April 30, 2007

What happened to the podcast?

Ok, my bad.

A handful of listeners, and readers, have asked what are my plans for the Techpopuli podcast.

Well, it's not dead, but I definitely stumbled with it.

After four weeks of doing daily editions of the 'cast I finally surrendered to the fact that daily was just too much.

At first I thought I would simply fall-back to doing it 2-3 times a week. But that failed when I suddenly got busy on two other projects, and I injured my leg (another story).

All lame excuses.

One silver lining to this unintended hiatus has been hearing from some of you that you were missing the podcast. Thank you for that feedback.

So anyway, I hope to restart the 'cast soon. Maybe this week. I'll try to find a more realistic frequency for the episodes. And I'll probably be experimenting with the format.

Wish me luck. More later, I hope.

30 Apr 2007 08:20 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

April 15, 2007

We need a STANDARD for podcast audience metrics

Scott Bourne is not my favorite member of the TWIT repertory company, but he's dead-on right about in this posting about podcasting stats.

I’ve heard lots of back and forth over which stats we get are real. It doesn’t matter. What matters is getting a STANDARD like the Arbitron ratings, that the advertisers will buy into. We need less talk about whether hits, downloads, subscriptions or RSS feeds are accurate, and more talk about creating a unified, industry standard that we can provide the advertisers access to through a third party.

15 Apr 2007 12:26 PM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

April 13, 2007

Google buys Doubleclick

Scoble broke this story on Twitter. Now from the NYT:

Google reached an agreement today to acquire DoubleClick, the online advertising company, from two private equity firms for $3.1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the deal.

13 Apr 2007 05:37 PM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

Leopard Delayed

While I was busy yesterday on other projects, Apple announced that the next generation of Mac OS X would not ship in June, but would be delayed now until October.

The reason for this, according to the announcement, is that Apple had reassigned some of it's engineering resources to finishing the iPhone product so it could ship in June.

On a couple of different levels this is an odd strategy, and one has to wonder if this is actually just putting a good spin on the possibility the Leopard is taking longer than expected and is just not done yet.

13 Apr 2007 10:37 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

April 06, 2007

Podcast schedule change

In my never-ending tweaking of the plan for the Techpopuli Podcast, I've decided to change -- at least for a while -- the publication schedule, from morning to afternoon.

I feel like I haven't been able to get the 'cast out early enough in the day for it to be a timely preview of the day's new stories.

So starting immediately I'll be putting out new editions at the end of each weekday.

One side effect of this is that there was no episode yesterday, Thursday, but we'll be back later today.

06 Apr 2007 10:10 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

April 04, 2007

Apple announces octo mac

Apple this morning finally announced the long anticipated 8-core desktop Mac.

04 Apr 2007 09:30 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

Techpopuli Podcast #18

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04 Apr 2007 09:18 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

April 03, 2007

Profound

"I twitter therefore IM" -- David Tames via twitter.

03 Apr 2007 03:58 PM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

Techpopuli Podcast #17

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03 Apr 2007 10:13 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

Short interview with Twitter's Alex Payne

The common wisdom in the Rails community at this time is that scaling Rails is a matter of cost: just throw more CPUs at it. The problem is that more instances of Rails (running as part of a Mongrel cluster, in our case) means more requests to your database. At this point in time there’s no facility in Rails to talk to more than one database at a time. The solutions to this are caching the hell out of everything and setting up multiple read-only slave databases, neither of which are quick fixes to implement. So it’s not just cost, it’s time, and time is that much more precious when people can[’t] reach your site.

Read the whole thing.

[Thanks Chris Brogan]

03 Apr 2007 09:51 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

April 02, 2007

EMI to offer DRM-free music

As the rumors predicted, EMI announced today that it would begin offering its music at higher quality and without any DRM.

Apple's iTune Store will be the first place where the new format is available.

The EMI press release says that Apple will offer the new format music as AAC files with "twice the quality" and with the DRM removed.

They said they would continue to offer the earlier formats of their music, still with DRM, for the original $0.99 (in the US), and would now offer the higher quality versions, DRM-free for US$1.29.

Customers who purchased EMI music from iTunes previously will be able to upgrade to the new format for US$0.30 per song.

02 Apr 2007 10:53 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)

Techpopuli Podcast #16

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02 Apr 2007 08:00 AM | Send comments to jack@da4.com | Comments (0)
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