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Visual Networking in the White House

It is interesting to speculate how President-elect Obama will use visual networking when he enters the White House, after closing on the most engaging presidential race ever. For example, social issues that are of lower priority could potentially be managed via visual networking and collaborative tools online, primarily by volunteers around the globe. In this video, Ken Wirt, vice president of consumer marketing at Cisco, discusses the impact of visual networking during the presidential race, in addition to what we might expect from President-Elect Obama on the web 2.0 front. Click to see the latest webisodes of Digital Cribs and Digital Cribs: Heaven or Hell video contest submissions.

Getting Fit w/ Video on Demand

I’ve recently made a pre-New Years resolution to get back in shape. For the past year things have conspired against me getting in a consistent workout routine:- We were recently blessed with a daughter and a large % of my free time is happily committed to spending time with her. – We moved to a new town that does not have a convenient gym.- I’m really lazy.While flipping through Comcast’s on-demand I came across a category called exercise. Intrigued, I searched further and found hundreds of workout routines including everything from yoga to Tae-bo. Flashbacks to Jane Fonda, Jazzercise and Buns of Steel caused me to initially dismiss the idea of using Video on Demand for my workouts, but my wife decided to try it.After several evenings of watching her leave our living room to go to the den to workout, I decided to follow-her and see what this was all about. She had found a 22min workout titled “Incredible Abs” and said it was very tough go get through the whole routine. Feeling challenged, I decided to try it. It started easily with a few minutes of warm up and then some ridiculously easy standing crunches (who knew you could do ab work standing up?). About 5 minutes in, it began to get really tough with no breaks between different exercises. At about 10min I was groaning in agony. Finally at 15min, I had had enough and needed to rest. Humbled, I promised myself that I would be able to get through it next time. Since then, I have gotten into a regular habit of doing abs and the occasional yoga session. I can proudly say that I can now complete the workout. Perhaps not as effortlessly as my wife, but I can make it the through the entire 22min without passing out.I’m finding that there are tons of programming options on Comcast On Demand. While it’s a bit light on new movies and TV shows I want to watch, there is an abundance of sports programming from folks like Havoc TV which specialize in alternative sports (surf, ski, and skate) and local programming specific to where you live (Bay Area Backroads). Click to see the latest episodes of digital cribs.

Cisco CTO talks about TelePresence and Visual Networking at Web 2.0 Summit

Earlier today, I attended a panel discussion focusing on cloud computing at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. On the panel, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior shared Cisco’s vision of cloud computing and visual networking. We talk a lot about visual networking on this blog because it is has become an important part of the way many of us communicate on the network. At Cisco, I am able to participate and receive information via visual networking, all the way from my cell to TelePresence. There are still a number of people who digest information solely from the television and as Padmasree notes in the video, there is still a lot of work to be done in this regard. I think this is part of what makes visual networking so exciting. We haven’t nearly tapped into the potential it has to change the way we live and communicate. To reach this potential, greater global enablement and adoption to visual networking technologies is necessary. Read More »

Nonsociety Bloggers: Julia Allison and Meghan Asha

Earlier this year I met with Nonsociety bloggers and Digital Cribs stars Julia Allison and Meghan Asha to catch up with them after their Digital Cribs taping. They were extremely entertaining to say the least, but I wanted to share this clip that tells you what their Nonsociety blog is really about. I think the design and content of both represent a shift in blogging techniques. In the past, blog posts were text heavy and less frequent. The Nonsociety bloggers use a technique called lifecasting, which is up to the minute blogging with through video and images with less emphasis on text. I can go on, but I’ll let them explain the rest… Read More »

Online video monetization and what it means for consumers

I read that Myspace has partnered with MTV and Auditude to implement an advertising platform to monetize online video. I immediately wondered what the implications are for the consumers who frequently embed or post online video to their blogs and Facebook pages. Will we become more inundated with advertising than we were to begin with? Will online video monetization make it easier to find the videos we want to watch online? Ken Wirt, vice president of consumer marketing at Cisco, was kind enough to give his thoughts on the subject and offers some interesting data to back up his opinions.

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