Tag Archives: Robert Scoble

Library of Congress comes to Flickr

Acting on Flickr’s motto: “Share your photos, watch the world”

Helena Zinkham is acting chief of the Prints and Photography Division of the Library of Congress.  Seeing her dedication and passion for history and media as Robert Scoble interviewed her on Scobleizer TV was intriguing  – and comforting somehow, in these crazy days.

What struck me the most: her dedication to her institution as the antithesis of “dead libraries of stuff”.

Turns out the Library has consistently been an early adopter of new media : photographs in the mid 1800’s,  typewriters circa 1900, TV in the 1950’s, the internet in the 1990’s. 

Now it’s participating in Web 2.0 by putting historic photos on Flickr.  Why Flickr?  “Instead of trying to bringing people to the Library, we should go out and participate.”  Helena gets it! 

A core philosophy: represent their objects unaltered, and let other people be their own “Ansel Adams” and optimize the images as they see fit. Given a choice, the Library keeps high-resolution, uncompressed TIF images.  From that they make JPG for easy viewing and GIF for thumbnails.  That’s a lot of bytes per image!

Today there are close to 5,000 LOC images on Flickr – about .04% of the existing collection of 14 million objects. 

I think Flickr’s going to need to add some capacity.


Bill Watkins opens up to Robert Scoble

Storage “arms dealing”, the recession and the content revolution

Robert’s conducted a great interview with Seagate CEO Bill Watkins.  He really got Bill to open up, share what was on his mind.  Well, I guess that’s not that unusual…but it’s a great interview nonetheless!

Check it out 

Boom! Content volume explodes again

Yet another example of paradigm-changing ideas that demand more storage 


Robert Scoble is in Davos, Switzerland practicing his novel brand of journalism.  He live streams interviews from his cell phone, while responding to live questions from viewers. 

This caught the BBC’s eye, as I’m sure it has many journalists and media companies.  It’s a totally new take on broadcast journalism that portends dramatic change in that industry.

What does it mean for storage?  Yet another content multiplier driving tons of storage capacity.  Rather than creating one version of news reporting/analysis, interactive interviews like these will create hundreds or thousands of versions of a story or topic. All video, all needed to be archived and distributed.

The petabyte is the new terabyte!

HD and Cars at CES

Robert Scoble broadcast live from the BlogHaus last night on mogulus, answering questions.  He thinks HD and Autos will be where the energy is at CES this year.  In particular, BuRay will come on strong. 

Don’t expect Google to be active this year, he says, although they may be in the back rooms working on Android. 

On flash vs. disk, he mentioned Seagate’s DAVE technology.  I’m going to see a demo on this later today.  60GB in your pocket that streams content to your phone, video player, car. 

Taking in storage at CES

I’m sitting in the PodTech BlogHaus at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, just settling in for a few days of looking for what’s new in the consumer storage world. 

Robert Scoble is across the room broadcasting live on mogulus.  Check it out – personal TV stations!   

Let me know what you want to learn about here at the show. 

Content: yours, mine and ours

The easier it is to share content, the more valuable it becomes to the sharer. 

The natural laws of content ownership are evolving in the Web 2.0 world.  Robert Scoble sees this in his business.  It’s playing out in the entertainment world with Digital Rights Management.  The new paradox of content is that the easier it is to share, the more valuable it becomes to the sharer.  And the more of it there is.

What it means to solution providers is that more efficient data management driven by data de-duplication, CDP, virtualization and other technologies will propagate data growth, not impede it.  You’ll grow your storage business by helping your clients manage their information.  

That’s why they call it Information Technology.