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Nifty remix site: ChicagoCrime.org

by Pencoyd In reply to Wristwatch -- watching ti ...

Check out <a href="http://www.chicagocrime.org/">ChicagoCrime.org</a>. Nifty presentation of public information in innovative ways, using Google Maps and many, many RSS feeds.

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Nifty remix site: ChicagoCrime.org

i think you can do "<a href" tags...try it out

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Nifty remix site: ChicagoCrime.org

sorry, i think you can do <a href= tags in your postings. then again, maybe not!

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Another blog for me

by Pencoyd In reply to Wristwatch -- watching ti ...

Hmmm... who's visiting?

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Can I get a cool alias for my blog here?

by Pencoyd In reply to Wristwatch -- watching ti ...

To publicize this blog, it sure would be cool to have a domain name that was easier to remember.<br />
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http://USERNAME.techrepublic.com/ maybe?<br />
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Just a (public) musing...<br />

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Can I get a cool alias for my blog here?

by sMoRTy71 In reply to Can I get a cool alias fo ...

That's definitely on the feature wishlist.

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Reblogging: the benefits

by Pencoyd In reply to Wristwatch -- watching ti ...

I had not turned on reblogging here at TR because I thought that everything in the my blog's RSS feed would show up here if
I turned on reblogging. That's true, but reblogging is at
least more publicity for your original blog, and maybe it will be more.<br />
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I'll try it for a while, and see.<br />

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I've been called worse

by Pencoyd In reply to Wristwatch -- watching ti ...

<p>I don't even try to follow <a href="http://www.burningdoor.com/lineofsite/archives/2005/08/vanity_boost.html">ego feeds</a> for John Roberts anymore (thanks to the Supreme Court), so I missed when <a href="http://blogs.zdnet.com/Gillmor/index.php?p=136">Steve Gillmor</a> called my <a href="http://www.pencoyd.com/clock/2005/08/05.html#a815">response</a> to Steve Rubel a new form of spam, based on my presumed status as an "incumbent."</p>
<p>Last I checked, CNET News.com wasn't even nine years old yet. Whatever audience has been earned in that time, by many folks before and besides myself, returns because there is worthwhile information every day. If not, no one spends their time. It's that simple, isn't it?</p>
<p>Steve G thinks it's disingenuous for publishers to talk about what readers want. I disagree, on two counts. First, I'm a reader, too. Second, without readers, there is no business. Responding to what readers want is how media businesses remain businesses. It's quite clear that not all media outlets are businesses, nor do they need/aspire/want to be, necessarily. I work for a media business, as I have in one form or another for 14 years.</p>
<p>Before coming to San Francisco in 1996, I spent five years at a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/">magazine</a> where the door code was the year of its founding... 1857. That <strong>is</strong> incumbency. Even then, we brought The Atlantic online (first on AOL in 1993, then the web in 1995) because that's where the readers (yes, readers) were going to be. The forward-thinking Kim Jensen (sadly gone now) realized the future could not rest solely on the aging print subscribers, and acted to stay relevant. Verdict is still out for The Atlantic, in my judgment, but I still find it compelling enough to spend a few hours/month on, in print even.</p>
<p>If incumbency means people still care about what your organization does 150 years later, then, sure, incumbency is a goal.</p><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.pencoyd.com/clock/2005/08/09.html#a820">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The right audio player for listening to Windows Media encoded audiobooks

by Pencoyd In reply to Wristwatch -- watching ti ...

<p>Thanks to <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-33_7-5448861-1.html">James Kim</a>, I was able to pass along a useful recommendation to my mom about technology. The narrow limits of my expertise were quickly exposed when trying to help her pick the right digital audio player for listening to audiobooks which can be borrowed from her local library. Here is what I asked James:<blockquote>My mother wants to buy an MP3 player to listen to audiobooks, as her public library is soon to offer electronic files in addition to (or replacement for) cassettes and CDs. She runs Windows XP, and knows that the library system will be using Microsoft's DRM, and thinks (based on some articles she's seen) that she needs 1GB to have an entire book (or two?) at a time on a single device.</blockquote></p>
<p><a href="http://www.cnet.com/">CNET</a> reviews hundreds of these devices, but I took advantage of the workplace to get a direct answer from an expert.<blockquote>If the library is using Windows Media, she should be able to fit many books on the typical player. A one-GB player would be sutiable for her, though I would recommend the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/Rio_ce2100_25GB/4505-6490_7-31278314.html">Rio ce2100</a>, a 2.5GB player that costs about $130 on the street. For a better deal, get the <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/Rio_Carbon_Pearl_5GB/4505-6490_7-31278493.html">Rio Carbon 5GB</a> for only a few dollars more ($160 is the lowest I've seen). Both players play both WMA and Audible and are easy to use and include a bookmarking feature -- very useful for audio books. She can always get a smaller flash player with 1GB or so, but these are a little harder to use and don't include bookmarking-- but they can be a few dollars cheaper.</blockquote>
Much experience distilled to answer a very specific question... and now blogged with the hope that someone else can benefit from this piece of knowledge.</p><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.pencoyd.com/clock/2005/08/11.html#a821">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Even better than the real thing: Gmaps Pedometer

by Pencoyd In reply to Wristwatch -- watching ti ...

<p><a href="http://www.sueandpaul.com/gmapPedometer/">Gmaps Pedometer</a> is the coolest tool I've seen in a while. Focused on a small task, the Pedometer delivers a better-than-real-world experience. And my running commute is 3.263935141910354 miles long. New feature idea: allow me to plug in a time for the distance travelled, and spit out a pace. That's more interesting than a calorie counter, as energy use is widely variable by terrain and individual. But it's cool as is, and cheaper/lighter than carrying a device compatible with <a href="http://www.motionbased.com/">MotionBased</a>.</p><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.pencoyd.com/clock/2005/08/12.html#a822">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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