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A blog “More Willie” has a great post about Crucial Mac software for students. My favorite application is iAlertU. It’s an alarm for your laptop. You arm the alarm with your IR remote and it beeps just like a car alarm. Using the built in motion sensor it can detect if someone moves or tries to use your computer. If they do an alarm sounds and the screen starts flashing. It also snaps a picture with the built in iSight camera. Click here for the Crucial Mac Software: College Edition.

The house has voted to ban social networking sites from schools and libraries (for minors). But why…Cory from LostRemote.com says you can blame…Dateline (and every other over reactive media network). Does he have a point? Maybe.

You see, normally I blog in the evening (or morning depending on how you look at it). But recently I have had my nights taken away by ABC. No not necessarily working late but rather the word tonight was taken away. Also a similar not, you DVR might have also lost track…if it was set to record World News Tonight, well it won’t record World News.

I came across this in one of my old blogs. This post was dated December 5, 2005. It’s always interesting to look back.

WNT’s leap towards the future of News

Today ABC News announced that Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff are being named as the next co-anchors of ABC’s World News Tonight. While I am quite excited about the idea of an MU grad anchoring the evening newscast for one of the big three there are many more important features to this announcement. ABC is willing to look at their product in a different light.

Typically most newsrooms (national and local) had one product, their newscast. Yes, in local news you may have more than one newscast throughout the day, but that was still your only product. As the internet continues to play a larger role in news, newsrooms across the county have copied their newscast to a website. While I have not doubt that ABC still views WNT as the main product they are not afraid to let their website play a vital role in that product. They will doing everything from placing reporters stories on the website before the newscast to expanded coverage of their stories online.

There is nothing worse than newsrooms regurgitating their scripts and packages on the internet. I am glad to see that WNT is going beyond that. It will be interesting to see how their website and blog will compare and compete with NBC’s Night News’.

Anytime anyone asks me my input on their blog or blogging in general, my response is that in order for it to be successful they have to keep it up to date. Well, I have failed at that. It would be easy for me to just say that I have been busy…so I will…I have been busy. Or maybe I stopped blogging regular to prove my point. That’s it, I stopped blogging just so I can show you how quickly the number of people viewing my blog went down. Here see for yourself. (I’ll do my best to prove that if I continue blogging my numbers will pick back up).

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Sometimes blogs give users control over the type of feedback they give. An interesting example is Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell’s Taking Names blog. After his post about Jeb Bush's dog, Marvin, dying users logged on an published letters to Jeb from their dogs. I mean dogs logged on and left messages to Jeb.

Every Wednesday CBS.com’s Melissa P. McNamara summarizes roundup of the “buzz on the must-read blogs.” If you check out today’s Blogophile she talked about the discussion from the New York Times article (See post below). I proud to say my blog made it on the Blogophile.

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