Good to see MLB going in the right direction: anyone who buys MLB.tv will get the MLB app for free (iOS, most Android). Charging separately for everything (including separate iPhone/iPad apps) was ridiculous.
From an email sent today:
1. MLB.com At Bat 12, the top-ranked sports app in the Apple App Store and recent inductee into the Macworld App Hall of Fame, is now included for free with your subscription (separate purchase not required). Enjoy complete portability to iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and select Android phones and tablets. At Bat 12 is available on 2/29/12.*
Bonus: besides current AppleTV & Roku compatibility, Xbox is coming (“soon”).
Hopefully they can tackle the issue of in-market games. Even when available, like the Yankees are, as a separate purchase, it doesn’t work through MLB.tv or any of the connected devices. Blackout rules do need to be revamped, but there’s an option available and we’re still handcuffed. It makes no sense.
The standard of quality is markedly higher than at some community-created news hubs, where "citizen journalist" can be a synonym for "poorly paid amateur."
SportsPickle has its take on Bleacher Report's Honest New Redesign with catchy headlines like: What sport does Lebron James play?
Blogging, something I never really did. I moved from one platform to another, learning them for other projects or just to experiment with what was out there.
What was published was on an uncompleted design, on quickly out-of-date HTML. With no real content, there was no reason to update.
With Google+ coming along and possibly being a new challenger for Facebook, I'm tempted to start blogging again.
I was sending one of my random twits to a non-Twitter friend and I noticed how wonderfully white the page was. I was curious how much code went into creating that nice blank page so I took a look at the source.
I was a little surprised to see Google Adsense in there. It’s not showing on the page, but it’s there, right inside <div id="ad">
Twitter has ads in Japan. People were wondering what Twitter’s business model might be State-side, and this could be the start.
year ago. So it looks like the code’s been around, but many of us simply aren’t seeing the ads (yet).
A couple of weeks ago the web server this site is on, along with a couple of other sites I have, like MMA on Tap, experienced a double hard drive failure. Not fun at all.
I didn’t have a recent external backup of the sites on it, as I was backing up locally, and obviously that was shot. The last backup I had was on the old server, which just so happened to be cracked the week before, so I wiped it out. Putting off making that new backup for a week was all the time that was needed before I was reminded why you never put something like that off. The hard drives failed and the server was down.
We tried to recover all files, but after days of swaps and attempts, everything just had to be recreated.
Luckily, data was not effected, so after setting up the site basics, the only thing that was needed was to fill in a few images here and there, and then continue on.
There are still some broken images on some of the sites. Some I’ll come across and upload, others are shot for good. Most have redesigns coming, so I’m focusing more on that anyway.
So, the lesson of the day, which has been the lesson of the day for many people, for many days: always make sure you have a recent backup of your work.
It’s never too early for a cheesesteak reference.
I use Twitter randomly.
A couple of months ago I was listening to the radio online (XM Lucy I think) and Beck came on. I tried twitting “get crazy with the cheez whiz” over IM. No dice. For whatever reason, Twitter did not not want to get crazy with the Cheez Whiz.
So I tried it over the web. Nothing. So I had Tom try it. Nothing.
I actually emailed support too. It was to rank up there as one of the dumber support tickets, but we were just curious as to why it didn’t go through.
Now, two months later, support gave me a response, although it still doesn’t work.
Is it the cheez? The whiz? Only the combo? Or can we just not get crazy with it?
CBS Sportsline is now officially CBS Sports. The website had a mini-facelift to go along with the rebranding. It’s slightly more readable than before if nothing else.
CBS decided to rebrand in order to cross-brand between websites and television easier, at least that’s the explanation given on paidContent.org.
Normally it’s a smart move, and it may be here, but Sportsline is an established internet brand. It’s also been CBS Sportsline for a while. Recently, a friend of mine didn’t realize you could use “www.” and not “cbs.”. That says something about the strength of the name and the association between CBS and Sportsline.
However, CBS Sports makes it more of a big media company. Sportsline existed solely on the internet, despite being CBS Sportsline. CBS Sports is on tv. CBS Sports is the NFL, March Madness and the PGA, among other things.
What CBS Sports isn’t is its own channel. In that regard, it’s like NBC Sports on tv, but online CBS is clearly a top player, where NBC is not.
The appearance of having some form of independence was no doubt a plus. It’ll be interesting to see if the rename has any effect on the website’s reputation. paidContent.org cites SportsBusiness Daily (paid subscription required) mentioning that the company is concerned about the rebranding possibly harming fantasy sports operations.
Fox Sports is currently one of the sports website leaders, thanks in part to its contract with MSN, and also a network of local television channels. Fox also has its college stations, Fox Sports Español, Fox Soccer and the Speed Channel.
ABC Sports ceased to exist a few years ago. Instead, the network chose to brand its sports programming “ESPN on ABC”, capitalizing on the popularity of its cable channel’s brand.
The only non-television network sports website that rivals the top players in traffic is Yahoo! Sports. Yahoo! has cleaned up the site over the past year, as well as adding more original content. Yahoo!, like Sportsline, has leveraged its fantasy sports section to drive traffic to its content.
A few weeks ago I went a couple of nights without my cable modem (or tv) due to no-reason-given by Time Warner. While it’s not the end of the world by any means, it’s difficult to have unplanned access disruptions when you work on the web.
During the downtime I learned that all available wireless networks were secure. Over twenty of them, all locked down. Pretty impressive considering a few years ago it was easy to hop from one unsecure network to another if your connection was down (although most in the building have the same provider, so it was usually pointless anyway).
Going to an internet cafe or a local Starbucks is always an option, but I don’t find that the easiest way to get work done.
So I’m wondering, why don’t companies offer connection insurance?
More and more people depend on their internet connection for work, entertainment and their home phone connections.
Time Warner is currently the fastest connection I can have from my home right now. If Verizon DSL wants to make any money off of me, they can charge a low fee, something like $30 yearly to have their connection available. If I need to use their connection, which gets triggered by a certain amount of data within a certain amount of time, then I get charged a low per-day fee, something like $5.
This isn’t limited to cable and DSL (or FIOS, if you’re lucky). Broadband wireless could also be a “connection insurer”. They all just need to be prepared for possible network spikes if a competitor has big problems.
Between outages and upgrades, connection insurers could make a decent amount of money on volume.
Apple introduced Safari 3 beta for Windows today. Formerly Mac-only, the Safari browser is now available for XP and Vista machines.
After an initial reaction of “why?”, as it doesn’t seem likely Safari will gain market share on IE or Firefox, it is nice for Windows-only developers who want to build Safari-compatible applications. Apple is currently promoting Safari as a type of developing environment for the upcoming iPhone (Wired’s take).
If the Windows version does render webpages exactly like it’s Mac counterpart, it’s at least useful for Windows-based developers if nothing else.
After a quick install, I now have a Safari icon on my desktop right below the Opera “O”.
So, nothing too in-depth yet, but a couple of quick first impressions.
Font smoothing has looked horrible on three machines I’ve installed it on (two XP, one 2003 - and yes, Safari is not listed for 2003). Two had cleartype on to begin with, so I’m not sure why font smoothing needs to be on over that, but I’ve looked at it on other machines as well and it’s just fuzzy everywhere. CRT, LCD, cleartype or nothing. I’ve set it to “light” to keep pages as readable as possible. I’m surprised there’s no option to just turn it off. If font smoothing looks good for anyone, I’d like to know what your setup is.
Memmmmmmory. Safari inflates fast. No browser has good memory management for me. Firefox, my preference, leaks like crazy, but I do have a number of add-ons installed. Safari also wants all my memory to perform any actions. It spikes hard on actions. To test, just open up your task manager, a webpage in Safari and then mouseover some links (even just text links with hover actions). IE doesn’t exactly excel here, but if you have a lot running in the background, Safari seems to cause the biggest pause out of the three.
The status bar is so dark it’s barely readable. I can’t recall what it looks like on a Mac, but I do remember that it’s not on by default.
I wouldn’t mind the addition of a few more common shortcuts used by other browsers.
If you’ve got a solid connection, rendering speed can be noticably faster with Safari on heavy pages.
I’ve crashed it a few times on 2003. It wasn’t made for that, but I should point out I’ve had no problems with my other browsers. Still, a beta product on an OS it’s not supposed to be on, so I’ll have to overlook that.
However, I’ve also crashed it a couple of times on XP with normal browsing.
A few frivolous quirks aside, Safari is still a beta product. It can wind up being a nice browsing experience, especially for multi-OS users who aren’t addicted to Firefox already, but I’m not too sure how many of those there are and outside of developers, there’s not much of a pull to download it yet.
I took a visit to the NCAA site to watch some of today’s action live online.
To stream today’s games, they’re using Windows Media.
I was a bit confused as I remembered Sportsline using Real Media. I visited, and there it was.
However, I do remember there being another option, perhaps flash. So I checked Sportsline out on a computer without Real installed and there was nothing but a blank space.
Then I checked in Internet Explorer (I was using Firefox in both of my previous visits). There was the same video, this time in Windows Media format. Interesting.
Sportsline’s video help page has links to both players.
Perhaps a deal was cut with both Real and Microsoft, or perhaps they were using one format and have a limited deal with another.
ESPN uses Flash.
Fox Sports’ current partnership with Microsoft points me to something interesting. On the front of foxsports.com, they use Flash to deliver video. If you click “video home” below it you’ll see Fox Sports video player is “powered by MSN Video”. In Firefox MSN Video uses Flash and is labeled “beta” (oooh, must be 2.0), but is skinned to look like a common Windows Media Player skin. In IE there’s a Flash intro, but the player itself loses the “beta” label and uses Windows Media.