The Big Picture has another wonderful series: Daily Life in Belarus.
One of my favorite NPR radio shows, On Point has a new web site which is not only nice looking, well organized and “modern” but also has commenting on each show.
I predict that a lively community will form there because it’s a great show. More on their new site.
The site also includes a more compatible audio player for those of us who don’t want to use Real Media Player. I subscribe to On Point’s podcast too so I can more easily time shift listening as well as listen on my iPod on airplanes.
This is an excellent radio show which is carried on a growing list of NPR radio stations.
Useful write up by Thomas Hawk: The 10 Best Things About the New Adobe Lightroom 2.0.
I’m planning on waiting a while longer before doing this upgrade but many of the updated features are appealing.
I didn’t play with the beta and will no doubt upgrade at some point but I think I’ll wait for 2.1. No rush, the current version works fine for me.
What will be interesting to track is how it does competing with Google. Even if it’s the better tool, Google has so much momentum it may be hard to catch. Nothing like a bit of competition to keep things moving forward. All for the good it seems.
One thing’s for sure, the page output of Cuil is a hell of a lot easier on the eyes than Google’s.
John Markoff reports on the MobileMe meltdown at Apple.
Dang, I’m glad I’ve avoided this part of Apple. I remember when they came out with their AOL competitor, eWorld. It was also a dog in that it was overly graphical to the point of breaking under its own weight. Apple gets a lot right but in my opinion they have not gotten their online products right yet. MobileMe has a long way to go to be reliable and stable.
This disjointed grab bag of gossip has its elucidating moments, but as the definitive tale of the rise of Web 2.0, “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good” serves as a reminder that the latter-day equivalent of Tracy Kidder’s 1981 book, “The Soul of a New Machine,” the gold standard for technology nonfiction, has yet to be written.
Oh, I loved The Soul of a New Machine, but I also enjoyed Ellen Ullman’s Close to the Machine and Steven Levy’s Hackers.