David Pogue, tech columnist for the New York Times, brought down the house at a real-estate technology conference in San Francisco this week with a soaring medley on “the history of downloadable music, TV and movies in two minutes.” OK, so it was five minutes, but who’s counting.

You can see from YouTube title up there that the online real estate crowd really ate it up. And it is pretty clever. I was listening and really enjoying it, for a while … until it dawned on me that the material was kinda stale, like it belonged back in 2006: iPod, iTunes, YouTube, the RIAA, etc.

So I did a little searching, and I wasn’t far off. Pogue performed the same songs at TED in MARCH 2007! That’s a century ago in tech, back when Leopard and Vista were the hot new things.

Come on, David, bring it up to date! Pandora, Hulu and Spotify, at least!

Then again, it is a classic. And pretty great.

Like the tech-medley equivalent of watching an old episode of Friends.

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  • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

    I was in the audience for this on Friday.  He preceded the musical medley with a 30-minute talk that, alone, would have been memorable.  I’ve been attending this particular real estate technology conference for the past 10 years and it’s the first time I think I’ve seen someone there get a standing ovation.

    • Anonymous

      Good to know. Thanks, Matt, Have you seen the talk anywhere online, and did he address any topics more relevant to the current decade? :)

      • http://www.heinzmarketing.com Matt Heinz

        The whole session was videotaped but I don’t think it’s online yet.  It didn’t go too deep on newer topics.  He demoed some interesting apps, and shared some stories about how “the kids” aren’t even using email and voicemail anymore.  He did say that, even though it’s his job to write about new technology, he can barely keep up with the speed of innovation.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully the talk does get posted as David was really terrific.  I agree with Matt, he didn’t go too deep, but he did have some solid insights while he kept the audience laughing out loud the entire time.  Meanwhile, I was backstage wondering what I had done to deserve the fate of having to follow him as the next speaker.  There is nothing like asking an audience to transition from singing and comedy to a discussion of the advantages of cloud based real estate software platforms. ;)

    • johnhcook

      Loved the comment Ian. Yeah, tough act to follow for sure.

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