Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-03-18

  • Totally buried in meetings today. So much fun stuff to talk about! iPhone OS 3.0! Fun stuff I’m working on at work! Alas, I meet instead. #
  • @Stammy Oh, man, that sucks. I got really sick at SXSW last year. Hope it doesn’t become a geekademic! πŸ™ in reply to Stammy #
  • I take back my earlier complaining about meetings. Turns out these meetings were really productive and interesting. Not all meetings suck! #
  • @mike_strock No, Mac OS X cannot run inside a virtual machine. Not sure if it’s a technical reason (related to EFI vs BIOS?) or not. in reply to mike_strock #
  • Oh, wait. Today is St Patricks Day. And me not wearing any green or drinking. What a bum I am. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-03-13

  • @steverubel I’ve had an active GrandCentral account (my main number) for years, still (im)patiently waiting to be upgraded Google Voice. πŸ™‚ in reply to steverubel #
  • RT @googlevoice Upgrades are going out to all existing GC users as we speak. Existing GC accounts should be able to upgrade shortly. #
  • Downloading iTunes 8.1 and the Front Row update via Software Update. The new iTunes DJ/iPhone Remote functionality sounds fun. #
  • RT @googlevoice Check out the Google Voice preview mobile site, which should look spiffy on your iPhone: http://google.com/voice/m (SWEET!) #
  • @gregoryleff Yes, Google bought GC ages ago, and is now relaunching it as Google Voice. Adding txt msgs, vmail transcription. I can’t wait! in reply to gregoryleff #
  • Well, at least my GC account now tells me “Your account is not yet ready to be upgraded. Please check back shortly.” Refresh refresh refresh #
  • Google Voice is on twitter (@googlevoice) and now has their very own blog: http://googlevoiceblog.blogspot.com/ Subscribed! #
  • Finally! GrandCentral to Google Voice upgrade came through. Doing it now… #
  • @Jmartens Yeah, I’ll blog/tweet. Setting up my voicemail greeting/etc. now. The mobile version of GVoice (google.com/voice/m) is v nice. in reply to Jmartens #
  • Google Voice appears to integrate with your Gmail contacts (at least, it did for me). Handy, because it syncs with my iPhone. Nice. #
  • Just showed off/played with Google Voice with @sourcecode and @psteinb. It’s awesome. I love it. Lifechanging. Thanks, Google! πŸ™‚ #
  • Trying to set up Twitter to use my GVoice SMS number now. Doesn’t seem to work. Anyone got this working? Is Twitter just being slow? #
  • Uh oh. “This message was not successfully delivered.” Looks like Google Voice can’t sent SMS to Twitter’s 40404 shortcode. Bummer. πŸ™ #
  • @leahcdaniels It’s not part of the Google iPhone app, but I would LOVE it if they integrated it, or came out with a separate Voice app. in reply to leahcdaniels #
  • @buckmasterflash Spam filter. Call recording. VMail transcription. Don’t have to give out a new number if you change your cell. Free calls. in reply to buckmasterflash #
  • GOOG-411 integration in GVoice doesn’t seem to be working yet. I call (my own GV #), press 3 for GOOG-411, get kicked back to top level. #
  • @harrisja Yup, Google Voice integrates with your Gmail contacts, which is AWESOME for me, since I recently made it my master Contacts list. in reply to harrisja #
  • Anyone else think Apple might intro a netbook at their iPhone OS 3.0 preview event? OS 2.0 heralded new hardware – the iPhone 3G… #
  • Think about it. An Apple netbook would require lead time for developers, just like the iPhone. They pre-announced that by 6 months. #
  • @aaroneiche The event is about the iPhone OS, and there will be lots of iPhone news. But it’s perfect to intro new HW running iPhone OS… in reply to aaroneiche #
  • @timoreilly I’m sorry, what? Amazon doesn’t prevent you from reading non-Amazon books on Kindle. They encourage it. I do it all the time. in reply to timoreilly #
  • @timoreilly That app was spoofing Mobi DRM to work on the Kindle. If anything, the other DRM-monger stores should be the ones that got mad. in reply to timoreilly #
  • But what do I know. I’m staying out of DRM debates from now on. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-03-12

  • Hey bloggers: In stats, do you care more about unique visitors, or visits, or pageviews, or something else? Why? #
  • Small world – I’m in an Intel meeting, and met @diancrawford. Nice to meet you, DIan! πŸ™‚ #
  • Thanks to all for the great feedback on what site metrics you care about. Boils down to “how good is my stuff, and how many are reading?” #
  • Wait, what? There’s a new iPod Shuffle? Now it talks to you. Controls moved to the earbud cord (boo!). $79 for 4GB isn’t bad, though. #
  • @bmw It’s $79 for the 4GB shuffle, and $79 for the Apple earbuds with the controls. The pack in hard plastic ones KILL my ears, can’t use em in reply to bmw #
  • Seriously, though, the lack of ability to use non-Apple earbuds (or a 3rd party adapter with controls) on the Shuffle is a real bummer. πŸ™ #
  • This $9 adapter from Fastmac has inline play controls that work with the iPhone. I assume it works on the new Shuffle: http://bit.ly/16v07c #
  • I have that Fastmac adapter, and use it with my iPhone. It’s great for keeping the inline controls/mic, but using any headphones you want. #
  • @verso The Radio Remote has that little extra connector, right (my old one did)? I don’t think that will work with newer iPods. in reply to verso #
  • Now that I think about it, I don’t think that Fastmac adapter will cut it for inline controls. It only has the clicker, not up/down. Alas… #
  • @verso I think the new iPhone headphones would work, but my problem is that the don’t fit my ears, hurt, and fall out, so I can’t use them. in reply to verso #
  • RT @chadmor Pretty sure you can do a little hip shake to change songs on the new shuffle. Motion sensors in everything (THAT would be cool!! #
  • I love these little Sony MDR-EX51 earbuds: http://bit.ly/bwezE COMFORTABLE, sound great, cheap enough (~$15) as to be basically disposable. #
  • Like I needed another electronic source of distraction… πŸ™‚ #
  • Dear Twitter: What’s the best way to get something from Google Reader into Delicious? Tried a few Greasemonkey scripts, no worky. Help? #
  • @dougcoleman That script (and the 4 others I’ve tried) aren’t working for me. I’m in Safari 4 beta (Mac) using GreaseKit, to complicate. πŸ™‚ in reply to dougcoleman #
  • @mattbeck Did your WiMAX router/dongle get upgraded, or the tower you’re connecting to? That’s an impressive speed bump, nice to hear. in reply to mattbeck #
  • Just got followed by @notatsxsw. Which is true. I’m not. πŸ™‚ #
  • Google Reader just became a little more like FriendFeed, now you can comment on Friends’ Shared Items: http://bit.ly/10FzpA #
  • If you’re not my “friend” in Google Reader, I’m jabancroft@gmail.com if you want to add me. I find a lot of really good stuff there. #
  • Crap. I loaned my Kindle’s mini USB cable to someone who needed it “just for a few minutes!”, and now I can’t remember who. Was it you? #
  • @aaroneiche Thanks. I’ve actually got a ton of them (yay for mini USB being a de facto standard!). Just mifffed they didn’t bring it back πŸ™‚ in reply to aaroneiche #
  • Today’s discovery: it’s shocking how similar the rules and tips for building relationships on the web are to those for dating. :-O #
  • Woo hoo! Three new people are now sharing their Google Reader items with me! Thanks @blogan, @samgrover, and @jenfloyd08! πŸ™‚ #
  • Oops. I accidentally exceeded the socially acceptable number of exclamation points per tweet in my last one. Sorry. Won’t happen again. #
  • @blogan @samgrover Uh, I thought I was sharing with you. I’ll double check when I get to a computer. You’re right. This is convoluted. in reply to blogan #
  • If you can’t see my Google Reader shared items it’s because you’re not in my contacts. Email me (jabancroft@gmail.com) and I’ll rectify. πŸ™‚ #
  • I recently gutted my Gmail contacts to set up OTA sync with my iPhone, so that’s why a lot of you are missing. Sorry! πŸ™ #
  • GrandCentral relaunching as Google Voice. Gaining text msging and vmail transcription. Will remain free. AWESOME. http://bit.ly/eMoJL #
  • I have used my GrandCentral number as my main/cell number for years. It’s the one posted on my blog. I LOVE the service. Truly lifechanging. #
  • Can’t wait to get the new Google Voice. So glad they relaunched it instead of killing it after buying GrandCentral. #
  • RT @spin: Anyone wants an invite to the new Google Voice, follow @googlevoice and DM them… so a little bird tells me, anyway #
  • Have I told you all how much I love and appreciate you? #seriously I do. You rock. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-03-11

  • @marshallk Fogo de Chao (Brazilian Churrascaria, basically all you can eat meat) would be a GREAT place for a meatup at SXSW. πŸ™‚ in reply to marshallk #
  • @mellowynk LOL Fogo de Chao definitely = “Meat Church” I would worship there regularly if there were one near me. πŸ™‚ I love churrasco! in reply to mellowynk #
  • Trying out Intense Debate again on my blog. It choked a few weeks ago, and prevented people from leaving comments. Hope it’s better now. #
  • *sigh* Intense Debate says it’s still importing “100 of 5188 comments”. That’s where it got stuck before. #
  • @kenekaplan That’s like saying “I joined the ‘People Who Breathe’ group at SXSW”. πŸ˜‰ Have fun! I won’t be going, but watching from afar. in reply to kenekaplan #
  • Even with all the drama today (rejected for NSFW words in Trends), I just got the @Tweetie 1.3 update. Using it now. Yay for RT! πŸ˜‰ #