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)
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)
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.
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
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
"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)
(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.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:
03) Book Excerpt
04) Book Review
05) Case Study
11) Product Review
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 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)
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.”
A given–social... (more)
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
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)
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
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)
If you heard that a certain type of fox is endangered, would you be moved to
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
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,