hosting service plug

Last year I moved my domains to a new hosting provider, one recomended by WordPress,

Even though I was redirecting my urls to my typepad blog I was using the hosting service for a bunch of other things. Matt Heaton posted an entry in his blog about the origins of the service and how they generate new signups, and asked his customers to help spread the word… so I’m doing my part because I really like the service.

It would be appropriate at this time to thank all of you who have made this possible! 35% of all our signups come from word of mouth advertising! We can’t thank you enough for encouragement and help along the way! Bluehost is now home to almost 90,000 domains! We fully expect that to be over 200,000 domains by the end of 2006. Thanks again!

UPDATE: fixed the quote.

wankr – it’s going to be awesome

“If you’re an idiot VC who is willing to throw money at any website that features the words “collaborative”, “social”, “tagging” or “AJAX”, then please get in touch with us at: Please set the subject to “I have more money than sense”.”

While taking a break from updating his World of Warcraft server Ross turned me on to wankr. With a little more AJAX I think this could be fundable.

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Enterprise Software Summit Day 2: Sebastian Grady, Altus Leaning

Sebastian Grady from Altus Learning Systems is doing a demo of their service at Cisco. It’s a very interesting presentation library that includes transcripts and video on demand. One of the big problems that a lot of companies, like SAP, have is synchronizing presentation content and improving the quality of the presentation experience itself.

I was fortunate to get a one-on-one demo of this yesterday and found a couple of things very interesting:

  1. the video on demand quality was very good, even over a wireless connection
  2. the ability to have speaker transcipts attached to a presentation is rich
  3. the search capabilities enable you to drill into large content libraries. Keyword search is good but there has to be better search technologies than just keywords. It sounded like they were doing search on the video/podcasts, but I didn’t see that.
  4. speaker ratings are a coming features, I’d really like to see this
  5. statistics are very granular, enabling you to not only measure how many people are using the service but how many are actually adopting it.
  6. they have podcasts attached to the library, basically they build podcasts that are a snapshot of the full presentation.

As much as I like many of the features I was struck by how labor intensive it looks to maintain and expand the library, of course much of the labor part is building the content so it’s something that could be farmed out.

Apparently Cisco is using this service extensively.

UPDATE: I got some clarification on searching podcasts/vodcasts… there is search capabilities that can drill into the media file and take you to the spot where the search term is relevant.

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Enterprise Software Summit Day 2: Phil Windley

I absolutely love Phil Windley’s blog, so it was a real treat for me to actually meet him in person yesterday. He is speaking this morning on a topic aptly called “rivers of information”.

He starts out talking about his early experiences learning about blogs and then ties it together with his experience as Utah’s CIO. In that capacity he used blogs to distribute information throughout the government. It is interesting to me that the one concrete example he uses illustrates the power of blogs as a data collection (bottom up) mechanism, and this touches on something I wrote a while back about information force multipliers, which even today ranks as one of the most trafficked posts on my blog.

He’s going over a lot of the basics about how RSS enables distribution and reduces the “drinking from the firehose” phenomena. I think the point that he is really making here is that RSS is becoming a very mainstream technology.

The other interesting point that is making about RSS has to do with the “virtuous cycle” of crosslinking and commentary that ends up creating conversations.

A very interesting connection being made is about scale free network laws recently written about by Clay Shirky but tracing back to Peter Denning. The characteristics of these networks include:
1) new nodes appear randomly
2) new nodes connect preferentially to most connected nodes

Both of the above characteristics apply to blogs perfectly.

Jumping off now onto information routers of the social kind, Phil goes into some of the network laws, e.g. Metcalfe, Reed, Sarnoff. I think what he is saying here is how individuals become authorities through blogs.

okay so the rest of the talk is basically blogging 101… how to get started, rules for blogging, rss, why blog, etc.

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