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*Techcrunch was WRONG about Wikiasari*

Posted by rexdixon on December 24, 2006

As I stated yesterday, as well as TechCrunch where I saw the information, it’s apparent that that TechCrunch may have had it all WRONG. According to Jim Wales, who should know since Wikia is his baby, the best place to go is right here. This is where you will find the real deal – The Wikia Search Project.

Technically Speaking, I guess this goes to show you – you just can’t believe everything you read.  I will say in Michael Arrington’s defense, he is usually dead on about 99% of the time.

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Sad Note – Natali Leaves TechCrunch

Posted by rexdixon on December 19, 2006

I want to take a minute to wish Natali Del Conte the best after her stop over at TechCrunch. I have been a bit behind lately here, as many of you already read about the above hours ago. I do apologize, as there are a few things that are currently occupying my time.

First off the new server and domain. I had a snafu over the weekend, and lost about 2 days of working on it. Secondly, the holiday season! There are just allot of other non-geek activities that you have to do and be accountable for.

With that being said. Stay tuned, Technically Speaking, this blog hasn’t gone anywhere – yet!

Posted in Tech Crunch, TechCrunch, Technically Speaking | 1 Comment »

Page Views going away?

Posted by rexdixon on December 14, 2006

So if page views go away in as little as 4 years time, to help AJAX and newer technologies evolve, how will the companies track ad dollars? I mean will it be simply a “flat rate” or should I say “fat rate” that you end up paying? Will you be willing to pay $10 k to anyone?

TechCrunch does deserve that amount with the traffic they generate. In 4 years though, if the prediction of page views going away, how will we know that TechCrunch is a viable ad placement location?

There has to be some sort of checks and balances put in place if page views are going bye-bye. I agree with letting the new technologies breath and live; evolve. On the other hand, with nothing to show that you are deserving of the top ad dollar, will you be forced to live on what your old page views showed?

Good example. What if in 4 years MySpace has been overrun with sex freaks and they never stopped that influx? What if people shy away from the social network. With that example, in 4 years time, does MySpace point back to the week they out ranked Yahoo? Will what happened this week in 2006 matter in 2010?

Technically Speaking, somebody better come up with a better way before they eliminate the only way to gauge the popularity as well as the ad viability of web sites. Page Views. They are here to stay for now until someone comes up with a better way.

Posted in ads, advertising, AJAX, Page Views, Tech Crunch, TechCrunch, Technically Speaking, traffic stats | 1 Comment »

The Debacle known as TechCrunchUK

Posted by rexdixon on December 14, 2006

Due to our little interuptis maximus yesterday, I missed joining in on throwing in my two cents. Here is what I have to say, and in quick hit style. My usual forte. Here is a nice long breakdown of the events according to Drew B.

I believe that Michael Arrington has the right to fire whoever he hired or rather whoever he employed, let be associated with, and be in charge of a TechCrunch entity. Period. End of story.

He is not bound by any “law” in the UK. Doesn’t have to give anyone 3 warnings. Folks, this isn’t a game, this isn’t baseball. If you need to read what went down, then read Mike’s post again. People who have commented on this had me smiling last night while I was trying to get the blog back online. Especially the ones that always want to play Philadelphia Lawyer. Rex Dixon has gotten the axe in his past, and you take it like a man, suck it up, and move the F on. Period, end of story.

Go to work today. Break the rules. Closer to home, try throwing a phone at someone’s head because you disagree. Now when your boss tries to fire you, tell them that the law in the UK requires that you are given 3 warnings, blah, blah, blah.. end of story. You’ll be hauled off to the funny farm.

Michael Arrington built TechCrunch. I don’t know the whole deal behind TechCrunchUK or the one in Japan, or other affliates, but I’m sure there is a contract signed. Like a franchise deal. I’m not a lawyer, but guess what folks — Michael is a lawyer. I think all of you Philadelphia types need to realize that.

Whatever the case may be. He has every right to fire who ever he wants to from employment at TechCrunch (all entities). End of story. Technically Speaking, it’s time to find something more worthwhile to talk about.

Posted in Michael Arrington, Sam Sethi, Tech Crunch, TechCrunch, TechCrunchUK, Technically Speaking | 1 Comment »

Mr. Web 2.0 Michael Arrington

Posted by rexdixon on December 6, 2006

Michael Arrington’s influential blog TechCrunch — where startups get pimped and big news sometimes breaks first — has vaulted him into the post of “Mr. Web 2.0,” a kingmaker among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and a figure of controversy in the media world he is disrupting.

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Chat Services revisited with a different point of view

Posted by rexdixon on December 2, 2006

I received a comment on this blog post that referenced what I thought was a decent post on the Six Biggest New Ideas in Chat. Now, when someone comments on a blog post, I usually either e-mail them back if they leave a good e-mail address, or I will reply if I want to add something.

The person that left a comment, Anders Jackson, is a Computer Science teacher at this school in Sweden called Högskolan i Gävle. He had already pointed out in his original comment of a blog post that also challenged the TechCrunch article.  I will have to agree with the author, Jean-Louis Seguineau.  The break down of the Six Biggest Ideas in Chat is done point by point, and I suggest that you give it a read. Jean-Louis goes over each of the six points, and basically debunks or challenges the “facts” of what was posted on TechCrunch.

Technically Speaking, I encourage all readers that would like to leave comments to anything I post here. If you disagree, please tell me and what your reasons are for doing so. I won’t be offended, and in fact, I will credit all that point out another view or in this case my error on taking TechCrunch on it’s word being that they are the big dogs in tech blogging. Thank you again goes to Anders Jackson, Computer Science teacher of Sweden’s Högskolan i Gävle  for pointing this out, and thank you Jean-Louis Seguineau for posting the nice break down on the TechCrunch blog post – The Six Biggest New Ideas in Chat.

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Interview with Digg CEO

Posted by rexdixon on November 26, 2006

TechCrunch has a copy of it here, and figure I should also post the YouTube video link so you could watch it here if you like.

Since 300 and 3 million are the same number right? It appears that 20 million and 1.3 million are the same number these days? Michele Steele at Forbes Video Network interviewed Digg CEO Jay Adelson to discuss site usage and acquisition rumors. The video was posted on November 22, 2006.

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Happy Thanksgiving: Rex Dixon Thank You’s!

Posted by rexdixon on November 23, 2006

Well it’s Thanksgiving 2006 and turkey day is my favorite holiday. I have been busy posting what news that is out today. Now it’s time to take that turkey day break. Get away from the computer, the internet, blogging, and podcasting for a bit. Go enjoy time with a real social network, and that would be Thanksgiving Day dinner with the family.

First though, I want to say thank you to all the readers and listeners for making the past few months the most enjoyable time I have had out here on the internet since I was put out in the cold by the IT industry back in 2002. After serving as a paid contractor / slave for years as the go to guy of every IT contract I worked on, it was like they kicked me out of the industry and slammed the door on my ass so to speak.

Rex Dixon pushed on, continued to interview with every fly by night company that wanted me, as well as some not so fly by night ones (Google, you have heard of them right?) and of course for one reason or another, I never made that final cut. Either someone had more experience, or someone had an inside connection. Whatever the case may be, Rex Dixon then spent the winter of 2003 and part of the summer of 2004 playing security guard at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

2004 rolled on, and Rex Dixon in true Rex Dixon style after being told that by the idiot security guard boss that “it was totally fine to sit in 100 degree weather on a runway that was being constructed, and to NOT go inside an air conditioned shelter that was there for the security guys” — Rex Dixon — said “Screw this, I’m done, take your stupid job and stick it up your a**!” Around September of 2004, I moved on and started to work back in a more comfortable environment once again, and still do the day gig there to this day.

Now with 2007 right around the corner, I can truly see the light at the end of the tunnel. With yesterday’s notice or quote to be totally accurate by the CBS news blogger – Melissa – over on Blogophile, it won’t be but a matter of time before Rex Dixon is in the mix once again.

Now on to the list of thank you’s. It has been a short few months that I have given up totally on the IT industry (for a day gig) and have been blogging and podcasting beyond what other people can only imagine.

The first thank you must of course go out to mr-business-golf-tees-in-pocket-small.jpgMr. Business Golf. I met him on Tribe earlier this past year, and little did I know that by the end of 2006 we both would have some great things cooking for 2007. Everyone always for some reason says “Golf, I don’t play that game.” Neither does Rex Dixon, but they are already dismissing the true story of Mr. Business Golf, and really need to buy and read his book – How To Play Business Golf – to understand that Golf is only part of what he is doing. Once he gets on the seminar trail in 2007, I’m sure there will be many jumping on his bandwagon. I want to thank him for pushing me into the blogging game again, and also for inquiring about the podcasting. He is a true inspirational person and great business coach when it comes to the operational side of things. Here is to a great 2007 for Mr. Business Golf.

Next up, I want to thank our first official sponsor of this blog – yourminis – for having the faith in what this blog is doing. A little over a week ago, they signed up to be the sponsor, and their faith in Rex Dixon www.yourminis.comhas not been for naught. I could post some cool graphics of traffic stats, numbers, etc. – but I won’t. Let’s just say even though we are not anywhere near the numbers that TechCrunch and other sites are at – which are in the million pageview neighborhood, this blog is growing in page views. We have shattered past records, and daily the readership is growing. Not to mention the podcast listeners, are steady in numbers. So to ygoowyourminis, Alex and his team — I thank you for taking what I had back when we agreed to do this sponsorship thing, and I’m glad that I’m able to help promote your company. Are you ready guys? You are now on the Rex Dixon express train, and I’m glad you are a part of it! In fact so much, I have a partnership idea – so Alex, get a hold of me after you are done eating and shopping (Black Friday). We need to talk about 2007!

My next thank you goes out to our second sponsor of the podcast. This person of course is one of the founders of a great site that will be taking off I’m sure when 2007 hits. It’s just a little slow time of course due to their target market being the college crowd, but soon the holidays will be over and January willThe College Voice logo hit. Where will the college kids go? MySpace? Give me a break! Yes, they all have the MySpace accounts as well as Facebook ones – but I am thinking I really like the Web 2.0 – The College Voice web site. Lara I want to extend my thanks to you and your team for letting me help you out in the week leading up to your launch. I foresee a very busy 2007 on the horizon for The College Voice!

Next up I would like to thank the first legit sponsor of the podcast, which was that book – Inside FacebookInside Facebookwhich actually kept me up reading when I should have been sleeping! I mean you do know that Rex Dixon wakes up at the crack of dawn around 5am, and his book that he posted had me awake past 1am which is my latest “go to bed fool” time! I want to thank Karel and Ted both for agreeing to be my first sponsor of the podcast. I enjoyed the challenge of reading the script that was provided for their commercial spot, and I hope the book sells well for you in 2007. Yes, even though I have hammered your former Facebook CEO in the past few days, it was all in good fun! Hey, I’m still trying to new things to see what “sells” to my readers. I’m kind of glad that the post was barely read, as I really am not into bashing posts. What I mean is, “Do I look like the ValleyWag or something?” I look forward to the book coming out, and foresee even bigger things for Karel and Ted both in 2007.

Next up? Well I want to thank Marshall of TechCrunch for taking the time out of his busy day to drop me a quick note stating he sees the progress I have made here. That note reached me at a time, which I’m sure all internet companies and other bloggers, and podcasters have at one time or another thought to themselves – “WTF am I up doing this again for?” – It was one of those early 5am mornings where I was staring at my blank screen and checking my e-mail. It was timely, and I want to thank you for noticing!

Save the best for last right? I want to extend a great BIG THANK YOU now to my better half for putting up with my obsession to be at the top of my game. Yes, Rex Dixon doesn’t have any VC money so I do still work a day job. Take into account the 8 hours at the day gig, then getting our kid from the babysitters, making dinner and cutting a podcast and keeping up on the blog – yes – a BIG THANK YOU is in order! Rebelchelle – babe, thanks for seeing the vision of what I have now become and will be because you know me, anything I do full on “Rex Dixon” style is done 110%, balls to the wall – and as I have always said “Lead, Follow or get the F*** out of MY way!”. As I have told you many times and when I first decided this is “it” – I have no one to worry about at this point in time — NO idiots that will fire me because I’m not the best “bassist” in the world, NO people that will question my abilities to “learn” active directory, or the new “hot” stupid program that is the program of the minute — no, this is me – Rex Dixon unleashed.

Thank you all, and eat allot of Turkey today and of course come back daily for the latest Rex Dixon spin on the world of the internet, Web 2.0 style and much more! Technically Speaking, it’s time to roll out of the studio door and head to the Thankgiving gathering!

Posted in Goowy, Inside Facebook, Mr. Business Golf, Scot Duke, Startups, Tech Crunch, Technically Speaking, The College Voice, Web 2.0, yourminis.com | 1 Comment »

Breathe! Take a break..

Posted by rexdixon on November 21, 2006

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Thank you for taking that short break. Technically Speaking, since Marshall knows a little bit about me – blogging ain’t easy! But it’s fun! btw – the above shirts come not only in black, but in red, olive, and navy!

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The King is Retiring for a few…

Posted by rexdixon on November 21, 2006

It appears that Michael Arrington, publisher of Techcrunch and the introduced “King of Web 2.0” is taking a bit of a break for a few months. Not major news, but when you are zipping here and there on the internet looking for things to write about, sometimes things remain at that web 2.0 pace and need a quiet slow down for a bit. We will all be here when he decides to return and to retake his crown. 🙂

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