Interview: Mark Elbertse and Hans Mestrum, Tulip Computers - May 11, 2005

Shel HoltzIn this latest in our series of For Immediate Release podcast interviews - complimentary to our regular “Hobson & Holtz Report” bi-weekly shows - Shel and Neville enjoyed a 24-minute conversation with Mark Elbertse, Chief Executive Officer, and Hans Mestrum, Trendwatcher, of Tulip Computers NV headquartered in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

Our conversation centered on Hans Mestrum and his blog, Hans on Experience - a personal business-focused blog (and one of the high-readership blogs in The Netherlands), but clearly and prominently described in and linked from the Tulip corporate website.

Following an introduction by Mark about Tulip… Read More »

Frank Willis’ creators respond

The other day, I wrote about a character blog that came closer to achieving the genre’s potential than any of the other insipid character blogs that have emerged so far. I got one comment on the post. It came from Alex Niehaus who simpy wrote, “Thanks for talking about Frank???s blog. We???ve responded on our blog.”

“Our blog” is The Ipswitch Blog, the non-character (real?) blog from Ipswitch, a collaborative software company. In the post, Niehaus notes that nobody at Ipswitch had ever hard of character blogs. “n all honesty, we decided to do this without awareness of any corporate efforts to use blogging to enhance market presence.… Read More »

Podcasters: Beware the risks of having your show broadcast

It seems like such a great boon for podcasting. KYOU is the new San Francisco-based radio station, owned by Infinity, that is broadcasting podcasts. While it’s not podcasting (as PodcastNYC’s host Rob points out), the exposure ceertainly can’t hurt can when listeners who don’t know what podcasting is tune in. However, a press release from the International Nanocasting Alliance warns that the small print in Infinity’s agreement leaves podcasters and not Infinity on the hook for any legal problems that arise from the broadcasting of a podcast.

If you’re a podcaster—or thinking about it—this is a press release worth reading.… Read More »

BBC opens RSS feeds to commercial websites

The BBC has made its RSS feeds available to commercial Web sites to use on their pages without any contractual obligations, according to a report from Digital Lifestyles. According to Pete Clifton, editor of the BBC’s news website,

“Liberating the availability of our content for re-use is an important step for the BBC. We’ve been a bit cautious about it up to now but there’s a real demand for us to provide this service. If we are to build public value it’s important that we respond to this demand.”

Should an avatar read your blog? Not yet

The multimedia advances on the Web are great. I’m a daily devotee of Rocketboom. I download jam band concerts (legally) using BitTorrent. The way I feel about podcasting should be pretty obvious. But not every multimedia development is a good idea.

I tried a NewsBot today. The creation of UK-based Advanced Chatbot Solutions (ACS), NewsBots are virtual newscasters, animated avitars that read a RSS feeds using text-to-voice capabilities. The result is in effective and somewhat disturbing. More to the point, though, it defeats the benefits of reading text on a web page.

When I get to a web page—whether it’s a blog or a news site—I scan… Read More »

RSS directory opens

RSS Network is open for business. From NotePage, Inc.—the company behind the RSS feed creation tool FeedForAll—RSS Network is a directory of feeds combined with an RSS feed search engine. The directory isn’t complete—would you expect it to be, given the ballooning number of feeds available? I did a vanity search and found “For Immediate Release,” the podcast I produce with Neville Hobson, but not this blog. Still, the idea of a directory is a good one and the categories are broad, covering topics from animals (cats, dogs, horses, livestock, etc.) and law enforcement to health and art. Of course, as you’d expect, categories for business,… Read More »

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