Wednesday, October 25, 2006

iTunes University at SJSU (and the NEED for webspace)

I'm diggin' the notion of letting students store content on a central server, accessible from anywhere on the internet as part of a student's portfolio or as a class project, but how are SJSU student's supposed to access it?

The story first broke when Invisible Inkling's own Ryan Sholin wrote in the Spartan Daily a piece entitled, "Apple to serve up SJSU podcasts" in March of 2006. The story resurfaced September 25 when Tyanne Roberts wrote about a podcasting class for teachers in the Spartan Daily. Then dead air.

More has been said in the blogosphere by students than anywhere else by anyone else.

But there has been no explanation from the University or iTunes about how STUDENTS can access the server. That's like writing the PHP for Digg and then removing the submit button!

Especially when other faculty, attempting to start a wiki site for SJSU students, need space for students to post their video and audio content (props to Stephen Greene and the other teachers working on that, btw).

It's amazing that a University in the heart of the Silicon Valley is essentially telling students to buy their own server space if they want to produce content, because the University doesn't feel that new media is a NECESSITY in the new job markets.

That'd be a hoot - except for the fact that our school is now competing with every other school in the nation - no, the world - for the same jobs.

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And if students aren't given the tools they need to practice the skills they MUST develop, San Jose will soon be in a world of hurt.

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Robert Scoble Sneaked a Peak at Zune

He talked yesterday with Matt Jubelirer, Zune project manager.
Image taken from Wikipedia.
The interview highlighted what the future of music sharing may become (sharing of unprotected files via wi-fi networks), but it also highlighted the very thing that brought Microsoft back from the PR wasteland of the 1990's - personality (remember the Evil Empire?)!

In other words, Matt Jubelirer - a Robert Scoble, he is not not.

Don't get me wrong, I've never met Matt, and I'm sure that he's a genuinely nice guy, but it seems that he's been told to JUST PUSH THE PRODUCT.

The brilliance of Microsoft with Scoble was that it allowed him to talk normally. No "markets" or other sterile, calculated words. It was fresh, and altogether... well, human.

Cluetrain, and all that stuff.

Maybe this concept is like talking to dinosaurs ten seconds before the comet hits, but conversation, not spin, is where the future - and people - are going to be living and spending their money.

So why not join them?

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Steve Gilmor Killed TV

He put out a great post yesterday, saying that TV and broadcast are dead - aggregated to death.

The irony is that it's because of him, or rather content like his, which can be viewed at anytime from any place, that TV is finally getting strangled like telegraphs did by the telephone industry.

Image taken from Wikipedia. Article: TV.
The time and effort it took to send a telegram wasn't as convenient as the ease at which any Joe Smoe could pick up the tele and get Granny Mae.

Note to broadcast execs: Diversify your portfolio now if you don't want to lose your shirts.

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AP Photographers on Campus at SJSU

Associated Press photographers Marcio Sanchez and Jeff Chiu will be speaking at SJSU in DBH 133 at 6:00 PM on November 2nd for those of you that are interested.

Image by AP photographer Jeff Chiu .The event is also being put on by the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) at SJSU. Kudos to SJSU for getting them to come. I don't think that they're even being paid to be here, so they're really just scouting for talent/engaging with students. The more people that go, the more events like this that will come. It's free, so check it out.

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Pinnacle and SJSU NPPA Class

As promised, here's the info on the free class this Saturday. It's here at SJSU (October 28th):

8:00 AM Breakfast in DBH 133.

9:00 AM DBH 222 - "Photoshop for Journalists" session, where industry insiders will critique photos on digital media brought by the students.

12:15 PM, DBH 133 - there will be a workshop on "Working with Natural Light",

2:30 PM, DBH 133 - there will be a workshop on "Using Flash Effectively".

Stop by and check it out - if nothing else, it's a great way of meeting some interesting people from the video/photo industry.

For more info, check out the SJSU NPPA website here.

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