Can You Explain Exactly How a Microwave Works?

If I ever get asked the question of how a Microwave Oven works, I could explain all the nuances of diode and capacitor arrangements, magnetron tubes and high-voltage transformers (if you're interested, here's that answer), or I could talk about how to put the bag of popcorn in, set the button for 2:00 minutes on High, pour your drink, take out the bag, enjoy the movie. I think … [Read more...]

Who Needs PowerPoint? We’ve Got Firefox

If you're at our Iowa Business Blog Workshop tomorrow, you won't see any PowerPoint slides. We've got Firefox... I've set up bookmarks in an outline. Just right click a folder, open all in tabs, navigate. I'll make the outline available to all on Friday. If you're planning on coming and haven't registered yet, there are plenty of seats available in the morning, the afternoon … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 05/16/06 (The Love Train Edition)

What's Love Got to Do With It (Business and Blogs)?    Everything! It's what fuels Maria Palma's Passion Is... It's what launches Toby Bloomberg's Blogger Stories It's what fills the pulpit in the Church of the Customer It's what's Makes it Great about Phil Gerbyshak's challenge It's what propels the journey of Evelyn Rodriguez onward. It's what hacks away at John … [Read more...]

GreatNews: Great Feed Aggregator?

Randy Morin posted results of a survey of his readers on which aggregator they used. Interesting results. GreatNews landed an 86% vote as his audience's favorite reader. Not surprising from my perspective. Though I've long pointed to SharpReader as a tool of choice, lately I've been supporting GreatNews for a few reasons: Less problems with downloading. The "Label … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 05/15/06

I had the privilege of talking about blogs/social tools with some Drake University grad students as part of Dr. Delaney Kirk's Diversity class tonight. A pretty receptive group considering the amount of information they got fed in such a short session. One question which wasn't asked, but seemed to be on the minds of several: Blogs? Why bother? Here's a sampling of why I … [Read more...]

Des Moines Register: Newspaper or Wire Service?

In today's business section of the Des Moines Register, they run an article courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel, "Bonanza of blogs brings buzz to businesses." I can find the article in the paper, but not on their site. Not even after a search. (Here's the piece as presented at the Houston Chronicle's site) In a plug for feedback, they ask readers to share their views … [Read more...]

Blogs are NOT Important…

As Jeremiah Owyang says, Blogs are NOT Important. But, the conversations taking place on blogs are very important to your business. Conversations have two roles - Talking and Listening. Blogs have two roles - Author and Audience. Maybe you’re thinking about publishing a blog for your company. Maybe you’ve decided against it. Either way, if you want to stay ahead, you should at … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 05/14/06

How to Start a Good Business Blog by Rod Boothby at Innovative Creators: Even if you're already deep into your blogging, it's good to get back to basics. Rod covers them well - especially his last tip. (Kudos to Shaun Orpen for the tip) Blogging Resources and Links by Jeremiah Owyang at Web Strategy by Jeremiah: A good fantastic source of links/reads. Blogs as Amateur … [Read more...]

Davenport Schools Ban MySpace

The Blogging Journalist points us to a piece found at RadioIowa about how MySpace is being banned from use in public school computers in Davenport, IA. Rather than banning the use, why not teach them how to use these tools with some savvy and common sense. Banning MySpace isn't going to stop kids from using it. In fact, it's more likely to get those not on MySpace to start … [Read more...]

Whistle Stops – 05/13/06

Mark Cuban was not fined for blogging by Shel Holtz: Good points that I hadn't recognized. Cuban was fined for the message he delivered, not the tool he used. Blogger Relations: The Importance of Transparency Underlined by Joseph Thornley:While it's important that companies use blog searches to find out what's being said, we must acknowledge that bloggers are doing the same. … [Read more...]