Remind101 – Text Messaging for Classroom or Sports Teams

From the Twilio Customer Stories page I learned about Remind101, a free service designed for teachers to keep students and parents up to date via text messaging or email. From their website you can learn more about the service, or about the team. This is a very useful service. While it was primarily designed for classrooms, it could also be used for sports teams or anywhere else you need a 1:Many text messaging system. Remind101 designed their system to be very focused for this type of communication. By keeping with a narrow focus, they’ve got a strong set of features…

Continue Reading →

End of the Line for Paper Maps at CSAA

The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that CSAA (California’s branch of the AAA) is going to stop producing their own paper maps later this year: The California State Automobile Association produced its first road map in 1909. It showed major highways in California and Nevada, and was sent free to all members. Ninety-nine years later, San Francisco’s CSAA is set to produce its last paper map, another victim of the shift to digital technology. The auto club, which serves Northern California, Nevada and Utah, is phasing out its 12-person cartographic unit by year-end, the association said. Members will still be…

Continue Reading →

San José State Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Today marks the 150th anniversary of San José State University, here in the middle of Silicon Valley. Both the San Jose Mercury News and San José State have put up a bunch of historical documents, photographs, and interviews. The Mercury has an interactive timeline that is especially good. Also, check out the list of notable alumni from Stevie Nicks to Jessica McClintock to Gordon Moore to Bill Walsh.

Continue Reading →

XM and Sirius Satellite Radio Merge?

I was paying bills tonight when this message appeared in my inbox: February 19, 2007 To: SIRIUS Subscribers Today is a very exciting day for SIRIUS customers. As you may have heard, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio are merging to form the nation’s premier audio entertainment provider. I’m pretty excited about this if they can pull it off. I was first thinking this might compare to the VHS vs Betamax war, but this is more of a content battle like you’d expect from two broadcast networks. Having two incompatible satellite radio providers was a pain in this case…

Continue Reading →

Vista Launch Picture Madness

This picture from a New York Times article on the Vista launch has been making the blogging rounds today: Now, it’s hard to argue that the executives pictured (from Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Toshiba, AMD and HP) all look pretty serious, possibly even dour. But, who knows the context of that exact moment when the picture was taken? Rather than being a real indicator of the enthusiasm (or lack thereof) of the participating companies, I think it’s just the same old media trick of choosing an image to suit the story, even (especially) if it doesn’t portray the subject in a…

Continue Reading →