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Thursday, December 22, 2005

CBS News reports that hardcopy sales of New York papers are down due to the lack of public transportation. Says the New York Post’s circulation director: ” “We are definitely being hurt. There are not a lot of people getting into the city. The subways and bus lines are our bread and butter.” But, traffic to web sites is up. The Executive Director of the Daily News reports of that paper’s site, “It is being bombed, which is a good thing.”

So how is coverage and how well are online source helping to get people to and fro? Not well, according to Peter Zollman at Poynter.org. After a survey of Wired and the city’s papers he concludes: ” Maybe if the strike drags on for a few days, the online “newspapers” (beyond Newsday’s website) will become online tools, complementing the newspaper rather than just regurgitating (and updating) it.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Problem: RFID readers send out broad signals, looking for a response from tags in range. With more and more things being tags, that’s more and more potential returns. Enter new technology recently patented by Dan Steinberg of Virginia. His reader acts like a flashlight, in comparison, reports New Scientist in a recent article. It “transmits its interrogating signal through a narrow aperture in an absorptive plate. Only tags directly in of the beam the reader receive enough signal to respond.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/22 at 06:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Microsoft PR folks just dropped us an e-mail noting that this year NORAD’s Santa Tracker would be using the Live Local mapping technology to track Santa’s flight on Saturday.

On the other hand, the Microsoft folks point out this app for tracking holiday lights. It’s sort of lame since there’s little detail.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/21 at 12:37 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A SmartMobs post points out something very timely: that despite all the goodies on the Web to help manage the transportation crisis in New York City, the old fashioned way works. The story describes a woman standing on teh street with a sign reading: “Need a ride to 27th and Park.” Hopefully those in their cars will be more likely to see her and pick her up than those just browing craigslist on their home PCs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/21 at 12:30 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A White House report (pdf) overseen by Karen Evans, from the Office of Budget and Management, reports on the success of e-government since the the passage of the E-Government Act of 2002. Recall that’s the source of Geospatial One-Stop.

Four federal agencies were described in a CNET article as successful using a scorecard: the National Science Foundation, the Department of Labor, the Department of Transportation, and the Small Business Administration. Nine others were described as “unsatisfactory.” The rest got “mixed” reviews. I confess that I can’t decipher the scores from the scorecard the last edition of which is dated September.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/21 at 12:00 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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