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VoloMedia Podcast Patent… Remember When?

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Via the Association for Downloadable Media (ADM) website, VoloMedia (formerly PodBridge) explained the patent just issued to them for “podcasting.” I use quotes because they say it is for “podcasting.” Patent #7,568,213 actually covers a “Method for Providing Episodic Media.” You know, like TV and soap operas. My guess is they posted it to the ADM website because no one noticed it on the VoloMedia website. Reading about this recent success just takes me down memory lane.

Remember when…

Adam Curry, Dave Winer and VoloMedia came up with that crazy idea about enclosures in RSS?

Or the time Winer, Christopher Lydon and VoloMedia really put it into practice?

Or when Doug Kaye and VoloMedia chatted and IT Conversations was born?

Or how about when Dave Slusher and VoloMedia spotted Dannie Gregoires’s RSS aggregation software using the agent name ‘podcaster’ and chimed “Podcasting! right on!” and podcasting got its name?

Wow! The memories…

I know when early on Todd Cochrane, Dawn & Drew, Dan Klass, myself and many others were trying to sort out how to podcast it was always the folks at VoloMedia who came to our aid to explain episodic media done right. Heck – they invented it!

All that initial media attention: NY Times, Wired Magazine, USA Today, CNN etc., etc. It was always our basic crew – plus the great guys & gals from VoloMedia.

You couldn’t help but bump into the VoloMedia team in the green rooms at conferences. In fact, I can’t think of a podcast conference I went to where I didn’t see their banners or leave without them forcing a VoloMedia branded shirt and pen on us.

Those VoloMedia folks are awesome! They always covered the bar bill. The stories I could tell.

Those were the days…

How about the time an overly VC funded company tried to carve out an island of potential IP defensibility and future for litigation based revenue via a broad patent?

Good times, good times….

VoloMedia can claim whatever they like, good for them. IP claims like this can be used in many ways. Nuisance litigation, acquisition value etc. etc. Prior art from many listed above will be an issue but it comes down to dollars and sense.

The big loser in my opinion is the ADM. Who in the world agreed to post this to their site? Recent “notes”, “updates” and “clarifications” aside they gave it credibility under their name as an organization, an organization supported by the very people who will likely take issue with it and litigate it. No one paid this any notice until it was on the ADM site. Well played VoloMedia. The ADM folks are all smart people, how they allowed this to happen baffles me.

What am I doing about it? I’m adding podcasting/episodic media “expert witness” to my resume. When in Rome…

Miramonte Latin Class Bisio Fans

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My parents kept everything! When they retired they were kind enough to send it all my way. I’m overwhelmed with nastalgia.

Via Facebook and other social networks I am still connected to many grade school/high school friends. For those that took Latin at Miramonte high during 85-87 here is a relic. My guess is, thanks to my parents, I have the only existing copy of out Latin Class Cut Out trip t-shirt. Best I can remember it was artfully designed by Mitch Gardener and Chip Beal.

We Came. We Saw. We Left.

The Death Threats Continue

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No big surprise, I have a unique name: Michael Geoghegan (MG). Given proper spelling, I am the #1 Google result. However, it turns out there is another popular MG, he is CEO of HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking companies. He has an entire P.R. department at his disposal, but little old me is still the #1 organic search result. Apparently HSBC is not good about allowing consumer feedback. I on the other hand, am accessible which means I get much of the venom aimed at HSBC via email and phone calls including the monthly death threat.

Here is today’s winner:

CADCYG@Gmail.com
BILL wrote:
F**K OFF YOU BASTARD, YOU TRY TO SUE ME THROUGH YOUR ASSH*LE COMPANY OF HBSC AGAIN I WILL PERSONALLY HUNT YOU DOWN AND MAKE DAMN SURE YOU CAN’T RIDE ANY OF YOUR SH*T AGAIN. F**K OFF AND LEAVE ME ALONE. YOU HAVE THE WORST HISTORY OF ANY CREDIT CARD THAT HAS EVER BEEN PRODUCED AND I KNOW HOW TO FIND YOU IF I HAVE TOO
Website: tanni.com
IP: 72.172.21.234

Bill is obviously an intelligent guy as he is being sued over credit card debt, I’m sure because he has paid his bills in full. He also got the company name wrong: it is HSBC. He is so smart, he has found the wrong guy. Nice going Bill!

Even with all I’ve seen as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, I’m still shocked at how seemingly normal people react when they are under pressure. I wonder if Bill realizes he has threatened the life of a Law Enforcement Officer? We also know how to find people Bill. I’ve emailed him and am curious as to his response.

I wonder if HSBC collects these?

UPDATE: Bill sent along a response which I have added to the comments here.

Ferrari and my 550 Maranello

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I don’t talk about it much but back in 2000, I ordered a 550 Maranello from the Ferrari factory. Membership in the 12 cylinder club is unique. It was a life goal and I felt good about achieving it. At the same time, some friends bought me an infant size racing suit for my first born. As an F1 fan it was a perfect gift. The car has since been sold, but each of my 3 boys has had his picture taken in the Ferrari driver’s suit. For Father’s day I received them all mounted with the suit – awesome!

Thank you to my wife and children.

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Michael W. Geoghegan is founder and CEO of GigaVox Media, a production, consulting and technology company focused on audio/video new media.

As a pioneer of podcasting, Michael created some of the first corporate podcasts, including efforts by Disney. Michael is also creator of the 2008 James Beard Award winning "GrapeRadio" and "Reel Reviews: Films Worth Watching". He is editor-in-chief of the Podcast Academy™ book series and co-author of Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting.

Michael speaks frequently on podcasting's impact on new media and its corporate applications and is often quoted by the media including in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN and Wired Magazine.