Content Delivery

A little while ago, I read a column in The Wall Street Journal titled “Hoarders vs. Deleters: How You Handle Your Email Inbox Says a Lot About You.” Essentially, it’s like what your mother used to tell you: “Disorder on your desk indicates disorder in your life.” (My personal belief system is more along the lines of “a clean desk is the sign of a sick mind.”) The columnist went on to describe “hoarders” who have 1,000 email messages in their inbox and are virtually paralyzed with guilt.

Posted Nov 17, 2006

Perilous as it may seem, I will once again mark the EC100 issue with a look ahead to next year’s emerging revenue models, which we may well be calling old hat this time next year.

Posted Nov 15, 2006

Digital media vendor OverDrive, Inc. has announced that Magnolia Pictures, HDNet, Weston Woods, Nano Network, Music Sales Group, Naxos, Hart Sharp Video, Davenport Films, Mill Creek Entertainment, Magic Lamp Productions, Associated Television International, MPS Multimedia, Sounds True, Tai Seng Entertainment, and Venevision International have entered into distribution agreements with OverDrive to download film and video titles through public library websites.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

Want to give yourself a rude wake-up call about the harsh reality of brand value on the modern web? Try this: Make a personalized web page at Google or MyYahoo! composed of all the major RSS feeds from your site along with the feeds from content brands you consider competition.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

AOL LLC has announced its acquisition of news and information search technology company, The Relegence Corporation of New York, NY.

Posted Nov 10, 2006

Safari Books Online, a joint venture of O'Reilly Media Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has announced the availability of Short Cuts--a series of short documents covering technologies that are either too early in their life cycle or too narrowly focused to become the subject of a full-length book.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

YouTube’s tagline, “Broadcast Yourself,” signals the beginning of a new era in digital content, though the necessary production technologies and distribution infrastructure may still be a few years off. The wide acceptance of blogging as a means of self-expression was the first wave of personal content. The second wave, riding on the phenomenon of iPod and iTunes, is personal podcasting. The third wave, which will dwarf the others in gigabytes of content transferred, is personal video or individual television. Variously called vlogging, vidcasting, or vodcasting (the marriage of video on demand and podcasting), I’ll simply call it iTV.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

In a recent edition of John Lienhard's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, which I heard in the car on National Public Radio, Lienhard discussed the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet—brilliantly tying in the naming of the Disney dog. When I went to the University of Houston's site to check the name of the episode ("Poor Old Pluto"), I found that in addition to offering online transcripts of his commentaries on NPR, Lienhard now also provides them as podcasts. I will admit that I got what I needed from the transcript, but I clicked to listen anyhow, to reignite the flame of inspiration.

Posted Oct 31, 2006

Global Graphics has released a new family of its Jaws PDF products.

Posted Oct 27, 2006

K-AMP Audio Services has renamed and improved its audiocasting service K-AMP Player, now known as Blogamp.

Posted Oct 24, 2006

LEAD Technologies, Inc. has announced the release of version 5 of LEADTOOLS ePrint software that converts from any application, image or document file such as PDF or Microsoft Windows document to over 150 file types of file formats including PDF, DOC, HTML, TXT, Multi-page TIFF, JPG, GIF, and PNG.

Posted Oct 24, 2006

Volantis, a supplier of Intelligent Content Adaptation solutions for the Mobile Information Age, has launched the enhanced Xtra Mobile Services platform for Telecom New Zealand, New Zealand's online and communications provider.

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has acquired Serious Magic Inc., maker of video software and communications tools for creative professional, business, consumer, and education markets.

Posted Oct 20, 2006

To thwart shoplifters, retail stores electronically tag merchandise with sensors that can trip invisible alarms on the way out the door. To thwart content thieves, the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) is launching a similar initiative: the Corporate Content Anti-Piracy Policy (CCAP). CCAP will tag digital print content so that illegal use can be detected. Its two-pronged attack on copyright violations will use both prosecution and education

Posted Oct 19, 2006

NotePage, Inc. has announced SQL2RSS, a new php script that allows users to convert MySQL databases to RSS feeds.

Posted Oct 17, 2006

Preserving seemingly ephemeral web content is a daunting task. The problem is even more difficult because the content of web pages changes and the pages themselves come and go with great frequency, which means simply collecting URLs isn’t enough to keep tabs on valuable content. To help make digital content preservation possible, Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based nonprofit has led a charge to effectively capture and store web content.

Posted Oct 05, 2006

Safari Books Online, a joint venture of O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Pearson Technology Group, has introduced Safari Library, an online searchable reference library service that provides unlimited access to all technical books available on Safari Books Online.

Posted Oct 03, 2006

PodShow, Inc. has raised a second round of venture funding from new and original investors, totaling $15M.

Posted Oct 03, 2006

In a past column, I looked at content globalization, which includes internationalization (getting a site ready to handle multilingual content), localization (adapting to the culture and language of each locale served), and translation (including workflow tools to manage the translation process). Now I'll take a look at publishing content to many locales.

Posted Oct 03, 2006

Skyarc System has announced its release of SKYARC Enterprise IntraBlog, an intrablog package utilizing Six Apart Ltd.'s Movable Type Enterprise.

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Attensa, Inc., a developer of RSS software for business, has introduced Attensa for Outlook 2.0, a RSS reader designed specifically for enterprise use.

Posted Sep 29, 2006

FinePrint Software, LLC, has launched pdfFactory Pro 3, an alternative to Adobe Acrobat, used to generate Portable Document Format (PDF) files from Windows application.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated, a provider of products for digital media creation and editing, multimedia authoring, and web development, has introduced Adobe Acrobat 8 software, which provides tools for communicating for operating systems, applications, and firewalls.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Simply put, really simple syndication isn’t simple at all. While ease of use on the consumer side—one-click subscription—is improving through aggregators like syndic8 or NewsGator, finding and using RSS feeds continues to mystify most readers. If you see that orange RSS (or XML) button and click, you get a discomfiting view of the code that makes the feed work. I don’t want to know. I just want to click, read, and go.

Posted Sep 19, 2006

thePlatform, a provider of digital audio and video publishing solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Connectors by thePlatform.

Posted Sep 15, 2006