Monthly Archives: July 2007

zomg blog morons!

i don’t usually have many bad things to say about the people at download squad, but that’s because they usually don’t act like morons. for example, one of the writers on the site, gordon finlayson, finally got out from under the rock he’s been hiding under for the past decade to realize that there are people that steal content from blogs, paste it to their own, throw some ads around it and try to make money from it.

have a look at this beautifully composed exhibition of idiocy:

But while linking and references may be the lifeblood of blogging, there’s a submerged undercurrent of blogs and Web sites looking to get something for nothing, sailing the high seas of the Blogosphere with a view to plundering hard working Blogs for what they can in order to build up page views and Google page rankings.

yeah i had to read it 5 times to make sense of it too. let me make it easy for you:

Google KidSense

note to gordon: when you are linking to sites scraping your content, at least use the nofollow tag. c’mon man!

how many rich fools are there in the world?

apple announced the downloading of the 3 billionth song from itunes today, and i can’t help but wonder who all these rich fools are, that are downloading and paying for songs. i would love to see statistics on how many people make up what percentage of downloads from the itunes music store, and what percentage this figure is of the total itunes install base. here’s what im looking for:

let’s assume there are 100 people in the world. let’s assume 85 of them use itunes. now, let’s assume 20 of them download music from itunes, and 3 of those 20 download 75% of the total music downloaded. according to my made up figures,

85% of the world uses itunes
23.53% of the users download music from the itunes music store
15% of the downloaders (3.5% of the users) account for 75% of the music downloaded

note: i just made up these numbers.

does that sound like a good number of rich fools (3.5% of the total user base)? while i have no doubt that 3 billion songs have been downloaded, i’m having an incredibly hard time believing that this number is spread nicely over all the itunes users. it makes more sense that a small number of deep-pocketed fools are doing most of the paid downloading from the itunes music store, while everyone else uses p2p software to download music and itunes to manage it and sync it with their ipods.

pownce should follow facebook’s lead

venture beat is reporting today that facebook has removed ‘audio’, a music sharing application, from its platform because the application violates music copyrights as well as facebook’s own developer terms of service. for the uninitiated,

Audio allowed users to upload audio files in the mp3 format, share them with each other and listen to them within Facebook.

while the move is significant for facebook and social networking sites in general (as discussed in the venture beat article), it’s not nearly as significant as it should be for pownce. in case you didn’t see nytimes get down on its knees earlier this week, here’s the kicker:

What struck me most was the site’s potential to be powerfully disruptive. Most file-sharing occurs on public sites, which can be monitored by media companies; if the users violate copyrights, the sites or the users themselves can be threatened into compliance or litigated out of existence (as happened with the original Napster). File-sharing on Pownce would be difficult to police.

the remark, of course, is entirely idiotic. it’s incredibly easy to monitor file-sharing on pownce (as easy as adding all the users as friends and monitoring their activity). if kevin is smart, he will learn from mark and curb this file-sharing activity on pownce now (which is obviously being used to share copyrighted music), rather than face litigation in the future. the problem though, is that without the file-sharing features, pownce becomes just another microblogging tool.

neil cavuto: at fox news, we hire underachievers

neil cavuto is some chump writing for fox news who was an awful student in school, making C’s at best, and was a habitual liar when talking to his parents. that said, some how he managed to get a job at fox news (perhaps i shouldn’t be so surprised) and has the audacity to give apple marketing advice.

here’s what i have to share with you cavuto:

On October 6, 1997, in response to the question of what he’d do if he was in charge of Apple Comouter, Dell founder and then CEO Michael Dell stood before a crowd of several thousand IT executives and answered flippantly, “What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”

A little more than a month later, on November 10, 1997, new Apple iCEO Steve Jobs responded, speaking in front of an image of Michael Dell’s bulls-eye covered face, “We’re coming after you, you’re in our sights.”

Today, after a little more than eight years of hard work, Apple Computer, Inc. passed Dell, Inc. in market value. That’s right, at market close Apple Computer ($72,132,428,843) is now worth more than Dell ($71,970,702,760).

source: mac daily news

the a-list has its problems, but…

i completely agree, the a-list bloggers are slacking off, stealing your ideas and reposting them as their own content, they don’t deserve the attention or the money, blah blah blah blah blah… what the hell are the b-list bloggers doing about it? apart from bitching and moaning about the a-list bloggers i mean.

dare obasanjo makes a half-decent point (so does mike), but whining about it isn’t going to solve anything. unsubscribe from the feeds you think are useless and stop patronizing their blogs. even though i think it’s a bit extreme to say that a-list bloggers are full of it, if you think that’s the case, why don’t i see you writing the content you think is missing rather than just complaining about it? every a-list blogger had to start somewhere; most of them weren’t born with a silver spoon – and if you stop wasting your time with this whining, who knows, this time next year someone might be whining about you not ‘getting it’.

as for the later half of your list of gripes, here’s what i have to say about it ‘pure rubbish’ (well almost pure, you got the part about pownce largely being a twitter knock-off right). and you’re right, techmeme isn’t perfect, for some reason they felt that it would be useful to feature your post.