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My Final!!!

May 21, 2007

This is the url to my podcast http://feeds.feedburner.com/ayamekatosblog

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My Vidcast, done!

May 19, 2007

Here is the RSS feed of the vidcast I am proud to submit as my final project.
http://feeds.feedburner.com/EditingForFunVidcast
“Whew, cool.” See you all in class.

Class overview, May 15, 2007

May 13, 2007

Final Project Wrap-up
We will be discussing the Final Project Assignment. Time lines are critical for successful completion of this project. To go over the process, I will do the whole thing, including posting the feed of the project to iTunes in this final class. Tutorials for most of this process are available at freevlog. All audio and or video formats must be iTunes compatible, as per assignment.

Lab
This will be the last chance students will get to work in the lab with my assistance before the final. Wise use of this time is advised.

Due This Day:
There are no deliverables due this day. But at this point you should just be wrapping up this project. To be sure your project is appropriate check the Final Project Assignment. Here is what you should have done at this point:

  • The URL of your Blogger blog should be posted to the class blog. This blog should include in its header a description of what your channel is. All posts must be appropriate for that channel.
  • A 300×300 pixel mug of yourself. This image should be posted to the class ftp server.
  • One screen shot, photos or graphic images representing each of your three episodes should be done. These three (or more) images should be posted to the class ftp server. These images should not exceed 400 pixels wide.
  • You should have all three audio and/or video projects done, with photos/screen shots/graphic images linking to them. These graphics files should be uploaded to the class ftp server and must be on your Blogger blog.
  • An RSS feed should be done (recommended procedure is via FeedBurner) and posted to the class blog.
  • All work on this project should be completed no later than Sunday, May 20.

May 8, Tuesday Class

May 6, 2007

Discussion: The Long Tail

The Long Tail

Impact of the Long Tail

Anderson on the Long Tail

Important terms for this conversation:

  • Disintermediation: “Cutting out the middleman.”
  • The Long Tail: “Products that are in low demand or have low sales volume can collectively make up a market share that rivals or exceeds the relatively few current bestsellers and blockbusters.”

Topics of conversation:

  • Amazon and the death of the corner bookstore
  • iTunes and the death of the music store business
  • Craigs List and the death of classified revenue.

Roy's Motel Cafe

Related Commercial Moment
“We have every movie ever made, in every language, any time, night or day,”
“Qwest – Bandwidth – Roy’s Motel Cafe (1999)”.

Places to Go, People to Know:

The Long Tail

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Final Project
There will be more demo tutorials and we will be discussing the Final Project Assignment
Presentation on getting an RSS feed
I will be doing a demo presentation on getting an RSS Feed using FeedBurner.

Lab
Students will get their own FeedBurner Feeds specific to final. This feed needs to be posted to the class blog. The balance of the class will be devoted to accomplishing these tasks.

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Due This Day:

Put a picture of yourself on your server space
This picture needs to be 300 pixels x 300 pixels. If you were unable to get this posted, bring it to class and we will post it in class!

Blog Post about Your Final Project
This isour first media entry on your Blogger Blog. A link to it should also be on your class blog. This also requires a photo to be posted on your blogger blog for the link to your post, no wider than 375 pixels. If you were unable to get this posted, bring it to class and we will post it in class!

Blog Post about Reading Assignment
Up through page 237 (the end) of Naked Conversations by Scoble and Israel.

PodTech: Building great sites with Adobe Dreamweaver CS3

April 30, 2007

About Dreamweaver CS3
This is great for web developers, or those who want to be:

If you create web pages for education institutions and are as concerned as all of us are about accessibility and 508 compliance, in short, you have got to check this out. In this Scoble Show interview Robert Scoble talks with Kenneth Berger, Adobe’s Product Manager for Dreamweaver CS3. Scoble and Berger talk about many of the new features of the new CS3 version of Dreamweaver, including accessibility compliance. There are some great new tools here!

[podtech content=http://media1.podtech.net/media/2007/04/PID_010899/Podtech_Adobe_CS3_Dreamweaver.flv&postURL=http://www.podtech.net/scobleshow/technology/1445/building-great-sites-with-adobe-dreamweaver-cs3-edition-ships-today&totalTime=2075000&breadcrumb=7963fbf3-da11-486f-9a4f-2bef356ebbae]

Bob Sutor on Open Source

April 27, 2007

Bob Sutor

Sutor’s visit rocked!
Yesterday Bob Sutor, IBM’s Vice president of Standards and Open Source, visited SJSU. He spoke to a small group of Business, Engineering, Computer Science and Journalism students and faculty. He put on a great presentation, I wish my whole class could have heard it.

Sutor spoke about open source and how it differs from open standards and about the need for hardware and software manufacturers to comply with open standards to ensure interoperability. He also spoke about Web 2.0 and blogging. According to Sutor blogging, which has been in the mainstream for 4-5 years, is changing the face of journalism, business and politics. Sutor said, “everybody is a journalist.”

On the subject of open source, Sutor spoke extensively about Web Services and Apache Web Server, the free application that powers the majority of the world’s web servers. “Apache is an example of open source,” Sutor said. According to Sutor the first web services standard was published seven years before by both IBM and Microsoft on the same date as his presentation. “There is still a place for proprietary solutions,” said Sutor. But, he said, “you can build a business on open source, just ask Google.” Google’s servers run their own version of Linux according to Sutor. “Education is the biggest adopter of open source,” Sutor said. As an example for how open source applies to education and government agencies, Sutor recommended the Guide to Open Source Software for Australian Government Agencies. Sutor also spoke a lot about Moodle and other open source solutions for education.

Sutor spoke a lot about open standards and how they relate to competition and innovation. From the perspective of the provider competition may not seem good and they may work very hard to convince you of the need to go with a sole provider. But for the buyer competition is good as it drives down prices and drives the providers to innovate. But, in order for this to be possible buyers have to insist on open standards to assure interoperability, according to Sutor. It is hard for some vendors to let go of closed standards. Sutor said letting go of closed standards for them can be compared to the five stages of grief.

Sutor  spoke extensively about virtual worlds and specifically Second Life. He showed the group IBM’s SOA island in Second Life. Note – IBM SOA stands for Service Oriented Architecture. The IBM island has customer briefing rooms where employees can meet with each other and with customers in a virtual environment that eliminates the need for travel. According to Sutor there are between 36,000 to 38,000 people in Second Life at any given moment. Second Life has its own currency and its own virtual economy. They are planning to open source their server software which would enable organizations like SJSU to create our own virtual worlds, said Sutor. “This is huge,” he said.

We need to do a better job of spreading the word on events like this. I have only captured a small amount of what Sutor said. I was inspired.

Full Disclosure
My wife, Susan Graziano Sloan works for IBM in a different division than Sutor. She works on IBM’s DB2 database product and wrote a couple of books on DB2 including DB2 for z/OS.

Bruce Chizen Adobe CEO Coming

April 24, 2007

Bruce Chizen, the chief executive officer of Adobe Systems will talk at noon on Thursday, April 26, in Engineering 189. For more on the speaker series, check this out.

Naked Conversations- PR

April 24, 2007

I’m reading a chapter about PR in a textbook for another class (a design class, not a PR class, though).  According to that book,  Graphic Communications Today, PR is “the planned effort to influence public opinion through satisfactory- even exemplary -performance and two-way communication.” Coincidentally, part of the reading in Naked Conversations for this New Media in Journalism class was Chapter 7, which was interestingly titled, “Survival of the Publicists.”   Scoble and Israel write about two schools of PR: “command and control” and “listen and participate.” Out of those two schools, the people from the “listen and participate” school of thought are more likely to blog.  I think it’s interesting that Scoble and Israel separate PR into two different groups, as oppose to the general term from the Graphic textbook.  When I read the Graphics textbook’s definition for PR, I was surprised that “two-way communication” was included in the definition.  Perhaps I’m being hard on PR, but I hadn’t considered it as “two-way communication” before (“Spin” is a common, if perhaps stereotypical, word usually associated with PR).  I think separating PR into two different groups is more accurate and emphasizes the importance of listening to your audience.  Blogging can be a more straightforward of communicating information without as much fluff.

IBM VP to talk on Open Source

April 24, 2007

SJSU Talk on Open Source
Keith Callenberg of the SJSU Linux User’s Group reports, “Bob Sutor, VP of Open Source at IBM, will be giving a talk on open source titled “Open Source and Standards as Catalysts for Innovation and New Business.” The talk will be held in BBC 202 this Thursday (April 26) at 4pm.

Tuesday class; April 24, 2007

April 22, 2007

Final Project Launch
There will be demo tutorials and we will be discussing the Final Project Assignment

Book Discussion and Reading Assignment
We will be discussing the reading assignment. Up through page 149 due today of Naked Conversations by Scoble and Israel. We will also discuss the follow up assignment.

Presentation on RSS
I will be doing a demo presentation on hand editing an RSS Podcast feed.

Presentation on Blogger
I will be doing a demo presentation on getting a Blogger blog.

Lab
Students will get their own Blogger blogs specific to final.

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Final Project Details

When
Final Exam
Tuesday, May 22 5:15pm -7:30pm

Final Project
This will be a podcast with at least three episodes. This podcast will include a related blog/vlog.

  • Three episodes must work together and fit the common theme of the podcast.
  • Work must be student’s own work.
  • Podcast can be video and/or audio.
  • Student must create an RSS feed and post podcast.
  • Metadata and a 300 x 300 pixel image will need to be created and posted with this podcast
  • All episodes must be in an itunes compatible format. (audio and video)

Presentation
It is part of your final to present your podcast to the class. You will need to show at least ten minutes of, or one episode of, your podcast. This must be material not previously shown and be prepared to discuss your podcast channel.

Update; May 13:

  • The URL of your Blogger blog should be posted to the class blog. This blog should include in its header a description of what your channel is. All posts must be appropriate for that channel.
  • A 300×300 pixel mug of yourself. This image should be posted to the class ftp server.
  • One screen shot, photos or graphic images representing each of your three episodes should be done. These three (or more) images should be posted to the class ftp server. These images should not exceed 400 pixels wide.
  • You should have all three audio and/or video projects done, with photos/screen shots/graphic images linking to them. These should be graphics files should be uploaded to the class ftp server and be on your Blogger blog.
  • An RSS feed should be done (recommended procedure is via FeedBurner) and posted to the class blog.
  • All work on this project should be completed no later than Sunday, May 20.