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Dan York
I've been blogging since May 2000 on a variety of blogs. Check out my most recent blogs in the links below or at
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What would you like in a "community hub" website that would help local WordPress groups? What would you like to see for helping publicize events? Connecting groups to each other? If you are involved with a local WordPress group, or... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Disruptive Conversations
As I have done for the past several years now, I like to start off on January 1 with a post about a few "words" that represent aspirations I have for the year. As I did last year for 2014, I'm going to write about four words for 2015, as compared to the three words I wrote about in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. And while I've been doing this for my own reasons, I should credit Chris Brogan for starting the idea of writing in this way publicly many years ago. So here is my current thinking for 2015...... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Dan York
On this final day of 2014, I thought I should reflect back on my "four words" for 2014. They were: Running Religion Audio Strategy How did I do? Let's take them one by one... RUNNING The good news is that I did make running more a regular part of my life. By adding up the monthly totals in my iPhone app I see that I ran over 288 miles this year. It was spotty, though. I only ran 6.2 miles in September yet I ran over 56 miles in July! I finished the year doing 26 miles in December... which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Dan York
What do the number of podcast downloads, listens and listeners really mean? Which statistics can you really believe? And what do they mean? Back on December 12, Pete Davis published a great article on Medium titled "Downloads, listens, listeners, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
"Hey, that's a Mitel IP phone... I remember when that handset was introduced. It was very different from the previous one but had better 'shoulderability' ... it created a bit of a stir among customers, though. Hmmm... I wonder what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
Today was an amazing testament to the power of today's mobile Internet. We traveled to Connecticut today to visit some friends and family, but we also wanted to watch the live video stream of one of the youth in our Petersham Curling Club youth program playing in the national Playdowns up in Rochester, NY. So, while my wife drove I set up my iPhone as a personal hot spot and used my iPad to display the live video stream from the Playdowns. It worked out great... and was just amazing to think about! Some thoughts via audio: Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Dan York
As a follow-up to my post yesterday about how Indian telcos are complaining to the the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) about WhatsApp's plans to launch VoIP, long-time VoIP blogger Aswath Rao took issue on Twitter with one particular... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
To the surprise of absolutely no one, telcos in India are objecting to plans for WhatsApp to launch VoIP and complaining about it to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). So reports The Hindu Business Line that includes this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
On this Christmas Day, I just wanted to share one of the videos I and my family have very much enjoyed. It is "Mary, Did You Know?" from the amazing acapella group Pentatonix. I don't think it matters what religion you may worship (or even none at all) to enjoy the sheer beauty of these voices:: If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful day of celebration... I did with my family today and I am so thankful and grateful for all that I have in my life today. And if you don't celebrate Christmas... well, I hope... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at Dan York
What I so love about this time of darkness in the northern hemisphere is all the "ceremonies of light and dark". Because it is so dark, we seek out times to celebrate the light. To drive back the darkness. To celebrate with friends and family. To embrace the wonder of the flame. To shine out as a beacon of love and hope. And there are so many different ceremonies of so many different religions and faith traditions: - the advent candles and candlelight services of Christian churches, along with the Christmas trees. - the menorahs of Judaism. - candles and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at Dan York
I had every intention of writing a long blog post tonight... but then I stumbled upon Plague, a new link/photo sharing app for iOS and Android. Wow! Incredibly addictive! You have been warned! Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
In an update to iOS (iPhone/iPad) apps yesterday, Google+ finally got the kind of sharing of photos that Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other social networks have had for some time. Now, when I go to share a photo, one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Unbelievably, the For Immediate Release (FIR) Podcast to which I contribute is coming up on a TEN YEAR anniversary! As co-host Neville Hobson recently wrote in the FIR Community on Google+: On January 5, 2015, Shel and I will be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Congratulations to the team for having Wire be selected as one of The Next Web's "Apps of the Year"! TNW's Napier Lopez talks about how beautiful Wire is and how much it is a platform that he wants to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
WordPress version 4.1 is out today and the greatest feature I like is a new and MUCH improved "distraction-free writing" experience. The beautiful part about this is that when you click in the window and start typing, all the sidebars... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
While it is only a "preview" release and is only available to people using Skype on Windows 8.1, Microsoft's new Skype Translator announced on Monday looks very cool! As they state: The preview program will kick-off with two spoken languages,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
Joe, yes you're right that the problem goes much further back. And yes, things like X.500 and LDAP only made it so far. I'm not sure how we get around those challenges, sadly.
Here's the one WordPress plugin I really want to have - something that tells me the number of blog posts, pages or other content types that have been created in my site over a certain period of time. As every... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Today I made on change on this "" site to move it to a new theme that uses "responsive design" so that it will look good on a mobile device as well on a large screen. I've been wanting to do this for quite some time because any of a zillion reports out there will tell you that an increasing majority of users are viewing websites on their mobile devices. I can just see that in my own behavior where I use my iPhone or iPad for viewing so many sites. The challenge I have is that this site, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Dan York
In our every action... each moment of the day... we make the choice to build people up or to tear people down. The choice we make determines the type of person we are - and the type of world we want to live in. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Dan York
So, two weeks after saying I would write at least one blog post a day (and talking about that) for all of December 2014, how am I doing? Well... so far so good. I posted at least once on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
One of the great changes in my life over the past year has been helping out at the community breakfasts for the homeless that happen now each winter weekday morning at our church in Keene, NH. While they are held in our church building, the teams of volunteers who staff the breakfasts also come from several other churches in our community. (In fact, we're looking for one more church or other community group to step forward and help on the one remaining day that needs coverage.) It's been quite an eye-opening experience for my wife and I, both in terms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Dan York
Jacob, Many thanks for sharing that news! I'll update the post.
How can podcast creation be made even easier on the iPhone? I recently stumbled upon a new iPhone app called simply "Opinion" that is aimed at making podcasting no longer just "a medium reserved for tech geeks and media corporations"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Tim, I completely agree. In fact, I would argue that it is the prevalence of email spam which has in many ways driven people away from traditional email into the walled gardens of messaging like Facebook, Twitter and others. (That along with the ease of being able to find people in those walled gardens. I may not know which email address to use to contact you - but I can find you quickly on Facebook.) I agree that communications apps and services today need to have some screening mechanism to not allow just anyone to call you. But I don't know whether this is a feature of the directory or a feature of the client application or service infrastructure.