I agree with what Matt and Paul said – Jon Udell influences me: I should have been quicker to congratulate the folks at Folio: for being wise enough to name Jon Udell to their “Folio: 40” of the most influential folks in the magazine industry. Paul Conley and Matt Mcalister were more timely in their comments.
I’ve never met Jon, but I’m a big fan of everything he does. He is the innovator behind one of my favorite new things: screencasting. If they gave Oscars for screenscasts, this early example of his screencasting would win, hands-down: “Heavy metal umlaut: the movie,” which is also a great introduction to how wikipedia entries work. Jon is also the first person I saw who mashed-up Google maps into a narrative, a walking tour of Keene, NH. Jon has a unique talent for telling stories that display to me how technology can help one understand and appreciate old (and new) things in new (and different) ways.
Sidenote: Another Folio: 40 shout out goes, not to a person, but to an organization that made the list: The Custom Publishing Council. I am one of the organization’s co-founders but its continuing success (now 87 member-companies) is due to executive director Lori Rosen and those enlightened pros in the custom publishing arena who cooperate and compete in a most respectful and unique way.
Update: Am I embarrassed, or what? Folio: also included Rafat Ali of PaidContent.org on the list (in the under the radar category). Man, I need to look through that list again. Sorry, Rafat. And congratulations. (
Podcasting is not a threat to NPR station fundraising: Wired News has a headline on a story today implying a negative impact of NPR podcasting on the fund-raising efforts of local NPR affiliates. Despite having a name for the threat (bypassing), the story contains no actual evidence of that happening, other than an anecdote of a lady in Las Vegas who listens to podcasts instead of fundraising, and includes ways (some of which are really bad) that podcasting may, indeed, help fundraising efforts.
My opinion: The availability of podcasts is in no way a threat to NPR local affiliates. As local affiliates choose the week and method of their fundraising efforts, anyone with Internet access can stream another NPR affiliate: My favorite non-Nashville NPR source that has a different fundraising week from the station I’m a member of: KQED. Also, the NPR “killer app” for me is live news. There is no radio news organization in the U.S. that can come anywhere close to matching the resources of NPR (nor do they care to). Local stations that follow in this tradition build a wall around their franchise as no other radio sources will actually “cover” local news these days — they’ll read headlines from the local paper or wire service.
Also, if you don’t like fundraising, you’re going to listen to another station anyway. Podcasting is not going to change your decision to move the dial.
That said, if you’re an NPR listener and you don’t support your local affiliate, you’re a weasel. Did I mention it’s Spring membership week at WPLN?
Sidenote: Here are a couple of geeky blogger/media person “wondering out loud” issues: The URL? One day in the distant future, that could be an issue. Also, the URL redirects to a Typepad hosted account (Dow Jones could surely spring for the Typepad subscription that allows domain mapping.) Is this an independent project that MarketWatch is sponsoring…or a MarketWatch property? I’m a fan, no matter what. I’m especially glad that Frank’s great stuff will no longer end up behind a registration wall.
(via: Steve Rubel)
Obvious question – why would one want to? (Before you answer, I know why – it was merely a rhetorical question): (From a press release) “Apple today introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows XP. Available as a download beginning today, Boot Camp allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP. Boot Camp will be a feature in Leopard, Apple’s next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in August.”