“Assign yourself any random task on your newspaper’s website, like trying to sell a car or give away a dog or maybe just find the forums. Take notes. And then write a Gates memo. Bet you can do it, with feeling.”
“The problem, some say, is the organization’s perceived insensitivity to newspapers’ financial hardship. The AP requires a seven-figure annual payment from most large newspapers, and it makes it very difficult to opt out of certain services.”
“The whole (Orlando Sentinel redesign) hullabaloo reminds me of a thought I’ve had many times recently: Why not just let a print newspaper be a print newspaper? … Stop trying to turn your print front page into a web page.”
“Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft’s Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company’s plans said.”
Probably staying put for at least the near future, but this seems like as good a time as any to think about greener pastures and the road ahead. You know, all that garbage. Will draw maps and craft neighborhood-targeted data and advertising strategies for food and cat-relocation costs. Act now!
Does the typical newsroom dweller even realize this monumental shift of ad dollars away from their industy is happening? Do they realize everyone, across all departments, has a responsibility to adapt to this environment?
“We’re just starting a new program called GoVE which enables municipalities, state and local governments, aerial photographers, carrier pigeons, whoever, to share your imagery with Microsoft for publishing onto Virtual Earth …”
“You know him as MC Hammer … But to Marlins special assistant Jack McKeon, Hammer always will be ‘little Stanley Burrell,’ the Oakland Athletics fan who just might or might not have gotten McKeon fired in 1978.”
Populism: “Is it the right path for print, a medium that’s optimized for discovery yet handicapped by always being 18 hours behind the times? I suspect it may lead to short-term gains only, if at all. The marketplace will be the judge …”