Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-30

  • Oh, man. Because I lost my car’s registration renewal form they mailed me, I have to go to the DMV after I finish here at the DEQ. Blech πŸ™ #
  • Dr appointment, DEQ, DMV, bank, and all other errands completed. Now, to settle in and get some work done. Supar Sekrit Project here I come! #
  • Hey, Portland! How come you haven’t voted to be added to http://www.everyblock.com/ ? We’re perfect for that “hyperlocal” news stuff. #
  • @onportland EveryBlock.com seems very similar to neighborhoodnotes.com. I just want to use EB’s iPhone app. πŸ™‚ in reply to onportland #
  • @nnpdx Didn’t mean to slight you at all. I think you’re awesome, and would love to see more of what you do! Cover the ‘burbs, where I live! in reply to nnpdx #
  • @mtrichardson You’re welcome. @tiesque turned me onto the Uniball 207 (make mine Micro, black). Here’s why: http://bit.ly/8LPZo in reply to mtrichardson #
  • @linuxaid But the Pilot G2 ink isn’t chemical resistant, and fades after long submersion in water! πŸ˜‰ http://bit.ly/8LPZo in reply to linuxaid #
  • @verso You and @linuxaid just keep writing with your G2s, and watch when your notes disappear in The Great Chemical Flood. πŸ˜‰ in reply to verso #
  • @verso I dunno. I just know that if there’s a flood of chemicals that submerses us for a long time, my Uniball 207 ink will survive. πŸ˜‰ in reply to verso #
  • The new “beta” FriendFeed interface is now the default. And with that, https/SSL works again. Yay for encrypted browsing! πŸ™‚ #
  • The only site left on my “standard loadout” (the set of tabs I always have open) that doesn’t support HTTPS/SSL yet is Facebook. For shame! #
  • I love how Forbes.com calls the giant jumpy full screen ad that appears before you get to a linked article a “Welcome Screen”. πŸ˜› #
  • I noticed a couple of other FriendFeed tweaks today: feed items now contain avatar images, and are slightly… http://ff.im/2sDhp #
  • @verso Read this Uniball 207 review, and the linked fade/acid/water/chemical test the guy did: http://bit.ly/8LPZo That’s what I’m going by. #
  • @BrianEnigma I used to use the Cross Ion. It’s very swish, but kept falling apart on me. πŸ™ I think I played with the mechanism too much. in reply to BrianEnigma #
  • As a side note, the fact that so many of us are pen geeks makes me smile. πŸ™‚ You guys really are my people! πŸ™‚ #
  • OK, Twitter. Here’s a question for you tonight: Linode or Slicehost? I’m leaning towards Linode (to host 10 or so lo flow WP sites I have). #
  • My reasoning is: I’m tired of the performance tradeoffs of shared hosting, and want a VPS. But I can’t spend more than about $20/month. #
  • @artwells Compared to Slicehost, I can get 50% more RAM, 60% more disk, and 100% more bandwidth for the price from Linode. Still worth it? in reply to artwells #
  • @linode Thanks. I was just comparing Twitter-responsiveness, and I think you won. πŸ™‚ How well would a 360 node handle a 50k/month WP site? in reply to linode #
  • @davewiner Assuming Windows XP, Microsoft makes a nice little PowerToy called Webcam Timershot that will do just that: http://bit.ly/SmdIN in reply to davewiner #
  • @artwells Thanks. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Slicehost. in reply to artwells #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-29

  • Switching back to Firefox now that 3.5 beta 4 is out. I love Safari 4, but there’s a weird proxy lag that makes Firefox feel SO much faster. #
  • Oh! Hello there, surprise deadline! I wasn’t expecting to see you here today… #
  • Saw something I supposedly “Dugg” in my FriendFeed, only, I haven’t logged into Digg in months. Ruh roh. Changed my password, just in case. #
  • Just warned @rachelbancroft that IF Apple announces a media pad/MacBookMini/whatever at WWDC, I will be powerless to resist. It’s only fair. #
  • Woo! Flight Control 1.1 adds online scoreboard and ranks, nearby players and scores, and Twitter integration. Go get it! Oh, and: 63 πŸ˜‰ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-28

  • @Jerry_Makare Oh, man! That SUCKS that your car got busted into. Hope they didn’t get anything important. Lemme know what I can do. in reply to Jerry_Makare #
  • Urgh. Not feeling too hot. Had a stuffy nose all weekend. Head is buzzy. I bet I have swine flu… πŸ˜‰ #
  • Maybe the swine flu will give me superpowers, like @hangry. I bet there’s a truffle or two in my yard somewhere… #
  • I have a theory: the swine flu is karmic retribution for how fascinated/addicted we all are to bacon. Watch out, @kveton! #
  • @dianadell You might be safe. It’s not confirmed that any of the confirmed cases of swine flu are confirmed bacon eaters… in reply to dianadell #
  • 63, new record, up from 51. You know what I’m talking about. #
  • The chat bubbles look different in the latest version of @Tweetie for iPhone. Too flat. Too square. Font’s different. Not sure I like it… #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-25

  • Busy day. @igniteportland planning lunch downtown at eSan (mmm, pad thai), now at @Powell’s in the Beav trying to get some work done. #
  • An interview with Tweetie creator Loren Brichter | Software | Macworld http://ff.im/2lk3r #
  • @aaroneiche Heh. There are only certain kinds of work (creative, isolated from distraction, etc.) that I can get done at @Powells. πŸ™‚ in reply to aaroneiche #
  • Was thinking “I wonder what the state of Trimet transit apps for the iPhone is”, then realized that the Google Maps app already does it all. #
  • @spinnerin @LeStew Yeah, the reviews for the PDX Bus app looked positive, and the price is right. πŸ™‚ Thanks! in reply to spinnerin #
  • @verso Congrats on joining up with @TUAW! πŸ™‚ in reply to verso #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-24

  • As easy as Tweetie makes it to watch multiple accounts, I’m considering creating a separate acct to follow “bots” and news tweets. Hmm… #
  • Since Twitter doesn’t have groups, I’m thinking @atebits’ stance on multiple accts makes more and more sense: http://bit.ly/jaR5v #
  • @clint Yeah, that post of his has been simmering in my brain for a while. And multiple accts in Tweetie for Mac is SO SLICK. in reply to clint #
  • @kylemaxwell Yeah, news works better in RSS than Twitter. Except when it doesn’t. Example: @ourpdx. They put extra stuff in Twitter. in reply to kylemaxwell #
  • @buckmasterflash @marukramer I’ve been a huge fan of Audacity for ages. It’s a great example of a very capable free open source app. in reply to buckmasterflash #
  • The more I think about emulating Twitter groups with multiple accts, the more I like it. It syncs across devices, works anywhere. #
  • @samgrover Each account needs an email address, but Gmail gives you unlimited email addys with the “+” hack: http://bit.ly/OH9CA in reply to samgrover #
  • @blogan No, you won’t want to follow my new @jabancroft_bots account, because it won’t say anything. (Or will it? πŸ˜‰ in reply to blogan #
  • @segphault I know, it’s a kludge. But it’s the best of a whole array of kludgy options, IMO. in reply to segphault #
  • @flowersbyfarha I actually already follow a lot of bots. Mostly from Ars, Digg, TechCrunch, etc. Not really looking for new ones. Yet. in reply to flowersbyfarha #
  • @kylemaxwell You can subscribe to a Twitter acct via RSS. But I follow almost 900 accts. I don’t want to add those one by one to GReader in reply to kylemaxwell #
  • In the process of unfollowing bots/faceless accounts from here (@jabancroft), and following with my new account, @jabancroft_bots. #
  • Here’s how I determine if you are a bot/faceless Twitter account: if all of your tweets end with a URL to your site. πŸ™‚ #
  • @marukramer A bot, or “robot”, is an automated Twitter account that reposts stuff, usually from a feed. E.g. @IntelSoftware or @TechCrunch. in reply to marukramer #
  • @gregleff I’m not protecting @jabancroft_bots from being followed, but I doubt it will ever say anything. I don’t care if people follow it. in reply to gregleff #
  • Sad that no one has yet noticed the clever little “robot” alter ego avatar image I whipped up for my @jabancroft_bots account. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @samgrover Thanks. I was just fishing for complements. πŸ™‚ Actually, I did it to visually distinguish it in the Tweetie account list. in reply to samgrover #
  • Another indication you’re a bot and going to get moved to my @jabancroft_bots account: your avatar image is a logo instead of your face. πŸ™‚ #
  • @betsywhim Its not a hard and fast rule. Plus, I know you guys. You’re safe. And I still read the other account. πŸ™‚ in reply to betsywhim #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-23

  • Off to a rousing start at work today. No one can get on the WLAN. The phone bridge hung up on us. Our network is observing Earth Day. πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy, @marshallk, and I are a panel today at InnoTech/eMarketing Summit today in Portland. Hecklers welcome, @bryanrhoads. Bring it! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Sporting my new Makezine.com “Poke An Eye Out” t-shirt and fresh haircut today. Gotta look dapper for the eMarketing folks. πŸ˜‰ #
  • In bloom: To blog or not to blog? @marshallk and @jabancroft answer that question (for corporations) http://is.gd/tV2c (via @siliconflorist) #
  • @davest You will get roped into the Supar Sekrit Project sooner rather than later. πŸ™‚ in reply to davest #
  • @billpearson I can’t figure it out. You’d think if they’re worried about cows and greenhouse gasses, they’d serve MORE burgers on Earth Day. in reply to billpearson #
  • Hey, want to follow Intel’s Chief Linux Evangelist, former SuSE CTO, and all around awesome guy, Dirk Hohndel? He’s @dhohndel. Welcome Dirk! #
  • Headed down to the Oregon Convention Center in a few minutes. Gotta grab some food first. #
  • Dear @Tweetie: I would love to option to choose between “RT” and “via” when reposting. Touchy subject, but choice is good. Love, Josh. #
  • @bmw I see what you did there… πŸ˜‰ in reply to bmw #
  • Arrived at InnoTech/eMarketing Summit. Bigger room than I thought – 100+ people in here. I spy @bryanthoads… #
  • It seems the eMarketing Summit hashtag is #emspdx. Gotta remember to use that. #
  • @MCP85 You are correct, sir. I added #ems09 to my backchannel saved search, so I can listen in on what Twitter is saying while I’m here. in reply to MCP85 #
  • Bummer. I can’t get a @Clear WiMAX signal inside the Oregon Convention Center (Portland Ballroom 256). OCC can haz moar antennas? #
  • And this has got to be a typo, but the OCC wifi (which has never been free) says it’s $99.95 for one day. Erk. πŸ™ #ems09 #emspdx #
  • Hundred Dollar a Day Wifi at the Oregon Convention Center: [?] #
  • @harrisja I brought my own connectivity (Clear WiMAX) so I wouldn’t have to futz around with OCC wifi. Oh well! 3G on iPhone is adequate. in reply to harrisja #
  • @drnormal I think the WiMAX signal just isn’t strong enough inside a building this big without repeaters. I want my sprinkles and bubbles! in reply to drnormal #
  • @adamd would totally dig all the local search/map listing stuff we’re hearding at #ema #
  • Oops. Put my phone down, hit send. That tag should have been #ems09. @adamd, check out getlisted.org. #
  • Panel with @turoczy and @marshallk about to start! http://twitpic.com/3shc4 #
  • @hangry We should chat about cameras. What are your needs/priorities? Size? Ease of editing?Quality? Feel free to take it to email or call. in reply to hangry #
  • @bmw Nice to run into you at the #emspdx panel. Thanks for confining your heckling to Twitter. πŸ˜‰ in reply to bmw #
  • I don’t get to be around @turoczy and @marshallk NEARLY enough. They’re wicked smart, and so nice. Gotta come downtown more. #
  • I NEED a swanky lab coat like Brian Massey of Conversion Sciences. Love it. #esmpdx #esm09 #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-22

  • Woo hoo! Test #3 of the Supar Sekrit Project was an success! One little glitch (we ran out of tape – oops!), but the rest was smooth. πŸ™‚ #
  • It’s been a great morning . Besides the Supar Sekrit Project, we’ve had the most interesting conversations at work. Topics range wildly. πŸ™‚ #
  • Just had a lively meeting with @psteinb. Glad he’s patient and understanding about the stuff I get all prickly and obstinate on. πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m with @rael. Super impressed by @Tweetie for Mac’s small footprint. It’s using only 25MB of RAM right now, w/5 active accounts logged in. #
  • Attention Firefly/Whedon fans: @NathanFillion is on Twitter. And he’s better than me (and probably you) at Flight Control on the iPhone. #
  • @carribugbee @kellyrfeller I won’t be at the SoMe awards in person, but drop me an email, and I’ll help with Mac video Q’s if I can… #
  • @rachelbancroft I may or may not have squealed like a girl. But just wait until some of the packages I have en route this week arrive. πŸ™‚ in reply to rachelbancroft #
  • @tiesque just butt-dialed me. Or @geekygirldawn. I heard them both. Check your phones, guys! πŸ™‚ #
  • I have a fun Twitter experiment I want to try with you wall, but tomorrow’s too slammed. Will have to wait until Thursday. #
  • Why does my iPhone 3G sometimes vibrate twice during its boot up process (after a restart)? Is it a diagnostic? Trouble code? #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-21

  • First thing I did this morning: Buy and download Tweetie for Mac ($14.95 until May 4). This is my first tweet – love it so far! πŸ™‚ #
  • @philcampbell What about Tweetie for Mac do you think needs work? I’ve only been using it 5 minutes, and so far, it’s wonderful. in reply to philcampbell #
  • @philcampbell Yeah, saved searches would be nice (especially since that’s one of the things I love most in Tweetie for iPhone). And columns. in reply to philcampbell #
  • @JimLundy I always wanted to like Tweetdeck more, but I need a way to save/sync my lists across instances, and its notifications bug me. in reply to JimLundy #
  • Oh, man. ALL of the flavors in the soda machine at work are broken. No sugar or caffeine for me this morning. Would have helped my headache. #
  • @davidweiner I was happy to pay for Tweetie (both iPhone and Mac), because I want to support the author (Loren @atebits) for his great work. in reply to davidweiner #
  • My biggest Tweetie for Mac wishlist item so far: support for Growl notifications. #
  • Thanks for all the caffeine/sugar suggestions. As soon as I’m done with this big block of meetings in front of me, I’ll implement them. πŸ™‚ #
  • @clint What’s your beef with Growl notifications? πŸ™‚ You could always just disable them if you don’t like them… in reply to clint #
  • @clint Yeah, I can see the argument that Growl is annoying. And to be honest, I’m getting used to not seeing those popups all the time. πŸ™‚ in reply to clint #
  • RT @atebits: Tweetie for Mac 1.0.1 is out; Tweetie -> Check for Updates… fixes that HTTPS thing, mea culpa! #
  • @verso I share your love for Twitterrific, but have you tried the new Tweetie for Mac? It is the King of Mac Twitter apps, regal in glory. in reply to verso #
  • @verso What are your issues with Tweetie? I find that a lot of it’s features are not immediately obvious. I’ve learned quite a few today. in reply to verso #
  • I need to find @rachelbancroft a Twitter avatar pic. I have tons of pics of her, just need to decide on one, crop it, and post it. #
  • Settled on an avatar pic for @rachelbancroft. Check it out, and let us know what you think! I think she’s pretty darn cute. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Durf Tweetie uses Cmd+R for “Reply”, so Refresh has to be Cmd+Shift+R. My muscle memory wishes Reply was the same as Twitterrific (Cmd+2). in reply to Durf #
  • @donttrythis Tivo for radio = podcasts. NPR has a TON of them, most of their shows. I load up my iPod once a week, and it’s like my own NPR. in reply to donttrythis #
  • @Durf Yeah, I know. There are a couple of key bindings I’d like to change myself. Maybe in a future version. in reply to Durf #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-04-18

  • @smileysejalee Sorry I missed you, but glad you had a good time! @billpearson and @tersteeg are pretty awesome, no? πŸ™‚ in reply to smileysejalee #
  • @drnormal You go ahead and try to pass yourself off as me. No one will believe it without orange Crocs. Try to get THAT past @camikaos. πŸ˜‰ in reply to drnormal #
  • I occasionally use hair gel. This morning, @gabebancroft decided he wanted some, too. So we played Dad’s Beauty Salon πŸ™‚ http://bit.ly/QMndX #
  • Argh. Gmail is applying an unwanted filter to messages from a person, and I don’t want it to. But I can’t find which filter is the culprit. #
  • Can I just say, Halleleujah for Date Night with @rachelbancroft? I think I just did! πŸ™‚ #
  • Ran into @podcasthotel and his family at the movie (Coraline) downtown. We gabbed about chickens. πŸ™‚ #
  • Coraline was great (took us this long to see it). I don’t think Emma can see it until she’s, like, 30. I don’t need those therapy bills. πŸ˜‰ #