January, 2009 Results

Oh, The Irony…

Monday, January 26th, 2009

So this morning I thought I would take a look at some of the videos that showcase Windows 7. Maybe get excited about some of the new features, get my hopes up, why not? I went to their website but CAN’T view the videos!

First I get the, “Additional plugins are required to display all the media on this page.” bar, which is not a problem in and of itself. I realize I need to get the Silverlight plugin. So I try to do so and get this error message.


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I’m not going to switch browsers in order to view videos people…

Oh Microsoft, why do you do this to yourself? I can’t keep defending you forever…

This Just In – The Internet Is Popular

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The Internet has now surpassed all media except television as a news source, according to consumers surveyed in December 2008 by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

In December 2008, 40% of respondents said they got most of their news about national and international issues from the Internet, up from just 24% in September 2007.

Pew said it was the first time since it started surveying that consumers relied more on the Internet for news than on newspapers.

Television was still the main source for national and international news, at 70%.

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For young people, however, the Internet now rivals TV as a news source. Nearly six out of 10 Americans younger than 30 said they got most of their national and international news online; the exact same percentage said TV was the main way they got their news.

Blog Blazers Book Review

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Stephane Grenier was kind enough to send me a copy of his new book Blog Blazers – 40 Top Bloggers Share Their Secrets. I’m glad he did, it’s a very enjoyable read. It’s a lot like what the Random Bits podcast offers its listeners. In fact the book interviews both Jonathan Snook and Yaro Starak which have been interviewed here before on the Random Bits podcast. You’ll also find interviews with notables like Seth Godin, Neil Patel, David Seah and 35 other top bloggers.

The books main goal is to provide you and your blog some insight into what it takes to be successful. Reminding you that “A new blog comes online every 1.4 seconds” it sure doesn’t hurt to learn from some of the most successful bloggers to date.

In Blog Blazers, you’ll learn the secrets of 40 top bloggers, as they all weigh in on such questions as:

– What’s your best tip for writing a successful blog post?
– What are your main avenues for marketing your blog?
– What was your most successful blog post ever?
– What’s the most common mistake new bloggers make?
– What turns you off most when visiting a blog?
– What’s the best way to make money from your blog?
– Which books and websites do you recommend to new bloggers?
– Which five blogs do you regularly read?
– and many more!

It’s a quick and easy read and well worth any bloggers time.

Articles You May Have Missed in 2008, But Shouldn’t Have

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Happy New Year all, here are some articles from the past year that we think are worth a read:

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