Pre back-to-blogging post, #1

Pre back-to-blogging post, #1: I returned to the office to discover I have been scheduled for two travel days in the coming week. So, returning to this whole blogging thing will be sporadic. Thought I’d start off by cranking up the old RSS news reader and see what I’ve missed in the past week. First, I’d like to thank people for not posting much earth-shattering stuff. What I discovered by scanning headlines for five minutes: The old controversies are still the current controversies, the old cool things are still the new cool things, the old gossip is still the new gossip, Google still launches stuff everyday — and Microsoft is still going to launch Vista sometime in the future of mankind.

Three highlights from glancing through a gazillion blog posts in five minutes:

  • Advice from Mark Cuban on what to do with DRM on the media you purchase: “Any and all digital content that you purchase and OWN, with any sort of copy protection, crack it, and make a backup copy for your own personal storage.” (rexblog flashback: “Burn a backup CD of tunes you purchase from the iTunes Store“)
  • Stephen Baker asks (and answers) an interesting question: “If advertisers are rushing into media that can measure the reach and effectiveness of their ads, what does this mean for (magazines)?”
  • The ‘Freemium’ Business Model: First, Fred Wilson describes it: “Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers very efficiently through word of mouth, referral networks, organic search marketing, etc, then offer premium priced value added services or an enhanced version of your service to your customer base. And then Jarid Lukin gave it the name, Freemium.