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E-Books are nice but not that nice [Video]

I have been reading a number of posts over the last couple of days about e-books and the conflicting opinions about them. It is a subject about which I have some thoughts on but for some reason couldn’t put into words on paper. So instead I thought I would do my first video blog post on the subject.

Primarily my thoughts got that extra little shove to do this from a post by Stowe Boyd where he said the following

Removing the social affordance of loaning someone a book is perhaps the worst crime perpetuated by the new world order of digital content. The communitarian aspect of shared books in libraries is similarly damaged.

Books should be social. Our personal property should be ours to loan to friends.

Imagine if Sears mde it impossible for me to loan my chain saw, or if fingerprint recognition on my VW made it impossible for a neighbor to borrow it?

But, in the name of countering ‘piracy’, we can’t loan The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress to a friend. And our society is lessened because of that.

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Experimenting with embedded Waves in posts

While Google Buzz is getting much of the press when it comes to Google’s attempts at crafting a viable social media platform people seem to have forgotten about Wave. It’s understandable because, really, what is Wave all about anyway?

To be honest I’m not sure if that is a question that anyone, other than the Wave team, can really answer but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of people experimenting with it. Chris Brogan is the one person that I know of that has been experimenting the most with it and strongly recommends it for task management and collaboration.

I know I wrote a post about the idea of using it as a replacement for Facebook but the only problem is that … well … no-one is using Wave. Even though it is obvious that it would take a hellva uptake of Wave in order to even come close to approaching Facebook that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t other uses for it.

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Braindead TechCast EP 72: Techmeme Friday and FSJ’s humor sucks

Ah yes, it’s Friday, the end of the week and the beginning of the weekend, which of course means it’s time for our world famous Techmeme Friday show.

Needless to say Techmeme has offered up a few really good headlines for Sean and myself to riff on, which, needless to say Sean does when it comes to the headline for a Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) headlines.

So without any further ado here are some of the headlines that we discussed in tonight’s show.

Enjoy the show

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blah blah blah blah and still more blah blah

During a day I  will end up reading or skimming over 800+ posts just in my RSS reader. That doesn’t take into account any of my Twitter activity or Buzz reading or even email. In my normal work week of Sunday to Saturday this means I have at some point skimmed or read a minimum of 5600 posts of which anywhere from 25 percent t0 40 percent ( a rough estimate given how the feeds are separated in FeedDemon) are social media or social web related.

This amounts to a minimum of 1,400 posts and you know what …. increasingly they are becoming repetitive regurgitation of that same old crap, not to mention boring as fuck.

Blah blah blah – that’s all is seems to be anymore (of course some will say it’s always been this way but I like to give the benefit of the doubt). It might be stupid ass puff pieces that have absolutely nothing to do with social media but because it mentions Twitter it is given 200 words and gets thousands of ReTweets. Or it could be the never ending – and mind numbing – analysis of yet another copy-cat start-up that wouldn’t know an original idea if it jumped up and bit them on the ass.

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