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What’s Old is New, Again…

OldWritingOctober 2002 was my first public blog post. Back then blogs were all the rage!

You could ramble about a topic and publish it so ALL THE WORLD could see just how smart (or stupid) you were.

Blogs pre-dated VLOGs (made popular by Youtube Video Bloggers) and POD casting. Back in the good old days there were some great blogs like Joel on Software. But as the years took us into the two thousand teens, blogging became less popular –  blogging took to long for goodness sakes. You had to type and then hit a publish button. Bloggers evolved and went onto different services like Twitter and Facebook where they could communicate in “real” time. As if posting a blog isn’t “real” time enough!

Being old and crusty, I didn’t embrace the new media of the Internet… Sure, I created a Youtube channel for my video work, I got a Twitter and Facebook account. But I didn’t go all in. I kept my blog and slowly kept posting on a topic hear and a thought there.

Fast forward to today.

Even good ole Joel on Software is coming out retirement to document the development of one of his inventions, Stack Overflow. Other Bloggers are brushing the dust off their URLs and re-inventing the good ole blog.

What once was old is now new again!

There’s something about the written word that for thousands of years have kept mankind chronicling their existence and I suspect the written word still has a good future!

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Listening to Someone You Don’t Even Know

The Internet has changed the way people communicate ideas and has impacted humanity in the same way the printing press changed the world so many hundred of years ago. Ideas flow instantly from keyboard to brain in a blink of an eye. Words, images, sounds travel around the world in a never-ending frenzy to be seen, to be read, to be absorbed.

We get access to ideas instantly if we can latch onto someone interesting. With seven billion people in the world and at least 2.4 million people accessing the Internet there are a lot of opportunities to listen to someone you don’t even know.

The key, as it has always been since ideas started traveling from community to community by weary travelers is to figure out if what you are hearing makes sense, if the idea has validity, if the information can be trusted.

With so many people accessing and contributing to the Internet, I wonder if at some point there will be a technological innovation that changes how we absorb information in a way that we can’t even comprehend today.

But for today, I have found that I can only trust and give attention to a limited number of sources of information.

I’ll find a blog or podcast or Youtube video channel of someone interesting and give them some of my attention. If they continue to say interesting things, I’ll keep them around. If they go astray, I hit the little unsubscribe button.

In today’s world, we only have so much attention capacity in our heads. It is important to use that inventory wisely.

Here’s some good words of wisdom and words of encouragement from someone I don’t even know.

Proving the Skeptics Wrong by Seth Godin
July 10th 2013

"It’ll never last…"

"Someone with her background will never make a go of this…"

"Are you kidding me?" "Pathetic! Delusional!"

"Social media is a fad, the iPad is a toy, you’re never going to amount to anything…"

Here’s the thing about proving skeptics wrong: They don’t care. They won’t learn. They will stay skeptics. The ones who said the airplane would never fly ignored the success of the Wright Bros. and went on to become skeptical of something else. And when they got onto an airplane, they didn’t apologize to the engineers on their way in.

I used to have a list, and I kept it in my head, the list of people who rejected, who were skeptical, who stood in the way. What I discovered was that this wasn’t the point of the work, and my goal wasn’t actually to prove these folks wrong, it was only to do the work that was worth doing. So long ago I stopped keeping track. It’s not about the skeptics. It’s about the people who care about, support and enable.

Instead of working so hard to prove the skeptics wrong, it makes a lot more sense to delight the true believers. They deserve it, after all, and they’re the ones that are going to spread the word for you.

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The Truth, The Internet, Common Sense & Intelligence

So what does The Truth, The Internet and Common Sense all have in common?

I’m sure you thought of many commonalities during the pause I hope you took to think about an answer!

Well, first of all each takes Intelligence to find and use! With more than 6.9 billion human beings in existence at this very moment in time, The Truth can be difficult to find. The facts of any one event in time can become easily manipulated and distorted.

With the adoption of the Internet across the planet, people, by their very nature of telling a story slowly change the facts, either by ignorance or on purpose for the purpose of deception.

So, it takes Common Sense to read an email that touts fact and determine if it deceptive or factual.

I find many emails arrive in my Inbox that are partially true and have been cleverly changed to support some persons vision of The Truth. I find that so many people live in “their reality” and they are daily trying to fit the facts and actions of their fellow human beings into “their reality”.

In today’s world, we must use Common Sense and Intelligence to take all the information from The Internet we receive and figure out The “Real” Truth.

There’s this fellow on the radio whose favorite saying is “don’t believe a word I say until you can independently confirm ‘my’ facts!” I say that is a good course of action with all data and information, especially if you get it from the Internet. There are so many ways to cross check information on the Internet. Don’t be lazy!

The Truth is out there!

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The Internet and 5 By 5

I’ve been in the technology business for a long, long, long time. When I was a kid I thought when my dad brought home a $400.00 dollar Hayes 1200 baud modem – I was in hog heaven. Today, when then average person connects to the Internet at a blazing 12Mbps (MegaBits per second) they really can’t appreciate how far we’ve come with technology.

The Internet is filled now with so much information, so many real-time thoughts, so much of humanity at one’s finger tip, at one’s command.

Knowledge in one’s head now replaced by the collective knowledge of humanity, if only you know how to search.

I saved $ 100 bucks by learning how to fix a leaking faucet myself. And then on a conference call I was listening in on the speaker asked “How do you hear us” and the response “5 by 5,” which made me think “where did that saying come from.”

In about five seconds I learned that “5 By 5” comes from – courtesy of http://www.ac6v.com/73.htm#55

From an old Military Radio Telephone Procedure Manual (Circa 1953). In all probability, these came from the Q-Signals of yore where QRK was — What is the readability of my signals ? Answer: The readability of your signals is … (1 to 5). And QSA  — What is the strength of my signals ? Answer was: The strength of your signals is … (1 to 5).

Webmaster note: I believe the oft heard “You are Q5 is a voice equivalent to the CW QRK 5” And receiving you 5 by 5 is voice equivalent to QRK 5 and QSA 5

Report of Signal Strength
5 LOUD Your signal is very strong.
4 GOOD Your signal strength is good.
3 WEAK Your signal strength is weak.
2 VERY WEAK Your signal strength is very weak.
1 FADING Your signal strength fades to such an extent
that continuous reception cannot be relied upon.
Report of readability
5 CLEAR Excellent quality.
4 READABLE Quality is satisfactory.
3 UNREADABLE The quality of your transmission is so bad
that I cannot read you.
2 DISTORTED Having trouble reading you because your
signal is distorted.
1 WITH INTERFERENCE Trouble reading due to interference.
RADIO CHECK What is my signal strength and readability,
i.e., how do you hear me?
ROGER I have received your last transmission satisfactorily.
The omission of comment on signal strength and readability
is understood to mean that reception is loud and clear.
If reception is other than loud and clear it must be described
with the prowords from above

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Ignorance in the Information Age…

For me, accepting the realization that at every moment in time I am not as smart as I think I am has helped me become a better person. You see, rather we believe it or not, we are all ignorant. We all lack knowledge in many areas of life and even when we are “experts” in a field of study, we still don’t know it all in that area of expertise.

Yea, I would like to be Mr. Know-It-All, but that’s not ever going to be a reality I live in. But, the good thing about ignorance is that you can work on becoming less ignorant. It may take a little time and effort, but you can learn and become a better person through the acquisition and application of knowledge.

However, you can’t overcome being stupid. For me, stupidity is the inability to learn or the flat out refusal to learn.

In the information age, as a society, are we becoming less ignorant, and more informed? Yea, I think in certain areas of our society we might be. But I also have a feeling that in very important areas of society we actually might be stupid.

Here’s an interesting video on the subject…

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/alisa_miller_shares_the_news_about_the_news.html

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Google Purchases Grand Central

I previously wrote about Grand Central and low and behold they recently got purchased by Google. I’m not sure how Grand Central fits into Google’s future, but the software is so good I think Google thinks it’s a great deal for them if only they use it for their internal employees.

If you haven’t already gotten a Grand Central account, go get one now — you’ll love it.

My Grand Central phone number is (404) 254-6870.

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The "Nuclear Bomb" Business Case

I admit on the first sentence of this blog entry that I do not know all the facts or mitigating circumstances around the Internet Radio Royalty Rates dispute. I do follow the music business as close as I can as well as associated businesses such as Internet radio.

Background: Internet Radio really took off like everything else on the Internet around 1999-2000. When Internet Radio started we realized the cool factor of it all. I hate using that euphemism, but it really fits.

Cool because for the first time we were freed from boring, terrestrial radio that had grown stagnant. For the first time anyone with a computer and decent Internet connection could start broadcasting to the WORLD! For the first time you could find new music through legitimate, independent outlets.

What is the problem?

Radio Utopia didn’t last long though. For you see, the traditional music and radio businesses have this arrangement that’s been around a long, long time. Terrestrial radio stations pay a percentage of their revenues to royalty collection companies such as ASCAP and BMI, which in turn pays money to the copyright holders of the songs played on the radio stations. This arrangement has worked well for the radio stations and artist. It promotes the symbiotic relationship that is needed to keep artist fed so they can create new music and the rates radio stations pay are fair so they can stay in business.

The Internet Radio landscape became more muddy due to the emergence of SoundExchange, an entity created by the RIAA, and the paying of statutory and compulsory licenses. For some reason congress thinks that traditional radio stations should only have to pay royalties to the writer(s) of a song, but digital radio stations (Internet and Satellite) should pay both writing and performance royalties per song and per listener. By the way, the traditional radio stations pay around 3.5% of their gross revenues to the song writers.

And this is the core of the problem. Everyone agrees that song writers and performance artist should get paid for using their works of art to create a business. The issue is that everyone should have to play by the same rules. Internet broadcasters want the same deal as their counterparts in the traditional, terrestrial radio station business. Even terrestrial radio stations that simulcast on the Internet want the same rate to apply to both technologies.

The “Nuclear Bomb” Solution…

I think sometimes to solve a big problem like this that cuts across traditions and new technologies we have to set off a “Nuclear Bomb” and start over.

Let’s clear all the laws governing copyright royalty collections. The days of needing a middle man to collect royalties are OVER! Artists should have the right to choose how they collect their royalties. If they want SoundExchange, ASCAP or BMI to represent them or go it alone they should have that right.

On the flip side if people respected copyright ownership and paid for the usage of those copyrights we would have a better situation today.

Should Internet Radio Stations go out of business? Should digital music go away? If a business “Nuclear Bomb” went off would the world miss all these technologies?

The answer to these problems is not easy. Starting over might be the start of the process, but sanity must prevail if these businesses are to survive.

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