“One thing: FindArticles has very high SEO value in Google (NSDQ: GOOG) and others search engines…that might have something to do with it.”
“Clipmarks is home to a community of clippers who share their clips and leave comments about them. Forbes.com editors use this technology across our site, clipping and posting content from other sites that they think their users might find interesting.”
“Please donâ€™t Twitter from the stage (or at the very least donâ€™t talk about it if you are). Look at me. Iâ€™m crazy. Iâ€™m using Twitter on my cell phone while sitting on a panel. I saw this in two panels.”
“Everyone who has sold advertising says buyers like things to be simple. The plethora of competing networks and technologies is anything but. The more buyers and sellers in one place, the better prices for all.”
|Now Carbonite wants my online backup business. We’ll see about that….|
A couple of days ago I wrote about my frustrating experience with Mozy’s online backup service for Mac. This morning I heard from David Friend, the CEO of Carbonite, a popular online backup service for PC users. Apparently they’re about to start testing a Mac backup option. Here’s what he said:
“I read your post about Mozyâ€™s Mac product not working very well. Sorry to hear that. Hopefully ours will be a lot better — itâ€™s looking very good so far. We been testing Carbonite Online Backup for Mac and the public beta will be starting within a couple of months. Our Mac front end was designed by a well-known Mac development house that does a lot of work for Apple, so they really know the Mac environment. The testing has been going great. The beta program will be free, of course. If you or your readers would like to participate in the beta program, just send and email to email@example.com and weâ€™ll notify as soon as the beta program officially starts.”
Ah, another beta… Hopefully this one will be free. I don’t mind so much being a guinea pig (within reason), but I hate paying for that “privilege.”
What the hell, I’ll sign up. We’ll see how this one goes. Wish me luck.
But in the meantime, I’m still looking for a more immediate and proven option for Mac-friendly offsite backup. Suggestions, please?
|Global Voices Online|
|Global Voices offers one of the few current ways to follow the action in Pakistan: bloggers.|
- â€¦My heartâ€™s in Accra Â» Bloggers find ways to speak out in Pakistan
“Neha Viswanathan and Global Voices are tracking Pakistani blogs closely on a special page to cover the emergency. As the environment in Pakistan becomes more oppressive, itâ€™s hard to know whether these bloggers will be able to keep posting.”(tags: blogs blogging censorship government security Pakistan free+speech freedom world problems politics tidbits+fodder)
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|Some decisions are harder than others.|
I’ve gotta admit, normally I don’t give panel topics as much thought as I’ve been giving this one. But lately, questions of publishing ethics (in blogging and journalism) have been leaping out of me from almost everywhere. Some kind of cosmic confluence, I guess.
I first tried to sort out the core ethical issues for blogging on Oct. 29 — but not very well, I think.
So, after mulling it over for a while, here’s my second shot — and it’s the framework I’ll use in leading this panel.
Ethics, like blogs, are not one-size-fits-all. Ethics are a personal and sometimes group affair that can vary to suit different types of blogs, bloggers, and communities. The point of ethics is not just to be “right,” but to use consistent criteria for decisionmaking to promote the collective good — a very subjective goal.
Also, ethics are separate from laws and regulations. We’ve all seen cases when the ethical thing to do is to obey the law (such as respecting copyright, refraining from libel, etc.) — as well as cases where laws clash with people’s sense of what’s right.
In practice, ethics usually don’t seem like a big deal. The vast majority of ethical decisions mostly involve mundane, small situations, not extreme crises. However, being conscious of the ethics you choose and applying them to small stuff can help you make better choices and be more confident during blogging crises. Also, ethical considerations sometimes pile up and conflict — so being conscious of your own ethics can help you determine what’s most important.
It seems to me that there are six core areas where bloggers tend to encounter ethical decision points. Below are some questions intended to illuminate your personal blogging ethics in each of these areas.
Where do you stand? What do you expect from yourself and the community around your blog, and from other bloggers and communities? Consider these points…
|Mozy for Mac would get this far with my backup, and then just hang there. Annoying.|
I’m bummed, and annoyed.
For a while I’d been looking for a Mac-friendly, reasonably priced, reliable online backup service that offered simple restore functionality, scheduled backups, and a few other features. I thought I’d found that in Mozy, which I’ve been using for the last few months, at a cost of $4.95/month.
For the first couple of months, it worked fine. Then, not so fine. The service gradually assumed a passive-aggressive attitude toward my Macbook. It wouldn’t conduct backups as scheduled. When I manually initiated a backup, it would appear to start the process, but then never actually execute the backup. Well, sometimes it did — at unpredictable times. Nothing I did seemed to influence whether or not Mozy would do a backup. The service had an inscrutable mind of its own.
Mozy for Mac is in beta, so I figured there would be glitches. The first couple of times I contacted Mozy support, they instructed me to uninstall and reinstall the software. Over the last couple of months I must have done that nearly a dozen times. No real improvement.
I started losing patience last week, and told Mozy support I’d be quitting the service and blogging about why. I wanted to give them one last chance to come through. I was told, “There’s an upgrade coming that should fix this for you.” That upgrade came through last Friday. I went through the reinstall process again — twice. Same problem.
I give up.
I tried, I really did. But Mozy really let me down. I’m canceling my account today. And they’d better give me a refund for the last couple of months, for trying to work with them for so long. Honestly, I just don’t get the impression that they’re serious about serving the Mac market. Their loss.
So now I’m looking for a new Mac-friendly, reasonably priced, reliable and flexible online backup service. Got any recommendations? Please comment below. Thanks.
UPDATE: Here’s what the head of Mozy customer support had to say in response to my post and cancelation order…
|What’s happening with the GTDinbox upgrade? Watch the Productive Firefox blog.|
Apparently, Gmail is undergoing a major upgrade, which is being rolled out to users. The upgrade hasn’t hit my account yet — but at least I’ll be spared a nasty shock when it does.
As I’ve mentioned before, I rely heavily on the GTDinbox Firefox add-on (which applies David Allen’s Getting Things Done productivity system functionality to Gmail) to manage my tasks and life. The Productive Firefox blog, by the creators of this tool, recently announced that GTDinbox doesn’t yet work with the new version of Gmail.
A new version of GTDinbox that will work with the new Gmail should be out soon — so if you haven’t yet started using this tool, you might want to wait for that. (Watch the Productive Firefox blog for the announcement.)
In the meantime, if you get hit with the Gmail upgrade, you can apparently select an option to use the older version of Gmail, so you can keep using GTDinbox until the new release is ready. Here’s the latest news on the progress of that upgrade.
“Researchers at U.C. Berkeley say they’ve produced the world’s smallest radio. It’s 10,000 times thinner than a strand of hair.” Wow, this gave me ideas for lots of sci-fi stories. Give it a listen.
“New study: players reported feeling less stressed, had higher self esteem, & were more confident. The level of the players’ stress hormone, cortisol, fell 17%. The idea: repetitive playing trains the mind to focus on the positive aspects of life.”
“This was a 3-dog race with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. Today I would say Yahoo is out and has been replaced with Facebook. And I still stand firm that Yahoo acquiring AOL would be beneficial for both companies.”
“Thanks to a new technique for manipulating charged copper particles at the molecular scale, researchers at Arizona State University say their memory is, bit-for-bit, one-tenth the cost of — and 1,000 times as energy-efficient as — flash memory.”
“Collaborative effort to collect the best of Wikipedia, clean it up, vet it, and save it for all time. Articles are stable and cannot be edited. Goal: quality stable version that can be trusted by students, teachers, & anyone else seeking reliable info.”
“Nanowires will go inside microprocessors that could, in turn, go inside PCs, laptops, monile phones or even supercomputers. And the smaller the wires, the smaller the chip can be.”
actually play those stress-reducing games.
Taking your favorite online tools to work: “How popular social interaction tools can be used in business & government . He assesses how the organizations can adapt the tools for use. He discusses how security is an important part of this process.”
Cool stuff to do with Twitter: “Lately there’s been a bunch of scripts and other cool ideas pushed forward and it’s finally time that we had a place to bring them all together.”
“Googleâ€™s vision â€” â€œSocial Will Be Everywhereâ€ â€” is more compelling than anything Facebook could possibly devise. Who wouldnâ€™t prefer the unlimited freedom to take oneâ€™s own trusted circle anywhere on the Web?”
Cool free service for creating pretty good videos. “web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using their own patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. “
I’ll be speaking at this event: “Analyze the latest trend in online journalism: audience participation in news production, inside and outside of mainstream media. Digital tools are becoming so easy to use that citizen media are ubiquous.”
I’ll have to add this for Contentious and Tidbits! “Hereâ€™s how to get your blog (or any other RSS or Atom feed) twittering…”
“The key to effectiveness is that youâ€™re doing things that lead to results in the realm of your responsibilities. Meanwhile the key to efficiency is getting your things done in a manner that consumes just the appropriate amount of energy and resources.”
“Google new OpenSocial platform, a standard set of APIs that will allow developers to create applications that can run in any social platform that adheres to the API. Initial partners include LinkedIn, Ning, Plaxo, hi5, Friendster, Viadeo and Oracle.”
“Tucson Newspapers detected an infection Thursday in an online advertisement circulating among news cos and Internet businesses in the country. The ads have appeared on major news sites across the country”
“There’s bountiful opportunity for news sites, especially local newspapers, to build their own social networking environments.We live in an “and” universe, not an “or” universe, so don’t be looking for one big winner to come out of this.”
“Generates a page with weighted tags, indicating how many times a category or tag has been used to categorize content on the site. By altering font sizes, these lists suddenly gain a dimension: the more often a tag is used, the larger its font size.”
“Join us for our second annual day of discussions, readings and demonstrations about science and blogging Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the Sigma Xi Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.”
I SOOOO want to go to this music festival, maybe in 2009: “Created in Jannuary 2001, the “festival au dÃ©sert” is held every year in Essakane, two hours from Timbouctou in Mali. This Festival seeks its origin in the big traditional Touareg festivities.”
This is a bummer, I know Steve & his business partner, and they gave this a really good shot. “This week, we (my business partner, our board and me) decided to close my start-up company, the Enthusiast Group, at the end of November.”
|Mark Briggs, author of Journalism 2.0, is assistant managing editor for interactive news at The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA.|
- Journalism 2.0 on Squidoo
“Written for working journalists who are looking to make the necessary leap into the digital age, Journalism 2.0 introduces basic topics like Web 2.0, blogging, audio, video, online reporting and more.” (tags: journalism web2.0 career media+evolution trends skills tools tidbits+fodder)