Google SMS rocks

I was playing with Google’s SMS feature. You can search yellow pages, residential listings, weather, movie times and definitions simply by entering some text and sending a text message to 46645.
It works really fast — and well. It found my telephone white pages listing with all the correct info, told me the weather and gave me a definition for the word “parse”.

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Send a plate flying

Fixed some brain errors that hosed the Post Card program that sends “plate cards.” Send a photo of one of these beautiful Westmoore Pottery plates to someone! Send one now.

And the celebrating continues

The Lady Vols beat No. 1-ranked LSU to win their first SEC title in five years. Here’s what Coach Pat Head Summitt said:

“I’m glad to get up on the ladder and do something other than wash windows. I got to cut down the nets.”



Beautiful Saturday

A very beautiful March Saturday in Knoxville. Sunny, 60 or so breezy.
Jogging (I call it jogging … a fast walker could pass me, no doubt) at Lakeshore, I could hear:
* The yells from the soccer fields.
* The ping of aluminum bats at the batting cage.
* Walkers on their cell phones.
A wonderful hint of spring in early March. The forecast looks equally splendid.

Newsroom managers

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This photo of newsroom managers was taken by photographer Saul Young for associate editor Georgiana Vines, who retired last week. George came to the News Sentinel in 1968 and only left for a couple of years to edit the Scripps paper in El Paso. I’m sure she’ll be as busy as ever.

Disintermediation in the 500 channel world

Noticed an item about BrightCove on John Battelle’s blog.
TV over the Internet? Jeremy Allaire (who brought us Cold Fusion) thinks so and he’s got $5.5 million in VC money to burn.
Allaire envisions a future where:

“a creative spark, a camera and a computer were are all it takes to put television programming before the eyes of consumers.”

Sounds like blogs for TV? And I thought newspapers had problems.

Yahoo turns 10!

Yahoo is a decade old tomorrow, March 2. Hard to believe, revenues of $3.57 billion, net income of $834 million, a market cap of $44.41 billion. … Hey, maybe there is real money in this Internet thing.
In the early years, it was the site with the funny name where you found stuff. It survived the Bubble. So far, it has survived Microsoft and Google.
Here’s an article with Jerry Yang and Wired’s take “The UnGoogle (Yes, Yahoo!)
Happy Birthday Yahoo!

Will Sudduth (2/27/1925-2/23/2005)

Will Sudduth I went to my Uncle Will’s funeral Saturday in Hickory, N.C.
(William Sudduth, 2/25/1995 – 2/23/2005, a native of Coila, Miss., who lived nearly all his adult life on Snow Creek Road in Hickory in a house I spent many hours in as a child.)
The service included his sons, and grandsons and a couple nephews playing a few country/bluegrass songs, including the “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Guitars, electric bass, drums, fiddle, mandolin .. it was a nice tribute.
Eddie and Earl Sudduth, Stanley Edwards and lots of others have played music at family gatherings like Christmas and reunions for almost as long as I can remember … and Will certainly enjoyed that.
There was a wonderful story about a woman who noticed the wreath at the house and stopped and left a card. She said Will waved at her and her pre-school age daughter from his front porch nearly every morning and the daughter had called him “Paw Paw.” Even though they had never met and she didn’t know his name, Will had touched their lives.
While a sad reason to get together, I saw some cousins and their children and their grandchildren that I hadn’t seen in quit a while. That was good.

Stopping the Presses

The Internet has changed the economics of the publishing industry in a way commercial television never did. The price of news and information has irrevocably been pushed way down the supply/demand curve. The Web has also destroyed the functional monopoly of the local daily newspaper with the very high barriers to technical entry. Anyone can be a publisher, and, it seems, these days, most anyone is.

Forbes, 2/22/2005
Also, see Forbes article All The Loyalty That’s Fit To Print, 2/23/2005
“Stopping the Presses” is the pessimistic view (the nightmare of cost-cutting to profitability). But in truth the transition to a new economic model will be bloody .. there’s no way around it. The difficult question raised in the article is: “How serious news organizations will survive when print is in decline but online is not yet generating the revenue to fund expensive newsgathering operations.”
I believe — as someone in the newspaper industry — we will, however, remake ourselves. And while change we must, the industry’s doomsayers might want to remember this quote from Mark Twain: You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

More on newspapers buying Web companies

More on the ABout.com and MarketWatch buys:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Newspaper publishers, often seen as stodgy and slow-growing, will pay whatever it takes to grab a bigger piece of the fast-growing online advertising market — if two recent deals are any indication.

Reuters, 2/18/2005