Podcasts, Video

Video: Intel Software Network launch in Second Life – Elliot Garbus

Here’s some quick video and audio of Elliot Garbus of Intel’s Developer Relations Division (my boss’s boss’s boss πŸ˜‰ doing a “keynote” at the beginning of our Intel Software Nework launch day in Second Life. The video is about 13 minutes long, weighs 22MB, and can be downloaded directly at this link (right-click, save as).

Come check out our DevZone – search for Intel Software Network in Second Life. We’re all about developers, not marketing, and we know we’re not going to get this perfect on our first try, so come by, tell us what you like, what you don’t, and if you want to, help us make it better!

I’m Gadget Mandelbrot in world (the guy with blue skin and orange hair and shoes ;-). Feel free to IM or Friend me, and let me know if you have any questions! I’ll send you a landmark if you get lost (we’re kind of hard to find, we’re working on fixing that). Thanks! πŸ™‚


Intel Software Network launch in Second Life!

Screenshot of Tim Mattson’s presentation on "Science Fiction Computing".

Come join us in world! Search for Intel Software Network, and check us out. We’re all about developers, not marketing, so tell us where we suck, what we could and should do better, and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

Some video of Elliot Garbus, manager of the Developer Relations Division at Intel Software, giving the in world keynote coming soon!


Our Memorial Day Weekend Plans

It’s the Friday afternoon lull. Feeds are read, Twitter is quiet, and everyone seems to be ready for the first summer holiday weekend in the U.S. (Memorial Day). My family is going to Bend, Oregon tomorrow, first thing in the morning, to visit with my dad and grandparents, who are up from Utah. It’s been about 3 years since I’ve seen any of my family from Utah, and I can imagine that Emma and Gabe are going to be the stars of the show.

Since we got late notice that they were going to be nearby, we didn’t have much time to book lodgings in Bend. As a result, there are no hotel vacancies that I can find (imagine that!). Bend is near Sun River, Oregon, and that part of the state is pretty much a playground, so it’s no surprise that everything’s booked.

So, we’re going to get up early Saturday morning, drive to Bend (about 4 hours), spend the day there, then drive that evening over to Rachel’s parents’ in Eugene probably another 3 hours. It’s going to make for a long day on the road, but I like driving, and it’s some gorgeous scenery over the Cascade mountains, so it’ll be fun.

We’ll hang out in Eugene with grandma and grandpa until Monday, then probably drive over to the Oregon Coast. We have been to the coast every Memorial Day weekend since we’ve been married (actually, since we started dating), so why break tradition? πŸ˜‰ The coast is BEAUTIFUL – one of my very favorite places, and of course there’s the required stop at the Tillamook Creamery for fresh ice cream and cheese curds. It’s the BEST.

I hope you have a fun weekend, whatever your plans are. I’m just about ready to take the wraps off of something I’ve been working on for a few days – my “life stream” and revamped linkblog, put together with Tumblr. I’ll write more about that next week, but if you want a sneak peek, check out www.joshbancroft.com and linkblog.joshbancroft.com. And let me know what you think!


I made Twitter a LOT more useful to me today

Twitter had become too noisy for me. I had over 300 friends, mostly people that I had sought out and added, but I also reciprocally added anyone who followed me as a friend. What I ended up with was WAY too much Twitter traffic. I had to turn off text messaging entirely, partly because it was too much to keep up with, and partly because I got a $325 phone bill last month. I thought my text message plan was unlimited, but Cingular said it was only 1500 messages, so I got a nice fat 1700 message overage charge. Ouch.

But the bigger problem was like trying to talk to too many people at once – too much noise, not enough signal. So today, as an experiment to see if it makes Twitter more useful for me, I removed anyone that I hadn’t:

  1. Met in person in Real Life OR
  2. Talked on the phone with OR
  3. Had any significant online interaction with

In the end, my criteria turned in to “if I have to think for more than a half a second about who this person is, I’m going to remove them”.

I went from 300+ friends, down to 135. It was hard, and I twittered about it was I was going. I was surprised at how many people asked me to not dump them! If we “knew” each other well enough for them to ask not to be removed, they would have been safe anyway. I wasn’t trying to fish for friendship by threatening to dump people at all, but it was nice to see that people wanted to stay connected to me. πŸ™‚ If I accidentally removed you, let me know, and I’ll re-friend you.

So now I have 135 people that are really my friends, and my Twitter network just got a LOT more useful and fun for me. Signal to noise ratio: WAY up. Loving it.


What is Intel’s problem? What don’t you like about Intel?

Update: For clarification, ISN = Intel Software Network. We live at http://intel.com/software.

I’ve posted this on our blog, too, and there is some good conversation starting in the comments, to feel free to answer in either place.

I’m in an ISN staff meeting right now, and we’re talking about risk taking opportunities. Broad topic, and we all have lots of ideas (including me). In fact, I maintain a draft blog post that’s basically a list of hairball wild ideas that I’d like to do at Intel. I added a few ideas from the discussion this morning.

But the thing that keeps popping up in my mind is this: what is the problem we’re trying to solve?

At ISN, we look at Intel as a software company (that is, we don’t concern ourselves too much with designing the next CPU, or the manufacturing side of the company).

Our goal at ISN, as I see it, is to help developers make Really Awesome Software. The mission statement for our parent group, the Developer Relations Division, is “Inspire Software Innovation on Intel”, which is just another way to put it. We’re not a revenue generating part of Intel. We exist to help developers, and to tell them “hey, we know our products aren’t free, and we appreciate you for buying them. Here are some things that might help you, as a way of saying Thank You.”

That’s all well and good, but I want to figure to figure out what the obstacles are to being the best dang software community in the world.

Is it an image problem? Do too many people hate Intel because we’re a huge company, seen as heartless and cruel and evil?

Is it an awareness problem? Do people just not realize that Intel is a software company, too, and that these things are available?

Tell me what you think. What do you hate about Intel? What do you see as Intel’s negative side?

Be honest, and don’t hold back. I really want to know.


Confirmed: My Mac Book Pro battery dies at 20% remaining

For a while, the battery in my Mac Book Pro has been acting strangely. When it gets down to 20% remaining, the system goes into deep sleep with no warning, and won’t come back out until I plug into AC power.

Apple released a Battery Firmware Update a couple of weeks ago to address this exact issue, but alas, it didn’t work on my battery.

To confirm it, I borrowed a spare MBP battery from Aaron at work, and this morning, ran on battery power down past 20% (all the way down to 6%, where I started getting the expected warnings). So I guess that confirms that it’s my battery.

Guess I’ll drop by the Apple store and see if they’ll replace it.


Wow. Google DID buy FeedBurner (for 100 meelion dollars)

TechCrunch has the scoop, as always (hat tip to Tim Germer for getting this up so quickly on the Portland Social Media blog, where I found it first). Guess the rumors this week were right on the money.

Congrats to Rick Klau and all the FeedBurner crew. Couldn’t have happened to a cooler service. πŸ™‚

I love FeedBurner. I’ve been using it for my own feeds, and the feeds on Intel Software Network, for a long time. It’s the only service out there that I know of that can actually tell you how many people are subscribed to your RSS feed. That alone is awesome, and all of the other cool features and stats that they make available to bloggers and podcasters, all totally free, are just icing on the cake.

I wonder what kind of integration we’ll see with other Google services, like Analytics (which I recently started using again a couple of weeks ago here on TinyScreenfuls.com)? BTW, the new Google Analytics interface is completely awesome. I love it.


You Must Never Tell People “Should”

One of the things I’ve learned in being married to my wonderful wife Rachel for more than 6 years is that you should must avoid telling someone else how they “should” feel. Or what they “should” do. It’s just not an effective communication strategy in a relationship, and it almost always generates negative feelings in the other person.

I’ve come to realize that this doesn’t just apply to marriage and relationships, though. It’s pretty universal. Think about how you feel when someone tells you that you should do something. I usually feel guilty, resentful, rebellious, worthless, and generally bad. I feel like that person doesn’t think I know that I should do whatever it is already, and doesn’t have any confidence that I would do it if I weren’t told. Not always, but a lot.

So what should can you say instead of should? How about “can”, or “could”, or “what if you”? Something positive, something that opens a door, or offers encouragement.

I’ve decided that I want to focus more on showing people what’s possible, what they could do, instead of telling people what they “should” do. Open doors. Reveal possibilities. Invite. Lead.

What could change in your life and relationships with other people if you replaced a “should” statement with something else? Try it today, and find out! πŸ™‚


Someone named mecbmecb stole one of my photos, and reposted it to Flickr as their own

Hmm. Something’s fishy here. Compare this photo I posted (from the party at PURE during MIX07):

With this photo, posted by Flickr user “mecbmecb”:

They even used the exact same (slightly inaccurate) tags as I did.

I posted the photo, as I do all of my photos, under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license, meaning anyone can use my photos for any non-commercial purpose as long as they give attribution/credit to me. They don’t even have to ask permission.

But this “mecbmecb” character didn’t even bother with that. They even posted the photo under the default “All Rights Reserved”, which is more restrictive that my Creative Commons license. Looking at the rest of the photo stream, it appears to be only photos from MIX07. Makes me wonder who took the other photos there.

Moral of the story: don’t be a jerk and post other people’s work as your own.