The man behind the BlackBerry idea

Geoff Goodfellow is the unknown inventor who first came up with idea of wireless email. Now he’s happy being a DJ and finding the nexus between tech and entertainment.

GEOFF GOODFELLOW is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who came up with an idea that resulted in a $612.5 million payday. But he will never see a penny of it. He remains little known even in Silicon Valley and, perhaps most surprising, he doesn’t really mind.

And herein lies one of the stranger tales about innovation and money in the world of technology.

A high-school dropout, Mr. Goodfellow had his light-bulb moment in 1982, when he came up with the idea of sending electronic mail messages wirelessly to a portable device — like a BlackBerry. Only back then, there was no BlackBerry; his vision centered on pagers. He eventually did get financial backing to start a wireless e-mail service in the early 1990’s, but it failed.

So, in 1998, he moved to Prague and bought a bar.

More at NYTimes.com

Tallest page on the internet? Duh, yeah…

Well Alex you started it.

Now, everyone is convinced they can make a million bucks easily, just trading on virtual space.

Mohd Zamhoudi and Norshiima, of Malaysia no less, have just hopped onto the bandwagon.

No doubt my linking to them will just create more traffic for their sorry excuse to make a quick buck.

The duo claim they’ve created the ‘tallestpageoninternet’. Yeah, yeah. Even the bad English can’t save your pathetic copycat business plan.

We all know height and length are meaningless on a webpage where one can scroll to infinity.

Shall I create longestpageontheinternettofleeceadvertisers.com and see who makes more money?

Peruse their press release and see what’s up for sale.

5,714 (crappily designed) text boxes with max space of 100 characters for US$127 a pop.

They hope to raise money to “pay for our student loans” and — ahem — “credit cards.”

Maxed out, are we?

By the way, you will note, that although they’re claiming it will be online for at least 10 years, a simple check says it will expire on March 5th, 2011 — five years short of their promise.

Doesn’t say much about their confidence level, does it?

Anyone interested in tallestandwidesthomepageever.com?

Rise in advertising for "user-generated media"

This is the first real research I have seen.

Undoubtedly it is going to show a rise in growth, given its infancy, but media publishers and advertising mavens still stuck in print mode need to take note.

Advertising for blogs, podcasts and RSS, known collectively as user-generated online media, did not begin until 2002, but this combined spending has grown to US$20.4 million by the end or 2005, a 198.4% increase over the 2004 level.

Spending is projected to climb another 144.9% in 2006 to US$49.8 million.

Some of the key growth drivers are continued audience fragmentation, the perceived ineffectiveness of traditional advertising, and the desire to reach the elusive 18- to 34-year-old demographic.

The culmination of six months of primary research found that blog, podcast and RSS advertising are the fastest growing segments of the alternative media industry, and it remains primarily national in scope with 98.1%, or $20.0 million, of all advertising spending coming from the broader market.

Blog advertising accounted for 81.4%, or US$16.6 million, of total spending on blog, podcast and RSS advertising in 2005, but will comprise only 39.7% of the total in 2010.

Podcast advertising, meanwhile, reached US$3.1 million in 2005, and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 154.4% from 2006 to 2010, when it will be larger than blog advertising.

RSS advertising, non-existent until mid-2005, generated spending of US$650,000 in 2005, but will be the fastest growing segment over the next five years.

Other key findings included in the Executive Summary:

  1. Advertising networks and click-throughs are the largest ad insertion methods
  2. Total spending on user-generated online media is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 106.1% from 2005 to 2010, reaching $757.0 million in 2010
  3. Technology was the largest single category at $4.0 million in 2005, due primarily to the technology-savvy early adopters of user-generated media
  4. Auto was the second largest marketing category, generating $3.9 million in 2005, as car manufacturers utilized user-generated media to market their higher-end models to the “influential” demographic
  5. The media industry spent $3.2 million to advertise in user-generated media in 2005, as the industry tried to capitalize on its advanced knowledge of the consumer shift away from traditional media

MORE.

Bootcamp just a gimmick

So you can run XP on a Mac.

Can you run all your fav Windows apps on a Mac or is this just another Jobs’ marketing ploy?

Chris Cooper of CNET calls it a gimmick and David Berlind pitches in: “… buying a Mac to run Windows instead of a system that was designed to run Windows in the first place is just plain dumb…”

Somehow it makes more sense to be running some Mac apps on Windows instead of the other way around.

Average US home has 26 electronic products

A study by the Consumer Electronics Association showed that the average household has 26 “non-discreet” CE products costing upwards of US$1,200.

The top five growing products are MP3 players, digital cameras, car video systems, in-dash CD players and laptop computer.

The five most owned products are televisions, VCRs, cordless phones, DVD players and cell phones.

One of the products with the most growth is satellite radio. Satellite radio ownership has hit 10-percent of households. Satellite radio giants, XM and Sirius, have surpassed 10 million subscribers.

MORE.

Journalist discovers email isn’t off-the-record

John Green, executive producer of the weekend edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” was suspended for a month for leaked email messages that were critical of President Bush and Madeleine K. Albright.

From the NYT:

News organizations, more than any other segment in society, should be wary about inhibiting the speech of their employees. The resulting second guessing, the screening of one’s jokes, jibes and commentary, could have a chilling effect, they say.

“Journalists should be able to speak openly in the vernacular, casually and jokingly, and without evil consequences,” said David Korzenik, a media lawyer in New York who is an adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

MORE.

The future of display

Amazing video of how the future of display may look like.

More on Jefferson Y. Han’s research here.

"Snakes on a plane" feeding frenzy

Can a movie get so much (free) buzz on the Internet that it’s a hit/gets panned even before it premieres?

“Snakes on a Plane” or just plain SoaP to bloggers is that movie. It stars Samuel L. Jackson. And it’s slithering all over the blogosphere.

Read the blog, see the posters,watch the film-trailers, buy the T-shirts, read the bad poetry, listen to the crazy song.

Weird.

[via Church of the customer blog]

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