iBuzz Promises Good Vibrations

March 29, 2006

So what do you get for the guy or gal with every iPod accessory on the planet? Why the iBuzz of course. Billed as the iPod accessory that lets you "Feel the music in a whole new way!" This device, offered by Condomania for $60 bucks has to qualify as the be the funniest iPod accessory available. However, the device may not be as entertaining as the press release that announced it to the world.

From the press release:
"Already a best seller in Europe, the iBuzz is a small capsule-shaped device that vibrates in sync with the music on your iPod or MP3 player. It can safely vibrate inside or outside of you or your partner with his and her attachments included. Turn up the volume, turn up the vibrations! iBuzz comes with a headphone splitter so you can listen on one end while, well, vibrating on the other."

While I have no idea what the "male attachment" could possibly be or do, the very idea of folks walking around listening to "Good Vibrations", while feeling vibrations is a bit much. This is technology that can truly touch the lives of many lonely people in very personal ways and I for one am glad to see it available in the US.

Michael Robertson Writes off Microsoft.

March 24, 2006

The battle starts with these words from Michael Robertson, “Bye Bye Microsoft Word, Hello ajaxWrite”. You gotta love his showmanship. From relentlessly tweaking the music Industry with MP3.com to taking on MS with Lindows and hitting them up for 20 million dollars to go away. Back when I was publishing MP3 Impact Micheal was always good for a great quote or interesting story lead on slow news weeks. Recently, I’ve come to think of his projects as a little less ambitious then his earlier goals of turning the music industry on its head or revamping the desktop but this weeks release of ajaxWrite has reminded me that ain’t nothing changed.

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Riya See’s Ya

March 23, 2006

On Mar 21, 2006 at 8:14 am I received an email from Team Riya letting me know that Riya Beta had finally launched and that I should come play with the site. Having signed up to be part of the beta programs of about 75 unlaunched, over-hyped and VC funded sites I was somewhat intrigued but not overly excited. Riya, billed itself as an online Photosharing site that automatically recognizes the faces or text in your images and tags them for simplified sharing. I signed-up despite the hype because the premise was itself very interesting, the actual product however is even more exciting then the hype suggested.

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All your CD’s are Belong to Us

March 21, 2006

I dont buy CD’s anymore. Its not my fault the music industry trained me not to purchase CD’s. For years CD’s magically appeared on my desk every morning, often with T-shirts, caps, or other shawg attached to them. Even as a relative outsider to the music business, I became so accustomed to getting free CD’s that I lost the habit of purchasing music. Neither the shrill wails emanating from the music industry nor the slick gadgets and mobile devices from companies like Apple computers has succeeded in enticing me open my wallet and purchase (or rent) music. The only sites that have managed to tempt me back into music buying mode are a group of small, quasi-legal Russian sites that the music industry is desperately trying to shut down.

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D’oh! Opps! My Bad! I had to renew?

March 15, 2006


While trying to add a few recent web finds to my Ma.gnolia.com bookmarks I kept getting a strange error, “Domain not registered”. I thought perhaps I had typed the wrong address so I tried it again. I double checked the spelling , I looked for other links on the web, I tried accessing the root domain. Nothing worked! Ma.gnolia.com, one of my favorite bookmarking sites has apparently forgotten to pay its domain registration and been kicked offline.
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From Blogger to WordPress A Web 2.0 Odyssey

March 13, 2006

I’ve been active on the Internet since 1990 and have been working with content on the web since 1994 (history permanently archived here and here ) so I consider myself something of a veteran (not wiser or smarter just older). So, when in the course of my latest gig I decided to put my random thoughts, arcane readings and strange encounters online as an opportunity to teach myself about the new tools and services for content creation I was sure it would be a breeze. Instead, what I found was that an old dog can get really frustrated by all the new tricks. My odyssey from the world of mute silence to global blogging on the web’s bleeding edge is cautionary tale of exploration and discovery.As a die hard Google enthusiast, I started my journey with a Google owned blog creation tool. I expectied a “killer app” that took the best bits from Gmail, Google Pages , Google Maps and Picasa. Instead what I got was Blogger.
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RIAA: Downloaders Drool, Lawsuits Rule!

March 10, 2006

Today the RIAA announced a new victory in its on going string of pyrrhic victories attributed to the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act. Two men, one in Florida and the other in Milwaukee, where indicted on charges of violating criminal copyright law for posting Ryan Adams & The Cardinals songs on a website.

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Two Reports and 97 Pages Summerized in 5 Themes

March 7, 2006

Everyone loves research. Big companies pay big money for people with big brains to "just figure it out!" Some companies hit the mark and others dont but they all have some kernels of insights and flashes of inspiration worth noting. Capturing a few of those kernels and spotting some of the flashes is what I'm going to attempt to do in this article. All for your general edification and enjoyment.

IBM bigwig and Internet conference staple Dr. Saul Berman, and two credited co-authors put out a white paper earlier this year entitled "The end of television as we know it". A little somewhat less known Masters candidate at MIT, Sam Ford, writing for the Convergence Culture Consortium (C3) also put out a report worth noting entitled "Fanning the Audiences Flames". What these reports share, in addition to pithy writing and blunt critique, are a number of common threads. The 6 "priority actions for executives" enumerated by IBM and the "ten roles for fans" to be used by media companies promulgated by the C3, could all be summed up in three basic ideas: relinquish control, take risks and listen. I can only guess that the scholarly penchant for verbosity is why the C3 needed 10 principals spread-out over 73 pages to explain what IBM was able to do in 24 pages with a scant in 6 principals.

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The Torrent of TV Content

March 1, 2006

While reading an IBM white paper, ominously entitled "The end of Television as we know it ." I found myself thinking about what TV might look like in the coming years. What were some of the base assumptions that still aren't being challenged? How will consumers evolve, what will they be interested in purchasing, in what form and for how much? Alas, it'll take bigger brains with more time and resources to figure out these questions, then I have at my disposal. However, I can offer a view of one way that TV viewing is changing right now and what it may mean for the companies currently making millions from it. Read the rest of this entry »