Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-02-10

  • So, I've signed up to use google.com/buzz in my Gmail, but how do I actually *use* it? I don't see any UI. #
  • At least the iPhone version of buzz.google.com works: http://twitpic.com/129fpf #
  • Played with Buzz a bit on my iPhone since it's not in my Gmail yet. Can't wait to hook up my tweets and other streams, then forget about it. #
  • @rigeek try http://buzz.google.com on the iPhone. I got a "not found" at first, reloaded, and it worked. in reply to rigeek #
  • Shoes by Native http://j.mp/9iy1fb A cross between Crocs and Converse? In Orange and White? I MUST HAVE THESE SHOES. #
  • RT @rogoway: Trouble w/Portland streets, signs, parking, potholes, streetlights, or graffiti? There's an app for that: http://bit.ly/bvey30 #
  • Google Buzz integrations with Maps 4.0 on Android on the Nexus One is *WAY* cool. You see all these little thought bubbles on the map. Nice. #
  • My Take On Google Buzz http://post.ly/N3fw #
  • @davest You should get an alert when an Android app has an update. Or go into Market, Downloads and check there. in reply to davest #
  • Looking at "Nearby" in Google Buzz, there are a *LOT* of early adopter geeks in my neighborhood. Wow. #
  • Google Buzz: The Mainstream's Geo-Social Network? http://j.mp/bU5Qo9 I'm screenshot famous! Thanks, Frederic! πŸ™‚ #
  • Raimbow balloons! Google's making it easy to post to Buzz from their mobile web stuff, like Calendar and Reader: http://twitpic.com/12bu84 #
  • A terrific post by @Marco on feature checklist comparisons, and how they can go wrong: Feature checklist dysfunction – http://j.mp/b0doyS #
  • I didn't intend to rebuild my whole home network from scratch tonight, but that's what happened. I think my new Airport Express is flaky. πŸ™ #

My Take On Google Buzz

I can’t predict the future (very well), and I’m not Google, so I can’t say whether Buzz is their answer to XYZ, but it does tie together some interesting pipes, and to me, that’s where its value lies.

Will I start posting status updates to Buzz instead of Twitter? No. Because I can post once to Twitter, and all my friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Friendfeed will see it (plus, it gets archived in half a dozen other places). I want Buzz to tie into that (which, according to the tin, it will).

Will Buzz replace Twitter or Facebook for reading my friends’ updates? Maybe. We’ll have to see. But “Josh’s Theory of Internet Plumbing” and “Josh’s Theory of Social Gravity” are in full effect here. Use the best tools and pipes for the job, and go where your friends are.


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-02-07

  • Girl Scout Day! Woo! πŸ™‚ (@ World Forestry Center) http://4sq.com/8rzJmF #
  • I wish the iPhone Facebook app had "Read Later" for Instapaper for links. I've been spoiled by Tweetie (and now Reeder). #
  • @kentgiard I'm loving Reeder. Tried all the paid iPhone apps. Reeder is the fist one I've stuck with over the GReader web interface. in reply to kentgiard #
  • 33rd annual Sweethearts' Ball with @rachelbancroft. (@ LDS Church – Farmington Bldg) http://4sq.com/5KscE9 #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-02-06

  • Another gripe with the new Facebook UI: "Recently Added" friends is nowhere to be found, and I have no idea how to reorder my lists now. πŸ™ #
  • And I can't see how to add a friend to a list in the new Facebook UI, either. I'm all for progress, but why remove so many features? #
  • @penmachine LOL I would totally buy that (Facebook element layout being random). πŸ™‚ in reply to penmachine #
  • @1tonyjones @jschultz I'm all for pretty and I've liked the past Facebook designs. But this one moves the useful stuff too many clicks away. in reply to 1tonyjones #
  • BTW "Recently Added Friends" is now behind Account, Edit Friends, Recently Added, in case you were left looking for it. #
  • Still have no idea how to re-order a friends list in the new Facebook design. #
  • BTW, if you haven't yet tried the Siri iPhone app, get it. Voice driven assistant. Tell it to book a table, call a cab, lookup movies, etc. #
  • Tell Your iPhone To Make You A Sandwich With Siri http://post.ly/MMiH #
  • @LeStew The makers of Siri recommend the iPhone 3GS for speed, but I've heard it runs OK (if a little slower) on a 3G. in reply to LeStew #
  • I love it when people bring their small children to work, and I hear their cute little voices. Don't shush them! We need the cute! πŸ™‚ #
  • I just ousted @dropkickdesign as the mayor of E-San Thai Cuisine on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/6tSDuc #
  • Ignite Portland 8 planning and ritual Thai food. Pad Se Ew – yum! πŸ™‚ (@ E-San Thai Cuisine w/ 2 others) http://4sq.com/6tSDuc #

Tell Your iPhone To Make You A Sandwich With Siri

Siri Assistant is a new iPhone app/service that has a lot of people talking. I first heard Scoble get all excited about it a couple of weeks ago, and Adam Duvander was telling me about it last night. By the time I got home from the Ignite Portland 8 talk selection meeting last night, it was in the App Store, so I’ve been playing with it. It’s definitely worth grabbing (it’s free), and time will tell if it becomes truly useful, or just a very novel idea.

Siri combines a couple of cool features – speech to text by Nuance, the folks who power the awesome Dragon Dictation iPhone app – and a bunch of search and service APIs, like OpenTable. The result is an app you can tell things like “book me a table for two at an italian restaurant in Portland tomorrow night” and it will come back with a selection of restaurants and times that are available. Simply tap on the time, and your table is booked.

You can also look up movie times (“Where is Avatar playing tonight?“), call a taxi, ask for the weather in any city, or find out more about people (“Who is Josh Bancroft?“). The potential for some really cool/clever easter eggs is there, though I haven’t found any yet. This may just be wishful thinking.

Alas, there is one command that I’ve always wanted my iPhone to obey, and even the very cool Siri app falls short here:


Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-02-05

  • RT @Frauenfelder: Geek Alert! Arduinos (and everything else) in the Maker Shed are 20% today. http://bit.ly/d7TJ6C #
  • RT @fredericl: "we need to understand that not wanting root access doesn’t make you stupid." http://bit.ly/bnJoC2 #
  • Thinking I should bifurcate my home network in to N-only and G-only. Might help isolate my problem. Plus, I love the word "bifurcate". πŸ™‚ #
  • RT @geekygirldawn: Tonight we meet to pick @IgnitePortland talks. Always a painful process; many great ideas & we can't pick them all! #
  • Selleck Waterfall Sandwich: http://selleckwaterfallsandwich.tumblr.com/ πŸ™‚ #
  • Angry Birds for iPhone is cute, fun, and challenging. Recommended. And the sounds are awesome! πŸ™‚ http://twitpic.com/11ee76 #
  • Ignite Portland 8 Talks are getting selected. Ooh! Aah! (@ NedSpace w/ 2 others) http://4sq.com/6gZRug #
  • Playing with the new Siri iPhone app. It's fun to boss my phone around. "sudo make me a sandwich" doesn't work, though. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Data point: my Airport Extreme only stops working when my iPhone uses it. Works all day with @rachelbancroft's phone and other machines. #
  • Never got AEBS -> iMac remote syslog working. Trying a static IP address on my iPhone to see if that helps the overall issue. #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-02-04

  • RT @Tersteeg: Great to see credit to @jabancroft in Harvard Business Review for the ongoing success of Intelpedia. http://bit.ly/cafuP4 (Aw) #
  • I want to publicly thank @bryanrhoads and @kenekaplan for dropping my name in so many positive ways. I feel like they're my PR team! πŸ™‚ #
  • @texturadesign Wow, that pic brings back memories. Gotta figure out how to get back to Shanghai again! πŸ™‚ in reply to texturadesign #
  • OK, I'm back on the Inbox Zero wagon. I fell off at the beginning of the year. (but I had a pretty good 4 month stretch going before that!) #
  • Hey Twitter: If you had to guess, how many Mac applications would you say there are? 10K? 100K? A Million? #
  • Let me clarify: How many Mac OS X apps (i.e., modern apps) would you guess there are? #
  • Wait, what? Comcast is changing their name to "Xfinity"? Seriously? http://bit.ly/aUk7wQ #
  • OH: "Wow, it's raining East Coast style." (in Hillsboro). #pdxtst #
  • I should go home, but it's still raining pretty hard, and I don't want to get soaked on the way to my car. #notarealoregonian πŸ™‚ #
  • Can someone tell my why my home network has gone insane? Every evening, my Airport Extreme will cease to function, need a reboot. *sigh* #
  • I can't even grab a log from my AEBS, since when it goes out to lunch, only a reboot fixes it, and that clears the log. πŸ™ #
  • @mightiermouse Yeah, I'm going to try that (have it send syslogs to the iMac). Thanks. in reply to mightiermouse #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-02-03

  • @isntv live show day! Woo! πŸ™‚ (@ Intel – Jones Farm 1 Building) http://4sq.com/7f8CZ8 #
  • @CAMURPHY Seriously? @isntv is blocked for you? Bummer! Can you see it at http://software.intel.com ? We put the player there on show day. in reply to CAMURPHY #
  • RT @dangillmor: Android WordPress app looks terrific — http://android.wordpress.org/ (via @om) #
  • RT @BenKuchera: The This American Life iPhone app is amazing. $3 for access to every episode? Sweet. #
  • iPhone OS 3.1.3 is out: http://bit.ly/8ZXtsv Seems like mostly bugfixes/battery accuracy. I'm going to pludge – will report back. #
  • Full-Color Iron Man MacBook Decal Kills Bad Guys with Branding [Iron Man] http://j.mp/9CekEf I'd totally rock this decal. πŸ™‚ #
  • iPhone OS 3.1.3 update was successful – nothing out of the ordinary. I'll be watching for better battery meter accuracy. #
  • @lunarobverse Except that 3.1.3 doesn't add "iPad" to the dictionary. It still autocorrects to upas. πŸ™‚ in reply to lunarobverse #
  • iPhone OS 3.1.3 updated the radio firmware, and the "bars" seem more accurate. No more "I have bars but nothing works". Now it's "no bars". #
  • @LeStew iPhone OS 3.1.3? Came out this morning. Where have you been? πŸ˜‰ in reply to LeStew #
  • Star Wars sneakers by Adidas http://j.mp/bwFpUT WANT. White and orange. Perfect. #
  • @gruber and @glennf made me check my iPhone 3G data usage history. I avg 125MB/month, never more than 170MB. Hello, $15/250MB iPad plan! πŸ™‚ #
  • @blogan Debating with an Apple fanboi? You and I haven't talked today… πŸ˜‰ in reply to blogan #
  • Can You Get By with 250 MB of Data Per Month? http://j.mp/8ZQU1H (I think I can. Loosing at my bills, I average around 125MB, max 190MB.) #
  • I think the key to my low iPhone 3G data usage is the fact that I'm near wifi more than I thought. 'Cuz I use the heck out of the thing. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2010-02-02

  • Cordless landline (well, Vonage) phone at home is dying (5.4GHz Panasonic). Time to buy a new one, or go cell-only? Hmm… #
  • I wish I could port my Vonage number to Google Voice. I'd dump our "landline" in a heartbeat. #
  • @mike_strock Yeah, I could forward my Vonage number to GV. But I want to stop paying for Vonage. πŸ™‚ in reply to mike_strock #
  • @mike_strock It's not that I can't port a number *from* Vonage. I can. It's that I can't (yet) port a number *to* Google Voice. in reply to mike_strock #
  • Reeder for iPhone (syncs with Google Reader) is *really* nice. I've tried all the GReader client apps, this is by far the best. #
  • Lego iPad http://j.mp/dluKAQ Nice. πŸ™‚ #
  • I'm thinking we should just bite the bullet, dump our land line at home, tell everyone a new Google Voice number, and move on. #