Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-31

  • WHARRGARBL!!1! #
  • Guess how many meetings I have today? 8! Going to be a long day… #
  • @apolloni Heh. Yeah, I tend to tweet a lot during meetings. I’ll try to keep the snark level down. πŸ™‚ #
  • @techcrunch sez the Apple iPhone Push Notification Services SDK is out. Been waiting to see whot his will work. http://tinyurl.com/64zkse #
  • In my group’s quarterly BUM (Business Update Meeting). I love BUMs. BUM BUM BUM! πŸ™‚ #
  • @lyzadanger @jmoriarty LOL @ “BUM virgin” and “BUM brownies” πŸ™‚ #
  • The most energized, enthusiastic topic at the BUM, that garnered the most comments, participation, and applause? Garbage cans. #
  • Whoa. Del.icio.us just launched a complete redesign, including a new URL (http://delicious.com). More on the blog: http://tinyurl.com/6p7v3z #
  • @jerry_makare This is my grown up telephone voice. I use it when I’m trying to sound important and professional and stuff. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Looks like the wonderful folks down at Ignite Phoenix have announced their lineup: http://tinyurl.com/6492od Looks great – wish I could go! #
  • Whoa. NetShare, and iPhone app to let you use your phone as a 3G/EDGE modem, just appeared in the App Store: http://tinyurl.com/58yxtf #
  • Aaaaand I’m on vacation until Monday. Headed to the Oregon Coast with @rachelbancroft and the kids. Tillamook for curds, aquarium, etc. Yay! #
  • @billpearson I would love to work for a business with social good as its goal, as long as I could still pay the bills. πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson thanks for the book reco. I’ll check it out (wonder if it’s on Kindle? πŸ˜‰ #
  • New features in the beta Google Reader for iPhone (google.com/reader/i): settings, option to format viewed pages for mobile. Yay! πŸ™‚ #
  • I like letting Google Reader run pages through Google’s reformatter. Makes them smaller, load faster, and easier to read. #
  • I use Google’s Mobile Page Translator all the time, via the Mobilize This! bookmarklet. Now GReader can save me that step. πŸ™‚ #

Why so quiet?

I’ve been here, but haven’t posted in way too long. I was at OSCON – the O’Reilly Open Source Convention – all last week. It was here in Portland, and it was an awesome experience – I learned a ton, saw lots of people I know from the open source communities, and met lots of new people. I LOVE the open source community and the people involved, and I had an absolute blast. OSCON is one of my favorite conferences.

I took a slightly different approach to “covering” the conference this time. Instead of breathless live blogging/tweeting, I decided to pay more attention, and take lots of notes and writing down my ideas in a real, paper notebook. As I mentioned on Twitter, I’ve got enough notes and ideas for a month worth of writing. Nice, good, juicy blog posts.

So what happened? Why so quiet?

This week at work has been crazy. Besides all the email and stuff that piled up while I was at OSCON, it just seemed to be one of those weeks where my days filled up with meetings, and I just didn’t find any time to sit down, gather my thoughts, organize my ideas, and get something written.

Now, I’m headed out for a short vacation with the family to the Oregon Coast this weekend (so I probably won’t get too much writing done there, either). But I’m dying to get these ideas out of my head and my notebook and out there into the world, so we can talk about them all.

So, sorry it’s been quiet around here, and hopefully, next week, I’ll make up for it. πŸ™‚


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-30

  • @jmoriarty Wouldn’t it be great if we could just say “I don’t care about numbers, data, or information. I care about meaning.” #
  • @kellyrfeller The cam I rave about is the Aiptek Go-HD (or Action HD). Records straight to H.264 MOV. I love it. http://tinyurl.com/34bxb9 #
  • Whoa. The Aiptek Go-HD is down to $159 on Amazon. Lowest I’ve ever seen (usually around $200). That’s a GREAT deal. #
  • You can see some videos I’ve done with the Aiptek camera at http://jabancroft.blip.tv (looks for the ones I shot in China). #
  • @Britopian The whole company using Twitter? Wouldn’t that be something to behold. We’d overwhelm it with “in a boring meeting” tweets. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @SharonG I don’t see an internal Twitter-clone taking off. You could only use it when you were on the company net. No phone/mobile access. #
  • (Playing Devil’s Advocate on the internal Twitter idea – should be spicy! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Britopian I know you’re new. We’ll beat that pesky optimism out of you yet! πŸ™‚ #
  • @gwynnebaer Not Twitter nonsense. Kicking around the feasibility/desireability of running an internal Twitter service. What do you think? #
  • Totally stoked about Jive’s Clearstep Community. If you’re a community manager, or deal with social stuff in your company, you need to join. #
  • Clearstep has two focus areas: online communities, and internal collaboration. I know lots of you do both. http://tinyurl.com/5qbcy3 #
  • @jezlyn The Aiptek Action HD is the one that does 1080p. I have it. Honestly, I think 1080p is TOO big. I use it in 720p 60fps mode. #
  • @jezlyn Most of the videos at http://jabancroft.blip.tv were shot with the Aiptek Go-HD (except my Kindle unboxing). Shrunk down to 640×360. #
  • @jezlyn I’m in the process of uploading the HD 720p originals of my Shanghai videos, so you can check them out/compare. #
  • @jschultz That’s what the RSS feed is for, duh. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @rachelbancroft Fizzy science experiments!? Fun! Can I play? πŸ™‚ #
  • HD version of one of my videos shot on the Aiptek Go-HD in Shanghai is up. Go to “Files and Links”, get the .MOV: http://tinyurl.com/5hlvvh #
  • Oh, man! The TSA destroyed the RepRap that was at OSCON on it’s trip home to Bath! πŸ™ http://tinyurl.com/62txto #
  • @bfraedri You can’t do Twitter wrong – don’t worry! Go look at who @pulseofintel is following to find more people to follow, and have fun! #
  • @KathySierra FriendFeed is great for that – you can post more than Twitter, but not as much as a full blog post. It’s easy and frictionless. #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-29

  • Clearing out old un-listened to GrandCentral voicemails from as far back as February. There’s a reason my greeting says “email me instead”. #
  • @TiEsQue You need to start @crazyneighbor a Twitter account and start posting his antics vicariously. It’s thoroughly entertaining. πŸ™‚ #
  • Looks like Hasbro finally got around to having Scrabulous shut down: http://tinyurl.com/6ksx4w #
  • I took enough notes and got enough ideas at OSCON for a month’s worth of writing, but I can’t escape meetings long enough to start writing! #
  • Dear L.A.: Go ahead and get all of your earthquakes out of your system now, before I come down in two weeks. Love, Josh. #
  • @DivaDanese You are so right. I’ve been struggling to find time to get into the right frame of mind for writing. It’s hard around here! πŸ™‚ #
  • Wondering if it’s worth wiring up TwitterFeed to pipe things I post directly to FriendFeed (like this) into Twitter. Wish I cou.. #
  • @iSunDevil Thanks! Can you tell I love talking about this stuff? πŸ™‚ #
  • @kathysierra Thanks for mentioning my OSCON/writing tweet. I took a different approach this time, from my usual breathless liveblogging. πŸ™‚ #
  • @tomnovak Ha! It wasn’t Smee! πŸ˜‰ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-28

  • Hey, happy birthday @oregoniansteve! Facebook told me so. Hope you had a good one! πŸ™‚ #
  • Slogging through a week’s worth of email that accumulated while I was at OSCON last week. Ugh. πŸ™ #
  • I wonder what would happen if I just deleted all of these emails? If it’s important, they’ll get in touch, right? πŸ˜‰ #
  • So, Google Calendar supports CalDav now. So it can 2way sync with iCal. And an iPhone. Aweseome. http://tinyurl.com/5cykpb #
  • Email conquered, but the meetings are getting the best of me. This day is winning against me, so far… #
  • @annierodkins So sorry to hear about your kitty. πŸ™ #
  • Cuil violates Josh’s Rule of Naming: never pick a name you have to explain how to pronounce every time it’s written. #
  • And Cuil also violates the corrolary to Josh’s Rule of Naming: never pick a name you have to spell every time you speak it. #
  • @kenekaplan I actually think Profilactic’s name is pretty clever. πŸ™‚ #
  • @grigs ask @ravenzachary to opine on the fact that iPhone App “FairPlay” DRM has been cracked. Would love to know what he thinks. #
  • Finally upgrading @rachelbancroft’s iPhone to the 2.0 OS. Can’t wait to show her the cool apps! πŸ™‚ #
  • @hangry @rachelbancroft does make a mean taco soup. We need to get together with you guys again! #
  • @tiesque Yes, Flickr and Digg violate the “have to spell it when you say it” part of the rule. But I’ve never had to spell Google to anyone. #
  • @scottjedwards Viiv has always been my poster child for how to violate BOTH parts of Josh’s Rule of Naming. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @TiEsQue yeah, but at least you can phonetically sound out Google, Flickr, and Digg. Good luck with Cuil. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Looking for beach lodgings this weekend, came across the most awesome website ever. Don’t forget to View Source. http://seahavenmotel.com/ #
  • Nice to know they built that site using Netscape 4.7 on Windows 5.0 (aka Windows 2000). Not a link in sight. Someone paid money for that. #
  • @jezlyn I’ll ask @rachelbancroft and get her to blog the recipe, and post a link. Good idea! πŸ™‚ #
  • Running Firebug against http://seahavenmotel.com/ just for fun. As @donpdonp pointed out, there’s a lovely giant 1MB JPG crammed in there. #
  • Prolly sent http://seahavenmotel.com more traffic tonight than they’ve had in a long time. If they ran any analytics, they might notice. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jezlyn et al – here’s @rachelbancroft’s recipe for taco soup: http://tinyurl.com/6h2hks Enjoy – I know I do! πŸ˜‰ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-27

  • Decided I needed some new Guitar Hero songs last night, so I got Guitar Hero Aerosmith. Lots of songs I don’t know yet (non-Aerosmith). #
  • But the Aerosmith tracks are AWESOME. Sweet Emotion, Ragdoll, Livin on the Edge, etc. Can’t wait to get more (like Walk This Way w/Run DMC). #
  • It’s a pain to have to play the non-Aerosmith songs that I don’t know to get to the good ones, but what are you going to do? #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-25

  • First OSCON session of the day: Clutter UI design toolkit (used in Moblin for mobile Internet device touch interfaces). #
  • Listening to Archive.org’s Gordon Mohr explain how to make your own Internet Archive – the tools they use are all open source. So many ideas #
  • One of the OSCON closing keynotes is a panel on legal issues? Really? Why? *yawn* #
  • The very last one is “visual history of failure”, which should be good. I should have gone in search of food with @billpearson *rumble* #
  • OSCON 2008 is done. Awesome, as usual. I LOVE the open source community! πŸ™‚ #
  • Suddenly faced with the entire evening to myself. Kids at sitting group. @rachelbancroft out with a friend from out of town. What to do? #
  • Two contenders for the evening’s activities: http://twitpic.com/5eif #
  • WTF? My iPhone thinks I’m outside of Houston, TX. Funny, since I’ve never been there. Heard of this problem on iPhoneAtlas.com. Still weird. #
  • BTW, I’ve decided to tell people that WTF means “Where’s the Failure?”, if they don’t already know it. I try not to swear. πŸ™‚ #
  • Turn off 3G, phone knows I’m in Oregon. Turn 3G back on, it thinks I’m at George Bush Park in Houston. Hmph. Just like iphoneatlas said. πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-24

  • Between the spotty OSCON connectivity and the Failwhale, I won’t be tweeting much today. πŸ™ #
  • Retweet from @brampitoyo: Here’s the KGW video of me, @turoczy, and @ravenzachary talking iPhones. I haven’t watched yet. http://is.gd/12gT #
  • @tersteeg is showing off the underwear he got from @jmoriarty. :-O I can’t even tweet what @billpearson is talking about… #
  • @tersteeg, @jmoriarty, and @billpearson sitting next to me with their laptops out, I felt left out, so here I am with mine. #
  • Art of Community lightning talks are awesome so far. @geekygirldawn rocked. @sulagarcia is up now, talking about sarcasm. Must write faster! #
  • @billpearson I’m being retro geeky with a dead tree notebook and my iPhone. πŸ™‚ #
  • Giving up on taking paper notes during lightning talks. I just can’t keep up. So now I’ll let the Internet scatter my attention. πŸ™‚ #
  • Really great web based countdown timer stopwatch they’re using onscreen for the lightning talks: http://www.online-stopwatch.com #
  • @billpearson I’ve noticed that the people giving the community lightning talks are all women. Smart women rock! πŸ™‚ #
  • Just had an onscreen cameo in the lightning talks. Guess @divadanese forgot to turn off Twitterrific. πŸ™‚ #
  • Many thanks to @geekygirldawn, @divadanese, and all the others for the awesome community lightning talks! πŸ™‚ #
  • Retweet: @turoczy, @ravenzachary, and @spinnerin will on OPB Think Out Loud (radio) tomorrow morning. Someone make sure to record and post! #
  • @ejacqui The orange Crocs and I are everywhere! We were even on the local news last night. πŸ™‚ #
  • Best part of OSCON? Running into friends I only see at these events. Too many to name. I love you guys! πŸ™‚ #
  • Speaking of my orange Crocs, I need some new ones. Mine are getting old, dirty, faded, and worn: http://twitpic.com/59w9 #
  • In the RepRap “print your own hardware” session. Real life self replicating machines: http://reprap.org #
  • Pic of the RepRap: http://twitpic.com/59y3 #
  • Done with OSCON for the day. I’m beat! #
  • Finally watched the KWG (I mean KGW) segment with me, @turoczy, and @ravenzachary on the iPhone G3 (I mean 3G) πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/59a7et #
  • @billpearson Tell me if I won the MacBook Air! Oh, wait. I didn’t even enter. And I wouldn’t be eligible, anyway. Curses! #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-23

  • Running late. @rachelbancroft is at Cub Scout camp all day, so it fell to me to get the kids to the sitter, which can’t happen til 8:30. #
  • Bummed that I’m going to miss the opening OSCON keynotes. πŸ™ #
  • @billpearson didn’t know you were coming to OSCON. Sticking around for the whole time? I’m inbound on the train. #
  • @billpearson cool – I’m sure I’ll run into you sooner or later. #
  • @billpearson I’ll pay no more than $40. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Whoa. Local news channel 8 KGW just called me. They’re doing a story on the “iPhone craze”, meeting me at OSCON right now to film. Crazy! #
  • Got a similar call yesterday from the Oregonian for an iPhone story that’s supposed to be in today’s paper. Yay for friends in local media! #
  • @turoczy I’m meeting them outside the main entrance. Not sure where we’ll go film. Come on over! πŸ™‚ #
  • I told them to look for the guy in orange shoes. I’m pretty easy to spot. #
  • @turoczy pontificating about his old iPhone to KGW news (after I did the same): http://twitpic.com/54k2 #
  • Any OSCON women with an iPhone want to be on TV? Come to D131 RIGHT NOW! πŸ™‚ #
  • @bikehugger I know! TV news guy wanted a woman to film. I know many that are here, but all were busy, I guess. πŸ™‚ #
  • The iPhone piece KGW just filmed will be on tonight at 5 and 6:30pm. Channel 8 local, will be on kgw.com, too. Don’t miss me and @turoczy! #
  • In @markgross’s session on building a dev box for OSS development. Lots of arcane mail config voodoo – mutt, procmail, etc. #
  • Is it really THIS complicated to set up email? Do we still have to worry about a mail server rejecting our mail because headers are wrong? #
  • I haven’t seen anything described so far that GMail can’t do (sorting, etc.). In fact, he’s using Gmail via POP in his example. *boggle* #
  • Just ordered a dozen or so free books for my Kindle, thanks to Tor.com. They should arrive momentarily. http://tinyurl.com/5jy458 #
  • Next OSCON session: The Age of Literate Machines with Zak Greant. #
  • Now in @selenamarie’s OSCON session, Running a Successful User Group. #
  • Favor: can someone please record/capture the iPhone segment on the KGW news tonight at 5 and 6:30pm? I won’t be near a TV, want to blog it. #
  • In Dirk Hohndel’s OSCON session on Moblin.org, the community for Linux on MIDs, netbooks, and nettops. #
  • OSCON panel on failure, community anti-patterns. #
  • @sourcecode IRC is the granddaddy of today’s web communities. Old school. πŸ™‚ #
  • Headed home after OSCON for the day. Downside to conferences in your town, you’re tempted to spend family time. #
  • @Yasumoto What I meant was, it’s easy for me to skip out on conference activities in favor of family time. πŸ™‚ #
  • Did anyone manage to capture the KGW iPhone story in a sharable format? Preferably a file, rather than somewhere like YouTube. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @annierodkins It’s some kind of booth stunt. People are walking around with numbered stickers on their person. I haven’t been by to see it. #
  • @conroyl Yay! You’re going to love your Mac. Now, get the book “Switching to Mac – The Missing Manual”. Get the one that covers Leopard. #
  • @conroyl And I will be happy to answer any and all Mac questions, share tips, etc, so ask away! πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-22

  • @conroyl Windows apps in a birtual machine on a Mac work perfectly (except high end games). Much better than the old days. #
  • @dtwood I’ll definitely be sharing my presentation, once it’s refined a little more. #
  • What’s the situation on the ground at OSCON today? What are the “can’t miss” goings on? #
  • I’ll be in the “People for Geeks” session later. Sounds cool, plus @selenamarie is a rock star. πŸ™‚ #
  • @funkatron um, wow. Sorry I missed that! πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty arriving momentarily… #
  • At OSCON, grabbed early lunch and requisite Mt Dew, de-crapified my bag, and now I’m ready to roll! Er, sit. Or whatever it is we do here. #
  • @jmoriarty I avoided the lunch rush, grabbed a slice of pizza (I was starving). I’m loitering upstairs before the next session. #
  • Really happy about the fake red moleskine notebook from Google in the OSCON schwag bag. I love those things. I’ll take yours if not wanted. #
  • OSCON schwag bag highlights: http://twitpic.com/516d #
  • Apparently there are multiple collectable colors of the Google notebooks. Gotta catch em all! πŸ™‚ #
  • Headed over early with @jmoriarty to @selenamarie’s session “People for Geeks”. #
  • @sourcecode Super Secret launch of the Google Notebook Dead Tree Edition at OSCON – in all the google colors! πŸ˜‰ http://tinyurl.com/5c5svp #
  • @rklau Amazon never said all books would be $9.99. They said bestsellers would be $9.99, and most would be $9.99, but lots are more $$. #
  • @rklau There have been a lot of Kindle books I’ve not purchased because they were more than $9.99. Seems to be a mental inflection point. #
  • Bunch of managers just “outed” themselves in the “People for Geeks” session (we’re talking about How to Speak Manager). πŸ™‚ #
  • @schwern You did a great job. I shall do my best to apply it, and Not Be A Jackass. πŸ™‚ #
  • OH: “If your boss is an idiot, and is still allowed to work for your company, then you need to find a job at a different company.” #
  • Good thing my boss (@billpearson) is VERY not an an idiot. I need to work harder at making him look good, though. #
  • OH: What ARE bosses for? Bosses clear away problems, and make it possible to do your job without interference, have what you need etc. Amen. #
  • Mike Arrington wants Intel to help him build his web tablet: http://tinyurl.com/5gycsc That’s what we do, Mike. How can we help you? #
  • @iSundevil @Britopian I’m not sucking up to @billpearson, just being honest. Unless it’s working, in which case, I’ll do it more. πŸ˜‰ #
  • After a much needed mint brownie and Mt Dew break, we’re back. @jmoriarty is becoming my Soda Butler – he hooks me up! πŸ™‚ #
  • @selenamarie just took the stage in OSCON People for Geeks. Her preso is “Leading Without Being In Charge”. She’s a user group expert. #
  • @selenamarie See? That pre-emptive “good job” I gave you was well deserved! And nice Legion of Tech plug in there. πŸ˜‰ #
  • OSCON (Google guys): “Sometimes people in a company like to ‘play company’, setting up processes for no reason.” Sad AND true. #
  • @DivaDanese Which OH? Probably not. I’ve just been tweeting snippets from the People for Geeks tutorial. πŸ™‚ #
  • @blogan OH = shorthand for “overheard”. I’ve been using it to indicate it’s something I heard, rather that something from my brain. #
  • OSCON Day 1 (for me) in the bag. Skipping evening festivities to head home and spend time with @rachelbancroft and the kids. #