82games.com has layed out a full analysis of the officiating 2006 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. While they admit it to be somewhat subjective, since it requires the use of human interpretation of a call, they claim to be as objective and well informed as possible to make the grading of each referee call in the 6 games. Bottom line?
+5.4 MIA - Salvatore
+1.9 MIA - DeRosa
+1.1 DAL - Crawford
+0.6 DAL - Joint Calls
Which basically translates to around a 5 point swing towards the Heat based on Refereee calls, mostly due to Salvatore, who called the most questionable fouls on Dwyane Wade.
Technorati Tags: miami heat, dallas mavericks, mark cuban, referees, officiating, 82games.com, nba, finals
- Night Of The Living Dead (1968) - (1 hour, 35 minutes)
- The Iron Mask (1929) - (1 hour, 12 minutes)
- The Outlaw (1943) - (1 hour, 55 minutes)
- Dressed To Kill (1946) - (1 hour, 11 minutes)
- The Amazing Adventure (1936) - (1 hour)
- The Mark Of Zorro (1920) - (58 minutes)
- Gunsmoke Ranch - The Three Mesquiteers (1937) - (52 minutes)
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) - (1 hour, 15 minutes)
- The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) - (1 hour, 46 minutes)
FON is a startup trying to put together a global community of shared WiFi. All you have to do is open your wireless network to the FON network, and you in turn get access to everyone else who is doing the same. And if you do this, they'll even throw in a wireless router for 5 bucks.
Technorati Tags: wireless, free, wifi, router, FON, global network, voip
The second great experiment in internet startup is 2 CEP's of web 2.0 companies setting out on a 1 week expidition to built a money-making company with only 500 dollars. The two founders are blogging their way through the trial:
"So Brian asked me, is it possible to build a profitable startup with
500 dollars and only one week of development? I said absolutely, but
with the right idea. Not a purely consumer play that was based on
advertising and sharing a bunch of photos or something. I said, when I
first started putting together the press plan for uGather,
I wanted to build a system that would be a newswire for bloggers and
online media outlets. I had bought the domain in October, but had no
time to get it built out. In short, a company or PR firm submits a
release and it goes directly to bloggers and online news outlets only.
It would be an easier way for bloggers to manage the news they get, and
a much easier way for companies, startups, and firms to get blogging
coverage. So that was it, early Saturday, we decided this was the idea
to go with. In one week we hope to have a prototype up and running.
We’ll need bloggers first, so the full out launch might be a
couple of weeks afterwards so far in 36 hours we have:
- completely spec’d the development of the site out in about 3 pages
- Set up the web server
- Transferred the domain over
- finished the concept design
- Pricing points and business models
- Initial launch ideas
- Started coding the design
- Set up the company blog"
Technorati Tags: venturecapital, businessdevelopment, web2.0, internetstartup
"First, since my son already had a typepad
account, he was able to create a new blog and make it the home page for
his Ollie King website. I then showed him how to look for domain names
on GoDaddy. We tried to buy OllieKing.com but to no avail. It was already taken. So he had to settle for SkateOllieKing.com.
Through the wonders of modern domain hosting, I was able to nearly
instantly redirect SkateOllieKing.com to my son's new Ollie King home
page on typepad. Unfortunately for my budding entrepreneur, at that
point I had to go take his brother to theater practice, so I left my
eight year old tweaking his web site. But when I got home I found him
on Cafepress making
t-shirts and hats with the various designs he was able to rescue from
the trash. Apparently he had been on Cafepress before looking at his
uncle's crazy t-shirt designs. Once he had created a bunch of products for his Cafepress store, he then linked his home page to CafePress and voila, my eight year old had his own skate brand."
Technorati Tags: venturecapitalist, businessdevelopment, godaddy, typepad, skateollieking, startup, web2.0
MetaWeather is a new weather service that aggregates weather reports from a myriad of sources to gain a higher level of confidence in predicting the weather. A great concept, since weather reports aren't very reliable, but there are some problems with the site. First, it lacks the right design to easily digest the information. Second, it doesn't have an option to change to farenheight for the American audience. Third, I wonder (and this might be done in actuality) if the service rates a source's accuracy and weights the averages accordingly.
UPDATE: After my innitial posting on MetaWeather, a technical director from the team wrote me a friendly letter about my comments. He implemented a farenheight option immediately, sent more information on the product, and requested more feedback. This type of interaction with the site's audience is commendable by the team leading MetaWeather. I look forward to seeing more development on this intriguing tool.
Technorati Tags: weather, meta, aggregator, metaweather
One of the Google Research teams has been working on a system that uses a computer microphone to scan the audio in a room, determine which TV shows are being watched, and offer additional information on the the computer that is pertinent to the show. Supplemental information includes contextual search, services, and shopping related to what's on TV. Four categories discussed for the application of this tool are:
- Personalized information layers Here’s what
Tom Cruise is wearing in the show you are watching and here’s
where you can buy the same clothes in your zip code.
- Ad hoc social peer communities If you would like to chat about this show, ten of your college friends are watching it right now as well.
- Real-time popularity ratings Nielsen requires
hardware and the results aren’t available in real-time. You might
want to know if there is a spike in viewers watching the show on
channel 9 right now. Advertisers might want to know that too.
- TV- based bookmarks Click to save a show or clip into your video library and there will be more than just a few shows available for watching later.
Technorati Tags: google, audio recognition, Google Research, ambient sound, personalized, search
Google is doing a test of ad-sponsored video, offering up normally pay-content for free in return for seeing a banner above the video and a post roll. The idea is great, but the free content is less than desirable, which makes me question the effectiveness of this test. Since you can watch Lost for free with commercials directly on ABC.com, advertisers need to step it up a bit if this is going to fly.
1. Track drunk athletes (RSS)
2. Identify key blog phrases and themes (RSS)
3. Real-time severe weather alerts (RSS)
4. Subscribe to personal reminders
5. See what sports is on HDTV tonight (RSS)
6. Get notified when that must-have item pops up on eBay (RSS)
7. Watch for new music on iTunes (RSS)
8. Monitor for airport delays (RSS)
9. Track new software releases (RSS)
10. Subscribe to movie reviews (RSS)
11. Watch for cheap Travelocity airfares or on Expedia
12. Get the latest currency exchange rates (RSS)
13. Subscribe to traffic updates (RSS)
14. Read the Bible one verse at a time (RSS)
15. Check out new recipes that come to you (RSS)
16. Track your favorite baseball team
17. Track your favorite football team
18. Track your favorite basketball team
19. Track your favorite hockey team
20. Get your horoscope (RSS)
21. Monitor the latest on bird flu (RSS)
22. Assess the latest computer threats (RSS)
23. Track the latest video games for Xbox (RSS) or Playstation (RSS)
24. Get the tides for virtually any coast in the world
25. Read the notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci one day at a time (RSS)
26. Subscribe to TV listings
27. Track the latest questions on Yahoo Answers (RSS)
28. Subscribe to tee times (RSS)
29. Peruse the latest photos on Flickr (RSS)
30. Scan the latest videos on YouTube (RSS)
31. Get hotel deals from Marriott (RSS)
32. Learn a new word every day using RSS (RSS)
33. Track the latest sales with Dealcatcher (RSS)
34. Subscribe to the Target circular (RSS)
35. Track the latest uses for RSS
This article from MicroPersuasion
Technorati Tags: rss
First it was senators, now baseball players - the Colorado Rockies are giving their pitchers clips on a video ipod of every batter they might face, hitters clips of the pitchers they'll face, and everyone clips of how they're doing when they perform. Gets everyone out of the film room, and lets everyone have easily all they want at their finger tips - pretty good practical business use of an iPod.
Technorati Tags: ipod, apple, baseball, mlb, colorado rockies, rockies
is a broadband "Cribs" series (a la MTV), where they take you through
athletes' homes, all the while making sure to focus on the great
technology that the athletes are using from AT&T and partners.
Clicking within the video innitiates a side panel with more information
about each product. Commercial, but still a shot at peeking into the
houses of today's big athletes, if thats yr thing.
Technorati Tags: mtv, cribs, broadband tv, see how they live, viral, marketing, at&t
Yahoo is rolling out their own version of the IE7 beta, completely "optimized" for use with your Yahoo account. What does this mean?
# Yahoo! Search built into the browser
# Yahoo.com set as the default home page on the primary Tab
# Yahoo! Mail loads in your secondary Tab when you start IE7 Beta 2
# New, sleek design
# Safer web browsing
# View multiple web pages simultaneously
# Reduce clutter with Tabbed browsing
# Collect your favorite content from around the Web with RSS feeds
Basically it just means Yahoo took over all of the settings and adjusted the style of the site so it looks feels and acts like you're on yahoo all the time. While this might be compelling to people who want easily to have a browser that gives them all yahoo has to offer, a personally customized Firefox, Flock, or even IE will be more suitable to most people who hop from tool to tool across brands.
More significant, though, is the continued manouvering back and forth of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo to form different alliegences. Google has the default to Firefox, which is the second largest browser in the US share of use wise. MSN Live will be the default for Microsoft, but they've also given Yahoo this in through a partnership. In addition, Microsoft and Yahoo are soon to announce that their chat applications are inter-operable (you can chat across carriers). Between Yahoo's customized IE and Yahoo's default on Flock, they are revving up their fight against Google for ownership of valuable search real estate. I wonder how much they had to pay Microsoft to grab priority from a company that has their own struggling search product to promote. Read below Microsoft's discussion of the release:
Also, what will this mean long term when the final versions of IE7 roll out?
Blogged with Flock
Why might the Flock homepage going to help Yahoo keep market share over Google? Just take a look at the homepage, which is designed as a clean search only interface that has brought Google success. Yahoo's default homepage instead uses a cluttered interface that people shy away from, and their main search page http://search.yahoo.com isn't very well known. Meanwhile this type of clean search page as the default for Flock might be enough to draw people in without causing them to change their opening start page.
Technorati Tags: flock, delicious, del.icio.us, flickr, blogging, social browser, web2.0, tagging, firefox, mozilla
Google Browser Sync
Other recommended Firefox extensions
UPDATE: My experience with this extension has been poor. Opening the tabs from one browser closes tabs from the other, and it doesn't protect against crashes as well as other Firefox extensions do. For the time being, I've turned off the Browser Sync.
Technorati Tags: google, firefox, browser, sync, browser sync, extension, recommended extensions
- To create an event via SMS, text the event details to "GVENT"
- To get a notification of your next scheduled event, text "next" to "GVENT"
- To get a notification of your current day's events, text "day" to "GVENT"
- To get a notification of your next day's events, text "nday" to GVENT"
Technorati Tags: verizon, aircell, jetblue, internet, air-ground, flight internet, wireless
Starting today, Google is accepting sign-ups for their soon to be released beta of Google Spreadsheets, their office competitor. This, ontop of their purchase of Writely, an online word processor, begins to round out their attack on Microsoft Office. Google Spreadsheets will offer collaborative editing of spreadsheets in real-time, with built in chat and autosave on their hosted network. You can also important and export to excel.
Technorati Tags: google, google spreadsheets, spreadsheets, excel, word, writely, office