Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-22

  • Settled in at @gnomedex. Had to sit across the aisle from my normal seat! But Chris reserved it for his mom, so I can’t complain. πŸ™‚ #
  • The Gnomedex schwag is pretty good this year. Nice stuff frog slingshots from Bing. Best is the RealPlayer flask. πŸ™‚ #
  • My customary @Gnomedex seat was taped off and reserved! Scandal! But it was for Chris’ mom Judy, so I won’t make a stink about it. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Gnomedex 9.0 Opening Autostitch Pano http://flic.kr/p/6RwPLv #
  • BTW, you can watch a live stream of Gnomedex at http://live.pirillo.com #
  • And if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m going to be tweeting a LOT over the next two days. Feel free to snooze/ignore me if it bugs you. #
  • @gregleff Autostitch on the iPhone is one of the most useful apps I have. TOTALLY worth the $1.99. DO EET. in reply to gregleff #
  • Actually, I think the best Gnomedex schwag so far is the free copy of Pixelmator (and other apps) they’re giving away on 2GB drives. #
  • I’m using this real time FriendFeed search to track the Gnomedex backchannel. It’s fantastic. Just flows by. http://bit.ly/18GGAO #
  • @chrisbrogan is talking about attention wars, trust agents, etc. But at the root, it’s still a talk about marketing. Which isn’t my thing. #
  • Is “Agent Zero” like “Patient Zero”? πŸ˜‰ #gnomedex #
  • Win a new Canon 5DMKII (or $2500 Gift Cert) from @OPGear & Scott Bourne. Pls RT. Details here: http://bit.ly/BqU8N #
  • I don’t normally post contest tweets, but I’d do just about anything to get my hands on a Canon 5DMKII. πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @turoczy: Count how many times people use air quotes around “social media” today. Go! #gnomedex #
  • The thing I love most about Gnomedex? The awesome geeky people. Just within 10 feet: @turoczy, @bmw, @harrisja, @stevenwalling, @mrnoded #
  • I can’t list all of my geek friends here at Gnomedex, because I’ll forget someone, and I don’t want to leave anyone out. I love you guys! #
  • You can buy the first gen 5GB iPod (Mac and Firewire only) new from the Apple Store. Only $129! Comes with an iTunes CD! http://bit.ly/R5SY7 #
  • Oh, wait. That looks like the 3rd gen iPod. The one with the 4 face buttons and touch wheel. Not 1st gen. Still very cool, though. #
  • I’m stoked to hear from @badastronomer next at Gnomedex, on Skepticism. Should be great. #
  • @smileysejalee I know! I have to admit that my first iPod was a 20GB 3rd Gen. That should be a Twitter meme. What was your first iPod? in reply to smileysejalee #
  • @badastronomer says skepticism = science, questioning, demanding and examining evidence, using logic, and dropping an idea when it’s wrong. #
  • @PDXsays I haven’t asked any Gnomedex speakers questions (yet), but I have shouted a thing or two from the peanut gallery. πŸ™‚ in reply to PDXsays #
  • The most skeptical show on TV? Mythbusters. No wonder I love it so much! (via @badastronomer at Gnomedex) #
  • @donttrythis You just got a shout out at Gnomedex from @badastronomer. Called you “the face of sneaky skepticism”. πŸ™‚ #
  • Loving @badastronomer talking on skepticism. Not cynicism, but critical thinking and science. We need more thinking. I need more thinking. #
  • “Know what the call alternative medicine that works? Medicine.” (via @badastronomer at Gnomedex). πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @rogoway: Clear now has its beta mobile WiMAX driver for Mac available http://bit.ly/12sIJ3 (thanks for this! Gotta try it out.) #
  • OH: “Meat can be fun. It’s a very pleasurable substrate to be made of.” πŸ™‚ (Christine Peterson at Gnomedex on life extension for geeks) #
  • Surprised that we’ve made it this far into a talk about life extension without any mention made of Ray Kurzweil. #gnomedex #
  • Let me just say that I absolutely love Boxcar for push notifications of @mentions and DMs from Twitter on the iPhone. So useful. #
  • @turoczy Oh, sure. I duck out of the room to return a phone call, and *then* there’s a Kurzweil mention. πŸ™‚ in reply to turoczy #
  • Gnomedex 9 room pano from Autostitch (can you tell I love making these? iPhone 3GS camera + Autostitch = bliss) http://flic.kr/p/6RDd87 #
  • So excited to hear from @bre next at Gnomedex. He is one of my maker/video/hacker idols! Squee! πŸ™‚ #
  • I am SO building a @makerbot of my own. Anyone got $900 I can have to get started? πŸ™‚ #
  • If @makerbot thinks they have trouble keeping MakerBots in stock now… Every geek in this room wants one. Thanks, @bre! πŸ˜‰ #
  • MakerBot “eats plastic and barfs objects.” Can you see why I want one? πŸ™‚ #
  • @bethgo Totally jealous of your MakerBot! I’ll come to the B.Y.O.P party. πŸ™‚ in reply to bethgo #
  • Now at Gnomedex: http://fold.it, a game where you “solve puzzles for science” (similar to Folding@Home, but more than just CPU cycles) Cool! #
  • RT @grigs: Apple’s responses to the FCC inquiry: http://bit.ly/162e56 #
  • What Say You, Twitter. Audioboo or TweetMic? I have both, want to narrow it to one. Or should I just use built-in Voice Memos + Posterous? #
  • @oilman, a reformed SEO spammer, at Gnomedex: “RSS = Really Simple Stealing” #
  • @oilman was big into comment spam in 2003-2004. He said “if you had a blog back then, I’m sorry”. πŸ™‚ #
  • If you’re interested in a peek into the life of spammers, I highly recommend the book “Spam Kings”. A bit dated, but fascinating. #gnomedex #
  • @oilman spend his spam money on a nice house. Someone says “you’re welcome”. He says “I only got money if you bought the pills…” #gnomedex #
  • FriendFeed appears to be down (“Access Denied” error, actually), but only for Gnomedex IP addresses? It’s fine for me on a Verizon Mifi. #
  • FriendFeed is blocking Gnomedex IP addresses. If only @scobleizer was here to call them up to fix it! (he’s 3 seats to my left πŸ˜‰ #
  • Another reason FriendFeed realtime search is awesome for watching the Gnomedex backchannel? All the viagra spam from Twitter doesn’t show up #
  • Up next at Gnomedex: Best of Ignite. No one from Portland this time (that I know of), but @brady has a great lineup! #
  • It was two years ago, at Gnomedex 2007, where I first saw the Ignite format, and from such humble beginnings, @IgnitePortland was born. #
  • @StevenWalling Every ignite is different. @IgnitePortland strongly discourages notes. Seattle uses @brady as an MC between talks. in reply to StevenWalling #
  • From @JayCross: “You can only pay attention for 9 or 10 minutes. University would work a lot better as a series of Ignite talks.” #
  • I think Scotto Moore just tried to Snow Crash us all with his Gnomedex Ignite talk… #
  • The point I got from @drew’s Gnomedex talk about his cancer: keep talking, connect with people. You never know when you’ll need them. #
  • I #blamedrewscancer that I was one of 10 people who followed directions and voted in the Bing thing, but @chrispirillo drew from everyone. #
  • MS Surface Table at Gnomedex, where people practice “badge sex” πŸ˜‰ [pic] http://ff.im/6Yfh4 #
  • MS Surface Table at Gnomedex, where people practice “badge sex” πŸ˜‰ http://post.ly/2Yn0 #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-21

  • Packing up an headed to Seattle for Gnomedex 9 this weekend. @rachelbancroft is coming with, and kids are going to cousins. Woo! πŸ™‚ #
  • Ugh. I-5 NB through Portland is a parking lot. πŸ™ #trafficsucks #
  • @mattdavispdx I’m completely stationary, trust me. πŸ™‚ in reply to mattdavispdx #
  • It took more than 2 hours to get from Beaverton to Vancouver. There was a 6 car + semi wreck on the Interstate Bridge. #
  • Checked in at the hotel for Gnomedex. What an amazing view! πŸ™‚ (Autostitch pano) – Photo: http://bkite.com/0aZeZ (from Seattle Marriott…) #
  • Being antisocial and skipping the Gnomedex opening festivites in favor of dinner with @rachelbancroft and an early night. #
  • Gotta get up early and get my customary seat for Gnomedex (front row left center on the aisle). This’ll be the 5th year. Don’t take my seat! #
  • I really wish this MiFI could maintaing a Verizon EVDO connect for more than two minutes at a time. It keeps disconnecting/reconnecting. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-20

  • @scobleizer I’m going to “Scoble” the 8 pages of apps on my iPhone – delete them all, then only add back the ones I really use/miss. πŸ™‚ #
  • I just uninstalled 46 apps from my iPhone. It was really, really hard to decide which ones to get rid of. I still have 5 pages of apps. πŸ™‚ #
  • @SuperSpiker You’re right. That would be an interesting blog post. If only I still wrote on my blog… πŸ˜‰ in reply to SuperSpiker #
  • Trying to make sure I’ve got all my ducks in order at work before Gnomedex tomorrow. I’m certain I’m going to forget something important. #
  • We are having several different kinds of cheese and pickles for dinner. Awesome! πŸ™‚ #
  • What’s the fastest way to report @ reply spammers, to expedite them to the death camps? #
  • @BMW I would bring you a @whiffies, but I’d have to get it tonight, and I’m already ensconced for the evening. Can anyone hook @BMW up? πŸ™‚ in reply to BMW #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-19

  • My orange Croc made a poopie (so said @Jerry_Makare): http://twitpic.com/ed4m6 #
  • RT @siliconflorist: 20 awesome Portland panel proposals in the #SXSW Interactive Panel Picker #pdxtech http://bit.ly/8DbBA #
  • Are there any Craigslist/Google Maps mashups that show commercial/office listings, instead of apartments? #
  • ZOMG! Sonic Ruler is the coolest iPhone app I’ve seen in a LONG time. Measure distance by echolocation. Awesome! πŸ™‚ http://bit.ly/6i1tV #
  • Now that Wikipedia has an official iPhone app are you going to use it? I’ll probably stick with the mobile site. It’s faster and Googleable. #
  • I’ve used (and enjoyed) Wikipedia apps like Kiwi, Wikipanion, and Wapedia, but when m.wikipedia.org came along, I stopped using all of them. #
  • @taptu But Wapedia appears to be owned/run by you, Taptu. And it has ads. Why put ads on Wikipedia content? in reply to taptu #
  • I am suspicious that Verizon is throttling YouTube video downloads on my 15Mbps Fios connection at home. They’re so slow. How do I check? #
  • Everything else is fast(ish) over my Fios. YouTube videos are decently fast at work and even 3G. But YouTube just *sucks* over my home Fios. #
  • What’s that site that let’s you check if your ISP is throttling/choking certain sites or protocols? #isverizonthrottlingyoutube #
  • Too tired tonight, but enough of you said “YouTube is slow on Verizon Fios for me, too” that I’m going to look into it a little more. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-18

  • My head, she is going to burst. I hope I don’t get brain bits on anything important. If I die, you can find passwords to all my stuff in the #
  • Trying to decide how best to persuade you all to go to the SXSWi Panel Picker and click “Thumbs Up!” on my session: http://bit.ly/X4QeY #
  • My SXSWi panel, “Build a Live TV Station in Your Cube”, tells how @chrispirillo and @leolaporte inspired @isntv http://bit.ly/X4QeY #
  • eSan Thai for dinner with @rachelbancroft’s friends in town for thier reunion. – Photo: http://bkite.com/0aSnD (from Esan Thai) #
  • My SXSWi panel doesn’t have “social media” in it anywhere. Let that influence your vote as it may. πŸ˜‰ http://bit.ly/X4QeY #
  • Got to take out of town friends to @voodoodoughnut for the true Portland experience. πŸ™‚ #
  • @mattdavispdx Long lines and interesting people at @voodoodoughnut? Oh, yes. That’s the fun part. πŸ™‚ in reply to mattdavispdx #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-16

  • I lied. It’s not a Greyhound but an Amtrak Thruway direct bus I’m taking to Eugene. Slightly less adventurous, I guess. πŸ™‚ #
  • If Apple really does call it the “iPad”, there’s going to be all kinds of confusion for Boston iPod/iPad owners. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Are there any good apps to upload iPhone 3GS video directly to Flickr yet? I don’t think PixelPipe supports it yet. What do you use? #
  • @pixelpipe Do you support video uploading to Flickr? in reply to pixelpipe #
  • @pixelpipe Sweet! Thanks! πŸ™‚ in reply to pixelpipe #
  • @scaleovenstove Email or Posterous would work too, but they compress, resize the video. PixelPipe lets you upload full res video. in reply to scaleovenstove #
  • Autostitch pano from the bus, stopped at the Salem train station: http://twitpic.com/e0t4w #
  • @Jerry_Makare Woo! Go Timbers! πŸ™‚ in reply to Jerry_Makare #
  • Headed to @rachelbancroft’s 20 year high school reunion. Should be an interesting night. πŸ™‚ #
  • I totally wrote my Twitter name on my name tag, I’m so used to being identified that way. πŸ™‚ #
  • This is pretty much going to be the soundtrack for the evening: http://bit.ly/j0sK6
    The DJ has already hit 3 or 4. #
  • Listening to @rachelbancroft’s friends talk about how their kids are addicted to texting, as I tweet repeatedly from the table. πŸ™‚ #
  • This reunion would benefit hugely from a Rock Band setup. It just got that vibe. πŸ™‚ #
  • ? Neun und neunzig luftballoons… ? #
  • It was only a matter of time before “Ice Ice Baby” came out. Ashamed to admit I can sing every word. πŸ™‚ #
  • OH at @rachelbancroft’s 20yr HS reunion: “He’s got grey hair and he’s balding. But that’s OK. Bald men can be useful.” #
  • The karaoke has begun. First song? “Me So Horny.” Yeah. Seriously. The chick singing is *really* getting into it. Just, wow… :-O #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-15

  • RT @donpdonp: want to see web location detection in action? everyonedelivers.com, look at the top. click the address to check its accuracy. #
  • Someone needs to start a site/way of tracking all the cool new “Send To” tricks that are coming out for Google Reader. #
  • Found a couple of good iPhone apps that are free for a limited time: Dropshop and Convertbot. Go get them. #
  • @lunarobverse Oops. I did mean Dropship. Not Dropshop. Sorry about that! in reply to lunarobverse #
  • Just got a random call from someone wanting me to get rid of my shared library in his iTunes. Wow. Reminds me of this: http://bit.ly/UmHnY #
  • I hate it when I sync my iPhone, and iTunes decides to remove an app. I now have an empty spot, but I don’t remember what goes there! πŸ™ #
  • Switched my 7 screens of iPhone apps to alphabetical. Layout was just too hard to manage (hope iTunes 9 fixes that!). #
  • The one exception to my new alphabetical iPhone app regimen: Tweetie. I use it so dang much it has to be on the first page. #
  • I might try using Spotlight search to find and launch apps. Could be faster than swiping through pages. #
  • @rachelbancroft’s chickens started clucking like crazy. They just stared when I played this back for them. : http://tweetreel.com/?jzmgr #
  • I really ought to be packing – taking the Greyhound to meet up with @rachelbancroft in Eugene tomorrow morning. Tired… #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-14

  • So Mac Office 2010 is replacing Entourage with “Outlook”. But Snow Leopard adds native Exchange support to Mail, iCal, and Add. Book. #
  • @markhughes3000 I’m not an Entourage fan either, and I use Outlook because work revolves around it. But I’d much rather use Mac native apps. in reply to markhughes3000 #
  • I think I finally licked that McAfee/XP problem. I had to eviscerate and reinstall all the corporate McAfee apps. VM snapshot time! #
  • People getting excited about Outlook for Mac is like people getting excited that IE6 is being ported to Mac. πŸ™‚ #
  • All that McAfee/XP angst was so I could run the expense report tool, which is a Java app. Guess what’s not working now? *head asplode* #
  • @bobpotter Most important thing for businesses to understand before diving into Twitter? It’s our space. Don’t be a jerk. in reply to bobpotter #
  • Now that Google Reader allows custom “Send To…” URLs, is there one for Instapaper? That would be awesome! πŸ™‚ #
  • Ask and receive: here’s how to add “Send to Instapaper” to Google Reader http://bit.ly/WCaT5 Sweet! #
  • That was officially the hardest expense report I’ve ever filed. With all the ancillary problems, I figure it took about 8 hours. πŸ™ #
  • #winMBP @taptaptap is giving away a $5999 ColorWare STEALTH MacBook Pro to celebrate launching Convert for iPhone! http://taptaptap.com/+JP7 #
  • Twitter’s baking retweeting into the service at a fundamental level: http://bit.ly/RUGtc This is going to be interesting… #
  • @morecontrary I’ve tried Entourage. There’s a reason I prefer running an entire Windows XP VM to basically support running Outlook. πŸ™‚ in reply to morecontrary #
  • @Scobleizer Stoked to hear that Qik is finally out in the app store, but without the ability to do live streaming, it’s just like the rest. in reply to Scobleizer #
  • I suspect we won’t see real live video streaming apps on the iPhone until OS 3.1, which allows API access to video from the camera. #
  • @jackie_danicki Besides location embedding, what makes Qik on the iPhone different from, say, TwitVid, PixelPipe, Tweet Reel, or UStream? in reply to jackie_danicki #
  • @jackie_danicki I read the post. Was hoping for something more that differentiates Qik. It’s a nice app, but it has lots of competition. in reply to jackie_danicki #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-13

  • New funny blog to add to the reader: http://probablybadnews.com (hat tip to @kevinfox) #
  • @rachelbancroft and the kids are at Grandma’s for a few days, it’s 6PM, and where am I? Still at work. Party on! Woo! πŸ™‚ #
  • For some reason, in my WIndows XP VM, the “SYSTEM” process has decided it needs 95%+ of my CPU. Process Explorer gives no clues. *sigh* πŸ™ #
  • It all started when I installed an IT mandated patch earlier today. I thought patches were supposed to make things better? #
  • It’s killing me, because it’s 7:30PM, I’m still at work, I need to do an expense report, and the expense tool *only* works in Windows. πŸ™ #
  • Runaway Windows VM makes @jabancroft a Sad Panda… πŸ™ http://yfrog.com/12w1cbj #
  • @perfectlyshaped I’d love to ditch the complexity of running two OSes, but there are some work things that only work in Windows. Oh well. in reply to perfectlyshaped #
  • I think I found the culprit. McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention Service keeps dying. I need Patch 4. The IT install of Patch 4 fails. Hmm… #
  • Screw it. It’s 9:30PM, I haven’t had dinner, and I’m getting nowhere with this McAfee/XP issue. I’m going home. *harrumph* #
  • Uploading this week’s @isntv episodes from Fios at home, since UpperBlip doesn’t like to work behind a proxy. Yes, I’m still working. #
  • @drnormal UpperBlip seems to use HTTP, but isn’t smart enough to check the system’s proxy settings, or let me specify my own. So, no worky. in reply to drnormal #
  • @ahockley Using Firefox 3.5? It’s got geolocation. Try clicking the little circle above the zoom slider in Google Maps. http://bit.ly/MvmIf in reply to ahockley #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-08-12

  • Good thing I didn’t put all of today’s show details into Google Calendar, like I usually do. It’s down for me, completely. #
  • On @isntv at 8AM Pacific, @tersteeg and Clay will talk with Wolfgang von Rudel, head of IT for CERN (yes, THAT CERN). http://bit.ly/isntv #
  • Oops. I misspoke. Wolfgang von Ruden is the Director of Openlab at CERN, formerly the head of IT. I apologize for the error. #
  • The science nerd in me is immensely enjoying listening to Wolfgang von Ruden talk about CERN. But I’m not smart enough to ask a question! πŸ˜‰ #
  • That was an amazing @isntv episode. Lots of live viewers, great guest and topic. I love shows like that. πŸ™‚ #
  • Today’s @isntv setup, with new high/wide cam on a C-stand: http://twitpic.com/diqlw #
  • Another day of live @isntv is in the can. Did three live shows today, they all turned out great. I love it when that happens. πŸ™‚ #
  • OH: “I made a Pelican hole.” #
  • Is it just me, or is Google Reader suddenly making the text of the currently selected feed item larger than its neighbors? *rubs eyes* #
  • Oh hey, PGE gave us our new SmartMeter power meter. Now, how long before we get Google Power? http://twitpic.com/dkewx #
  • Change of plans: @emmabancroft plurked in the car, so @rachelbancroft is delaying their trip to grandma’s until tomorrow. #
  • Also, please note the new usage and context for “plurk”, and begin using it accordingly. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @johnawolf Actually, this is the Google Power to which I was referring: http://www.google.org/powermeter/ in reply to johnawolf #
  • Just added a bunch of cool people, mostly women, to who @rachelbancroft follows (she asked for suggestions). #