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I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

Ulitzer’s Amazing First 30 Days in Public Beta

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali Today marks the 30th day of Ulitzer's public beta. We had an amazing month and perhaps one of the most widely discussed launches of a "new media" site. Gartner recently asked, "Will Ulitzer dominate news content on the Web eventually?" The answer is yes, and I'll explain why. First, I'd like to share some of the 30-day stats with you. We had more than 140,000 visitors who read 197,000 pages of articles, blogs and news stories. The syndicated page views (outside the Ulitzer domain) exceeded 1,369,983 page views. The legendary technology reporter Maureen O'Gara was the most read Ulitzer author with 231,600 rolling page views, and we syndicated more than 3,000 Ulitzer stories. My First Blackberry, Circa 1999 I remember receiving my first Blackberry 10 years ago at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco. It was a small device similar to a ... (more)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Names Carmen Gonzalez CEO

SYS-CON announced today that "Cloud Expo, Inc." has spun out of SYS-CON Events, Inc. as a startup events management company which produces and presents Cloud Expo (TM) events worldwide. Cloud Expo, Inc. launched Cloud Expo (TM) events in 2007, and currently producing Cloud Expo East, Cloud Expo West, Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud Expo Tokyo, Cloud Expo Prague, Cloud Expo Hong Kong, and Cloud Expo Sao Paolo. All Cloud Expo marks and trademarks are registered trademarks of Cloud Expo, Inc. worldwide. Carmen Gonzalez was named CEO of Cloud Expo, Inc. Carmen served as the co-founder, president, and chief operating officer of SYS-CON Media since 1994. In this capacity, Carmen was in charge of SYS-CON's sales and marketing functions. Under her leadership, the company was named by Inc 500 among the fastest-growing 500 privately held companies in North America three years in a... (more)

Tips For Press Releases in Reputation Management from Industry Veteran Brandon Hopkins

MADERA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Brandon Hopkins, an industry veteran in the field of reputation management, is seeking to help other companies as they work to change the perception of their clients. Hopkins has been extremely successful is aiding his clients and creating an online reputation for them that more accurately reflects their character. A necessary component of reputation management involves the issuance of press releases. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140127/MN53323) "Press releases are ranking very well right now, so it is important to understand how to properly utilize them as part of a reputation management campaign," said Hopkins. "These releases need to be personalized for each client, and should include keywords and phrases that will help protect and improve a client's reputation." For each client, Hopkins creates... (more)

Seeing through the Linux-Windows TCO comparisons

(LinuxWorld) — As happy as I am to see something finally displace the disgrace that TPC-C "benchmarks" have become over the years, the new favorite faux-analytical geegaw that Microsoft's marketing droids are giggling over isn't any better. I think you know what I'm talking about: it starts with a T, ends with an "Oh!" and spells trouble right here in River City. That's Austin, dude. Texas. On the face of it, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) sounds like it should be a valuable tool to project cost-estimates of various software solutions. There is certainly truth to the notion that purchase-price alone doesn't determine total cost. The problems with published TCO studies begin and end with the fact that their allure is only skin-deep. For one thing, TCO is like fine wine: it doesn't travel well. What may be true in one situation is reversed in another. What gets t... (more)

Ulitzer to Give Drupal 6.0 Its Biggest Scalability Challenge Yet

Ulitzer.com, which initially made the headlines with its "job descriptions from the future," announced today that it will launch its Ulitzer "beta" site with more than 16,000 authors and more than 1 million original articles, published in more than 5,000 topic-specific online journals. Each journal offers up to 14 content-specific sections, written by the world's most-respected authors in their fields. All Ulitzer authors will earn 100% of their Google AdSense revenue. See author index here. All approved Ulizter authors can post a variety of story types: 01) Article 02) Blog 03) Book Excerpt 04) Book Review 05) Case Study 06) Feedback 07) Interview 08) News 09) Opinion 10) Podcast 11) Product Review 12) Tutorial 13) Video 14 Whitepaper  Within one year after its beta launch date, Ulitzer is projecting to serve more than 100,000 authors with over 10 million original article... (more)

A New Blog Site Launched to Monitor Turkish Airlines

A new blog site called DontFlyTurkish.com claims that it will help improve Turkish Airlines' services with its constructive live criticsm. The first blog entry reads: "I registered this Blog (Website) domain name roughly four years ago, on March 1, 2004, at New York's JFK airport, while I was trying to purchase round trip tickets from New York to Istanbul. At the time, as I recall, there was a politically appointed CEO at Turkish Airlines, a complete brain dead idiot, and his politically appointed staff on Turkish Airlines offices around the world. On that day, the easily offended transvestite THY ticket agent called the Terminal 1 security to ask me leave the airport building, which prompted me to start this blog. Four years later there is another politically appointed CEO at Turkish Airlines, so far who does not seem to be as incompetent as his predecessor. The ruli... (more)

Integrate Social Media Tools Into Business, Not Marketing Campaigns

In a blog post by Shiv Singh, author of the Going Social Now blog, Shiv argues that “Social media is not enough in a downturn.” In the post, Shiv says: “That its not enough to focus on social alone. That nurturing the conversations in the social realm are the starting point not the end game. That it is indeed about getting customers to influence each other to make positive purchasing and brand affinity decisions. That the core philosophies around social can and should be deeply integrated into a business. And that, the more holistically you look at social influence marketing - across all touch points digital and physical, the more likely are you to harness it for competitive advantage. It is the social ideas that matter more than social media. Ideas that harness social philosophies but create new outcomes and not just new tactics.” Interesting, but… A given–social... (more)

Is Ulitzer a New Trend or the Ultimate Death of Journalism?

I must confess I am very new to Ulitzer as an online channel of social communication media. But I am delighted about its raison d'être. However, I cannot but ask these questions: Is Ulitzer the beginning of a new trend or the ultimate death of journalism? Or is it the glorification of e-journalism? The realization of new journalism practice in the age of Web services and Internet Technology? These series of questions are being answered everyday as the new social media moguls and barons and baronesses of the Internet Media launched another online media channel, one after another. We must give kudos to the visionaries among us who realize the powerful role of Internet technology and quickly seized on its powerful promise by giving voice to every kind of idea and thought under the sun. And what has technology not redefined yet? Think about it, from e-retailing to e-democr... (more)

Twitter, Linked In, Ning and Ulitzer: Easy Personal Branding Strategy

Social Media on Ulitzer I use all of these social media tools and although they haven't put me on my own island in the Caribbean yet, I'm very pleased with the combined results. 1. Twitter – It’s the fastest way to share that you have created something of value. As a bonus, Tweetdeck or CoTweet are good ways to manage your Twitter efforts and research. Huge audience with lots of active participants. There are a few shady characters on Twitter but just like being at Grand Central Station, you just step aside and keep moving. It doesn't mean you eschew the benefit. Micro-blogging is probably here to stay so it's a good idea to get up on good habits regardless of what future tools look like. 2. Linked In – It’s the professional network standard where people will find you. A terrific way to maintain knowledge of what former colleagues are doing now. You can also join gr... (more)

Help Nonprofits Sell Better with Stories

If you heard that a certain type of fox is endangered, would you be moved to act? How about if you heard that a mama fox was trying to keep herself and her litter safe as their forest disappears? Now that's different. There's a story there with actual individuals being affected. Such was the storyline for a campaign by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which told a universal tale of survival to communicate about the kit fox problem in Northern California. Information in the context of a story is dramatically more compelling than straight facts. Yet, many nonprofits fail to tell stories to illustrate their challenges and successful outcomes. "If you look at the web sites of fifty small nonprofits, you would be hard-pressed to find written stories or pictures that tell a story," says Katya Andresen, author of Robin Hood Marketing and Chief Operating Officer, Networ... (more)