Archive for July, 2005

Location, location, location!

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

I signed up for dodgeball.com recently. It works! And having read Lars’s post, I just geotagged a picture on Flickr for the first time. Now playing around with Geobloggers and Mappr. And while I’m at it, Plazes

radioShark

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Received my radioShark in the mail today as a thank you gift for supporting KQED. It’s an AM-FM desktop radio with time-shift recording capability. Think TiVo for radio. Can’t wait to try it out!

LinkedIn evolves

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

According to SiliconBeat, LinkedIn is about to introduce some changes to their system in order to better accomodate different user types.

Sudoku

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

Addictive!

German Public Radio experimenting with podcasts

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

Cologne-based Westdeutscher Rundfunk, WDR (Web, Wikipedia) - where I happened to be a three-time student employee years ago - has recently begun experimenting with podcasts, as Georg Berg states in an interview with German webzine Mac Essentials, Podcasting und der WDR (in German). Fabian Mohr has an interview with San Francisco-based German journalist Wolfgang Harrer, who claims podcasting may actually be - surprise - a good thing for public radio: “Das Radio hat jetzt die Chance zur Wiedergeburt”“Das Radio hat jetzt die Chance zur Wiedergeburt” (in German):

Was die Entscheider in den Sendern aber noch nicht verstehen wollen, ist, dass sie mit umfangreicheren Podcasts viele Hörer wieder erreichen könnten, die ihnen schon vor Jahren verloren gingen. Die große Schwäche des Mediums Radio ist ja, dass es von seinen Hörern immer noch erwartet, ihre private Tagesplanung nach dem starren Programmschema der Sender auszurichten. Eine Erwartung, die nicht mehr haltbar ist. Es gibt nichts antiquierteres als die morgendlichen Programmhinweise auf BR2 oder SWR2, in denen den Hörern angekündigt wird, welche Sendungen sie heute wieder verpassen. Was spräche beispielsweise dagegen, einen RSS-Podcastfeed aller Wissenschaftssendungen aller ARD-Hörfunksender anzubieten? Wir haben für diese Sendungen bereits bezahlt, warum macht die ARD sie uns nicht leichter zugänglich?

True. I would also suggest offering much smaller chunks of audio (in general, 60 minutes or longer can be somewhat impractical to listen to) and promote heavily the use of social bookmarking among listeners.

For now, check out Sunday morning’s Presseclub podcast (in German).

Wedding Crashers

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Plot Outline (IMDB): John Beckwith and Jeremy Klein, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Clearly.

I give it a 73 percent fresh.

What is Social Software?

Friday, July 15th, 2005

Christopher Allen does a nice job Tracing the Evolution of Social Software.

Ice Cream

Friday, July 15th, 2005

Talked to Sunir at the inaugural Socialtext Ice Cream Social in Palo Alto tonight. Signed up for MeatballWiki (my first contribution: correcting a - if marginal - typo). Also met Eleanor, Christopher, Simon and Aerik, among others.

Sending money from A to B

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

Germany:

  • Log on to your online banking account (bank A).
  • Enter recipient’s name.
  • Enter bank identifier code and account number (bank B).
  • Enter amount.
  • Make payment.

US:

  • Go to your nearest branch office (bank A).
  • Fill out paperwork.
  • Add extra fees of $30 (bank A) and $25 (bank B).
  • Make payment.

Man, there has got to be a more convenient way to make a money transfer. I guess I’ll end up sending a check instead.

Under Fire

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

Just installed Fire 1.5.3 on my Mac.

Fire is a multi-protocol internet Instant Messaging client based on freely available libraries for each service. It is released under the GNU GPL. All services are built off of GPL’d libraries, including firetalk, libicq2000, libmsn, jabber, and libyahoo2 (Linux libraries).

Fire can handle similtaneous connections to AIM®, ICQ®, Yahoo!®, IRC, MSN® and Jabber.

With Fire I’ll probably be better available again on AIM, MSN, Y! and ICQ. Now, all I need is a WordPress plugin that shows my IM presence on the website.