Wednesday Sep 02, 2009

links for 2009-9-2: NFL forbids tweeting; Gmail outage

  • NFL forbids play-by-play tweets during games. Good luck with that - Ok, the NFL has to make a statement to appease their rights holders, but seriously, what can they do?  "It isn’t the sports writers that the NFL needs to worry about when it comes to play-by-play tweets. They need to worry about the fans in the stands with Twitter apps on their smartphones. They need to worry about the TV viewers who are sharing details of the games with friends who can’t see it (maybe because of the stupid blackout rule.)"
  • Is it fair to criticize Google for the Gmail outage? [video] - For the majority of folks, i.e. those that use it as a free service, NO!  It is free folks, what SLA have you paid for?  For those that are paying as part of Google Apps, sure, you might have reason to complain, but 100 minutes down a year is still 0.9998 uptime.  Nearly four 9's isn't bad, and if you were hosting e-mail yourself, what would your uptime be?

Wednesday Aug 19, 2009

links for 2009-8-18: CDs still sell; Gmail overtakes AOL

  • CDs still sell: Who are these people?!? - "Sixty-five percent of you are still buying CDs for your music in the first half of 2009, according to research firm NPD."  That number seems high, but when you think about it not everyone is comfortable with buying over the web or dealing with files and burning CDs themselves or prefer to have physical media.  I personally have fell in love with Amazon.com's music store.
  • Gmail moves past AOL as No. 3 web e-mail service in U.S. - I would have thought it would happen sooner.  I only have a handful of AOL addresses in my contacts and most of those are pretty dated.  But I guess AOL had a huge lead and folks are reluctant to change e-mail addresses.
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