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Washington Times: "The facts of the disgrace of Mark Foley, who was a Republican member of the House from a Florida district until he resigned last week, constitute a disgrace for every Republican member of Congress." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

David Bossie: "If Speaker Hastert was willing to sacrifice a child to protect Rep. Foley's seat and his own leadership position, then he surely does not share our American and conservative values." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I bought a SlingBox to make it possible to watch TV anywhere in the house over wifi, but I'm puzzling with the installation instructions. I have a Motorola box for my Comcast cable TV setup. No problem with the Ethernet connection. But I'm confused about how to connect the cables to the back of the settop box. Any clues are appreciated.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named harriet.jpgBTW, if you liked the West Wing and haven't been watching Studio 60 on Sunset Strip, I just did you a big favor. It's a wonderful new show, on NBC, Mondays at 10PM. I watched the closing scene of the second episode about 18 times, it's that good. As with the West Wing, the men play supporting roles for the real stars, played by women. In this one, the two leading women, Harriet Hayes and Jordan McDeere, are fantastic, brilliant, sassy and spunky.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Steve Williams has an RSS Airplane. Kevin Kelly has an RSS Cable Analyzer. Josh Bancroft has RSS Shoes. Denver has the RSS Football TeamPermanent link to this item in the archive.

Here's a Democrat that gives Republicans their due. Republicans broke the law, covered up, and they're going to jail. Ultimately this will be good for the Republican Party, it'll flush out the criminals that took over the party. Any Republican that sits by and says nothing is going down with the evildoers. Maybe sometime in this century it will be safe to vote Republican again, but it sure isn't now.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Liz Gannes: "DRM-buster DVD Jon has a new target in his sights, and it's a big piece of fruit. He has reverse-engineered Apple's Fairplay and is starting to license it to companies who want their media to play on Apple's devices." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Kim Cameron: "Instead of suppliers advertising what they want us to buy (by spamming our attention), we'll advertise what we want to buy, and suppliers will make us offers." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Bob Morris: "The Republicans commenting here are suddenly deeply concerned you aren't showing love, and worse yet, sowing dissent. Do you feel their pain?" Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Oh geez, look what I started. RSS pillow cases. Hehee.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Why PayPerPost is better Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named silo.gifRob Hof in BusinessWeek explains why this service, which pays bloggers to write about products, is so challenging. The Zen Master teaches us to believe that if it is it must be good, to not to struggle with existence, so in that spirit PayPerPost is good. In fact, as with many other things, it's better than the old way of doing things, because it's out in the open, it's existence is disclosed. In the print world, there's a pretense that such a practice doesn't exist, but of course it does.

I saw it happen in the 80s when I ran a software business that spent as much as $100K per month on advertising. I noticed that when I used a certain phrase in my ads, that phrase would show up in the editorial coverage. It wasn't contractual, as it is with PayPerPost, there was no clear obligation for PC Week, MacWorld or InfoWorld to provide this service, it's possible that the authors didn't even know they were doing it, but the net effect is the same as PayPerPost.

And then there was the time a publisher and editor came on a joint visit. When the editor went to the men's room, the publisher said that if I bought an ad the editor would cover my product. That time it was explicit, but not out in the open. The readers of his magazine may have suspected that there was a connection between advertising and editorial, but they didn't have the proof that PayPerPost would have provided.

Then there is the tendency of the publications to favor products of the big companies, the ones that run millions of dollars of ads a month instead of tens of thousands of dollars. They may believe the big companies had the staying power, and therefore tilted the table in favor of their products, but they were also the ones paying their salaries.

When I was a contributing editor at Wired, I went to parties where advertisers and writers mingled. The advertisers would tell us how cool their products were. Could you go to the parties if you weren't an advertiser? I forgot to ask.

In other words, this is hardly a new practice, but at least now it's out in the open. Readers know to ask the bloggers if they are members of PayPerPost. They also might be aware that there are less visible ways of buying influence.


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