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  • oiler 12:18 pm on April 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: books,   

    How to be a friend to a friend who’s sick 

    I’m lucky that I don’t have this as a reality (right now), but this conversation about a recently released book was fascinating. And educational.




  • oiler 12:07 pm on April 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hbo, netflix   

    Password sharing your HBO, Netflix accounts 

    Now that the NYTimes has made this a general discussion issue…

    If you watch HBO or use Netflix by using a friend’s password, thus managing to avoid paying for the service yourself, is that acceptable digital-native behavior or is it piracy?

    And this is why we can’t have nice things.

    The only thing this is going to lead to is an increase in restrictions from HBO, Netflix, et al to require us to register the MAC addresses for our machines and limit the number of devices we allow to use their service.

    It’s going to be confusing and difficult for many.

    UPDATE, 22 April 2013 – Netflix Seen Cracking Down on Sharing to Bolster Profit

  • oiler 1:25 pm on August 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beat writers,   

    NHL Beat Writers 

    UPDATE: This was originally published on October 3, 2011… since then I’ve kept the Twitter list updated but will probably wait until the season starts to update the spreadsheet. Until then, until these writers on Twitter. /UPDATE:

    NHL Beat Writers on Twitter –

    If there’s one thing I learned about how the sport of pro hockey is covered, it’s that the guys and girls on the ground with the team every day are invaluable.

    They hold a wealth of knowledge that the national writers rely on daily. Without the beat reporters, the national media knows very little.

    And this is more so true in hockey than any other professional team sport. That’s why you see so many NHL official team websites running a very news-oriented organization now.

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  • oiler 6:13 pm on June 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Flipboard, Instapaper, publishing   

    The Power of Online Content, Offline 

    A busy Monday morning for technology and media. To start things off, the NY Times has announced a deal with Flipboard that will make their full content only available to subscribers while on that platform. And as a counterpoint to that move Conde Nast is now pulling full content from the New Yorker and Wired out of Flipboard in fear that it’s stealing eyes from the content on their own apps.

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  • oiler 4:59 pm on June 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , newspapers   

    On the front lines of the digital sales challenge 

    This is a popular topic of conversation in the media today:

    From GigaOm: The chart that explains media’s addiction to print

    And there’s an important point being missed by many here. Let’s imagine for a second that the leaders of the industry have a great epiphany over the weekend and come back on Monday will a brilliant silver-bullet to solve the advertising crisis newspapers face as they move from print to digital.

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  • oiler 1:31 pm on May 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    SI’s Peter King hit on something this week that I’ve also noticed when traveling to some of the more prestigious hockey arenas in North America.

    King writes:

    “The NFL (and other American pro sports) could learn something from a game like cricket. No music. No exploding scoreboards. There’s the game, and discussion in the stands. I realize we’re beyond that. And I may not be in the majority here, and I may be Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. But I wonder what fans would say if team owners took a poll of all their season ticket holders and asked if they favored music played at 105 decibels between plays. Maybe the fans want it. But I’d bet there’d be nearly 50 percent, if not more, who would say either kill the music or play it at half the volume.

    In certain buildings, in certain markets, there is one unmistakable sound that each arena shares in common with each other: the buzz of people talking. Sure there’s some music and other entertainment, but people talking to each other when there’s no action to watch leads to loader voices when there is something to cheer about.

  • oiler 9:16 am on May 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Remember, when you see the below option… don’t upgrade! If we all stay strong and refuse to pay for the upgrade, all those nice seats will go unpaid for and they’ll have to slot us regular Economy travelers in.

    Airline anti-upgrade solidarity!

  • oiler 8:39 am on May 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    Facebook IPO 

    Since today is the day, people are freaking out all over again about one thing: is it worth it?

    So I hear stories like this: Pizza Delicious Bought An Ad On Facebook. How’d They Do?.

    “Maybe at some point, the new Pizza Delicious fans will show up and buy some pizza. But social advertising is so new that nobody knows for sure. It’s still unproven, untested and largely unstudied.”

    So this Pizza Delicious company blanketed all of New Orleans with their Facebook ad. For $240 they got that kind of exposure. Ever do a media buy for a billboard at the busiest spot in town? A one-time fee of $240 is a windfall for a small business like that. And how many people do you think have clicked on your street-side billboard?

    UPDATE: Oh yeah, and all this is separate from the reality that FB’s real monetary future is tied to credits/currency and not advertising.

  • oiler 7:46 pm on May 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    A process problem with your mobile site 

    I’m reading this New Yorker story on George Holtz.
    It’s nice.
    I want to add it to instapaper.
    I’m on a ferry to the Brooklyn Ikea.
    So I google search for the article on my mobile phone – with the intension of saving it to instapaper.

    Two problems:

      1. This is not a sustainable process. I’ll only really do this for articles I really, really want to remember. But, hey, at least I finally found my first good need for a QR code.
      2. The New Yorker site sent me to their version of the article.

    I hate mobile websites. I mean, I love being able to read a site on my non-laptop/desktop device (NLDD?) but I hate m.*.com sites. I won’t say they break the web… even though they just might… but they certainly break my process. You can’t build the web to think it knows better than you do. This is the equivalent of those car radios that turn themselves down when you slow your car speed. And that’s for old people.

    There are so many reasons that your website should be responsive to the device that it is being shown on. This is just one of many.

    UPDATE: A day later, this gets posted: Mobile URLs vs. Single URLs: Making The Right Decision For Your Company but the “don’t like” columns here read more like challenges than anything else.

  • oiler 10:51 am on April 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: browsers   

    Amazing correlation here of what happens on the weekend when people can choose what browser they wish to use:

    (From GS Counter via Matt Cutts)

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