Oh boy. When I heard about French Maids at the Podcasting Expo last week I had no idea what their show was about. Let’s just say this is a show aimed at the male half of the gender side. Oh, and GoDaddy paid for this show about how to register a domain. This is pretty darn close to soft porn. But, it did cause lots of conversations on the floor of the podcasting expo. They also are one of the top podcasts on iTunes. Which just goes to show you: nothing sells like sex.
Oh, if you want a more serious report from the Podcasting Expo, check out Podonomics report. Leesa Barnes reports and includes interviews from Tim Bourquin, founder of the Podcast and Portable Media Expo and Ron Moore, executive producer of Battlestar Gallactica. Leesa’s report is excellent. Listen to what she says about Adam Curry and Podshow too. They are a competitor of ours, so I won’t say anything, but Leesa has a good point and one I heard many times from the show floor.
In his interview, Tim Bourquin talked about the Apple Computer cease and desist letters that were sent to companies using “pod” in their product names. John Welch gave me crud about sensationalizing that last week, trying to make it look like Apple was coming after all podcasting companies. That’s a fair criticism. Tim handles it a lot better in his interview.
Make Magazine is so cool. Here John Tokash takes us on a video tour of the new TechShop, where Make Magazine is one of the stores inside. TechShop is a place where you can work on your own projects. I bet you’ll find lots of Make Magazine folks inside too.
I hate partial RSS and Atom subscription feeds. So, of course I signed the fullfeeds petition.
The rules for corporate disclosures are pretty damn weird. Especially given that things on Digg/Slashdot/Tech Crunch/GigaOM/ZDNet/TechMeme/Tail Rank go around the world faster than anything else I’ve seen.
Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems, is working to change that. I hope he does. Seems to me that putting things up on a blog gets disclosure out there to more people than a phone call (quick, what’s the number for one of those disclosure phone calls — if you don’t know and you’re an investor in Sun, aren’t you being discriminated against?)
No I don’t love Engadget cause Jason Calacanis bought me dinner and gave me a tour of AOL’s new studios! (How’s THAT for PayPerPost. Heheh. Total collected, about $20 for a nice chicken sandwich at Mantilis, Pramit Nairi caught us in the act, and ice tea and a ride in his yellow Corvette).
Rather I love Engadget because it keeps me up to date on the good and bad about gadgets. I too had a look at the Zune last week and was disappointed, just like Engadget was, to find that I won’t be able to use its WiFi capabilities to download netcasts or music. Instead I’ll have to hook it up to my computer (which is upstairs, while my WiFi works downstairs) to load a bunch of netcasts on it.
Lame, lame, lame. They could have really gotten the Apple’s ve-vant-to-own-your-‘pod’ behind. Instead Microsoft fumbled.
But, Microsoft is brave enough to invite me and my camera over for an interview and demo this week. That is something that Apple hasn’t yet done. I guess Steve Jobs is scared that I’ll give him crap for not putting a widescreen into the latest iPods.
Of course Steve doesn’t need the PR right now. Why not? Well, we bought Patrick a new 80GB iPod. I’ll let him review it vs. the Zune. What’s fun about 12-year-olds? They tell the truth. Brutally. Must be a skill they learn on the playground.
The Wetpaint wiki folks (they pride themselves on having wikis that don’t use weird wiki codes, so are easier to use than usual) have a cool Nascar fan wiki.
Now THAT’S a way to get outside of the tech ecosphere!
I was reading the 10 geek business myths that venture capitalist Ron Garret laid out. Good read. Recommended.
One thing, though, that I’m gonna jump on is his thoughts about Microsoft. He wrote “Microsoft has achieved success largely by seeking out and destroying other people’s brilliant ideas.”
What’s interesting is in other places he writes that it’s what the customers think that really matters, not what anyone else thinks. And, in this single sentence he’s demonstrated that very well.
Microsoft has two really huge businesses that funded the rest. What are those two businesses? Operating System and Office. Well known.
Why did I — as a customer — get into Microsoft’s ecosystem? Because Windows NT crashed less than my Macintosh did in the mid-90s. And because Office cost about the same as, say, WordPerfect (a competitive Word processor) but came with a spreadsheet, a database program, and more.
Did Microsoft then do stupid things like crush Netscape? Yeah. But they were put in that place by building products that customers wanted to buy. And buy in massive quantities. Translation: if you really want to crush the competition, build a better product for a lower price and make your customers very happy. (I was a very happy customer of Microsoft’s back in the 1990s).
Ron’s entire rest of his lengthy post was right on.