A blog by Andrew M. Laird

Category: Internet

Kodak Starts Selling

Reuters is reporting that Eastman Kodak Co. is selling its online photo service business to Shutterfly for $23.8 million as part of its organized bankruptcy.

A pioneer in the photography business, Kodak fell behind in the market because it couldn’t keep up with current photographic trends that ultimately made their products insufficient to consumer demands. Unfortunately, it’s now selling one product that could have helped them move forward.

A quick disclosure: I do not use the Kodak photo service to print my photographs.

However, doesn’t it seem like this could have been a growth area for Kodak? I realize there isn’t a lot of money to be made in printing photographs these days, but couldn’t Kodak have tried to convince professional photographers to show off their shots there? Isn’t that who pretty much kept Kodak alive for so long?

Anyone feels they can be a photographer now, but wouldn’t you at least check out a Kodak-branded site that had pictures on it done by professionals? Wouldn’t semi-professional photographers clamor to be included at some point? Again, it’s not a ton of money but it at least keeps the Kodak name within photography circles.


Read All Your Favorite Blogs in One Place

Read All Your Favorite Blogs in One Place.

via Read All Your Favorite Blogs in One Place.

This is really interesting – I feel like WordPress is moving away doing what they do best and trying to emulate Tumblr.

Five I Follow on Twitter, Political Edition

@ryanlizza (7,227 followers) – Lizza is the washington correspondent for The New Yorker, one of the best magazines still published.  His profiles are always strong and he has an incredible depth to his writing.  A must read.

@thefix (89,201 followers) – Chris Cillizza runs The Fix blog for The Washington Post and is the smartest person I can find regarding elections.  His running blogs and tweets of the latest presidential debates have been hilarious and fantastic.

@ezraklein (100,503 followers) – Klein is a blogger and columnist for The Washington Post, who focuses on the economy and fed policy.  He loves charts and writes a wonderful daily blog called Wonkblog.  He often uses those charts to call politicians liars, which they all are.

@chrislhayes (51,550 followers) – Chris Hayes is the Editor at Large at The Nation and now hosts his own show on MSNCB called “Up with Chris Hayes.”  His progressive political views occasionally fall in line with my own and he is very straightforward with his opinions.

@fivethirtyeight (100,725 followers) – The FiveThirtyEight Blog on the website of The New York Times is run by Nate Silver, who is an absolute master of statistics.  His predictions of elections is absurdly strong and uses strong matrices to prove his findings.

Five I Follow on Twitter, Tech Edition (Part One)

I’ve previously written about how unhelpful I find most Follow Friday posts on Twitter because no one ever says why you should follow the people they are “recommending.”  With so many people on Twitter and a finite number of people a human can keep track of, wouldn’t it help to find out why you should follow someone?

I think so and I will be writing posts each Friday with my suggestions and a brief description of that person or why I think you should also follow them.  If you think there is someone else I should follow based on who I am recommending, I would love suggestions.  The follower numbers below are as of the writing of this post.

@TechCrunch (1,825,598 followers) – the #1 blog on the internet that specializes in technology.  They cover everything from startups to new devices to changes on Facebook that everyone hates until they realize it’s better.  If you’re at all interested in technology, you should follow TechCrunch.

@Verge (21,939 followers) – The Verge is a developing technology blog that is currently housed at ThisIsMyNext.com, but will launch on TheVerge.com this fall.  If the mess at AOL ultimately kills off TechCrunch, The Verge will be there to happily replace them.  The site was created in conjunction with the geniuses over at SBNation, a sports blog network.

@Mashable (2,497,814 followers) – Another technology blog that covers a lot of the same news that TechCrunch and The Verge do.  If you’re going to follow the other two, you should follow Mashable as well, just in case something slips through the cracks (like the new iPhone).

@Pogue (1,389,987 followers) – David Pogue is a technology columnist at the New York Times and is a humungous Apple-homer.  I fall into the latter category.  His reviews of products are always very thorough and he adds in a splice of humor which makes reading his work even more enjoyable.

@cdixon (34,809 followers) – Chris Dixon is currently the CEO of Hunch.com, an extraordinary recommendation website.  He is also an investor in a number of different startups and has extensive knowledge of Silicon Valley, venture capital, angel investing and startups.  As someone who would love to work at a startup, I think he’s an excellent resource for information.

Splitting My Twitter Feed

Let me start off by saying that I love Twitter.  I think it’s a wonderful tool that provides hours of non-stop entertainment and knowledge.  As of today, I follow 294 twitter accounts (I was going to say people, but some of them are corporate accounts and corporations are not people, no matter what Mitt Romney says).  The accounts I follow cover a number of different industries, such as sports, politics, entertainment, food and space exploration.  I am a very curious person and always want to learn about new things.

But sports has always been my biggest interest and it’s gotten so big that I’ve decided to separate it from the rest of my life.  This blog was the first step (my old blog kingmorland.com was mostly about sports) and a new twitter account is the next.  I have some friends who follow me that care nothing about sports and I feel that I simply clog their timelines with my sports rants; now they can go to my new account for my non-sports blathering.

I love to write and will try to do a lot of it here.  It’s easier for me to write about sports and I’ve challenged myself to expand what I am comfortable putting on paper (which is really on a screen via a keyboard).  That’s where this blog comes in.

Part of my writing here will be about how I use the Internet, Twitter included.  I have always been interested in Twitter’s “Follow Friday,” but never found it particularly useful because it’s just a bunch of people using 140 characters on Twitter account names with no explanation as to why I would follow them.  I decided that I will take the time to explain why I follow the people I do and if you think they sound interesting, go ahead and follow them.  It’s that simple.

I currently follow ten people, all of them are friends or family.  I will recommend a few in another post.