Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-01-09

  • Tried to demo Mogulus in ISN staff meeting this morning. Network connection was horribly erratic, and it didn’t go too well… #
  • I need to get my hands on my coworker Mike’s Clear WiMAX stick, and try it over that. #
  • In keeping with my resolution not to use IE unless I must, I’m documenting when I do. Like now: downloading Windows 7 beta ISO from MSDN. #
  • Palm’s having an event at CES right now, annoucing Palm WebOS and a new iPhone-clone device called the Pre. Woo! http://live.gdgt.com #
  • Wow. This is just embarrassing for Palm. I mean, even the ICONS on the Pre look like the iPhone. How blatant can you get? πŸ™ #
  • Interesting that the Palm Pre is a CDMA/EVDO device. So I guess if you’re stuck on Verizon/Sprint, and don’t want a BlackBerry, it’s nice. #
  • Apps for the new Palm WebOS and Pre are written in HTML, javascript, etc., so the whole OS is essentially a web runtime, like Chrome. Right? #
  • I think I have to agree with @ryanblock and others: Palm is back. Not on top, but definitely back in the game. Android and RIM watch out! #
  • But then they (Palm) go and do something boneheaded like telling Scoble to stop his video stream. http://tinyurl.com/92ozqy Dumb. #
  • @Jmartens Check out http://live.gdgt.com. @ryanblock is running an awesome liveblog of the event with tons of great pics. in reply to Jmartens #
  • The Palm webOS browser looks pretty slick. Matches Mobile Safari in most features, on the surface. The big question: can it do Flash? #
  • Palm says this is the first smartphone with TI’s new processor, with “laptop-like” performance. I don’t buy it if it won’t run Flash. #
  • I wonder what the limits of Palm webOS are, when every app is a tab and the whole OS is a browser? What closes when RAM runs out? #
  • And how do you write a background app in webOS when you’re writing in HTML, CSS, and javascript? #
  • Has to have a layer below the “web” part of the OS, for stuff like the phone, SMS, etc. Will devs get to access that, or is it off limits? #
  • Headed to Corvallis to speak at the @saocorvallis event there tonight. Hope the weather’s OK on the way. I’ve had enough weather drama. πŸ™‚ #
  • Retweeting @saocorvallis: @jabancroft at the @SAOCorvallis Tech Pub meeting tonight at 5:30 at Iovinos! (via @protherj) in reply to protherj #
  • Arrived in Corvallis. Weather was gorgeous, happily. A little early for @saocorvallis, thinking I should eat first. #
  • I passed like 4 indie bookstores in downtown Corvallis on my way in. I like this place already. πŸ™‚ #
  • Uh oh. I am WAY underdressed for this @saocorvallis thing. Of course, I’m underdressed for almost everything. πŸ˜‰ http://twitpic.com/10xi4 #
  • Twitter is borked. Failing back to FriendFeed until the Failbot goes away. http://ff.im/xzrD #
  • About to speak at @saocorvallis TechPub event. I have nothing prepared – I’m going to ask questions and tell stories. http://ff.im/xzwD #
  • Twitter is borked. Failing back to FriendFeed until the Failbot goes away. http://ff.im/xzrD #
  • @saocorvallis January TechPub event. Underdressed as usual. πŸ˜‰ – Photo: http://bkite.com/03zLc (from Iovino’s Ristorante & Catering) in reply to saocorvallis #
  • About to speak at @saocorvallis TechPub event. I have nothing prepared – I’m going to ask questions and tell stories. http://ff.im/xzwD #
  • Twitter is borked. Failing back to FriendFeed until the Failbot goes away. http://ff.im/xzrD #
  • About to speak at @saocorvallis TechPub event. I have nothing prepared – I’m going to ask questions and tell stories. http://ff.im/xzwD #
  • In Corvallis for the @saocorvallis event tonight. Passed 4 bookstores downtown – I like this place already. #
  • Failbot! Kept trying to tweet from Tweetie, kept erroring, then I saw our friends Failbot and Failbird on the site. I miss the whale. #
  • @saocorvallis talk was GREAT. What a cool town. Thanks for the warm welcome, and letting me talk your ears off for an hour and a half! πŸ™‚ in reply to saocorvallis #

Keep Bad Apples Away From Your Team

I was listening to episode #370 of the This American Life podcast (which is one of my favorite podcasts), on the topic “Ruining It For The Rest Of Us”. At the beginning of the show, Ira was talking with a researcher who had done studies on the effect of “bad apple” behavior within teams. He looked at what effect someone who is a Jerk (insults other people, critical without offering a better option, etc.), a Slacker (doesn’t do any work, doesn’t seem to care, distracted), or Depressed (certain that ‘this will never work’, doomed to failure, etc.) has on the rest of the people on the team.

It’s obviously not a good thing. But what was surprising is that within 45 minutes, the other people on the team adopted the “bad apple” behavior. They started acting like the bad apple. Turns out it’s contagious.

This got me thinking about team dynamics, and the criteria we use when we build teams, interview people for a job, etc. When it comes to looking at the personality traits, and how well a person can fit within a team, it occurs to me that it’s crucial to avoid someone with those “bad apple” traits, because it will spread to the rest of the team.

Thinking back to teams that I’ve been on, I know this is true. I’ve seen it happen. And I’m really grateful that the team I’m on now at work, Intel Software Network, doesn’t have any Bad Apples to bring us down. I’ve marveled at how great the team dynamic is in this group since I joined almost two years ago, but only now do I realize that the lack of Bad Apples is one of the (probably big) reasons.

So keep Bad Apples away from your teams! It’s hard to make a person change behavior, and if you can avoid it, it’s probably better to not get into that situation in the first place.

Interestingly, the researcher on This American Life said they discovered an antidote to Bad Apple behavior – someone who exhibits strong leadership by asking a LOT of questions, of everybody. In fact, that person in the study was the child of a career diplomat. So if you do get stuck with a Bad Apple on your team, there may still be hope. πŸ™‚


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-01-08

  • I don’t mean to overshare, but there’s a bunch of ice cubes in every water-bearing receptacle in the JF1-1 men’s room… :-O #
  • @pdxjdangel I love the DS. What types of game do you like? New Super Mario Bros. Tetris DS. Puzzle Quest. The 3D Final Fantasy remakes. in reply to pdxjdangel #
  • @pdxjdangel Let me know what kinds of game in general that you enjoy. There are tons of DS games I could recommend. in reply to pdxjdangel #
  • RT @factoryjoe @jeresig: Nice! Firebug 1.3.0 final is out: http://tinyurl.com/9mwl7l #firefox #
  • Huh. My two year old son, @gabebancroft, has joined Twitter. I know he’s had a vocabulary explosion lately, but this is ridiculous. πŸ™‚ #
  • @ron_carson I’ve got to figure out how he’s posting, first. I suspect that he’s stealing @rachelbancroft’s iPhone while she’s not looking. in reply to ron_carson #
  • @PocketGoddess I’d love a red cover for my Kindle. Those are very nice looking. What do I need to do? in reply to PocketGoddess #
  • @jmoriarty I haven’t heard anything credible re: the next Kindle. People say “this year” but I suspect we won’t know anything definite soon. in reply to jmoriarty #
  • @pdxjdangel Get Tetris DS, Planet Puzzle League, Picross, and/or Puzzle Quest. All are terrific (I own them). in reply to pdxjdangel #
  • @erikseligman I sold my DS, but plan to buy a DSi when they hit the U.S. And Wii is still hot. I think Nintendo is fine. Sony, though… in reply to erikseligman #
  • @gabebancroft stop tweeting and go to bed, son. It’s WAY past your bedtime! Don’t make me revoke your iPhone priveleges… in reply to gabebancroft #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-01-07

  • Last minute Intel tweetup notice: I’m watching the Apple MacWorld keynote at the big TV in the JF1 living room. Come join me! πŸ™‚ #
  • @mikearmstrong99 I’m not sure if the forthcoming dual core Atom chip will make its way into netbooks. More power hungry, aimed at nettops. in reply to mikearmstrong99 #
  • Don’t think I’ll do a liveblog of the keynote this time. I need to reboot my blogging for the new year. #
  • I will likely be tweeting a lot of breathless Apple fanboy stuff for the next hour or so. You’ve been warned. πŸ™‚ #
  • @harrisja They don’t stream the video of the keynotes. There’s not enough bandwidth in the world to make it work well. πŸ™‚ in reply to harrisja #
  • Yay face detection in iPhoto 09. Just like Riya could do 3 or 4 years ago! πŸ˜› Still quite useful. #
  • Hahaha the MacRumorsLive feed totally got hacked. #
  • Video stabilization in iMovie 09 could be really, really useful if it works well. #
  • @jmoriarty You’re right. Apple’s Yammer stream would be fascinating to watch during these things. πŸ™‚ in reply to jmoriarty #
  • iWork 09 is a yawn, but the “Keynote Remote” iPhone/iPod Touch app seems really cool. #
  • Mac Box Set – Leopard, iLife, and iWork for $169. But why? Who, besides Tiger users, would buy that? Unless they’re opening up to all hw… #
  • iWork.com looks like just an online document exchange. More like SharePoint than Google Docs. You can upload, view, download, but not edit. #
  • Wow. The new 17″ MBP really does have a non-user-replaceable battery. Lithium Polymer, 40% bigger, claim 8 hours. Interesting. #
  • By the end of this quarter, ALL 10 million songs in iTunes will be available DRM free. w00t! πŸ™‚ #
  • Heh. Tony Bennett ends the Apple keynote in SF. Take that, show in Las Vegas! πŸ™‚ #
  • There was some pretty hilarious/unfortunate ad placement from Gawker on live.gizmodo.com during the Apple keynote: http://tinyurl.com/7d4nej #
  • Reading @clint’s “super in-depth hands-on + first impressions of iPhoto ’09: http://ping.fm/u8L2A #mwsf” #
  • @MCP85 Good question. If you’re SQL DB can eat RSS/XML, then probably yes. Each panel is just an RSS feed. I can give an OPML of all of them in reply to MCP85 #
  • iTunes “upgrade all your songs to DRM free” feature is based on purchase history. You can get back song files you’ve lost/deleted. #
  • iTunes has never let you re-download a song after purchased. This seems to be a (one time?) way replace lost songs http://tinyurl.com/9le9z9 #
  • @davidhoenig Intel discount on Clearwire WiMAX looks pretty good, but I wish it didn’t require a 2 year contract. A friend has it, it rocks. in reply to davidhoenig #
  • I think I’ve fallen in love with the new 17″ MacBook Pro. All those inches! Pixels! Gigabytes and gigahertz and battery hours! πŸ™‚ #
  • Finally getting around to upgrading my multitude of sites to WordPress 2.7. Me = slacker. #
  • Just grabbed the 2.0 update to the Pandora iPhone app. Some nice improvements, access to a lot more artist and song info I think. Go get it. #


Rebooting my Blogging

I’ve hit another one of those blocks. Before the end of 2008, I had grand visions of taking time off at the end of the year, having time to think, and write, and get some of the ideas that have been squirming around inside my head out and into words. But then the Snowpocalypse happened, and instead of nice, relaxing time off, we were all cooped up in our house for two weeks, getting on each other’s nerves. When the snow melted, we headed off to visit family in southern Oregon, which was fun, but busy, and full of activities. I’m not complaining, or trying to make you think I didn’t enjoy my vacation – who doesn’t enjoy a 3 day Guitar Hero World Tour binge and Nerf gun modding with the nieces and nephews? πŸ™‚

But i didn’t get the writing done that I wanted to. In fact, as you can see, it’s been weeks since I’ve posted anything substantial here.

So I’m going to try to “reboot” my blogging here, and just write, write, write. I’m going to try to avoid the distractions of throwing thoughtlings out on Twitter, sinking into reading feeds and forums, etc. It feels really weird to think that I’m actually procrastinating something that I really enjoy, that no one is forcing me to do. πŸ™‚


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-01-06

  • Back in the office for the first time in almost a month (thanks to the Snowpocalypse and vacation). I THINK I remember how to do my job. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Hey, it’s 2009! I’m going to start a new archive PST file in Outlook. That should speed things up for a while. πŸ™‚ #
  • Spur of the moment New Year’s Resolution: I’m not going to use Internet Explorer unless I absolutely have to (already sorta do this). #
  • I’m going to be speaking at the SAO Corvallis Tech Pub event on Thursday 1/8. If you’re in the area, come join us! http://tinyurl.com/76de7y #
  • I hope we see some cool new big name iPhone apps (from Google or Apple or the like) from MacWorld this week. #
  • OMG Outlook slowness is KILLING ME. Even with a brand new empty PST file. I had hoped to get through my email backlog. Not at this rate. πŸ™ #
  • @sleepingforest I would use TBird if I could, but Intel mail/etc. is so deeply wedded to Exchange that Outlook is the only real option. πŸ™ in reply to sleepingforest #
  • RT @steverubel Picasa for Mac is out http://ping.fm/6BuvF (I’m downloading now! πŸ™‚ #
  • Nice that Picasa for Mac can look inside and manage pics in iPhoto’s library. Have to copy the event out to make edits, though. #
  • PIcasa for Mac is fast. Very nice (my iPhoto library has 8000+ pics in it, and is slow like moleasses). “Find photos with faces” = cool. #
  • @dickieadams Picasa for Mac has been out for about an hour. πŸ™‚ in reply to dickieadams #
  • @mungara I love my Airport Extreme. And yes, you can share an attached disk with Macs and PCs. in reply to mungara #
  • @Ross No Picasa-for-Mac to Flickr integration yet, but then, the Windows version doesn’t, either. I wish they would. in reply to Ross #
  • Ruh-roh. The sole is coming off of my Nike Air Flight Fireflies, the orange shoes I’m wearing until weather improves enough for Crocs. πŸ™‚ #
  • @BrianEnigma LOL don’t worry. The Crocs will be back soon! Especially if this sole falls all the way off my Nikes. πŸ™‚ in reply to BrianEnigma #
  • @georgegsmithjr Of course my Crocs are orange! That’s the only kind! πŸ™‚ in reply to georgegsmithjr #
  • @jmartens What EeePC accessories are you looking for? Mice? Drives? Bags? I don’t know of a single site, but I have suggestions. Lemme know. in reply to Jmartens #
  • @georgegsmithjr I’ve always tried to be different/quirky/make a statement with my shoes. It offsets the black t-shirts and cargo pants. πŸ˜‰ in reply to georgegsmithjr #
  • Cool! iPhone shows not only New/Watched dots, but Partly Watched dots, too, and how long is left for podcasts: http://twitpic.com/1021h #
  • @rachelbancroft is about to test out her brand new Dyson DC24 vacuum! The excitement is palpable! πŸ™‚ in reply to rachelbancroft #
  • @betsywhim No, I was adamant that the vacuum was NOT a Christmas gift. Just a household purchase that happened to come at Christmastime. πŸ™‚ in reply to betsywhim #
  • @betsywhim I’m pretty dumb, but even *I* know better than to give housecleaning implements as gifts to my wife. πŸ™‚ in reply to betsywhim #
  • (via jkontherun) HP releases the Mini 2140 netbook. Fixed the slow 1.8″ HD of the 1000, kept the 1354×768 screen res of the 2133, went Atom. #
  • Plus the gorgeous aluminum design. On paper, I think the HP Mini 2140 is my new “most wanted” netbook. Starts at $499. Rawr. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-01-05

  • Dontcha love a bathroom stall door that repeatedly flies open while you’re doing your business? #
  • To all who wondered about the timing and location of my “bathroom stall doors” tweet, I say: you’ll never know. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Driving home from Springfield tonight. I hear it’s snowing at home. I’m REALLY TIRED of that crap, @PortlandSnow! :-/ #
  • This is ridiculous. 2″ of wet slush on my sloped driveway, car wouldn’t stay parked. Kept sliding to the bottom. #pdxtst #
  • Nice to be home after 1.5 weeks gone. Was paranoid our house would wash away in the Thawnami. πŸ™‚ #
  • @TiEsQue I got a phishing DM email from @evacatherder, too! My first one. I was beginning to feel left out. πŸ™‚ in reply to TiEsQue #
  • @samgrover yeah, Mark Nelsen says it will be 45F by dawn. I sure hope so. #pdxtst in reply to samgrover #
  • So what could a scammer actually do if they phished your Twitter password? Spam your friends? Read your DMs? Doesn’t seem very lucrative. #
  • @gregjsmith Crazy is right. The roads weren’t even very slick. Snow started in Salem. @CarriBugbee hope you and your car are OK! #pdxtst in reply to gregjsmith #
  • @ahockley But you could have your account shut down/reset as soon as you realized someone else was using it. in reply to ahockley #
  • @camikaos @dieselboi Do we know for sure @evacatherder got phished? Are they sending fake emails that look like DMs, or real DMs? in reply to camikaos #
  • It seems that one wouldn’t have to compromise a Twitter account to see who follows, then phish. Though they’d have to figure out emails. #
  • Just answered my own question. They’re real DMs, not fake emails. Which would require a compromised acct. So sorry, @evacatherder! πŸ™ #
  • @camikaos yeah, I got one too. I haven’t been following the problem, so I didn’t know the specifics of the exploit until now. in reply to camikaos #
  • Is this really me? We should all come up with a code word so our followers can authenticate us. Mine will be the brand name of my shoes. πŸ˜‰ #
  • This Twitter phishing thing is purely social, right? No tech exploits. So how would the tech solutions being suggested (OAuth, etc) help? #
  • There is no fix for social attacks beyond education and careful security practices on EVERYONE’s part, says I. #
  • @ahockley What is this tech that can make people think more? I’d like to learn more about it. πŸ™‚ in reply to ahockley #