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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Interview: Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove


Steve interviews: Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove:
"I recently interviewed Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire.

Allaire is interested in the democratization of media, and hopes to help producers and publishers of video take us into the emerging era of Internet Television."

The Carol and Steve Show - Episode 36: North End


The Carol and Steve Show - Episode 36: North End:
"This week Carol and Steve head down to Boston's North End for a nice Italian meal.

It's the noisest restaurant we've ever been in, good food though."

Steve Garfield's Video Blog: Vlog Soup


Steve Garfield's Video Blog: Vlog Soup:
"Vlog Soup: Episode 1

Welcome to Vlog Soup, Episode 1.

People always ask me, 'Steve, what video blogs do you watch?'

Well, here are some of the vlogs that I watched this morning. Right now I'm a little behind in watching all the vlogs that I've subscribed to with FireANT. I've got 331 unwatched."
links for 2005-08-31

Print photos and posters from flickr

QOOP:
"flickr users can now print their images into Photobooks or posters through QOOP's integrated printLinQ system."

Rotten


Rotten by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

The main support beam on my back porch is rotten!

Good thing I didn't have a party and invite everyone out onto the backporch.

blip.tv - It's a blog!


Let's say you want to start a video blog, want to do it for free, have no hosting, and don't know how to code HTML.

Try out blip.tv (beta).

Right now you can go over there and sign up, upload a video and a thumbnail, and have a blog. It's very easy.

I just went over and started up a blog and posted my first video in a few minutes. Check it out at blip.tv (beta).

Note: Keep in mind that your thumbnail has to have a width of 320 to look nice.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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Katrina Aftermath

Andy Carvin just launched an open blog and mobcast for people interested infollowing the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:

Katrina Aftermath


The blog is set up so that anyone can post a blog entry, podcast or photo to the site. He's particularly hoping that residents of the Gulf Coast will be willing to call in and let people know how things are going for them.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hello indiepodder.org visitors


Here's brief welcome message to all those visiting from indiepodder.org.

Thanks Adam for the link.


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Friday, August 26, 2005

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Stellastarr in Boston

Stellastarr will be in Boston to kick off their world tour with a free concert on Wednesday August 31.

It's a secret VIP concert... and now it's a secret no longer. Go sign up.

Listen to their new song, Sweet Troubled Soul. [ asx, Windows Media Metafile that can redirect streaming media content away from a browser to Windows Media Player. ]

Video: Let Marcus Speak


Minnesota Stories: Minneapolis Mayoral Mayhem:
"You might think a mayoral debate would be boring. I did. I was wrong.

This video, to me, shows the power of democracy and democratized media. None of the local television cameras were there (except, importantly, MTN cable access). Marcus Harcus stood up and demanded to be heard. One thing he yells from the balcony is 'How come the media doesn't give equal access to all the candidates?' Good question."
Nice job Chuck.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

If Eric Rice jumped off a bridge, would you?

I just joined tribe.net because Eric Rice did.

Here's my tribe.net profile.
links for 2005-08-24

Can you take your own passport photo?


There are guidelines and examples of Well-composed Passport Photos.

What If God Wanted Pasta Sauce?


"What If God Wanted Pasta Sauce? [ mp3 ]", a song parody, by Sparkletone, sung to the tune of "What If God Was One Of Us."
What if God wanted pasta sauce
With some meat ’cause He’s the boss
Just a monster flying over us
Trying to make his way home
via [ BoingBoing ]

20 Random Videos on Google


Google has a new page where they show you thumbnails to 20 Random Videos.

The problem is that it's random and you need the Google player to watch.

How many players do I need to download to watch all these videos on the net?

Keeping up with Eric Rice


Eric Rice just set up a profile on Current TV.

He's planning something.

I updated my profile on Current TV to keep up with him. ;-)

Rolling: Lights, Camera, Sound

Current Studio // VC2 Survival Guide.
Good tips on how to use your video camera.

Flying Spaghetti Monster


Open Letter to the Kansas School Board:
"I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him."
via [ BoingBoing ]

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Folha de S. Paulo: An interview about videoblogging

Here's another interview. This time it's with Mariana Barros from Folha de S. Paulo, a major Brazilian newspaper.

Since the resulting interview will be in Spanish, and most likely edited, here are the questions and my answers:

Question: First of all, I would like to know what´s the difference between video blog and blog casting.

What changes from one to another?

Are they a kind of an evolution of the same idea or are they based on different things?

Answer: It's similar to the difference between an audio blog post and a podcast.

An audio blog post that is delivered through RSS is a podcast.

A video blog is a blog which contains video in it's posts. When you subscribe to an RSS 2.0 feed with enclosures for that video blog, the resulting media that is delivered to your computer could be called a blog cast.

The content doesn't change necessarily, only the method that you obtain and consume the media.

Question: Is the process of making it the same? Where can I get more information, tutorials?

Answer: Here's more info on adding an RSS 2.0 feed to a blog. Everything is the same. You are just giving your viewers a way to get the new videos delivered to them instead of them having to check all the time on your blog to see if you have a new video.

How to add an RSS 2.0 Feedburner feed to your Blogger Blog
People want to subscribe to your weblog feed and get your new posts delivered to them. Use Feedburner to send out text, audio and video, just like the old time milkman delivered milk.

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Go here, http://www.antisnottv.net/, to get FireANT, a program for your Mac or PC that will allow you to subscribe to a video blog:


Question: Why did you start doing it? Where the idea came from?

Answer: On January 1st of 2004 I decided to make a New Years Resolution to figure out how to easily put video in a blog. As a frequent blogger and video producer, I wanted an easy way to share the videos I was making.

On January 1, 2005 I decided to get my wife involved and started the weekly real reality show, The Carol and Steve Show. When we watch reality TV shows, she always kids me that I like to think everything is real. So we decided to do our own reality show where everything IS really real. No desert islands and no food challenges. Just real life. We just set out to record our lives and share our experiences through videoblogging.

Question: How does it feel being a "web celebrity", having popular website? Did you expect it?

Answer: The celebrity, if you could call it that, or popularity that has come about has been surprising to me. It's totally unexpected. I'm just making small films about my life, things I see and do. One person that I make these videos for is my mom. You know how mom's like to get phone calls to hear what you are doing? Well, I could be on the phone with my mom for 24 hours straight and I wouldn't be able to explain to her what I can easily show her with video.

The surprising thing is that people all over the world find these videos interesting. The comments area associated with each video allows us all to join in a conversation. People from Australia are surprised to see snow at the beach in winter, people in Italy can't get over hte size of my supermarket, and people from California enjoy listening to the Boston accent.

Question: Do you think the future of TV will be mixed with internet? How?

Answer: I do think that the future of TV will be mixed with internet. In fact, it already is. I'm involved with a company called Akimbo that is delivering video content over the internet to tv. They carry my videos right along with BBC and CNN. It's democratizing the distribution method for video so that soon anyone will be able to create video programming and have it distributed to people in their living rooms.

On the other side of things, TV producers are looking towards the internet to get more content out there to fans and viewers. The recent Rockstar INXS show is a good example with video clips that are not shown on TV. The producers say, "MSN(R) Video has streamed 7.1 million clips of the rockers competing for the chance to become the new lead singer of INXS."

Question: In your opinion, what do you think will be the next video midia tendency? How we´ll be wathcing videos in five years?

Answer: In five years I think we'll still watch video on the same devices that we now have, TV, Movies, Internet and handheld devices. What will be different will be the providers of that video. Although we'll still have mainstream media and Hollywood, in addition to those providers we'll also see content produced by what we today consider passive viewers.

For many years people have been making movies on their home video recorders and storing them in a shoebox. As editing tools get easier to use, we'll see more people creating their own video stories. We're seeing it now with videoblogging. Regular people like me are telling their stories. Each day new stories are delivered to my desktop, that enrich my life. Through video I get to know these people from around the world.

There are going to be easy ways to find video that interest viewers, through search engines, program guides, trusted sources, tagging and communities. We're already experiencing the excitement of seeing the possibilities that the future will hold, and I for one can't wait for the future to get here. I'm so excited by it, that I'm there already.
links for 2005-08-23

flickrTagFight


flickrTagFight: Eric Rice vs. Steve Garfield.

The value is in trust

BuzzMachine : Who wants to own content?
...in this new age, you don’t want to own the content or the pipe that delivers it. You want to participate in what people want to do on their own. You don’t want to extract value. You want to add value. You don’t want to build walls or fences or gardens to keep people from doing what they want to do without you. You want to enable them to do it. You want to join in.

Don McAllister - ScreenCaster

ScreenCastsOnline:
Over time, I'll be building a library of ScreenCasts covering lots of different topics. They'll range from simple beginner level topics to the more advanced topics later. I'll try and keep them brief and to less than 10 minutes.

I'll be demoing some of the various utilities and shareware packages that I find really useful in my everyday computing life. As the number of screencasts increase, the site will expand and change to help find the information that you need.
Requires Quicktime 7.0 to watch. :-(

via [ Scoble ]

Trying to keep up with digg

digg.

What's that Gizmo?

Scobleizer: Pirillo says Gizmo is better than Skype.

WikiWhatYouGet

Ross Mayfield's Weblog: Wikiwyg:
"This weekend we put something cool out into the world. Wikiwyg is what-you-see-is-what-you-get editor for wikis, or pretty much any other text area on the web. It's open source licensed, available for download and demo. Jeff Jarvis said wikiwyg is 'the way wikis are supposed to be.'"

Video on the web

minidocs.net: mini-documentaries custom made for the web.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Dogbert's Easy News Channel


Dilbert 082105.
Today's top story is about something that was first reported in a newspaper and later read by me.

Karen and Gino's Wedding


The Flowers by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

I had some fun taking pictures at Karen and Gino's wedding last night.

Roy Leyva caught a 20lb goldfish in Jamaica Pond


Nice article in today's Boston Globe by Robert Preer about Roy Leyva, Reeling in trophies from a young age:
"In Jamaica Pond, he caught what was then a world record koi, a goldfish that had been dumped in the pond from a fishbowl some years earlier and grew to 20 pounds 8 ounces."
Roy's website - Off The Hook Fishing.

Note: The Globe still doesn't provide an active link to Roy's site for online readers.

Update, the Globe responds:
Dear Steve:

Thank you for writing to Boston.com. We appreciate you alerting us to this error. We have since made the web address active. If you have any additional concerns, please feel free to write back anytime.

Kind regards,

Customer Support
Boston.com

Short Film: Boys 2 Men


Steve Garfield's Video Blog: Short Film: Boys 2 Men.
I played a part in Paul Michaels film that he shot as an entry into the Geek My Ride Film Festival held at Macworld in Boston.

Video: Cleaning Up Graffiti


John Tobin Boston City Councillor :: Video: Cleaning Up Graffiti.
"Boston City Councillor John Tobin headed out to Hyde Square and filed this video report on the graffiti problems in the district and his ideas of how to get it cleaned up."
Just posted a new video over on John Tobin's blog.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

links for 2005-08-20

People


Kris Krug's People.

Links to cool music videos, coffee, and BusinessWeek

videos.antville.org is a communnity site where people post links to cool music videos.


It's ranked #358 on Feedster's new Top 500 list just under my friend Jay Brewer's Single Serve Coffee, which was mentioned in BusinessWeek's Blogspotting, hi Heather.

Over to you Chuck

Chuck has a nice roundup of VLOG NEWS, inculding the story that MSNBC is now accepting citizen journalism reports.

Lots of big media companies are now soliciting Citizen Journalism pieces.

It's great for them because it's free content and it's good for the Citizen Journalist becuase they can say that their report was shown on MSNBC for example.

But, they should at least pay something for a good video. At least put out the possibility that you might get paid something for being there at the right time. Maybe pay something in the range that current stringers get for video submissions. I don't even know what that might be, but it must be better than nothing.

Big media is laughing all the way to the bank with this kind of thing...

Clear your plenum drains

Glen finds out that he has clogged drains in the Passat.

Friday, August 19, 2005

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Two messages from my mom

I got these two message from my mom, on her birthday, on my answering machine.

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Media in dumpster

I just got this Google Alert sent to me via email:


When I clicked on the link to the story, I found out that the story had changed.

Half-naked woman found at garbage bin behind fast-food restaurant in Miami: South Florida Sun-Sentinel


What's even worse is that the Sun Sentinel features a frame capture from their news partner, NBC 6, with the caption "Woman in Dumpster."

The NBC 6 site continues the hype by writing a headline which doesn't match the story.
Half-Naked Woman Found In Miami Dumpster
Woman May Be Victim Of Sexual Assault

POSTED: 9:12 am EDT August 19, 2005
UPDATED: 10:47 am EDT August 19, 2005

MIAMI -- Miami-Dade police say a woman found half-naked near a Dumpster Friday may be a victim of sexual battery.

A garbage truck operator found the woman by a Dumpster behind the Wendy's along the 7300 block of Northwest 36th Street in Miami-Dade County.
They owe us an apology for this.

It is balloon


It is balloon by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

Balloon rides in Boston start today from Boston Common.

Look, up in the sky, it's a balloon!

Steve Garfield and Amy Carpenter


Steve Garfield and Amy Carpenter by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.


We had a great Meet the Vloogers get together last night at Rockbottom Brewery in Boston.

Those that came by were Owen Mack and Jesse from obttv.com, Amy Carpenter, Andy Carvin, Jason Crow, and Daniell Krawczyk.

We had far ranging discussions that included talking about the future of Public Access TV, new marketing methods using videobloggers, flash photography using a beer glass, citizen's media, bringing audio and video blogging to other countries, and more.

Everyone had a good time.

Check out the photos.

The Jay and Catherine Show


At last night's Meet the Vloggers get together in Boston, Owen from OBTTV told me that Weber is putting real people on their web site to talk about the experiences with their Weber grills.

Owen calls it Documentary Advertising and he's interested in developing Consumer Generated Media. It's really interesting.

Check out how Weber does it with Jay and Catherine's story.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

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Happy Birthday Mom!


Rick Short says Happy Birthday Millie Garfield!:
"Millie, your efforts in the blogosphere are tremendous and much-appreciated. Thank you so much for taking the risk, venturing out, and doing us all a great favor. And YOUR mom deserves some thanks, as well. For it was she who advised you, 'If you don't go out, nothing will happen'. Thanks for 'happening' to us - and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"
Happy Birthday Mom!

The whole internet is joining in to wish you a happy birthday!

Meet the vloggers in BOSTON tonight


Reminder: Meet the vloggers in BOSTON tonight.

Fifty percent of videoblogging is the continuum, the other fifty percent is the community.

Stop by and meet some Boston videobloggers.

Video: Song For Cindy Sheehan


Candlelight vigils were held all across the United States on Wednesday night to support Cindy Sheehan.

I went down to The Monument on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, Mass to document the event.

The video is over here: Steve Garfield's Video Blog: Video: Song For Cindy Sheehan.

Free the Widgets

Yahoo! Widgets used to cost money when they were Konfabulator Widgets.

Now they are free!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

War is not the answer


War is not the answer by stevegarfield, uploaded from flickr.

I went down to The Monument on Centre Street to cover the Vigil for Cindy Sheehan tonight.

Here are some photos.

Video to follow...

How to find vlogs on the web

Here are a few places to help you find videoblogs on the web:

Search:
Yahoo! Video Search
Google Video Search

Directories:
iTunes Music Store Podcast Directory
Videoblogging Universe
FireANT Directory
vlogdir
vlogmap

Hosted Videos:
Blip TV
Our Media

Filtered Sources:
WatchThis tag on Deli.cio.us
Steve Garfield's WatchThis tag on Deli.cio.us

Mefeedia - Tagged video

Grid-like Program Guides
OMN.org - PC now, Mac version coming
MediaTuner

On TV:
Akimbo

Coming Soon:
TiVo

Viewing Tools:
FireANT - Mac/PC based video aggregator and viewer
DTV - Internet TV on your Mac

A Comment on Om Malik's Broadband Blog

Om Malik's Broadband Blog - Open Media, Meet The VCs.

I found a comment on this post intriguing:
"We have a company in our portfolio that I will be writing you about shortly. It has an advanced, scalable, personalized subscription engine that enables intelligent, automatic and real-time delivery of any RSS-published multi-media content to any Internet-connected node, including software and hardware devices. As an example the “My Subscription” feature can now have customized feeds like: First 5 mts of CNBC and Bloomberg news, Traffic Conditions on 680 to Sunol, First 20 mts of Howard Stern, Music & blogs.

The correlation engine is a patent-pending, in-memory process that employs state-of-the-art algorithms to match vast patterns of personal preferences to media content AS IT IS PUBLISHED. The unique preference matching is coupled with automated delivery of multi-media content, making it the a unique if not only solution of its kind in the market today."

How To Change the Header on a TypePad Blog

Follow these menu selections from your TypePad Control panel to change your header to a custom header:

Design > Change Theme > Custom Theme > Page Banner > Edit This Element

It's not that intuitive.

Note: You need to be a Plus or Pro member.

The Boston Globe: Operators are standing by


If you call the Boston Globe to get their home delivery with the special, Intro Offer 50% Off with a $40 Target Gift Card, they won't give you the offer unless you know the special offer #.

This number is hidden in the URL from a link off their home page, but you wouldn't know that when calling on the phone to get the offer.

So for those of you who want to take advantage of the special, but want to sign up over the phone, the Special Offer Offer # is WW075642.

An interview with E-Media

Nana Siebert from E-Media, Austrias leading magazine about internet, high-tech and multimedia, interviewed me for thier next issue, which will include a big article about vlogs.

Here's the interview, since the resulting article probably won't include all of what I said and won't even be in English:
Since when is "The Carol & Steve Show" online?

I started putting The Carol and Steve Show online on January 1, 2005.

What's the idea behind it - and why is it such a huge success?

The idea behind The Carol and Steve Show was to get my wife involved with me in videoblogging. When we watch reality TV shows, she always kids me that I like to think everything is real. So we decided to do our own reality show where everything IS really real. No desert islands and no food challenges. Just real life. We just set out to record our lives and share our experiences through videoblogging.

It's become popular because people want to connect with each other. Video allows others to really get to know you. The intimacy of video gives you a glimpse into our lives. With videoblogging, the people who are watching The Carol and Steve Show on a weekly basis, get to interact with us and other viewers through the comments area associated with each new video. How many TV stars can talk back to viewers?

How many people visit your vlog per day/month?

I average a few hundred visitors per day with some days reaching over one thousand. My videos get between 500-5,000 views each. That's not counting the additional viewers I get on TV via Akimbo, which is delivering my videos to their subscribers and OMN.org which displays my videos to their online audience.

What's your fascination behind it?

The thing that a lot of people don't see when looking at the surface, of videos on the net, is the community that has developed around videoblogging. This community develops through people leaving comments on videos, linking to each other when they watch a video that they like, and joining in on the Yahoo! Videoblogging Group.

I've made real friendships with people around the world. Some of these people I have met in person, and upon meeting them for the first time, it feels like I am meeting an old friend.

Is it difficult to create new content - or why not?

Creating new content is easy. That's because I'm just capturing life as it happens. There isn't any pre-production involved, no script writing and no rehersals. What you see is real life.

A lot of the time I use a Canon S400 digital camera which also shoots video. This allows me to carry my camera in my pocket and shoot video at a moments notice. Also, since I'm capturing video to a compact flash card, there's no delay in getting the footage onto my computer like there is with video cameras that use miniDV tapes.

Why - in your opinion - are Vlogs the next big thing on the internet?

Vlogs give people a voice. Vlogging gives people a distribution method that isn't controlled by others. Vlogging allows people to get feedback on their productions. Vlogging brings people together. Vlogging makes the world smaller.

Vlogging is the next big thing on the internet because it promotes the ability to get to know people in other countries on a personal level.

Vlogging brings pen pal corresponding to a whole new level, and allows the whole world to join in on the conversation.

Which Vlogs do you like - except your own one, of course...

Here's a page where I list a few of my favorite vlogs

These are daily vlogs I watch:

The 05 Project
Rocketboom
Clark ov Saturn
Fat Girl From Ohio
Minnesota Stories

These are my other favorites:
Josh Leo
Chuck Olsen
Eric Rice
Clint Sharp
Melanie Sharp - Mel's Life
Jay Dedman - momentshowing
Raymond Kristianson - DLTQ
Bre Pettis - I Make Things
Johnny Goldstein
Ryanne Hodson
Schlomo Rabinowitz - Echoplex Park
Gabe and Gabe's World
Human Dog Laboratory
Nordark
90 Seconds of Dave
Michael Verdi
The Random Show

Podcasting: Monetize it

Gillmor Gang dissects the emerging podshow:
"Bloom also said that his podcasting model is different than blogs–he isn't looking for 100 million content creators. Instead, he prefers 15,000 content creators and 100 million listeners, and demand driven programming."
Listen to the podcast.

I'm gonna try, it's 85 minutes long.

Friendly and free advice for Dell

Jeff Jarvis writes, Dear Mr. Dell:
"Today, when you lose a customer, you don’t lose just that customer, you risk losing that customer’s friends. And thanks to the internet and blogs and consumer rate-and-review services, your customers have lots and lots of friends all around the world."
He then goes on to give Michael Dell some good advice.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Hello Taxi


Hello Taxi has the coolest looking taxis in Boston.

Bringing the world closer together

Chuck Olsen and Steve Garfield Interview
Corey Boutilier of independentfilm.com interviewed Chuck and me at the recent Woods Hole Film Festival. We had a great time sitting out by the water, eating lunch and being interviewed.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Steve Garfield and Chuck Olsen - Video Bloggers
TRT: 10min

In the interview we talk about "What is Video Blogging", "Examples", and "How to get started"

After the interview, we swapped stories about independent documentary film making. It was great fun.

Cross posted to [ We are the Media ]

Monday, August 15, 2005

KQED likes me

KQED | On Demand (Beta):
"Podcasting, video blogging, RSS feeds, citizen journalism, citizen media, online on-demand media, timshifting, placeshifting. Maybe you are familiar with some of these Internet buzz terms... or maybe we are speaking Greek to you. Either way, KQED has launched this beta version of our first foray into bringing great on-demand media to our online audience.

Here you will find not only some of the first online-only original programming created by KQED, but also online programming from other public broadcasters, and, in the spirit of keeping the 'public' in public broadcasting, we will also feature media produced by citizen media producers. "
Check out a list of their favorite Podcasts and Citizen media on the right sidebar.

Check your credit


The Federal Trade Commission has set up a site, Annual Credit Report, to allow you to get your credit report for free from Equifax, TransUnion and Experian once a year.

Video: The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 34


Steve Garfield's Video Blog: The Carol and Steve Show: Episode 34 - Apple Store Fans, Part Two
"In Part 2 of Apple Store Fans, the doors open to the new Apple Store in Braintree, Mass.

All the cutomers get high-fives, Carol and Steve gets T-Shirts, and Carol uses Steve's secret method to enter the Apple Store contest for prizes."

CC Insider


Comedy Central Insider features videos from The Daily Show and Stella.

Very cool and so retro. You have to click on the links to get he videos to play. ;-)
via [ Fimoculous ]

Sunday, August 14, 2005

My 5 most recent videos






Thumbs by Mefeedia

That's Not Right: Bank of America Sign In

I went over to the Bank of America | Home Page | Online Banking Sign In and noticed that the URL of the page was a standard http, instead of the secure https that I'm used to seeing.

Bank of America explains:
Browser security indicators

You may notice when you are on our home page that some familiar indicators do not appear in your browser to confirm the entire page is secure. Those indicators include the small "lock" icon in the bottom right corner of the browser frame and the "s" in the Web address bar (for example, "https").

To provide the fastest access to our home page for all of our millions of customers and other visitors, we have made signing in to Online Banking secure without making the entire page secure. Again, please be assured that your ID and passcode are secure and that only Bank of America has access to them.
So anyone could set up a non secure page and then post a text message that says, "Really, trust us, go ahead, don't worry about anything, we've got it covered."

The whole reason for those security indicators is to give us an indication that the page is secure.

Hey Bank of America, if you're concerend about providing fast access to a secure sign on, how about giving us a dedicated Online Banking Sign In page with the standard security indicators?

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Videoblogging in Germany


kurier.at | News - Videoblogging:
"Diese dreimin tige t gliche Show ist ein so genannter Vlog (Kunstwort aus „Video“ und „Blog“) – eine Webseite, die periodisch gepostete Videos enth lt. Tagebuchartig zeigen Amateure Ausschnitte aus ihrem Leben – f r jeden frei zug?nglich. Ein Weblog mit Videos."
It seems that they really like Amy in Germany.
via [ rebell.tv ]

Blogging makes her feel good


My mom explains why blogging makes her feel good in her post Eighty on the Eighteenth:
"In a few days I am going to be eighty years old! I just typed that and I can not believe it, maybe I feel it sometimes but I sure don't think or act it.

One of the reasons I feel so good is that I have something that I am involved in, excited about and look forward to. You guessed it, it's blogging."
Yay mom!

Friday, August 12, 2005

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Propaganda Podcasting Software

Scoble says that Propaganda Podcasting Software is:
... the coolest podcasting tool I've seen yet. Wow. This gives you a lot of control of audio files and a neat interface to impress your friends with. Far more than I need, but way better than Adam Curry's software or what I've seen from Evan Williams so far.
Since I don't want to use Regedit to make Castblaster work, I'll try this.

Update:
Castblaster is now dead to me.

I just installed Propaganda on Carol's Dell Laptop, and it ran right 'out of the box.'

Plugged in a microphone and Propoganda recorded the audio with no problems.

At first glance, here are some reasons that I like it:


1. It works on a Dell laptop without requiring me to mod the system using regedit.
2. Allows you to record seperate clips and then edit them together on a timeline.
3. Has a feature for you to make transitions between audio segments.
4. Has inbuilt sound effects that you can drop onto the timeline.

Instead of being a straight one shot recorder like Castblaster, this audio recording program is a lot more like Final Cut Pro. It allows you to record a bunch of audio clips and edit them together. Looks sweet.

I'll be testing this some more...

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Blazing fast!

Broadband Reports Speed Test.
The Comcast cable guy just left and things still were slow.

I just ran another test and whoa!

Check out these results:

"2005-08-11 15:31:18 EST: 8074 / 680"

He installed a new modem. Motorola Surfboard SB5120.

That seemed to do the trick, although he did say there were issues in the area of getting high speed access. He told me to watch it until Monday and and if it's still slow, to call in.

Here's hoping it remains fast.

Want a TV?

I just made my first Craigslist post. Exiting.

Want a TV?

Check it out.

Zenith System 3 Console Color TV:


This a classic Zenith System 3 Console Color TV. $10. Pick up in Boston.
Screen is 25' diagonal.
Measures 43' Wide, 32' High and 19' Deep.
This TV works and is currently hooked up to Comcast cable.

Meet the vloggers: BOSTON, August 18th


Meet the vloggers in BOSTON on Thursday August 18th.

This month the Boston videobloggers follow up their previous Dinner and Brunch meetings with a get together at Rock Bottom Brewery in the theater district in downtown Boston. [ 5:00 - 7:00 PM ]

We'll be meeting for a few hours just prior to the monthly meeting of the Boston Final Cut Pro Users Group.

This is a drinks and appetizers kind of thing. No video.

I'll be at Rock Bottom to start things off at 5:00. By the bar. With a nice cold one.

The FCP meeting starts at 7:00.

Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested in joining us.

Rock Bottom Brewery
115 Stuart Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
United States
phone: (617) 742-BREW

Directions:
Located in the heart of Boston's Historic theatre district on the corner of Stuart and Tremont Streets or The Boylston Stop on the Green Line or the New England Medical Center stop on the Orange Line.

Moving? Verizon makes it offline


Verizon - Move Service Authentication.
Using this page over at the Verizon site with either FireFox or MS Internet Explorer results in a page hang.

Doing business with the phone company over the phone is easier than doing it online.

Congratulations to Sumner Delaney for being my Verizon Customer Service Representative of the day!

Bugs in your videos

Linkubator: "Linkubator is an online tool that will create interactive Quicktime movies for you. Based on a movie you provide, Linkubator can add a ‘bug’ to the movie (a small image with a link to your blog entry)."

Columbia Journalism review likes my mom

My Mom's Blog get's written up in CJR Daily, a blog which provides real-time media analysis from the Columbia Journalism review.