First Post - Why Not Just Rant a Little?
So I've been a techie for 20 years now. Not the kind that likes dismantling and cobbling together the old and the new ala Make, but the kind that all the friends and relatives bug when they need a new PC to browse the web. (after they screwed up windows with spyware and malware by clicking on every link in every forwarded email.)
I've worked for Gateway (yes, I know, crash and burn) and I now make my living selling technology independently. (perhaps more on that in a subsequent post.)
I follow technology on a pretty regular basis. I listen to some of the more popular podcasts (mostly former TechTV people) like Leo Laporte and the gang on TWIT, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht on Diggnation, and Patrick Norton and Robert Heron on DL.TV.
I also visit some of the popular sites like engadget (which has been really on it lately), and digg as well.I really miss the old TechTV. Comcast bought em out last year and merged TechTV with their G4 and destroyed the network. It's just another Spike TV now with a little bit of tech every now and then. Oh, and shows that cover video games. Blah blah.
The Screen Savers went from a watchable show with occassionally great segments to a piece of crap offering up segments on drinking games. They changed the name to Attack of the Show after the merge, which conveys absolutely nothing. At least their not destroying the name of the old show in the process.
Then in a flash of nostalgia, someone over there put Leo Laporte's show Call for Help (from Canada) on G4 for a while. Great show. But it's no longer on. And I can't seem to reliably find it on BitTorrent either.
Speaking of BitTorrent and podcasts, this is the segment of technology that is really the most exciting right now in my opinion. Not the illegal file sharing aspect of it, but IP TV and the future of all media. Audio, Video, Print. All the traditional models for content distribution are being effected by the ubiquity of the internet. As hardware manufacturers finally embed ethernet connectivity and software to manage feeds into their devices, time and place shifting becomes accessible to the non-techies of the world. As people begin consuming content in new ways, creators and providers will change the way they provide that content, and perhaps even the content itself.
more ranting later...