Corporate blogging tools among new products unveiled at DEMO

The Washington Post’s Leslie Walker, author of the .com column, reports that blogging tools that expand on current capabilities are among the most prominent new products on display at DEMO, the technology conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. For example, BlogUnit, a product from What Counts, Inc., is designed to help companies manage employee blogging by by offering built-in controls that manages approvals before employees’ blog posts go live. (The company’s Web site has nothing about BlogUnit, and the company president’s own blog is empty. Makes you wonder about their approach to blogging.)

Perspectives is a blogging product from… Read More »

A word to FeedDemon users

My RSS feeds appear to be working again, but if you use FeedDemon as your news reader, you’ll need to delete my blog as one of your feeds and then enter it again as a new feed. At least, that’s what I had to do in version 1.5.

Update: Still problems. FeedDemon seems to update fine when the channel is added as a new channel, but then won’t update again—except when you use the RSS 1.0 feed. I’ve checked other readers (like NewzCrawler), and it’s working fine. I’ve posted this to the FeedDemon support forum. I’ll let you know what happens. In the meantime, even though it doesn’t display full text of posts, I’d suggest using the RSS 1.0… Read More »

Where are the posts?

Things still aren’t quite right with my server. I’m serving up web pages and the e-mail’s working just fine, as is most everything else. Evidently, though, I still have a glitch my mySQL. It’s keeping me from starting new discussion boards for my Webinar service and it’s also screwing up my RSS feeds. As long as the feeds aren’t going out, I’m holding off on too much posting, since most readers won’t see them. Once I get it figured out, I’ll be back to my usual volume of content.

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #7: February 14, 2005

Show notes for February 14, 2005.

Download MP3 podcast

Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 46:43-minute conversation recorded live via Skype from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 18.7MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need software such as the free ipodder or DopplerRadio.)

In this week’s show:


  • 00:30 Shel and Neville on what’s in this week’s show; how to give your feedback; show notes

Short Takes Part 1:

First test of a great new podcasting tool

Neville and I just finished our seventh installment of “For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report,” using a new piece of software that worked so well I need to gush about it.

MixCast Live is the first recording application developed specifically for podcasting. Previously I’ve used a few different apps meant for computer-based recording, but the files need to be converted to MP3, the bit rates set, and a host of other actions taken. Further, I have to use a second application to play any files Neville and I want to incorporate into the podcast.

With MixCast Live, you drag the files you want to play into boxes on the interface.… Read More »

Volvo and Autoblog podcast…sort of

First came the GM podcast, essentially a five-minute commercial for a new car. Now Volvo is sponsoring something they’re calling a podcast over at AutoBlog. The recording itself is fine, and the comments posted to AutoBlog are lavish in their praise.

My problem comes from calling it a “podcast” when in fact it’s just an MP3 file housed on a server and made available for download. Nothing’s wrong with that, but to qualify as a podcast, it needs the syndication element. There’s no RSS feed allowing you to subscribe so the file is delivered automatically whenever a new one is uploaded. You may argue that this is a nitty little argument,… Read More »

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