Scoble has a really interesting post on corporate blogging. I think he makes a number of excellent points, and I hope there are some companies out there reading him. If companies blogged, they would seem less like some corporate entity, and instead more like a friendly resource.
Take for instance Creative. I have a SoundBlaster Audigy, which is a really great sound card, but also has its fair share of issues. Just run a Google search and you will find out about the “Squeal of Death”. Well instead of hiding away and leaving customers out to dry for the longest time, if Creative had a blog they could have posted messages along the way. “There is a problem? Okay lets look at that.” and “Yes we see this issue, more and more people are experiencing it.” and most importantly “We are working hard to come up with some new drivers”. That last one gets me, for the longest time there was NOTHING on their site. A blog could have at least made me feel like they were TRYING.
On of the projects I have been working on is a new website design for Paramagnus. I think I will definitely be including RSS and Atom feeds in that design. Especially as a small software company, I can see blogs as a very effective way for us to do marketing (Scoble mentions this power of weblogs too).
I went to see this movie on Friday with a bunch of people – awesome! I think it is easily one of Adam Sandler’s best movies, very funny, but definitely a Valentine’s movie 🙂 And don’t worry, like most Sandler movies, Rob Schneider is on board, and is very funny!
As luck would have it, I got into the movie for free (helps to know people who work at the theater!) which is really great considerng prices have gone up again!! Now its $13.95 for a ticket…insanity!
Well at long last, the inappropriately named “Reading Week” is upon us. One whole week to sleep, and put off studying for three more midterms! Enjoy it everyone 🙂
For those of you interested in such a topic, the CyberPsychology and Behavior site is hosting a paper that says “Cybersex is More Damaging to Relationships Than Pornography”. In other news, Barbie and Ken have broken up…aww, so sad 😛
Now that I have been “in the blogosphere” for a while, I have learned quite a bit about the subject. One of the most important aspects of blogs, is their unique publishing capabilities. Most blogs do this using one of two formats (or sometimes both) – RSS and Atom.
Some might say that there is a turf war going on between the two syndication formats. Yahoo has supported RSS, and Google (which owns blogger.com) is supporting Atom. I think that the topic is entirely irrelevant, for the following reasons:
- Dave Winer (creator of RSS) has said the format is frozen at 2.0
- Atom is an open specification and will continue to grow
- Lots of tools already support both formats
Personally, I like the way Atom is going. RSS is currently the most popular throughout the blogosphere, but I expect that as people start to see the improvements Atom offers (and as RSS ages), a switch is probable. One thing is clear however, at least one of these formats is going to be extremely popular if blogging continues to grow.
On that note, I really don’t like that some tools (such as Xanga) do not offer any feeds, RSS or Atom! All blogs should have a subscription feature of some sort (and not the sign up to continue to read online kind). One of the great things about blogs is that you don’t have to visit a website to read them!
It appears as though Andrew is blogging once again (looks like he started way back in the day!) Check out his blog here. My list of people to get blogging shrinks yet again…
Well it was time I made some changes to my site, as I have learned a lot about CSS and ASP.NET over the last few weeks. So no more inline frames for me! Also, as you may have noticed, my blog is now at a proper location, so no more weird URL’s to access it 🙂
Well tonight’s game in Edmonton against the Atlanta Thrashers was one of the most spirited games I have seen the Oilers play in a long time. They came out flying in the first period, and entering the third period had a 2-1 lead. That’s where things got interesting…
Not only did they score two goals in the third to take a 4-1 lead, they participated in probably the largest runble of the season. After all was said and done, there was 184 penalty minutes as a result of the scrum. You can see the official NHL superstats for more.
Sutton is a wuss, and when he had the chance to fight Laraque passed. He then went after Brewer, so we know what Sutton is made of (not that Brewer is a small guy, just no Georges). Everyone on the ice at the time got into the action – even the goalies! A stroke of genius by Conklin to leave the net and fight Nurminen as Atlanta lost their other goalie to injury earlier in the game (meaning that with Nurminen’s game misconduct, Atlanta had no goalie for the last 2 minutes).
The best part was definitiely Bishai’s fight with Aubin. Bishai ended up on the Atlanta bench and landed four or five excellent punches – FROM THE BENCH! Hemsky got the empty net goal at the end, so the Oilers won with a final score of 5-1.
Now I hope the Oilers keep up the intensity and move up the standings in the last part of the season!
Well in case you hadn’t heard, Pixar and Disney ended discussions to extend their current motion picture deal. This means that “The Incredibles” and “Cars” will be the last two Pixar films to be distributed by Disney (at least for now). You can read the official Pixar press release here.
So what does this mean? Well everyone I know loves the Pixar movies, every single one of them! In a way I think this is good, because Pixar is the brilliance behind Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo, etc, yet Disney seems to get a lot of the credit. Now we will see that it is ALL Pixar.
A related story out today is that Comcast has offered $66 billion to merge with Disney. Anyone else smell the end of an entertainment era?
Dickson’s site is back up now – DNS hosted by yours truly 🙂