Monday, October 08, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #282: October 8, 2007

Content summary: Shel’s in Manchester, England; wrap-up of the past week including the FIR Geek Dinner in Windsor; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; how reCAPTCHA fights spam and helps preserve old books and manuscripts; British Library books go digital; Facebook applications are not the quick way to good communication; Lee Hopkins on a strange journey; listeners’ comments discussion; Heather Gorringe’s Web 2.0 quest; Shel’s off to the Ragan conference in Dallas; and more.

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Show notes for October 8, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 63-minute podcast recorded live from Manchester and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Thursday October 11…

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Conversations at FIR Geek Dinner Oct 5

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A great success is how we would judge the first FIR Geek Dinner in the UK which took place in Windsor on Friday October 5, 2007.

As the photo indicates, we had a full house in the Ristorante Amalfi where nearly a dozen of us gathered over dinner. Many of us already knew each other; for some, it was a first time to meet.

In all cases, we had at least one thing in common - FIR and being part of its global community.

Guests game from far and wide. Co-host Neville Hobson and wife Laura from down the road in Wokingham. Co-host Shel Holtz and wife Michele from Concorde, California. Everyone else from the surroundings of London: Canterbury, Kingston, Chiseldon near Swindon, Amersham, Maidenhead and Hartley Wintney.

Who’s who, clockwise from left: Jed Baxter, Shel Holtz, Michele Holtz, Alan (?), Samantha Grant, Martyn Davies, Neville Hobson, Ronna Porter, Michael Blowers, David Phillips. Photographer (not pictured): Laura Hobson.

Others also took photos; you can see them at Flickr if they’re tagged firgeekdinner.

We had a blast! Thanks to everyone for being there.

Posted by neville on 10/07 at 05:36 AM
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #281: October 4, 2007

Content summary: FIR face-to-face again in Wokingham, England; FIR Geek Dinner update; thoughts on this week’s CIPR social media workshop and the Ragan/SimplyCommunicate social media masterclass; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Dan York on the Podcasting and New Media Expo and new tools for podcasters including the MicMate, plus a question for listeners on emailing to wikis; Forrester case study on Northwestern Mutual’s enterprise Web 2.0 journey; AIM and Zune integrate social networking; email spamming and the Monster mash; the Dove Onslaught on YouTube; listeners’ comments discussion; music by The Friendly Ghost; and more.

[Messages from our sponsors: FIR is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years, www.ragan.com; Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your free two-week trial, at www.customscoop.com/fir.]

Show notes for October 4, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 65-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); or call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America) or +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe); or Skype: fircomments; or comment at Twitter: twitter.com/FIR; or at Jaiku: fir.jaiku.com. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Monday October 8…

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Monday, October 01, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #280: October 1, 2007

Content summary: FIR face-to-face in Wokingham, England; FIR Geek Dinner update; vote for FIR at Podcast Alley; Lee Hopkins reports; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; General Motors sponsors the Manic Mommies podcast; Neville’s thoughts about PodCamp Ireland with Shel’s on the Ragan conference and the Podcast & New Media Expo; listeners’ comments discussion including Georgetown University students’ comments and questions; and more.

[Messages from our sponsors: FIR is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years, www.ragan.com; Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your free two-week trial, at www.customscoop.com/fir.]

Show notes for October 1, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 62-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

Download the file here (MP3, 28.4MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod, subscribe with iTunes; good podcatchers include Juice and DopplerRadio, and RSS aggregators that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon.)

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In This Edition:

FIR Show Notes links
Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute - see the home page for info.

If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); or call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America) or +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe); or Skype: fircomments; or comment at Twitter: twitter.com/FIR; or at Jaiku: fir.jaiku.com. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Thursday October 4…

Posted by neville on 10/01 at 01:43 PM
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Sunday, September 30, 2007

FIR Interview - Conor O’Neill, LouderVoice: September 29, 2007

Irish tech start-up Cubic Telecom wowed participants at the recent TechCrunch 40 conference in San Francisco with their MAXRoam SIM card for mobile phones. The company claims it’s the world’s first universal SIM card offering favourable roaming and call rates anywhere in the world.

Cubic is now poised to launch Cubic Mobile in October, a dual mode GSM/WiFi phone which uses the MAXRoam SIM card to enable users to roam anywhere in the world at low mobile rates as well as make free calls in thousands of WiFi hotspots worldwide.

In this FIR Interview recorded at PodCamp Ireland in Kilkenny, Ireland, Neville Hobson talked with Conor O’Neill about Cubic’s products and the buzz that’s resulted.

About our Conversation Partner

Conor O'NeillConor O’Neill has been involved in developing software since the early 90s, initially in consumer embedded but latterly in web applications. Whilst he has worked in multinationals like Philips, EMC and McAfee, start-ups have always drawn him back.

He started personal blogging in 2001 and business blogging in 2005. He is heavily involved in the start-up scene in Ireland through BarCamp, OpenCoffee, Web2Ireland, ShareIT and Paddy’s Valley. The launch of LouderVoice in May 2007 brought together his business, technical and personal interests.

He lives in Bandon in West Cork with his wife, 5 kids and neglected vegetable patch.

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Podsafe intro music - On A Podcast Instrumental Mix (MP3, 5Mb) by Cruisebox.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

FIR Cuts: GM, the UAW, and the Fastlane blog

Cut from FIR #279: How GM handled the UAW strike on its Fastlane blog.

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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #279: September 27, 2007

Content summary: Shel’s in Chicago; Neville’s getting ready for PodCamp Ireland, Shel for PME and UK trip; update on FIR Geek Dinner plans; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Shel reports on the Ragan unconference; Armani opens store in Second Life; new global corporate climate change reports from the Carbon Disclosure Project; Nintendo fires employee for blogging; Yahoo to close podcasting site; Carefree Dan York reports from the AstriCon conference; listeners’ comments discussion; news about next week’s shows; music from Brother Love; and more.

[Messages from our sponsors: FIR is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years, www.ragan.com; Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your free two-week trial, at www.customscoop.com/fir.]

Show notes for September 27, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 58-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Chicago, USA.

Download the file here (MP3, 26.4MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod, subscribe with iTunes; good podcatchers include Juice and DopplerRadio, and RSS aggregators that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon.)

Listen to this podcast now:

In This Edition:

FIR Show Notes links
Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute - see the home page for info.

If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); or call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America) or +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe); or Skype: fircomments; or comment at Twitter: twitter.com/FIR; or at Jaiku: fir.jaiku.com. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Monday October 1…

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