Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
turbotodd 100000388Y Marcações:  web_conferencing skype lotus webdialogs unified_messaging 3.718 Visualizações
IBM just announced that it has acquired WebDialogs, Inc., a privately-held vendor of Web conferencing and communications services.
Those of you who use Skype regularly will know the WebDialogs brand "Unyte," which provides real-time collaboration sessions via the Skype service.
WebDialogs offers online meeting and collaboration services that combine Web and audio conferencing into a single, easy-to-use experience, and requires no support from your IT department (it's SaaS).
WebDialog's service capability will be integrated into IBM's Lotus Notes and Sametime software.
More details here.[Read More]
turbotodd 100000388Y Marcações:  youtube advertising google skateboarding_bulldog online_video 4.759 Visualizações
Remembering that Google paid a whopping $1.65 billionaroonis for the online boob toob that is YouTube, one couldn't help but wonder if they were ever going to invent an ad format that might allow them to get some of those roonis back.
Wait no more.
The New York Times, along with a gazillion other blogs (including, now, this one), has reported that...gasp...Google announced a new type of video ad, one that was both unobtrusive and also keeps users in the driver's seat.
Envision this...you're watching your favorite bulldog skateboarding video on YouTube, and out of nowhere, a small overlay ad appears at the bottom of the video about 15 seconds after you start watching it.
"Wanna try the new Purina Bulldog chow? Click here."
At which point, the viewer can ignore Purina and continue watching the bulldog skateboarding on down the street.
Then the countdown begins...
10....9....8....7...(bulldog hits the half pipe)....6....5...4...3...2....1...
And, if you do nothing, the ad disappears.
And, if you instead opt to stop watching said skateboarding bulldog and click on over to the ad?
The YouTube video pauses, the ad begins to play, and after the ad ends you can resume watching your video.
It's opt-in people. Opt-in advertising for the Intertubes...err, YouTube.
Wow. And methought the Googleites would come up with some kind of forced pre- or mid-roll unit.
As Scott Karp points out in Publishing 2.0, "now we're going to find out what people REALLY think of video ads."
I'm long on video advertising online -- it's an idea whose time should have come a long time ago.
But it clearly needed someone with the heft of a YouTube to get others to agree on a common format.
We'll see if this is the one that suits the Grand Media Plan in the sky, but it seems to be off to a roaring good start.
The YouTube video ad format allows for targetability against user demographics (including age and gender), location, day part, and content genre, and can be bought via a standard CPM.
Take a gander at one of the new ads here.
And remember, if you want your skateboarding bulldog videos to continue to be served up gratis, don't forget to click.Read More]
If you follow this blog with any regularity (the blogging kind of regularity), you know I'm a huge fan of the Geico cavemen.
Everybody else thinks a new TV show about the cavemen is silly, but for me it's Must See Jurassic Age TV.
So it was with a stroke of serendipity that I stumbled across some kind of "Sponsored by" Facebookvertisement this afternoon reminding me to go back and visit the Geico caveman hipster pad called the "Caveman Crib."
First off, if you've never visited the Cavemans Crib, you must go.
If you have visited it, know they've made some updates to apartment 1231 (Hint: The landing page interface is an iPhone...Yeah, baby, Geico Caveman iPhone love).
I was just this very day wondering out loud to myself about how Facebook could use its sticky front page real estate to get more advertisers involved, and then the Geico Caveman show up with their best clubs a swingin'.
I'm sure the Geico Gekko ain't happy about the Cavemens' newfound Facebook celebrity, but that's Darwinian natural advertising selection at its best.
We'll see come ABC's fall TV line up whether or not the Caveman comedy series survives its Mendelian genetic evolution.Read More]
turbotodd 100000388Y Marcações:  facebook digitollywood adobe_flash online_video digital_media 3.605 Visualizações
Facebook hopes you never use your desktop or browser email client again.
Or so it seems.
In a post on the Facebook blog yesterday, Luke tells us you can now send messages to people on Facebook and to people not on Facebook.
The idea seems to be that you will likely want to continue to communicate with Facebook holdouts -- you know, the ones you invite to be your friend over and over again, to no avail.
Luke informs us that you can invite friends to events and groups through such existing email addresses, and that they can even RSVP.
But if they wish to see your Wall posts or get in on the discussion boards, they'll have to stop holding out and join Facebook. (Uh, if you don't know what the Wall is, you're probably a Facebook holdout)
C'mon, join up. All the cool kids are doing it.
Meanwhile, back at the Adobe ranch, Adobe has announced the latest version of Adobe Flash Player 9, codenamed "Moviestar."
According to a post over at Read/WriteWeb, this new version of Flash includes H.264 standard video support. Which I bet you didn't even know you'd been waiting on!
This is the same standard deployed on Blue-Ray and HD-DVD high def video players, i.e., a very high quality digital (signal, stream, what?)
Adobe says this new technology will enable "the delivery of HD television quality and premium audio content."
Of course, there's no ignoring the significant penetration of the Flash video player (which Adobe claims is now 98.7%) -- it helped grow online video penetration via the YouTube, making the online video experience less buffery and more consumable.
Me, I'll be downloading the Adobe Flash 9 beta shortly to take it for a test spin.
If I'm not back in five minutes, just rest easy in knowing I got caught up in a maelstrom of high-definition ones and zeroes in the Matrix, and that all is well in the world.[Read More]
(I need to make a phone call.)
Well, Skype's Heartbeat blog finally told us overnight what went wrong with the Skype network: Microsoft.
As Villu Arak explains in his blog posting, "the disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users' computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through the Windows Update."
Arak goes on to explain that the "high number of restarts affected Skype's network resources, causing a flood of log-in requests" and which, "combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.
So there you go. Microsoft sneezes, Skype catches cold.
Om Malik wonders whenceforth was eBay's senior management, suggesting that "Ebay and Skype management are happy to talk to the press when delivering the good news, but in this crisis situation, the silence was deafening."
He points out no statements were given out by Ebay CEO Meg Whitman, nor Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, "leaving their PR agency and the blog to keep people informed."
Though Malik suggests this led to more rumors and innuendo than might have been warranted, I'm not so sure.
I don't have any problem myself being communicated to via a blog. In many cases, I would actually prefer it.
(Psst..Hey, I really need to make a phone call!)
A blog allows a company to explain what's going on in more detail, which can be particularly important for something involving technology, where more ink may very well be required to explain in full.
The problem in the case of the Skype outage seemed to be there were no real facts or details behind the outage because nobody at Skype knew what the ---- was going on.
Arak's posting indicated on August 17, at 1100 GMT, "As Europe has woken up to a new day and Asia is entering the evening hours...We're on the road to recovery."
Great, will you be serving coffee and donuts?
Or how about this one at 0700 the same day: "My client is now occasionally bringing in stacks of unread multichats. Hope yours too."
Hope? Hope's a little town in Arkansas.
(Is anybody listening!?!?! I really need to make a frickin' phone call!)
I wonder if they still have any phone booths there.
Could I possibly bother you for a quarter?
I really, really need to make a phone call.Read More]
I woke up today after my post-Elvis 30th anniversary celebration expecting that all would be well again in the world of Skype, only to discover a rash of continuing headlines about a continuing outage.
The New York Time's Brad Stone catches us up here, explaining that some 220 million Skype users around the world (many of them small businesses who had given up their landlines) are phoneless.
eBay (Skype's owner) lost $1B in market cap yesterday.
Folks like Om Malik are reporting how development teams scattered around the globe who depend on Skype are being impacted.
Me, I have a backup...it's called Vonage. Woo woo, woo woo woo.
Here's hoping my Time Warner Roadrunner cable stays up and running.
My only question is, what does this bode for the future of online television a la Joost???
Will Joost turn the Internet equivalent of the Emergency Broadcast System into a 24 hour miniseries event?
Tune in next time to find out....that is, if you can.[Read More]
turbotodd 100000388Y Marcações:  aix systems_and_technology sun linux solaris 4.211 Visualizações
IBM and Sun announced a few moments ago that IBM will distribute the Sun Solaris Operating Systems and Solaris Subscriptions for select x86-based IBM System x servers and BladeCenter servers.
This announcement builds on IBM's longstanding partnership with Sun and its work supporting Java.
As our VP, Systems and Technology Group, Bill Zeitler just indicated on the teleconference announcing this move, he expects this announcement will lead to an expanded relationship between IBM and Sun.
Then the inevitable question about AIX and Linux was just raised on the call by one of the participants.
Zeitler responds: "I don't see a single operating system as being the choice. Customers make choices. Markets make choices. Responsible vendors respond to those customer environments.
He then added, "We wil still continue with our AIX investments, but just pragmatically, there are a lot of Solaris customers who are loyal to it as well. So I think this is a reinforcement to our commitment to interoperability in the marketplace, and I think that customers will react strongly to it."Read More]
What happens when you pick up your phone and your phone says it doesn't recognize you, so therefore you can't make a call?
They just posted that they're having problems with their log-in service, and the "engineering team has determined that it's a software issue" and they expect it to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours.
In the interim, Skype has disabled all further downloads of Skype.
But they encourage users to keep their Skype client running so that you can be automagically be logged in when the system is back up and running.
So is that kind of like leaving your phone off the hook and waiting for the busy signal to turn back into a dial tone?
Okay, I'll follow the instructions. I'm watching my little Skype desktop icon tray currently is spinning round and round and round...It's spinning so fast, it's actually kind of pretty and...almost...mesmerizing.
You're getting dizzy, very dizzy....you can do without your Internet telephone for 12 to 24 hours. Can't you?
There's no VoIP reply at all.
But that's okay, because you're getting dizzy, very very dizzy....
turbotodd 100000388Y Marcações:  announcements ibm sun_microsystems servers 3.727 Visualizações
There's all kinds of speculation as to what today's teleconference with Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, and our own Bill Zeitler (senior VP for IBM's Systems and Technology Group), is all about.
The Register's Ashlee Vance wonders whether Sun will ditch its middleware in favor of WebSphere on Solaris, or whether perhaps IBM is giving up on AIX.
Others ponder whether IBM is ready to support Solaris on our Intel-based System x and BladeCenter systems.
Me, I just work here, they don't tell me nothin'. So I will be tuned in like the rest of ya.
Bat time for the announcement is 2:15 P.M. Eastern, 11:15 A.M. Pacific. There will be a Q&A after the initial remarks.Read More]
Today is the 30th anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley.
My mom is probably one of the world's biggest Elvis fans. The room I grew up in is now a virtual shrine to Elvis, covered with plates and pillows and other memorabilia celebrating his memory.
The last time my mom saw Elvis perform was in Fort Worth, Texas. The tickets were $10.00.
The first time she saw him was in the early 1950s at the Texarkana Municipal Auditorium, a venue visited frequently by Elvis, as well as other up and coming performers like Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison, as part of their satellite shows in and around the Louisiana Hayride shows they often performed in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mom, along with her cousin Alice Faye, went to the show at the Texarkana Municipal whenever he came to town, and amazingly, she said they always got to sit in the front row.
Elvis got to noticing them, they were such frequent visitors, so, as my mom relates, at one point he invited them to come visit backstage, which then became a regular occurrence. Mom explained the he would always write "Elvis" on their arms (Remembering this is the early 1950s, Elvis wasn't quite yet a household name, but he was certainly working on it).
Yes, she says, he wore blue suede shoes. And an orange jacket, she remembers. "He was a wild dresser back then."
You can view some of those early Elvis tour dates here.
What strikes one immediately is the volume of shows Elvis was performing at that point of his career. Shows night after night, city after city, month after month.
At the last show in Fort Worth, my mom put my dad to work in an effort to get one of his famous scarves, to no avail.
She explained how her now deceased brother Harold Lee got hold of one of Elvis' belts after one of those Texarkana shows, but to this day, nobody in the family seems to know what happened to it.
That's okay, my mom has her memories of the early Elvis writing on her arm.
And I've got her stories to relate.
And the whole world continues to enjoy the impact of his music and career. (Read this story from the U.K.'s Telegraph that imagines "What if Elvis Presley had never been born?)
May he continue to rest in peace.
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