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One of the reasons I decided to strike out on my own and focus on writing for this industry was to perhaps help influence the way companies are presenting themselves to the industry and media and also calm down some of the crazy hype out there. I just, for example, read something about a software company making a "quantum leap" in something or other. Adrian's crew flagged that one. I read press releases all the time that are suspect, and increasingly, in this frenzied effort to feed the 24-hour news beast, stuff that then gets written out of that PR without much thought as to what's being reported. This mild rant is actually not about the DS/DOOH industry, but it could be just as easily. All day, I have seen reports on my RSS newsreader from mainstream news and technology blogs about the report from Morgan Stanley that says teens aren't using Twitter. Hmmm, I though... (more)

Leaked Plans for Microsoft Retail Shops Show Big DS Component

Microsoft recently announced it was going to start opening up its own retail shops to go head to head, sort of, with Apple and its own hip and very successful retail outlets. Someone has now slipped the guys at Gizmodo a Powerpoint presentation from the retail design firm engaged to come up with the look and feel of the shops. Happily, and mercifully, there's a big nod to digital screens. The few times I have seen screens work really well in retail, so far, have been when the things have been schemed in from the start and are part of the strategy. More typically, so far, it's be... (more)

Gmail Is In The Cloud and It Went Down

I was talking to someone on the phone yesterday about insurance and he needed to send me a PDf file as proof. I told him just send it to my Gmail account, and then remembered, last time I'd looked Gmail was down. The guy said, "Well, I'm sure it's back now. It wouldn't be down for more than a few seconds. It's Gmail!" Well, it was down for about two hours on Tuesday. On the Gmail blog, as related by TechCrunch, the VP Engineering for Google explained: At about 12:30 pm Pacific a few of the request routers became overloaded and in effect told the rest of the system “stop sending u... (more)

What's a MicroTile?

This is the form factor of these things. They are about 10 inches deep and then need a couple more inches clearance for proper ventilation. The units are serviced from the front, by pulling off a shatterproof acrylic optical lens.Christie Digital has a pile of photos on its Facebook page, where I grabbed this one.      ... (more)

Nice Screens, Shame About the Dancing

Microsoft Developer on Ulitzer I have not seen the stores in person, but from a distance I really, really like what Microsoft has done with its retail presence. Sure it looks vaguely familiar to Apple's stores, but big whoop. The wall to wall screens are brilliant. However, I am now second-guessing whether I'd actually want to step inside a store and be trampled by line-dancing geeks rocking out to Will.I.Am and Fergie. Sheesh. I'd love to see the look on the guy who walked up to cash to buy his Windows 7 upgrade and got stuck watching this horror show. "Umm, can I, excuse me, ... (more)