The Internet Living up to its Promise?

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Denny Hastert(r), has started a blog! You can’t leave comments for him there, but whether you agree with his politics or not, please head on over to his site, because I guarantee you he is paying attention to his hit counters.

I couldn’t be more earnest in saying that blogging serves no individual better than a freely elected public official, written in his own words (not by an aide). This is the way to explain the often-surprising complications in what usually seems to the general populace like simple issues. If he continues to update it, and himself rather than have an aide do it, it will help to provide a much deeper insight into the human, rather than the politician. And that will certainly go a long way in gaining him more favor with constituents.

I 100% applaud any elected politician who is willing to share him or herself with the public, and I would go out of my way to encourage and support them in that regard, regardless of party or platform.

So, please visit his site, make sure he gets lots of hits. If you want to, even drop him an email letting him know that you support his blogging!

Cell Phone Industry and Oops

So, my private business, ThoughPut Inc is winding down. The cell phone market has almost completely consolidated at this point. The big carriers have learned that if they carry more than about 100 games, it begins to hurt their overall sales. Because there are so many game developer wannabe’s (including me, up until recently), the carriers have more than enough to choose from, and the mobile gaming arena has become *extremely* competitive. Even with the average “small” cell phone game costing around $300,000 to produce, carriers are finding that they can deal with only a handful of game publishers, and have more than enough games to fill their decks.

Where does this leave the small game developer? As one carrier exec said, “You do the math. If we’re going to carry 100 games, would want to deal with 100 different developers, or only a handful?” (or words to that extent). Of course, I’m not complaining — I managed to get in at the right time, make a decent profit, and then pull out before I spent all my profits trying to keep up with the industry giants — not a practical proposition. So what does this have to do with my blog, and why do I mention it now? Well, since ThroughPut no longer needs the dedicated web server it has (which is piggybacking off of), I no longer need to pay $109/month for it.

Don’t worry, this site isn’t going anywhere. I am just going to move it back to my old coworker’s data center, where it was before I started ThroughPut Inc. Unfortunately, I botched the job of remote-upgrading my server there from Red Hat 7.2 to CentOS 4.2, and managed to completely hose the machine. So, the conversion will have to wait until I can take a trip out to the middle-of-nowhere, Long Island, and re-install the thing in person.

Maybe this weekend.