Category Archives: Industry news

Popcorn makes movies better

Though I’m a video producer, I’ve always felt that video on the web lacks the interactivity that drew me to Flash when it came out in 2000 or so. In fact, back then video was so utterly impractical that Flash was a necessity for light weight, interactivity, and preloading of content. Now a new Mozilla…

A blast in my past

Now this was going to be a very difficult idea to sell to the DEC sales executives. These guys were industry insiders who were locked in daily hand-to-hand combat with IBM’s notorious salesforce — slugging out the sale of every mainframe, consulting deal, and service contract. To tell equipment salespeople that in 10 years their career would morph into a consulting business would be like telling auto mechanics…

Green screen state of the art

This jaw-dropping green-screen mashup reveals the how-to (or at least the what) behind a lot of relatively normal-looking location shots. The key, of course, is the quality of the background plates…. these shots demonstrate that you can focus on your foreground action with your actors, and then assemble the other elements in a virtual world,…

Flurry of tablet interest

Here’s an article pointed out by Cringely in today’s Infoworld. Flurry Analytics see evidence of local Apple tablet testing. Steve Jobs is quoted as saying, “This is the most important thing I have ever done.”

Sports Illustrated etc. stoking iSlate rumors

You heard it here 697,423rd. Lots of talk about upcoming announcements, domain URLs that have been purchased, mysterious machines appearing, even a case last year of hari kari involving a Chinese person whose copy of a secret iPhone or tablet device was stolen. I’ve been busy moving and starting up a new business, so I…

Why writers are willing to negotiate

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WWW – Writing without whoredom

Liz Craig, Writer has a great rant on her blog. She refers to penny-a-word writers as “word whores” and stresses the importance of creative professionals standing up for the value of their work. It’s a fun read, especially if you’re a writer. She says in part: The blogosphere is a gaping maw that demands to…

Not binging on Bing

I’m a search engine agnostic. No expertise whatever, and no real preference. I don’t even remember when I started using Google… probably when I discovered Opera the first time. Since then, my favorite browsers default to Google. (Opera, Firefox, the new Safari). So when Bing came out, I tried a couple of searches. I did…

Cool Gadget

Here’s an idea whose time may have come. Think Kindle with books AND movies AND music, available from multiple stores, harnessing tens of thousands of aps… Like a lot of great ideas, it is the next logical step, and yet it’s still a nice surprise!

Starbucks: fighting a land war in Asia

When a person adapts to the times, they’re seen as progressive… becoming more “highly evolved”. When a company whose brand is as highly evolved as Starbucks adapts to the times, they run the risk of appearing shifty. That’s what Starbucks is facing, as has been widely reported in the press and blogosphere. At issue is…