New Google Reader Feature – Inline Web Page Preview (Not!)

Update: I’m an idiot. This is a feature that’s part of Lifehacker’s Better GReader Firefox extension that I installed the other day. I just now noticed the behavior, and though it was part of Google Reader itself. Still, a cool feature – check out Better GReader for that and more! And sorry for the false alarm. Here I thought I was breaking news on a new feature! πŸ˜‰

Just noticed this – a new Google Reader feature!

Google Reader Inline Preview

When I clicked the post title, instead of opening in a new tab, as usual, it opened an inline preview of the entire target web page, right there inside Google Reader.

There’s a new “Preview” button at the bottom of the entry, too, where you can toggle the preview on and off.

Haven’t read anything from Google about this feature yet, but it’s neato! πŸ™‚


Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-08-28

  • Ooh! FriendFeed has widgets! I’ve been wanting a way to put that stuff on my blog. Wish I could exclude tweets tho #
  • That is, I’m quite happy with the way my tweets are archived on my blog as my “lifelog” using WP and Twitter Tools. But I want my FF too! πŸ™‚ #
  • I’ve added the FriendFeed widget to my site. Have a look, let me know what you think? #
  • I still wish I could filter Twitter out of the FF widget, but then again, it does show *today’s* tweets, which my lifelog doesn’t. #
  • When helping some new people start using Twitter yesterday, they were asking me what the heck the birds and whale were all about. D’oh! πŸ™ #
  • @ahockley I’d get a D3 (or a D300 or a D700) in a half a heartbeat if I had the money. πŸ™‚ #
  • @chippy Yeah, I think I’ll dump the logo, too. Takes up too much space. #
  • @lordjosh Consider yourself lucky, as a Twitter user, that you’re not more intimately familiar with the Failwhale: πŸ™‚ #
  • @durf Any of those D90 videos downloadable in original format? Ubuqity only goes so far in helping me translate/understand Japanese. πŸ˜‰ #
  • My CSS is WEAK. Trying to figure out how to make the font size inside the FF widget smaller, to match other stuff in sidebar. I’m too dumb. #
  • It amazes me that, 6 months after it opened, people still walk into the remodeled Intel JF1 space, and loudly marvel “Wow, this is new!” πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty That sucks. Go rest, and hope you feel better soon! #
  • @ahockley Exactly. It was the one tube I use that wasn’t yet tied into my blog. Hope to get the kinks worked out before WordCampPDX! πŸ™‚ #
  • OH: “Intel is renowned for having the attention span of a two year old.” πŸ™‚ #
  • After a long Greasemonkey hiatus, going on a spree at, installing a bunch of cool stuff. #
  • Just dropped by the Ars Lounge for the first time in a while, and there’s a ton of sick/lost family members, and other sad stuff. Bummed. πŸ™ #

I Hate the Term “User Generated Content”. How About “Community-Curated Works” Instead?

Something about the term β€œuser generated content” has bugged me ever since I first heard it. I’m enthusiastically behind *what it actually means*. But the term itself just sticks in my craw. It makes me think of a galley full of slaves users, chained down, β€œgenerating” “content”.

I just came across this post about the term from Ted Ernst at AboutUs (a Portland-based wiki company where Ward Cunningham, the guy who invented the wiki concept, works):

The individual contribution is not what’s important, it’s not what makes everything work β€” it’s the fact that we have a community of contributors who implicitly agree to work together, to collaborate, to try and constantly improve the content.

It’s a short post, and worth a read. It references (and quotes) a great post by Brianna, a Wikimedia admin, where the idea originated. Read that one, too:

Actually, there’s only one problem at root: the attitude which leads one to choose these words. That attitude is one from the corporate world. That the best term they could come up with was β€œuser-generated content” shows what a limited understanding the business world has of what it is we’re doing. And why should we settle for the best term THEY can come up with?

I’m a big believer that names are important. They have power and significance beyond what you think.

Food for thought.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-08-27

  • It’s 0’dark thirty, and I’m about to get on a tiny Intel plane to Arizona for the day. I hear it’s powered by waste heat from Intel chips! #
  • @ryanwi yes, Intel runs basically a small airline out of the Hillsboro airport, connected to most of its U.S. sites. #
  • I have no ideas what timezone I’ll be in when I land, but it doesn’t matter, because I’ll only be there a few hours anyway. πŸ™‚ #
  • Just checked the temperature forecast for Chandler today. Cried a little. #
  • Arrived in AZ. Blessedly, it’s cool and rainy. Yay for monsoon season! πŸ™‚ #
  • Just prattled on about Twitter to a room full of the smartest people at Intel. Hope I made sense! πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy Would have done a demo, but it was a side conversation from what was to have been a short, generalized discussion of social tools. #
  • @turoczy I have a feeling I’ll be giving LOTS of Twitter demos during lunchtime. Which I love! Come, ask me questions! πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy Excellent, thanks. Everybody – when i do Twitter demos later, make sure you all say nice things about Intel Software Network! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Wish I had time to play with Mozilla Ubiquity today. It looks REALLY cool, and is getting a ton of buzz. #
  • Installed Ubiquity. So far, it seems like Quicksilver for Firefox. Which is SO completely awesome! This is going to change the web for me. #
  • @annierodkins Ubiquity is a little text box in Firefox you launch with a keyboard, then tell it things like “email this to annie”, etc. #
  • @annierodkins Just install it and play with it. It’s really easy to pick up. Here’s a good tutorial: #
  • Test tweet from Ubiquity. This thing ROCKS. If you’ve ever used Quicksilver on Mac or something similar, it’s like that, but for the web. #
  • Meeting done. On the way back to the airport. It’s ZOMG hot! I could never live here. πŸ™ #
  • @influxx yes, Ubiquity is super-fast. I’ve heard it bloats Firefox’s virtual memory footprint, but I haven’t seen that (yet). #
  • Finally got around to reading up on the Nikon D90. I SO want this camera. Don’t even care about the D300 anymore. $1000? Movies? DO WANT! πŸ™‚ #
  • The D90 shoots 1280×720 AVI video, with full DSLR controls, use whatever lens you want, etc. Stop and think for a sec about what that means. #
  • That means that, depending on the quality of the D90s video compression, it’s (in theory) more flexible than the $3500 Canon XH A1 cam I use #
  • @Jmartens I’ll probably pass my D40 on to my wife, but if it goes on the market, you’re first on the list. D40 is super cheap new – <$500 #
  • The D90 has the D-Lighting feature from the D300, and the same superb high ISO (up to 3200) image quality. #
  • Trying to suss out the differences between the D90 and D300. So far: 11pt autofocus instead of 51, and only 4.5 FPS (vs what, 8 on the D300) #
  • And the optional GPS (fits on the shoe) for the D90 is just more icing on the cake. This camera gives me feelings I don’t understand. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Question: Will the D90 autofocus lenses (like the 50mm/1.8) that don’t have their own focus motor, or will it be manual, like the D40? #
  • And the D90 uses SD (of which I have tons), not CF (which I was dreading switching to if I ever got a D300). This just gets better. πŸ™‚ #
  • OK, it appears that the D90 WILL autofocus lenses without their own motor (like the 50mm/1.8). But I could be reading this wrong. #
  • @EricAppel Yeah, manual focus on video and mono are kind of a bummer, but with the ability to do DoF in video now, manual might be better. #
  • Looks like it uses the EN-EL3e battery, like the D300, instead of the EN-EL9 spares/charger I already have for the D40. Oh well. #
  • @jezlyn I think you’re right, since the D90 is the evolution of the D70/D80, and the lack of focus motor is only on the D40/D60. #
  • @trishussey Yeah, the difference between D80 and D90 is a lot closer than D40/D60 -> D90. #
  • I’m dying to know what the video and audio bitrates for video on the D90 are. It uses AVI/Motion JPG, but bitrate is crucial. #
  • @ctb I use the Aiptek Action HD camera for video (does 1080p, I shoot in 720p 60fps) which I love. But the sensor = tiny compared to the D90 #
  • @ctb Plus all the yummy lens/depth of field stuff and image quality. D90 won’t be a Flip-like pocket cam, but still, DO WANT! πŸ˜‰ #
  • What I meant about Motion JPG bitrate is, I have a Canon SD700 that shoots MJPEG, the files are HUGE, usually need reencoding before upload. #
  • @greghughes Yeah, we’ll definitely want fast SD III cards. Good news is that the 8GB SanDisk Extreme III is only $35. Yay for cheap flash! #
  • @deangulstad Yeah, we’ll need sample video files to check the bitrates, and it seems those are still embargoed (sites can’t post yet). #
  • Chase Jarvis and his crew got a bunch of D90s to play with for a couple of weeks. Don’t miss this post and video: #
  • It was reading that Chase Jarvis post and watching the video that got me really excited about this camera. Not that I wouldn’t have anyway. #
  • Enough focused (ha!) camera obsession from me tonight. Been up since 4:30 AM, going to bed now. Good night Twitter (and FriendFeed)! πŸ™‚ #
  • @ahockley Some (cheap) Nikon lenses don’t have a focus motor. Neither do some cameras (D40/D60). Together, no autofocus. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-08-26

  • @timbuk2 I believe the bag @segphault got was the Metro. I have one on order for my Eee PC. I think Messenger XS also fits pretty well. #
  • @timbuk2 I’ll actually be testing a lot of things for fit in the Metro – various netbooks like the Eee PC, my Kindle, etc. #
  • Nice. My Windows VM just bluescreened, trashed Outlook’s OST, and is forcing a scan of my PST. There are days I hate Windows… πŸ™ #
  • @blogan No, on the non-hate days, I merely tolerate it as a necessary evil. Like going to the dentist. #
  • @timbuk2 You bet. If UPS hadn’t “left in a UPS facility” my package, I would have my Metro already. πŸ™‚ #
  • SUPAR SEKRIT Intel meeting! πŸ™‚ #
  • This is actually a fascinating meeting I’m in. And I’m certain that I’d be fired for tweeting anything I’m hearing. So I won’t. πŸ™‚ #
  • @rachelbancroft Sweet, thanks for letting me know! That will be my Timbuk2 Metro bag. ROCKS for fixing UPS’s mistake, overnight. #
  • Dear FriendFeed followers: Who in your network have you created “imaginary” friends for? I wish I could automate it, somehow, s.. #
  • @ahockley Voicemail needs to die already. My greeting says “don’t leave a message, email or text me”, and I check messages every 6mo or so. #
  • @blogan Intel proxies have been sporadically choking on TinyURLs this week. No idea why. #
  • Dar LazyTwitter: Fink or MacPorts? #
  • @blogan That link worked. And that site ( is a pretty cool idea. #
  • I should go to bed. I’ve got to be on the Intel shuttle to AZ at 6 AM. There for a few hours, then home again. First time on the shuttle. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-08-25

  • I was unable to get my Intel VPN working all weekend (since Thursday, even at home), so I had a mountain of email to climb this morning. πŸ™ #
  • Oh UPS. A two week old Amazon order is showing “Left in a UPS Facility” as of a week ago. Call them, and they won’t do anything to help. πŸ™ #
  • UPS said the shipper (an Amazon 3rd party store) would have to file a claim. Argh! #
  • @bethlubov Perhaps it would be helpful to ignore who “owns” what, and focus on who *does” what. Might simplify things, ideally. #
  • @jmoriarty I’m going to start answering all instances of the question “Who owns that?” with “Intel.” Because Intel owns us, soul and all. πŸ™‚ #
  • Intel installed real, honest Comcast HD cable boxes for the TVs in JF1, to replace the crashy streaming software ( #
  • @jmoriarty No, I gave up my soul about two years ago to get a Mac. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @aprilholle They never tried to deliver. And the facility where it got “left” is sort of out of the way for me: πŸ˜‰ #
  • @bethlubov No problem – that person can be called The Decider(TM). πŸ™‚ #
  • @jschultz Whoa. It was just a Google Map from Beaverton, OR to Shrewsbury, MA (where the package is). No idea why Intel choked on it. #
  • @jschultz That’s really weird. Because I’m at Intel right now, and I TinyURL all the time. Dozens of times a day, make and follow. Weird. #
  • Holy cow! There are 1300 sessions in the SXSW 2009 Panel Picker! How on earth am I supposed to go through all those and vote? #
  • @funkatron Thanks – voted! πŸ™‚ #
  • Dear Twitter Followers: If you have a panel submission at SXSW that you want me to vote for, let me know. I’m not digging through 1300 of em #
  • Checking out the new beta of FriendFeed – it’s pretty nice so far. #
  • New FriendFeed design (in Beta) lets you group your friends into lists – very cool! #
  • Hmm. FriendFee “lists” have a non-user-specific URL. What happens when someone who’s not me visits? #
  • @JeanAnnVK Apparently, those FriendFeed list URLs either give a FF 404 error page, or bounce people to the FF front page. #
  • Arranging my FriendFeed friends into lists. Compulsively. So far I have Intel, Portland, “Never Met IRL”, and Ars lists. What’s next? #
  • @ahockley Ooh. That’s a good idea for a list/group (Photographers). Keep em coming – how else should I slice and dice my friends? (Uh, wait) #
  • @JeanAnnVK Yeah, it would be cool to be able to share my lists on FF., maybe. #
  • @grigs No way! We just watched America’s Toughest Jobs. Which one is she? #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-08-23

  • Portland Ignites Gnomedex in just a few minutes! I’m excited! And nervous! Wish us luck! πŸ™‚ #
  • The Portland Igniters ROCKED. Even an early morning, hungover crowd. The feedback on Twitter is universally positive. Thanks, guys! πŸ™‚ #
  • Thank you all for the wishes and kind words about our Ignite presentation. Too many to name, you all rock! That’s why I love this stuff! πŸ™‚ #
  • @influxx Ignite started at 9:15AM, PDT, before Sarah Lacy. I got video if you missed it! #
  • Sarah Lacy: “When [blogging] so fundamentally changes the product…” Uh, what product? Perhaps that’s a sign of the disconnect here. #
  • On the topic of “what makes a good blog”, Merlin Mann had a GREAT post on that topic this week. Go read it: #
  • I fear that Sarah Lacy has misread the audience (again). She admits it’s her first Gnomedex, but this crowd doesn’t go easy on anyone. #
  • Retweet @chrisbrogan “Asking someone Do You Blog is like asking Do You Paper?” #
  • I don’t care about driving traffic. I don’t care about getting on TechMeme. Let’s talk about what people CARE about (like yesterday). #
  • I feel like we’re inventing “the challenge that faces blogging”. Why does there have to be a challenge? #
  • Some (most?) people blog because they obsessively love something, and feel compelled to share it. It’s usually that simple. #
  • We need a technology solution to make commenting better? Tech will NEVER be able to make people not behave like a**holes. #
  • @verso We’re not “her people”. She’s a tech writer. She can’t stop talking about how to make money through tech writing. The anti-otaku. πŸ™‚ #
  • Raise your hand if you think video comments would cut DOWN on abuse/waste/spam? Anyone? Beuller? #
  • @chrisbrogan I try to include the word “gnomedex” but that’s 8 whole characters I could otherwise use for snark! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Whoa. Got 25 or so new Twitter followers in the last hour. @chrisbrogan really brings the juice. Thanks, and welcome new tweeps! πŸ™‚ #
  • Was really, really cool to have @rachelbancroft next to me this morning at Gnomedex. Best of both worlds (geek and family). Love it! πŸ™‚ #
  • Nice plug for Doc Searls, VRM, and the Cluetrain from Eve Maier onstage at Gnomedex. #
  • @scottaw Amen. Anyone who has ever played an online game with voice chat knows that unless you restrict to people you know, it’s a sewer. #
  • @annierodkins Oh, bummer. She’s left for the rest of the day, to go play in Seattle, Pike’s market, etc. What are you doing tonight? #
  • Another one of the coolest things about Gnomedex: adding tons of people to Twitter, not blindly, but because I now know who they are. πŸ™‚ #
  • Oh, cool! Adeona (open source laptop security/tracking software) guys on stage at Gnomedex now. Check this out! #
  • Yoshi Kohno (onstage at Gnomedex): “Anyone ever heard of Bruce Schneier?” πŸ™‚ #
  • Adeona is named after the Roman goddess of safe return. #
  • Gnomedex (Yoshi): “Why is security always in the media? Because security is incredibly hard to get really right.” #
  • Yoshi talks very fast. Data rate is high. Luckily the signal to noise ratio is good. Geek++ #gnomedex #
  • Hey Gnomedex, want to be really freaked out about how scary arphids (RFIDs) can be? Read “Little Brother” (free): #
  • @jeremywright You’re right. The fact that “Little Brother” will make you feel empowered and smarter is a MUCH better reason to read it. Thx! #
  • I installed and tested Adeona. It works. Returned my internal and external IPs, wireless network name, and my photo (Mac only). Excellent. #
  • Hey Gnomedex: I wonder what kind of crypto Adeona uses on the key/location info? #
  • Great lunch with @stevela, Vanessa, @caseorganic, Yoshi (from Adeona), and more. Now at Gnomedex: The Vocal Joystick #
  • I wonder if we have to learn to speak a new language to control the Vocal Joystick? #gnomedex #
  • Inevitable Vocal Joystick Art Project: Tone controlled robot arm fed various musical genres, to make it dance, paint, etc. Rap, opera, etc. #
  • Inevitable Vocal Joystick Art Project #2: Singing different tones to control the dancing of an onscreen avatar. #
  • From vocal joystick to black holes. This year’s Gnomedex is a contender for best I’ve attended (4th consecutive year) #
  • Wait, these aren’t the black holes you’re thinking of. These are *internet* black holes. This just got more interesting. #gnomedex #
  • Hubble ( is like, but on crack. And steroids. With maps. #
  • Looks like Amanda Koster, who presented yesterday, has joined Twitter: @salaamgarage. Hoping to run a trip to Guatemala for Gnomedexers. #
  • Gnomedex Up Next: Boxee. Social media player. @chrispirillo says it’s the next evolution of XBMC (Xbox media player). Should be good. #
  • XBMC was ported to Mac OS X, and renamed Plex (though they haven’t released yet). Will be interesting to see how Boxee compares. #
  • Very interesting that Boxee is targeting Mac OS X and Linux. No mention at all of Windows support. #gnomedex #
  • I wonder about OTA/HDTV support in Boxee. DVR/timeshifting? “Season Pass” subscription to OTA shows and scheduled recording? #
  • OH @gadgetgy: “I have a Nokia N95. It’s a great camera, but it’s kind of clunky as a phone.” πŸ™‚ #
  • @gadgetgy punted on the Cable Card/OTA question. He said “There are other projects, like MythTV, to do that TV thing. We do ethernet video.” #
  • jay Cross shot a short video of me telling the story of Intelpedia: #
  • Next at Gnomedex: Scott Maxwell, the Mars Rover Driver Team Lead, on how the Mars rover is Twittering (as @MarsPhoenix) #
  • Wish I had an image stabilized (VR in Nikon speak) lens on my D40. Or just a faster lens. My old Canon SD700 IS does better @gnomedex light. #
  • Scott Maxwell, Mars Rover Driver: “My own twin girls, Spirit and Opportunity…” πŸ™‚ #
  • “My job entails driving a golf cart around on another planet while simultaneously planning the invasion of the moon by giant spider robots.” #
  • @bmw Um, yes! My next lens will be the 18-200 VR. Wanna part with one? Let’s make a deal… #
  • @gregr I’m letting Auto ISO go up to 1600, which makes a big difference, but still not great. #
  • @penmachine I have a 50mm/1.8, but it doesn’t autofocus on my D40 (which I knew when I bought it). I thought I’d use it more than I do. #
  • Gnomedex Scott Maxwell: “Every day the [Mars Rover] pictures are right side up is a good day.” πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey, Gnomedex. Did you know that every spacecraft is a weapons systems? If Scott tells us the names of the commands to drive, goes to prison #
  • Gnomedex Scott Maxwell (on NASA): “If it doesn’t look impossible, we’re not interested.” #
  • Gnomedex is totally hushed as Scott Maxwell shows us AMAZING photos from Mars. Like the first photo of Earth from another world. Standing O. #
  • Retweet @seanbohan: This is only the second standing ovation at Gnomedex [that I’ve seen in 4 years]. Other was Derek Miller last year. #
  • Scott Maxwell is on Twitter – @marsroverdriver. And of course, follow what he drives: @marsphoenix. #
  • @penmachine I teared up a little, too, at those photos. Amazing stuff. #
  • Gnomedex @marsroverdriver: “Mars has had nothing to do for the last billion years but make finer and finer dust. It’s been really busy.” #
  • I love how Scott came to Gnomedex. He’s @stumax’s brother. One day at dinner, Stuart just casually mentioned what his brother does. πŸ™‚ #
  • Next up at Gnomedex: Bug Labs ( Open source hardware gadget building blocks. Should be great. #
  • @andruedwards is right – the Mars 3.0 Gnomedex talk by @marsroverdirver is EASILY good enough for TED. If not better. #
  • Gnomedex @jtoeman: “Everyone likes to tinker in some way. Maybe your tinkering is blogging. Maybe it’s cars. Maybe it’s software.” etc. πŸ™‚ #
  • I entered the BugLabs contest. Would LOVE to get my hands on a BugLabs kit. Hope they like my idea! πŸ™‚ #
  • Closing out day two of Gnomedex with more Ignite Seattle talks. More awesome. And I’m really, really sad that Gnomedex is almost over. πŸ™ #
  • I’m going to say it – this year’s Gnomedex was the best ever.* (in my 4 years of attendance). I’ll be here next year, without a doubt. #
  • @mattg LOL yeah, that’s a pretty good excuse for missing Gnomedex (getting married). πŸ™‚ See you next year? #
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone at Gnomedex. I love you all! I meant it this morning when I called you my closest friends. #
  • I felt otherwordly happiness at dinner with Gnomedex speakers, staff, and @rachelbancroft. I lead a charmed life. πŸ˜€ #