Ever since DirecTV launched a slew of national high-definition channels last October and November, it's been the only place most Americans can get their Cartoon Network, Sci-Fi, and Bravo networks in high-def. On Monday, Dish network caught up somewhat, announcing the activation of a total of 22 new high-def channels, including those three and many other national, high-interest channels--as well as a few lower-interest ones, including World Fishing Network HD. Twenty of the channels are supposed to go live Monday, and the last two, the regional sports networks (RSNs) Comcast Sports Network Bay Area HD and Comcast Sports Network New England HD, will be activated Wednesday, according to the company. Check out the full list of new channels on the official press release.
When it comes to your weather-knowing needs, The Weather Channel Desktop 6, which moved out of beta this past week, contains a wealth of meteorological and atmospheric information that goes far beyond three-day forecasts. Of course, it does that, too. The app can predict weather for as short a period as the next 12 hours or as extended a span as the next 12 days. There's a storm watch and pollen count for your physical well-being and reports on cloud behavior over local golf courses, lakes, and amusement parks to help plan your day.
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Netflix glitch to delay deliveries http://www.news.com/newsblog/8301-10784_3-9902294-7.html
XM, Sirius move closer to improbable merger http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120638514923860085.html … Read more
This is a fish story--complete with attacking sharks, high-velocity steak, and ninjas with poison darts, no less.
This is the story of my Wednesday spent hanging out with the MythBusters-- Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci--at their workshops in San Francisco.
MythBusters, for those who aren't aware, is a hit Discovery Channel show in which the five stars tackle famous myths--such as that frozen chickens pose a greater danger to airplanes than thawed poultry, or that a single postage stamp on a helicopter's rotors can cause it to crash and burn--and attempt to … Read more
Like the MythBusters? Then you'll probably like this small Flash-based movie viewer created by the folks at the Discovery Channel. It lets viewers pick from four clips of high speed footage from the show, including one massive explosion, two clips of sliding into baseball bases, and crash test dummy Buster bursting into flames--all in frame-by-frame goodness.
Users can toggle the viewer to work either with their mouse, or use their keyboard to go frame by frame. The mouse gives slightly better results, letting viewers go back and forth quickly for great effect. Which one is your favorite?
The FBI has teamed up with Phoenix-based Clear Channel Outdoor to air mug shots of most wanted criminals on 150 digital billboards in 20 cities nationwide, the Associated Press is reporting.
The effort follows a successful test run in Philadelphia that led to several arrests.
Read the full AP story via Google, among other places: "FBI mug shots to hit digital billboards."
Intel has released source code for a server software project that lets Fibre Channel communications run on a more ordinary Ethernet network.
Fibre Channel is a higher-end network technology used to connect storage systems to servers. Intel and networking giant Cisco Systems are among those working to adapt it for ordinary and ubiquitous Ethernet technology, a technology called Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), appropriately enough.
Just wanted to let you all know that I will be on Computer America tonight from 10-11 eastern, 7-8 pacific. Carey Holzman and I will be discussing a host of topics and get more in-depth about some of the things I wrote about on The Digital Home. Hope you enjoy it!
Todd Barr (Director of Marketing at Red Hat) has a great post about open-source revenue mechanics and how they shift as an open-source company becomes an established player. Net net: giving away free software is great for driving adoption, but an open-source vendor needs to figure out more than how to give things away to build a great business.
Sound simplistic? Just try it. Sexy as open source is, you spend far longer ramping revenue (revenue, mind you, not bookings/sales) to cover expenses than you would in a typical proprietary license-based software model, as Todd points out. I've argued that open-source startups have benefits that proprietary vendors can't match (a focus on ubiquity, for one thing, and the attendant benefits that derive from "abundance"), but it's not easy sailing.
So, start-up open source companies necessarily need low-cost, high-impact marketing tactics. And, by golly, providing awesome software to download for free is a great tactic - it drives a lot of web traffic, builds your brand, helps you get your early adopters, and quickly builds a community of advocates that might buy your value-added services in the future. But the free download tactic is less relevant to the challenges of a mid-sized company:… Read more