Sunday, December 09, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
When I was in the fourth grade, my mother got involved. She was then and still is to this day the Elementary School's reading teacher. The administration wanted to get computers and wanted to use her Title 1 funds to buy a lab's worth of machines. Enter 25 Apple II e computers into the classroom directly across the hall from my mother's classroom. My mom's room was lucky number 3. It had high ceilings, large windows, upholstered chairs (for reading in comfort!), wooden floors, an honest to goodness pencil sharpener attached to the wall, large slate chalkboards, oak chalk trays, oak built-in cabinetry filled with art supplies, and good books to read. Everything was available to me after school from 3pm until 5pm. I'd sit and keep busy while Mom finished up her lesson plans and got things ready for the next day. And then the computers arrived. The school built large custom wooden tables 20' long with power strips down the middle and sitting just the right height for typing on the Apple keyboards. (They made a loud click sound, I recall.) With the machines came the high school kids and their 5 1/4" floppies filled with the latest games. I remember the first floppy I saw with a brand name on it's dust slip. "Verbatim" in red and blue. Bold. I had to have one. Mom bought a box of 50 for the school. Somehow I got one.
I started playing games immediately. Like Olympic Decathlon and Oregon Trail. My buddy in 5th grade, Chris, would end up programming his own games by the 7th grade. I never tried. No interest at all in creating the code to play. I just wanted to play. I figured out how things worked, but never under the hood. In the 6th grade I remember the pride I felt in being called out of class to help a group of teachers print a document. It was an original taupe Imagewriter, where you had to push the tall button in to get the two green lights to light up. I knew how to do it. Somehow. They were relieved. I was stoked.
When I was in junior high my mother would bring home the Apple II c. With it's CPU and keyboard fitted into the sweet bag slung over your shoulder, you had two arms free to haul that clunky monitor. The metal stand attached to the monitor was a real pain! I suppose Steve Jobs thought owners would buy two monitors? We didn't have that luxury. Only one other kid in my class could bring home a II c to write papers on. He and I ended up with the highest marks. I wonder if it had anything to do with the little white II c's? Last I knew he was working for a software firm out west somewhere.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Digital Editions will be introducing new social features in the future that will enhance the use and enjoyment of user’s ebooks, such as sharing annotations and reading lists.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Here's me working...
Nice curly bamboo! (That'll be heading upstairs to the new office.)
Not too shabby... this is just around the corner from where my compadres work.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Check it out. The similarity is profound.
Friday, September 28, 2007
This is an interesting development within twitter. Now you can be informed when folks twitter something you want to hear. Rumor mills, gossip queens, and eavesdroppers can now put their proverbial ears to the tracks and listen for what strikes their fancy.
I thought of a possible use, if a bit ultra nerdy: I wonder if the OED people know about this? Could be a nifty way (or a hard way) to grab citations - at least in short bursts up to 140 characters - for known net neologisms. Just Twitter Track a set you want to collect and voila! Examples come to you.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
4. Speaking of subsequent releases, Microsoft is sticking to its plans to do a major spring and a fall release every year of Live Search, with incremental updates coming in between. The spring release, according to Live Search General Manager Derrick Connell, will bring enhancements around “community.” (He wouldn’t elaborate.) This doesn’t sound like tagging/social bookmarking kinds of stuff, as Connell told me that Microsoft decided those features appealed to too small a percentage of the potential user base. Maybe we’ll see more peer reviews/recommendations across areas beyond shopping…? Just a guess…. And what about rumors I had heard regarding Live Search allowing users to search their Outlook e-mail? “There’s a tie-in there,” Connell said, and Microsoft will have more to say about it later.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I took a flyer today and rode to a store where I saw this sign. Loaded up on good stuff then went home and hung out with friends. Life is good. This weekend was great. Can't beat the weather.
Friday, September 21, 2007
The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart. -Iris Murdoch, writer (1919-1999) [World Carfree Day is Sep 22:
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Any major publisher could pump the long tail into Wowio and catch a windfall in Facebook. At this point in time I severely doubt a PDF version of a book is going to dissuade any reader from buying a paperback for that long holiday weekend coming up at the end of November. But a PDF... might be handy to try out those couple dozen titles that always seemed really interesting in the bookstore, but just never on payday. Know what I mean? Or maybe test drive a few books on the ole notebook on the transcontinental flight home on break.
Now, in this paragraph, if it wasn't clear above, I clearly exhibit signs of smoking crack (aka thinking outloud with the mute button disabled): A link to Wowio downloads on librarything.com book pages. For instance:
A link to the Wowio download on Google Book Search or Windows Live Book Search. A link on publishers' book store pages for every out of print book. (Why not list them? Even if POD pays somebody's salary, couldn't Wowio buy that guy a sushi lunch every week? I think so.)
What Wowio lacks: 1. better site search and 2. much better browse functions. (It's almost like they don't want people to see everything they've got.)
3. Dreamy content. They lack it. (Example: Computers & Internet category.) They've got some good stuff, but not awesome stuff. It's like a used paperback store in some small town north of Tampa, FL. Everything is a dollar, but it's hard to find what you're looking for, and it's all kinda ho-hum. Like it left the shelf of someone who never really cared what they read... and then died... then someone had to get rid of it, but couldn't throw it away... 4. A social network of readers. Maybe not enough people actually read the titles they download...dunno. Wonder if they keep stats on that. Then maybe they could really do something in Facebook. Oh, wait, Facebook could provide the social network... hmmm. Now you see how I got to the top of this blog entry.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat
Monday, September 10, 2007
I just bought another one to use in my home office with Tokbox, which I'm giving a try. I'm on the cheap webcam plan, since my corporate-issue Dell lacks the built-in. I told them a MacBook was the way to go....
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Biz Stone in a video podcast with Robert Scoble, "Yeah, our API was really important. We released it early on and as a result we like see ten times more traffic through our API than through our website."
Ten times. The future lies with API development.
Other quote of note:
Real Time. What's coming next. Move over RSS. We will hardly have known ye when the next wave of tech comes out of TwitterHQ.
But more than the iPhone what blew me away was the AppleTV, all alone by itself in the far left hand corner of the store. (Or is it a museum?) "YouTube on the old flat screen tube. Hmmm. That's something," I thought.
But this morning, I read Steve Lacey's post and nearly spilled over my morning coffee - RSS and video on Apple TV. Brilliant! RSS, which has been my favorite flavor of the month is firmly in the running for flavor of the decade. Steve's little guide allows me to pump content I want to see into my TV. Or even discover content I might deem useful. Is it really so easy?
What about pumping in feeds generated from a search by tag? DIY videos on unclogging a sink or installing kitchen cabinets, getting stains out of wool rugs, or case studies in cloth diapers? (I've got a baby on the brain.)
This is just the beginning. It's probably already been done by geeks more powerful than me. But the simplicity of AppleTV and iTunes. That may be a winning combination.
If you've done this sort of thing, pimped your ride sort of speak, throw me a bone.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Here, check it out: http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php?id=7
there's very little empirical evidence which suggests bottled water is any cleaner or better for you than its tap equivalent.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
On the train now, but can't get enough tech. I like how robert's posts are all twitterish. Short sentences all filled with the moment. It's clear he was doing somethings more than once...and so he mentions things, in slightly different ways throughout the post.
Maybe I'm just tired.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Save Water with Powder Detergents
Switch from liquid detergents to powders. Laundry liquids are mostly water (approx. 80%). It costs energy and packaging to bring this water to the consumer.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
If need for a car comes again, I'm going greasecar. A nice used Golf TDI... filled with biodiesel and running down to the local Mickey D's for some SVO fillup.
Whilest I'm a blogger dweller for the foreseeable future, I will admire thy template from afar. I like it because it's neat and tidy. I'd like to see it in black though. (Smaller carbon footprint and slimming.)
PS Everyone who has picked up the JPG issue in my living room has loved it. Everyone, including my 70 year old blogging mother and our lovely 90 year old neighbors, gets caught reading, many cover to cover. If you're reading this, get ye to the JPG mag site and subscribe...or participate.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Omlette, a three year old neutered male bobtail cat, whose full name was Omlette Patrick (he came home from the SPCA as Patrick, but the kids dubbed him Omlette), died Monday.
He was a lovely cat. Everyone always stopped to look at him and pet him. He was affectionate, loved to follow people down the bike path, trotted around with his female companions, played with the kids, and was the most adored creature in the neighborhood.
I already miss him.
Monday, April 30, 2007
"Joshua, Congratulations! Yahoo sure does get tagging I see.
Posted by: Michael Arrington | Dec 9, 2005 1:58:14 PM"
Who really does "get" tagging though? Has tagging been monetized yet? Or is it just a feature of the web that we're all cuddly with now, a year an a half later?
The part I want to share has really nothing to do with the story. It's the editor's note that followed: "Editor's Note - This story is a perfect example of how we learn about new features in software and technology during our workday. We've always seen the personalized homepage option inside of Google, but never bothered to play around with it until we started writing this story. We made a brand spanking new Google page in about 3 minutes, complete with Tom's Hardware Guide, Engadget and Digg feeds. We also included a Gmail feed."
Thursday, April 26, 2007
As Grandpa G always said First, "enjoy yourself, it's later than you think" Second, "Health, good health is wealth." I feel this year has been prosperous for us all!
I love your ideas for your kitchen and how you have followed through with your ideas.
Happy Easter, son, much love,
Tuesday, April 24, 2007