America’s Greatest Online Poker Player is 17

If you’re interested in online poker, you will likely enjoy this article from Sync magazine. I did, and I am. Watch for more in Media Mall’s online poker section soon (I hope). Click to read: America’s Greatest Online Poker Player

Easy Jump Start & Podcasting Pitch

Tinu Abayomi-Paul who writes for Search Engine Guide wrote a somewhat optimistic yet useful pitch, Why You’re Missing Out on Hundreds of Visitors If You Aren’t Podcasting which includes a link to her even more useful HowtoPodcast blog which includes a quite groovy little Flash movie, “The Easy Podcast Movie” which shows you how to do it in a few easy steps. $5/month and you can record yours on the phone. Maybe this is the revolutionary medium I hope it is and, of course, even those without iPods or other MP3 players can still listen on the Web.

Podcasting Builds Momentum, Gets Defined

iPod promo OK. I admit it. Maybe podcasting IS the beginning of the personalized webcasting that I wrote about for years in Videography.

I was impressed with the NY Times coverage this weekend… snappy examples… Tired of TiVo? Beyond Blogs? Podcasts Are Here. I take as a sign of emerging yet premature maturity 😉 that there are already sites like and, that review and rank podcasts.

I even download the iPodder podcast aggregator software, but I’ve not yet put it fully to use. Although, if you’re interested in learning more, you might check out Dave Winer’s (he’s one of the originators of the RSS, Really Simple Syndication format) well-linked definition of podcasting: What is Podcasting?

Podcasting Maybe Bigger Than I Thought

According to this ClickZ article MP3 Player Adoption at Tipping Point, there are now 22 million Americans with iPod’s or other MP3 players and this market has reached a “tipping point” that is making it viable as a distribution platform. I’ll sure be amazed if podcasting takes off. Probably we just need more people with something to say, or who REALLY want to be HEARD. 😉

Of course, it always takes a while for folks to learn to get their information and media in new ways. Witness the slow ramp-up of Tivo and PVR’s.

Podcasting… a future or a fad?

Wow. Apple‘s runaway success in the MP3 player market has spawned a new kind of broadcasting called podcasting. I caught wind of it in Wired magazine (Jan/Feb issue) and then I saw mention in USA Today. Sites like,, and are breaking new ground. Do you think it’s a viable “broadcasting” platform or too elitest given that listeners need to be able to afford an iPod or other mp3 player? It’s cool, but I’m not even sure that mp3 services like are even making a go as a business. However, I must admit that I’m starting to listen to books-on-tape type stuff on my new iPod. In fact, as far as I can tell, I get better deals on spoken word programs and better selection via Amazon–rather than via either or the iTunes store. Stay tuned. 😉