Prime time? It is 5:40 p.m. on the east coast and I just noticed the following message at the bottom of the front page of Rocketboom: *** 7/10: New episode coming today. . . thanks for standing by . . .
Update:(at 8 p.m. eastern) A new message: Update: Rocketboom has been delayed one day and is expected to launch anew Tuesday 7/11 at 9AM EDT. Thank you for standing by!
rexblog question of the day:
Which is better?
A. Floundering in the spotlight
B. Being brilliant in obscurity
Smartcasting: I’ve mentioned before how I believe screencast ‘how-to’ videos help explain some topics (like how to use software) more effectively than written step-by-step instructions. Apparently, some math teachers think so, as well. Here’s a website [it uses a wiki platform] of math tutorial screencasts called mathcasts.org.
Buying stuff with your cell phone: Okay. Is this technology looking for a problem to solve, or what? The NY Times’ has an article about a test Lucky Magazine is running in which readers can, get this, actually order stuff via their cell phone while reading an ad in Lucky Magazine. (What will they think of next? That whole calling an 800 number or purchasing via the web — I actually have that on my cell phone (as do millions of others) — is so lame.)
“Here is how the PayPal Text2Buy service is meant to work. Cellphone users log on to paypal.com/mobile to create an account or activate their existing PayPal accounts for mobile commerce. Each product taking part in the promotion will be identified on an ad page with a number and a one-word code like “angel,” “crewneck” or “mark.” The cellphone user sends a text message with the code word to the number. An automated call asks for a personal identification number and confirms the order; a receipt is sent in an e-mail message. The product is shipped to the cellphone user.”
So, to recap, you send a text message, respond to an automated voice call and then check your purchase via e-mail. It sounds to me that the folks who dreamed up the Cuecat have found new jobs.
Post World Cup thoughts: More take-away from my novice watching of the FIFA World Cup finals — When I told co-worker Hudge that Zidane sounds like it should be the name of a prescription drug, he suggested it would be for “chest pain.” By the way, I also think Zidane’s nickname, Zizou, sounds like it should be the name of a Web 2.0 “New-Web” company.
David Carr wears Prada: He pecks an air-kiss on Anna Wintour’s cheek. Digest: If Wintour was a man, she’d be perceived as merely obnoxious and an ass, but not the devil.