June 07, 2004

Heading to the Storytelling Festival

I'm off early tomorrow to hit the Digital Storytelling Festival in Sedona, Arizona. I'll also be seeing my brother George and his three boys (Bobby's cousins) a couple of days during the week before my talk on Saturday.

No blogging tomorrow (and e-mail is iffy). I hear the conference is wi-fi friendly, so I should be back posting by Thursday or Friday.

June 7, 2004 at 09:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

BlogOn conference set for July 22-23

You've read about the BloggerCon conference at Harvard the past two years. Now the West Coast gets a blog conference of its own. A bit more scaled down than BloggerCon and perhaps more tailored to business professionals, BlogOn will be held on the campus of UC Berkeley on July 22-23, 2004.

Spearheading the affair are Susan Mernit, Mary Hodder and Chris Shipley (of Demo fame) and Shel Israel. I hope to help a bit with the planning, the blog boot camp on the first day, and whatever else is needed.

The web site is due to go live late tonight here. Circle your calendar for this can't-miss affair. And if you know of any potential conference co-sponsors, let Susan know.

June 7, 2004 at 08:44 PM in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Out of office response in Outlook

I haven't managed to do this successfully over the past few years, so I'll throw this question out to friends and bloggers:

Is there a way to set up my Microsoft Outlook (not Outlook Express) 2002 so that it sends an out-of-the-office automated reply? I know how to do so on a corporate network, but I'm thinking that there's no way to do this from my personal home account, whether my machine is running or not.

True? If not, how do you do it? I'll be traveling for much of June and won't be able to check email for at least a week at a time in stretches.

June 7, 2004 at 04:29 PM in Computing | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Steve Rubel said:

It's a kludgy work around, but if you can forward your mail while you are away to Yahoo mail, they have an auto-reply capability. There must be a better way, however.

Gaspar said:

Not sure about wording as I have the Italian version, but you can set up a new rule for all messages in which your name is in the "to" field, with the action "reply with a template mail".

Snag: this will only work when your Outlook is on and is automatically checking your mail every few minutes.

Taran said:

I'm surprised that most ISPs don't have this functionality, actually. 1&1.com, as I recall, allows you this functionality.

Incidentally, this SORBs thing is not very informative and as such is wildly annoying...

The blog-only news diet

After a game of 22 questions, Steve Outing reviews Steve Rubel's experiment in mainstream-media deprivation.

June 7, 2004 at 04:24 PM in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

RIAA wants your fingerprints

Register UK: RIAA wants your fingerprints.

Not content with asking for an arm and a leg from consumers and artists, the music industry now wants your fingerprints, too. The RIAA is hoping that a new breed of music player which requires biometric authentication will put an end to file sharing.

Established biometric vendor Veritouch has teamed up with Swedish design company to produce iVue: a wireless media player that allows content producers to lock down media files with biometric security. This week Veritouch announced that it had demonstrated the device to the RIAA and MPAA.

June 7, 2004 at 02:01 PM in Digital rights & copyright, Music | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Lessig declares email bankruptcy

Larry Lessig has declared email bankruptcy.

June 7, 2004 at 12:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Future schlock

AlterNet: Future schlock.

Wired magazine's NextFest 2004 filled San Francisco's Fort Mason exhibition center over the weekend with thousands of eager earthlings looking to be dazzled by the latest in gee-whiz tech. ...

June 7, 2004 at 11:55 AM in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

RSS radio

Robin Sloan today in Poynter's Convergence Chaser: RSS radio.

Imagine this:

You use a simple web app to manage your own personal radio station. You've got programming feeds from NPR, PRI, CBS, BBC, and whatever else you like -- even your cousin Joe broadcasting from his basement in Cairo, Ill. These feeds tell your radio app what's available for you to mix and match. And by tapping into the pool of other people using similar apps, you can see what's popular and get recommendations for further listening.

But then -- this is the important part -- you don't just listen on your computer. Instead, your cell phone becomes your radio. (Headphones are a must, clearly.) ...

Robin points to Doc Searls' fuller posting on the subject Friday.

June 7, 2004 at 11:53 AM in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Time for the FCC to die?

Declan in News.com: It's time to abolish the Federal Communications Commission.

June 7, 2004 at 11:49 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The Times on wi-fi hot spots

From Monday's NY Times: Where Entrepreneurs Go and the Internet Is Free. The Times discoveres wi-fi hot spots. (Glenn had another short wi-fi piece in The Times on Thursday.)

June 7, 2004 at 12:01 AM in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

The One True b!X's PORTLAND COMMUNIQUE said:

Of cource, the piece is little more than an ad for T-Mobile, which seems to get most of the article for itself.

June 06, 2004

NY Times photos of Kerry & Bush

Tom Holzel of Velocity Associates thinks he has evidence of New York Times "liberal bias" in his analysis of a month's worth of photos of John Kerry and George Bush.

I think what he's discovered is that it's impossible to please 100 percent of the readers. The Times came very close in its photographic inch count. Had Mr. Holzel added up the non-photographic column inches devoted to Kerry and Bush, it's obvious it would have been far more lopsized in President Bush's favor.

President Bush had a bad month. To pretend otherwise by choosing photographs that tell a different story would have been misleading.

I applaud grassroots efforts to keep the mainstream media honest. I just don't believe the indictment is warranted here.

June 6, 2004 at 01:57 PM in Participatory media | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

June 04, 2004

Craigslist a classifieds 'threat'?

I forgot to blog this the other day. Mark Glaser in OJR: Nerd Values Help Propel Tiny Craigslist Into Classifieds Threat. Craig Newmark turned his community Web site based in San Francisco from a hobby into a global Internet phenomenon. But will his empire continue to eat into newspaper ad listings?

June 4, 2004 at 12:15 PM in New media | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Michelle said:

Craigs List could absolutely change everything! I love too that everything is so simple, not over commercalized. I really hope that the site continues to be free. It is one of those rare things where you are just like, Wow! Does this really actually exist? ...it's that great.

the terminal of Geoff Goodfellow said:

What about eBay and That Empires ability to continue to eat into newspaper ad listings?

Reporter auctions film script on eBay

Filmstew has the scoop on Mike Adamick, a reporter for the Oakland Trib who lives in San Francisco but yearns for LA Fame:

No matter what else 27-year-old San Francisco-based reporter Mike Adamick achieves with his sideline screen-writing career, he will forever be remem-bered as the first person to post an original screenplay for sale on eBay. A dubious honor perhaps, but consider the fact that after Defamer.com reported yesterday that his 115-page action thriller Chase Patrick was on sale as of Saturday afternoon, May 29th, for a starting bid of $500.00, NPR, the Edmonton Journal, CNBC, this column and a number of Hollywood producers and agents all came a knocking to find out more.

“I heard about this beer-swilling Mariners fan up in Seattle who sold his ex-wife's wedding dress on eBay,” Adamick explains to Hollywood Spin via email. “At the time, I just thought it was funny. Then, when I got a new job, and as my own wedding approaches (man, that dress fits great -- thanks!), I figured I'd never have the time to go the usual route of selling scripts. And then I remembered the wedding dress guy and thought, why not?”

Thanks to Sam Tenet for the pointer.

June 4, 2004 at 12:49 AM in Film | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Not all news sites embrace RSS

New from Staci Kramer in OJR: RSS Feeds Can Build Web Traffic, but Fence Sitters Note Problems.

June 4, 2004 at 12:20 AM in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Google has a blog

Did you know Google has a blog? Not terribly active, though.

June 4, 2004 at 12:07 AM in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

June 03, 2004

TV news in a postmodern world

The Digital Journalist: TV News in a Postmodern World: Argument Versus Objectivity, by Terry L. Heaton. TV News -- and other forms of journalism of the future -- will steadily drift away from the "professional" standard of objectivity and back to one that regularly incorporates argument into its soul.

June 3, 2004 at 12:21 PM in Participatory media, Television | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

A lament for TechTV

A great NY Times Circuits section today. Here's more:

- A Lamentation for TechTV, by David Pogue (not found on the Circuits front page)

- For High-Definition Sets, Channels to Match. Voom, a high-definition programming service for cable customers, offers amazingly clear television. But how long will it be around?

- Who Got the Message? There's a Way to Know. A new service promises to pull back the curtain on anyone hiding behind the common white lie "I never got your e-mail."

- Revenge of Pac-Man: Vintage Games Are Back. Aging players and 80's nostalgia are reinvigorating interest in old video games, and an industry that has long focused on the future has become eager to herald its past.

- Facing the World With Egos Exposed. It's not hard to find the allure in rating others' looks online. What's less obvious is why people choose to be rated.

June 3, 2004 at 11:58 AM in Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)