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Between the Lines

One of the publications on our list of occasional reading

is an electronically distributed newsletter from a columnist at Editor

& Publisher Magazine. It’s called Stop the Presses, by Steve Outing.

Outing’s column of March 8 caught our interest. It was on a brand

new wrinkle in the dissemination of information on the World Wide

Web — something called "weblogs." A weblog, explains Outing,

is like a website, except much more informal and usually the work

of just one person, with lots of links to websites that the producer

(called a weblogger) finds intriguing. "Webloggers typically

pour their personality into their logs, and develop personal relationships

with their readers," writes Outing.

Now, according to Outing, big league newspapers are getting into the

weblog act, encouraging columnists to start up weblogs and fill them

with the detritus of their print columns as well as other personal

musings that strike their fancy.

What a novel idea, we thought: Personal, maybe even irreverent at

times, filled with items that wouldn’t normally make the newspaper

itself. Hmmm. Sounds a little like Between the Lines to us. Or make

that betweenthelines.com. Yes, we have a hot little dot.com. It’s

not losing much money right now, but we can make it lose tons in the

next year. Would you like to get in on the IPO?

No, the fact is that we are not going to give up our little corner

of the print world. But we can’t help marveling at all the communication

devices that the folks of the World Wide Web discover as if they were

Columbus setting foot on the other side of the earth.

Our favorite is push technology. You know this buzzword by now. After

investing millions of dollars in fancy websites, lots of Internet

pioneers woke up and realized that the world was not knocking down

the door to their site. In fact, most people couldn’t care less about

their sites. So the home page designers began to figure out ways to

send bits and pieces of information out to the public, instead of

waiting for the public to come to them.

If you need to picture push technology just imagine the early days

of newspapering, with thousands of copies being disgorged by a huge

web press (there’s that word again). The papers are then stacked high

at a few newsstands around town, waiting for customers. Then a smart

publisher hires news boys and girls to deliver them to individual

homes — that’s push technology, or should it be pushtechnology.com?

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To the Editor

A CORRECTION to your Digital Video article of February 23: The company

Radius is now called Digital Origin, and the software we produce,

which you referred to as "EditTV," is actually called EditDV.

Check out our website — http://www.digitalorigin.com — for

more DV software and industry information.

Julie Elliott

Digital Origin Inc.

Mountain View, CA

Like a good weblogger — or any old editor — we checked

that website and discovered that the firm is offering Digital Video

demos on Thursday, March 16, at the Wiz in Somerville and Saturday,

March 25, at Atlantic Computer Solutions in Toms River.


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