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Sign of the times: political TechMeme headline

The headline screams “no one in tech can defend McCain.” So, who wants to take up the other side? Anyone?

I found two. John Dvorak bet me $100 that McCain would win. My producer, Rocky Barbanica, who was a software engineer for decades before switching careers, bet me another $100 that McCain would win.

Over on Twitter and FriendFeed most of the participants there, including me, are for Obama, but there are a few who are staunchly for McCain.

This is your last chance to talk politics for a while! Whew, glad to hit Wednesday and be done with all of this.

"All he talks about is politics!"

In yesterday’s post several commenters said they were unsubscribing because all I do is talk about politics.

Oh, really?

To those who say that I only write about politics or think about politics, you are absolutely wrong.

You must read my FriendFeed comments, for instance. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see the things I’ve “Liked” (er, shared) with you. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see all the things I share or blog about. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see all the videos we do at FastCompany.tv. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see all my Google Shared items. Overwhelmingly tech.

Or see my event calendar. Overwhelmingly tech.

Only a very small percentage of my work has anything to do with politics.

Which makes me very happy at the unsubscribes. I’m hoping for a smart audience here, not one that throws insults based on bad data.

But if you think you’re ONLY going to get tech here, you’ll be very unhappy. You should unsubscribe now. Last time I checked this is still my +personal blog+ where I get to write about whatever I am interested in. Overwhelmingly that’ll be tech, but sometimes I’m interested in other things.

Have a good day!

Tech News you can't use

OK, I’m over at TechMeme where there is a TON of tech news today. I can’t keep up.

Let’s run through the headlines and see how much of it you can use.

1. Next-gen MacBook, MacBookPro spotted in matching outfits. Can’t use. (They aren’t out yet).
2. Apple’s iPhone Developer NDA Kills Book for iPhone Developers. Can’t use. (I haven’t signed the NDA).
3. Initial Thoughts on MySpace Music. CAN use!
4. SDK shoot-out: Android vs. iPhone. Can’t use. (Android now out yet).
5. Eee PC to Feature 3.75G for Internet Access Anywhere. Can’t use. Not out yet.
6. Hands on with the Slingbox PRO-HD. Can use. Units just started shipping. I want one.
7. Adobe Talks Open Source, Innovation and the Future of Flash. Can’t use.
8. Yahoo Overhauls System for Selling Display Ads. Can use, but not for consumers, so earns an asterisk.
9. Is Chrome a security risk? Can use.
10. China Mobile Seeking Cut-Down Version of Apple’s iPhone. Can’t use.
11. Announcing the Virtual Earth Web Service and Virtual Earth Map Control 6.2. CAN use!
12. BoomTown Decodes Jerry Yang’s Here-Comes-the-Weasel-Consultants Memo. Can’t use.
13. Y Combinator’s SocialBrowse Launches to the Public. CAN use!
14. Microsoft’s Mundie outlines the future of computing. CAN use!
15. Introducing Google Moderator on App Engine. CAN use, but only for developers.
16. Apple proposes improvements to Safari browsing experience. Can’t use.
17. RWW Interviews David Tosh of Elgg The Open Source Social Networking Platform. Can’t use.
18. Layoffs at ad network Glam Media. Can’t use.
19. Apple Seeds iPhone Firmware 2.2 Beta1. Can’t use.
20. Activity Centered Design. Can’t use.
21. Yahoo Buys Site for Nebraska Data Center. Can’t use.
22. Schwarzennegger outlaws text-messaging while driving. Can’t use.
23. China space mission article hits Web before launch. Can’t use.

So, what can we learn from this?

Well, most of the news we can’t use.

But even more. We as bloggers aren’t looking at how to really put any of this new stuff to use in our daily lives. That’s a change for the blogosphere. I remember when Dave Winer and Mike Arrington were always telling us how to use this stuff to make our lives better. I miss that kind of blogging, and probably explains why I like Lifehacker so much.

Tomorrow on WorkFast.tv we’ll get back to news you can use. We’ll have Sumit Agarwal, product manager for Google Mobile, on the show and we’ll talk about some ways you can use your mobile phone to actually do more business (that’ll be shared live at 10 a.m. Pacific Time and after the show we’ll be on my Kyte channel so you can ask him questions ). Later in the afternoon we’ll also have the CEO of TripIt on a separate show where he talks about services to help you travel better.

These kinds of things might not get hundreds of thousands of visits. They won’t get on Digg. Won’t get on Google News. Won’t get on TechMeme. But I think they are more useful and in these days shouldn’t you get something useful out of your news? I should start a new site called “tech news you can use.” I’m shocked no one has already.

One other example? Check out the video of MoneyAisle. If you are looking to invest money in CDs (lots of people are lately because you need to make sure you don’t have any more than $100,000 in any one account since so many banks are close to failing) then this service will get you a much better rate (they do auctions with 80 different banks). Now THAT is cool news to me (a longer video shot with our HD camcorders will be up soon where we dig into the very cool technology behind this service).

Anyway, hope that’s useful. Now we’re off to catch a flight home to San Francisco from Boston.

FastCompanyTV: the three-month report

We started FastCompanyTV the first week of March this year. What a lot has happened in three months.

Here’s a rundown of the videos we’ve done. ScobleizerTV (S)=36 shows. WorkFastTV (WF)=1 show. Global NeighbourhoodsTV (GN)=14 shows. FastCompanyLive (FCL)=44 shows. Total of 95 shows. Yowza, with more on the way.

My favorite ones? The Tesla drive, the IBM moving the Atom, the Yosemite ones with Michael Adams, and the Rackspace ones (they went IPO right after we shot, so we have the last video before their quiet period, plus they were darn cool and their new headquarters are mondo big).

What did we do bad? 1. Didn’t get enough outside of the technology industry and didn’t get short versions done. 2. Also didn’t get transcripts done yet. 3. We had a rough beginning with Shel’s show that got a lot better over time. 4. Also, the cell phone videos aren’t integrated into the site the way they should be (I start those over on Qik, then move them over later, which totally doesn’t take advantage of the “live” ability of cell phone videos).

I’d love to know what you think, good or bad. The next three months are going to be just as wild. Starting next week as we go to Seattle to see lots of startups and more stuff at Microsoft, too.

By the way, thanks to Rocky Barbanica. He edited and produced much of this stuff and has dragged our two HD cameras lots of places. Michael Shick edited Global Neighbourhoods and I’m most grateful for that, too.

Also, thank you to our sponsors: Seagate, who sponsors ScobleizerTV, and SAP, who sponsors WorkFastTV. It’s expensive to buy HD cameras, buy gas for cars, travel around the world, and pay for bandwidth and other stuff. Not to mention our salaries. So, if you like what we do, please think of our sponsors next time you have a chance to choose them or someone else.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has been in front of our cameras. Without you, well, these shows wouldn’t be interesting.

Here’s a list of all of our shows, in the order they come up on the Web site.

JUNE:

Sliderocket. Intro to a very interesting new presentation package. (S)
Threshold. Intro to easiest-to-use wireless home automation system. (S)
Rick Rashid, Microsoft
. He runs Microsoft Research. Enough said. (S)
Roy Levin, Microsoft
. Smart guy who runs Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Research group. (S)
New show launches: WorkFastTV (first one goes up tomorrow) (WF)
New show to launch: PhotoCycle (the trailer/intro is already up — an astute ear will tell that’s Ansel Adams playing piano, the full show starts later in June). (PC)
Eepybird. The folks behind those Diet Coke and Mentos explosions. (GN)
Pamela Skillings. Author of “Escape from Corporate America” talks to my cell phone about your career. (FCL)

MAY:

Amazee: Demo of new project-management online service. (S)
Bill Watkins, Seagate. Bill, Seagate’s CEO talks to me about future of its business and asks “what recession?” (S)
Xerox CTO. Sophie Vandebroek talks to me about PARC and the post-copier world of Xerox research. (S)
TechCrunch Israel. I learn about Israel’s entrepreneurs from TechCrunch’s Roi Carthy. (S)
Plymedia. A cool online video company in Israel shows me their video overlay technology. (S)
Flixwagon. This Israeli company shows me how their technology lets you send live video from cell phones. (S)
Checkpoint. The biggest startup success from Israel. The CEO talks about security business. (S)
Itay Talgam, famous conductor. Part I. Part II. Part III. Gives a seminar showing management styles of orchestral conductors. (S)
IBM Research, Semantic Search. A look at research into semantic search at IBM’s New Almaden Research Center. (S)
HBMG. An Austin, TX, company shows me their security software which uses unique video compression. (S)
Semantinet. Interesting new social networking tool/search engine in Israel. (S)
Neopolitan Networks. San Antonio, TX, based company that supports many companies with their bandwidth needs. (S)
CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. The place where the Web was invented, but now they are turning on a new machine designed to discover the properties of Mass. A physicist shows us around and explains what we’re seeing. (S)
Microsoft Research (Translations). See the latest in language translation technology. (FCL)
New York Times. They demo and announce “Times Machine” which lets subscribers look at older issues. (FCL)
Microsoft Research (Surface). Andy Wilson invented many of the concepts behind the Surface computer that you use your hands to control and here he gives us a ton of info about what he’s building. (FCL)
FriendFeed (Designer). The designer behind FriendFeed and many Google products like Gmail and Google Reader, gives his philosophy on design. (FCL)
BluePulse. Social network for cell phones, CEO tells me latest. (FCL)
SlideRocket. PowerPoint competitor announces first version, coming in July. (FCL)
Google. Introduces FriendConnect. (FCL)
eMetrics Conference. Talking to experts about analytics of your Web site. (FCL)
PARC. A tour of the Palo Alto Research Center (subsidiary of Xerox) where the CEO shows me the first ethernet cable, which is still embedded in a wall there. (FCL)
Ansel Adams Gallery. Michael Adams, Ansel Adams son, takes us to Glacier Point in Yosemite where we interview him about Ansel’s famous photos. Another video shows him in front of the family business. (FCL)
Minggl. A new toolbar so you can join your friends from several social networks. (FCL)
Web 2.0 Expo. An afterhours tour through the exhibit hall with the guys from Zude. (FCL)
Moo Cards. The CEO of Moo shows us his latest cool business cards which are a hit with photographers and social media influentials. (FCL)
Good Vision. An interesting company in Israel that focuses on helping companies perform socially responsible processes. (FCL)

APRIL

Newstin. A service, located in Prague, that helps you find the news. (S)
IBM Research, Moving Atoms. This is my favorite experience. We move a single iron atom across a piece of copper. In the video they explain why they are doing this (to make smaller and smaller storage devices). (S) We also have a cell phone video we did in the lab that gives more info. (FCL)
Admob. A new advertising network that’s white hot aimed at getting ads onto mobile phones around the world. (S)
Austin City Limits. One of the best audio engineers in the world explains his work on this famous TV show. (S)
IBM’s New Almaden Research Center. This is where tons of stuff was invented. Hard drives. Blue lasers. And more. (S)
PerfTech. Messaging technology for cable companies in our San Antonio, Texas, visit. (S)
Kulabyte. Making HD video compress faster and better. (S)
Rackspace’s new headquarters. Get an exclusive look at Rackspace’s new headquarters in San Antonio, Texas (they announced an IPO a few weeks after we visited). (S)
Rackspace Radio Station. A look at Rackspace’s radio station in San Antonio, Texas. (S)
Rackspace/Leadership. Fun story about how Rackspace’s Chairman got everyone inside Rackspace to change their minds. (FCL)
Rackspace/office fight. There’s a fight inside Rackspace between dark and light offices. Which one would you pick? (FCL)
MySpace CTO. See the architecture behind this famous social networking site. (S)
Ben Segal. Mentor of Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. (S)
Mahlo. Part I. Part II. Innovative search company that uses humans instead of algoritms to bring better results. (S)
Jim Long. NBC cameraman at of the US President. (GN)
KD Paine. Social Media Measurement guru. (GN)
Dell. Richard Binhammer talks with Shel Israel about social media and measuring results. (GN)
Radian 6. Part I. Part II. Measuring results and talking about Radian 6′s business and how it impacts social media. (GN)
Buzz Logic. Measuring influence in social media. (GN)
Disney. Look at Disney’s new virtual worlds. (GN)
Twitter. A talk with Twitter’s founders about its impact on the social media world. (GN)
GM. A talk with General Motors’ CEO where he admits he doesn’t write his own blog. (GN)
Cemaphor. They show off their new technology that syncs Google Calendars and email with Microsoft’s Outlook and Exchange. (FCL)
ZigTag. Demo of a new bookmarking service. (FCL)
AT&T. Demo of AT&T’s new browser. (FCL)
Shane Finley. Micro-wine innovator. (FCL)
PhotoCrank. CEO of PhotoCrank tells me why he started his company. (FCL)
DeLoach Winery. A bunch of geeks get together at a winery for an interesting conversation about business. (FCL)
FriendFeed. Part I. Part II. The founders of FriendFeed talk about their business (this is one of the first video interviews they gave, since then they’ve gotten much more popular and have been interviewed more often). (FCL)

MARCH

Google Docs. They announce offline docs. (S)
Newtek. The Tricaster is mondo cool way to do video production. Leo Laporte is using one on his new show.
Microsoft Research/Redmond. An exclusive tour around Microsoft’s new research building. (S)
MySpace. An interview with the VP of product development at this famous social network. Also got a separate interview with MySpace’s CEO. (S)
Scribd. A startup in San Francisco that makes sharing presentations and docs fun. (S)
John Kao. Longtime business professor and innovation guru plays some music and talks about innovation. (S) I also did a separate interview with him on my cell phone, which is here. (FCL)
Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope. We got the first video of Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope (it got 10 million unique visits in first week). (S)
Amazon. Web services evangelist gives us an update on the state of Amazon’s popular Web services. (S)
Seaworld. Shel gets wet in the name of finding out how Seaworld is using social media. (GN)
Intel. How the world’s biggest processor manufacturer is using social media to get the word out. (GN)
Sun Microsystems. How Sun is using social media to better use its internal knowledge. (GN)
Forrester. Jeremiah Owyang, Forrester’s analyst on social media, talks with Shel Israel. (GN)
Hugh Macleod. Famous artist that puts his drawings on backs of business cards up on his blog. (GN)
Microsoft. New Internet Explorer gets talked about in the hallways with executives from Microsoft. (FCL)
Monster. Cool new headphones get demoed. (FCL)
Lijit. Useful new search engine for bloggers demoed. (FCL)
Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes questions from an audience at SXSW. (FCL)
AMD and ATI. A look into the merger of these two companies with executives from each. (FCL)
Make Magazine. Meet the guy behind Make Magazine, a popular magazine for people who like building their own things. (FCL)
Intel Chip History. A look back at San Antonio’s tech history and part in designing Intel’s famous 8008 processor that kicked off a whole industry. (FCL)
Ear Bender. After an REM concert we met a music promoter who let us into his world. (FCL)
Hatchery. How does a company get started when it’s trying to disrupt something as big as the credit card industry? (FCL)
iLike. The founder of iLike told me at the SXSW conference that they had made a deal with R.E.M. (FCL)
Adaptive Blue. A useful toolbar for adding on search features gets demoed to me. (FCL)
Tesla. First ride in the production tesla with Elon Musk, chairman of the board. (FCL)
Annie Leibovitz. Famous photographer of famous people shows us around her exhibit. (FCL)
NASDAQ. Shows off its new technology which lets stock traders go back and check the price at a specific time. (FCL)
MFG.COM. Shows off a very cool app for tracking shipments. (FCL)
Larry Lessig. Gives his last talk on Free Culture at Stanford University. He’s a law professor there and is quite famous for starting up Creative Commons, among other things. (FCL)
Joi Ito. CEO of Creative Commons talks with us on the way to a meeting. (FCL)
Tim O’Reilly. Future of Advertising conversation after Davos’ World Economic Forum panel discussion. There was a second part of this conversation too. (FCL)
Rick Warren, Part I
. Part II. Author of hugely popular “A Purpose Driven Life” and head of largest single church in USA has a fun chat with me at the World Economic Forum. (FCL)