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Fun w/ MIDI

by admin on Oct.13, 2010, under Posts

Great track from Oneohtrix Point Never, like a more refined version of indulgent 80s synth-pop, from the always great ISO 50 blog.

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iPhone Camera Disappeared

by admin on Mar.11, 2010, under Posts

Has your iPhone camera left you? Vanished without a trace? Can’t imagine where it went?

Did you just configure Microsoft Exchange for your iPhone? I thought so.

If you are tying into an Exchange server that isn’t setup to specifically allow the phone, the camera app simply disappears. If you happen to know your Exchange Admin, give him a ring. Exchange 2007 has active sync policies, one of which is to disallow the camera. Hopefully they’ll see clear to enabling it for you.

But what if you aren’t actually using an Exchange server? If you are like me, you are using the Exchange feature on the iPhone get take advantage of push email and calendar service from Gmail and/or Google Apps.

The simple answer is to disable the SSL protocol in that account. Less secure, probably, but can you really live without that camera on your phone? I didn’t think so. Here’s where to look:

Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > (click on your Exchange account) > Account Info > (toogle “Use SSL” off)

Wasn’t that easy?

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I’m joining CRAFT | Media / Digital

by admin on Feb.23, 2010, under Posts

I’m proud to announce that I’m joining CRAFT | Media / Digital as a founding partner. CRAFT is the first firm in the political space to integrate television media, online and print communications. Michael Turk, another partner, summarizes the ideas behind CRAFT and what differentiates us from the myriad other political consulting firms in town in his inaugural post on Framework, the CRAFT blog.

In essence, CRAFT integrates the different channels that political and public affairs campaigns utilize to move message and raise money.  This is important because right now, campaigns are beholden to different consultants and companies that represent narrow specialties in each channel.  Each feels it must compete with the others for its “share” of the campaign budget, and at the end of the day, everyone’s message is “spend money on our channel.”

CRAFT transcends this broken model by offering strategy and services across channels, allowing for the right strategy to trump focus on any given channel.

I’m also excited to join what Shira Toeplitz at CQ’s Shop Talk calls the “new media GOP big guns“ at CRAFT, including Brian Donahue, Justin Germany, Jon Henke, and the aforementioned Michael Turk.

I’ll be taking all my industry posts and shop talk to Framework on the blog front, but will continue to post personal thoughts here at ThinkStream.

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Politics Magazine Looks at KBH SEO Debacle

by admin on Dec.14, 2009, under Posts

I hope if nothing else that campaigns learn from this fiasco to look before they leap and hire qualified people to execute message strategy online.

Oh, and I’m quoted near the bottom…

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Social networking voice

by admin on Sep.24, 2009, under Posts

Who is your client’s social media voice? Why?

Replace “company” with “campaign” and I think you’ll see that Kory Kredit at MediaPost makes a compelling argument against outsourced social networking for candidates and organizations moving message online.

Obviously necessity dictates that social media interaction be outsourced when no other resources are available, but when they are, perhaps social media advisors should be more focused on training and empowering our political clients to communicate what they know best in the social media space, while they guide them with strategy and help them evaluate results via monitoring and metrics.

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