Nick left, Jack center and Will right.
Via the Association for Downloadable Media (ADM) website, VoloMedia (formerly PodBridge) explained the patent just issued to them for â€œpodcasting.â€ 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.
Or the time Winer, Christopher Lydon and VoloMedia really put it into practice?
Or how about when Dave Slusher and VoloMedia spotted Dannie Gregoiresâ€™s RSS aggregation software using the agent name â€˜podcasterâ€™ and chimed â€œPodcasting! right on!â€ 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 canâ€™t think of a podcast conference I went to where I didnâ€™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 â€œnotesâ€, â€œupdatesâ€ and â€œclarificationsâ€ 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…
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.
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.
Saturdays in our neighborhood are mostly about swim meets for those with children under 12. Having three boys in that range, two that can swim and one learning to walk, we spend our Saturday mornings at the pool. Here are some quick pics I grabbed using a Canon 40D and my 70-200mm f/2.8L lens of the boys during the freestyle event. Nick (7) is above and Will (5) is below.