February 27, 2006
Welcome to "The Innovators", a new HD segment on Technology Evangelist. The Innovators brings you the up-and-comers, the names and faces of people who will be changing the world in the next few years. You may not have heard of our guests quite yet, but soon these names will be well known around the tech industry.
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February 26, 2006
Google's latest Toolbar (Verson 4) has a new feature that is sure to be popular with people who are interested in making the most of their toolbar real estate: custom buttons. (Check your toolbar version under Settings > Help > About Google Toolbar. This function currently works only on Internet Explorer versions of the toolbar.)
February 25, 2006
While reviewing some of Technology Evangelist's web site stats today, I was reminded that success is not something that happens over night in most cases. While this may come across as a fairly obvious statement, seeing graphs that support is really make sense of it.
February 24, 2006
I was in a meeting earlier today where we needed a laser pointer.
Went to my desk to grab my uber-cool green pointer, but could not find
it. I was in a hurry, so I grabbed my lame and not very bright red one
and went on my way. During the meeting my mind started wandering to
different types of laser pointers, and what one could actually get.
While red is nice, how cool would it be to have a collection of different
colored laser pointers? So I have decided to start
collecting. Hey, I'm
a technoholic, it's what I
February 23, 2006
If I have an opinion about a product or service and decide to publish it online, where should I do so? If I have a great (or horrible) experience at a local restaurant, or feel particularly passionate about a product I've used, where should I share my opinions? Should I publish them in Amazon.com's product reviews, citysearch.com, an online forum, or this blog? Each site has a slightly different audience, but they all have audiences for reviews of products and services I've enjoyed or disliked.
February 22, 2006
I had to have the Xbox 360 when it came out. After
weeks and weeks and weeks of hunting around trying to find an Xbox 360, I
finally found one. Hooray! I wanted an Xbox 360 Premium, but all I
could find was a core system. The big difference between the two is that
the premium includes a 20GB hard drive, a wireless controller, and the analog
component HD cables.
February 21, 2006
I had a chance tonight to take a step back to look at how I was using RSS (through Bloglines) to aggregate news sources and came to an interesting conclusion: I prefer secondary news sources. What does that mean?
February 20, 2006
Technology Evangelist is kicking off a new monthly feature today. We are publishing a list of the best products on the market today for mobile professionals. The list consists of products that are actually available on the market today. Not things we dream about, but things that can make you more efficient if you added them to your technology portfolio today.
February 19, 2006
I have been asked many times what the best laptop is. My answer is
actually not a laptop at all, rather, a TabletPC. Being a huge fan of
Apple Computer, this surprises many, but Apple has no product that can begin
to compare to the Fujitsu 4020 TabNote.
February 18, 2006
While updating my account information on the Sprint PCS web site today, I stumbled across a perplexing required field:
February 17, 2006
Amazon Prime is Amazon.com's pre-paid shipping program where customers receive free 2-day shipping (or $3.99 express shipping) on all orders (well, there are some exceptions) for a flat $79 annual fee. It's an interesting concept, but does it work? Is it worth it?
February 16, 2006
Microsoft?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Xbox 360 and Sony?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Playstation 3 are about more than just games. A lot more. I just recently got my Xbox 360 and have been playing around with some fun stuff involving media downloads. This whole experience makes me think about the future of television.
February 15, 2006
If you build it, will they come? This is a question worth asking before building a web site. A website built without considering the resources involved in building, maintaining and marketing the site could end up hidden in a lonely corner of the web, falling short of the grand expectations it likely had before launch. To prevent that from happening, I try to picture how the web site will become a part of my business flow before building a single page. Here are a few considerations I've found valuable:
February 14, 2006
Technology Evangelist has been live on Google News for two weeks now, giving us time to analyze how this new syndication source has effected our traffic. While our traffic has increased significantly since being added to Google News, the most interesting thing we've learned is how Google News together with Google AdSense plays a role in blog spam.
February 13, 2006
If you publish regular posts to a blog or news site, you're probably interested in tracking whether anyone's reading it, right? You've probably added a stats program to your site so you can find out how many visitors your site is receiving and what they're looking at. But how do you track subscribers to your site's RSS feed?
February 12, 2006
Do you use Google or MSN as your primary search engine? If yes, what would it take to get you to switch to Yahoo? This is the question Yahoo is trying to answer through a poll of their email users according to a story late last week from CNET.
February 11, 2006
This week marked the end of Rocketboom's Ebay auction for a week's worth of end-roll advertising. The auction started at $500 on January 30th, climbed to $7,500 within two days, stalled at $14,999.99 on February 2nd for six days, then spiked near the auction end to close at a whopping $40,000.
February 10, 2006
Time to evangelize a bit and correct some mistakes from the original Panasonic HVX200 review.
February 9, 2006
Are you new to RSS readers? Did you just set up a Bloglines account and now need some ideas for content worth syndicating? Here are some tips to help find content that may be interesting for you. The following tips are written for Bloglines users, but could be easily be applied to similar feed readers.
February 8, 2006
We at Technology Evangelist have been trying to decide on what HD camera to buy. Do we go with a pro grade format such as DVCPRO HD, HDCam or D5 HD (uh, probably not D5 HD), do we go with a consumer grade format such as HDV or one of those nifty cameras that records direct to MPEG 4 HD?
February 7, 2006
My wife likes to kid me about how many people I claim to know, but haven't actually physically met. These are people I've met through online forums or engaged in conversations on this or other blogs. Occasionally, while hanging out with my wife, I've let out a random chuckle, causing her to question my spontaneous laughter. She tends to look at me like I'm crazy when I explain to her that I was laughing about something a friend posted about in an online forum or blog.
February 6, 2006
Below is a list of websites mentioned during Roald Marth's technology sessions at the 2006 Indiana GRI at the Indiana University Memorial Union:
February 5, 2006
For those of you unfamiliar with Bloglines, it's the best feed reader on the block these days. For those of you not familiar with feed readers, they're programs that allow you to syndicate the content of all of your favorite sites onto one web site, saving you hours and hours of time clicking on bookmarks.
February 4, 2006
I've been dabbling around with the mobile versions of some websites I use frequently on my Treo and have learned a few things about what I like and don't like about current implementations. But before getting into that, let me say that my favorite mobile websites are actually not mobile sites at all. They're websites that continue to be usable on my Treo without discovering a special mobile version.
Here's what I've learned so far:
February 3, 2006
We try to cover and comment on one interesting story or concept a day on Technology Evangelist. This allows us to focus on generating quality content that is both informative and opinionated. However, one drawback to this is some stories fall through the cracks. So today I'm throwing things open to you - our readers - to share your opinions with us on a few stories I've found interesting, but haven't been able to investigate in depth enough to warrant full posts:
February 2, 2006
Pay per click advertising is really a simple concept. Advertise on search terms relevant to your company's services or products, then pay for the clicks to your web site from the terms you've advertised on. I just explained it in one sentence. How hard can it be?
February 1, 2006
Rocketboom, the tremendously popular daily videoblog starring Amanda Congdon, has decided to accept advertising within their daily news stories. They report on a wide range of topics, from news to culture. They are conducting an Ebay auction for their first week's commercials -- bids have already exceeded $10,000 with more than seven days to go!