Friday, February 27, 2009

Liz Smith Reveals Her Age , 86

Today is Liz Smith's last column in the NY Post.

She has been such an inspiration for all working women. Wow, to be working at 86.

I know some say she hasn't written her own column in years but trust me, all the input comes from her. And in a pinch, she writes.

I placed a few stories in her column over the years.........always a pleasure.

Liz and Cindy are gems..............

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Last Night I was 18 again

If I didn't look down or in the mirror, I was 18 again last night. I went Mashable's NY Blogosphere's gathering at the 92nd St Y Tribeca to hear the most incredible stories about being a blogger and the future of traditional media.

Here is what I learned

1-Most bloggers do not make money and probably never will
2-Most bloggers blog because they love it but they do have a day job
3-The more successful bloggers are securing one major sponsor with a creative advertising concept rather than a page filled with meaningless banner ads
4-Traditional media is in big trouble--Seattle Post Intelligencer gone, Philadelphia newpapers in Chapter XI, SF Chronicle threatening to close, Washington Post dropped 77 per cent in advertising revenues
5-The weak global economic conditions advanced the inevitable, death of print
6-More people today want to read about a certain topic rather than buy a newspaper with its total package
7-Bloggers become famous because of interesting content, small snips several times a day
8-Mashable speakers urge bloggers to network at live events. Learn to be socialable

Here are the sources:

Matt Buchanan, Associate Editor, Gizmodo (Gawkier Media)Matt is associate editor at Gizmodo, the gadget guide that “covers anything you can push a button on, from computers, cell phones and cameras to sexy phone apps and Lego, in the most informative and entertaining way possible.”

Alana Taylor, Contributing Writer, Mashable
Alana Taylor is a new media evangelist, consultant and freelance correspondent. Her articles have appeared on and, in addition to her own blog at Other clients include Classic Media, Inc. and She is currently living in the East Village and double-majoring in Journalism and History at New York University.

Caroline McCarthy, Staff Writer, CNET News/CBS Interactive
Caroline McCarthy authors “The Social” blog, covering social web topics for the CBS-owned CNET News. A graduate of Princeton University’s creative writing program, she has been a journalist since 2006.

Nicholas Carlson, Editor, The Business Insider
Nicholas Carlson is an editor for Alley Insider, part of the business news site The Business Insider, where he covers tech, media and advertising. Before joining Alley Insider, he wrote for Gawkier Media’s Silicon Valley gossip blog, Valley wag.

Bryan Keefer, Director of Product, The Daily Beast
Bryan Keefer is not only a seasoned logger, but also a bestselling author. He co-authored the New York Times bestseller All the President’s Spin: George W. Bush, the Media, and the Truth, which grew out, a group blog devoted to debunking political spin.
Before joining Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast, a curator of online news, Bryan was Managing Editor of, a startup that provided short reviews and summaries of long-form journalism. From 2004 to 2006, he was Assistant Managing Editor of CJR Daily, the daily web site of the Columbia Journalism Review, which was awarded an honorable mention for distinguished contribution to online journalism by the National Press Club. He has also provided strategic and editorial consulting services to a number of online properties and media outlets.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Who Came To Michael Dell's Defense?

I just wish that when someone gets verbally attacked, others would come to that person's defense. Why do most people just sit back relishing that it is not them? We need more people with self confidence, a big set of you know what and the moxie to speak up when someone is being unfairly criticized. I realize that Michael Dell does not need any help, but instead of letting the press report that he got slapped by Putin, it would have been better if someone else intervened telling the Russian leader that a world without "entrepreneurs" would be a world that was stagnated and paralyzed. Politicans are a dime a dozen.

Putin-Dell slapdown at Davos
The Russian prime minister tells the Dell CEO: 'We don't need help. We are not invalids.'

January 28, 2009

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Ever since Vladimir Putin rose to power in 2000, his political opponents and entire countries have learned to their cost that he has a tough, demeaning streak. Wednesday it was Michael Dell's turn. At the official opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Putin, now Russian Prime Minister, delivered a 40-minute speech touching on everything from why the dollar should not be the sole reserve currency to how the world needed to enter into a smart energy partnership with Russia. Then it was time for questions. First up: Dell. He praised Russia's technical and scientific prowess, and then asked: "How can we help" you to expand IT in Russia.
Big mistake. Russia has been allergic to offers of aid from the West ever since hundreds of overpaid consultants arrived in Moscow after the collapse of Communism, in 1991, and proceeded to hand out an array of advice that proved, at times, useless or dangerous.
Putin's withering reply to Dell: "We don't need help. We are not invalids. We don't have limited mental capacity." The slapdown took many of the people in the audience by surprise. Putin then went on to outline some of the steps the Russian government has taken to wire up the country, including remote villages in Siberia. And, in a final dig at Dell, he talked about how Russian scientists were rightly respected not for their hardware, but for their software. The implication: Any old fool can build a PC outfit.