Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I Can Only Stammer This Month

I’m in the middle of a 36 hour coding tear and really don’t have the time to do a post. However, I just had to stop and catch-up on the “U.S. Open” Golf Championship held this weekend at The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, CA.

As I was making the rounds I couldn’t help but notice the latest Trillion Dollar tech news from Microsoft, Stammer, ICANN and …… Donuts!. I hardly can find a place to start! With this kinda of fodder, there is no writers block in “site”.

It would appear that ICANN is in need of filling the tank again and with oil prices the way they are, releasing a few top level domain extensions is just what the economist ordered …… to the tune of $357 Million Dollars.

Donuts, Inc. tied on 307 TLD (Top Level Domains) for a cool $56 Million investment, and Google was good for $18.7 Million of that $357 Million Dollar Pile. However, that was not the score of the day as Microsoft is close to purchasing “Yammer” for a Billion Dollars.

Billion Dollar corporate acquisitions are not unusual these days, except when it comes to many of the Internet Start-ups. There are no earnings on which to base valuation with most of them.

Last months acquisition of “Instagram zero-revenue startup to $1 billion company” by Facebook for a Billion sets a bad president for this type of business deal ( you thought the dot com bubble was bad ), this from a company that is already looking at “class-action” lawsuits for its $104 Billion Dollar IPO.

With all this excitement I Can Only Stammer This Month …… which is not good …… I understand that J.R. is back in town! Maybe the Ewing’s are going to move in on the Internet Corporate Culture this time around. At least they have some earnings to show for all their past efforts.


Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer

I wrapped up last week at “Jefffrey’s Corner with ecto the Mac Blog editor. While not the only Blog editor for Mac, I thought I would move on to one of the Windows Blog editors. So, I guess there is no better place to start than with, “Windows Live Writer”.

Windows Live Writer, developed by Microsoft, is a desktop blog-publishing application that is part of the Windows Live range of products. It features WYSIWYG authoring, photo-publishing and map-publishing functionality, and is currently compatible with Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint blogs, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Telligent Community,, JournalHome, the MetaWeblog API, the Movable Type API, Blogengine and all blogs that support RSD (Really Simple Discoverability).

Windows Live Writer introduces the Provider Customization API that enables both rich customization of Windows Live Writer’s behavior as well as the opportunity to add new functionality to the product. Currently Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad have all taken advantage of this API to expose additional service-specific features within Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer is currently available in 48 different languages; in case you’re having trouble with your English!

Windows Live Writer is based on Onfolio Writer, a product Microsoft obtained from Microsoft’s acquisition of Onfolio. The final release of version 2008 was released on November 6, 2007. There are numerous changes from previous builds that are obvious on first run in this version, including:

* New Authoring Capabilities, including inline spell checking, table editing, ability to add categories, page authoring for WordPress and TypePad, support for excerpts and extended entries, improved hyperlinking and image insertion, and a new “Paste Special” function.
* Improved Integration, including SharePoint 2007 support, new APIs enabling custom extensions by weblog providers, automatic synchronization of local and online edits, integration with Windows Live Gallery, and support for “Blogger Labels”.
* New User Interface, including a brand new design and improved accessibility and keyboard support.

Windows Live Writer version 2009 was released on December 15, 2008 as part of the Windows Live Essentials suite. You can download the latest version for a look see, at this link.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

When starting this section of Bloggers Market, I had hoped to highlight some of the new talent of “The New Media”, but as I got further into the understanding of the Internet, I couldn’t help but be drawn to those that are responsible for the building of this dynamic medium. All playing a part in the intricate construction of what we have come to rely on for our daily information fix. None plays a bigger role in this new way of life and social interaction than Mark Zuckerberg.

Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York to a Jewish family and raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York. As a young lad Mark had an interest in computer programming, working of programs for communications applications & tools and, as one might imagine, games. He attended high school at Ardsley High School before he transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy where he studied Latin.

Mark built a music player named Synapse that used artificial intelligence to learn the user’s listening habits, and was courted by Microsoft and AOL when both tried to purchase Synapse. Mark decided to head to Harvard instead, where he started “Facebook” from his dorm room on February 4, 2004. Mark originally had intended for Facebook to be used by his Harvard group, but soon enlisted the help of Dustin Moskovitz to spread the idea to Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia, Cornell and Yale. Obviously wanting to keep it an Ivy League thing.

Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz decided to move to Palo Alto, California during the summer of 2004, where they leased a small house that would serve as their first office. Over the summer Dustin met Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist who co-founded Pay-Pal and provided an early opportunity to Peter Thiel to invest in Facebook.

As Facebook went through it’s growing pains with the likes of “News Feed”, “Connect”, and “Beacon” it was able to pitch Microsoft on a 1.6% stake of the company for $240 million. On that formula, it is said that at least Microsoft believes that Facebook is worth in the neighborhood of 15 Billion, which is a pretty good neighborhood.

And what is Mark Zuckerberg Tweeting about? I kid you not ………. Facebook, man,…….. you just can’t think this stuff up. Go configure!
Here it is as of March 13, 2009: “Also just created a public page on FB:”. Think you can give us an update there Mark!!!