20 years from now

‘Online news’ 20 years from now

I recently participated (well, sort of — via a remote Skype presentation) in the University of South Carolina’s “Journalism, Sustainability, and Media Regeneration Conference.” Its organizer, Professor Augie Grant, sent a survey to everyone who attended that opened with a couple questions that I should not answer but cannot resist: “Think about all of the…

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Google+: Just use it! (Carnival of Journalism)

This month’s “Carnival of Journalism” asked the question: “What does Google+ mean for journalists, today and tomorrow?” Of course, I don’t have all the answers; I’m not sure yet that I have one really good answer. Google+, Google’s first serious threat to Facebook in the social-media space, is so new that we’re all grappling with…

Personalized news and why the iPad is no savior

If any traditional news publishers are still thinking that the Apple tablet — finally, it has a (strange) name, iPad — points to their salvation by bringing a new business model, they’ll likely be proven wrong. No doubt, the iPad is an incredible, slick piece of technology. It’s not the “Jesus Tablet” that many of…

Converting a book reader to a nook reader

My wife, Suzanne, has long had to put up with a husband who’s a new-gadget hound. I’m an early adopter but not a super-early adopter. We’ve had a TiVo DVR for years, but I wasn’t among the very first to purchase one. I waited for the iPhone 3G to come out before catching iPhone fever….

Google Fast Flip: This sounds familiar

Google Fast Flip launched this week as a public Google Labs beta, and I’ve been surprised at some of the skepticism about it. The main complaint is that it takes a step backward by displaying screen captures of popular articles from a selection of media websites and makes them the entry point to finding the…

Are you ready for iPhone as No. 1 device?

I think the iPhone 3G is gonna be big. … D’uh! That’s a pretty safe statement. After today’s announcement, and after drooling over its new features on the Apple website, I tried to check my AT&T account to see when my 2-year contract is up, so I can upgrade to the new iPhone without paying…

Interesting (free) business model

(Hmmm, I seem to have neglected this blog for quite a few days. Back to it…) This afternoon I listened in on a webinar by Widgetbox.com, which develops free tools for anyone to use in creating web widgets. The company and its offerings are impressive. The widget-making tools are super-useful for publishers large and small…

An easy move

On one of my current projects, I made a bad choice of web hosting company. Fortunately, we figured out how bad this service was before launch, so transition to a new host didn’t disrupt anything. Whew! I just want to give a little shout-out about a great service that helped me transition the website (which…

Zell’s got it backward

The flamboyant new owner of the Tribune Co., billionaire Sam Zell, visited one of his properties in Virginia, the Daily Press, yesterday, and (according to this report) told employees this: Tribune’s smaller newspapers, including the Daily Press, would serve as a ‘petri dish’ of innovation, where new ideas would be tested and incubated before being…

Get ready for more smartphone web traffic

From NYT today: “Google Sees Surge in iPhone Traffic.” Apple’s iPhone, of course, is the first mobile phone that has a decent web browser. So it’s predictable that buyers would be using that function a lot. (I use a Blackberry, but the web interface — not to put too fine a line on it —…

My Former So-Called Life

Since it’s winter and much of my exercise has been indoors, I’ve been watching DVDs to pass the time while on the treadmill or bike trainer. Right now I’m watching old episodes of “My So-Called Life,” a great drama from 1994. In case you don’t remember it, Life was a “realistic teen drama series that…

Woe is a Boulder PC guy

I’m an outcast in my family. I’m like Apple’s “PC Guy” in a family of “Mac Guys.” This morning I learned that my mother-in-law just got a new Macbook after a life of using PCs. This was a few months after my father-in-law switched from lifelong use of PCs to a Mac. Within the last…

Kindle looks great, if you can live without color

Amazon’s Kindle e-reader device was just introduced, and it does look very cool. It’s what many of us have been hoping would come along for years — a truly wireless device that will allow purchase of books, magazine subscriptions, and newspapers, as well as pick up feeds of blogs. Roger Fidler must be pleased. Check…

Most of the world dumps film

Canon has stopped making film cameras. It’s about time. Film? Get over it. (But there are still holdouts, it seems. My daughter is going to summer arts camp again this year, and plans on taking some photography. The camp insists on teaching them darkroom techniques and how to develop photos with chemicals. Why don’t they…