Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-31

  • Busy, busy day. Ignite stuff, work stuff, getting ready for Halloween festivities stuff. Whew. #
  • At a church Halloween party with @rachelbancroft and the kids. I’m dressed as a cranky dad. http://ff.im/1zs #
  • This is the way to trick or treat. Each classroom is a “house”, the kids file by, 15 minutes later everyone’s candied… http://ff.im/1A6 #
  • @Jerry_Makare I prefer to think of it as more efficient. πŸ™‚ #
  • Psst. Want to know a Halloween secret before I crash into a sugar coma? Ignite Portland 4 tickets (free) coming up Monday morning… *yawn* #
  • I pansied out on a costume this year, but I know what I want to be next year. That give me all year to look for and assemble what I need. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-30

  • Dear LazyTwitter: Anyone know of a way to track the actual number of feed subscribers, besides FeedBurner? #
  • @JoshProStar Dude, it sounds like your Windows machine is eating itself from the inside out. ndis.sys is a kind of important file. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jmoriarty Good luck and have fun with #ignitephx tonight, dude! Portland’s cheering for you. πŸ™‚ #
  • iPhone/iTouch people – make sure you get Griffin’s iTalk recorder app while it’s free, and the desktop sync app: http://tinyurl.com/5eo8ce #
  • Voting with @rachelbancroft #
  • Voted. That Commisioner of Labor and Industries race is neck and neck. Tough call. Hope I picked the right guy! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ahockley The UPS store at the convention center is how I shipped my giant Channel 9 beanbag home from PDC05. Saved my bacon. πŸ™‚ #
  • @ahockley Yes, my Channel 9 Guy beanbag is the best swag ever. Here are a few photos: http://tinyurl.com/6zz25c #
  • @jmoriarty Congrats on killing it at Ignite Phoenix. Wish I could have been there. You rock! πŸ™‚ #
  • @wesley83 I heard about you via @jmoriarty. Always nice to connect with a fellow social media geek inside a big company. πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso The Aiptek model I like is the Go-HD. Shoots 720p to H.264 Quicktime files. It’s $161 right now at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/59tasc #
  • @verso It’s more expensive, and honesly, the 1080p files are TOO big, IMO. Not in bytes, but in pixels. I have the 1080p one. I run it 720p. #
  • Never know what kind of a mood (swing) I’ll be in when I wake up each day. Looks like today is going to be a “Josh is Surly” day. Be warned. #
  • @ihenpecked Don’t worry. I tend to withdraw and not tweet so much when I’m having a surly day. You’re safe. πŸ™‚ #
  • Just remember that I have an MSDN account through work. When does Windows 7 hit MSDN? I want to try it on netbooks/MIDs/UMPCs. #
  • @ihenpecked I can’t help you with surly people in your office. Recommend headphones or a two by four. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jltitus MSDN = Microsoft Developer Network #
  • @jltitus You bet. Next week sometime, maybe? #
  • Working on tweaking a Netvibes “listening post” dashboard for general Intel stuff for a presentation this afternoon. #
  • @jltitus Next Friday afternoon will probably work. Wanna stick something on my calendar? #
  • @verso Well, if you’re going to display on a TV, and it’s not much more, go for the 1080p version. Optical zoom is a must. Digizoom = suck. #
  • Hot dang. Along with the Ubuntu 8.10 release today, Ubuntu-MID and Ubuntu-UMPC are out. Grabbing now. Thx @chippy! http://tinyurl.com/6o4tge #
  • Going to put Ubuntu-UMPC on my Asus R2H UMPC, and Ubuntu-MID on the Compal MID device I have. Can’t wait! πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso Which model, specifically, are you looking at? I’ll let you know if I endorse that candidate. πŸ™‚ #
  • @wesley83 Why, Intel, of course. πŸ™‚ http://www.tinyscreenfuls.com and http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs for more info. #
  • @b I did! I linked to @chippy’s post on UMPCPortal, which has links to the Ubunutu-MID/UMPC distros: http://tinyurl.com/6o4tge #
  • @wesley83 Whatever you want to say. Just connecting, to get to know you, etc. No specific requests. πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso That one doesn’t have optical zoom, but otherwise, it should be great. Affiliate link, if you care to use: http://tinyurl.com/5g68z8 #
  • @verso The Go-HD (720p) http://tinyurl.com/59tasc or the or A-HD Pro (1080p) http://tinyurl.com/5un86l Both have 3x optical. I have both. #
  • @JoshProStar Yay – glad to hear it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the kind words. I really appreciate it. πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso That’s the one I have (mine’s branded Action HD, but it looks identical, spec-wise and visually). 1080p, 3x optizoom. I paid $199. #
  • @jltitus There’s already a ton of conferences in that general area (social media). A new one would need a niche I think. Chat more next Fri? #
  • (via @jmoriarty) Apparently, someone like Ignite Portland so much they stared a CafePress store: http://tinyurl.com/6784jh Anyone know who? #
  • Dangit. I wrote the Ubuntu-8.10-MID image to a USB stick, everything seemed to go OK, but Compal MID only says “Boot Error”. *cry* #
  • So FriendFeed can post to Twitter directly now. Nice. But by default, it posts EVERYTHING from your feed to Twitter…. http://ff.im/sJ #
  • FTR, I’m not sending everything from my FriendFeed into Twitter. Just messages I post to FF itself. Like this one. http://ff.im/sR #
  • On the upside, this goes a LONG way to making Josh’s Greater Theory of Internet Tubes simpler and easier to implement. πŸ™‚ http://ff.im/sV #
  • Trying out that new free AT&T wifi on my iPhone. Works pretty well. http://ff.im/vG #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-29

  • A little rant on why I suspect all netbooks are cookies from the same cutter, spec-wise. Hint: It’s MS’s fault πŸ˜‰ http://tinyurl.com/6md6a4 #
  • Practicing my Software Enabling Summit session on social media with @amybarton. Good times. πŸ™‚ #
  • @mar_iannitti The Facebook Twitter app sends your tweets as status updates, not to your Wall. I don’t know of a way to get them on the wall. #
  • Busy day, no time to stop and thing. Plowing through emails, todos, and meetings. Chuga chuga CHOO CHOO! πŸ™‚ #
  • @rachelbancroft I did, in fact, eat lunch today. Aren’t you proud of me? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Just got a text message from AT&T saying my iPhone can use their Starbucks and other wifi hotspots. For real this time. We mean it. Serious. #
  • @niczak You have to provide your AT&T cell phone number, and then they SMS you a “secret” link to activate the hotspot for 24 hours. #
  • @niczak So no, the free AT&T hotspot wifi won’t work for the iPod Touch. Only for iPhones/AT&T customers. πŸ™ #
  • @jltitus I hadn’t heard of TweetScan, but I have an elaborate search feed from Twitter Search to catch all mentions of my name/variants. #
  • Shot another video in the “building an Atom PC” this afternoon with @jerry_makare. We have WAY too much fun cutting up on camera. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jltitus Ah, thanks for reminding me. I never can manage to keep the podcast on a regular schedule. Need to site down with @bljarv soon! πŸ™‚ #
  • @jltitus Cool! Say Hi to @mar_iannitti for me! πŸ™‚ #
  • Spotted the Coolest. Watch. Ever. It’s a Zune. What more could you want? πŸ˜‰ http://tinyurl.com/6ovdqp #
  • @jltitus Tell her to give me a call, I’ll give her the netbook spiel. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-28

  • @JoshProStar You’re very welcome. We should chat some time on how to make it better for you. I don’t like hearing this “partial” nirvana. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ahockley I was at PDC 2005, and it was easily the largest conference I’ve ever been to or heard of. Just unbelievably big. #
  • Apple needs to hurry up and release those new fancy earbuds they announced with the new iPod nanos. I need to replace my dead Sony EX51s. #
  • @unclenate Portland Social Media Club is currently dormant, and kind of got overrun by all the other events in PDX (@beerandblog, etc). #
  • Hey Intel people: the TinyURL problem (you know it if you had it) should be fixed now. Keep an eye out for any problems from here on out. #
  • @kellyrfeller @samgrover I wasn’t the one to fix the TinyURL problem – just the messenger. Search Intelpedia for the full details. πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @hyku “@tombiro I’m sorry, but your social media success story can’t start with a $1,000,000 in marketing buys…” #
  • Wha? Flickr now apparently lets you embed slideshows (see the Share link in slideshow view). Awesome! When did that happen? #
  • @carolsill Yup. I’ve been using Flickrslidr to embed Flickr slideshows. Been waiting for this one for a long time. #
  • Just wrote up a post/demo of the new “embed a slideshow” Flickr feature: http://tinyurl.com/6jnkur #
  • My “Flickr embed slideshows” post is on Digg, if you’re so inclined to, you know, Digg it. πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/6ayvfu #
  • @eddieawad Cool, thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @harrisja Well, I couldn’t find it in a search, so it needs more exposure. Homey. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @sondrasondra Nice! Thanks for the shoutout, @kenekaplan! πŸ™‚ #
  • Whoa. Just noticed the slick new tab flipping interface in Firefox 3.1 beta (when you Ctrl+Tab). Nice! πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/56mx4o #
  • @sumwan Didn’t ctrl-tab in FF 3.0 just flip between the tabs? This is a nice little preview of each tab, like Cmd+Tab/Alt+Tab for apps. #
  • @sumwan If I wasn’t so lazy, I’d try to capture video of the preview effect in 3.1b. It’s quite nice. Just a little touch, but still. πŸ™‚ #
  • Blast. The cheap-o headphones I was using since my Sonys died? They just died. Apple, hurry up and release these: http://tinyurl.com/6m7zok #
  • Oh, and the cheap-o backup headphones I was using, that also just crapped out on me? Also made by Sony. Coincidence? I think not. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @maestrojed Nothing! I sit at my desk and listen to music! And have terrible luck, apparently. πŸ™ #

Why Do All Netbooks Have The Same Specs? Microsoft and ULCPC

This post started as a comment over on jkontherun, where James posted a great hands on report of the new HP Mini Note 1000 netbook. It looks really, really nice – as soon as the 6-cell battery version becomes available, this will probably be the one I buy for my family (I have been a fan of and recommending the Eee PC 1000H, which is still a great netbook – a half dozen people I know have bought one on my recommendation, and they love them).

BTW, I’m posting this on my own blog, instead of on the Intel Software Network blog (where I’ve been writing an ongoing series of posts on “The World of Netbooks”) because it could be seen as a little controversial, and it represents my opinion, and my opinion only, with a healthy dash of speculation. I don’t have any inside knowledge of this topic – all I know is from what I’ve read on the web.

Have you ever wondered why pretty much all the netbooks on the market have essentially the same specifications? A 9 or 10 inch LCD screen at 1024×600, 1GB RAM, the Intel Atom processor, etc. I think I know. It has to do with Microsoft, and something called ULCPC – Ultra Low Cost PC.

Microsoft doesn’t want to keep selling Windows XP. They want to kill it, and sell Vista. Makes business sense. But, these little netbooks don’t meet the minimum specs for Vista.

So, MS grudgingly decided to keep selling an “ULCPC” or “ULPC” edition of XP, but only for systems that don’t exceed the specs they set: no larger than 10″ screen, no more than 1GB RAM, etc. If OEMs make netbooks with beefier specs, MS won’t let them sell them with XP.

I suspect that the 1024×600 screen resolution limit is part of those restrictions, but I can’t find anything documenting that as fact. And I’m seeing contradictions about the limits. For instance, the ULCPC specification states a CPU no faster than 1GHz, but exceptions are made for the 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU we see is almost all netbooks. Same for the 80GB hard drive limitation – many netbooks have 160GB drives. I imagine that the complete ULCPC specs are known only to Microsoft and netbook OEMs. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. I REALLY had hoped that HP would buck the trend, since the old Mini Note 2133 has a 1280×768 screen, but alas, no.

One could argue that Microsoft is doing something “evil” here, or that they’re only practicing good business. Personally, I think they were blindsided by demand for netbooks, and had to scramble to get some strategy in place that would keep them from being shut out of the game altogether. But it’s a frustrating, arbitrary limitation, and one of the big reasons fanboys like me hold out hope that Apple will make a netbook. I mean, I actually like using XP on my netbook, but I’d like better specs in a netbook than what we’re ever going to see as long as MS gets to dictate their terms. Sure, Linux is an alternative, and a good one, but all the programs I love to use run on either Windows XP or Mac OS X. And if Uncle Bill won’t give me what I want, I can only hope that Uncle Steve will. πŸ™‚

Oh, and raise your hand if you think Windows 7 is going to run better than XP on netbooks? That’s what I thought… πŸ˜‰


Flickr Now Lets You Embed Slideshows

Just noticed (via a blog post from Frasier Spiers, the guy who wrote the awesome Flickr Export for iPhoto and Aperture) that Flickr now apparently lets you embed slideshows in your blog/other places. Is this new? Frasier says it is, but others on Twitter are telling me it’s been there for months. I don’t recall it being there before, and I’ve never seen one used before today. But maybe I just haven’t been paying attention, and this is old news. Anyway. (Update: Apparently this feature is about two months old, according to the Flickr Blog, but I couldn’t easily find anything about it in my searches, so it obviously needs more attention. πŸ˜‰ )

For demo’s sake, here’s a slideshow of my set of photos from the PC Mall in Shanghai, China:

This seems to work anywhere you can view a slideshow on Flickr – any set, any photostream, etc. (Hint: when in doubt, try adding “/show” to the end of the Flickr URL.) Look for the “Share” link in the upper right corner of the slideshow. You can customize the embed code, with different preset sizes (small – 400×300, medium – 500×375, large – 700×525, and super-sized – 800×600), or enter a custom size.

The slideshow itself appears in Flash, which means it won’t work on the iPhone (bummer!) or any other browser/device that doesn’t support Flash. The embedded slideshow has all the same controls as a normal Flickr slideshow – previous, next, jumping to a specific photo, etc. Oh, and they’re supported inline in Google Reader (like YouTube and a few – but not all – other embedded content types):


I can see myself using this feature a LOT. Quite often, when I have some photos to share, I’ll do a post with one or two representative photos, and just a plain text link that says something like “check out the rest of these photos in this set on Flickr”. Now, I’ll be able to embed the whole set of photos right in the post. That makes me happy. πŸ™‚


Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-27

  • Just installed Google Earth for iPhone. It’s amazing. Autotilt is so cool! Surprised this happened on iPhone before Android. Go get it! πŸ™‚ #
  • @croncast Nice! Hope you enjoy it. And what’s that site? I’ve never seen it before. Yours? Pretty cool. #
  • @BrianEnigma Yeah, autotilt can get kind of annoying. But it’s cool to play with! I wish tapping the compass icon toggled it on and off. #
  • In other news, my blog (and all my other sites) seems to have been down all morning. Yay mediatemple! πŸ™ #
  • Why do I get the feeling that big companies don’t mean the same thing as end users when they say “cloud computing”? #
  • @Jmartens I wasn’t. I saw your tweet about my orange Croc-less doppleganger, though. πŸ™‚ #
  • Dealing with a REALLY annoying comment troll on ISN right now. Trolls suck. πŸ™ #
  • On top of my new friend the troll, I had meetings all through lunch, and didn’t eat anything. Shaking and sweating now, low blood sugar. πŸ™ #
  • There is a special hell reserved for idiot trolls that copy/paste spam blog comments. A. Special. Hell. #

☍ Google Earth Comes to the iPhone

Oh, sweet! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for this one. I’ve played around with Earthscape, but it’s just not quite the same.

Google Earth Comes to the iPhone – iPhone Atlas

the iPhone version replciates much of the desktop application’s core experience, downloading imagery from Google’s servers as the perspective shifts and dotting the map with landmarks, photos, and other information


Update: It’s out, and it’s amazing. The autotilt function is very cool. I’ll never use Earthscape again.

See more on the Official Google Blog and the Google Lat-Long Blog. Get it from the iTunes App Store.

From Google:

With Google Earth for iPhone, you can:

    Tilt your iPhone to adjust your view to see mountainous terrain

  • View the Panoramio layer and browse the millions of geo-located photos from around the world
  • View geo-located Wikipedia articles
  • Use the ‘Location’ feature to fly to your current location
  • Search for cities, places and business around the globe with Google Local Search

Here’s a nice video walkthrough:


Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-25

  • @rachelbancroft is at a calligraphy conference all day, so it’s a dad + kids fun extravaganza day! πŸ™‚ #
  • Going to take Emma and Gabe to a special early screening of Madagascar 2. Hope they don’t go nuts. It’s Gabe’s first theater trip. #
  • Kids liked Madagascar 2. Gabe got antsy about an hour in, but we held it together. Thanks to Intel and Dreamworks for the special screening! #
  • My kids are absolutely hypnotized by the Lawrence Welk Show. @rachelbancroft was right. This is creepy. #
  • Gabe even claps at the end of each number, along with the studio audience. I’m in the Twilight Zone. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-24

  • Taking it easy and spending time thinking this morning. I need to do that more often. #
  • @jltitus I’ll send you a link to the exact one I recommend in a sec… #
  • @jltitus: You have two choices. The Eee PC 1000HA has no N wifi (only B/G) and no Bluetooth, but is only $425: http://tinyurl.com/5maknt #
  • @jltitus Or the Eee PC 1000h, with N wifi and Bluetooth, for $479: http://tinyurl.com/6bj36w #
  • @jltitus Or you could get a 1000H with only 80GB HD (instead of 160GB) for $449: http://tinyurl.com/5nxtxk #
  • @mattg I don’t know the max resolution on the Eee PCs, but I know it’s at least 1600×1200. #
  • @mattg A Mefi thread on getting the Eee PCs to display more than 1600×1200: http://tinyurl.com/6y5e3g #
  • @jltitus The white Eee PC 1000HA was a nice choice. I like the white. I wouldn’t worry abt lack of 802.11n and Bluetooth. Enjoy it! πŸ™‚ #
  • While I was in downtown Portland today, I saw a huge bright pink Hummer limo pull up to the mall, and disgorge a dozen teenage girls. Yikes. #
  • @sumwan Yes, the new Dell Mini 9 is definitely a “netbook”, and I consider it very close to the Eee PC 901. #
  • @pcurtain I did not see Ms. Palin, but it was the kind of conveyance I imagine her riding around in. πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan Seriously? If they had any reason to be in town, that’s exactly the kind of getup I’d expect to see them using. πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan I admit I’ve never seen any of the High School Musical movies. Emma’s 5, so I get Fairytopic and 12 Dancing Princesses instead. πŸ˜‰ #