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Today I joined tens of thousands of people who attempted to get a can of the re-released New Coke.  For those not familiar, New Coke was Coke’s attempt to change their formula in the eighties.  Much like today’s attempt to sell this limited release soft drink on their website, it was a flop. This effort by Coke joins dozens of high-profile limited releases that have resulted in frustration for fans as they faced a…
Every month I see good blogs die.  The why and how varies, but one type of death bothers me more than all the others, death by technological negligence. This can take many shapes, from not keeping your blogging software updated to a poorly planned switching of platforms.  I have recently seen a spate of these platform switches.  Where an individual or organization decides that they will move their content to what they hope will be…
A few months ago I wrote about the use of the term Archive instead of Delete in a popular podcasting app.  I was concerned that this would become a trend. Unfortunately my concerns seems to becoming a reality. Perhaps this has been going on for a while and I am just noticing it now, but I just spotted this behavior in another app, the Dragon+ app from Wizards of the Coast. Dragon+ is a…
Have you ever tried to run a meeting at work and have had a difficult time holding the attention of your attendees?  It is a common problem that sometimes requires more than just preparations. Lots of classes, both online and offline, promise to make you better at running meetings. You could sign up for any number of those, or you could just learn to play Dungeons & Dragons. For those not familiar, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D)…
Getting anything done requires a certain amount of organization.  One of the simplest tools you can use to get stuff done is a checklist.  It allows you to both record what you need to do and also mark that it has been completed. While the checklist is great, it has a big flaw.  It stresses immediate completion.  You check a box or put a line through a task and it is complete.  Time to move…
The Internet Archive is a remarkable resource for preserving our internet heritage. One way to utilize their large archive of audio is to use their advanced search feature to convert any search into a podcast. Why would you want to do this?  Generate a podcast that looks for music based on keywords Turn lecture topics into a podcast Make an existing audio collection into a podcast Revive a dead podcast that no longer has a…
Starting a new job is a mixed bag.  A combination of stress and excitement that is akin to riding a roller-coaster for hours each day.  Things do eventually change as your new job just becomes your job, but those first days can memorable. My first day at LexBlog was supposed to happen the Monday after I signed my offer letter. This was nearly a week, which is a good amount of time to plan for…
You just wrote a great post.  You are ready to share it with the world.  So you hit the share button on your site, pop over to Twitter, hit submit, then sit back and wait for the the ensuing adulation. If you are not getting the results you are hoping for, might I suggest you take a different tack when posting your tweets and include some information.  So instead of this: You get something more…
Are you looking at your blog or website and thinking that you don’t like the way it looks any more?  Perhaps, even considering that a design change will make your site more successful?   The reasons to why you are doing this can be complicated. In some cases, you could be looking to incorporate modern technology or methods that were unavailable when you first built your site. This is a great reason, especially if it enhances…
When you write posts on your blog, do you think about their future?  What will happen when you share them with the world?  What will they look like when you share them on Twitter?  Will they attract comments?  What will those look like? Odds are, after a few months, you forget about your blog posts, unless you get a new comment, share or traffic surge. They are still there, waiting, but are largely ignored. The…