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I’m a celebrity – “that Intel blog guy”

I was eating at Baja Fresh last night (bachelor week, remember? ;-)), and someone came up to me and said “hey, you’re that Intel blog guy!”

This marks the first time I’ve ever been recognized by a complete stranger in public for my blogging evangelism efforts. I am now officially a celebrity. πŸ™‚

Turns out he had set up an internal blog that day at work, and with the new environment, there’s a little “terms and conditions” video that people have to watch. As an alternative to a dry, boring page about “how to blog smart”, I volunteered to shoot some video for it. So now, everyone who sets up a new blog at Intel has to watch me yammer about how not to get fired for blogging for a few minutes. Wonderful. πŸ™‚

Now I have to go get some dark glasses, and only go out in public when I have my bodyguards and entourage. I will happily sign autographs, though! πŸ˜€

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Firefly Marathon

I’m living the bachelor life for a couple more days, until my wife comes home from her mom’s (her sister had her baby last night – welcome to the world, Kara Renee!). I’ve been busy with work or Cub Scout stuff every night this week so far, so last night, I just wanted to veg out. A perfect opportunity to catch up on the Firefly DVD box set I bought and never got more than three episodes into.

So, I watched about 5 hours of Firefly last night – starting with the fourth episode, “Shindig”, and progressing through “Safe”, “Our Mrs. Reynolds”, “Jaynestown”, “Out of Gas”, and “Ariel”.

I LOVE this show. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s great sci-fi, set about 500 years in the future, but everything is kind of old west-style – outlaws, smuggling, etc. The writing is great – you never know what twists are coming. It’s hilariously funny – lots of smart dialog and laugh out loud moments. And you can’t help but love each one of the characters.

Fox TV had the broadcast rights to the show, but screwed up by airing the episodes out of order, then canceling the show after one season, even though it had a cult-like following. The movie Serenity was made last year, set in the Firefly universe, and was actually my first exposure to the show.

If you haven’t already, check out Firefly and Serenity. I’m doing a lousy job of explaining why it’s great, but you’ll know right away if you’re going to like it, and chances are, if you like, you’ll love it.

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Disclosure about DualCor Board of Expert Technical Advisors

The question was asked in the comments to my post about joining the DualCor Board of Expert Technical Advisors, regarding whether or not I get paid, and whether that constitutes a conflict of interest with my employer, Intel.

I responded to the comment, but I want to post something here on the front page, to be fully transparent about this.

I am receiving no payment from DualCor for my role on the Board. I explicitly declined any stock compensation, to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. Before accepting the position, I reviewed the agreement terms with my manager, and Intel legal, and followed the procedure for an Intel employee serving on the board of another company. All of the accompanying paperwork was filled out and filed, and everything is on the up and up.

I am under NDA with DualCor, but that’s standard procedure. The whole idea of the Board of Expert Technical Advisors, as I understand it, is to evangelize and help people learn more about the product when it becomes available, which is what I’ll be doing. No more, no less. πŸ™‚

If you have any other questions, or if this seems fishy at all to you, please post a comment and let me know. Like I said, I want to be transparent about this, so you all know what my motivations are when I say something.

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Why in the heck has Chitika been showing ads for cowboy boots on this site for a week?

Just curious. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about boots, footwear, or western gear in my posts.

So why on earth have the contextual Chitika ads on this site been displaying nothing but ads for cowboy boots for a week? They don’t pay very well, in case you were wondering.

If you’re reading in an aggregator, click through to the site to see what I mean. You don’t have to click the ads, unless you’re in to that sort of thing. I don’t get anything for ad views – only clicks. I just think it’s weird.

If anyone has an answer to this mystery, I’m all ears. πŸ™‚

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Bloglines needs an “Are You Sure” prompt for marking a lot of items read at once

I’ve been a bit behind on my feeds the last couple of days, with every intention of catching up soon.

Just now, I accidentally clicked on the top-level folder in Bloglines, which tells Bloglines to load and display all unread items in all feeds. A handy feature, but I had more than 2000 unread items. I think you can see where this is going…

Firefox barfed (actually, I stopped it, because I didn’t want to wait for everything to load). And all of those feed items were immediately marked as Read. Ooops.

Right now, I’d love to have an “undo last action” function in Bloglines, or a warning prompt that said something like “You’re about to mark as read/view a large number of items. Are you sure?” This has happened more than once, and yes, it’s because of an idiot mistake on my part every time, but still…

I expect that Mark Fletcher and the crew over at Bloglines will drop whatever they’re doing, and get right on coding and implementng this feature for me. πŸ˜‰

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It’s 11 PM, I just finished a brownbag/podcast for work

We’re doing a schedule of weekly innovation podcasts at work, and trying to make them available to all Intel employees at a convenient time. That means a 10:00 PM PST (GMT -8) session for folks in Asia and Russia.

Just got off the session, on the topic of Podcasting 101. It was great. I record the audio of the sessions (I don’t always present, but I happened to be doing so for this one), and make it available as a podcast inside of Intel. If you’re at Intel and reading this, check out the Podcasting 101 page on Intelpedia, and subscribe to my podcasts at signal.intel.com.

Those links won’t work from the internet – only on the Intel network. Since a lot of Intel folks read me here, and TinyScreenfuls might end up being the one place where I blog, I thought I’d include them. For everyone else, I’ll see about getting the podcasts available externally, if you’re interested.

Anyway, I had fun, and the audio quality should be great. I recorded/called in from my home office, using my fancy condenser mic, mixer, and SkypeOut into the phone bridge. I spent all evening playing with the recording configuration, but I’m really happy with the way it turned out. You should see my desk when I’m doing it – laptop and desktop computer, mixer, mic in shock mount on stand, mixer, and Microtrack recorder. I took some pictures – I’ll post them soon. Talk about a geek snug and happy in his cocoon. πŸ˜‰

Rachel, my wife, and our daughter Emma are out of town for a few days, so I’m a bachelor for a while, and I plan to be a podcasting fool to make up for the fact that it’s been so long since I did one here. I’ll try to get Brian involved, but it might end up being just me bubbling about all the awesome geek stuff going on in my life right now. Stay subscribed! πŸ™‚

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Why am I not talking more?

I just realized that I’ve been doing so much reading and tinkering that I haven’t posted as much as I usually do. Weekends are generally light posting, if any, since I try to keep them for my family, and catching up on stuff around the house.

At work, I’ve been very busy with my latest exciting gadget – I want to tell you all what it is, and end the suspense, but I want to do it justice, and talk about my experience with it, too.

Plus, I’ve got a couple of audio podcasts in production for work that I need to finish, and some video I shot last Friday I want to publish, and oh yeah, my wife is going out of town tomorrow.

So, this week is going to be pretty crazy, but I’m going to try to write more to catch up. I have a feeling that it will be like a dam break when it happens. πŸ™‚

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Welcome Oregonian/OregonLive Readers!

If you arrived here from Steve Woodward’s article on podcasting in the March 10, 2006 Oregonian, looking for the podcast audio of our interview, I’m going to have to ask you to be patient.

I have the audio, but I haven’t had time to edit and publish it yet. I will get to it as soon as I can, but in the mean time, now is the perfect time to try out subscribing to a podcast, and experience the magic of having the audio show up magically on your computer when it’s ready.

To subscribe to my podcast, simply copy my podcast feed URL (http://feeds.feedburner.com/TinyPodcast), and tell your podcatcher application (iTunes, Juice Receiver, etc.) to subscribe to that feed.

That way, as soon as I get the audio of our interview posted, you’ll receive it automatically! You won’t have to remember to come back here again to check if it’s been posted. You can also peruse past shows of mine, but be warned – I’m a gadget geek, and that is very apparent in my podcasts. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to post a comment or contact me if you have any questions about podcasting!

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Oregonian articles on Podcasting are Available

The newspaper article that Steve Woodward of the Oregonian interviewed me, Tim, and Jason and Anna for (there are two parts – one called “Meet the Pod Squad” and one called “Podcasts Made Simple“) is now available, on the Oregonian’s website OregonLive, and they should be on the cover of the “Living” section of today’s (March 10, 2006) dead-tree (paper) edition of the Oregonian.

Check them out! They do a great job of telling Jason and Anna’s story, and Steve did a good job of filtering through all of the technical geek speak I gave him when he interviewed me and only sharing the relevant stuff. πŸ™‚

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The Suspense is Killing Me…

I have, in front of me on the floor right now, a package containing something that I’ve been waiting a long, long time for. Something I’m super-excited about, but I’m holding off on opening it until tomorrow. The reason? So I can share the experience with you, and to introduce you to a fun little site I created.

Based on the comments (and phone calls!) I’ve received on the topic in the past, I think you’re going to like it. But you’ll have to wait just a little longer. πŸ™‚

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