Monday, April 28, 2008

Social Networking Links for Your Day listeners

On today's edition of Your Day, we talked about some of my favorite social networking tools.

Below are some links of the places we talked about:

Phil Yanov on Facebook:

  • Phil Yanov's Facebook profile

Become a Fan of the Your Day page on Facebook:

LinkedIn Professional Networking:

  • View Phil Yanov's profile on LinkedIn


  • On Twitter, I go by my professional monicker, ThinkHammer


  • I think Jaiku is prettier than Twitter, but there aren't as many people on the service. Still, I like it and think they have some interesting technology for mobile devices that might give them a boost eventually. Again on Jaiku, I am known as Thinkhammer.

Here is a bonus:

  • I discovered Friendfeed after we did the recording. If you care to add me to your list, I use my name Yanov on that service.

I hope these are useful to you. I hope you'll listen in again on Wednesday as we discuss digital cameras and photography.

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Podcast: April 16 Live Call-In Radio Show

A live call-in hour on consumer electronics, the Internet, and other technologies hosted by Eric Rodgers and Phil Yanov, executive director of the GSA Technology Council and Blogger at Thinkhammer. This show aired across the state of South Carolina on April 16, 2008:

We'll be live for a second time this month on April 30th! (mark your calendar)

via: Your Day

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Car of the Future coming to NOVA

This seems like it ought to be good. I listen to Car Talk and I watch NOVA, why shouldn't the two of them be great together?

Next on NOVA: "Car of the Future"

Tuesday, April 22 at 8 p.m.

Tom Magliozzi has a problem. The wacky co-host of NPR's Car Talk needs to replace his beloved 1952 MG roadster. But in today's car market, where should he turn? Is new technology about to transform the way we drive? Tom and his brother Ray hit the road in NOVA's "Car of the Future" for a lighthearted but shrewd take on America's four-wheeled future. Join them as they mix their trademark slapstick with serious nuts-and-bolts analysis of what it will take to make our autos more energy-efficient.

I don't even have to plan ahead as all new episodes of NOVA are recorded and waiting for me on the DVR by default.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Photos: OLPC XO Laptop

OLPC 2379-113On today's episode of Your Day, we talked about the OLPC XO laptop. I got the laptop during last year's Give One Get One program and have been impressed by the design. I can't imagine that this laptop is for everyone, which is good, because they are actually hard to come by. I hope that enough ended up in people's hands so that there is some great software developed for it.

OLPC Photos at Flickr

By the way, we'll be live on Wednesday at noon.

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Podcast: What happened at Tech After Five?

At last month's Tech After Five mixer with the GSATC, I wandered around a bit with the microphone and asked a few questions. During that time, I managed to catch up with Krissy Green and she explained a bit about why she was there, and then turned the tables on me...

Ta5 March

mp3: [Download Audio]


Friday, April 11, 2008

Warm Sushi? Phil Twitters

Phil Twittered:
Worst service and food ever from Irashiai today. Warm sushi? Yech! After manager's response, they're dead to me. Very disappointing.

Watch Phil Twitter.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Photos: Michael Feldman in Clemson

We braved the elements and went to Clemson to watch Michael Feldman do his live radio show from the Brooks Center this morning. I was amazed at the number of people it takes to pull off the show. When listening on the radio it seems like there are only a few people involved. Watching it live, and seeing it from back stage, there are a dozen that I noticed (some of which I met) which might mean there are two times that number that I never saw. We enjoyed the show. I have always admired Michael's ability to shoot from the hip as he works a crowd. He is a real pro.

view: Photos at Flickr (or watch the slideshow)

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1 Million Listeners? We're headed that way...

Michael Feldman is broadcasting his show, Whad' Ya Know live from Clemson today. An article from 1997 said that he had 1 million listeners at that time. I'm going to guess he's picked up a few along the way as he is now on satellite radio as well. We're headed off to see him at the Brooks Center. I'll hope to have pictures to post a bit later. The show will be live on WEPR, 90.1 FM and lots of other stations as well.


Webside Curiousity - Spam as Poetic Art

Some days you just bump into something that you get completely and that is so deceptively simple that you wish you had thought of it first.

Today, I happened to see in someone's twittering, friendfeed, or other aggregator of web nifties.

SpamIsPoetry converts curated spam email subjects and bodies into a lightly calligraphed collection of doggerel billboards. I like it.


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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Two more years of

I just renewed for another two years. We've been inconveniencing bits on the Internet since June 15, 1998.

How I unwittingly contributed to Mike Arrington's April Fools Day Joke at Tech Crunch

Here is the headline at TechCrunch right now:

Why We’re Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages

In the story, Arrington explains that though started TechCrunch as a mere and humble blogger out to have a little fun, he now has responsibilities, employees, payroll to meet, and an empire to defend -- yet Facebook is stealing his image for use in their advertising campaigns. The problem sounds plausible enough, but Mike throws in a paragraph of silliness at the end to make sure that we all know to laugh and not go around telling people that he will soon be in the courtroom with Facebook.

The problem I have and where I fit in the story is that I think it really is a problem. I just don't know why it is legal or even right for Facebook to allow or sell ads using your uploaded profile photos as a paid endorser.

Here was my note to Arrington:

I am guessing you are not a paid spokesman for Blockbuster:

I think this is clever marketing on Facebook's part, but it doesn't seem right and maybe not even legal. What do you think?

One of the things I don't like about it is that even though it has your name and picture, clicking on those takes me to Blockbuster, not you.

Does this mean that because I added the PackRat application, that I am going to show up as an unpaid spokesman in an advert for Cheez-Whiz or California Closets?

Phil Yanov

Here is the screenshot:

Facebook calls these "social ads." If you click on the ?, you get the following explanation:

What you're looking at is a Social Ad. Advertisers provide the text, and Facebook pairs it with a relevant social action that your friend has taken. Social Ads mean advertisements become more interesting and more tailored to you and your friends. These respect all privacy rules; advertisers never have access to personal information about you or your friends.

If anyone sees me unwittingly shilling for some cheesy product on Facebook, send it along. I've always wondered what I might look like as a pitch man. It seems to have done well for Ron Popeil.

Now, I need to go figure out what applications I need to uninstall in Facebook so that I don't end up in an advert.

qv: TechCrunch: Why We’re Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages

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