out he plays a mean guitar too. He was hosting a party for his wife and got up on stage and played with the band.

This wasn’t shot with my mondo-expensive Canon 5D. Instead I used the Nikon S51C pocket camera. Why? Built in wifi so I can upload photos without any cords.

Rocky’s an interesting guy. Was a software developer for a couple of decades before burning out and going to film school. How he ended up on my doorstep is a post worthy of Valleywag so we won’t go into it here. 🙂

Anyway, I really love what he’s doing with my show (he’s driving the Photowalking series further than I ever could and also is building me shorter versions of some of my longer shows, like the one with the doctor today).

Keep on rockin our world Rocky.

UPDATE: There’s another Photowalking tomorrow night near Golden Gate Bridge.

The Stanford IT doctor is in (this stuff could save your life)

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Why do I praise Seagate? Because they pay me to have conversations with smart people in the technology business. I pinch myself every day.

Here’s one example: Christopher Longhurst. He’s a doctor at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. He also works in the IT department there. Since our son was born there three weeks ago, and we got a close up look at the computers and other devices strewn through the hospital (free wifi!) I wanted to get the behind-the-scenes look.

The most interesting thing? Is just how many mistakes get made in hospitals and how information technology is being used to keep those errors from happening.

This 47 minute conversation is very interesting. Why? Well, he’s working with Google on a personal healthcare site. We cover a LOT of ground about technology trends inside the medical industry.

Thanks to Bryan Zug for hooking us up! Bryan is a guy you should know too. He does the video behind the Seattle Ignite events (which are really awesome) and is a developer who works on a variety of projects including a contract job with the hospital.

UPDATE: we cover the various “personal healthcare services like Microsoft HealthVault” at about minute 41 and also cover some of the fears of giving services like these your health care data. Don’t miss that part of the interview, especially around minute 44 where he explains what these new health services could do for you.

UPDATE2: Rocky did a short, seven-minute version where he pulled out the highlights of this conversation so if you don’t have 47 minutes, this one is for you.

A different kind of "Zune challenge"

Funny, the Zune team didn’t take me up on my Zune Challenge. I guess they don’t think it’s important to come on my show and explain why Zune is so cool.

Why funny? Because a company named “Zude” DID take me up on it and flew out last week to get an interview. It’s going to be my Demo of the Year. Damn, Zude is cool and it looks like they’ve solved their scalability problems. More on that later in the week. Zude is a site where you can build a new kind of Web experience (competes most directly with MySpace, but really is awesome).

Anyway, there’s a new “Zude challenge” that David Berlind started. He posted on his blog that he’d shave his head if Zune got enough market share to move into the #2 spot in media players. Microsoft is currently #4. Now Carm Lyman of Sandisk is getting into the challenge. SHE will shave her head if Zune moves up into Sandisk’s spot. Now THAT is confidence! Or something.

Seagate ships new "hybrid" drives…

Seagate's memory drive hanging out on table

Congratulations to my sponsor, Seagate, for getting on TechMeme this morning by shipping its first hybrid drive (a drive that has both flash memory inside as well as a hard drive). Seagate is working on a bunch of cool stuff. I got a look recently when Seagate’s CEO, Bill Watkins, had a bunch of us over his house for a press dinner. That drive above is Seagate’s first all-solid-state hard drive. Bill wouldn’t tell me how much memory is inside, but says it’s more than the industry is expecting.

In this video Watkins talks about its moves into the hybrid drive space.

Disclaimer: Seagate is the sole sponsor of my show which means that no one else pays to get onto my show, something I appreciate very much because it lets me have commercial conversations without worrying about where my paycheck is coming from.

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Some Microsoft balance? HealthVault!

Steve Clayton writes a post titled “Some Microsoft balance. At last.”

In the meantime Google breaks through 600 and MSFT is still stuck under 30 (I own stock in MSFT and not Google so my “balance” is out of whack. Heh.).

Anyway, Steve, one thing you SHOULD have pointed to was the new Microsoft Health Vault. That’s a legitimate place where Microsoft kicked Google’s behind by being first. That site could really use some SEO, though. Whoever wrote the title tag for that page should be sent to Danny Sullivan’s school for a while to learn what mistakes he/she made and how to correct them (it is hard to find this page on Google, believe it or not).

I see even TechCrunch gave Microsoft props for being first out of the gate. I wonder why Steve didn’t make a bigger deal about this?

Later today I have an interview with a doctor at Stanford’s Children’s Hospital who works in the IT department there and we talk more about these kinds of health services and how they might be used. I love my job, I get to hang out with so many smart people and I get paid for it! I pinch myself again.

Anyway, enough Microsoft balance for today. I’m off to Dave’s Facebook conference now that I’m all balanced up.

UPDATE: my interview with the Stanford doctor is now up.

Do I read all Twitters?

Phil Crissman asks about my Twitter behavior: “does he really know them all? What does that feed look like? Is there more or less meaningful information in a twitter list that large?”

I should do a video of my Twitter behavior, but I have more than 6,000 people I’m following. Which is slightly more than the number of people who are following me.

So, first of all, I don’t use Twitter on SMS. I don’t even use it on the Web most of the time anymore. Instead I use Twitterrific on my MacBookPro. It sits off to the side while I’m working and presents new Twitter messages (we call them “Tweets”). It looks like an instant messaging client and changes every few seconds.

About once a minute, sometimes more, it gothers a set of new messages and brings them to me. 24 hours a day, too. Lots of new messages. 12 new messages every minute or two. I scan these things really fast looking for trends. News. And friends. I’ve started building a personal relationship with many of the people on my screen. Jim Long is there right now, for instance. He’s a camera guy at NBC. I’ve never met him, but I feel like I know him. Hes hardly alone.

You can see what posts I am seeing here. Phil says he was subscribing to all the people I was following just to see what it looked like. You don’t need to do that. In any Twitter account you can view “with_friends” to see what they are seeing on their screens or phones or apps like Twitterrific.

Some things I’ve learned so far:

1. News breaks first in Twitter, then moves other places. Yesterday Jim Long was reading us the wire reports of that shooting. That warned us that news was happening elsewhere.
2. Lots of people post links to their blog posts. It’s become the best place I know of to find new ideas from new people (you can add yourself to my list just by following me on Twitter).
3. It’s really easy to pick out “my real friends.” I just saw Scott Beale leave a message. It’s easy for me to get more value out of his messages than someone I’ve never met. The human eye’s ability to view patterns is really awesome.
4a. I don’t need to read every message. I can see every message sent to me specifically if you include “@scobleizer” in your message (I look at replies directly to me every morning).
4b. I am starting to use the new “track” feature to see everyone’s messages that mention a specific topic.
5. It’s interesting ot get up at a weird time of night and see who is on. Usually while I’m sleeping Europe and Asia are going full tilt. Overnight the news definitely changes. It often is MORE interesting because it’s different than the stuff you know.
6. Lots of blog geeks don’t sleep until late. I’ve noticed that I often see messages from some of the best bloggers at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. — this morning I was online at 3:30 a.m. cause Milan woke us up. Jeff Pulver and Dave Winer, both on the East Coast, woke up and started saying hi to everyone.

Anyway, Twitter, to me, is a chat room. Definitely interesting to follow but I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. When it’s on I definitely get less work done. As Linda Stone says it defuses attention. Pulls your attention away from what you’re supposed to work on.

Oh, to answer the question directly: no, I don’t read all Twitters. I only read them when I’m sitting on my computer and online, which is probably only about 10% of the Twitters that the people I’m following write. That is, unless they directly mention me in them, then that percentage goes up to 100%.

Seesmic vs. Hictu: a lesson in bootstrapping

Loic Le Meur’s new company, Seesmic, was given raves by Mike Arrington this morning.

That drew out Luca Filigheddu who asked whether Arrington was talking about his service, Hictu. Now Hictu had remained off of my radar screen until he made that comment so off I went to check it out.

First of all, notice the difference in launch strategies used by these two guys. Loic has been visiting a whole series of bloggers and showing off his software. Asking for advice. Doing videos where he doesn’t feature himself, but features the blogger he’s visiting. This is HUGELY smart. It’s PR that takes advantage of our egos — in a good way. I have good feelings about Loic because of how he launched his company. It’s the smartest launch I’ve seen in a while and not very expensive.

Also note that he moved to San Francisco to start his company. Why did he do that? Well, because most of the top journalists and tech bloggers are within an hour of San Francisco. So are tons of the world’s top developers and marketers and business people (not all, but enough of a concentration that Loic noticed it all the way from Paris). Smart #2.

But back to the point of this post: bootstrapping.

Why did I call Seesmic “video Twitter?” Because it actually uses Twitter and builds on top of it. Hictu doesn’t do that. I don’t see any of my friends on Hictu, while I see anyone who posts a video in Twitter in Seesmic.

That’s brilliant and is why, I think, Arrington was so addicted all weekend long.

Also, why am I more addicted to Twitter than the prettier (and more capable Pownce)? Look no further than Seesmic (and Dave Winer’s TwitterGram and FlickrGram). Among others. The API is bringing us really cool new services that aren’t possible on Pownce.

Seesmic IS addicting. I saw that immediately when Loic showed it to me. Sorry Hictu.

I sure wish companies would stop building new social networks and start bootstrapping on top of existing ones.