All of my OSCON coverage is in my Twitter stream

So if you’re interested, make sure you’re getting it. I’ve been posting at least a comment or two from each session, and “live tweeting” the more interesting sessions.

or, my “life stream” that aggregates all of me on the web.

You can also see what everyone is saying on Twitter at OSCON by looking at the “OSCON with Friends” page or subscribing to its feed.

A half day of OSCON left after today! I’ve got a ton of pictures to upload, some recordings to process, and I’ll probably kick out a few posts that go into more detail on my thoughts around the event.


Hot off the press – Intel Threading Building Blocks

I spied the first copies I’ve seen of James Reinders’ new book. “Intel Threading Building Blocks“, here at the O’Reilly bookstore at OSCON. James did a session on threading this morning at Ubuntu LIve (taking place concurrently here at the Oregon Convention Center) and is doing a few more as part of OSCON. I think he’ll be there at the Intel Blogger Briefing tonight ( if you want to come!).

I haven’t picked up a copy yet, but I had to snap a pic with my iPhone to commemorate my first sighting of the book on shelves!


Off to OSCON this week

Man, I’ve been busy. Still catching up from when the family was sick, and it’s summer time, and there’s just a lot of stuff going on. The Blogger Dinner last Thursday was very, very awesome. I still can’t believe how many people came. Jive Software has one of the coolest office settings I’ve ever seen. I’ll post photos/video/thoughts when I get a chance.

This upcoming week, I’m going to be at OSCON, the O’Reilly Open Source Conference. It’s here in Portland, so no traveling, but there are activities pretty much from dawn till bedtime all week. I’d promise to blog every day about what’s going on, but I’ve learned that I just never have time to do that at conferences. So most of my updates this week are probably going to be on Twitter, photo uploads, etc. I’ve set up my “life stream” at to provide you all of those things in one place, so if you want to tag along with me virtually at OSCON this week, do it there. I will do some blog posts, and some episodes of my new show that’s kind of in “stealth launch” mode for another couple of days, so stay tuned for that.

If you’re going to be at OSCON, and we aren’t already connected via Twitter or something, drop me a line, and say hi! I’m a local, and if there’s something I can do to help, let me know. The thing I love most about tech conferences is meeting new smart people, so don’t be shy! 🙂


Blogger Dinner with Scoble in Portland this Thursday July 19

Jeremiah Owyang and Robert Scoble of Podtech are going to be in town this week, and we set up an informal Blogger Dinner on Thursday night. It’s going to be held at Jive Software‘s offices in downtown Portland. Jive and Intel Software Network (my group) are going to be sponsoring food and drinks, so come on down and enjoy! There won’t be any corporate “crap” from the sponsors – just a way to say “we love bloggers”.

Jeremiah has a post up about the event, and created a page for it on Upcoming. Check out the details there, and RSVP if you’re coming, so we have an idea about how much food and drink to get. The address is 317 SW Alder Suite 500, Portland, OR, and there are detail directions on the Upcoming event page. Start time is 6:00 PM.

Sadly, there’s also a Portland Metrobloggers meetup that night, so if you’re part of both crowds, be creative, and make an appearance at both events. 🙂

Geek dinners with celebrities like Scoble and Jeremiah always draw a large crowd, so it should be lots of fun! If you’re not in the area, keep an eye on our blogs, because with this crowd, there’s likely to be lots of spontaneous live video streaming of the occasion. I’ll be there with my camera, iPhone, and all my usual gadgets, so come say hi! 🙂


I won an orange iPod Shuffle!

I won an orange iPod Shuffle!, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

D’oh! I had written a short description in the email when I uploaded this, but I guess it got lost.

I won this as a door prize as part of our Intel Software Network 2.0 birthday party/teambuilding event today. I’ve wanted an RSS orange one of these ever since they came out! 🙂


Party Aaron! Intel Software Network Face to Face Meeting

Party Aaron!, originally uploaded by Josh Bancroft.

I’m in multi-day Face to Face meeting of the Intel Software Network team. We had some great presentations yesterday, from the various teams we work with, and our own ISN community managers. Only Aaron, our Multicore community manager, wore a costume, and worked it into the “theme” of his presenatation – that being a community manager is like hosting a party.

It’s stuff like this that makes me LOVE my job. 🙂


10 Reasons iPhone Complainers are Full of Baloney

I just responded to Mark Vandewettering’s post over on brainwagon (which was in turn a response to this post on Gizmodo), talking about 10 things people complain about the iPhone lacking. Thought I’d repost my comment here, for further discussion.

  1. Not all iPod Accessories work – I’ve yet to run into an accessory that doesn’t work. That said, I only have charging/speaker accessories.
  2. AT&T is Evil – Yes, they are. But AT&T is no more or less evil than any other carrier (I’ve used them all). There’s nothing about their contract terms and plans for the iPhone that doesn’t also apply to every other phone they sell. Their unlimited iPhone data plan is half the price of what I was paying for 3G before, and it includes 200 text messages.
  3. No MMS, can’t record video – I have never once used MMS on any of my phones. Why would I, when I can email a better quality photo, and not get charged a quarter for the privilege? As for video, That’s what the Canon SD700 IS in my pocket is for. Shoots great 640×480 video for those spontaneous moments I want to capture.
  4. No Instant Messaging – As of a few hours ago, this isn’t a valid complaint anymore. started working on the iPhone today – they added a “Go” button. Works with all IM services (Gtalk, AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Jabber, etc.). Works wonderfully on your desktop browser, too.
  5. Not for business use – Neither is your iPod. I don’t care. The experience is too wonderful. My calendar and contacts sync just fine. And so what if I can’t access my work email via Exchange for a few more months? (Actually, I still carry my 8525 for that reason alone – mobile wifi access to my Intel email).
  6. It has no games – So what? There are web-based games popping up already. Chess. Whack-a-mole-Balmer. I bought one game for my iPod – Zuma. Played it a couple of times for novelty, then never touched it again. If I want to game, I pull my DS Lite out of my pocket and game (currently, that means Etrian Odyssey).
  7. It’s not a smartphone – I don’t understand this one. It’s BETTER than a smartphone. Better than any smartphone I’ve ever used, and I’ve used them all. I’m constantly stunned by full-sized websites that work (well!) that I never, ever
    expected to see working on a mobile device like this (Gmail, Flickr, Meebo, etc.).
  8. The EDGE data connection is slow – Yes, it is. This took me a while to get over. But I realized that I’m almost always swimming in WiFi – at home, at work, etc. And for the times when I’m not, EDGE isn’t that bad. I’ve been doing speed tests, and getting about 150-200Kbps. Not as good as the 800Kbps I used to get on 3G, but latency is lower, and it’s still usable.
  9. No GPS – GPS would be cool, but my previous phones didn’t have it, either, so I don’t feel like I’m giving anything up. Besides, how many phones are there that have real GPS (not the crappy pay-$5-a-month stuff the carriers offer)? One or two Nokias, and some rare Windows Mobile devices from HTC overseas. Again, great wish, but I can’t really hold this against the iPhone.
  10. No custom ringtones – These will come (and apparently, you’ll pay $0.99 for the privilege of converting a song you already have into a ringtone). And frankly, the standard iPhone ringtones are much, much better than hearing a tinny version of someone’s favorite MP3 as their ringtone. I’ve always preferred simple ringtones, and the iPhone ringtones are nice and elegant. This is Apple we’re talking about.

So what do you think? Am I the one that’s full of crap baloney? Drop me a comment, or post on your own blog and link back here. I’m not afraid to defend my position on these. 🙂


Photos from the iPhone Line Wait and Unboxing

Here’s a set of photos from my line wait for the iPhone, and the subsequent late night unboxing. I didn’t take as many photos as I usually do, a)because I was really tired, and b)because Rachel was helping me shoot video of the unboxing, which I’ll post soon. You can view the photos (a mix, taken with my Canon SD700 and Cingular 8525 in line, and taken with the iPhone itself) in this photoset on Flickr. Most photos have at least a bit of description – I’m going to write up the whole story soon, maybe, but check out the photo descriptions if you want more info.

Enjoy! 🙂

Created with Paul’s flickrSLiDR.