Taking a break

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Tumblr books!


Is your Tumblr blog good enough to be made into a book? My Parents Were Awesome reportedly is. Here it is on Amazon, available for $8.17 in paperback. It’s not the first. Here’s one from 2009: Pets Who Want To Kill Themselves. “Pure entertainment!” raved Scott A Birmingham. Another Tumbler-turned-book makes fun of hipsters. Turning blogs into books is nothing new. “Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi” – based on the blog “Where is Raed?” – was published in 2003. What’s changed over time is the type of blog, from the long written post to the cataloguing of funny pictures, which is what Tumblr is best at. I have two Tumblr blogs. One is for my collection of stuff I’ve stolen from the Internet (and some stuff I’ve created). The other features YouTube videos of old TV shows, a nostalgia showcase for the somewhat forgotten gems of television history. Neither Tumblr is becoming a book. So what blog is destined to be the next hot book?

Twitter wins Oscar race

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Did James Franco smoke a blunt before the show?

Twitter is the conversation destination for event TV, and the Academy Awards is the premier TV event for Twitter. I previously wrote about smart-phone apps that meld TV and Twitter, such as IntoNow. You can tweet about going to a movie and then what you thought afterward, but there is the void in between when you are watching the movie in a darkened theater and tapping away at your mobile phone is frowned upon. But you can kick back at home on your couch and tweet, read tweets, and retweet to your heart’s content. I don’t care much about the Oscars. I like it when worthy works and artists are recognized, but the show is otherwise painful to sit through. But the Twitter Show that pours forth is quite entertaining, from the first arrivals on the red carpet till the last grumblings about how the truly best movies got ripped off. Here are some of my faves from Sunday night: More

eBay promotion to buy old iPhones extended

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I'm rich!

The eBay offer to buy old iPhones and Androids for a minimum of $200 was to end on Feb. 22, but it was extended for two weeks. I got $200 for my iPhone 3GS. I clicked a few circles on eBay and was given a FedEx shipping label to print out. I dropped my old iPhone in an envelope with the free shipping label and that was it. Yesterday I got an email from eBay saying the phone was inspected and the sale was completed (see above). eBay figured it could make a mint off of AT&T customers dumping their iPhones for the Verizon iPhone. Verizon sales are brisk, but it hasn’t been the stampede that was hyped by the media. There is plenty of speculation as to why several years of bellyaching about AT&T’s call service hasn’t translated into the anticipated rush for Verizon iPhones (see video below). As for me, I sold my old iPhone because it had turned into a paperweight. I’m happy with my AT&T iPhone 4. The $200 will likely go to Apple because Steve needs my money.

Do you know what an Exabyte is?

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A zettabyte is 1000 exabytes!

A research article published this week declared that the total information stored by humans in 2007 was 295 exabytes. That’s the equivalent of a stack of CDs from here to the moon, and beyond. And…wait. What is an exabyte? It is 1 million terabytes. Now, some of us know what a terabyte is because consumer hard drives are available in TBs. A petabyte is 1,000 terabytes. I’d heard of petabytes before. And petaflops. But until I read news reports about this article, I had never heard of exabytes. Or zettabytes, which is 1,000 exabytes. I checked for what was even bigger than that and learned about yottabytes (who comes up with these names?). The research article only goes up to the year 2007. How much more do we know now? Get used to seeing the term exabyte, like in this article about how mobile data traffic will grow to 75 exabytes annually by 2015.

What happens online when you die?

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This british woman died after getting some kind of silicone injection in her butt at a hotel near the airport in Philadelphia. This was her last tweet. It was my job earlier tonight to rummage around her public postings to glean something meaningful about her. Part of my job is digging through any online personas and telling readers a little about the person who died.


Guest blog: Steve Jobs & Rupert Murdoch = Meh

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I don’t have an iPad, so I haven’t experienced The Daily, the iPad-only digital newspaper by Jobs and Murdoch that launched Wednesday. So I asked my father, who has an iPad, and was looking forward to The Daily, to offer his take on the future of journalism, so far. Take it away, Dad:

The Daily — first impressions.
Really bad. Because it isn’t designed for 3G, within 2 minutes it bombed out 3 times, no way can I download 20MB (or whatever) every morning with 3G (of course we’re talking AT&T). First issue is the orientation, switching back and forth is not good. I want “landscape” orientation, period. No need to mimic a vertically oriented newspaper, this is not a newspaper, no paper involved. Second issue is “nothing there” … on the contents page NEWS has 2 stories that looked like news, everything else looked like LOOK magazine pictorials … I find more NEWS on ANY opening page on ANY website, including the AOL homepage. I’m really disappointed. And finally I must admit that this is an abbreviated ten minute review, ten minutes because with 3G and AT&T that’s about as long as I could handle, for I’m of the Steve Jobs’ school of “if it isn’t intuitive, fast, and glitch free, then forget it”. More

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