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Last Build Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:19:16 -0000


Re: Ridiculously Long Men's Room Lines at Tech Conferences: A Photo Essay

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:19:16 -0000

I will play! Here's a line I captured from a Microsoft 1-day event featuring Scott Guthrie.


Sun, 13 Nov 2011 12:19:17 -0000

Unfortunately, since it requires Facebook, only those 13 and older can enjoy it, which is sad since I think that a lot of kids 13 and under would love it.

Re: Why LockerGnome Doesn’t Rely On WordPress Plugins

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:42:06 -0000

I have recently got into writing plugins for my WordPress blog and am pretty impressed and pleased with the functionality available through their API. I can also see how it could be abused. It is a shame that we have to worry about it like that, especially because many people just don't have the skills or patience to learn the skills they need to build their own plugins so have to rely on what's offered that others have written.

Honestly, you are lucky, Chris, that you and your staff can do what needs to be done with your WP installations, because most people just can't... It's easy to say "don't use any plugins you didn't write/inspect yourself", but just not practical for the majority of bloggers who are non-technical. Not sure what a viable alternative is, though. :(

Re: Kendi Everyday: Win $200 Gift Card to Karen Kane!

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 01:06:47 -0000

I would like the kimono sleeve top. Love the color and the pattern!

Re: Do iPhone Users Face a Draconian Future?

Thu, 20 May 2010 17:19:10 -0000

I had and Android phone and I loved it. Then I had to get an iPhone and resented some of the things it restricted me from that were so seasy to do on my Android, but the amazing array of applications available (which blows the Android Marketplace out of the water) made my iPhone bearable, even pleasurable to me. But now that I have an iPad and use all the (even better) apps on it instead of on my phone, my iPhone is a glorified camera phone to me now. To me it is all about the apps. I don't really care about the hardware as long as it works and gives me access to my favorite and new cool apps. Once there is a comparable device to the iPad offered by Google then I might jump ship IF all the apps I already love are available in the Marketplace. We will have to see what happens, but I am fickle and make no excuses for it. Show me the APPS!

Re: Get a Custom Colored iPad… for a Price [VIDEO]

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:23:02 -0000

LOL - but you won't even see it if you use a case. I'd rather customize my case (and have plans in the works for that). Besides, if you get sick of it you can always get another case...

Re: Buildor Could Put Web Developers Out Of Business

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:57:25 -0000

I would venture that there aren't many medium-large size companies that have static content websites. Most of those companies have websites served dynamically via a server-side language and many already have CMS built in. This tool will be nice for small businesses but most web developers don't make their main income from serving small businesses (frankly I'd much rather have 1 big client than 20 small ones... MUCH less hassle for me and the big ones are willing to pay for quality and I don't have to argue with them to get paid or put in these last 100 small changes for free). Nice tool, but it's not going to put web developers out of business as the title suggests.

Re: .css()

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:13:28 -0000

Also missing from this new documentation (unless it's changed in the latest version of jQuery) is the fact that if you pass in an empty string for a value to .css(property, value) it will remove the style property from the element. If that functionality has changed, please reply to this to let me know.

Re: The intent/purpose problem (& an appeal to @scobleizer)

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 15:31:29 -0000

I get your point about Tweetups and don't deny that conversation and connections are possible on Twitter, just that they are a lot more difficult to participate in, IMO. You can barely complete a thought in 140 characters (or less if it's an @reply or DM). To have a conversation is slow, confusing and disconnected... It's a very masochistic way to try to build relationships with people. That doesn't stop people from trying and succeeding in a lot of circumstances. I would guess that a lot of the people who connect via Twitter actually build that relationship via other more accommodating tools like blog comments or email or they are forced to resort to physical meetups like Tweetups to get to know people better. I would imagine (in my inexperience) that most Tweetups are more like a convention where everyone is meeting everyone else, but when I've meet with my FriendFeed friends it's more like we're just old friends getting together.

Re: The intent/purpose problem (& an appeal to @scobleizer)

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 14:59:16 -0000

*blush* Thanks, Micah! Glad you enjoyed it. I just wanted to say my peace on the whole "FF is dead" thing. It's kind of funny that the only time I seem to post to my blog anymore is when I'm really excited or pretty pissed off. HAH! I'd rather just spend time on FriendFeed where the conversation is.

Re: 25 things you may or may not know about me

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:48:28 -0000

Thanks for stopping by and dropping off that gem of insight, youdontmind.

I never implied that I coined the term, but simply that it was what I happen to use to refer to the phenotype implementation of the genotype of my thumb. Whether or not some official body that oversees "genetics" also refers to it that way is inconsequential in the context of my post. Also whether or not the aforementioned body began doing so before or after my birth. You are also incorrect in the statement that I do not call it that, because, obviously, I do.

But thanks for playing! Hope spewing that unsolicited venom made you feel a little better about yourself. Hugs and kisses.

Re: She’s a swimmer now

Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:47:44 -0000

I was terrified of the water when I was a kid... I remember taking swimming lessons and not wanting to go under water. We did "ring around the rosie" every class but I'd never go down. Then one time the instructor made sure she was next to me when we did it and kicked my feet out from under me and I went under. I was SO MAD and betrayed. But it wasn't long after that that I finally took to it. I went on to taking lessons up to the point where the next step was lifeguarding (I was too young or I would have done that). I was also on the swim team (pretty successfully) and doing backflips off the high dive board. It is amazing how that "switch" just turns on. I bet Ilia will amaze you with all the stuff she does in the pool!!

Re: The Point You’re Missing About Google Wave

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 12:19:23 -0000

I agree that the interface needs a LOT of work. I still think the reason they let non-devs in at this point is to figure out what the interface SHOULD be. What do people want from it? What is too much information and what is the best way to give people information without overloading them? How should it be organized and what UI elements/standards need to be created to make it all efficient? Honestly, this is such an general framework that there are so many possibilities it's overwhelming. I don't think any set of UX people could just sit and brainstorm it without actually watching people to see what they do. Again, they're not trying to polish the UI at this stage, they are designing it.

It's not like this is public either. They sent out 100K invites on Wednesday and I'll bet even with the "nominations" they've approved that number probably hasn't hit 500K yet. That's a lot of people but it's not THAT many considering how many use the internet. If they were going to make it beta like Gmail was "beta" then I would be more critical. They're trying to work out the kinks and develop a useful client for it so that it actually will be something that solves problems for us when it's ready to come out of beta. That's a good strategy in my opinion.

Re: The Point You’re Missing About Google Wave

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 11:29:55 -0000

Thanks for your thoughts, Otto. I agree that it is very soon, possibly too soon for the expectations that have been placed on it it, but I also think that those expectations are misguided.

If the platform is never exposed then (as you indicated) it never will take off. But by giving people the chance to see what it's capable of and what possibilities are there to build on top of it, there are plenty of them who will take off and run with it.

Platforms are not sexy (except to hardcore geeks). No one got excited by TCP/IP until someone figured out how to create the WWW, which solved a lot of problems that many people didn't even know they had at the time. Just because you can't currently think of any problems that Wave solves for people now doesn't mean that there aren't problems out there for it to solve, or be part of the solution for.

Most of the people who are being let in the beta now are not developers, but they're there to give the developers who were already testing an example of what kind of load the platform can bear and how it deals with things for a larger group of people. It will eventually bear fruit.

I don't think that Google is pushing too hard... I think that people outside are expecting too much, especially at this stage. I can't imagine Wave being a failure. But I can imagine it becoming so much of a background technology that it seems to have faded away (because it's no longer a novelty, it just does what it's supposed to do).

Re: ETech 06 - Monday Notes - Next Gen Web Apps

Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:50:21 -0000

Thanks for the tip, Jerry. It would be more helpful if you could tell me if
that's a general statement or you have specific issues with the design of my
site, since, personally (and contrary to your opinion) I find it rather
pleasing to look at. Constructive criticism is welcome. Trolls, however
are not.

Re: 10 People To Follow On FriendFeed For The Month Of February

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 19:13:12 -0000

Wow, thanks, Mike! Tad sent me a link (I've been swamped at work and haven't checked FF today) and I'm blushing now. :)

You were one of the first people I subscribed to on FF as well and still one of my favorites. :)
Thanks again for making my day!

Re: I Fear I Can Only Burn the Candle From One End Now

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 19:54:36 -0000

Totally empathize with your sleep dilemma. I am a night-owl by nature as well, and would love to have my sleep schedule be about 1am to 8am (maybe 9am ;)). I have an especially hard time in the winter when the sun doesn't come up till around 7am and I have to be up at 6.

Unfortunately, having a job that wants you in the office "at normal hours" and a kid in school where I have no influence over the schedule means I don't have much choice in the matter. One day I will have a work from home job again or work for myself and make my own hours... Or, more likely, my kid will go to college and I will retire and get to make my own schedule then. Just have to wait a "few years". ;)

Re: SocialWhois » isthisstupid's Public Inbox

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 16:56:00 -0000

Hey Tina! I got Disqus working on here too. :) That's a very cool feature!

Re: Flicktions

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 01:36:23 -0000

Thanks, Phil. I customized the theme myself. Made the background originally for my Android G1 phone (http://androidstuff.tumblr.... but liked it and turned it into a background. :)

Re: Posting and Pulling Comments From FriendFeed

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 00:37:02 -0000

Hi Guys! I'm excited to see this feature, but it doesn't seem to be pulling in comments that were made on FriendFeed on my posts that have been there a while. Is it only going to work for posts that are commented on after you enable the service?

Re: Twitter and FriendFeed spring cleaning comes early

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 15:30:00 -0000

I can empathize with you on how you get to that conclusion, but I guess it just doesn't really matter to me whether I am following someone or they're following me. I think the difference is that I'm so much more active on FriendFeed than Twitter, and in FriendFeed it's about FoaF. I can interact with people who aren't subscribed to me and they can interact with me if they're not subscribed.

I don't really monitor my add notifications for FriendFeed or really pay attention if I'm subscribed to the author of the post that just showed up in my feed. I guess that might piss some people off who've subscribed to me if I'm not subscribing back, but eventually I DO subscribe to people if I've interacted with them enough. If they post something that entertains or enlightens me or make comments to my posts or others that I'm involved in the discussion on, and I see their name more than a few times, I'm likely to subscribe. I would rather choose who I subscribe to by their interactions with me than the fact that they have subscribed to me. I want to follow the people who make it interesting for me.

Maybe my approach is really not a lot different from yours, I just do the pruning BEFORE I ever subscribe, instead of having to figure it out later and unsubscribe. For Twitter, it's different because you have no voice or conversation if you have no followers and my subscription selection method won't work. I guess that's why I just like FF so much more than Twitter.

Re: Flicktions

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 16:30:02 -0000

This one is for Akiva and Rochelle!

Re: Get it while it’s hot: Evernote Web Quickstart for C#

Sun, 11 Jan 2009 02:10:47 -0000

Thanks for stopping by, Daniel!

I've been thinking about your problem and going through scenarios but I haven't been able to figure out how to prevent users who haven't gone through the authorization process with Evernote previously from inadvertently authorizing your application for the last person who logged in to Evernote.

I'm pretty sure there's not a way to log the user out of Evernote, at least not through the API they provide. Browsers have security measures to prevent cross-site scripting and access to another domain's cookies (which keep users logged into Evernote) would compromise that. Perhaps there's a way around it that I'm not aware of but if there is it would probably be opening a lot of security holes.

I can see a way to figure out whether the user logged in to your application is the user who last logged into Evernote on that machine (using the UserStore.getUser method) but it would require you to keep track of the last user who logged into Evernote on that computer in your own cookie, and it wouldn't let you know if any user was currently logged into Evernote or not.

The only option I can think of is, since you guys have a good relationship with the Evernote developers, to ask them if they would add the ability to the API to either 1) log the user out or 2) provide a method to test if there is user currently logged in on that machine. They might not want to do this for similar security reasons as browsers prevent it... it gives 3rd party developers a lot of control over a user's account.

Sorry for not being more helpful. I think you have found a flaw in general with OAuth authorization. Though OAuth proponents would probably say it's not intended for things like public shared terminals. It's not a use-case that I've had to think of before.

If I have any revelations I'll let you know!

Re: High on Evernote: Cloud Storage for Consumers

Fri, 26 Dec 2008 18:59:34 -0000

I agree Jeff. It was a pretty useful app when I started using it back in late May, and each new feature-set has been something worth getting excited over. Of course there is still a lot of room for improvement, but considering the scope of the effort (how many platforms it needs to support), I am pleased with their rate of progress as well. The next major feature I hope they tackle is private sharing. If they can fix that and give users an option to increase their monthly bandwidth then I think it has the potential to explode in popularity.

Re: 10 Things I Wish I Would Do Better On the Web Come 2009

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 13:11:03 -0000

Dang Louis, you're too hard on yourself. I know you love blogging and participating in social media but no one is keeping score on your participation (except maybe you). It's ok to not expect so much from yourself. You already do an amazing job, especially considering you have TWO infants in your life now. We all appreciate your contributions, so don't feel obligated to bump it up to please anyone but yourself.