Thursday, April 26, 2007

Google Gadget for Vino2Vino

One of the cool things about Web 2.0 (and Wine 2.0) is that technology is emerging which let's you extend a targeted community, like wine lovers, out to other sites and communities. Last month, I blogged about our V2V wine review widget on Widgetbox. The wine widget is cool because you can create a widget to represent different types and kinds of wine. But, it can only be used on sites or blogs where you have authoring privileges.

This week, we released a new version of the widget as a Google Gadget. (more from Mike) This gadget allows you to put a special kind of widget on your Google home page that automatically shows you wines that are being updated on vino2vino.com. It's like a visual RSS feed. Every time you hit your Google home page, you'll see an updated graphic of wines that have recently been reviewed on Vino2Vino. And, it's dead simple to add the gadget to your home page. Click on the graphic above, or here to add it to your personalized Google home page (Google login required).

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

VT Tragedy

My brother Mike is visiting me this week from Blacksburg, Virginia. Mike graduated from Virginia Tech in December and is staying in Blacksburg for another month until his girlfriend graduates and they move to SF this summer.

Blacksburg was visited by a terrible tragedy this week which has brought home how fragile we all are - that one person can do so much damage to so many individuals and families.

There really aren't words to describe how tragic this whole event was, so I'll end by saying that my thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and Katy, their friends and the rest of the VT community as they begin the process of putting their lives back on track and healing.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Verizon misleading consumers

I can't believe that a company like Verizon can get away with this, but they are apparently limiting their "unlimited" data plans to 5GB of data transfers per month. If you exceed this amount of data in one month, they will shut off your service. While this seems like a blatant case of false advertising, it turns out that Verizon is really trying to shut out certain types of applications running on their handsets. Specifically, they do not want people running a video service (like Sling, Orb, etc.) that is competitive with their own vCast service.

What's really sad about this action by Verizon is that this kind of behavior from major operators will limit the amount of innovation that companies can and will provide to consumers. It sets a really bad precedent and confuses consumers who read the marketing material, but not the full legalese until it's too late. Shame on you Verizon.

After this, who is going to believe an announcement about unlimited texting? "Oh, you mean text messaging to other people? That will cost you more."

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

We're number two!! We're number two!!

It just doesn't have quite the right ring to it, does it? My team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, were handed their hats again this week. In a freaky re-enactment of the NCAA football national championship, the Florida Gators did it to us again.

I have to admit, part of me was really hoping we would redeem ourselves. As with the BCS championship game, Ohio State had a real chance to win this one. But, I guess it was not meant to be. Congratulations to the Gators for winning the two big matches this year!

Maybe next year will be our year!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Job-shifting

At TiVo, we helped make time-shifting possible for many. It had been promised by the VCR, but that promise didn't really become a reality for the masses until the DVR.

In 2004, the founders of Sling launched an entirely new category of products with their first place-shifting product. Unlike time-shifting, which lets you watch your TV "when" you want, place-shifting lets you watch that same TV "where" you want. Whether it's live TV or a video device, the SlingBox beams your TV signal out of the home over your broadband link to a remote PC or multi-media cellular phone.

So, I'm now creating a new term, job-shifting. It's where I move from my current entrepreneurial enterprise into full-time employment with Sling. Starting tomorrow, I start as the vice president of product marketing and product management at Sling Media. I'm really excited to be working with the team at Sling, and on the exciting new products on their roadmap. Hang on, I think this is going to be an e-ticket ride.