Posted on October 19, 2004 9:08 am by Shel Holtz
The city of Moorehead, Minnesota (which borders Fargo, North Dakota) took a step toward joining a growing list of cities that provide WiFi Internet access to its residents and businesses. A story in the local paper notes that the city will charge residents $23 per month and businesses $29 per month for the access. The city council approved the first reading of an amendment to city law allowing Moorehead Public Service, the local utility, to sell Internet access. (Thanks to reader and friend Dean Froslie of Fargo for forwarding the story.)
This is definitely a trend. The next step will be to aggregate access so an account with one
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Posted on October 19, 2004 7:15 am by Shel Holtz
It’s not the first free online RSS aggregator, but it may be the best. NewsGator has just launched a free Web-based news aggregator. Sign-up is simple; so is the process of entering feeds, either your own or one of the several NewsGator has made available. The service lets you generate a blogroll of the feeds you subscribe to. Nifty.
Posted on October 19, 2004 7:06 am by Shel Holtz
Just wondering what company will be the first to offer investment updates as podcasts. Recordings of conference calls are the first no-brainer that comes to mind. Rather than sit at your desk and listen to a streaming recording while you have other things to do, you yank your iPod from its cradle and listen in the car or while you’re on the treadmill.
Posted on October 19, 2004 6:55 am by Shel Holtz
You’re sold on RSS. You go to your IT department and tell them you’re going to offer a slew of feeds over the company’s Web site. And IT laughs you out of their office. It’s not that they don’t like RSS. It’s that they want to preserve precious bandwidth. There’s a joke make the rounds among IT types that it’s hard to tell the difference between having successful RSS feeds on your site and suffering a distributed denial of service attack.
It’s not an imagined problem. If you offer, say, 10 feeds on your site and 10,000 people subscribe to each with readers that check the feeds every five minutes, the strain on your company’s servers
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Posted on October 18, 2004 2:35 pm by Shel Holtz
The 15-square-mile city of Chaska, Minnesota—near Minneapolis—is going WiFi. Information Systems Manager Bradley Mayer says, “We firmly believe that the Internet is going to be just as much a part of everybody’s future as the telephone or electricity is and we want to make sure that everybody has equal access to it.” CNN’s Web site has the story.
Posted on October 18, 2004 12:54 pm by Shel Holtz
Podcasting is certainly getting a lot of attention. Steve Rubel reports that publications like the LA Times have picked up the story and started to run. Dan Gillmor, technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News has also covered it.
I was struck by the voice-of-reason approach taken by David Coursey in eWeek, who wonders if podcasting is “blogging for people with even larger egos, folks who think they need to be heard as well as read.” But then he notes that the potential for podcasting goes well beyond its current (admittedly nascent) uses. “For example,” he writes, “XM Radio has a new program featuring former NPR host Bob
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