Daily Archives: November 16, 2007

JumpBox, another example of virtualization goodness

Yesterday Sean Tierney, COO of JumpBox, came to the house to show me his service, which promises “server software made simple.”

Now if you’re an astute viewer of my videos you’ll notice that when I interview companies talking about server software that my attention isn’t quite as focused as, say, if I were interviewing someone talking about a new cell phone.

But I found my jaw dropping when I saw what JumpBox does. It lets me setup a complete virtualized server system with Linux, a database, and various other things like WordPress within minutes. Doing that all without a system like JumpBox? Would take hours. And that’s IF I knew what I was doing!

Anyway, thanks Sean. Great stuff for geeks who need to try out lots of server iterations and move those things around. That video will be up in a couple of weeks. Will let you know when it’s up.

Caught in Apple restart hell

I just loaded the latest Apple Macintosh updates.

Now my machine won’t boot. Well, that’s not really true. When I power it up the Apple comes on. Then the screen gets dark and a little message comes up:

“You need to restart your computer. Hold down the Power button for several seconds or press the Restart button.”

So I restart. And get the same message. I do it five times just to make sure.

And so, now I’m back on my Windows machine.

Screw you Apple and your ads saying you’re better than Microsoft. Screw you. Screw you. Screw you.

Screw you and your controlling PR machine.

Grrrrr.

Oh, and if you think I have something against Apple, no I don’t. But my computer, a 17-inch MacBookPro, has already been in the shop twice. My son’s MacBookPro 15-inch has been in the shop twice and has a dead USB port now so both of our machines need to go back into the shop.

What’s ironic is lots of other computer companies would LOVE to give me free stuff (I don’t take it) but Apple is the only company that’s never raised a PR finger to help me. Instead I feel so honored to spend my money on this crap. Why? Just to have a shiny machine?

Well, sorry. The shine is wearing off. Screw you Apple.

The mobile media war continues with Zannel

I am finding most of the audiences I’ve spoken to lately have never seen Kyte.tv. Many have never seen Twitter. Or even know they can upload photos to Flickr from their cell phones.

But someday they will.

Zannel is another company that’s trying to make cell phone media easier. Here’s Zannel’s CEO and CTO to show us Zannel.

Why is this important? Well, how many cell phones will sell in the next year? Now let’s say that even 1% signup for Zannel. That could be a pretty sizeable audience.

Either way, these guys give us their view of the cell industry and where it’s going.

I know mobile phone stuff is important because of you. I got more email off of my Fast Company column about cell phone services than any of the other columns I’ve written for Fast Company. Thanks!

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Universities communicate better with ClearTXT

Think mobile phones aren’t changing how the world works?

Check out ClearTXT. Here Doug Kaufman, CEO, shows me the system, which delivers a bunch of stuff about classes, scores, and much more to students via cell phones.

Think this isn’t a big deal? His sales are going nuts due to several recent shootings. Now schools need a way to tell all students what’s up. ClearTXT is the way to do that. Think of ClearTXT as the “Twitter for education.” It’s more than that, to be fair, but a pretty damn cool system.

I’ve embedded a short “Editor’s Choice” video here. The longer, full interview is here.

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Inside the online video advertising industry with YuMe

Since tons of people are coming into the online video business it’s good to know about how the money is going to show up. My friends who I’ve been talking with in the business tell me that money has finally started to show up. Andy Plesser’s videos are now seeing Adobe advertising over on Blip.tv, for instance. To get the latest I went over to YuMe Networks, one of the better video advertising networks. Here YuMe’s CEO shows me the latest in online video advertising.

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