I have been a long time donor to Kiva.org, a peer microfinance lending site
that has been around for several years. When I first heard about it I thought
it was an interesting idea and donated some money to fund a few different
third-world start up businesses.
Kiva works by hooking up generous folks with microfinance lenders by
promoting the individual beneficiaries on their Web site. You get the feeling
that your donation is going straight into the pockets of these worthy folks.
And you can watch your donation be repaid in painfully small increments as
the business owner (usually women) succeeds.
The only trouble is this isn’t quite accurate. The charity does support the
individuals pictured on their site, but the timeline for how the funds are
actually distributed aren’t correct. The microfinance institutions fund
most loans before they are posted on Ki... (more)
It took only a few years for the Web to evolve from its first crude text-only
efforts to a full graphical experience. Yet it has taken more than a decade
to get videos inside the browser page.
This week Brightcove begins a new lower-priced video service called Express
that starts at $100 a month and offers some impressive features. I’m glad
to see them in this space, which is still very much in the pre-Gutenberg
publishing era. I thought I would take this moment to talk about some of the
issues involved in publishing Web videos for corporate uses, putting aside
all the tectonic s... (more)
Web 2.0 Magazine on Ulitzer
We all know about outsourcing, the ability to farm out work to people, often
overseas, that will work for less, and sometimes for a lot less. But a
not-so-new trend is changing the way that outsourcing happens, called
The idea is to take a job and divide it into small enough pieces that someone
can do it quickly in their spare time. Think about transcribing an audio
recording. Or Photoshopping a series of photographs. The difference between
regular outsourcing and crowdsourcing is that you don’t necessarily know
your contractors, and th... (more)
Virtualization Magazine on Ulitzer
I hate those end of year lists, made especially tiresome this year being the
end of the decade (which really doesn’t end until next year, but we won’t
get into that).
Nevertheless, I will call your attention to this list where I reside at #26:
Ulitzer Names The World’s 30 Most Influential Virtualization Bloggers
I am honored to be among such great company.
Happy new year everyone!
If you are looking for a way to do massive Windows 7 migration, Microsoft has
updated its own tool sets for this purpose, called the Windows Automated
Installation Kit or WAIK. It has a lot of new features for both Windows 7 and
Windows Server 2008 R2. This screencast shows how it works: