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Tech news outside the mainstream

Uncommon news and information with a technical twist and some topics that are a bit out there. Enjoy...

College Radio - The Way Radio Should Be

WSGE.org College Radio When I comes to music, they say programmers have the best play lists.  Personally I listen to a lot of different music, and when knocking out a application, I prefer something with good cadence, mostly instrumental and a mix I can listen to for hours on end.

Finding new music can be a challenge.  Traditional radio isn't what it used to be.  Most FM stations play 20 minutes or more of commercials per hour and it's usually from a pool of top 40 hits in a contained genre.  Even worse is there's usually more commercials when they know they have a trapped audience during rush hour traffic times.  CD's, blue tooth-ing from your own collection, or other service like Spotify and Pandora will curate to your specific tastes which is great to a certain extent and cost.

An often overlooked area to find new music with less commercial interruption is college radio.  Most stations have a streaming service and can be picked from anywhere.  I listen to stations from around the world and one that I've been enjoying lately is relatively local, WSGE in Dallas, NC.

WSGE.org has a variety of different music programs, rock, beach and shag music on Saturday afternoons followed by R&B and the Highway 321 Blues show on most weeknights.  The DJ's are great too with insight to the artists and music history. The way radio should be. Worth a look for real music lovers, enjoy.

Smart Brands Have a Domain Name Strategy

Smart BrandingWhether you are responsible at the c-level or a marketing leader in any other industry, your company needs to have a domain name strategy.  Domain names act as your digital sales force and your company's key to monumental growth.  Read some inspiring stories from executives and entrepreneurs on SmartBranding.com that have added explosive levels of growth to their organizations through brand matching domain names, upgrading domain names and rebranding to more memorable domain names.  The domain name makes all the difference!

Before there was SmartBranding.com, there was MarkUpgrade.com the parent company, and they have been helping clients acquire and broker domain names suited to their clients specific brands, long term sustainability and market direction.  There are also real world case studies of how misaligned brands, name confusion, advertising costs and traffic loss that by enhancing their domain name was the key to how they almost instantly derived so many benefits from a brand matching domain adding bigger sales and even greater value to their businesses. Save millions with focused advertising, improved creditability, global name recognition and increased market share.

One other piece of advice is that unlike traditional real estate that comes back on the market, domain names are usually gone forever once they are sold.  Get a great domain name while you still can.

Here's a few game changer domain names listed below for the real estate genre.  Check out all the other premium domain names that I have for sale here.

GulfView.com
FloridaBeachHomes.com
SouthernHomes.com
TravelLodging.com

LinkedIn - Power for Success and Tech News

LinkedInLinkedIn is a source of cutting edge tech news from fascinating people that make it. Get inspired.

LinkedIn has evolved from a job networking site to something much greater and I hope will continue to grow into more of a news and information platform. The traditional media outlets are dead they just don't know it yet. I get my weather from an app and I really only need to see the radar to know what's up. Waiting and wading through commercials and pop ups adverts is a waste and a desperate attempt to monetize a couple seconds of valid content. Investigative reporting is all but gone, journalism has become a joke, paid political influence and other content so watered down as not to offend, just lulls and pacifies. But, if your time is valuable and you're tired of misinformation and redirection from what's really going on, you've probably already found new sources of information.

For tech news and events there is probably no better place than LinkedIn. I follow groups and many fascinating people for their perspectives, bleeding new technologies and inspiration. And, although I hope to never have look to work for another organization again, I stay plugged in to events and people I would like to work with for any of the several projects I have at hand. For me, LinkedIn is a way to learn from the advice of accomplished professionals and shortcut some of the hard tuition you'd pay in real life.

LinkedIn has almost a billion users worldwide. Here are some other demographics from Kinsta.com about the user base. If you don't have an account, get one it's free and it's valuable, whether you're looking to work, grow or stay informed.

Marketing Genius or Grassroots Activism

Birds Arn't Real Is the "Birds Aren't Real" movement a growing conspiracy or is it an epic marketing strategy?

You'll have to decide for yourself. The founder and lead activist Peter McIndoe has been written about in The New York Times, The Gaurdian, The Hill and on hundreds of other sites since the movement hit mainstream in 2017, but it's roots really began decades before.  I suspect more grass than roots.

Did you know the word bird, B.I.R.D. means Bionic Information Recording Drone.  If not all birds are drones yet, they may soon be along with flying insects.  Keep a close watch on dragonflies and carpenter bees.

The right to privacy is slipping away like a bird though the forest trees.  Don't be fooled by the government smoke show. Have you ever seen a baby pidgeon? No.  But, you do see birds sitting on power lines charging up their batteries everyday. Yes, and there's a lot more down this rabbit hole.

Visit BirdsArentReal.com buy a t-shirt, create awareness and stand up against the surveillance state.

Quality Domain Names Are Drying Up

Quality domain names are drying up Quality domain names are drying up, get the best domain names while you still can.

Domain names are the real estate of the internet, and they are becoming scarcer every day. With over 4.5 billion internet users and countless businesses vying for online attention, the demand for premium domain names has never been higher. If you are considering investing in a domain name, now is the time to act before they are gone.

A domain name is an essential part of any online business or brand, and it can have a significant impact on your online success. A strong domain name is memorable, brandable, and easy to find, which can help drive traffic and establish your online presence. It can also help you stand out from your competitors, build trust with your customers, and establish your brand as an authority in your industry.

However, as more and more businesses and individuals recognize the importance of domain names, the supply is dwindling. Many of the most valuable domain names have already been registered, and the ones that are still available are being snapped up quickly. Once a domain name is registered, it is not available for anyone else to use, meaning that if you don't act quickly, you could miss out on your ideal domain name.

Investing in a domain name is also a smart financial decision. Premium domain names have been known to sell for millions of dollars, and even less valuable domain names can appreciate in value over time. By investing in a domain name now, you could be setting yourself up for a significant return on investment in the future.

If you are interested in buying a domain name, it is important to act quickly. Do your research to find a domain name that aligns with your goals and brand. With the right domain, you can establish a strong online presence, build your brand, and set yourself up for long-term success. Don't wait, buy those domain names today before they are gone.

The Speed of Technology

Speed of Technology The speed of technology is taking off, try and hang on.

Technology is increasing at an exponential rate, with the pace of technological change accelerating rapidly in recent years. This is due to a variety of factors, including advancements in computer processing power, the increasing availability of data, and the development of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and quantum computing.

One measure of the pace of technological change is Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors on a microchip doubles roughly every two years. This law has held true for several decades and has been a driving force behind the rapid growth of computing power.

Additionally, the rate of technological change can be seen in the development and adoption of new technologies, such as smartphones, social media, and cloud computing, which have transformed the way we live and work.

The speed of technological change is also apparent in the rate at which new technologies are being developed and brought to market. For example, the time it takes for a new technology to reach 50 million users has been decreasing steadily, from 75 years for the telephone to just 13 days for the Pokemon Go app.

Internet usage will continue to grow over the next 20 years, especially as more people around the world gain access to the internet.

According to data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the number of internet users worldwide reached 4.9 billion in 2021, up from 3.4 billion in 2016. This represents a growth rate of more than 7% per year. If this trend continues, we can expect the number of internet users to reach 7.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2040.

The growth in internet usage is being driven by a number of factors, including the increasing availability and affordability of internet access, the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices, and the growing importance of digital technologies in daily life.

In addition to the overall number of internet users, other trends to watch in the coming years include the continued growth of e-commerce and online services, the increasing use of artificial intelligence and automation, and the expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other connected technologies.

Domain Names Matter - Branding for Affinity

The importance of domain name branding There's a lot to branding your business in sync with your domain name and I'm just going to discuss a few key points that begin with the letter A.

Authority and Affinity

Being a brand authority now of days is having a powerful domain name.  Powerful domain names are valuable because they are memorable and reflect your business as a leader in your industry.  Like it or not we live in the age of information overload, and that's a good thing.  As a kid I would ride my bike back and forth to the library trying to juggle a stack of books, knowledge and products from all over the world are now at anyone's finger tips from just about anywhere.  How does a customer find, return to, or recommend your business in a sea of 1.7 billion websites all competing for the first page of Google?  This is why your domain name matters.

Affinity is the sense of the natural path to your business, a relationship to or the path of the least resistance.  If a customer has to remember your domain name or apply a silly extension, not only are they going to have a hard time getting back to you, it's even more difficult for them to refer your company to their contacts.  Word of mouth is still a powerful tool in growing your business.

Here's a few great articles on the subject of branding and why your domain name matters: Spend Less on SEO, More on a Memorable Brand by Jamie Zoch and The True Cost of Your Domain Name by Chris Zuiker.

One point I would add to both of these articles is that not acquiring your matching domain name is leaving the door open for your competition to purchase it.  Some companies have spent millions just to keep their competition from having them.

My COVID-19 Policy - Work Harder

Giant Chickens in April

By now you have probably gotten an email from every company that you have ever visited on their COVID policy.  No need to rehash washing your hands and social distancing here.  The point that I want to stress is that we are all in this together, locally and globally, and it's going to take all of us to beat this thing.

I work for the government in my day job, maintaining transmitters along the coast of South Carolina.  The government is just people.  Some very hard working people that perform jobs that in the private sector usually pays much more for the same work.  But, boil it all down, and it's just people helping people.

In times of crisis's past, like the hurricanes we've had, we didn't get extra pay or bonuses, just a good feeling at the end of the day that we made a difference.  Getting through this is going to be difficult, but not something we can't do.

There are always two options you have in any situation.  One is to do nothing.  With COVID doing nothing is actually a good thing.  Stay at home and you're not part of the problem.  The second option is to try harder.  I have to credit my father with that one.  He was part of what they now call the greatest generation, but the greatest generation is really yet to come.  We are all products of these generations, we are the hybrids.  Let's try a little harder and figure this out.  Figure out what you can do to help.

Sure it's scary, we see exactly how fragile our world is.  And, the big brains say it's going to get worse before it gets better, but we will get through it and come out stronger. Helping others is really the name of the game.

Check on your neighbors, have empathy and employ compassion.  We are all going through a lot.  I want to be able to reflect back at the End of the Plague party and know I had a hand in making the world a better place.  I may not invent a miracle vaccine, but I help keep emergency communications online over here, inspire hope and I lend a helping hand.  I am very grateful for the medical, fast food, grocery workers and everyone involved in all these chains that keeping us moving forward.

Do your part and work harder. Patience, courtesy and humor go along way, act like you've been somewhere.  Maybe this will spark a spiritual revolution when we finally realize that we are all the same, and that we are all connected.

Domain Name News

Domaining - buying and selling domain name newsWant to keep keep up with all that is happening in the domain space?  Domaining.com

 

2020 is off to a quick start and for those that are not active in the industry daily, it can be more than difficult to keep up with all that's going on.  NamesCon is taking place in Austin, TX now, Rev.com just sold for 400k, Add.com sold for 800k this week, keep up with the status of the .Org Registry sale and get insight from the movers and shakers.

Domaining.com for the important news and domain industry headlines.

Business Blunders - Don't be a Blockbuster

Business Blunders
Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but this one I just can't see how the management team didn't see the future of their business.  Back in 2000 the internet was more than thriving and Blockbuster could have bought Netflix for a mere 50 million.  As of today Netflix is worth over 128 billion, down from and all time high of 180 billion.  In the summer of 2000, Blockbuster CEO John Antioco said "The dot-com hysteria is completely overblown".  His council went on to state how the business models of Netflix and just about every other online business were not sustainable and would never make any money.  That statement couldn't be any more wrong then than it is now.  Read the full article here on Inc.com

How did these guys not see that by delivering their product online would eliminate all of their overhead, shipping and logistical nightmares.  Yes, management and vision are two different things, but they shouldn't be.  Doesn't matter what business you are in either, not only do you need a strong online presence, there is an evolution going on of how your customers will interact with you and not just on social media.  Developers are building virtual realities to showcase products.  Imagine if your customers could experience your products before they buy.  This will be very popular with the gaming generation as they become the most powerful purchasers of consumer goods in 10 years.

If you haven't read the worst business blunders in tech history I would suggest Googling that phrase and see what you get.  Branding blunders are even more common and they happen all the time.  Avoid a brand blunder and start with a great domain name.  A strong domain name is the foundation for enticing and retaining customers with a memorable name.  Your domain name also attracts B2B partners and lays the ground floor for building supplemental income streams.  Streams turn into rivers and maybe even into a whole new business model for your companies' survival.  Have some vision and get creative.