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February 2006 Archives

Joi TV »

MX TV and Digital Garage approached me about hosting a TV show on MX TV's new terrestrial digital high definition broadcast channel. The market is quite small, covering only Tokyo and only viewable by people who have terrestrial digital tuners, but the good thing is that I'd be free to do just about anything I want. Starting July, they will broadcast to mobile phones with the proper tuners as well. Originally, the plan was to start in April, but I'm arguing that we should push the launch back to July when we have the mobile phone viewers. This will also...

Aizu does not forgive »

I'm sitting in an airport lounge remembering a story I should have blogged earlier. A few weeks ago when I was in the city of Aizu in Fukushima, Japan, there was a panel discussion which included the mayor of Aizu. Aizu is famous for being one of the places of the final resistance against the anti-samurai Meji government after Admiral Perry triggered the opening of Japan. It's a famous story involving young solders watching their castle fall after a long siege and committing ritual suicide. It also involves betrayal by their former allies, the Satsuma clan. The story also involves...

Tip for international living? Forget banks. »

By Thomas Crampton Add international money transfers to my list of activities that are now easier online than in the "real" world. I had always found bank transfers a pain because they generally required a visit to the bank with stacks of forms to fill in. If lucky, my money disappeared for up to eight working days before arriving in the destination bank at a horrible exchange rate. Recently I wrote about my experiences using an online foreign currency exchange service that was easier, cheaper and faster than the bank. Since it is easy to transfer small amounts, I now...

Next step for e-mail »

By Thomas Crampton For me, e-mail has long been the Internet's killer application, but isn't it ready for a makeover or update? Some things I would like to include: -- Delayed sending of e-mail to hit people at the most appropriate time (sometimes to myself as a reminder) -- Conversely, a smart filter that knows when to send me what sort of e-mail. This system would alert me by SMS when I had an urgent message and hold some messages until Monday if I checked my e-mail over the weekend. What features would you add to e-mail? Note: I may...

Teach »

Today Elisabeth Shue hosted a Creative Commons screening of Teach by her husband Davis Guggenheim. Davis is a fellow board member of Creative Commons. The documentary is available for download and is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. It is a short excerpt of a longer documentary and is extremely moving. Download it, view it and share it please.Creative CommonsTeach A Creative Commons-licensed film by Davis Guggenheim Experts predict that the US will need more than two million new teachers in the next decade. So, how do we inspire today’s young adults to become tomorrow’s educators? In 1999,...

Invested in last.fm »

I've generally stopped making new investments other than in particularly exceptional situations. However, last.fm is one of those exceptions and I wanted to let you know that I invested together with Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn and Stefan Glänzer, CEO of 20six Weblog Services AG in the UK in October. It is the first time I've invested in this trilateral formation, but with the company in the UK, a lot of potential partners in the US and a big market in Japan, this team seems to make sense. Apologies for the late announcement, but we've been working on some deals...

Supernova Party tomorrow »

I'll be in SF briefly for a Creative Commons board thingie this weekend. I'm arriving on the 16th and if I'm not too tired, I'll try to make it to the Supernova Party. Maybe see here there. Details:Thursday, February 16 5:30-9:30pm (come whenever you can) Cha-Am Thai, 701 Folsom St. (at 3rd), San Francisco Cost is $20 per person, which includes a full Thai dinner and non-alcoholic drinks. RSVP and pre-payment details at the wiki URL above.UPDATE: A dinner meeting ran late and I'm too sleepy to go tonight... I'm sorry....

Sifry's State of the Blogosphere Part 2: Beyond Search »

Sifry's State of the Blogosphere Part 2: Beyond Search is up....

World of Warcraft - "The New Golf" »

I did a funny interview with Jane Pinkard from gamegirladvance for 1up. It also ran in PC Magazine, The Inquirer and got picked up on slashdot. In it, we talk about WoW being "The New Golf". For the record, the first person I ever heard referring to WoW as "The New Golf" was Cory Ondrejka from Linden Lab when we were waiting for our flight in Berlin after 22C3....

Subpoena disclosures to protect privacy? »

By Thomas Crampton Yahoo has once again been accused by Reporters Sans Frontieres, the Paris-based press freedom watchdog group, of turning over information about a computer user in China. Reporters Sans Frontieres said the user, Li Zhi, was sentenced to eight years in prison for "inciting subversion" based on electronic records provided by Yahoo. Li, a 35-year-old ex-civil servant from Dazhou, used the e-mail address libertywg@yahoo.com.cn and user-name lizhi34100 to post comments in online discussion groups about corruption of local officials. Yahoo declined to comment, according to CNET's report. On a personal level this raises the privacy issue: How can...

Event Planning Platform »

By Thomas Crampton I am planning an event that will use input from the participants and am looking for suggestions for the cheapest (preferably free) shared document platform. Wiki? Writely? Anyone with experience using any of these? Note: I may cross-post comments on the IHT blog and they may be reproduced in the paper for publication....

Peer to Peer Politics »

By Thomas Crampton I recently heard about lobbyists in Europe fighting for the rights of peer-to-peer software users by employing a peer-to-peer platform to analyze the law extremely quickly. Any other recent examples/new uses of peer-to-peer software in politics?...

Podcasting: The end of amateur hour? »

By Thomas Crampton Wired magazine writes about the so-called phenomenon of podfading: When someone stops doing a podcast. Reasons cited for stopping podcasts: - Boredom - No success - Overwhelming success - No money Meanwhile, the US-based National Public Radio this week reached the milestone of 13 million podcasts downloaded just six months after it started podcasting. At the pace mainstream media is entering the new media space, will today's star bloggers and podcasters be tomorrow's roadkill? Note: I may cross-post comments on the IHT blog and they may be reproduced in the paper for publication....

Dave Sifry's State of the Blogosphere - Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth »

Dave has posted Part 1 of another round of his now regular State of the Blogosphere reports. Part 1 is about Blogosphere Growth. Here is the Summary: * Technorati now tracks over 27.2 Million blogs * The blogosphere is doubling in size every 5 and a half months * It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago * On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day * 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created * Spings (Spam Pings) can sometimes account for as much as...

FON signs with Google, Skype, Sequoia Capital, and Index Ventures »

Martin announced today that FON as accepted 18 million Euros in funding from Google, Skype, Sequoia Capital, and Index Ventures. They are also going to support FON strategically. I blogged about FON earlier when I joined the advisory board, but FON is an innovative company that is starting a movement to allow people who have Internet access to create wifi hotspots.If you’d like to join the FON Community, register with us at www.fon.com. You can select the user profile that most suits you. FON is now working in a Beta phase and is only available for Linus. A Linus is...

The big move »

Warning: World of Warcraft post World of Warcraft was architected as a "sharded" system. There are probably over a hundred servers, each with a unique realm. There are several different types of servers like Role Playing, Player vs Player, Player vs Environment, etc. The rules are slightly different, but the games are essentially the same. The problem is, each world is unique and players can't move between the servers. Therefore, even though World of Warcraft is "the new golf", it very unlikely someone you meet in real life will actually be on a server where you can play together. The...

Radio Ga Ga »

By Thomas Crampton Has MP3 killed the radio star? A number of youth-oriented radio stations around the world have reported falling listenership. Ironically, the rising popularity of music through MP3 may be the cause. (Someone told me today that some radio stations have a playlist as short as 25 song that they play in different order, so not surprising if they are losing listeners to an iPod with more songs.) Will podcasting kill the radio station? How have people seen their radio listening habits change?...
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