Posts from June 24, 2005

Dell sucks. Dell lies. Continued and continued and…

Dell sucks. Dell lies. Continued and continued and…

: I just got my Dell back. They replaced the system board, the CPU, the memory, the palmrest assembly, the keyboard, and the wireless NIC.

Within a half hour, it’s proving not to work. The heat, according to an ap my son found, is up to 154 degrees. The machine is overheating. The fan is on high. And the CPU is running at 100 percent. Dell sucks. Dell lies.

Dell makes lemons. No lemonade.

Dell sucks.

TV explodes

TV explodes

: The other day, I said that the reduced take in TV’s upfront ad selling season was the tipping point — tipping the wrong way indeed — for broadcast TV. Here’s the next evidence making the case: An ad agency exec smells weakness and demands lower rates:

Advertising spending growth may slow from next year as TV networks in the U.S. are forced to cut rates as audience levels fall, Saatchi & Saatchi Chief Executive Kevin Roberts said at an industry conference.

Ad spending worldwide should increase 5 percent or 6 percent this year, Roberts, 55, said in an interview at the International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France. Annual growth will slow to an average of about 4 percent after 2005 as TV prices “come down,” he said late yesterday. “They will have to. Otherwise advertisers are going to leave the medium.” …

In the U.S., television networks “seem to be gouging advertisers,” Roberts said. “Their rates are going up and the return on investment is coming down.” …

Television will remain the largest advertising medium, Roberts said. “How it will be used will be very different. It will become more interactive.” Advertising will also change to be more “emotive” rather than “yelling at you,” he said.

New Media

The current year of TV programming, which runs into 2006, will be the “biggest ever year in history on television advertising,” Roberts said. “While the return on investment in television is deteriorating, because rates are going up, clients are still flocking to the medium.”

That will change over the next few years as techniques are developed to measure the effectiveness of ads in new media such as mobile phones and the Internet, he said.

“We don’t have enough pre-testing and measurement of emerging media. What we need is a bit of time behind us so that we get some empirical data” and advertisers will become more confident with such media.

And I will argue that advertisers are fools waiting for the perfect data when they could be using new media aggressively and still quite inexpensively and learning along the way. But, hell, they’re the fools with the money and so we need to build that data for them. And now is our opportunity, as TV explodes. [via Lost Remote]

And it’s not just TV. See also newspapers here and here and here and follow the links therein.

Covering Hoder covering the election in Iran

Covering Hoder covering the election in Iran

: The LA Times writes today about Hossein Derakhshan, “the godfather of the Iranian blogosphere,” returning from exile to cover the election in his homeland. Hoder has left Tehran for London but his coverage continues.

Stuck in the fringes’ tug of war: We’re the rope

Stuck in the fringes’ tug of war: We’re the rope

: I just read a longer excerpt of the Rove screed in the NY Post and here’s the real problem: He is doing precisely what he is accusing the other side of doing. He says:

Has there ever been a more revealing moment than this year. when the Democratic senator, Democrat Richard Durbin, speaking on the Senate floor, compared what Americans have done to prisoners in our control in Guantanamo with what was done by Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot ó three of the most brutal and malevolent figures of the 20th century?

Let me put in this in really simple terms. Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Sen. Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals.

OK, Rove, and now your remarks are being repeated all over the world to show how we are at war with ourselves…. and not with the enemy.

And, Rove, you whine when Howard Dean calls Republicans all a bunch of white Christians (said perjoratively, which causes this white Christian a moment’s pause). Yet you turn around and call all liberals a bunch of terrorist sympathizers (which causes this liberal hawk a moment’s pause as well).

You’re both wrong. Your all wrong. You think you’re going to win at the edges because that’s the way the game is played today. But you have lost the middle.

The NY Times’ op-ed graphic illustrates the point, uh, graphically today. It shows that the number of moderates in Congress — not in the nation, mind you, but in Congress — has greatly reduced because:

The differences are attributable to the emergence of the permanent campaign, the rise of partisan news media and, most of all, changes in Congressional redistricting. The expansion in the number of ìsafeî seats in the House that began in the 1980ís has put an increased importance on primaries, which favor more ideological candidates. A number of these sharp-edged representatives have then moved to the Senate, where they have helped widen the partisan gulf we have talked about ó and now can see.

The system is as broken as the American auto and airline industries. It’s time for a political restructuring. It’s time for a revolt of the middle. Right now, the middle is simply revolted at “leaders” such as these.

The victims have no problem calling them terrorists

The victims have no problem calling them terrorists

: The BBC — which just went out of its way to call “terrorist” a bad wordreports that Arab media is (finally) seeing Iraqi “insurgents” for what they are: murderers. Meanwhile, the witnesses and victims know what they really are: terrorists.

Al Jazeera – often accused by the Americans of stirring anti-US feeling – has adopted less of an “Us and Them” approach.

The militants are no longer referred to as the “resistance” but as gunmen or suicide bombers.

Eyewitnesses are shown denouncing them as “terrorists” – condemnations that are echoed by a parade of Iraqi officials and religious authorities.

For the record

For the record

: Yes, Karl Rove is an ass. But you didn’t need me to tell you that.

This liberal wasn’t calling for therapy. This liberal was calling for bombs.

Network blog wars

Network blog wars

: Brian Williams blogs the news meeting and makes rundown decisions transparent… beating CBS News to the transparent blogging punch.

Dell hell, continued: Laptop 51

Dell hell, continued: Laptop 51

: I have no way to verify whether this is true, but a commenter in my Dell laments says he found a spy in his laptop.

It didn’t take two seconds to smoke the hoax: see the comments. I posted this on the train; found the nearest starbucks; came online and there was the fact-checking mob. Thanks, guys. Of course, something smelled funny but I’m glad you found the cheese. You’re better men than I, Gungas.

: UPON REFLECTION: What I should have done: (a) I shouldn’t have posted this on the train, where I was bandwidth-challeneged and didn’t have the time, in any sense of the word, to look it up. (b) I should have posted it as a question: I can’t believe this is true; has anyone seen anything about this? (c) Whenever I see anything that’s too amazing to be true, I should go to Snopes first. I’m going to head over there right now to see whether Google’s stock price is a hoax.

Lessons learned.