David All: Modern world, ancient websites

Paul Blumenthal and David All had an Op-Ed on why Congress needs modern websites on The Hill newspaper this last Tuesday in the Open House Project Op-Ed series. They cover “the reasons why member Web sites are often just polished brochures, accessories to the actual functions of the office.” Technology and politics are rapidly intertwining…

Competition for Joost. Veoh Networks Launches VeohTV

This sounds like good news — more competition. I’m hoping this will have an impact on cable television, opening up for more choices and options. Right now, I would like to pick and choose the TV channels I receive in my home, and reject what I don’t need or want. Instead, I pay one price,…

Ways to read my blog

I just wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the new email subscription form I have added to header of the blog, as well as the RSS subscription feed. I’m not 100% consistent with my blogging, as I try to provide time for my wife and other offline activities. So, the best way to…

Making The Case For Online Advertising ‘Inside The Beltway’

Interesting article by Dave Morgan, Chairman of Tacoda, that intersects the world of politics, and the clash with rapidly changing technology–some with legitimate use, and some not. As you might imagine, it’s not easy to draft highly detailed regulatory language that can clearly and effectively attack the bad uses of complex and fast-changing technologies without…

My MBA Courses in the Fall

I’m almost there!! It feels so close, I can almost see the diploma hanging on the wall! I am one semester away from getting my MBA and I can’t tell you how excited I am. The best thing is that I am finishing of the program with two great courses I’m looking forward to completing….

Blog Discovery: Olga How, Creative Thinker

This is a new blog I discovered today–Olga How, Creative Thinker. I haven’t started to dig in, but the first page had some interesting thoughts on usability and human interaction. Olga is an Information Architect and Usability Consultant. For 10 years Olga has worked in the Web industry including public sites, Intranets, Extranets, interactive television,…

Microsoft Live Writer

Just found out about this tool…man I’ve been working to hard! It sounds like a neat tool I’m going to have to check out. It might make it easier for me to blog here, which means of course, more frequent posting. That would be a good thing, right? Windows Live Writer Beta is a desktop…

Congress Needs to Get With the Times on Communication

Adfero’s Chris Battle wrote a guest column in today’s edition of Roll Call. A former Chief of Staff, Battle encourages Members to get with the times and welcome, not discourage increasing amounts of constituent email. I’m not a big fan of “big government” so there is no big surprise here. Turns out that a thriving…

‘Blog’, ‘cookie’, ‘wiki’ top list of hated Internet words

AFP has a story via Yahoo about a poll commissioned by the Lulu Blooker Prize, a literary award for books, conducted by British pollsters YouGov. According to the story, 2,091 adults where questioned on what where the most irritating words spawned by the Internet. “Blog”, “netiquette”, “cookie” and “wiki” have been voted among the most…

Streaming media video at Townhall.com

My employer just launched a new video section in partnership with ROO, an online video streaming service. StreamingMedia.com has the story. “Web-based publications and communities depend on compelling, targeted content to keep their visitors and participants engaged and active,” said Robert Petty, CEO of ROO. “Townhall’s devoted and passionate community members will be able to…