Scripting News for 11/29/2006

Naked Jen: “Last night I was out with some friends and one of them has been blogging on a site hosted by Scriptwriting Magazine. I guess their system and servers crashed and he lost his entire blog and all his posts. He’s only been blogging since September, but still! Everything is gone!” 

Confirmed, Apple does not claim the term podcast.  

The University of North Carolina is looking for a professor to teach blogging in the J-school.  

Paul Boutin: How to fight with other bloggers

Al Jazeera: Kim to lose iPod privileges

I just joined eBay. I know, what took me so long. Anyway, I’m bidding on something, and want to be notified by SMS or IM, and thought I’d use Skype (eBay bought it for $2.6 billion) but it isn’t an option. That’s pretty amazing. You’d think the Skype guys would have some sway over there. You can use PayPal (another big eBay acquisition) to pay for what you buy. 

Phil Wolff: “Dave, the reason Skype doesn’t offer Skype alerting is that Skype doesn’t operate a web service or offer a ‘naked Skype’ client or a Skype server that can talk through the Skype P2P network.” 

Speaking of eBay, I was wondering if The Wire character, Wee Bey, was named after eBay. He was kind of a nice guy, if you like mass murderers. 🙂 

Postscript: I bought a Cobalt Qube for $125 on eBay! 

Speaking of buying things, Edgeio just bought Adaptive Real Estate Services. You heard it here first! 🙂 

Guy Kawasaki: “You should become a venture capitalist after you’ve had the shiitake kicked out of you.” 

Sal Taylor Kydd, the head of product for Yahoo TV thanks you for your feedback on the new site. In the meantime I switched to TV Guide, which compares favorably to the old Yahoo TV site. There’s a lesson here, one that I learned in 1984, when I shipped a new product with less functionality than the one it replaced. Make sure that the new version is better than the old one, users do notice.  

John Furrier: “Saying that startups will burst when Google crashes is like saying that increase in interest rates will burst the housing bubble.” 

Caroline McCarthy at says that Mike Arrington could use a copy editor. I was thinking the other way, that TechCrunch has lost soemthing now that it’s more than Arrington. There was a charm to TC when it was just MA sledding downhill at 80,000 MPH on the seat of his pants. 

Stock Market 101 

Yesterday’s bit about Bubble Burst 2.0 got a lot of response, interestingly none of it from proponents of the bubble, i.e. analysts or investors who have a stake in perpetuating the bubble (note, I do myself, but I’m famous for shooting off my mouth even when it costs me money).

And it seems that some others who comment are missing something about the stock market. Stock prices absolutely do matter, when you’re talking about bubbles, because that’s what bubbles are made of. Yes, a stock price is a pure product of group-think, but the whole economy is a product of group-think. If people liked freezing their asses off, real estate in the Colorado Rockies would be more expensive than real estate on the ocean in Florida. Wait a minute. Okay, you see the humor, I hope. 🙂

When the bubble bursts, that which was valuable yesterday is worthless today. Or worth less (much). That’s what bubbles are all about.

And yes indeed, non-public companies have P/E ratios. The price of the stock is the price at the last transaction. Whether it’s public or not determines the liquidity of the stock and whether bloggers and reporters know the price and can kibitz about it.

But with all the regulation these days, at least in the US, you do eventually find out the price, after a company is purchased by a public company.

10 responses to this post.

  1. Heh. I like how the BBSpot link came and went… Thank goodness your feed gets polled so quickly!

    But you should have kept it up. That was good parody, insofar as the story was true enough that it could fool even a smart person at first glance.


  2. RE: TV listings rant — try for a good ajax implementation (disclaimer–I work for TV Guide)


  3. Jay, I’m trying TV Guide as my TV listing service.

    DeWitt, when I realized it was a parody I took the link down. Not that I don’t like parodies, but I didn’t find this one funny probably because it is not all that improbable.


  4. I am amazed you’re just now joining eBay. Then again I suppose one really has to want something there to actually join. And you didn’t want the BUS!

    I thought you could use Skype for notifications. I thought that was one of the whole purposes for the purchase. Maybe they just haven’t figured that out yet? I do know that the biggest attraction for the purchase of Skype was for real-time communications between buyers and sellers about actual auction items.

    Did you win your item? Or has the auction not finished yet? You do know to wait until the very last seconds to actually bid, don’t you? Or do I need to come to Berkeley and give you an eBay lesson, too?


  5. I can also confirm that back in 2005, Apple were also not interested in the generic domain name,


  6. The reason why you can’t inject bulk IM messages into Skype using a web service is that it is a peer to peer system, unlike AIM, Yahoo IM etc. These are all server based systems, where most of the intelligence is centralized, its fairly easy to see how AOL can inject messages into AIM via a web service.

    In contrast, the primary central service in Skype is sign-on, where you get issued a secure key to identify you. You can then find and talk to your buddies over encrypted connections without making any more calls to a central point. Skype is a distributed p2p system, and at the time eBay launched Alerts, there was no central place or mechanism where you could inject large numbers of messages into Skype.


  7. — Adrian says
    “The reason why you can’t inject bulk IM messages …”


    VOIP is pretty on its face, but ebay gets hammered for being a safe harbor. Very strange.



  8. Regarding the Apple confirmation and the word ‘podcast’ – its not confirmed. They don’t object to its use as a descriptive term. But they most certainly do object to its use by another company when related to the downloading of media and to portable devices.

    The community seems to think that the issue is over and that Apple’s original intentions were misinterpreted. But were not. They claim a common-law right to all things ‘pod’ and they are attempting to enforce that.


  9. The only evidence anyone has posted on this subject was when Apple sent a cease-and-desist letter to a company attempting to trademark “myPod” and “podcast ready”. See “” for an excerpt and the full text of said letters.

    This is US law, not Australian, but it’s on topic.


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