Archive for March, 2006

Fluffy links for Tues 28th March 2006

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

EU sets up online discussion forum where the EU public can give their views. Hugely underused at the moment. Go in and give your views. I’ve linked to the english language forum but there are a good few more forums for other languages.

Unsure what that filetype is? Use this site.

Sussurration – Meaning, “A soft, whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.â€?

Another Youtube et al video downloading service

Mashable – TechCrunch competitor. Competition is good. I have to say though that I’m getting quite bored of all these Web 2.0 launches. I might even unsub from TechCrunch soon.

How with proper regulation you can get broadband for all. France gives an example of how to do it. Ireland is the “how to do it badly” example.

The Guardian immerses fully in Podcasting. Woot. Their Guardian unlimited site made a million quid last year. That’s how to do it the right way. Be open enough and make money. I like the idea of the Guardian people doing a news roundup and trying to predict how things might unfold. Will they have an astrologer on the podcast too?

Newsdesk is our new, daily news podcast, where we round up the big stories of the day and analyse how things are likely to unfold. Presented by Jon Dennis, you’ll find a fresh edition daily at 12 midday

Does Paddy Power take unique bets? Noel Dempsey says his broadband targets are going to be met by end of year. He says 400,000 people will be on broadband by years end. I think not and I’m willing to bet on it. 🙂

Via scoble Boston Legals says what the Democrats and so many more didn’t. Years ago shows like Star Trek challenged and informed the world about important issues. Now a show about lawyers does it. Hooray.

Fluffy Blog, fluffy blogging

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Donagh Kiernan told me last night that my blog was “fluffy”. I certainly don’t take that as an insult. I was more pleased that someone of Donagh’s calibre read my blog and still reads my blog despite the fluffiness. I can’t really define what this blog is, there’s no one theme for it. It isn’t tech, it isn’t politics. I guess it is a personal blog but a certain type of personal. It’s just me sitting at a table in a pub chatting to you (the world) about whatever I think is topical or interesting. Fleeting thoughts and views that sometimes get a bit deeper.

But now that I have Donagh’s attention (Hi Donagh!) I wonder would he like to get into the conversation that Dave O’Neill started about whether now is a good time to start a business.

Podcasting interview questions

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

I just did an email type interview with a girl who’s doing a Masters on podcasting. She asked me a few questions and I sent them back but I decided I’d stick the answers up here too. Cheap content for my fluffy blog.

1)Why do you listen to podcasts? Is it because its convient as you can listen to them whenever you want? Because you find podcasts on areas that you wouldn’t find on mainstream radio?

It’s a combination of two things. Original content and I listen to them under my conditions and my control. I can listen to them whenever I want and I can stop or pause or rewind them. Far far more convenient than radio.

2)Do you listen to Podcasts on mostly your PC or iPod/MP3 player? And why?

Both. When on the move I use my mp3 player, at home I’d listen to them on my pc. The pc is the home media centre and is the store for all my media so I like to work off that. mp3 player is great for the car and planes.

3)Does the lack of advertising on Podcasts add to their appeal? Do you find there is too much advertising on mainstream radio? If Podcasts started to include advertisements would this decrease their appeal?

A lot of time I find podcasts are far too shill like and are just pure stealth advertisments. I wouldn’t trust these podcasts as a result. There are going to be a few types of podcasts and there already are. There are the corporate podcasts where the company basically talks to their customers and future customers. If done right these are wonderful insights into the company and builds a weak bond of trust (compared to no bonds previously). These are advertisments anyway and should not then contain additional ads. If they do then they don’t understand how to treat customers.

Then there’s the original content podcasts which might be like radio shows or discussion shows. They need some monetary incentive to keep going and podcasts to produce are not cheap. You need good equipment and you need a lot of time to get them ready. Lots of work before and after the actual recording. I don’t think anyone could object to advertisments on these. If you want to be professional and stay professional you need to break even or make money. I’d prefer ads like radio ads or maybe have one weekly slot where someone is interviewed (in an unbiased away) about their product and they pay for the interview.

4)Would you pay to subscribe to a podcast?

Yeah but only if the content is worth it and I think I’d have to sample it first. A good idea might be to offer a scale of payment where people can choose to pay 50cents 1 Euro 2 Euros or 3 Euros for a podcast. It’s been shown in other stories that not everyone will pay the cheapest rate and they appreciate that they have a choice.

5)Is the fact that podcasting is removed from corporate monoculture appealing? Is it refreshing to hear people talk about things they’re and you’re passion about rather than arbitrary chit chat?

It’s taking a niche show or product that might have only been available to a small catchment area and it’s making it global. This is great. Niche is good, it’s more appealing because it zones in on your specific interests. All that’s needed is for the podcaster to make the podcast findable via search engines and iTunes etc so that they can get a worldwide audience. As above, some of the podcasts will be done by corporates but podcasts encourage transparency so that’s a good thing. I’d love to see more companies doing podcasts and maybe even answering customer queries in a frank manner.

General discussions on specific areas is also good and I’d encourage it.

6)What are you opinions on mainstream radio today? Do you think podcasting will have an effect on traditional broadcasting? And what changes do you feel need to be made?

Podcasting is not a mainstream radio killer. I think radio and podasting can be complimentary and both will change each other for the better. Radio now realises that they can have an audience outside their strict programming times and are making available shows on their sites. I’d really love to get a podcast of morning Ireland, 5-7 Live and the Last Word and additionally Pet Sounds. This would be great.

Commercial radio is naturally commercial and so podcasting allows loads and loads of niche programs that I’m sure radio stations would love to have on but just can’t because they wouldn’t make money. Radio people are huge enthusiastsfor discussion so we might even see Radio stations airing shows on the airwaves but actually offering additional Internet/podcast only shows as well. I would like to see the commerical stations giving over studio time and resources for people to produce podcasts that can be offered on their websites. Radio need to start fostering the next generation of producers and content creators and what better way than to have a kind of academy taking place?

Aine Chambers Google Ads? What the…

Monday, March 27th, 2006

I’ve seen it all now. ..

Googling Sligo Tourism gets this result. Notice the Ads!

Sligo Tourism

Googling for Podge and Rodge gets this one:

Podge and Rodge

Try searches for Aine Chambers too.

Music Video Blog – Videoteque

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Videoteque rocks. They even have a top 65 of 2005 list and you can get a torrent of all the videos. Some absolute gems in there. Go and consume.

Giant iPod on Google Maps

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Via Google Blogoscoped is this Google map image of a giant iPod.

The legend grows: Aine in the Indo

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Aine makes the indo. Well done Aine on making it into one of the best selling papers in the country.

She then began to include herself in the images to mixed reaction.

“People have remarked on my style, or lack of it, if you like. When Pamela Flood of ‘Off The Rails’ was on Podge and Rodge, she said she wasn’t too impressed with my style. “But I don’t wear anything different on the site than I do every day in the streets or at home.

“It’s the way I am. I suppose I just belong to your basic sail-close-to-the-wind school of fashion,” she said.

Her dilemma now is what to wear for her television debut.

Whatever I choose, it won’t be any different than what people are used to seeing me in,” she said.

Congrats for being so genuine Aine. You’ve gone from web, to local print, to radio, to TV to national publication. CNN or Oprah next?

UPDATE: Aine is in page 13 of the Sun too!

Obey the speed limit and piss off everyone

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Via the InsideGoogle blog is a Google video of people driving exactly at the speed limit and annoying everyone. Watch towards the end where they come over the rise of the hill. Reminds me of Convoy. This could easily be done in Ireland. 🙂

Casting your comments – Robin’s new tech tool

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

CommentCasting has been born. Well done to Robin Blandford on this and it really looks like a good addition to podcasting. What I especially like about it is that it doesn’t require a broadband connection to interact with a podcast or the website it is hosted on. I bet there’ll be lots of uses for this technology that Robin never considered. That’s one of the things I love about tech evolution.

Odeo brought about a voicemail type application where people can leave audio messages on your blog or under your podcast but this confines it to people with a computer and a broadband connection. Not very handy for those on the move listening to podcasts on their iPod.

One idea I suggested to Robin is some kind of “You’re a Star” style competition where people can ring in and sing their song down the phoneline and it is automatically uploaded to a website where people can log on and rate the song. The same could be done for poetry. Read your poetry down the line and upload it to a poetry website. Lots of people don’t have microphones on their pcs. This is a handy way to upload.

Another application: Having Robin’s service available during the Dublin riots for live or very near live reporting would have been well worth a listen. Stick little dots on Google Maps too so you can listen to the commentary from different locations during the riots. Imagine if Robin had this service available during special events that were taking place where people could, there and then, make comments or give running commentaries.

Again, well done on this Robin.

FUD? Apples in every Primary School by 2007?

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Via Digg is the story that there’ll be Apples in every Primary School in Ireland by 2007. Sounds like a lot of FUD to me. The FIS website says nothing about it either and the Apple FIS page doesn’t directly quote Mary Hanafin There is also nothing on the Dept. of Education Press page about this. I should think the Minister would want some of the press glory if this were true. Google Mary Hanafin and FIS or Apple. Nothing comes back. I think this is pure marketing bull. Can anyone find me any additional information on this? Maybe there’s a press embargo in place?

Update: Kate in the comments verifies that this is bogus. Thanks Kate.