Microposts from Twitter on 2008-05-22

  • At the Genius Bar, to see if they’ll replace my dead touch spot iPhone. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚ #
  • That only took 5 minutes. New iPhone, no hassles, restored from a backup, and I’m back in business. I LOVE Apple support! πŸ™‚ #
  • Now I’m off to WebVisions for the day. Presenting on a panel tomorrow on open source with Ward Cunningham and other really smart people. πŸ™‚ #
  • @marshallk Yes, get down here. I’ve formed a line outside the room for your session. πŸ˜‰ #webvisions #
  • The Oregon Convention Center is a connectivity black hole. No free wifi makes @jabancroft a sad, unproductive panda. πŸ™ #
  • Thanks to those who clues me in on how to access the WebVisions wifi. Its posted here, I just missed it. πŸ™‚ #
  • In @marshallk’s advanced RSS session. Loaned him my MBP DVI-to-VGA dongle. Glad to be of service! πŸ™‚ #webvisions #
  • @marshallk sez ask.com blogsearch has less spam than google. Yahoo is good for press releases. Live.com is good for non-blog websites. #
  • Need to check out Snackr, a cool little RSS news ticker that @marshallk is showing off. Would be perfect for TechMeme and Digg feeds. #
  • AideRSS also looks really powerful. Give it a bunch of feeds, it will digest, and give you a “best of/most popular” overview. Neat. #
  • @marshallk what’s the gmail skin you’re using? It looks nice. Share a link? #
  • Cool RSS hack from @marshallk: Use Dappr to scrape the “newest members” of your MyBlogLog community. Or watch for changes on an About page. #
  • Another @marshallk protip: set up a search at ZapTXT for “coworker’s name” and “arrested”. May never trigger, but if it does you know first! #
  • You know, I’d say u know a lot about RSS tools and hacking, but @marshallk truly is the master. I’m not worthy! πŸ™‚ #
  • Now, I need somewhere to work with decent bandwidth. I’m think that means Fios at home. Emma has swimming lessons, should be quiet there. #
  • Why is there a .Mac sync item in my menu bar all of a sudden, that I can’t get rid of? I’ve never had or tried .Mac. How to make it go away? #
  • @wgmaxon The .Mac panel only asks for login. No box. @rigeek Time Machine is on, but not currently configured (I just paved and rebuilt). #
  • @rigeek Awesome! That Cmd+drag to the desktop made it disappear. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @gwalter I ran Software Update a few days ago, when I rebuilt. But the .Mac menubar item just appeared out of nowhere today. Now it’s gone! #
  • @BrianEnigma Could have been iSync – I DID sync up my replacement iPhone today. Maybe that did it. I’ll fiddle with it later. #
  • Off to dinner, then Emma’s preschool graduation ceremony. She’s growing up so fast! *sniff* πŸ™‚ #
  • At Emma’s preschool graduation. Of course, I’m on camera/video duty. Hope I can get some good shots! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sarahcofer To tweet from a Kindle, 1) open the web browser. 2) go to http://m.twitter.com. 3) Sign in. 4) Tweet. See? Easy! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sarahcofer Make sure you check out manybooks.net, memoware.com, gutenberg.org, creativecommons.org, and archive.org for free Kindle books! #
  • @SarahCofer welcome to the Kindle club! You’re the sixth or so person I know of that’s bought one in the last month. We DO need a handshake! #
  • I bought a couple new books for my Kindle on the train today. Barely required any thought. Just, “whoosh!” And they’re there. Frictionless. #
  • @sarahcofer To type the ! (and most other special characters), hit the “SYM” button on the keyboard. You’ll get a pick list with the chars. #
  • I predict I’m going to pass 2000 Twitter followers in the next few days. That feels… Weird. And pretty cool. Who ARE all you people? πŸ˜‰ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-05-21

  • @lmachen I’m so sorry I missed you. My brain’s not working yet this morning, and I was running late. Can we reschedule? #
  • @Jerry_Makare Yay! πŸ™‚ So glad we get to keep you around. #
  • Why does my newly-built Leopard system no longer know where wget is in a Terminal session? How do I get it back? #
  • @ everyone I SWEAR I had wget before. I don’t remember installing it. Guess I’ll have to go get it! πŸ™‚ #
  • @grigs Yeah, but I know how to use wget. I don’t know how to use curl. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Yay! The Penny Arcade game, On The Rainslick Precipice of Darkness, is out! Gonna go get it. You should, too! http://www.playgreenhouse.com/ #
  • Doing a restore on my iPhone, to see if it helps with the dead touch spots. Probably won’t, but going through the motions. #
  • I have a Genius Bar appointment tomorrow morning to see about getting it replaced. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚ #
  • Dead spot still there, like I expected. Oh well. #
  • @ejacqui Oh, man! Hope @clint’s OK. Keep us updated. πŸ™ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-05-20

  • Naming something is really, really hard. #
  • @SarahCofer I thought the WiiFit release date was today, too. Oh well. One more day! πŸ™‚ #
  • I think I have a naming problem. I spend way too much time and mental energy to find the perfect name for things. An illness? #
  • @TiEsQue You just made my head asplode. #
  • @dswiese I thought about Twitsourcing, but it’s for work. It will eventually be public, but I probably ought not share the sausage making πŸ˜‰ #
  • Instead, I’ll share Josh’s Rule of Naming: Thou shalt never pick a name you have to spell every time you say it. #
  • And its corollary: Thou shalt never pick a name you have to explain how to pronounce every time you write it. #
  • Quick! List product names from YOUR company that violate one or both of Josh’s Rules of Naming! πŸ™‚ #
  • Psst! Word on the street is that the @hashtags tag for Ignite Portland 3 is #ip3. Pass it on! #
  • @jcjdoss Yeah, but we can’t really blame you for the name your parents gave you. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Speaking of Ignite Portland 3, we REALLY need you to submit your talk ideas. Been kind of slow, which means your chances are good! πŸ™‚ #
  • If you’ve got an idea you want to share in 5 minutes (20 slides, 15 second each) for Ignite Portland 3, go here: http://tinyurl.com/5yb6b6 #
  • @juliejulie I’d come out for an Ignite Bend planning meeting, but I can’t this Friday. When is the event? I smell a road trip. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jcjdoss I don’t know if I can tell you, but when it goes live, I’ll point it out. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @juliejulie I’m serious about coming to Bend. Who knows when I can make it (the next couple of months are crazy). When are planning mtgs? #
  • Headed to Cedar Hills Crossing/Powell’s (Beaverton) for the rest of the day. Have a meeting there, then working. Love PersonalTelco wifi! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan Here’s all the Terry Pratchett that the Beaverton Powells has: http://tinyurl.com/4y6q5e Both of the ones you seek are in stock. #
  • @wii Guitar Hero 3 0602-5674-7699 #
  • @exprexxo I’m watching your tweets. They just all came through in a clump in the afternoon. I blame the Twitter downtime. πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-05-19

  • @ejacqui Congrats to you and the rest of the gang. I’m very happy for you. Now go find Ron May and rub his nose in it! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Just recommended @marshallk’s awesome "How to build an RSS site for an event/topic" post and BlogCentral example to some Intel folks. πŸ™‚ #
  • Favrd (http://textism.com/favrd/) needs an RSS feed. Who can remember to go to a site to read anymore? Fave this tweet if you agree! πŸ™‚ #
  • @davest This isn’t my summer haircut, it’s my year-round haircut. I was just getting shaggy before. This is the "real" me. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @psteinb To move Windows apps that are off-screen, do Alt+Spacebar, then M, then use the arrow keys to move them back onscreen. #
  • Bummed that Cory Doctorow’s "Little Brother" book tour is hitting Seattle and Cali, but skipping Portland. πŸ™ http://tinyurl.com/6kto7q #
  • @jrnoded I know – I was totally jealous. πŸ™‚ #
  • InstaResearch: Looking for examples/people who have actually implemented something on a "cloud" computing resource, like Amazon EC2/S3, etc. #
  • @ebohling I got a Kindle a few weeks ago, and I absolutely love it. Here’s my video unboxing http://tinyurl.com/5n5cmd #
  • @ebohling And here’s a post I did shortly thereafter with my thoughts on why ebooks = great entertainment value: http://tinyurl.com/4x76s3 #
  • @jmoriarty That (floating offscreen) is a known issue with Twhirl. I’ve heard lots of people complain, like so: http://tinyurl.com/5sa6pu #
  • I like the redesign the FF3RC1 address bar drop-down text got. Looks much nicer. Still miffed that they made the RSS icon blue, not orange. #
  • @mattg But blue is so boring! Besides, Mozilla was instrumental in getting the world (incl IE) to agree on a standard feed icon. It’s orange #
  • @ebohling I’m working on a video of my own video workflow, which leaves iMovie out altogether. Will post soon, I promise! πŸ™‚ #
  • @bobuva I’m on a Mac, and the icon has been blue for me ever since Beta 5 or Beta 3… #
  • @SharonG Haven’t posted the Flip/Aiptek comparo video yet, either. It’s on my stack! πŸ™‚ #
  • @ebohling Honestly, if you can get your video into a format Quicktime Pro understands, I find it’s way faster and easier than iMovie. #
  • @kellyrfeller Very, very interested to hear how that bandwidth blocking/filtering discussion goes. #
  • @isle It’s been blue on my Mac since FF3b4. Apparently, the icon is still orange on Windows (and possibly Linux). They’re mimicking Safari. #
  • @ebohling If your edits are simple enough (trim, cut, paste, etc.), you can bypass iMovie altogether, and same time and disk space. #
  • @isle LOL I have a feeling that tweet is going to haunt me. Hope it doesn’t end up on Favrd! πŸ˜‰ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-05-18

  • Supposed to be cooler today. One can only hope. At least it’s cool enough this morning to open the windows and cool the house down. #
  • @sarahcofer you know you want a Kindle. Do you have Sprint EVDO coverage in Bend? That’s Whispernet. #
  • @sarahcofer WiiFit isn’t quite out yet, is it? I haven’t preordered, but will pick it up at some point. @rachelbancroft is intrigued by it. #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-05-17

  • ZOMG its 97 degrees. I thought today was supposed to be COOLER?! I can has marine push, plz? #
  • Going to the opera with @rachelbancroft tonight (Aida). Got tickets from a friend (thanks Gina! :-). Hope their a/c works. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Kids and sitter will have to take refuge in our bedroom – the only room with AC. Its oppressively hot in our house. πŸ™ #
  • We totally just passed KOIN 6’s Ken Boddie coming out of the garage. He’s SO dreamy. πŸ™‚ Taller than I thought, too. #
  • @motherpopper Rachel spotted him first. Started sqeezing my hand so hard it hurt (she knows of my feelings for him :-). #
  • I think the opera would be greatly enhanced if the audience was full of people you follow on Twitter. Backchannel art critique FTW! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Aida intermission. Accidentally peed on my tie (oops!). Don’t worry, I washed it out in the sink. #
  • Sorry for the TMI in the last tweet. Don’t know why I said that, really. Thought it would be funny. πŸ™‚ #
  • No one complained about TMI. I just felt embarrassed. Glad you thought it was funny! πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-05-16

  • @jmoriarty IMO, community has nothing to do with content, and everything to do with relationships – connections with people. #
  • @jmoriarty Once you have enough connections/community built, serendipity happens, and again, IMO, that’s what makes "community" worthwhile. #
  • @jmoriarty In other words, content (and other useful stuff) comes after community is built. Make it playful and interesting, they will come. #
  • @billpearson @mediumtall Crucial point – you (we) are cool. Intel, as an entity, is not. We can’t let that torpedo us, Big challenge. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Eating a Froot Loop donut from Voodoo Doughnuts – thanks for bringing them, @mediumtall! See, you’re cool! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Just told the ISN community managers to read @doctorow’s "Down and Out", to learn about reputation economies. http://craphound.com/down/ #
  • Also plugged @missrogue’s upcoming book, The Whuffie Factor, which I haven’t even read yet. πŸ™‚ #
  • @missrogue Put something in your foreword that says "Go to craphound.com/down, read that book, then come back and read this one." πŸ™‚ #
  • What is YOUR definition of community? We’re kicking this around now. We pretty much agree that it’s a collection of connected people. #
  • What if the litmus test of "is this a community" is "serendipity happens". Collective creativity. Spontaneous growth. People who care. #
  • @KevinDJones Good point. Maybe it shouldn’t be called the homeless "community". @spinnerin – I love that "people who create together". Thx! #
  • @gwalter Did you just describe "community" or a political office? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @DivaDanese Yeah, I almost hesitate to use "serendipity", because its so easy to abuse/spin what that actually means. We need a new lexicon. #
  • @kellyrfeller re: why would people come without compelling content – good question. What compelling content is there on Facebook? Twitter? #
  • @gwalter No, I was just giving you a hard time. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Thought: Community is NOT a competition sport. You don’t have to crush other communities under your heels to have a successful community. #
  • @selenamarie Agree. Competitiveness and creative tension are good. But you don’t have to say "my community can beat up your community." πŸ˜‰ #
  • @kellyrfeller We’re having a very interesting discussion right now (@jmoriarty is leading) about the role of a "community manager." #
  • I’ve never argued that a community can/should not have content. But to me, conversation is content, not some magically produced "thing". #
  • @sumwan By content I’m talking about articles, whitepapers, and other stuff produced in a more "formal" process than, say, blog comments. #
  • Back from lunch with @billpearson, @jmoriarty, @ajaymm, @artigupta, and @stevejpitzel. Plus I got a much needed haircut. Ahh! πŸ™‚ #
  • @marshallk Bwuh? Wired bought ArsTechnica? Holy crap! @ejacqui, @clint, @kenfisher, et al, can any of you comment? #
  • @drjonboyg Here’s the TechCrunch story on Wired buying Ars: http://tinyurl.com/3vtrpl #
  • @mellowynk I just started a thread about it in The Lounge: http://tinyurl.com/5w624n #
  • @mellowynk Yeah, my first thought was "oh, no. They’re going to ruin the forum community…" πŸ™ #
  • @mellowynk I can’t WAIT to get a nice animated dancing baby avatar for Ars! w00t! πŸ˜‰ #
  • My initial take on the Wired Buys Ars thing: http://tinyurl.com/5y4ly8 #
  • I hope all the writers and staff at Ars get a nice fat cut of whatever Wired paid. They totally deserve it. πŸ™‚ #
  • Want to see what the Twittersphere is saying about Wired buying Ars? Use Summize. Really active conversations: http://tinyurl.com/3v6up9 #
  • @skyler I doubt there’s much "caring" involved. More likely $$ signs. Ars was starting to make some serious money. Ripe to be snapped up! #
  • @skyler That’s interesting. I always run into Arsians in the strangest places. There are WAY more of them than we’ll ever know, I suspect. #
  • @jschultz Yeah, I can’t find a real functional difference between Summize and TweetScan. But I started using S when TS broke the other day. #
  • @bethgo No, I’ve added your friend code, but from what I’ve read, there are LONG delays in people showing up as friends. Blame Nintendo! πŸ˜‰ #
  • I just hung a reminder of Intel Software Network’s solemn responsibility in my cube: http://tinyurl.com/3rlasf #
  • You know, for all the crap I give mediatemple for downtime and outages, when they’re up, they’re pretty danged fast. #
  • Tonight, @rachelbancroft’s off to book club with her girlfriends, and the kids are at babysitting group. Guess where I’m going? Iron Man! πŸ™‚ #
  • Huge wreck at Corn. Pass and TV Hwy. Intersection is closed. Yay. #
  • Loved Iron Man. Did not love the 5yo kid behind me who *ran around* and made rocket noises, pretending to fly the whole time. πŸ™ #
  • And I’ve discovered that my iPhone has a dead band about 1/3 down the screen, where touch stopped working. πŸ™ Theres important stuff there. #
  • Like the "Update" button on m.twitter.com. #
  • I doubt Apple will repair/replace my iPhone, so close to the 3G launch. Maybe I can hang on and live with it until then. πŸ™ #
  • Problem is, @rachelbancroft dinged her iPhone, and the volume button is jammed. Was going to give her my iPhone when I buy a 3G. Crap… #
  • @ravenzachary dead touch spots? Were you out of warranty? Guess its worth a Genius Bar trip. Or maybe I’ll call 800-My-iPhone. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan no worries. How was Narnia? I’ll see it at some point. Maybe after I see Iron Man a couple more times. πŸ˜‰ #

Whoa. Wired (CondΓ© Nast) bought Ars Technica?!

Update: Here’s Ken Fisher’s announcement of the deal on Ars.

It is with much pride and pleasure that I announce that Ars Technica has been acquired by CondΓ© Nast. Ars Technica will now grow with the tools and resources of CondΓ© Nast’s WIRED Digital unit. WIRED Digital oversees the business operations of not only WIRED.com, but also Reddit, WebMonkey, HotWired, and other technology destinations. Ars Technica will remain an independent publication, with the same editorial leadership in place. I will remain the Editor-in-Chief, and Jon, Eric, and the rest of the editorial team is staying on board, too.

Ars Technica is now focused on increasing its coverage by bringing more experts onboard to fill out our technical mojo. We’re going to get broader, but also more in-depth, in areas of IT and science. We are going to be opening offices in San Francisco and Chicago in a matter of weeks, and we are rearranging our editorial team slightly, with Jon Stokes now running Reviews and Features as Deputy Editor, while Eric Bangeman will continue running News and Journals as our Managing Editor.

Saw this break first on Twitter, from Marshall Kirkpatrick first, then Mike Arrington himself on Twitter. They’re reporting that Wired (CondΓ© Nast) has purchased my favorite geek news site and online community, Ars Technica:

CondΓ© Nast has acquired popular technology blog Ars Technica, we’ve confirmed. The site will become part of Wired Digital (which in turn is under CondΓ©Net, run by Sarah Chubb). Wired Digital assets include Wired.com and Reddit (acquired in 2006). The acquisition price will not be disclosed, but our sources say it is in the $25 million range, which is what CondΓ© Nast paid for Wired.com in 2006.

Effectively, Ars Technica is now part of Wired. Look for an official announcement next week.

This marks a new beginning for Ars Technica, which was originally founded in 1998 by Ken β€œCaesar” Fisher (based in Boston) and Jon β€œHannibal” Stokes (based in Chicago). They, along with their 8 or so employees, will remain with the company as it is integrated into Wired Digital.

Wow. I’ve been a huge fan of Ars for several years, and a PAYING subscriber (for access to certain parts of the forum community, but mostly to show them my support with my wallet) since 2001.

The β€œnews” part of the site, the front page, has always been OK, and lately has bloomed into one of the best tech news sources out there (and I’m not just saying that because I’m friends with several of the writers and editors).

But the forum and community there have always been the heart of Ars. They are my β€œgold standard” for how to do an online tech community right. Amazing signal to noise ratio, fun, friendly, super-knowledgeable people. Before we all started saying β€œif Google doesn’t know it, nobody knows it”, I was saying β€œif Ars doesn’t know it, nobody knows it.”

I have to admit that my fear is Wired will do something to screw up this forum community. Overrun the place with ads (it has them already, but they’re tasteful and non-obtrusive), do something to the forum software that breaks it or makes it even more unstable (the load the Ars forums puts on its host is absolutely massive), or something worse.

I started a thread about this on Ars itself, in The Lounge forum (and was beaten by ONE MINUTE by another poster, so my thread might get locked in favor of not having two threads on the topic- UPDATE: yup, mine’s locked, use the other one). I’m sure this is going to get discussed to no end in the coming weeks. The people on Ars are nothing if not outspoken and opinionated (in a good way). πŸ˜‰

I hope this all works out. Congrats to Ken, Jon, Jacqui, Clint, Ben, David, and all the rest of the Ars crew. Hope you get a nice fat cut, and get to keep rocking the tech coverage!


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-05-15

  • @billpearson is talking to us about "Death by Meeting". Read into that what you will. πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m going to miss having @jmoriarty and @ajaymm here in person after they go home this week. πŸ™ #
  • @sourcecode Are you thinking of summize.com? That’s the best twitter search site out there (this week, anyway). πŸ™‚ #
  • @mungara Hope your middle finger didn’t atrophy from disuse while you were here. And I hope you remember how to merge when you go home. πŸ™‚ #
  • @ISEF08 You really should update TwitterFeed or whatever you’re using to post blog updates to Twitter to drop the "Wordpress Update". #
  • I think I’m going to pave my MacBook Pro today, and start clean. Reclaim some disk space. It’s theraputic. #
  • Holy crap. My iPhoto Library is over 17GB. Sure, I have over 6000 photos in there, but dang! #
  • @influxx It’s kinda sluggish with that many photos, which is why I started looking at library size. I’ll probably move to Aperture soon, tho #
  • Almost ready to pave my MBP and reinstall Leopard. Going to aim for putting ALL of my docs, etc. online (GDocs, Flickr, Blip, etc.). #
  • OK, I’m ready to do this reinstall. Hope it’s done by the end of lunchtime. See you on the other side! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan Not if you pay $25/year for a Flickr Pro acct like I do. Unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth. πŸ™‚ #
  • Repartitioned (no turning back!) and installing now (minus a few gigs of translation files I don’t need). #
  • Hey, Twitter is back! My MBP rebuild went just fine. I was done by the end of lunch, now (almost) all my apps are reinstalled. #
  • Now it’s time to selectively restore some stuff from Time Machine. Some of it’s going to a new permanent home in the cloud. #
  • Wish I’d known about this web app earlier: http://istwitterdown.com/ πŸ™‚ #
  • Just remembered that The Office season finale is on tonight. Woo hoo! I know what I’ll be doing at 9:00! πŸ™‚ #
  • Someone just walked by in JF1, on his cell phone, shouting and cursing at someone. He’s in the lobby, and I can still hear him yelling. :-O #
  • Totally bummed to hear that @photomatt’s camera gear (including some Leica stuff and a Nikon D3!) got ripped off from his checked luggage. #
  • Also, @photomatt (Matt Mullenweg, guy who created WordPress) has the coolest blog URL EVAR: http://ma.tt πŸ™‚ #
  • Every year, as soon as the temperature gets above 80 degrees, someone drowns or disappears swimming in the Sandy river. WTF? #
  • @SharonG You’re right. But that doesn’t mean I’m NEVER swimming in that river. Evar. πŸ˜‰ #
  • That last tweet made no sense. And I don’t care. The Office is on! πŸ™‚ #
  • I am totally on fire reading @corydoctorow’s "Little Brother". I read in little bursts, and then I want to go encrypt stuff and fry RFIDs πŸ™‚ #
  • Oops. Cory is @doctorow, but he hasn’t tweeted in a year. You can download his books for free from his site, http://craphound.com. Go do it! #
  • @memathews – Honestly, I’d start with Little Brother. Then maybe Eastern Standard Tribe, Someome Comes to Town, then Down and Out… #
  • @memathews He has great short story collections, too: A Place So Foreign, Overclocked, etc. All great stuff. Can you I’m a fan? πŸ™‚ #
  • Know why I love to read Cory Doctorow’s stuff? It makes me smarter. It makes me think. It embodies the culture that I live and love. #
  • OK, this is creepy. Twitter is up, but Google (including Gmail, Reader, Calendar, iGoogle, etc.) is down. Is the world ending? #