Josh Mack blogging at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts, and occasionally on; bicycles, politics, Brooklyn, parenting, crafts, and good reading. Currently helping to build a new NYC neighborhood news site - nearsay.com, that celebrates the voices that make our city. Subscribe to the daily newsletter it gives you what you need to know.
Oddcast founder Adi Sidman has a post on the Oddcast blog called 10 Reasons to Go Virtual Instead of Video. Of course he is biased but he makes some good points, also the links to Oddcast powered projects are interesting. I had no idea that Durex sponsored a talking condom that you could mail to other people. Interesting to note that Reuters now has a columnist covering Second Life and appearing as an avatar.
Nickelodeon just bought Quizilla. They are now simply dominant in the Media Metrix teen site category. This purchase combined with their brand properties plus NeoPets. The thing about quizilla that is so potent is that it is distributable media. You go there to create a quiz but then you can place the quiz on your MySpace page. Millions of entry points. What is next for them Star Doll or is that too small?
DemocracyNow on the fact that 1 in 4 servicemen (over 15,000) have suffered injuries that have at least been partially disabled from service, and how the VA has tried to hide this by fighting FOIA requests. This on top of the Lancet report is just mind-boggling.
Pogue and others on Sony's e-book reader. I didn't realize that it can now show gray-scale images and play mp3s. I just don't understand why the focus continues to be the general consumer market? Even the idea of going after the business traveler as Sony seems to be doing, seems weak especially now. Why not go after doctors, students, and other professionals who have to have reference at their fingertips? Paidcontent puts their finger on that. The device lacks some basics like search and the ability to add notes, and hyperlinks so perhaps they will focus on those markets when loading in several textbooks makes more sense. I have a copy of one of Voyager's e-books from '94 which comes on a floppy (so I now have no way if using it) but which had most of these features and more. It was written in hyper-card. I have to admit however that the travel guide possibilities intrigue me.
Actually reading Heat in fine paper based book form. It makes me want to cook more and eat out less, far less and never ever become a chef.
Lastly - caster has introduced zealous a new premium product that let's you give a lifetime star to a cat or dog you really like. A thumbs-up you can pay for. Interesting community revenue idea. Pay to show extra appreciation - 40 for $10.
Google released a code search. Kottke.org has some very good links to things hidden in the code around us. I find it really amusing that out all the mt username and password searches in the world the only one that turns up is Gawker. Denton once posted this screed which I'm not sure was completely tongue in cheek.
Too bad. From AudioBlogger. It was a nice service that I used a few times. But their note points to others that will fill the space.
As of November 1, 2006, Audioblogger will no longer accept phone calls. MP3s made with the service will continue to be hosted and served but you will no longer be able to use Audioblogger to post new audio.
Audioblogger is an independent product, run by Odeo, Inc., a small startup company in San Francisco, CA. We are not affiliated with Google or Blogger except that we operate and provide the Audioblogger service.
Given our limited resources, we have to make tough decisions about what projects to focus on. And we've come to the difficult decision that Audioblogger demands too many resources, time, and money for us to continue its operation.
However, there are several other services that offer similar functionality. Odeo is not affiliated with any of these services, we only suggest them only in hopes that one or the other will be a good alternative for you.
Gabcast.com is a free service for recording by phone Hipcast.com has a seven day free trial and lots of features Gcast.com is another free service for phone recording
All of the phone posting services listed above are compatible with Odeo in that they produce podcast feeds, which can be imported to Odeo. Any audio file at Odeo can be posted on a blog by copying and pasting some embed code.
Odeo would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has tried Audioblogger. If you are interested in keeping up with our other blog-friendly projects, please have a look at Twitter.com and our customizable audio players.
Today while reading a recipe on the NYT I noticed that the article tools; email, print, and reprints had been joined by a +Save feature. Clicking this led me to a MY Times File page, the option to save my article as public or private, add a note, rate it, and categorize it. This is very much like the Clippings option I developed on GardenWeb, (though we sadly don't have the rate it, and categorize it option, yet) and should lead to a most saved articles feature in the near future. Anyone have any idea how long it has been on the NYT site?