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New Reality

August 20, 2007

Video tools are moving fast. Making movies which mash up a range of sources and create a very new, very believable reality are here. What's real or not will be the hard question now. It used to be TV was reliable because you saw it; no longer. Maybe trust devolves to brands or names you […]

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Tivo pulls itself togther

April 19, 2007

Tivo had a rocky start as a company. Great technology that not enough people used. But they're changing. Recognizing a world that wants to make entertainment and the Internet easier Tivo have pushed idea after idea that builds off fast broadband, wifi and the Tivo box. Personal photos, movies, podcasts, info, games etc etc. Some […]

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Private Equity Swoops

April 19, 2007

Orica, the worlds biggest explosive company took an offer from private equity companies the other day. Shares leapt five dollars to 33 dollars Australian The company rejected the offer. Not enough. Private equity gets slammed. But boy, is it relentlessly starting to clean up business and make it efficient. Orica has a conservative balance sheet, […]

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The Pulitizer Prize

April 19, 2007

Pulitzer prizes were handed out this week. The LA Times got one for an incredibly long and worthy investigation on the health of the Ocean. Conclusion. Problems. It was its 30 something prize. Delight all around in big media HQ. Across town, and barely reported by the Times, the LA Weekly won one as well. […]

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Twitter

April 19, 2007

Twitter is the new rage. It's a mini-blog site that updates a distribution list by phone or IM automatically every time a one line (or so) entry is made. Kind of like texting on steroids. For general use it can be irritating. Like the push email technology of the mid-nineties which eventually clogged my email […]

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del.ic.ious and firefox get smart

April 14, 2007

A year and half ago Yahoo bought del.icio.us. Some people have raved about it. Other, like me, thought it useful. This week it got exponetially better. Now, delicious can operate in tandem with Firefox.. Download the plug in and all your browser bookmarks become delicious tags. Now work becomes doublely useful. Stuff once saved is […]

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Time Warner wears out the customer. Me

April 14, 2007

Adelphia Cable got carved up when its founder whet to the slammer. Time Warner bought large parts of LA. They promised a lot. Today, on the phone, trying to resolve a bill, (naturally) we reached the bottom line. Theirs. A similar package to the previous one now seemed unexpectedly is now more expensive. Much. “People […]

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Can you be an unknown, unknownable blogger

April 14, 2007

After Vquence debuted  there was followup. Using such secret search engines as Google, Yahoo and whatever else, mentions were checked. There was one colorful blog, a husband and wife effort, a consulting company, a geek aware twosome, that mentioned Vquence positively. One blog lead to another. His. He wrote about Linux. Computers. Tech stuff. Get […]

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Borders uses video.

April 12, 2007

Borders emails every week. Usually its a money saving coupon. 20% off. I like that idea. This week they have Borders Kitchen. Lidia Bastianich is an Italian cookbook author. Borders have set up a studio and shot footage of her cooking and walking around shopping. The footage is split into episodes. So! Selling books requires […]

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Amazon and Tivo take on movie downloads.

April 12, 2007

Tivo signed up with Amazon to provide movie downloads. Amazon via the internet to computer then wireless to Tivo. Finally. An easy not the Blockbuster experience. I hate Blockbuster. They must have the worst customer service. Doesn't seem to matter which outlet you go to either. Now I don't have to leave home. And because […]

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