Archive for June, 2007

100 Blogs We Love

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

100 Blogs We Love logoOn the heels of yesterday’s article by Time magazine, 25 Websites We Can’t Live Without, I came across this article on MSN tech & gadgets, 100 Blogs We Love. With Technorati indicating they are tracking 70 million blogs with 120,000 new ones each day (I hear the 3 month point is the big barrier for the average blog), this web phenomenon seems to be here to stay. It has been an important aspect of the Web 2.0 movement, and corporations as well as individuals have embraced the voice that a blog provides in many ways. Blogging has evolved into podcasting, screencasting, and vblogging, like my net-girlfriend Maria Sansone of The 9. It’s actually a pretty good list, and a couple of the blogs that I stumbled across on the list will likely find themselves joining my blogroll.

Time’s 25 Websites We Can’t Live Without

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Time Magazine logoIt’s easy to describe Time magazine (and the accompanying website) as a staple for the average individual, if not for North Americans, then definitely for Americans. From their yearly release of the Man of the Year (ironically, this year it was actually you that was listed as Man of the Year in response to the power of social media and online collaboration), to their widespread coverage of issues nationally and continentally important issues, Time magazine continues to remain relevant the same way that National Geographic and Forbes do.

Time has released their list of 25 Websites We Can’t Live Without. The list covers some of the long-standing sites on the Internet, like Yahoo!, Amazon and eBay, as well as some newer sites like Digg, Technorati, and Del.icio.us. It’s an interesting list, and although it might not reflect what my generation would list as the 25 websites they cannot live without, a majority of those sites would appear regardless of the age demographic. Interestingly absent from the list is anything to do with Microsoft. Within 2 years, I predict that Microsoft’s Live platform and the accompanying web-based Microsoft Office Suite of Applications will make a strong case for being on these types of lists.

iPhone, uPhone, we all benefit from iPhone

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

The latest release from Apple is of course garnering all sorts of attention from everyone, not just the Tech community. There are reports that the first person has already lined up for the first iPhone in New York. Typically, I would be fairly negative when it comes to Apple, but it’s not necessarily anything against the products, more against the company and their better-than-everyone-else attitude. Personally, for the money required to get an entry-level Mac, I’d be more interested in getting a higher-end PC, or perhaps even an adequate laptop and desktop. The same with an iPod, which uses the iTunes systems exclusively, a program that I would almost describe as the bane of my existence based on the free tech support I’ve provided for the program over the years. However, with the iPhone, I see a leader and potential for change.

Technology has always seemed to lag behind my expectations. I expected to have a higher powered camera on my phone in the 90’s, something that exists on a mainstream phone with a mere 2.0 megapixel even today. The calendar/scheduler is fairly annoying to use, although with some careful customization of my phone, I’ve at least made the process as convenient as possible. Blackberries and their equivalents have obviously addressed this issue, as would a separate PDA, but really, it doesn’t offer me what I want for a price that makes sense. I accept a big part of that is the Canadian market being so overpriced, and have suffered accordingly.

The iPhone makes a big step in the right direction. Instead of a cellphone or a pda or a camera, it’s really looking to be a personal computing device. The integration of the devices, as is par for Apple, should be top-of-the-game and lead to a new standard for these types of device. As well, with the popularity of the device, meritted or not, we should see a jump in the number of average users that transfer data, large amounts of data even, and should see the Industry respond by lowering the cost for data transfer in response.

Again, technology has always seemed to lag behind my lofty expectations, and Apple’s iPhone should be an important step to catch up. None of them should have been unrealistic, and probably comes down to hardware developers ensuring their own profitability by slowing offering these features to their devices. For more information on the iPhone, please see the following links:

How does the iPhone stack up in total cost?

The latest round of iPhone specs

Talking to Your Target Audience

Monday, June 25th, 2007

In an effort to seem professional and appear that one actually knows what they are talking about, we often find ourselves attempting to talk above our audience. A combination of awe and wonderment will be cast over the eager listeners as they absorb the words that are cast upon them, while the information that is hidden within the words is lost. Anyone who’s tried to sit through any college or university-level Science presentations has probably experienced this on numerous occassions as their peers attempted to turn their B presentation into an A-. The IT Industry is no different. Computers and the Internet are often a scary and intimidating subject, and for some reason, those with the knowledge will often find themselves trying to baffle and amaze those around them with their deep knowledge of the systems at work. In reality, the average person could easily understand a majority of the topics surrounding the technology if they were presented with it in a way that makes it easy. A good example of this in the Industry that I’m familiar with is Dave Chalk and the evolution of his TV show into a full-fledged media corporation, Chalk Media. A cute article on SEOmoz gives some feedback to the SEO industry from an SEO beginner on how to better interact with those new to the arena.

…my hopes of understanding algorithms and search engines are pretty grim. But here’s the real rub – even knowing as little as I do about SEO, I’m kind of the resident expert at my company. I know quite a bit more than everyone else, and when questions pop up people often come to me for answers. I’m guessing that a lot of you deal with clients whose knowledge is equal to or less than mine, so I thought I might share with you what I believe a true SEO beginner knows and doesn’t know.

A good read for the professionals out there, and I’m sure everyone can relate to the article.

Friday Links

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Most of the week’s events were of course overshadowed by the departure of Terry Semel from Yahoo!, but there were a handful of stories that are worth paying attention to.

Ending everything on a light note, check out this spoof/parody on the Microsoft Surface. With the iPhone set to release in about a week and so many comparisons being drawn between the two devices, I’m not suprised something like this has come out, but really, I still disagree with the nay-sayers and think that both devices are important to the Industry and target completely different niches. Ultimately, everyone will have at least one of each, but I think the Surface has the potential to have a bigger impact on everyday life and more widespread applications for consumers and businesses.