Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-22

  • @ChrisPirillo JuneCloud's Delivery Status Touch iPhone app has been out for about a year. At least, that's how long I've been using it. πŸ˜‰ in reply to ChrisPirillo #
  • Repeat for the morning crowd: Get Your Ignite Portland 8 Talk Ideas In Before Jan. 31! http://bit.ly/5Abtow #ip8 /via @IgnitePortland #
  • @civrot I don't use Google DNS, but only because I jeep forgetting to set it up. Thanks for the reminder! πŸ™‚ in reply to civrot #
  • Installed an Airport Express at home for music streaming downstairs, and to get an N bridge to my PS3. Works like a charm. 5 stars. #
  • Now that my PS3 is wired via 802.11n, I discovered that Verizon finally upgraded my Fios to 20/5 from 15/2. Whee! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Toadster I'm tempted by Verizon's new 35/35 mbps symmetric Fios, but I don't want to pay for a TV/phone bundle. (I don't even have cable!) in reply to Toadster #
  • @ShieldsPhoto I'm using an Apple 802.11n Airport Express to extend my network and act as a wired bridge. in reply to ShieldsPhoto #
  • @KevinDJones Streaming to my audio receiver downstairs from the Mac upstairs, and we control it all via the Remote app on our iPhones. πŸ™‚ in reply to KevinDJones #
  • Anyone know how to actually restore a Dell Mini 10v netbook from the restore partition? Ctrl+F11 doesn't work. Partition is there. *sigh* #
  • @ShieldsPhoto Yeah, the "restore" disk is actually just a vanilla Win7 install. I'm doing that now. Then drivers. Then apps… in reply to ShieldsPhoto #
  • @ShieldsPhoto Generally, I'd be pleased that it had a plain Windows install disc, but today, I hoped for a monolithic image restore. Oh well in reply to ShieldsPhoto #
  • @FiOSTV Oh? Tell me more. I'm a long time internet-only customer. What speed options do I have? I pay $50/month for 20/5 now. in reply to FiOSTV #
  • @Philhellene Google's telling me that no one can get the Mini 10 to do a system restore. Ctrl+F11 and boot_dsr.exe don't work. Oh well! in reply to Philhellene #
  • Dear LazyTwitter: Mozy, BackBlaze, Carbonite, or Other? And *why*? Personal experiences welcomed. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @FiOSTV 25/25 for $69? Tempting. What kind of contract commitment/extension? Any discounts for long time customers like me? Thanks! πŸ™‚ in reply to FiOSTV #
  • "iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual" by @CHOCKENBERRY? That's like peanut butter and chocolate. And pickle brine. πŸ™‚ Will buy. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-21

  • RT @Ross: Netflix Instant via PS3 + http://instantwatcher.com/ = impulse couch potato heaven (/me: I concur – this is how we watch TV now) #
  • Noticing an uptick in the number of people wandering around, typing intently on their iPhones. Maybe that Type n Walk app isn't a bad idea. #
  • 1Password Alpha for Chrome is available! Woo! http://bit.ly/6WbAeZ I've installed it, and it works. Going to try living in Chrome now. #
  • I've got this issue with 1Password for Chrome (with multiple logins), but it's a known issue: http://bit.ly/738IEo #
  • If you're going to try 1Password alpha for Chrome, make sure you have the very latest builds of Chromium or Chrome Dev and 1Password. #
  • I'm very pleased with how snappy Chrome for Mac is (latest dev version, compared to Firefox 3.6 RC1). Snappy, I say. πŸ™‚ #
  • @civrot A fair amount of my online time is in Google products. Gmail, Reader, and Calendar. No idea about percentages, but I'd say "a lot". in reply to civrot #
  • RT @IgnitePortland: Liz Grover Made an Awesome Documentary About Ignite Portland http://bit.ly/83J2aP – go watch it! πŸ™‚ #
  • Oops. I guess a bunch of you wanted to go watch @lilbutterfly's Ignite documentary. We broke igniteportland.com πŸ™ #
  • RT @IgnitePortland: Get Your Ignite Portland 8 Talk Ideas In Before Jan. 31! http://bit.ly/5Abtow #ip8 #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-20

  • RT @isntv: Come watch Google's Russ Cox talk about the Go language on Parallel Programming Talk LIVE at 8AM Pacific: http://j.mp/isntv #
  • Nine years ago today I did the best thing I've ever done – married @rachelbancroft. Happy Anniversary – I love you, sweetie! πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @chrismessina: Love how the Mac dev community mobilizes: buy indie Mac + iPhone apps tmrrw (1/20) and help #Haiti! http://indierelief.com #
  • RT @isntv: Live in 30 minutes: Mark Randel of Terminal Reality talks Ghostbusters on Visualize This! Come watch: http://j.mp/isntv #
  • RT @isntv: Live now: Mark Randel and lots of Ghostbusters clips on Visualize This! Come watch at http://j.mp/isntv and bring your friends! #
  • RT @isntv: Reasons to watch our live "behind the scenes" cam before and after our shows: @jabancroft just knocked it for a tumble. πŸ™‚ #
  • @justinkistner While I assume places I check in will be shown publicly, I also only approve @foursquare requests from people I know. in reply to justinkistner #
  • @justinkistner I take the same approach with Facebook – I only add people I know, but I assume that anything I post could go public. in reply to justinkistner #
  • @justinkistner And of course, Twitter is "all the way" public – I don't care who follows me there (because I would go crazy trying to care!) in reply to justinkistner #
  • Publishing industry loses $3B/yr to piracy, but $100B/yr to "lending". Shocking! πŸ˜‰ http://bit.ly/5x4rnx /via @timoreilly #
  • @ahockley There's a link to donate to Haiti right on the front page of iTunes, via the Red Cross, using your iTunes payment account. in reply to ahockley #
  • @ahockley As secretive as Apple is, I'm sure they wouldn't go around trumpeting how much money they've donated. It's distasteful. Just help. in reply to ahockley #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-19


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-16

  • RT @foursquare Show 4SQ Check-ins in iCal or GCal – Login to foursquare.com then go to foursquare feeds: http://4sq.com/4wbLy3 (/me: neato!) #
  • OH: "If you don't see me tweet for a while, start looking for my body, because it probably means I'm dead." πŸ™‚ #
  • Ignite Portland 8 planning! πŸ™‚ (@ E-San Thai Cuisine) http://4sq.com/6tSDuc #
  • Checkins are the new status updates. Real-time + geo. You heard it here first. #foursquare #gowalla #yelp #thefuture #
  • Date night with@rachelbancroft. This place looks awesome. Crab puffs! πŸ™‚ (@ Good Taste Noodle House) http://4sq.com/8Jy4QP #
  • Foursquare is blowing up right now. Been on it a long time, but my friend request volume went through the roof in the last 2-3 weeks. #
  • Playing with YelpSquare, er, Yelp 4.0 with checkins. Has all the basics, could be good. Foursquare has a BIG lead, though. #
  • I love how easy and *FAST* it is to add Twitter and FB friends on Foursquare. It's frictionless and so far, unequalled. #
  • Right now we're in the messy uncomfortable "which solution will win?" place with Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla, MyTown, etc. #
  • Time, fortune, and geeks are fickle mistresses. Just ask FriendFeed… #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-15

  • @chartier Layar themselves pulled it temporarily from the App Store to work out some stability issues. I still have it installed, works OK. in reply to chartier #
  • The Perplexus – Awesome Brain Toy http://post.ly/IfGi #
  • Emma vs the Perplexus http://post.ly/IfMK #
  • RT @drjonboyg: The Boxee Box is making me reconsider plans to pick up a mac mini for HTPC duties. (me too!) #
  • Emma vs the Perplexus http://post.ly/IfPt #
  • @lyzadanger Not wrong to want a Perplexus. It's right. Every geek workplace should have at least one. πŸ™‚ in reply to lyzadanger #
  • @blogan Yes, I'll bring it into the office as soon as the family loses interest in it. They'd kill me if I tried to remove it now. πŸ˜‰ in reply to blogan #
  • Wow. The quality on that Perplexus video I made is horrible. Sorry about that. Been recrunched too many times. Will fix. #
  • I just became the mayor of Intel Jones Farm 5 Cafe on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/7ZjQUX #
  • Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) http://j.mp/6TcG6B I want to do these with my kids! #
  • RT @IgnitePortland: Want to talk onstage at #IP8? Odds are in your favor – only 13 submissions so far! Get yours in at http://j.mp/ip8talks #
  • @PaRaJiTo Ignite Portland is a rapid fire "share cool ideas" event we've been putting on for a couple of years. More at igniteportland.com in reply to PaRaJiTo #

The Perplexus – Awesome Brain Toy

I asked for (and got) a Perplexus puzzle sphere for Christmas. I had thought I’d bring it to work, as a companion to the Rubik’s 360 I keep on my desk (it’s a great conversation starter, and fun to play with while I’m on phone meetings – shh! :-). But the Perplexus has become so popular with everyone at home (even 3yo Gabe, who does surprisingly well with it once you get him started) that I don’t dare take it to work for fear of angering Emma, Gabe and Rachel.

What is a Perplexus? It’s like one of those marble labyrinth toys, where you twist and turn to move a steel bearing along a path. Except it’s in 3D, and completely encased inside a 10 inch plastic sphere. The insides of it look like colorful plastic brain matter, and it’s lots of fun to play with. I first heard about it in Make magazine, where they did a story on its creator, Michael McGinnin, and the giant-sized “Superplexuses” he creates (I WANT one of those!). BoingBoing also wrote about it (again) recently.

Here’s a video of 6yo Emma playing with it and explaining it. Watch to the end to see her highly advanced technique. πŸ™‚

The Perplexus is available at ThinkGeek, and you can also now pick it up (a little cheaper) at Amazon.com (affiliate link). If you like brain exercise toys, you should definitely pick one up.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-14

  • Why yes, I did just make Death Metal Rooster my iPhone ringtone. Why do you ask? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Perplexus http://j.mp/5fktzw I got one of these for Christmas, and love it. Make Magazine recently wrote about its creator. #
  • The Perplexus (3D sphere maze puzzle), which I got for Christmas and *love*, is now at Amazon. Get one!! http://bit.ly/6LBU7j #
  • @ravenme Yay Netflix! Watch Instantly = awesome. Use a PS3 or Wii to stream, or buy a Boxee box. And get the InstantWatcher iPhone app. in reply to ravenme #
  • @betsywhim @grigs @ravenme I'd hold out for a Boxee Box. Or build one. The new beta release is amazing. Does SO much more than Netflix! in reply to betsywhim #
  • @grigs @betsywhim @ravenme No worries. I didn't know Tivos could do Netflix Instant Streaming. Cool. πŸ™‚ in reply to grigs #