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Andy McIlwain
Grooveshark - Free Music Streaming, Online Music - http://grooveshark.com/
Stream music online, for free! Premium plans are available for ad-free listening and desktop + mobile app support. - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Grooveshark - Free Music Streaming, Online Music - http://grooveshark.com/
Stream music online, for free! Premium plans are available for ad-free listening and desktop + mobile app support. - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
"XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
"XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Apps will replace the World Wide Web. - http://www.andymci.com/apps-wi...
"Hey Dave, thanks for the comment. :) Web development was once a scarcity, but as it became more accessible to the everyman, having your own web presence became a standard. App development, I think, is on the same path. We're still in the early stages, but given enough time, I think most businesses will have their own custom apps. (Look at how Apple is changing eBook publishing for authors.) When that time comes -- when we have a WordPress or Drupal for building apps -- we'll have reached the tipping point. Unfortunately, I also believe that this app-driven future of the mainstream web will most certainly be controlled by corporate interests. I say "mainstream" because I am convinced that there will *always* be ways to install applications without going through a marketplace. This is especially true for open source platforms like Android and (more recently) WebOS." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: #blogchat for January 22, 2012: Group Blogging - http://www.andymci.com/blogcha...
"Thanks! I really enjoy the #blogchat conversations, and I'm a bit of a nutter for taking notes... so it kinda worked out. :) I've been swearing by Evernote for everything and anything." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Sunday at 5 pm: Google+ Hangout for WordPress Next Steps - http://ladieslearningcode.com/2012...
"Only found out about this now, but I'll try to sit in on this as well. :)" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: TED Talk on SOPA, PIPA - http://www.andymci.com/ted-tal...
"Hey Geoff. :) A big issue, I think, is that the system used for passing laws, both in the US and in Canada (look at Bell + CRTC), is horribly out of date.The world is a more complex place than it used to be, but our system of governance hasn't really changed. And that leads to the situations that we're facing now. Politicians are setting policies on things they know nothing about." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Web Marketing, as taught by the Apple Store - http://www.andymci.com/learn-w...
"Thanks for the encouragement, Autom! It's taken me a while to get over the whole "fear of shipping" thing. I have about 50-ish other post ideas sitting in Evernote, just waiting to be posted. :)" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Media & Government vs. The Internet - http://www.andymci.com/miscell...
"Hi Paytonn, If you're looking for more information on this growing conflict between corporate interests and public freedom, I suggest checking out Michael Geist (http://www.michaelgeist.ca/) and Open Media (http://openmedia.ca/). These are two of the loudest voices when it comes to laws and policies that affect the internet in Canada." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Media & Government vs. The Internet - http://www.andymci.com/blog...
"Hi Paytonn, If you're looking for more information on this growing conflict between corporate interests and public freedom, I suggest checking out Michael Geist (http://www.michaelgeist.ca/) and Open Media (http://openmedia.ca/). These are two of the loudest voices when it comes to laws and policies that affect the internet in Canada." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Media & Government vs. The Internet - http://www.andymci.com/2011...
"Hi Paytonn, If you're looking for more information on this growing conflict between corporate interests and public freedom, I suggest checking out Michael Geist (http://www.michaelgeist.ca/) and Open Media (http://openmedia.ca/). These are two of the loudest voices when it comes to laws and policies that affect the internet in Canada." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Media & Government vs. The Internet - http://www.andymci.com/technol...
"Hi Paytonn, If you're looking for more information on this growing conflict between corporate interests and public freedom, I suggest checking out Michael Geist (http://www.michaelgeist.ca/) and Open Media (http://openmedia.ca/). These are two of the loudest voices when it comes to laws and policies that affect the internet in Canada." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
"@JMattHicks Thanks for the comment! I've started using Livefyre as my go-to comment system for other sites, too. I'm really interested in seeing how powerful the system can be with larger sites." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Poll: Will BBX Be The Answer to RIM's Sinking Ship? - http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile...
""Too big to fail" has a poor track record." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: My thoughts and memories of September 11, 2001 - http://www.andymci.com/2011...
"I was lucky that my parents understood -- or at least feigned understanding -- of how important the internet is, even in those days. We didn't get a PC until 1999, but even so, we hooked it up to the 'net as soon as we brought it home. I joke about it constantly, but the internet really did play a huge role in my teenage years (and it continues to be the cornerstone of my day-to-day world). Without the internet, I'm sure I would've been in the same bubble as well." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Clean Up Your Browser Bookmarks Bar by Getting Rid of the Site Titles [Browsers] - http://lifehacker.com/5817395...
I've been doing this for a while now. The bookmarks bar in Google Chrome is like a quick launch bar for my most frequently visited sites (Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Reader, Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs and Grooveshark). It's like making Chrome your OS, minus the OS. - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Why webOS is a Challenge to iOS and Android in the Business World - http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterpr...
Well, looks like I've found the work tablet I want! - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Pentagon Declares Cyberattack an Act of War - http://www.readwriteweb.com/archive...
"If you shut down our power grid," one unnamed military official told the Journal, "maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Kevin Rose Resigns from Digg [CONFIRMED] - http://mashable.com/2011...
"I disagree. The Digg v4 debacle goes to show that you can't shift the entire concept of an online community without facing strong resistance from your userbase. Honestly, they should've learned their lesson from previous Digg "revolts" (Sony, anyone?). Facebook learned from the failures of MySpace and inherited a good chunk of that site's community.Honestly, I think Reddit ended up doing the same with Digg's community. Monetization is a bitch, but they seem to be gradually improving on that over time." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Kevin Rose Resigns from Digg [CONFIRMED] - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I disagree. The Digg v4 debacle goes to show that you can't shift the entire concept of an online community without facing strong resistance from your userbase. Honestly, they should've learned their lesson from previous Digg "revolts" (Sony, anyone?). Facebook learned from the failures of MySpace and inherited a good chunk of that site's community.Honestly, I think Reddit ended up doing the same with Digg's community. Monetization is a bitch, but they seem to be gradually improving on that over time." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Kevin Rose Resigns from Digg [CONFIRMED] - http://mashable.com/2011...
"Stumble showcases "one thing". Users get their kicks from that "one thing", and then they continue stumbling. Only in rare cases do users stick around and mingle with the rest of the site. It's like free samples at the grocery store. The customers don't care about the product, they care about the little snack they get for free. Then they move on to the next one." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Kevin Rose Resigns from Digg [CONFIRMED] - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Stumble showcases "one thing". Users get their kicks from that "one thing", and then they continue stumbling. Only in rare cases do users stick around and mingle with the rest of the site. It's like free samples at the grocery store. The customers don't care about the product, they care about the little snack they get for free. Then they move on to the next one." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Book Summary: The Invisible Touch by Harry Beckwith - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Thanks for the comment, Harry. Some books stand the test of time and never go out of style. Selling the Invisible and The Invisible Touch are two such books. (Purple Cow and Permission Marketing from Seth Godin also come to mind.) I consider all four of the above to be must-reads for anyone like myself - we're just starting into the world of business out of school." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Book Summary: The Invisible Touch by Harry Beckwith - http://www.andymci.com/2011...
"Thanks for the comment, Harry. Some books stand the test of time and never go out of style. Selling the Invisible and The Invisible Touch are two such books. (Purple Cow and Permission Marketing from Seth Godin also come to mind.) I consider all four of the above to be must-reads for anyone like myself - we're just starting into the world of business out of school." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: StatusNet Launching New SaaS - Stops Accepting New Members for Year Old Service - http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud...
"It sounds like StatusNet is going up against the likes of SocialText, which will be interesting. The biggest concern I have with SocialText is that it can be overkill... perhaps this is an opportunity for StatusNet to take advantage of, as a more simplistic self-hosted option?" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: StatusNet Launching New SaaS - Stops Accepting New Members for Year Old Service - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"It sounds like StatusNet is going up against the likes of SocialText, which will be interesting. The biggest concern I have with SocialText is that it can be overkill... perhaps this is an opportunity for StatusNet to take advantage of, as a more simplistic self-hosted option?" - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Be a Neighborhood Hero (and Earn Some Cash) by Sharing Your Driveway - http://www.readwriteweb.com/hack...
"I'd assume that, if there's a need for parking, traffic in the area is a given. It's unlikely that a flood of cars will start pouring into residential neighbourhoods because everyone wants to park in the Jones's driveway." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: Be a Neighborhood Hero (and Earn Some Cash) by Sharing Your Driveway - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"I'd assume that, if there's a need for parking, traffic in the area is a given. It's unlikely that a flood of cars will start pouring into residential neighbourhoods just because everyone wants to park in the Jones's driveway." - Andy McIlwain
Andy McIlwain
Re: What if Facebook Bought Twitter? They've Talked About It, Report Says - http://www.disqus.com/people...
"Facebook already has a status update platform that serves the same function as Twitter. Google, on the other hand, hasn't done a very good job of entering the social networking space. Between the two, I think it's more probable that Google would be the buyer, not Facebook." - Andy McIlwain
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