Viewers decide which skits the comedians perform by e-mailing their suggestions to a HP printer which is onstage.
Video clips, banner ads, Twitter and Facebook, among other places, are used prior to the show to encourage people to participate.
H.P. is also running a campaign for ePrint in traditional media, with television commercials. “Introducing the new Web-connected printers with ePrint from H.P.,” an announcer says. “Print from any mobile device so your ideas can be there, even when you’re not.”
When one of the most successful company in the history (Google) performs such a management shake-up in order to rediscover its start-up roots, you have to wonder how your company is doing.
As it has grown into the dominant company in Silicon Valley, Google, 24,000 employees, has lost some of its entrepreneurial culture and become a slower-moving bureaucracy, in contrast with Facebook, Twitter and other younger, more agile competitors. (To counter this, in April Larry Page, its 38-year-old co-founder will take over as CEO from Eric E. Schmidt, a veteran manager who was brought in a decade ago to provide adult supervision.)
"One of the primary goals I have is to get Google to be a big company that has the nimbleness and soul and passion and speed of a start-up," Larry Page said.
Despite its financial success, Google is no longer considered by many top engineers as the most desirable place to work in Silicon Valley. A new generation of start-ups has surpassed it.
In other words, when recurring strains remain in your company (or in the company you work for), you must get back your entrepreneurial drive, no matter how big is the management shake-up.
Remote controls for watching TV are a thing of the past, even the sophisticated ones produced by Logitech.
Soon mobile phones are going to take over remotes.
See in the above's video the new Google's app for its Google TV Interface that works on Android devices. It allows users to control their program guides, access their DVRs and send content from the mobile device directly to the TV.
Notice that a growing number of viewers are using mobile phones in the living room texting and browsing the web while watching TV. So extending navigation to those devices makes sense.
Are you a fan of WordPress blogging platform? Watch out!
WordPress has been considered by the anti-virus company Trend Micro as the riskiest web software used in 2010.
"Tens of thousands of un-patched WordPress blogs were used by cyber criminals for various scheme, primarily as part of redirection chains that led to various malware attacks or other blackhat search engine optimization (SEO)-related schemes," explains Trend Micro.
The problem here are the plugins. You are at the mercy of the developer that nothing malicious has been programmed into the plugin. And let's face it, most of those plugins are primarily developed by individual developers or very small teams with limited budget for testing.
Because when you install a WordPress Plugin you are installing an application. And that is a potential source of vulnerability.
In addition to the plugins, it is the code itself which requires an intensive maintenance.
Last week, for example, an important warning was issued by WordPress itself. WordPress was recommending users immediately upgrading their accounts after a critical security bug was found. It was a scripting flaw that could be used by an attacker to bypass security controls and gain unauthorized access to a user's blog.
These kind of mandatory security updates are a problem, especially when they occur during the holiday season.
In other words, if you are running a non-professional blog, you might be allowed to face security threats. You will survive having viable backup of your site and upgrading to a valid site. After all, your blog is not critical for your business. But if you are well-established brand or you take your blogging activity seriously, definitely WordPress (nor Joomla or Drupal) is not for you. At all.