☍ New MacBook and MacBook Pro arrive at Amazon

If for some reason you don’t want to order one from Apple, the new 13″ MacBook and 15″ MacBook Pro (the aluminum unibody and glass models) have arrived at Amazon. Those are affiliate links, so if you end up buying from them, I get a small percentage from Amazon that will go towards a cool project I’m working on that will be revealed soon. Much obliged. πŸ™‚


Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-23

  • We just invented a new word in @billpearson’s staff meeting: “Consensusing”. This is Intel. We do that (invent new words) all the time. πŸ™‚ #
  • My headphones died, and I need to listen to some music to get some work done. When do those improved “premium” Apple earbuds come out? #
  • I really, really need my headphones. I just can’t concentrate with auditory distractions… #
  • Ahh. If I hold my head just right, and don’t move, they kinda sorta work. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty Because often, randomly, Woot puts really good stuff in the Bag ‘o Crap. Like HDTVs. They’re highly sought after. #
  • Just infected @dslanius with the ISN Netvibes dashboard, with an extra dose of FriendFeed 101 for good measure. πŸ™‚ #
  • @eriksr It’s a Netvibes dashboard I built to track what people are saying on various Intel topics: #
  • @AdamBoettiger You can adjust the width under “More Options” when you’re building the widget on FriendFeed. Or hack it in the URL. #
  • Anyone ever use this? A host-your-own YouTube Clone script/site tool: Seems interesting, if it works well. #
  • Is there a law or maxim that says any discussion of open source will eventually devolve into Linux vs Microsoft vitriol? There should be. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jmoriarty Exactly. If it doesn’t exist, I’m going to write it. (see the comments here for an example: πŸ™‚ #
  • I wanted to like Inquisitor for Firefox, now that it’s not Safari only. But it broke the search box in FF 3.1b (search -> dl a JSON file) #
  • Kind of proud of Intel for being honest and a little self-deprecating on this Atom/ARM iPhone thing: #
  • Is there a beta version or something of Firebug that works under Firefox 3.1b? It’s a crashfest over here. #
  • @Jerry_Makare @LeStew @sharong Well, there is that big old corm maze on Sauvie Island. One could get “lost” there, no? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Jerry_Makare Yes, we should have a standing rule that @jmoriarty should be included on all tweets even vaguely related to corms. πŸ™‚ #
  • @ahockley Highrise? #
  • @ahockley Oh, wait. Nevermind. Sorry! πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-22

  • Feeling slightly better today. Have a tremendous headache, but I get those pretty frequently, so I don’t blame my cold or whatever it was. #
  • Just updated the instructions on “how to ssh through the Intel proxy on a Mac” on Intelpedia (look for the “Macs at Intel” page). #
  • The vending machines are turned off in preparation for being moved around the corner. NOW what am I supposed to have for lunch? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Just gave @kellyrfeller a braindump on the web monitoring dashboard I built for Intel Software Network. Fun! #
  • @seanbohan Why, thank you. And did you know, tomorrow is INTERNATIONAL ALL CAPS DAY? πŸ™‚ #
  • @Goboz Thanks. I’m working on making it better. So many great news feeds out there, trying to make them easy and approachable for non-geeks. #
  • @Tersteeg It’s a good thing. I have MANY imaginary friends. Most of them live in my computer! πŸ™‚ #
  • Prototyping an Intel news crawler using FriendFeed rooms/realtime/etc. Will be interesting to compare to my Netvibes-based dashboard. #
  • @billpearson just walked by boasting about how he’s been at work all day, and hasn’t even cracked open his computer once. :-O #
  • And now, it’s time for your daily “Ewwww!”. Today, a Golden Orb Spider eating a bird. A. BIRD. :-O #
  • @duzins @Skawtnyc Sorry for the spider-eats-bird linkfail. Try this one, and click through. The Telegraph site seems to hate TinyURL. πŸ™ #
  • Aaaand it would help if I included the link. Me = FAIL x 2 πŸ™ #
  • @JoshProStar Only partial nirvana?! I’m not doing my job, then. What’ll it take to achieve whole, complete, total nirvana? I aim to please! #
  • @SarahCofer to answer your days-ago question, we’re currently not set up to accept videos for Ignite, but we’re looking at the idea. #
  • @jmoriarty Man, something ate my something today, that’s for sure. #
  • @brambercaseyo Ooh! Ooh! Can I join the collective? πŸ™‚ #
  • How I made a dynamic email signature that shows my most recent updates using FriendFeed badges: #

My Cool New FriendFeed Email Signature. Let Me Show You It.

I’ve wanted a fancy schmancy email signature that shows my latest status/posts/whatever for a while now. FriendFeed added the ability to do an image-only embed a while ago, so this afternoon, I put the two together, with the help of the Blank Canvas Gmail Signatures Firefox extension, et viola! This is what now graces the end of all of my Gmail messages:

Josh Bancroft — — 503-334-1889

View my FriendFeed
View my FriendFeed

That’s actually two FriendFeed embeds combined into one – the “badge“, and the “feed” widget. The “status” widget only shows the last update, and I wanted more than that. I also had to hack the URL of the feed widget to display 3 items, instead of the 1, 5, or 10 that the builder on the site will let you choose, but that was trivial.

Now, to dig into Outlook and make an HTML signature with this in it for my work email. Then, I’ll be able to annoy EVERYONE equally. πŸ™‚


Why do I have such a hard time writing consistently?

It’s been days since I’ve posted here. I’ve been sick, which is partially to blame, but not completely. I have a ton of stuff starred in Google Reader and elsewhere that I’ve wanted to write about – even just quick “Linky” posts. But it feels like there’s the gravitational field pulling me away whenever I start to think about writing something. Email to read, work to do, feeds to catch up on. Maybe I’m just having a slump. This blog isn’t dead or dying – never will, if I have anything to say about it. But maybe Paul Boutin is on to something – my activity on places like Twitter, FriendFeed, etc. have definitely had an impact. His point is that if you blog for the fame, recognition, link love, and money, it’s getting harder and harder to be “successful”. But I never have written for those reasons. This is a place for me to write my thoughts, and I don’t care a whole lot about who reads them. I mean, I love traffic, links, and feed subscribers, but for me, I love them because they represent people I interact with. People who are part of my network, my community. My friends. That’s the payoff for me. If I cared about ad revenue or page rank or how many hits/subscribers I had, I would have given up a long time ago.

So, I’m sure my muse will come back soon. Where are you, muse? πŸ™‚


Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-21

  • Sick day! *cough hack splurt ouch* πŸ™ #
  • @eriksr That’s what it feels like when I cough. I guess that’s why we have two lungs. Redundancy! #
  • @sumwan I manage to avoid the Daystar pretty well as it is. πŸ™‚ #
  • The CoolIris iPhone app is VERY nice. I love the Firefox plugin version. Best way to browse lots of online photos. #
  • So I’ve got the little metal earpieces for my old Jawbone now, but I can’t find the charger. Curse them and their proprietary connector! :-/ #
  • Hey PDX! My friend @divadanese needs someone to video this TechforObama event at PSU at 5PM: (more…) #
  • You’d get a reserved front row seat, and the video would be featured on Email me – – if you can help. #
  • Sorry for the short notice (totally my fault), but you’d be doing me and @divadanese a HUGE favor if you can help with that video. Thanks! #
  • And if you could retweet the “need someone to video TechforObama event at PSU at 5PM” word, that would be aweseome. Big opportunity here! πŸ™‚ #
  • Free idea for Apple: let us arrange our screens full of iPhone/touch apps in iTunes on the desktop. This is beyond unwieldy… πŸ™ #
  • Watching Frontline, getting angry at some of the dumb things that corporations and governments sometimes do. Greed sucks. πŸ™ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-10-20

  • Psst – talks for Ignite Portland 4 have been chosen, and will be posted on soon. Spread the word! πŸ™‚ #
  • @rachelbancroft Gabe’s been nothing but surly since we cut his hair. Maybe his sweetness was in his blond locks, like Samson? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Aaaand they’re up! The lineup for Ignite Portland 4 (IP4) has been posted. Check them out! #
  • @jmoriarty Probably the same person who looked at a chicken, and said “I’m going to eat the next thing that comes out of it’s butt.” (eggs) #
  • Trying out Firefox 3.1 beta with Tracemonkey turned on ( – it’s off by default). Pretty speedy so far. Impressive! #
  • Um, is it just me, or does Google Reader not work AT ALL under Firefox 3.1b with Tracemonkey turned on? Even the iGoogle gadget… πŸ™ #
  • @Nadreck Oops. Thanks for the headsup on the broken links. Should be fixed now! #
  • @edmistond Good call on disabling Gears to fix GReader under FF3.1b. That did it. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @jezlyn Tell him to enjoy his toy! I’m writing up some “tips and tricks” soon, but basically, go light, use Fullscree (F11), and have fun! #
  • Ugh. I think I’m getting a sore throat. Don’t let me breathe on you. πŸ™ #
  • Oh, man. I think one of my Sony MDR-EX51 earbuds is dying on me. Haven’t had to buy a new pair of these for a long time. *sigh* #
  • @jezlyn Yeah, Linux only ships on the SSD-only Eee PC 1000. The XP-based 1000H is much more prevalent. #
  • @jezlyn For a great Linux option on an Eee PC, try Ubuntu Eee: Everything works, it’s great. but XP is good, too. #
  • @jezlyn The hard drive based Eee PC 1000s seem to be much more common. Easy to upgrade, too. @rodfather went to 320GB. #
  • @jezlyn Yes, the larger screen and more importantly, larger keyboard, make the 1000 quite attractive. Enjoy it! πŸ™‚ #
  • @harrisja I had to disable Google Gears to get Reader working in Firefox 3.1b.. #
  • @JoshProStar Mac or Windows? NetNewsWire is popular for Mac. FeedDemon for Windows. But I’m a Google Reader man, through and through. πŸ™‚ #
  • Ooh, the BrightKite iPhone app is out at the App Store: Going to get it now. BrightKite might be useful now. #
  • That BrightKite iPhone app would be even better if I could find it in the App Store on my phone. Let alone install it. *sigh* #
  • Testing the Brightkite iPhone app. I’ve never heard of “Buckheaven, OR”, though. πŸ™‚ – #
  • Urgh. I’m definitely sick. Sore throat, cough, came on fast. Barring a miracle, methinks I’ll spend tomorrow in bed. πŸ™ #