In the currently world of Social Media there are new tools, available to us daily and in some cases almost hourly. Qik.com is just one of those sites. Qik.com is a great site where those who have any of the following phones: Nokia S60 phones: N71, N73, N75, N76, N77, N80, N91, N92, N93i, N95, E50, E51, E61i, E65, E70m E90 Communicator, 3250, 5500, 5700 Xpress Music, 6110 Navigator, 6120 Classic, 6121 Classic, and 6290, can make use of the service. I don't know the current user base of any of the list and I'd imagine it's small in the larger internet scheme of things. Now, what's even more annoying is that unless you have one of the aforementioned phones, you can't make use of the Qik.com chat feature.
I've had one occasion to use a Nokia N800 recently on our trip to India. I'm impressed with Nokia and what they've done with hardware. Likewise the software interface that has given us Qik.com is also impressive. Yet, it's a walled garden in the social media world. I'd expect more from Nokia.
I've got an iPod to listen to Podcasts. And in the full disclosure mode, I don't have my own, personal, cell phone. I know it's strange, and I'm the exception rather than the rule. The cell phone I do have is work related and is a crippled Nextel i265, that is at this point little more than a direct connect walkie-talkie. (I gave up walkie-talkies back in grade school, but I digress.)
If I'm in the car most of the day of course the iPod is with me. Radio here in Denver is horrible, and monopolized by Clear Channel.
One in five use iPod at work: "A British survey has found that upwards of 22% of employees listen to their iPod, or other digital audio player, for up to 3 hours out of the work day. Shocking, isn't it? OK, so this isn't big news but it would seem that 30% of British firms surveyed have banned the use of iPods at the work place.
I'm not sure I could actually do my job without listening to music, but at least on productivity expert warns that listening to music might cause people to work less.
So, readers, does your company ban the use of iPods at work?
No I'm not starting one, although it would be interesting and fun. Since I spend 6-8 hours a day in the car, and there are days that it's way more than that, my iPod is an essential part of my daily gear. Now, I've got music to be sure and Podcasts too, only due to the fact that Denver Radio is held ransom by Clear Channel. My personal take on Denver radio is that, an hour of a radio show, is 42 minutes of commercial's, show promotions, traffic and news updates, interspersed with 18 minutes of actual show content, and if a talk show, a listener phone call now and then. That said, I'll note that there are some bright spots on the radio dial. A couple of examples, KNUS, who hosts Hugh Hewitt amongst others, and on the FM side, 99.5 The Mountain which reminds me of the early days of radio.
I've made use of iTunes to get Podcasts and so far I've been rather unimpressed. Now, given that this is still an emerging technology, and there are those discussions regarding "Why Podcasting" and is there any sort of business model to follow or to attach to Podcasting, there's really a lot of crap out in the Podcasting world.
I'll do Part II and let you know what I'm listening to and what I've listened to and trashed.
As of last week, the entire household, ok not the cats, but the rest of us now have iPods. The lovely and talented lady of the house needs to have something like the Shuffle's laynard that she can hang around her neck to listen to the iPod while she works. Suggestions are appreciated.