Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-13

  • Wilsonville burglars nabbed by Android app that backs up pics. Yes, they took pics of themselves. http://bit.ly/4WcL8z #
  • Dreamed I lived with @donttrythis and Jamie. We sang TMBG "Here Comes Science" while tearing stuff apart. Adam couldn't sing. πŸ™‚ #
  • I might be watching too many episodes of @Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs on Netflix before bed. Might. πŸ™‚ #
  • @todd_logan I have a mancrush on both Adam and Jamie. And Grant and Kari. I don't think Tory and I would get along, though. πŸ˜‰ in reply to todd_logan #
  • RT @peat: An Alien facehugger plush cover for CPAP masks would sell like hotcakes! Time to mod one of these? http://bit.ly/7ukD8G #
  • It occurs to me that a large number of geeky-type people I know suffer from sleep apnea and use a CPAP/BiPAP machine (I do). #
  • @macfixer No, man. "Geeky-type" is the highest praise I can give. πŸ™‚ in reply to macfixer #
  • Wow. Google fires a warning shot across China's bow re: spying and censorship: http://bit.ly/4MAjhJ #
  • Notice that Google didn't hold a press conf. or brief reporters about their China news. They just posted it to their blog. #
  • @bobduffy @cvelis I wasn't meaning to say "Google is the media." What I meant was anyone can use their blog that way. PR has changed. in reply to bobduffy #
  • Just had a surprisingly great talk with 6yo @emmabancroft about human rights, freedom of speech, and racism. #prouddaddy #
  • Now @rachelbancroft and @emmabancroft are reenacting the Revolutionary War with baby carrots… πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-12

  • Somehow the scent of lovely deep fried food is making its way from the cafeteria to our building. Making me bonkers for some crab puffs. πŸ™‚ #
  • I just ousted John J. as the mayor of Intel – Jones Farm on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/8chn4v #
  • Glad we don't have one of these in our backyard. But he's awesome anyway: Death Metal Rooster http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A43JOxLa5MM #
  • Realistic Lego models http://j.mp/8vOrL5 WANT. #
  • Is it just me, or did Bejeweled Blitz on the iPhone stop posting to Facebook every time I start playing? Now I can be more stealthy! πŸ™‚ #
  • Foursquare 1.5 for iPhone, with "check in anywhere" and a refreshed UI, is now available in the App Store: http://twitpic.com/xrhac #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-08

  • National Weather Service starts #wxrport to do what #pdxtst does – geotagged weather reports. Cool, but not all tweets have geo data yet… #
  • I'd love to pick up a new Sprint Overdrive 3G/WiMAX, uh, thingy. The dual-bandy-ness of it almost makes a 2yr $60/mo contract bearable. #
  • Wondering when we'll get all the yummy v2 features (lists, search sync, etc.) in the desktop version of Tweetie? (hint hint @atebits!) #
  • @Tersteeg I'd never replace home broadband with it. You can take away my Fios when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. πŸ™‚ in reply to Tersteeg #
  • @jezlyn I'm sure there's the usual 5gb Sprint bandwidth cap. I'd also consider the new Pre Plus with wifi sharing if it did WiMAX too. in reply to jezlyn #
  • Just gave @blogan a sneak peek at my "petting zoo". Read into that what you will. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-07

  • Sparkfun Electronics "Free Day" $100 promotion proves too much for their servers. Smoking crater. Hope I get my Arduino kit + tools! #
  • @phj_pdx Heh. Yeah, I'm not surprised SparkFun melted. I've been avoiding tweeting about it so as not to contribute to the DDoS. πŸ™‚ in reply to phj_pdx #
  • Well that was disappointing. Sparkfun Free Day was a total bust. Servers got nuked, and now it's over. Oh well. πŸ™ #
  • Is it just me, or do the iPhone push notifications from the new 3.1 Facebook app have no sound at all? That's… annoying. #
  • @mtrichardson I've been using Boxcar to get push notifications from Facebook (volume is OK for me), I'm debating switching to native FB push in reply to mtrichardson #
  • Wish I could share what I have in my hot little hands right now. Not yet. In meetings, haven't even played much yet. πŸ™‚ #
  • Used Chrome for Mac (dev) as my main browser for 1 day. Missed 1Password so much, I'm going back to Firefox until 1P for Chrome is out. #
  • Chrome for Mac was definitely faster than Firefox (3.6 RC1), but I had no idea how dependent I'd become on 1Password's functionality. #
  • I am aware of the bookmarklet workaround to use 1Password in Chrome for Mac, but I want full integration. Call me greedy. πŸ™‚ #
  • All this slate/tablet excitement reminds me of the heady days when UMPCs were going to be The Next Big Thing(TM). Ah, nostalgia. πŸ™‚ #
  • I'm going to be livetweeting/covering the @Intel CEO CES Keynote over on the @IntelSoftware account, if you want to join me. Big news! πŸ™‚ #
  • There's going to be a big announcement about a program my team has worked HARD on for the last few months. Exciting! πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @IntelSoftware: Watch Paul Otellini's CES keynote LIVE now at http://facebook.com/intel – big news if you're a developer who likes money. #
  • RT @IntelSoftware: Announcing the Intel AppUp Center Beta – store for netbook applications. http://intelappup.com #ces #dev4atom #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-06

  • @aaroneiche Uh oh. I hope they fix it. I've been waiting anxiously for SparkFun Free Day ever since they announced it. πŸ™‚ in reply to aaroneiche #
  • @aaroneiche I was looking forward to getting a nice soldering iron, maybe some other basics. I'd love to make a solar Chicken Cam. πŸ™‚ in reply to aaroneiche #
  • RT @gregleff: Dang it, as if I wasn't already geeking out about the Chevy Volt – they have to go and add an iPhone app?! http://post.ly/HRrN #
  • Woo hoo! Facebook 3.1 for iPhone is out in the App Store. Adds push notifications and contact sync (incl. pics). Go get it! πŸ™‚ #
  • @gregleff I know. I used two paid 3rd party apps, Boxcar for push and FeX for contact sync. Facebook 3.1 replaces functionality of both. in reply to gregleff #
  • Facebook 3.1 for iPhone contact sync complete. Opted not to replace photos, but it added missing ones. Added an fb:// profile link, too. #
  • Bonus: Since I sync my contacts with Google, all those contact photos from FB are now syncing up to Google, too. Cloud sync heaven. πŸ™‚ #
  • I may keep Boxcar for Facebook push notifications, though, since it lets me customize the alert sound (I don't think FB 3.1 does that). #
  • @dnorton I was referring to the new contact sync and push notification features of version 3.1 of the Facebook app for iPhone. in reply to dnorton #
  • @dnorton Basically, the new FB app pulls profile pics and adds them to my iPhone Address Book, when then syncs over Google Sync. in reply to dnorton #
  • @ChrisHahn The sync operation runs continuously while the FB app is running, so it could update when someone changes their pic. Not sure. in reply to ChrisHahn #
  • @lunarobverse The FB app is behaving strangely for me, too. I think their sync/API servers are getting hammered as people get the new app. in reply to lunarobverse #
  • Doing it wrong – why would I wait? – @katusteve: Airliner bound for Maui returns to PDX – we'll tell you what happened – coming up tonight #
  • @ahockley but @thesquare did it right: Not only told us what happened, with a link, but made a joke at the same time: http://bit.ly/6S6cov in reply to ahockley #
  • @morganpdx For interview tips, I HIGHLY recommend watching Warren Etheredge's talk "Art of the Interview" at Gnomedex 9 http://bit.ly/7wuTx0 in reply to morganpdx #
  • The Dev channel version of Chrome for Mac now supports Extensions. Which means I can use XMarks. Now testing as my main browser. #
  • @gizmodo on new Blio reader: "you'd be right to point out that this kind of tech already exists, and it's called the internet" *chortle* #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-05

  • Watching various sources for the Google Nexus One event: @scobleizer/tech-news-people, Ars, Engadget, Gizmodo, and Boy Genius. #
  • The multicolor flashing trackball (for notifications) on the Nexus One is bringing up flashbacks of the Danger Sidekick's colorful wheel. #
  • My Thoughts on the Fabled Apple "iSlate" Tablet http://post.ly/HJdj #
  • Nice! @bre and the @makerbot are on the cover of the upcoming Make Magazine volume 21 (just got my notice for the digital edition). #
  • Cinch http://j.mp/7j1XzC See also: "Tile Windows Vertically", available since Windows 3.1. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Playing around with formspring.me – I love it when people ask me questions! http://formspring.me/jabancroft #
  • @rizzn Intel is going to live stream some stuff (Paul O,'s keynote, etc.). More info at http://facebook.com/intel #ces in reply to rizzn #
  • @matthewsmccoy Yeah, the formspring.me site has been really flaky for me, too. in reply to matthewsmccoy #
  • Parrot's AR.Drone helicopter brings military-style amusement to the iPhone http://j.mp/6GPoCc WANT. #
  • They're fiddling around with the UI for Google Reader Mobile (on iPhone) I see… #

My Thoughts on the Fabled Apple “iSlate” Tablet

I’m trying to avoid writing about rumors and hype these days. There is plenty of that to go around, and I don’t need to tell you where to find it. I don’t have any facts, only opinions, and there’s really one main idea that I want to share here, sprinkled among the following posts. Go read them now, or save them for later when your brain can chew on them. There’s a lot to think about. They’re all interrelated, so read them in order, and form your own conclusions. πŸ™‚

These posts represent the best thinking I’ve read recently about how an Apple tablet device could potentially change personal computing. Besides the baseline gadget lust that such a device certainly inspires, there’s a bigger potential here. Because of the way the iPhone has changed my computing life (and computing *IS* my life), the idea of a big leap in the model of how we use computers is appealing and exciting to me. And if anyone can do it, Apple can.

Bring it on, Steve. Pretty please? πŸ™‚

Update: A great article from Andy Ihnatko along the same lines. Long and worth the read.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-01-04

  • Doing a new year major cleanup of my feeds in Google Reader. Was at 594, basically dumping everything, putting the really good stuff back. #
  • Before: 564 feeds in Google Reader. After? 162. Ahhh. The annual feed distilling ritual is complete. Feel much better. πŸ™‚ #
  • I've been using filters, like TechMeme, in conjunction with Instapaper (to read later) a lot more lately. Plus Twitter for real-time stuff. #
  • Correction: I went from 594 feeds in Google Reader (not 564) to 162, pruning 432 underperforming, outdated, and/or irrelevant feeds. #
  • @blogan I should do that (create an automated blogroll). That's one Bloglines feature that I really, really loved. in reply to blogan #
  • @blogan I know. I read your post. But it's still not 100% automated. You have to tag stuff. And does it handle folders/hierarchy? in reply to blogan #
  • @macfixer Yes I did – thank you! Do you still want me to send you the earpiece? in reply to macfixer #
  • @macfixer I'm sorry. I never got your address. Try again? Jabancroft@gmail.com in reply to macfixer #