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Some time ago, I started talking with a podcasting network about adding my retro podcast to their lineup. It was not high on my priority list, but I thought it would make for an interesting discussion. The discussions was short and confirmed something that had been rolling around in my mind for a while.  Companies and people create inconvenient systems in order to monetize them by removing levels of inconvenience. You see this all the…
What does one mean when they say, “publish?”  If you do a search for the word on Google, the top result is: (of an author or company) prepare and issue (a book, journal, piece of music, or other work) for public sale. – Google It makes me smile that a company that makes its money off monetizing content presents the definition of publish, purely as preparing a work for public sale.  Google is not alone in…
The fast food cheeseburger is an interesting item.  To some, me included, it is a delicious treat.  But is also surprisingly fragile despite its reputation. Have you ever watched fast food burgers churned out? It is a race against time to get this amalgam of meat, cheese in bread into a customer’s hands before it starts to degrade. This food has an optimal serving temperature and restaurants consider “time” when deciding how long these foods…
I have been watching with interest as large publishers continue to leave Medium.  The reasons given vary, but ultimately it comes down to results.  People are just not seeing the same returns on their work there.  This forces them to take a closer look at Medium’s evolving model and they don’t like it. I like the logic of their reaction.  People move to platforms to build value for their effort.  When things aren’t…
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…