My digital routine explained

Whoa — this is a hard one to dig into. I started to whiteboard out my digital routine and think about what types of content I’m consuming. This was a good exercise to help me think about what I’m consuming and why those content types are a part of my life.  

  1. Google Pixel 3 XL – Google News 
  2. Google Pixel 3 XL – New York Times (app) 
  3. Desktop/Phone – Pandora internet radio 
  4. YouTube creators 
  5. Podcast from The Verge (Nilay Patel) 
  6. Podcast Tomorrow from Josh Topolsky 
  7. Netflix  

It turns out that my digital routine is really grounded in about 7 things that I consume online.  

What albums did I listen to today?

Halt and Catch Fire – Original Television Series Soundtrack – B Side – Vinyl (2016) 

Warren Zevon – The Envoy – Vinyl  

Thinking about Yahoo

I almost put in a copy of Northern Exposure today. My Northern Exposure DVD set has been used from time to time. It was a quality purchase. The series does not appear to be available to stream or on Blu-ray. Northern Exposure is hands down one of my favorite television programs of all time.

The story of Yahoo should have been different. It should have played out in a different way. It should have been better. It should have been more about the potential of technology vs. the reality of squandered opportunity. The rise of the Yahoo corporation should have been enough to stave off the fall for decades. Yahoo become a cultural touchstone. The brand was well known and it had services people used. I used a variety of Yahoo services; games, email, and chat. I played chess with people all over the world via Yahoo games. The chess service is apparently shutting down. I expected more from the Yahoo team. Branding alone is not a business model. For millions of people the Yahoo brand stands apart from the services it provides. It stands disconnected from a defined purpose. That is a business lesson worth understanding.

Northern Exposure will be enjoyed for generations to come. People will continue to be introduced to the television show. Yahoo as a corporation appears to be fading away.