The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #80: October 27, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (creating a reverse thesaurus; what’s in a name: ‘business continuity planning’; more on hearing about blogs; Libsyn glitches with podcast downloads); Yahoo RSS white paper; faux research from Advertising Age; the use of blogs during labour disputes; TypePad has service problems from rapid growth; OpenOffice 2.0 is out; Waxmail for voice email; Microsoft joins Yahoo and Google with a book project; Dan York’s report; Shel’s report on the CPRF panel in New York; upcoming FIR book reviews.

Show notes for October 27, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, an 86-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Concord, California, USA.

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In this Edition:


  • 00:36 Neville introduces the show; what the show’s about; what’s in this edition; show notes

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 02:40 Josh Hallett suggests creating a reverse thesaurus to help figure out buzzwords and jargon
  • 03:17 Bryan Person thinks ‘business continuity planning’ is a silly corporate-speak term
  • 04:27 Donna Papacosta isn’t surprised at what Shel heard at the IABC Canada conference re blogs, and says we should keep on evangelizing
  • 08:07 Clarence Jones reports on difficulties he’s had with downloading FIR, and other shows hosted on Libsyn



  • 48:48 OpenOffice 2.0 is out – how does the free open source software suite compare to Microsoft Office? Good, we think, but it does eat up your PC’s resources according to ZDNet
  • 54:41 Voice email with Waxmail – is this the easiest audio email-messaging tool yet?
  • 58:42 Microsoft starts a book indexing project – unlike Google’s, this is an opt-in system for copyright owners; why don’t Google, Yahoo and Microsoft collaborate on book indexing?
  • 61:15 Dan York‘s Report – voice over IP security alliance threat taxonomy wiki, podcast solutions book, K7.Net, DomainDirect, my new experimental TypePad blog
  • 69:03 Shel talks about his experience in New York yesterday as a participant in the Council of Public Relations Firms‘ panel discussion on ‘Straddling the Fault in a Shifting Media Landscape: New Roles for PR’ with Richard Edelman, Stephen Baker and Ross Mayfield (session recorded as an FIR podcast for download)


FIR Show Notes links
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So, until Monday October 31…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)