ClickZ reports that a new study by Euro RSCG/Columbia University shows that more than 51 percent of journalists use blogs regularly, and 28 percent rely on them to help in their day-to-day reporting duties. [via Micro Persuasion]
Blogs are an excellent way of finding stories, sources, and much more info besides. I have about 500 feeds that I regularly watch (thanks to NewsGator Online, FeedDemon, and the NewsGator plug in) and get a huge amount of information from them.
Automator World : Archive » DittyBot Pushes(?) Automator Envelope
DittyBot is a funny name for a rather nifty (if somewhat useless) workflow that shows how far Automator can be pushed, if properly coerced. DittyBot allows you to “send a text message [containing a song title] from your mobile phone to your POP email account. DittyBot copies the song name into iTunes, loads Skype and calls your mobile phone. When you pick up, you should hear your song start playing in all its compressed glory.”
Now that’s just silly.
I’ve long been arguing that the best marketing pitch for subscription music services is the ability to avoid buying duff albums. For a while, I subscribed to Napster for just this – but, when I found an album I liked, I bought it from iTunes Music Store. So I was pleased to see David Card of Jupiter Research make the same point:
Just saw a banner ad for Napster. “Never Buy a CD with Only One Good Track Again.” Bingo. That is exactly what the near-term pitch for subscription music services should be. For now, these services are a better way to discover what you want to buy on a CD (or download), rather than a wholesale replacement for physical products. Even sophisticated fans and file sharers value a physical product more than a digital one.
It’s a point that a lot of proponents of Apple’s approach miss out on. If you’re the kind of person that invests £50 a month on music, then that £10 a month subscription to Napster can easily end up saving you money. The only reason that I stopped subscribing to Napster was that the Mac mini took over from my old PC as the main machine in the living room – and with no Napster support for the Mac, that was the end of that subscription.
About bloody time.
[papers] Guardian Resizes Ahead of Schedule
— the trend for smaller formats in newspapers continues … ‘The “Berliner” format is already used by a number of European newspapers, including Le Monde, and is slightly larger than a tabloid but smaller than a broadsheet. The move to a smaller format is part of a wider newspaper industry trend and follows the change by the Independent and Times to tabloid.’
[via Feeling Listless
I’ve mostly switched from reading the Grauniad to the Independent, largely because the change of format has actually reinvigorated the Indy’s editorial. The use of one, single story on the cover gives the paper much more focus – and the stories that the Indy has been choosing have been excellent.
Link: Podcasting Is Not the Next Mass Medium.
Opinion: Independent voices will fade away because it is hard to be original and interesting over time, and major media outlets will be the big fish in this small pond.
The same could be said for blogging, and yet a few years into the blogging phenomena, we still have a huge range of varied and interesting bloggers. Sure, some have faded away – but there’s been thousands more stepping into the breach to replace them. The same is likely to be true for podcasting.
Link: Tablet PC Buzz.com – Forum.
So, Apple has released their dev kits for OS X on Intel hardware and I was lucky enough to be the recepient of one. I took a disk image off of this badboy and loaded it onto my tablet. It booted but unfortunately the tablet’s screen didn’t work. I tried booting with an external monitor and… it actually worked. Having configured linux in the past to recognize the wacom digitizer I set to work on getting it up in OS X. This proved none too difficult as the tablet essentially just has a serial port to which the digitizer is connected. The standard wacom drivers for OSX worked fine once I configured it for this port.
Now that’s fun hacking
Link: Microsoft planning music subscription service | Tech News on ZDNet.
But sources say Microsoft is also considering a more direct attack on Apple, seeking rights from copyright holders to give subscribers a new, Microsoft-formatted version of any song they’ve purchased from the iTunes store so those songs can be played on devices other than an iPod.
Now that would be an interesting move…