Monthly Archives: January 2011

Snow fooling around

That’s what it looks like now. And a “double” storm is due to hit tomorrow night.

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Al Jazeera in Egypt is cable’s ‘Sputnik moment’

Cable companies: Add Al Jazeera English *now* Jeff Jarvis commands, correctly, on his blog — and also in Huffpo, under the headine We Want Our Al Jazeera English Now. For me now was a few minutes ago, when I read … Continue reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Business, history, infrastructure, Politics, problems, Technology, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 26 Comments

Learnings from the Browser Wars

The question on Quora goes, What lessons can be learned from the first browser war between Microsoft and Netscape? I covered that war when it broke out, more than fifteen years ago. No magazine was interested in my writing then. … Continue reading

Posted in Business, history, Ideas, Journalism, Past, problems, Quote, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

What station(s) does KDFC pave in the South Bay?

So now KDFC is on 90.3 and 88.9, while KUSF is off the air. (Though it does have a Live365 stream.) Radio Valencia, a pirate radiating out of the Mission district on 87.9, has expressed sympathy with KUSF’s exiled volunteers, … Continue reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Business, infrastructure, radio, School | 7 Comments

Suggestion for KUSF: go to 87.7

87.7 is a frequency that has been open on FM since TV’s digital transition in 2009, which cleared most TV signals off of channels 2-6. (Digital TV stations now identify as “virtual” channels. KRON/4, for example, actually radiates on Channel … Continue reading

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KDFC wounded, KUSF killed (almost)

This week the Bay Area loses two of its radio landmarks. On 102.1fm, KDFC, which has been broadcasting classical music since 1946, will be replaced by a simulcast of KUFX (“K-FOX”), a classic rock station in San Jose. And on … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Broadcasting, Business, Future, music, News, Past, problems, radio | 26 Comments

Geology by plane

I’ve been looking gratefully and often, over the past few years, at Louis J. Maher, Jr.’s Geology by Lightplane. The shots themselves date from 1956-1966, and he put the page up in 2001; but their subjects are the sort that … Continue reading

Posted in Fun, Geology, Science, Travel | 8 Comments

Pubs: Quit adding promo BS to copied text

So I when I copy the headline “Thousands of Web Users Delete Profiles from Rapleaf” I get more than I asked for when I copied it. This I find out when I paste it, and get the the headline, plus … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Journalism | 17 Comments

What if Flickr fails?

[2 February update… A new case has come up, of accidental deletion. More detailsĀ here and here. The company has also updated its community guidelines. It’s still not clear why the company does not save deleted accounts. My provisional assuption is … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Future, Ideas, infrastructure, Photography, problems, Technology | 111 Comments

How about a timed phone un-silencer?

I’m sure all of us with mobile phones do the same thing. When we go into a meeting, a movie, chruch or whatever, we silence our phones. And then forget to un-silence them when we’re done. Then, after too much … Continue reading

Posted in Life, problems, Technology | 16 Comments