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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
|Dear Producers and Supporters,|
You have to admit that it is “amazing” that a show like this is even being produced intoday’s era of controlled and censored media. It is not as if the mainstream media cannot give you real analysis and insightful nuanced observations. They simply choose not to because it is easier to entertain the public with vapid celebrity gossip and vacuous reports provided by the massive public relations mechanisms that promote corporate and government messages.
The No Agenda Show is completely removed from this onerous influence because and only because you, the producer and consumer, pay the bills. We do not depend on “underwriters,” sponsors, advertisers, whatever you want to call it. You pay the bills. You make the show possible and you benefit from analysis that others simply cannot provide. Today we begin year 7 of this journey. We want you to help us celebratebecause it is only about you. The show is for you. It’s about you and your relationship to what is really going on. Help it continue.
A lot of you have not contributed for a long while and you are urged to join in today with a contribution of any amount whatsoever by clicking here. We have the $66.66 celebration donation. A lot of you have headed toward Knighthood with a $666.66 contribution. The show cannot thank you enough for that. But any amount you can afford is great. Go to the No Agenda support page here.
Make this day big.
John C. Dvorak
PS Hugs for everyone!
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Ok so maybe I'm being too harsh on the new operating system Mavericks, released by Apple but seriously it does make you wonder. Of course I do realize it is brand new and with anything new there will be bugs. No matter how many 'pre-releases' are sent out in to the wild, it isn't until the mass users install and use with whatever strange configurations they have set up. I had already tweeted my dismay when I went to install on my 2007 Macbook only to find it wouldn't install and this after reading that 2007 devices would work. Blame me for not noticing they were referring to the 2007 iMac and not the Macbook. In any case Mountain Lion works just fine on that device so no worries. I did however install it on my Macbook Pro and initially had a few freeze ups that were cleared after completing the updates. It is my job to be thorough and learn from my own mistakes so that I can fix them for my clients and that being said, if you are an Apple user and are wondering if you should be installing this new, FREE operating system, not that Apple has ever charged much for a new O/S release, but I suggest holding off a month or so. You aren't missing anything new and you won't have to deal with all the problems once a few updates have been ironed out.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
|Dear Producers and Supporters,|
We want to remind people that our 6th anniversary is nine days away. You can help us celebrate with any contribution whatsoever including the $66.66 special anniversary special.
On tomorrow’s show, among other things, we’ll discuss Hillary’s face lift and possible Botox use as well as an apparent feud with Angelina Jolie. Call Clooney!
We hope you will listen live or you will download the next No agenda while continuing your support on the support page here.
John C. Dvorak
PS There is no PS this week.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
They haven't spent enough money on the website yet and should put more resources in to it. That's what happens when they don't use skip logic!
Obamacare Website Fixes Could Take Two Week Or Two Months
An anonymous reader writes "It looks like nobody is quite sure how long it will take to fix the health insurance marketplace website. '"One person familiar with the system's development said that the project was now roughly 70 percent of the way toward operating properly, but that predictions varied on when the remaining 30 percent would be done," the Times reported yesterday. "'I've heard as little as two weeks or as much as a couple of months,' that person said. Others warned that the fixes themselves were creating new problems, and said that the full extent of the problems might not be known because so many consumers had been stymied at the first step in the application process."'"
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
|Producers and Supporters,|
We’ve zoomed past show 555 and are headed towards our 6th Anniversary show in a couple of weeks. Every 6th Anniversary show donation (click here) is greatly appreciated. Any donation, no matter how small or large, is important. You are what keeps this show going. Contribute today.
What got my attention this week was not only some revelations about the corrupt media but some nomenclature and an entire infrastructure built around one of the most corrupt practices used by the media today. It’s an attempt for news outlets to stay in business or to pad their bottom line. It’s called Native Advertising.
Last month I wrote about Panasonic using Mashable to publish an article that looked like any other article but was actually an advertisement. If you want to read that column, it is linked here.
In a recent publication there were some glowing reports about the effectiveness of this scam. Advertisers loved it and the publications loved the money. So much for ethics. And apparently the practice has a name I was unaware of, “Native Advertising.” When you research it, you find that the Huff Po, Mashable, Buzzfeed, Forbes and everyone in-between are using it because according to the publishers, “Nobody reads ads online.”
So the idea is to trick readers into reading advertisements by making them look like an article. This isshameless, unethical and pathetic. That said, when I was an editor, there were some interesting stunts pulled but nothing like this.
With this sort of business model, it is obvious that the advertisers can take over the place. Why have anyone even writing for a publication when the whole thing can be native ads? Make the operation kind of like a warehouse for ads. Panasonic can write the camera review section and they pay to do it. Give the computer review segment to Dell – for a fee. Let Dell review new computers. You can see where this is headed.
Over the past couple of years we have suspected that many feature stories on mainstream TV news is using variations on this idea.
This tail wagging the dog is a huge problem with the Internet and the cheapening value of information. Advertising apparently cannot pay the bills online. Enter Mr. Corruption. And now you know why the No Agenda Show is so good. We do not deal with advertisers. And you can be sure many have approached us with claims that we could make 10 times more money.
We’d rather make the best podcast in the universe with your help. Look into this “native advertising” malarkey and you’ll be shocked. It’s everywhere and clouding the truth.
Support us, please.
John C. Dvorak
PS Have a wonderful day.
Saturday, October 12, 2013