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#J18 Aftermath/Takeaways? #FB Friend asked: “What [CENSORED] to your [CENSORED]?… a #SOPAJoke? it ain’t so! :P

19 Jan

Following is an exchange with a dear #FB Friend (and also in real life… haven’t you seen the pics?… it’s all out there, too!) who asked about mid-morning YESTERDAY (#j18) about my Profile Pic/Cover Photos having been removed from #Facebook… so I said, PRIVATELY, as to comply with the protest’s guidelines…


NOT seen it on the news?… do you ever use WikiPedia?…

… it’s a ‘protest’… we’re supposed to be q u i e t today*… something about censoring the web…

... who'd have thought that Weaving & Portman would end up re-viving such an interesing icon... and was it The Wachowskis that sent out the "update'" to the universe, too?... now being 'leveraged' by  #J18 #Occupy, etc...

... who'd have thought that Weaving & Portman would end up re-viving such an interesing icon... and was it The Wachowskis that sent out the "update'" to the universe, too?... now being 'leveraged' by #J18 #Occupy, etc...

Wanna know more?

Try Google-ing (they said they’d also participate!) “#SOPA” and you’ll get some info.

Me? I’m letting the political pundit & activist come out after #31YrsInTheMaking, so yeah, this is my first “cause” that I’m supporting; not that I don’t care about Intellectual Property Rights, BUT I don’t know if you’ve ever messed around with what are called “DNS” servers… NOT the best way to enforce it, NO!

“When The Legislature is in Session, NO one’s Life, Liberty or Property is SAFE”…



P.S: Do u ever watch CNN?… may want to start here, too!

… dunno if it’s your cuppatea politically, we never got to talk about it, but anyway, that’s why today? I’m on ‘stealth’ mode…

Saludos a [CENSORED], while we’re at it… of everyone down there, [CENSORED]… Hasta pronto!”

[T2H: “Think it’s a #SOPAjoke? Don’t think so!… Better a #TweetLine for the Post!”]

*So THAT was the original exchange… today? I am leveraging all my Schedulin’ #ToolPlay to get LOUD tomorrow (when I’m actually going to take a break from all this redirecting… #PunIntended!)


End of Days? My Personal #DailyJournal is out again!

10 Jan

OJ Label? Eat ur heart out!

“Put together with concentrates from @ESPN, @FJPalacio, those tweeting last night about #BAMA, #SEC #BCSChampionship and various other sources…”


“… And in other news, recent shutdowns from major sites prompted many to believe that the world had ended when they were unable to poke, like, comment or tweet their #Tweeps…”


“My #Facebook! I can’t change my cover photo three times today! Nooooo!”


And others thought the world had also ended as their devices stopped talking back at them, causing a surge of hysteria!



There! And I did not even have to talk about the weather!


#MMS: Market & Audience Rationales: “Behind The Scenes With Newspaper Journalists”

28 Jan
(Posted on Facebook by Spero Canton on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 10:16am)

This is a synopsis of a 66 page report which can be found at: http://www.mediamanagementcenter.org/research/lifebeyondprint.asp

According to a new report: “Life beyond print: Newspaper journalists’ digital appetite” by the Media Management Center, Northwestern University, almost half of today’s newspaper journalists think their newsroom’s transition from print to digital is moving too slowly, as they have no trouble envisioning a career where news is delivered primarily online and to mobile devices instead of in print.
MMC executive director Michael P. Smith, says “For several years we have heard that it is the journalists’ resistance to change that was holding newspapers back… this study shows that they are ready, and some are even impatient, for change.”
Now it appears that America’s journalists want a quicker transformation from print to digital delivery of the news, a study of almost 3,800 people in a cross-section of newspaper newsrooms shows. Many of these journalists are heavily engaged in digital activities in their personal lives and would like to devote more effort to digital products at work. But most of their time in the newsroom is still spent on print responsibilities. Only 20% of the workforce like things the way they are or yearn for the good old days.
Life Beyond Print, a study by Vickey Williams, Stacy Lynch and Bob LeBailly, assembles profiles of six types of journalists inhabiting the typical newspaper newsroom in 2009. They range from the “Digitals” (12% of the workforce) who spend a majority of their efforts online today, to the “Turn Back the Clock” contingent (6%), who long for the day when print was king.
Fully half of newsroom workers wish to do “Moderately More” online, arriving at something closer to an equal split with their print efforts, requiring a doubling of the effort they spend today. Those in the “Major Shift” profile (11%) would devote five times their current effort to online if given their druthers.
Newspaper journalists still love their jobs: Despite industry turmoil:
• 77% of journalists are somewhat or very satisfied with their current jobs
• 67% think it somewhat or very likely they will be in the news business two years from now
• 59% think they’ll likely be with their same newspaper
Online desire in the newsroom is not determined by age, years of journalism experience, or proximity to retirement. And youth is not a factor in predicting who in the newsroom wants to move into digital. Rather, the top two predictors of digital appetite are heavy Internet use outside work and having knowledge of online audiences and their preferences.
Previous Readership Institute research has proven the importance of customer knowledge as a first step in building media use, says the report. Real customer focus also includes acting on the results and letting customer needs drive internal decision-making. This study offers a new reason why knowing the audience is important… it helps stimulate a desire to transition to online work. Other predictors of digital appetite include:
• Openness to change at work and adaptability
• Proactive pursuit of the training necessary to learn online skills
• Keeping up with companywide initiatives and industry developments
The study creates these profiles of journalists:
Digitals, about 12% of the workforce, spend most of their time working online. They’re the youngest group, with an average age of 38, and 59% believe the digital transformation is taking too long in their newsroom. They follow big-picture trends, want to quicken the pace These journalists are most likely to be online editors or producers, but about 17% are reporters or writers. Overall, they’re newer to journalism than any other group.
Digitals score highly on factors that relate to adaptability – such as openness to change and work and career proactivity. They’re similar to leaders in this and many other respects. They’re most apt to describe themselves as the first to try something new at work and as having career options.
In a key finding, digital employees label themselves markedly more knowledgeable about consumers of digital, and at the same level of print reader knowledge as their print counterparts. Overall they are much more aware of customer behaviors and needs.
Other findings:
• More than half of the Digitals have undergraduate or graduate degrees in journalism
• 23% have no post-secondary journalism training
• 42% have been in the news business less than 10 years
• 11% have been journalists for more than 30 years
• The average age is the youngest for any segment
Major Shift, at 11%, are the most dissatisfied with their current state, more pessimistic about staying in the business long-term and want the most pronounced change. This group – roughly an equal mix of reporters, mid-level editors, copy editors, designers and videographers, most of whom have been in the business at least 15 years – would like to devote five times their current effort to online. They’re deeply engaged online in their personal lives, but see a disconnect at work. They could help the newsroom adapt faster, but need a sign they should stay in newspapers.
Moderately More, the largest segment at 50% and encompassing many reporters and mid-level editors, want a roughly equal split between online and print work. Half the newsroom believes their newsroom transition has been too slow and would be comfortable seeing their job duties shift moderately more online. But by nearly a 2-1 margin, they believe the newsroom is headed in the right direction.
Some of the Moderately More defining characteristics include:
• Their ideal job would be divided about 50-50 between print and online effort, requiring a doubling of their digital effort today.
• They tend to have been in the business more than 20 years
• 43% are reporters and another 22% are mid-level editors
• They would hire more reporters and editors, improve print content and improve the Web site design, in that order.
The Status Quo segment, at 14%, believe the 30% of effort they currently devote to online is sufficient and expect little disruption to the way they work now. In newsrooms where improving digital performance is a top strategic priority, this group will need a wake-up call. These journalists believe the evolution of newspapers has gone far enough. Just less than a third of their current effort centers online and they would prefer to see no change.
Most of the Status Quos believe the pace of change to date has been “about right,” whether in respect to their own job or newsroom-wide change. They forecast more moderate or minimal changes to come than the rest of the newsroom. This group is slightly older than the overall population. Nearly half are age 50 or older and 1-in-10 is 60 or older.
If put in command, they would:
• First hire more reporters and editors
• Invest in improving print content
• Support online investment, but third after print improvements and increasing manpower
Turn Back the Clock segment represents 6% of journalists who wish it would all go away. This part of the staff would go more heavily into print if they could. They report about 30% of their current effort is spent online, nearly triple the amount they would prefer. This is a group that has tested the online environment and they don’t like it.
This group weighs toward reporters and photographers and they closely mirror the newsroom average for age and years until retirement. What particularly sets them apart from others is their low levels of adaptability. Asked to rate themselves on openness to change, how they approach change at work, and career resilience, they rated significantly lower than other print employees and dramatically lower than digital employees or senior managers.
Individuals in this group report being less satisfied than their Status Quo colleagues. They also have the lowest opinion of leaders of all the groups and are least likely, in particular, to believe executives really understand what it takes to put out the newspaper.
Leaders, at 5%, are publishers, editors and managing editors, most of whom have been in the news business more than 20 years. Most report their roles are primarily print-focused but want to shift to online. Like Digitals, they describe themselves as open to change and optimistic about their career options.
• Publishers, editors and managing editors indicate they are spending about a quarter of their work effort on online matters, but believe the emphasis should shift to favor digital (53%) over print responsibilities
• 28% of leaders think their job is changing too fast overall, which could reflect the lack of clarity around a business model to sustain digitally delivered journalism.
• Leaders tend to be more than a decade older (49), and 77% have been in the news business more than 20 years, including 42% for more than 30 years.
• Leaders are more confident in the overall direction of the newsroom, with nearly 70% saying the newsroom is on the right track, as compared to about 45% of Digitals.
• This group reports somewhat greater Internet use outside work than other journalists. On the job, they use the Internet as a reporting or editing tool, but likely not for much else. Given their druthers, they would post more, plan more and link more online.
The study concludes with challenge the leaders face:
• Journalists’ passion for the mission is there, but they need basic tools for reinvention and more engaged leadership. More than half of the journalists working primarily in print had no training in the previous year to equip them for a digital transition. One in four journalists reports having had no training at all
• There are major gaps between how leaders think they are doing and how staff view them, in such areas as fostering collaboration, seeking out input from employees at all levels, and communicating strategy in a way that relates to employees’ jobs
In addition, there are differing expectations for leaders among the segments:
• Digitals want leaders to be even more immersed in online trends and to sharpen the digital vision
• Major Shifts want more risk-taking
• Status Quos generally like what leaders are doing and advocate staying the course.

Source/Credits/More: : http://www.mediamanagementcenter.org/research/lifebeyondprint.asp

“Seen on a Wall Near You” Series… On The Meaning of “New Media” – or is it just “Media”

26 Oct

* @ TSJ


Love seeing someone else thinking, writing and working on what this old media/new media convergence is all about. Quicker than I think we all realize, it’s just going to be “media” and we’re going to drop the “new”.

* @ JL


T. I wholeheartedly agree. In fact, I would argue we reached that point long ago. Sadly, I secured this domain a couple of years ago LOL

* @ FJP



Someone at a recent PRSA meeting stated exactly what you said here…

“Quicker than I think we all realize, it’s just going to be “media” and we’re going to drop the “new”.” (Jump, 2009)

Which is BOTH good and bad news, perhaps? as companies currently cutting back actually rehire people to “staff” these new-ly “figured out” posts?

Won’t be the first time that we realize that with all the expediency, all we did was create more work (read: complications!)

… apropos, there was a quote on Twitter about this… BRB…




Well… is this what will make Google Wave feasible, BTW?


I’ll come back to it later, it was pretty apropos ‘expediency’; which we all know sometimes drives some pretty in-congruent business decisions, right?

* @ TSJ



Francisco, I think though that the most important take away for all “media types” is to be able to embrace the change. Look at Jim. He could be pigeonholed as a cameraman but he’s embracing and expanding his skill set – which will make him highly marketable as/when video is no longer is relegated to just tv screens.

It’s similar to what many newspaper journalist had to realize and had to adapt to the idea of now being bloggers…and videographers…and not just writers. Those who couldn’t adapt to the 24/7 news cycle got left in the dust, unfortunately.

Gotta Embrace it... or ELSE!

Gotta Embrace it... or ELSE!

Granted, the biggest bugaboo is how in beejesus are we going to monetize all this content that people now expect to get for free…but I’ll leave that to the finance guys. I’m just a PR Grrl these days. 🙂

And Twitter is being a pain today. I’ve gotten the Fail Whale more times that I care to mention.

* @ FJP



This part? hits VERY close to home, actually!

“It’s similar to what many newspaper journalist had to realize and had to adapt to the idea of now being bloggers…and videographers…and not just writers. Those who couldn’t adapt to the 24/7 news cycle got left in the dust, unfortunately.” (Jump, 2009)

Sadly, what Luddites in any era NEVER appear to get, is that all that fear and distaste for the ‘new’ is actually just the aggregation of ALL their ‘old’ gripes… meaning, what is a software application but the embodiment of what many thought was WRONG with a process?… and in the lucky cases, an app not only embodies those ‘complaints’ about ‘what could be done’ but in many cases, it automatically/naturally forces the users to immediately think about NEWER and FASTER ways to do the processes in question, ONCE they’ve been automatized?

(yeah, it’s the IT guy in me doin’ the talking, I know)

Gotta learn what you gotta learn - and unlearn it, too!

Gotta learn what you gotta learn - and unlearn it, too!

Bottom line? in most EVERY area, said “embracing and expanding” of one’s skillset is not only necessary, but a requirement – for survival.


Excellent points, keep ’em comin’!

* @ FJP



… and yeah, about that ‘bugaboo’ about monetization? just take a peek at Hulu… personally? I am thinking of ways to hook up my 52″ screen to a decent computer, as what would be better than to have my HD properly managed within a Website?

… and we all thought that Flash was meant to build little banners and pretty skyscrapers…


… so do they want to run an ad? be my guest, you ARE still fulfilling the same old promise of giving me ‘valuable’ content/entertainment… and more, as I’m now able to play with it, comment it, share it, and ‘regurgitate’ it, ad nauseam!

Final thought, though? I was involved with Ad Sales & Traffic Apps for a while, and fortunately I can say that the ‘current’ state of the industry has us pretty close to the point where said monetization WILL occur, as what was ‘missing’ were the tracking tools…


Ad Sense, meet an Automation Player!

... Converging and converging, at a monitor near you!

... Converging and converging, at a monitor near you!


* @ TSJ



You make some excellent observations…do you think Jim minds us co-opting his FB post? 🙂

“just take a peek at Hulu… personally? I am thinking of ways to hook up my 52″ screen to a decent computer, as what would be better than to have my HD properly managed within a Website?”

Absolutely! That’s the amazing convergence that is happening right before our eyes. A computer… is a tv…is a computer. I wonder who will “own the space” though? Will it be Apple? Will it be Google? My money isn’t on the big tv giants like NBC or ABC…I think they’ve missed the boat and the ship is sailing away without them.

It’s funny – this was what cable was supposed to have been 15 -20 years ago. But they never delivered on the promise. Leave it to the IT guys to figure it all out and make it happen! 🙂

The metrics part of monetization is very interesting. From a PR perspective, there are many parallels. I am now tweeting and FB-ing for my organization and initially, there was a sense that I was just goofing off. It’s hard to justify from a metrics perspective on “earned media hits” but PR people have to embrace the social media tools, too, because we’re watching our traditional methods of PR outreach erode.

The old method of pitching to a reporter or a traditional press release is starting to unravel as reporters are being let go. We still have a message and a pitch but we are using new tools to get it across – all online.

It’s niche and it’s hard to measure its effectiveness but again, you have to embrace it because, honestly, this is where the audience is these days! Twitter alone grew over 1000% between Jan and Feb of this year!

We are all in THIS together, indeed!

We are all in THIS together, indeed!

* @ JL


I LOVE co-opting other folks FB posts! hehe now i do wish that this conversation took place on my blog. But this simply demonstrates that you can’t force people to have conversations where you are. You have to meet them where THEY are.

* @ JL



And Tricia, by no means are you JUST a PR grrrl

* @ TSJ


@ JL

JL, I *heart* these conversations because they bring together such a wide audience of computer folks, media types, pr people, writers, journalists, filmmakers…we are are feeling the change, aren’t we?

Gotta luv em!

Gotta luv 'em!

(and next time this will be going on your blog!) 🙂


* @ FJP


Echo, Echo… and now that we now we are ‘welcome’ here… well… comment on!


“It’s hard to justify from a metrics perspective on “earned media hits” (Jump, 2009)

Personally, in the little time that I spent on TV, I ended up feeling that most everyone shared a ‘secret’ of mistrusting those Nielsen numbers; not to belittle them, but we three know that nowadays they are able to MINE these for keywords, and KNOW exactly who the people behind the message(s) are… so what’s to stop them from telling the sponsors that their message WAS somewhere, when they finally have some ‘harder’ metrics to rely on?

That the sponsors have wisened up and realized that they can run some of these ‘media’ operations on their own? no doubt about it… yet, as we become more and more refined on our ‘acquired taste’ of Social Media, well, we will see the proverbial return of those savvy professionals, now finally convinced that these are bona-fide channels, and well, that there’s such a thing as a ‘Professional Blogger…”


“We still have a message and a pitch but we are using new tools to get it across – all online.” (ibid)… Why do we love Google? it’s all about HARD data… anyone here ever used their “Ad Words” system… where a WORD is worth COLD HARD cash as it is measured SECOND BY SECOND and BID on by those who “want” it?…

… so when we compare a Nielsen box, whose process dates back to the days of Mad Men, and the Google “Algorithm” (which BTW, relies on hordes of people to work, trust me on that one too!) which one will the advertisers prefer?

Personally it’s more an issue of mindset versus unlearning; meaning, it does take a bit of pain to let go of the old metrics, we all made money with them, so to ‘unlearn’ the tried and true processes not only affects a point of view, but the systems that were built on those premises/paradigms… which is not only expensive, but SLOW in most cases…

That said, do we have a CHOICE?… don’t think so!


Finally, stay tuned for a tag to the two of you… I think I have a surprise for Jim to post!… BRB!

* …. So then I proceeded to get their input on whether or not to post… take a listen to their reaction!

* [@FJP 2 @JL]

Hiya Jim!… Whaddayathink?… and yeah, onlyYOU can see it (and TSJ, if she accepts my friend request)…

I have done a few of these on my blog before, taking out names and doing a bit of formatting… well, IMHO? if you read them HERE, why not READ (and monetize? disseminate? retweet?) them OVER THERE?

Feel free to “pluck” the text for your own use; or let me know, it’s on an Outlook Draft ready to be sent, I can forward it to you, etc, etc… … Leer más

Bottom line? I think we CAN repurpose these discussions… as you said, they ARE for REAL, aren’t they?


* [@JL 2 FP]

Francisco, I LOVE it! I think it’s terrific when spontaneous conversation happens 🙂

* [@FJP 2 JL]


Looking forward to the blog entry, then!


* [@FJP 2 @TSJ]


Whaddayathink? readable enough to go out and get us some hits?


* [@TSJ 2 FJP]

Absolutely! We are blog-worthy!


* [@FJP 2 JL]

Jim? You go first?

Want the text via e-mail? lemme know!

… so while I wait for Jim, I decided to post… as I have a couple more of these “Wall Near You” in the queue!… let’s see how they happen to come out!


… and yeah… last but NOT least… here’s the address to Jim Long’s Blog!… wait… actually, here’s the “catalyst” that got us talkin’!

* Re-launching my blog which has been gathering dust. Stop by and leave a comment! http://vergenewmedia.com

“I favorited a YouTube video…” Today’s Top Picks as my Channel’s “Debut”

25 Sep

Well, since I’m in the habit of recycling everything here in the blog… howzabout today’s “crop” of YouTube videos? And new channels?

Of course, let me start by ‘plugging’ mine, as most of what’s below is there:

Watching, Creating, Blogging with Images! - YouTube!

Watching, Creating, Blogging with Images! - YouTube!

In there, you will find the following, just posted today; stay tuned for these, as well as future postings of mine, soon to be produced…

These, can be found at teachertubepd’s channel on YouTube http://bit.ly/471odt … so I subscribed!

These, can be found at lockergnome’s channel on YouTube http://bit.ly/zGK0t so I subscribed!

Pas De Deux: Carrier or Device? on iPhone’s Bandwidth

14 Sep
Oinc, Oinc? (and wheres my MMS?)

Oinc, Oinc? (and where's my MMS?)

Been mulling this one over the whole weekend, thanks to an FB Friend’s Feedback on earlier postings about the issues raised by so-called “Bandwidth Hogs”

Upon my venturing to read into the future of these issues, specifically into the market’s future being segmented much like PC’s and Apples are today now, I asked:

“… if you had a chance to look at the latest blog entry… did you read me dissing Sprint for what amounted to a weekend incommunicado on my Blackberry? and this is about fifty miles from their corporate HQ?”

And about Palm, Nokia, Motorola and all the others: I feel that this is a time of consolidation, and that the main beneficiary, since you’re also reading ’em trades, will be RIM; I mean, a recent issue of Fortune mentioned that since the iPhone’s launch, sales have tripled worldwide to about 3.4 billion USD, and they hold here in the U.S. a steady 50% market share…

… and just by the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen in my immediate family down in Venezuela, both millenials, boomers and x’ers appear to be craving for RIM’s products, as after all – and I’m not 100% sure about what I’m going to say – the iPhone has a very limited footprint, network-wise, given this exclusive deal with at&t.

Bottom line?

I can easily see the same pattern we had with apples and pc’s a couple of decades ago, with RIM in this case playing the role of Microsoft, fighting tooth and nail to keep their corporate clients on price and base functionality, whilst apple caters to those well-heeled enough to pay extra for the ease of use and “no need to compromise” as the most recent ad implies…

End of the day, competition may breed innovation, but consumers may simply decide to vote with their wallets (i.e. Verizon’s current BOGO on BB’s) and polarize the market with a couple of dominant brands that offer an installed base of mature and/or properly developed applications, which at the end of the day, are what have made IBM, Microsoft and many other stalwarts what they are today…

IMHO, of course!

To these comments, my friend stated in various responses…:

“Apple products have never been about feature lists. In fact, they’re often well behind on features. They just do what they do better. But, yeah, AT&T has been a royal pain in the butt. They had no idea what theywere signing up for with the iPhone. Way beyond their capacity… [There are] lots of elements at play: networks, devices, OS’s, apps. Still such a developing market, it’s too early to read any tea leaves… And how does app development and availability contribute? BTW and for the record, I think competition is good.” (JL, 2009)

... So whats MMS for, again?

... So what's MMS for, again?

Development and Availability are key, definitely, and when one ponders the true monetary factors (i.e. ROI, TCO) of the SDLC aspects (Sofware Development Life Cycle) that are involved in supporting TRUE applications, not just betas of widgets and gadgets a single guy is developing, but the threaded and secure kind of applications that are the lifeblood of a larger outfit, is where we may see the real battle lines drawn…

… and sadly, as though it may not be the best nor the sleekest, we have somehow managed to endure decades of dominance of the Windows setup, which if you recall, had a lot to do with the binary setup Apple chose NOT being able to communicate with the ASCII that mainframes are still using; in other words, sometimes a legacy application, given its higher monetary value, will trump all other considerations, as the cost of migrating an existing app … to an entirely new platform, when sometimes all you’re truly doing with the app is basic data entry (I/O) and querying; there, as the current market share numbers attest, the established and mature apps that still run on not only mainframes, but mid-range setups such as an AS400, an NT4 server running SQL Server 7, etc, whose data is valid and whose cost has been paid for for a while, may hold back the lines as moving everything over to a better yet more expensive platform.

Still Smokin!

Still Smokin'!

All about the money, dude, and as you know, BB/RIM is already cranking up its development efforts in a way where developers benefit more than them; which echoes what Microsoft has done to keep such a dominant presence in the market.

The best part? That all these back and forths, as you mentioned elsewhere, push innovation into new areas, DO give us better choices, as perhaps an SMB about to start operations may eventually find that using Open Source and an Apple Back End infrastructure DOES payoff in the long run – given, of course, that they can find the developers, first, and second, that they can pay them their fees.

So what do you think, reader?

  • Would the lines still be drawn as they are today, as cheaper yet more “compromising” platforms allow for legacy applications to survive for a few more years?
  • And is the availability of programmers still the core issue when it comes to embracing any platform?

… Seen on a Wall near you… On Sprint’s Coverage and at&t’s travails

11 Sep

Well, let’s see if I can bring some of my conversations with peers and colleagues out of the FB Wall, and share them here in the blog, as after all, they do apply to the topics at hand, IMHO – and better yet, when I pick my latest issue of Fortune and find out an excellent apropos article!


Today, I decided to pluck my conversation with Sean Dillon, from Cyentist Social Media Agency, about first-hand experiences with WWAN providers…

… so here we go!

Sean Dillon Need mobile broadband connection aircard today. Verizon, AT&T or Sprint? Anyone have first-hand reviews??? All comments welcome.

Yesterday at 1:07pm via Twitter

William Chan

Verizon. I always connect. But! But! Depending on where you connect the tower maybe congested. For instance, the Acela down to DC…everyone is on it.

Yesterday at 1:18pm

Francisco Jose Palacio

Echo WC’s, have had Verizon since 2006, no dead zones that I can tell you about…

Actually, I can tell you about a CEMETERY of a ‘dead zone’ that I had to endure in Sprint’s “home turf” of Missouri… Spent a weekend about 70 miles away from KC, visiting my old high school… BB was on Sprint, WWAN on Verizon… While on conference call driving over there, I dropped out from the voice line… an outage, of course, ensued…

Good news? was able to text and chat my way out of the outage using my WWAN Verizon card, while stopped at a Pizza Hut where I decided to have lunch – and tackle the outage at the same time….

Sprint? MIA during the whole weekend, no signal at this town, which for the 5,000 folk that still seemed to be living there, sounded like an insult, again, for a company whose HQ I drove by on the way there…

Only when I got back to KC, was I able to use the BB again… ended up resuming voice comms from the hotel room that night, as again, there was ZERO bars!

Yesterday at 1:32pm ·

Sean Dillon

Hmmm…I too have had good luck with the Verizon card and their coverage map, if you’ve seen it, is quite impressive. They’re price fixing across the board offering the same thing at the same price, so I just had to ask to be sure.

Yesterday at 2:09pm

Sean Dillon

Oh, thanks for the very detailed responses 🙂

Yesterday at 2:09pm

Thing is, is incidents like these which in my mind help shape the destinies of these carriers, specially when I’ve just read these pieces on the latest Fortune, as well as their site’s “Brainstorm Tech” blog, about at&t’s travails with the heavy loads imposed on them by some bandwidth hogs using the iPhone – and how it has even stalled the release of services as prevalent elsewhere, such as MMS.

To quote:

“…carriers are likely to get pickier about the applications they’ll allow on their networks. When Apple (AAPL) unveiled the latest iPhone software in June, developers collectively groaned after the company revealed that AT&T wouldn’t immediately support two of the most exciting (and bandwidth-hungry) new features: MMS, which uses the text-messaging system to send media such as photos and video, and tethering, which allows a phone to share its Internet connection with a nearby computer. (AT&T says MMS will arrive at summer’s end, when the network is deemed ready.) (Fort, Jonn, Fortune, 2009)

Definitely food for thought, as we all run to embrace these handy devices as our main means of communication, or as Sean posited early, think about moving into WWAN devices as our main/alternate connection to the Packet Cloud.

Welcome to The Buffet!

Welcome to The Buffet!

Firefox Update…

10 Sep
Mozilla FireFox, the current browser of Choice...

Mozilla FF 3.5.3

So this morning, after seeing my computer crawl whilst browsing, I finally yielded to applying an update; of course, being aware of this one PC being the “main” one at home, I judiciously applied a System Restore point (Yup, XP SP3) prior to it, as there were also other updates waiting from Microsoft… so from my Crackberri, I posted whilst waiting for the tablet-top to reboot (Yup, a Compaq-HP TC1100, right!)

… Reboots after Mozilla Firefox 353 install… Keeps fingers crossed, that nothing is broken (and thanks the Heavens for system restores!)…

… That and the computing power in one’s Smartphones, that is also a reason for a sigh of relief… [COMPUTER’S UP…]… Let’s see then?

… back to Drucker (and apropos FF update!) “Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information…” ~Peter Drucker … seriously, CPU is not peaking anymore… but what else may be lurking? [CHUCKLES]

So here I am now, again, watching my Task Manager NOT peaking… and hoping that anyone reading this post may share their success stories – or otherwise! – with this neat little package of Open Source!

Francisco Jose Palacio

Luddites Redux: The Social Media Chapter

9 Sep
Luddite Redux?

Luddite Redux?

Personally, I find it rather disheartening to hear these “Luddite” kind of arguments being thrown out at new technology, specially when some of us are aware of the fact that the increasing number of users is merely fueling the ability of the developers to crank out more and more features, and getting some decision makers to start thinking about these “fads” as real business tools, which can help people communicate with each other – and make money in the process.

Today’s argument came from what I’ve come to consider as the proverbial well, Twitter:

@SocialMediaList Social networking: Filling a need or creating one? http://bit.ly/3o5k49 …. 3 minutes ago from twitterfeed

Upon review of the article on the link, penned by Dave Churchill, and after finding that his main angle merely derived on some early adopters now perhaps having moved on to the latest and greatest craze – precisely because of them being early adopters, perhaps?

So this simple fact gave Dave the ammunition to tell himself that, “For my part, I’m going to risk life without social networking…” an argument much like the ones we used to hear – and still do, believe me! – about more mature technologies such as email, texting, and uploading videos to the web (which according to the heads at Google, is not only worth the hassle and money of expanding one of the largest infrastructures ever deployed out in the cloud, as the adage about “a thousand words” echoes in the clips and snippets loaded to it every minute) which, if we are to believe half the hype of certain product launches, are key to key consumer demographics.

Point being, every time I personally hear someone decrying the push others have imposed on them, as in Dave’s case it was a matter of both challenging his age, but also, challenging his need to expand outside the boundaries of what he used to consider to be his job, I can vividly depict the many instances in the history of technology, specially in the last few centuries, where a group of established users challenged the advantages of newer technologies.

Not that I was glad to read his work on the online edition of his publication, which allowed me to get in touch with his point of view at the click of a mouse, but that as we all hear the bad news about the newspaper industry settling into the latter chapters of its history, and as many others have been reshaped by the Internet, is there room nowadays to disregard the advent of such changes?

I for one try to at least find out the “angle” or better, the rationale behind why not only millions of users are congregating in these “watering holes” of information, but also, why are corporations putting their money, sometimes subtly or sometimes with a lot of gusto and bravado, behind them?

In the case of Social Media, a recent article in Fortune stated, much like I’ve been mentioning since I started getting more and more into the application functionality of Facebook, that the time for corporations to start asking for these feature sets in their Enterprise Groupware was near, as those of us in technology know how comfortable it would be to migrate from a large and distributed Exchange organization, for example, onto an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service, the newest moniker for the old ASP, or Application Service Provider business model of the late nineties), thin-client and mobile enabled private, secure version of that same software that we learned to use so well, whilst being facetious with our friends?



… or was it a work notification in there?

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