Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-21

  • In an all day ISN team face to face meeting at a coffee grinding company (Longbottom). Wifi is sluggish… πŸ™ #
  • @amybarton Yay! I’m glad you got to film the CERN guy. I’m bummed that I’ll miss him. Can’t wait to see the video! #
  • When someone tells me to close my laptop lid, because they want my full attention, they’d dang well better be interesting. #
  • Interesting discussion on work life balance and separation. I’m secretly tweeting this, supposed to be “paying attention”. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jmoriarty Yearning for coffee? Dude, we’re inside. A. Coffee. Factory. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Longbottom Coffee, where we’re having our all day face to face meeting: http://snipurl.com/32kem #
  • @billpearson Yes, Twitter is a religion, and I am a convert. Can I come in to your house and tell you a little more about it? πŸ˜‰ #
  • At the Legion of Talk Mark Shuttleworth event at the Mission Theater. In line for food. Should be a great night! πŸ™‚ #
  • Shuttleworth is awesome. I chose not to live tweet, but focus, relax, and listen. Video will be available if you missed him. #
  • Woo hoo! My feeds say that the WordPress iPhone app is out! But I can’t see it in the store yet. The suspense is KILLING me! πŸ™‚ #
  • @caseorganic You’re welcome! Glad to answer your Kindle questions. If you buy one, use the affiliate link on my blog! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jmoriarty Yes. The iPhone app has been submitted, and it appeared in my “new apps” RSS feed, but it’s teasing. It’s not in the store yet. #
  • A ha! I was poking around the App Store under Utilities (per @danielpunkass), and WordPress finally showed up! Now, to try it out. #
  • WordPress for iPhone screenshot: http://snipurl.com/32vgk #
  • As much as I like it in general, the iPhone keyboard is AWFUL for typing HTML. Angle brackets are buried so far away! πŸ™ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-18

  • Ugh. Not feeling well today. Started last night. Woozy. May not make it through the day… πŸ™ #
  • @rachelbancroft I had a good breakfast. Well, a chicken biscuit from McDonalds. πŸ˜‰ But I can tell my body definitely needs real, good food. #
  • @hangry The phrase “for the love of toast” is a staple in our vocabulary. I don’t really know where it came from, but even Emma uses it. πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy We tried to take care of the place while you and @kveton were gone. Some ruffians showed up for #isf yesterday, but are behaving OK #
  • @JoshProStar You can use Twitter from the Kindle – just go to m.twitter.com in the browser. In practice, it’s kind of slow. Emergencies only #
  • @macfixer I had a Twitter emergency when I bought my new iPhone, and it deactivated my old one. Had to use my Kindle to tweet/stay connected #
  • @AaronTersteeg I still read your tweets 5 by 5, 10-4, good buddy, over and out. πŸ™‚ #
  • Feeling somewhat better, but now I’m faced with finding something good for lunch, when I have no appetite. #
  • In case you were wondering, the Amazon Kindle DOES charge over USB: http://tinyurl.com/6buvme #
  • Here’s how Amazon can deal with the iPhone “threat” to the Kindle: make a Kindle app for the iPhone. You heard it here first. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jschultz There are already two great ebook apps for the iPhone – eReader and Stanza. Stanza can read Mobi books, but not Kindle books… #
  • What I’m thinking of is a Kindle iPhone app that’s tied to your Amazon account, can download and read the books you buy from Amazon, etc. #
  • There’s absolutely no reason Amazon couldn’t do a Kindle iPhone app right now, if they wanted to. But only Amazon can do it, because of DRM. #
  • @RichSPK You’re right, Kindle would have the advantage of the bigger, eInk screen, and battery life. Those can be reasons to upsell! πŸ™‚ #
  • And why stop at the iPhone? Why not make a Kindle Reader app for Mac, Windows, Linux, etc. The .AZW format is just Mobi + DRM. This is easy. #
  • @SarahCofer Interesting idea. Ping me after next week (after OSCON)? Would love to talk more about it. #
  • @bobduffy There’s already a cloud site for people to buy, rate, and discuss Kindle books – http://amazon.com/kindle. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @bobduffy iPhone + eReader (which is also on every other platform) is great for books. I bought dozens of books from them before my iPhone. #
  • @cvelis You know that you can hide individual items, or all items of a type in FriendFeed, right? Never see, say, Twitter posts if you want. #
  • @segphault Shozu is a killer photo uploader app for Windows Mobile. I loved it. Or you could upload via email straight to Flickr. #
  • @bobduffy Are you talking about “Friend of a Friend” stuff? You can hide all of that. #
  • @bobduffy @cvelis You do have FriendFeed to send comments (optionally) to Twitter also, right? #
  • @cvelis I’m still working on my Grand Unified Tubes Theory of the Internet. It keeps getting bigger. Which makes it harder to write. πŸ™‚ #
  • @bobduffy Um, unsubscribe from those people? Choose to hide everything from them? Or are you talking about comments? That’s what you WANT πŸ™‚ #
  • Just added my FriendFeed “Likes” and “Comments” to my linkblog: http://linkblog.joshbancroft.com. Check it out for my commentary on the news #
  • @lauriegbuczek The CIO scheduled a 5PM meeting on a Friday? That should be an offense punishable by… Something equally horrible. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty They don’t need sleep. I heard they’re cyborgs. They keep managing. And they’ll NEVER STOP! Not until we’re all 100% on our MBOs! #
  • @segphault Yes, I’ll be at OSCON all week (except Monday). We should definitely meet up! #
  • Want to see Dark Knight tonight, but I hate crowded, noisy theaters. Maybe I’ll see Hancock instead, catch Dark Knight another time. #
  • Ended up seeing Dark Knight. It was SUPERB. Dark, twisty, unpredictable, and long (in a good way – I didn’t want it to end). Go see it. πŸ™‚ #
  • I’d never seen any of Heath Ledger’s other movies, and I kind of figured the posthumous Oscar talk was just hype, but he deserves it 4 Joker #

DSLReports iPhone Speed Test – Much Improved

I noticed today that DSL Reports has given a very nice makeover to their iPhone Speed Test page.

It used to be a bare white page, with teeny tiny little text and buttons at the top, that you had to zoom/spread with your fingers before you could even tap them.

This is much better, plus now there are more options for how you’re connected (GPRS, EDGE, 3G, or Wifi, where before there was only “Mobile” and “High Speed”). Plus now you can see what speeds other people are seeing on each network/connection method, and know how you stack up (nothing like an internet measuring content to bolster/shatter your self esteem!). πŸ™‚

A great overhaul to a tool that I use all the time, just to see what kind of speeds I can get at various places on AT&T’s 3G network (this screenshot was taken near Cornelius Pass Rd and Highway 26 in Hillsboro).

Definitely worth a bookmark.


The Amazon Kindle DOES charge over USB

Just in case you were wondering, the Amazon Kindle can charge over USB. I know I wondered, before I bought mine, and lots of people have asked me since I got it. So here’s the proof – that little orange LED next to the USB cable is the charge indicator light. It’s plugged in to my MacBook Pro. It’s probably slower than charging from the brick, but at least it works.

I really like this because it means when I travel, I can go with one less proprietary power brick/charger cable, since a lot of my gadgets can charge from a USB power brick (and many also share the same standard mini USB cable, like the one the Kindle uses).

Posting for posterity, Google, and future reference.


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-17

  • Giving a training on “Social Tools for Engineers” to my boss’s boss’s staff in about an hour. Nervous. #
  • This “Social Tools for Engineers” training will evolve and be given many more times, but this is the first. Hope I don’t suck! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Alsymer Thanks. It’ll eventually be public (I’ll share the URL when it’s ready). Maybe it will be helpful! πŸ™‚ #
  • Training in boss’s boss’s staff meeting over. Only got through 25% of my stuff. πŸ™ Lots of discussion, though, which was good. Will go back #
  • Did you know that IE6 can’t view a Google Docs presentation? At all? And did you know that IE6 is the only browser Intel supports? πŸ™ #
  • @billpearson @mediumtall Wow, sounds like ISF is a snoozer. #
  • @billpearson You going to see @charleneli later? Tell her I said “hi!” πŸ™‚ #
  • @kellyrfeller @billpearson Go to http://hashtags.org/tag/isf/ to see the #isf hashtags. Or do a search.twitter.com (which works better, IMO) #
  • @amybarton Thank you. I didn’t even get to the good stuff! (Search feeds, Twitter, FriendFeed, etc.) #
  • @amybarton I’m sure you’ll get the “honor” of seeing the rest of it before SES. πŸ™‚ #
  • @kellyrfeller They’re not “normal” in the sense that they’re not “mass market”. They’re otaku geeks out on the edge of the influence curve. #
  • @trhuseby Didn’t record this session, as it’s not baked yet. But I’ll make a recorded version available at some point. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @bobduffy No way to create a group on Twitter without serious hacks. I used to use “with_friends” (as did tweetpeek.com). It got disabled. #
  • @bobduffy FriendFeed room + imaginary friends works for groups. So does search.twitter if you don’t have too many people. #
  • @billpearson I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’m a rock star. Also, I Am Iron Man. πŸ™‚ #
  • Picked up a Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 book light for my Kindle last night at Powells. Works great, but 3xAAA batteries = heavy. Good for bed. #
  • Great. Just when Twitter was running fast and smooth, they have to go rearrange all the furniture and screw things up again. πŸ™ #
  • Whoa – Hector Ruiz stepped down as CEO of AMD: http://tinyurl.com/5jke4k #
  • And now Twitter is back to the old look. I don’t know what they’re playing at, but Twitterrific stopped working. Is the API down again? πŸ™ #
  • Sometimes I wish I could live in @wilshipley’s world: http://tinyurl.com/6qstcd πŸ™‚ #
  • Favorite quote this week: “Passion is a great way to lubricate the machine of serendipity.” (Jon Udell). Applies all over the place! πŸ™‚ #
  • Oops. That should have been “Passion is a good way to lubricate the engine of serendipity.” Not machine. #
  • FriendFeed seems really quite lately. Is it because Twitter became usable again? #
  • @blogan What’s the state of K2’s compatibility with WP 2.6? Is it safe yet? #
  • Twinkle for the iPhone (Twitter geo client thingy) is out. Playing with it now. #
  • No option to turn the sounds off in Twinkle = lame, but the fact that it shows all updates near me is awesome. #
  • @ejacqui oh. Duh. I was stuck in the Identity subscreen, and didn’t see it. Luckily, Twinkle crashed, and I found it after. πŸ™‚ #
  • Testing the photo button in Twinkle. Does this go to Twitpic? http://snipurl.com/30h89 #
  • Ooh, I like how Twinkle shows that picture (and this one) as an attachment, rather than just a twitpic URL. Nice. http://snipurl.com/30h9x #
  • (Checking from Twitterrific) ah, the pictures go to twinkle.tapulous.com, shortened as a snurl. #
  • @julieteaston yes, just touch the little switch. Don’t try to slide it. #
  • Wish I could tell Twinkle to use my Twitter avatar photo. I don’t have it on my iPhone, so I can’t add it in Twinkle. #
  • Sad: muxtape.com no longer works on the iPhone. Happy: apparently, there’s a native app coming. #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-07-16

  • Whoa! I just discovered that emailing a photo from iPhone no longer resizes it to 640×480 (now it’s 800×600 – better, but not original). #
  • See here for a photo on Flickr that was emailed from my iPhone, but is 800×600 (instead of 640×480): http://tinyurl.com/6dzb9p #
  • @lunarobverse Emailing a photo strips EXIF data, including location. Only way I know to preserve is to sync to a PC, then upload from there. #
  • @lunarobverse I’ve tried all the photo uploading apps, none preserve the location info. I have high hopes for @frasierspiers’ Flickr Export. #
  • @jkendrick That Acer link is a dead end, and I can’t find anything about it on jkontherun.com. Embargo? Post get unpublished? Aliens? πŸ˜‰ #
  • The O’Reilly Kindle books are now available! http://tinyurl.com/5tyuqn Just sent samples of all the ones I haven’t read to my Kindle. Yay! #
  • The Intel Software Network web devs cornered me in a room and grilled me about the future of ISN’s blog platform. Good times. πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m a bachelor this week (@rachelbancroft’s at her mom’s), and I’m not taking very good care of myself. Still at work. Didn’t eat lunch. πŸ™ #
  • For the record, I’m trying to find someone internal to address the whole “Intel stole EcoGeek.com’s Logo” issue. Got info? Let me know. #
  • At Powell’s Beaverton. Long day. I don’t know how, but my phone has full blue dot GPS lock in this large building. Very cool. πŸ™‚ #
  • @kellyrfeller Glad it’s fixed. I should have given it benefit of the doubt, but stuff like that has been done intentionally before. Sorry. #
  • @geekygirldawn I’m not going to say anything either way, but I’m eager to see where Intel’s various communities fall in that list. πŸ™‚ #
  • I love that so many Intel Software Network meetings end up using Twitter as a backchannel. Meetings are so much more fun with a backchannel! #
  • @billpearson Have you ever heard me sing? Singing to Midomi on my iPhone doesn’t count. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @robteix And yet, our meetings are among the most effective I’ve ever participated in. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Does anyone know if the new Hillsboro Library (on Brookwood) has wifi? #
  • Ah, the Hillsboro Library DOES have wifi. Should have Googled first: http://tinyurl.com/5776eb #
  • @adamd made an AWESOME iPhone Inventory tracker. Check it out if you’re still looking for one (or just to admire): http://tinyurl.com/6e842g #
  • @Britopian LOL are you going to preface all of your marketing tweets with that warning? Maybe I should try that. πŸ˜‰ #
  • I still have one really irritating problem with my iPhone 3G. Occasionally, Safari will roll over on its side, no matter how I hold it. #
  • It’s like Safari wants its belly scratched, so it’s rolling over. It doesn’t care if it irritates me. Reboot fixes it. Bad accelerometer? #
  • Going to work from the library this afternoon. I have some stuff I need to concentrate on, uninterrupted, and that just can’t happen in JF1. #
  • Plus, I love the idea of being surrounded by books, words, ideas, and knowledge. Even though I’m anti-dead tree, I still love libraries. πŸ™‚ #
  • @StevenWalling Yeah, but these are the ONLY problems I’m having with it. It’s otherwise perfect, much better than ANY other phone I’ve used. #
  • Man, the new Hillsboro Library is great. Very geek friendly. I’ll be coming here more often. http://tinyurl.com/5nwxe8 #
  • Don’t forget the tweetup tonight with @charleneli, at the Governor Hotel (where Internet Strat. Forum is). 8:30pm http://tinyurl.com/56dfte #
  • I’ve spent the last 6 hours creating a Presentation in Google Docs. That is one impressive web app. I’ll never use PowerPoint again. πŸ™‚ #
  • It’s looking like I won’t make tonight’s tweetup with @charleneli. Too much work to do, and I’m not feeling great. Have fun without me! #
  • @charleneli Aw, man! Cancelled flights suck. But at least you’re still going to make it to PDX. Everyone, the tweetup is cancelled. Sorry! #
  • Haircut done, getting food at Daphne’s, then over to Powell’s to get more work done. #
  • I am STUNNED at how good Shazam is. It not only nailed the Kelly Clarkson song at the hair place, but it got the Greek pop song at Daphne’s. #

Working from the Hillsboro Library

I’m working this afternoon from the new Hillsboro Library (on Brookwood, across from the Hillsboro Airport and Intel Jones Farm). First time I’ve been here, though Rachel and the kids come all the time.

This place is NICE. Tons of tables (each with a lamp with a power outlet in the base, to cater to laptops), fast wifi (about 7Mbps down/1Mbps up), a gorgeous view of the park/pond outside (with real live geese!).

Plus the intangible geeky coolness of being surrounded by books, words, thoughts, and knowledge. Even though I’m not a big dead tree fan (you can see my Kindle in the picture, but also the moleskine notebook I also keep with me at all times – Kindle in the left cargo pants pocket, moleskine in the right), I love what libraries represent, and I don’t spend near enough time in them.

I came here today to get some quiet time to work on some things that require concentration, free from distractions (which is hard to do in the Workplace of the Future at Intel’s new JF1 offices, where I sit), but I can see myself coming and hanging out/working here a LOT more in the future.

Yay for libraries! πŸ™‚