Media Download in RealPlayer v11 – Horrible or Great?

I recently discovered that RealPlayer v11 for Windows from RealNetworks allows you to capture and download video streams from sites like YouTube. It also captures audio only files. I haven’t looked into how they do it or where the stream is captured, however my computer has no sound card (I have USB connected speakers) which other tools have used to capture audio. Often RealPlayer will discover a piece of media on a website, and ask if you want to download it, by showing an icon. Sometimes it doesn’t discover the media but you can usually download it by right-clicking on the media link and...

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Is Social Media changing the fundamentals of marketing?

With the intense focus on online tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc, it is easy to believe that the cornerstones of marketing have shifted and that there is a new skill set needed to be successful. Is this true? The answer is no! When I asked this question some time ago to one of my colleagues @ACloke his simple reply was “core marketing skills are more relevant then ever when new channels are introduced”. He continued to explain “audience segmentation, value propositions and relationship marketing are just some examples of core marketing foundations that any...

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Managing the social information flow

@chrisbrogan raises some interesting questions in his blog “I want now not new” about how to manage the amount of noise that hits our inboxes, Twitter and other places. I mentioned my admiration for Outlook and how I use it to manage multiple inboxes in my previous blog entry. (however I am also very frustrated with Outlook, but that is for another story). Here are some other ideas for making the email information flow more manageable with Outlook. DISCLAIMER copy my work methods at your own risk Create a parallel inbox where you only move emails meeting certain criteria. For many years now...

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Abandon your community at your own risk

I am a big fan of the Zune music subscription service that allows me to search, listen to, experience and enjoy music and media in some amazing ways. Much of the focus of the Zune experience is the social aspect of sharing your music experience with friends an like minded. The Zune software (both on the Zune player and online) has earned a devout following. One fun aspect is that the system scores your listening and gives you “badges” for artists, songs and and albums you listen to a lot. While the service and the music players have been around since 2006 the service is going through regular...

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