Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-13

  • For those who asked, Yes, the Atom PC build video will be released. I’ll tweet a link when it’s done (might be a while – there’s more to do!) #
  • Hmm. It seems that yet another business has joined Twitter – Powell’s Books (in Portland) is @powells. Welcome. I love you guys! πŸ™‚ #
  • In fact, our family is headed out for a trip to @powells in a little while. Small world! #
  • For all the @powells fans, check out the new one in Beaverton (which is where we’re going). Not as epic as the big one, but still awesome. #
  • I happened to listen to Brian Cox’s TED Talk on the Large Hadron Collider the other day. How timely. Check it out! http://tinyurl.com/6p774g #
  • @greghughes you could actually rip CDs on the first Xbox, too, but it sucked without CDDB lookup. Naming songs with a controller = fail. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-12

  • @billpearson 5yo girl bday present idea: a digital camera. A small, simple, cheap one (I gave Emma one of my old ones). She loves it! πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson Or, you know, one of the new pink iPod Nanos. Fill it up with her favorite videos! πŸ™‚ #
  • @amybarton Change? We fear change! πŸ™‚ #
  • @amybarton If you say so, I’ll believe you. We geeks are fragile and delicate creatures, sensitive to our environment. πŸ™‚ #
  • Installing iPhone OS 2.1. Hope nothing goes wrong! #
  • iPhone 2.1 upgrade successful. That Genius button is VERY slick. I’m going to love building Genius playlists on the go. #
  • Just tested an app updated from the iPhone (Yelp), and it was MUCH faster than before. By an order of magnitude. Nice! #
  • ZOMG I can’t believe the domain name I want for a big idea I’m obsessed with is available! Yoink! (more on the idea as it comes together) #
  • @brampitoyo et al I’m here, got a table in the SW corner, downstairs #
  • @pixelmatrix I just noticed the 3G icon change in iphone 2.1, too. Not sure if I like it, but an easy visual cue for 2.1 units. #
  • Whoa. Major redesign on beta.friendfeed.com. Sidebar is on the left now. Kinda disorienting. #
  • @Jerry_Makare No problem. Mike’s not here yet, but when he arrives, we’re ready to rip. #
  • Man, now that I have iTunes 8 and iPhone OS 2.1, the “backing up your phone” part of a sync just FLIES. Much needed. Thanks, Apple! πŸ™‚ #
  • @ashokraj My iPhone is very stable. Hardly ever freezes or needs a reboot. #
  • Just got done shooting video of building an Atom-based PC for less than $250 with Mike and @jerry_makare. Good times! πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-11

  • The Internet is NOT the new TV, for marketing purposes only. It makes possible community building, democracy, and wonderful freedoms. #
  • A company’s mktg dept in complete control over what’s said on the Internet is like putting the ad industry in charge of the WHOLE Internet. #
  • (These are more thoughts from the great discussion at last night’s OEN PubTalk.) #
  • @natetrue The “new TV” lives on the Internet. But so do a lot of other far more important things. TV is only a small, vain, part. #
  • @jmoriarty It’s a good thing developers are just eyeballs attached to wallets which are ripe for hoovering. Makes it easier! πŸ˜‰ #
  • The activist/freedom fighter/rabblerouser parts of my brain are awake and active this morning, it seems. πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson Thanks! It’s all that Cory Doctorow and Lawrence Lessig I read. Has an effect on me. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Jerry_Makare You in the office? Bring your Mac over here to the Genius Bar, and we’ll see what we can do. πŸ™‚ #
  • Dear LazyTwitter: If one’s Mac OS X color profile is all jacked up, how would one go about resetting it to the default out of the box state? #
  • @eriksr Yeah, we tried Appearance, and no dice. The messed up Mac has the same settings as mine (which is OK). Dinking around in Colorsync.. #
  • I am getting random GTalk chat requests from spammers with weird fish names. Sillytrout. Debriefedcoho. Block block block! πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso @jrnoded we tried calibration, didn’t help. And it won’t let us edit his messed up values to match mine. πŸ™ Oh well. Thanks! #
  • We can fix the color profile problem (it’s @sourcecode’s Mac) by creating a new user profile, so I just told him to cut losses and do that. #
  • @samgrover What is this “new Flickr home page” you speak of? I’m intrigued by this idea, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter! πŸ™‚ #
  • @samgrover Oh, there it is! You’re right, the transition animation rocks. Olha, que coisa mais linda, mais cheia de graΓ§a… πŸ™‚ #
  • This is new, no? “Explore your hometown or see the world with http://flickr.com/places#
  • Flickr Places is REALLY cool. Here’s Portland: http://flickr.com/places/United+States/Oregon/Portland #
  • My fave thing about the new Flickr home page? Inline, persistent “Recent Activity” – shows most recent comments on my stuff. Yay! πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson After conducting some experiments, it appears that Google Trends does, sadly, mostly ignore blogs. πŸ™ #
  • Hey, anyone from OEN last night that followed me on Twitter, drop me an @reply so I know who you are, and can follow back. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso The answer to your spider problem is obvious. You need carnivorous snakes. #
  • @MicahElliott Thanks, followed! πŸ™‚ #
  • WTF is a “novation”? I hate made up motivational buzzwords… #
  • @blogan The context I saw “novation” in has NOTHING to do with that definition. It doesn’t integrate the dominant synergistic paradigm. #
  • @jmoriarty Thanks. That makes me full MUCH better. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @mattg @blogan I think I’m going to take a relatively obscure word, like novation, and just repurpose it to mean whatever I want. πŸ™‚ #
  • @kmlowry Oh, I’ll survive. I intend to play Buzzword Bingo on my iPhone, make snarky comments on Twitter, and generally have a grand time πŸ™‚ #
  • @kmlowry If they block RF, I can always just play Spore on my iPhone all day. πŸ™‚ #
  • Dinking around with Unetbootin and an Ubuntu EEE 8.04.1 ISO image to make an installer USB stick for the Eee PC 901. #
  • Installing Ubuntu-EEE 8.04.1 on the Eee PC 901. This is pretty slick! #
  • @atmasphere ignore the Genius sidebar. It’s useless. Learn to love the “make a Genius playlist” button instead. It rocks. πŸ™‚ #
  • @dieselboi you can rotate a movie in Quicktime (might need Pro). Google for more, but I know the book “Digital Video Hacks” shows how. #
  • @atmasphere Well, if you want to discover new music you don’t have, I don’t think anything beats Pandora or last.fm. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-10

  • Yay for heavy breathers on big conference call meetings. You know who you are. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @caseorganic LOL of course! That’s a fundamentally accepted truth, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @kenfisher You’re going to love the Kindle. For a light, I recommend the Mighty Bright XtraFlex2. $15 at Aamazon. http://tinyurl.com/6bkycf #
  • Hearing my boss’ boss say “we use social media to build community, not just for marketing”, which I’ve been harping on, warms my heart. πŸ™‚ #
  • @kenfisher Don’t miss feedbooks.com and manybooks.net for Kindle books. Memoware and Creative Commons (and Gutenberg) are also great sources #
  • Amazed at how fast a Twitter search for LHC OR Hadron is moving. Dozens per minute, all over the leaderboard. http://tinyurl.com/68rwrt #
  • Defining what we use blogs, wikis, forums, articles, and a whole bunch of other taxonomical paradigms with the ISN team. #
  • @jmoriarty I’ll show you my holistic strawman. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Tersteeg A “knowledge base” is a usage/application that can run on top of a wiki. Different levels of the stack. Is an FAQ a wiki? #
  • @jmoriarty I don’t think the formatting in particular matters, but yeah. A wiki could be used as a KB. So could a blog. So could Twitter. #
  • Oh, what a bummer. It’s confirmed that OSCON 2009 won’t be held in Portland, but in San Jose. That sucks! πŸ™ http://tinyurl.com/5gq3uh #
  • @segphault Besides the selfish reasons (I live in Portland), I’m bummed that OSCON is leaving because it’s a blow to PDX’s open source scene #
  • The spirit of OSCON and open source and the spirit of the Portland geek community are very much aligned. Why move it to Silicon Valley? #
  • Portland is like the anti-Silicon Valley, culturally. SV is all about polo shirts and VC and startups and business. PDX is weird geeks. #
  • @Jmartens That would be really cool. I’d love to see BlogHer come to Portland. Heaven knows we have enough smart women here for it. πŸ™‚ #
  • @susanreynolds I can’t speak for Salem, but there’s a marked difference, culturally, between even the suburbs and PDX itself, so prolly yes. #
  • @influxx Ah, the rain myth. We use that to keep the Californians away. (It really doesn’t rain as much here as people think. πŸ™‚ #
  • @billpearson Gtalk is the only IM service I use. It rocks. I use the web version, integrated into the Gmail page. Never need a client app. #
  • @trishussey The biggest reason I love GTalk? It’s just there, in my browser, wherever I go. My browser is my OS. #
  • Just gave a good-natured browbeating to a coworker who wandered past, and admitted to still using IE6. Use Firefox or Chrome, man! πŸ™‚ #
  • @DinkerP2 I tried Flock. It’s pretty cool, but I didn’t like all it’s extra “social” candy. And isn’t it still based on Firefox 2? #
  • The Ubuntu Eee project needs a new name and logo (trademark). My suggestion? Why, “Ubuntu Eee-mix”, of course. πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/5nefeq #
  • @ashokraj So you’re saying you’ve been locked into proprietary non-compatible software by a single vendor? I’m sorry to hear that. πŸ˜‰ #
  • They’re taking my window view away at my desk – taller cube walls. We’re regressing back to the old tall cubeprisons one step at a time. πŸ™ #
  • @SarahCofer I liked your last tweet so much I Favorited it. That was awesome! πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/57mkcv #
  • @MnMmom Care to name said agency? Share the love! πŸ™‚ #
  • @scottjedwards Drop your T42 down the stairs. That will speed up your PC refresh process! πŸ˜‰ (Note: Don’t actually drop it down the stairs) #
  • I’ll be doing an OEN PubTalk on Social Media tonight a 5PM (Bridgeport Brew Pub) with @geekygirldawn, @marshallk and @turoczy. Come join us! #
  • More info on tonight’s Oregon Entrepreneurs Network PubTalk on corporate social media (via @geekygirldawn): http://tinyurl.com/5ufq9c #
  • @blogan I love that you’ve added “ZOMG!” to your lexicon. πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/ZOMG πŸ™‚ #
  • At Bridgeport Brewpub, early, for the OEN pub talk on social media. This is a VERY cool place. I don’t come to the Pearl often enough. πŸ™‚ #
  • @CarriBugbee Cool! Just look for the guy with the tiny white computer and bright orange shoes. πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy Are you here already? I’m at a table in the main restaurant area. Do I need to be somewhere else? #
  • @CarriBugbee Wait’ll you see my orange (and brown) Timbuk2 bag. πŸ™‚ And I DO have an orange iPod (shuffle). Just not on my person. #
  • @turoczy Cool. I’m just always anxious that I’m not somewhere I’m supposed to be, missing something I should be doing. See you soon! #
  • Hey, cool. The latest build of Google Chrome appears to add a rudimentary bookmark manager. Nice. And the update was silent. #
  • Google Chrome tip: Ctrl+B will show/hide the Bookmarks bar (this is not new). Useful to reclaim space on small screens (like netbooks). #
  • @funkatron @blogan I’m not 100% sure it was a silent update. But the Chrome docs say that it can/will update itself silently… #
  • FWIW, I trust Chrome, security-wise, with whatever flaws it has, WAY more than I trust ANY flavor of IE. #
  • What’s a screen capture/editor program for Windows, comparable to Skitch (for a netbook)? Jing project? Something else? #
  • The Bridgeport Brewpub website SUCKS on a netbook. All Flash, too tall for all the content to fit oncreen, and NO SCROLL BARS. Fail. πŸ™ #
  • @DivaDanese Yeah, the Oregon Convention Center is know for it’s outrageously high prices. But now look what they lost! #
  • Crap. Jing Project requires .NET Framework 3.0 (I don’t have room for it on this SSD), Snagit is 50 bucks, and OneNote is too big. πŸ™ #
  • I’m EASILY the least appropriately dressed person at this OEN shindig. The MC Frontalot t-shirt doesn’t quite mesh with the ol’ dress code. #
  • @sumwan Presenting on a panel. I figured I’d wear the LAST thing they’d expect an Intel guy to wear. Which is my strategy for every day. πŸ™‚ #
  • @chrisorourke Dress code wasn’t explicit, but let me put it this way: I’m the only one here in a t-shirt. πŸ™‚ #
  • Here I am: http://tinyurl.com/5nct8k http://twitpic.com/b12k #
  • @yasumoto Just for you: πŸ™‚ http://twitpic.com/b15e #
  • 5 minute pitches at OEN PubTalk: http://metroseeq.com map/business mashup that shows deals at restaurants, etc. for members. pretty slick. #
  • OEN 5 minute pitch #2: Kyle from Motionless Keyboard Company. Wristbands for gadgets. Quick Google shows lots of lawsuit news… #
  • Oh, there they are: http://www.motionless.com/ The MobileKey handheld keyboard/text entry device looks interesting. #
  • Last OEN PubTalk 5 minute pitch: Tim from Multi Axis Games (http://www.multiaxisgames.com/). #
  • @marshallk, @geekygirldawn, and @turoczy are Rock Stars. I’m honored to be associated with them. πŸ™‚ #
  • OEN PubTalk was awesome. I need to do more speaking I love it. Met lots of cool entrepreneurs, too! πŸ™‚ #
  • The parking ticket I got after the OEN thing? Didn’t love that. πŸ™ #
  • @Kram et al: I think the OEN thing was recorded, but I don’t know if they plan to post it anywhere. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-09

  • I’m just not very excited about today’s Apple event. If it’s just new iPods, meh. Would be happy to be surprised by more, though! πŸ™‚ #
  • @eriksr Ooh – bluetooth (and maybe a camera?) for the Touch would be cool. πŸ™‚ #
  • @influxx I missed Terminator last night, need to obtain it and watch it. I’m on Spoiler Watch until I see it! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jenvteal Yes, spammers will follow you on Twitter. But they can’t spam you unless you folow them back. You can block them or ignore them. #
  • @jenvteal I say just follow people you know (IRL or not), and ignore unknowns who follow you. You can block them, but that gets old fast! #
  • Showing @mungara some Twhirl alternatives, and saw that TweetDeck updated itself. It now seems to see ALL of my followees, so I can group! #
  • @RevTim I intend to use Ars for live Apple event coverage: http://tinyurl.com/5w5n9n. Maybe macrumorslive.com, too. #
  • @mar_iannitti When you write a tweet in reply to someone, you should put “@theirusername” at the beginning, so we know who you’re talking to #
  • Tweetdeck is STILL not showing me my complete followees list when making a group. *sigh* Useless! πŸ™ #
  • Getting ready for the Apple event, watching various live coverage (Ars, etc.). No MacRumorsLive this time. Will Twitter stay up? #
  • @ashokraj No, I only have 500+ followees. Which is still probably breaking TweetDeck. πŸ™‚ They need to test for edge cases like me! #
  • @raines It would be nice, but I’m not counting on Twitter staying up during the event. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @iaindodsworth I don’t know how many people I’m missing, because it doesn’t show me a count. I just notice people should be there aren’t. #
  • Steve Jobs (on the AP obit): “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” LOL πŸ™‚ #
  • NBC is coming back to iTunes. In HD. And you can watch on your computer (not just on Apple TV, like movies). #
  • HD TV shows cost 50% more – $2.99 vs $1.99 for standard def. Boo! πŸ™ #
  • The new Genius auto-playlists in iTunes sounds pretty cool. #
  • The auto-refresh at live.gizmodo.com is really cool. Nice not to have to hammer on Cmd+R/F5. πŸ™‚ #
  • @funkatron Yeah, but do you really want a web where you pay by the pixel? #
  • iTunes 8 available today as a free download. But the site isn’t updated yet. #
  • iPod Classic: 80GB being bumped to 120GB, 160GB being discontinued. So only one iPod Classic now. Get those big 160s while you still can! #
  • And the new iPod Nano is… exactly what the leaked photos said it would be. πŸ™‚ #
  • The new nano is the same height and width as the 2G tall Nano, with bigger screen. And thinner, rounded. #
  • The new nano has curved glass, improved UI, and an accelerometer (wha?!) #
  • Nano accelerometer lets you auto-rotate the screen from portrait to landscape, just like the iPhone/Touch. New UI looks snazzy, iPhone-ish. #
  • Shake to shuffle – now THAT is a cool feature. Hope it comes to iPhone. Though didn’t they steal that from Sony Ericcson Walkman phones? #
  • So give us price and capacity on the new Nano, already! #
  • OK! $149 for 8GB, $199 for 16GB. Blue, purple, orange, green, pink (iPod mini colors!). They’re going to sell a gajillion of these. πŸ™‚ #
  • New accessories: armband, play/volume controls, mic for voice recording. And new high end buds with 3 tips, 2 drivers. #
  • The new high end buds are $79. If they’re as comfortable and sound better than my $25 Sony EX51s, I might switch. #
  • New iPod Touch! It’s thinner (!), steel finish, now has a volume control and a speaker. Sweet! #
  • The new iPod Touch gets the Genius playlist feature, too, which means it’s certainly coming via software update to older ones/iPhones. #
  • And the new iPod Touch has Nike+ built in. #
  • Wow. Those Need for Speed iPhone/Touch screens are gorgeous. Hope it plays well – I’ll buy it! πŸ™‚ #
  • The new mic-enabled earbuds work with the iPod Touch. That means that VoIP on the Touch is now a reality. Awesome! πŸ™‚ #
  • iPhone 2.1 software coming Friday. “lots of bug fixes”, significantly improved battery life, assume all the Genius playlist stuff, too. #
  • @faithfulgeek The new earbuds? I don’t know. That’s a really good question. I’m sure we’ll know soon. #
  • They never do “One More Thing…” at iPod events. They always end with some dumb musical act. Harumph. πŸ™‚ #
  • Actually, now that I think about it, when is the last time Apple did a big “one more thing…” announcement? Seems like it’s been years. #
  • Impressed that Twitter (sorta) stayed up during today’s Apple event. Though I started getting Failwhale’s afterwards. #
  • @BrianEnigma I can’t tell from any of the nano photos (they don’t show the bottom), but I imagine it has the same Dock Connector. #
  • @kmlowry The failwhale is what Twitter shows when it’s “over capacity” or otherwise down. Rarer these days. Has a cult following. πŸ™‚ #
  • @kmlowry See http://failwhale.com/ #
  • @jezlyn Thanks for the reminder. I need to snag Anathem on my Kindle. I’m re-reading Snow Crash, coincidentally. πŸ™‚ #
  • Aaah! There’s going to be a new Lessig book (“Remix”) out in a month. I can’t keep up with these great books! :-O http://tinyurl.com/6g828z #
  • iTunes 8 is out! Downloading now… #
  • iTunes 8 for Mac OS X is a 55.9MB download, from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. Went really fast for me – it’s already done. #
  • iTunes 8 installed, but it complained that I don’t have Quicktime 7.5.5 yet, sent me to Software Update. It still launched, though. #
  • iTunes 8 first launch “Creating Artwork Thumbnails”… #
  • Turning on Genius in iTunes 8 requires an Apple account, walks through a wizard, like iPhone activation. #
  • Genius is chugging, “Gathering info about your library”. “Feel free to continue using iTunes.” #
  • Trying my first Genius playlist. What song should I pick? Hmm… How about… Weezer Pork and Beans? #
  • Genius Sidebar is useless. It’s nothing but “Here’s a bunch of related songs. Buy buy buy them on iTunes! Only $0.99!!1!” πŸ™ #
  • HOWEVER, the Genius Button, that makes a “related” playlist from songs ALREADY in your Library, is REALLY cool. Already loving it. #
  • The new Grid view in iTunes 8 is also really cool. Try setting it to Genre, then mouse over the boxes. It’s like iPhone/iMovie “flipping”. #
  • Overall, liking iTunes 8. It’s not a major 7-to-8 upgrade, in my eyes, but still quite slick. Recommended. #
  • iTunes 8 was supposed to get a new visualizer, but I can’t tell if it’s any different (I rarely if ever use it). #
  • I can’t figure out how to hide the stupid Genius sidebar. Am I going to be forced to view ads for songs on the iTunes Store ALL THE TIME? πŸ™ #
  • Oh. That little button down in the corner, that looks like a “Play” triangle? It’s not. It’s “Show/Hide the Genius Sidebar.” Confusing. #
  • @LeStew If you paid the $10 for the 2.0 software update, 2.1 should be free for your Touch (at least, that’s what I understand). #
  • @amybarton Sorry to hear that! I’ve been saying that PowerPoint is bad for our brain cells for a while. Maybe someday we’ll get relief. πŸ™‚ #
  • To reiterate: in iTunes 8, the Genius sidebar is worse than useless. It’s nothing but ads. But the Genius playlist button is made of awesome #
  • @LeStew But if you already paid $10 for 2.0, it’s free for you, right? Or am I missing something? #
  • Trying an iPhone sync under iTunes 8 for the first time. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚ Will it be any faster, or do I have to wait for 2.1? #
  • @LeStew OK, cool. Wasn’t trying to call you out. Just trying to save you ten bucks. πŸ™‚ #
  • @amybarton PowerPoint has it’s place. As a presentation tool. Not as a do-everything collaboration tool. πŸ™‚ #
  • So much for faster iPhone syncing with just iTunes 8. *sigh* All hope now rests on 2.1 on Friday… #
  • iTunes 8 DOES have a new visualizer – Magnetosphere – it has an impressive geek pedigree: http://tinyurl.com/6pp5gk #
  • Hey, whaddya know? Updating iPhone apps (downloading new version updates) from inside iTunes works now! (It failed for me on previous vers.) #
  • I’m moving all of my “search feeds” that I’m subscribed to out into Netvibes dashboards (from Google Reader). We’ll see how it goes. #
  • Why is it that Flickr STILL doesn’t offer RSS feeds for search results (or multiple tags, by some other means? Pitiful. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-08

  • As TechCrunch50 gets underway, does anyone still use (or even remember?) any of the stuff shown last year? Not me. #
  • @ejacqui Did you just admit to still using DanceJam? I don’t even know what that is, but it sounds embarassing. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Twitterrific for iPhone 1.1 is out, and the list of improvements is huge. Better handling of photos, location, etc. Go get it! πŸ™‚ #
  • Barack Obama’s new book, “Change We Can Believe In”, made available on Kindle 1 day before the dead tree version: http://tinyurl.com/5ert5h #
  • @magearwhig Yeah, Mint.com was a cool idea. I used them for a while, but deleted my account. Their alerts were just too slow – 2 days late. #
  • @sumwan Haven’t read Obama’s other books yet, but I have Samples sitting on my Kindle, waiting for me to get to them. πŸ™‚ #
  • Here I am: http://tinyurl.com/6k3szm (testing Mobile Twitterrific on iPhone.) #
  • @DinkerP2 Neither. I AM the tree. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Whoa. Amazon has the Eee PC 901 20GB 6 cell batt (the same one I’ve been using) for $499, in stock (was $599): http://tinyurl.com/5dhm62 #
  • @billpearson re: tweetups – just do it! You have to have built your network before hand, though. Make it cool and fun and people will come! #
  • I consider the Eee PC 901 the Cadillac 9 inch netbooks (fast, big battery, 802.11n, etc.). Amazon knocking $100 off the price is just icing. #
  • @atmasphere Yes, it has Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. I just didn’t have room in my tweet. πŸ™‚ Also, 1.3MP cam, array mics, SD reader, etc., of course. #
  • Let me put it this way: there’s nothing that other 9 inch netbooks have that I wish the 901 had. #
  • @andyabramson How would you characterize performance on the Acer? I’ve heard it’s, um, kinda slow. πŸ™‚ And do you have the 6-cell battery? #
  • @niksmit The Dell Mini 9, as ships today, doesn’t have built-in 3G. It has a slot for it in the future, though. Besides, without a plan… #
  • Monday Surprise: Out of the blue, Cory Doctorow drops a new book on us: “Content”, a collection of essays. And of course, free CC downloads. #
  • Go download Cory Doctorow’s new book, “Content”, in .txt and .PDF (so far): http://tinyurl.com/64l4ty #
  • And if you like Cory’s stuff, buy a copy, give it to a friend, or donate it to a library: http://craphound.com/content/buy/ #
  • @niksmit There’s a slot for a 3G card in the future, but it’s not there yet. See the tons of internal photos: http://tinyurl.com/5lmyqj #
  • @niksmit Gizmodo debunks the “all Dell Mini 9s have hidden built in 3G”: http://tinyurl.com/6nmep7 #
  • Here I am: http://tinyurl.com/5apb86 , at a friend’s kid’s birthday party. #
  • Now that Mobile Twitterrific pulls 100 recent updates instead of 20, I’ve got a LOT more tweets to read. More useful? Hmm… #
  • At said bday party, off by myself. Someone asked if I’m being antisocial. “No, just differently-social. I’m Twittering.” πŸ˜‰ #
  • @DinkerP2 Why, thank you! I’m trying out some new branch pomade. You like? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ashokraj 15″? That’s a whole other kind of machine. Not a throw-in-your-bag system like a netbook. If I carry that big, I want my Mac. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-06

  • Parking at the Beaverton Farmers’ Market is INSANE today. πŸ™ #
  • Does ketchup go bad? Like, really bad? This bottle of Heinz we just used on our hotdogs expired 04/07. :-O Weesa gonna die? #
  • The ketchup tasted fine (well, as far as ketchup goes). Thanks for confirming we’re not all going to die! πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-05

  • Just did a sticker swap with @davest. Scored a cool Instructables sticker from the Maker Faire that happened at IDF! Thanks, Dave! πŸ™‚ #
  • Ha ha ha! Heart (the band) tells the McCain/Palin campaign to stop playing “Barracuda”. πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/68qbxb #
  • (from the same article): “Jackson Browne and Tom Petty have also asked the campaign to stop playing their music.” http://tinyurl.com/68qbxb #
  • Another chapter in my ongoing love saga with the battery life of the Eee PC 901 – the battery charges super-fast. ~1hr from 20% to full. #
  • At the Hillsboro Library for the afternoon. Needed to get some thinking and writing done, change of venue was required. #
  • Cool Pogue writeup of Earth Class Mail (think GrandCentral for paper mail). My friend Matt is a dev there (Bvtn) http://tinyurl.com/6pqfj3 #
  • @croncast hey, isn’t @resalequeen’s Wheel of Fortune going to air soon? Someone capture it, so we can all watch! πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-09-04

  • XP on Eee PC 901 notes: It just feels FAST. I can’t believe I’m saying this about Windows. Suspend/resume takes about 4 seconds. Sweet! πŸ™‚ #
  • Here’s how I got XP w/SP3 onto a USB stick to install it on the Eee PC 901: http://tinyurl.com/27clyw (well, @gwynnebaer helped me πŸ˜‰ #
  • Into iPhone and mobile devices? You should go to @ravenme’s O’Reilly iPhoneLive conference in Nov.: http://tinyurl.com/66mqr7 #
  • @lyzadanger For me, hashtags have been obsoleted by Summize/Twitter Search. A search there will find all instances, with or without the #. #
  • Just had a great phone conversation with a reporter from AdAge about Kindle Evangelism. Article should be up on Mon, will link then. πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey Intel tweeps – have you been having problems with TinyURL? Help us figure out what’s going on. Search TinyURL on Intelpedia, add ur info #
  • Why does Niall Kennedy’s blog want to use Gears on my computer? http://tinyurl.com/6bxgm7 #
  • @jmartens Picasa 3 (beta) is an update to the app itself, with an update to Web Albums at the same time. #
  • Dear Twitter: Looking for a overclocker willing to be interviewed by an HS student at a pretty technical level. Email or @ me if interested! #
  • @blath Thanks for reminding me! I’ll post something in the Case and Cooling forum if I get no hits. πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey, cool! Mike Belshe, who wrote Lookout search for Oulook (and was acquired by MS) is on the Google Chrome team! http://tinyurl.com/6bxgm7 #
  • Since it launched, Google Chrome accounts for 5.07% of the visits to TinyScreenfuls.com. I knew I had geeky readers! πŸ™‚ #
  • Since it launched, Google Chrome has become the #3 browser to visit softwareblogs.intel.com (behind IE and FF). It unseated Safari. :-O #
  • @scaleovenstove Yes, for my blog, I definitely give more weight to feed subscribers than to site visits. Intention and attention count! #
  • @lyzadanger Yes, Macs are still rare at Intel, but that measures hits to our external ISN blog, from sw devs all over the world. #
  • @jmartens It doesn’t include Mobile Safari (iPhone). The numbers for that are lower. #
  • Sad that ORBlogs is closing. Hope the PDX Geek contingent can save it. And it’s awesome that the ORBlogs guy was behind Fuelly.com. #
  • @JoshProStar Here’s an Andy Grove quote: “Only the Paranoid Survive.” πŸ™‚ #
  • Continue to be amazed by the big battery and Atom CPU’s effect on battery life on this Eee PC 901. 3 solid hours of browsing, 60% batt left. #
  • Missing Full Screen in Google Chrome. It matters on the Eee PC’s 1024×600 screen. At least you can hide the bookmark bar with Ctrl+B. #

Counterpoint: The State of Search on the Kindle

(Over on the Intel Software Network blog, software ninja Clay Breshears put up a post today about why he will “Never Own an Electronic Book”. Turns out his frustration stems from how hard it is to search for something, if you don’t know exactly what you’re searching for. This is a problem not just for ebooks and readers like the Kindle, but for the web and our text-oriented world in general.

I typed up a response to Clay in a comment, which I’m reproducing here, because I think it illustrates that things aren’t as bad as they seem, and not yet as good as they should be.)

Clay, you make a very good point, but it seems to be aimed at the effectiveness of search in general, rather than just on ebook readers (though they suffer in the same way). Just like prices can only come down, I hope that natural language search can only get better from here.

That said, as a rabid Kindle fan, the situation there might not be as bad as you fear. πŸ˜‰

When you search on a Kindle, it searches across all the books you have on the device (it indexes them during idle time while you’re reading, and new books show up in the index quickly). And here’s what the search results page looks like:

Image credit Robert Mohns via Flickr

It shows you how many results were found in each book, and by selecting that book, you can quickly skip back and forth between the hits.

Notice that there are also options to find results from the web, Wikipedia, the Kindle Store, and the built-in dictionary on the Kindle, if what you’re looking for isn’t in one of your books.

Search DOES need to get better, but I’m pretty happy with how well it works on the Kindle today. Come by next time you’re in the neighborhood, and I’ll give you a demo! πŸ™‚