I was just tickled that this is basically the only thing on the desk. It’s amazing how quickly iPad has become essential for lots of people.
Make sure your product works on one.
Television networks are having a busy month trying to stamp out new TV-watching technology, including telling a court that skipping a commercial while watching a recorded show is illegal. Yesterday, Fox, NBC, and CBS all sued Dish Network over its digital video recorder with automatic commercial-skipping. The same networks, plus ABC, Univision, and PBS, are gearing up for a May 30 hearing in their cases against Aereo, a New York startup bringing local broadcast TV to the Internet. EFF and Public Knowledge filed an amicus brief supporting Aereo this week.
What’s next? Putting a camera on my TV to make sure I don’t leave the room while the commercials are on?
“Three Famous Notes of Broadcasting History” by Bill Harris:
Almost anyone who ever listened to radio has at some time or other, heard the famous three note chime that has been the long time trademark of NBC. These chimes were used on the hour and half-hour to announce station breaks on the network.
I became interested in the history of the chimes after discovering a book at the library titled The Fourth Chime by NBC, printed in 1944. I had never heard of a “fourth” chime and my curiosity was aroused. I checked out the book to find out more about this extra chime. However the book told very little about the fourth chime, but dealt mainly with the role NBC played in the reporting of special world-wide news events, primarily during World War II.
A quick and fascinating read about a portion of the broadcasting history of the United States. Like the author, I think the portion on the “fourth chime” is the most fascinating part.
There’s a great Wikipedia article on the same, though it appears to be largely sourced from the article I linked above.
Speaker: Richard Bullwinkle