Archive for December, 2005

Starting my own service

December 26, 2005

After using Flock for awhile I’m really starting to apreciate having services at my fingertips. Flock makes advantage of a Blog Topbar as well as a Topbar for Flickr and it’s pretty nice to save some time and get some things done. Though in the “hourly” builds the blog topbar doesn’t work (This is known so far) in the stable release it’s a really nice feature. So I’ve thought about doing this myself.

I’m going to start my own service vCardMe. Basically it’s just a site to announce your other properties, however I would like at the same time of working along with Flock to be able to integrate my own service to post to. I’m not sure how I’m going to do this however it’s something I look forward to learning.

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Getting more blue, LOL

December 25, 2005

I know I know I said I was going to get away from having so much blue in my life. So I decided to give a browser that I really like (besides AOL Explorer) a fighting chance. As it turns out I really REALLY like it and so I’m going to spend some time dedicated to it for a little. That being said I’m going to hop on over to Flock and see what kind of trouble I can start 😉

So far those guys have really impressed me. They say first impressions are lasting impressions, that being the case they’ve got Chris Messina over on there team and I’m really happy to talk to him again…even if just for a little. Chris and myself (Though he might not remember) had a talk about Drupal and SpreadFirefox as well as where Mozilla was heading. Shortly after he leaves to go to Flock so I guess that says something. However Chris has as long as I known him has been up beat. Lloyd (the QA guy) has been really nice to me as well. I can’t argue with what they got going on and the direction they’re heading as well as their attitude.

Before I had written my own browser that implemented the same items that they have in Flock but it was in Visual Basic, I had no community interest in it and slowly it lost my interest as I have no evaluation so it was perfect in my opinion. I’m glad I’m going to be talking to some people who have the same vision as I do, just a bit more time and experience to work with it.

Drowning in Blue

December 24, 2005

I read a ton of blogs, when I say a ton I mean I could spend all day reading blogs and still not be 100% happy with just that much…but one thing I do notice alot…I read alot of AOL related blogs.

Really I can’t argue with it, I love AOL really. There was a time (Before working there) where people would come up to me with laptops in hand with the AOL software on the front with tears in their eyes and say “I can’t get connected”. I would turn them away and say “Sorry I don’t touch that”. Lately though I’ve thought about becoming a dedicated AOL Tech outside of work. And I would have no problem with that after all I belong to the #1 technical team within the company. However one small problem.

I’m drowning in blue…AOL is a nice place to work at, and it does a good job at being all things to all people however it can wrap you up sometimes. I noticed this reading Jason Calcanis’s weblog. Now Jason doesn’t use AOL Journals (He uses his own service) however he had a thread at one point where he linked to different AOL “peoples” blogs, and a few of them weren’t on Journals either. I noticed the posting style changing and realized that eh, perhaps? I’m becoming a little innertwined within things to see that there is a Web outside of “Welcome, You’ve Got Mail”. I noticed this also whenever I started pondering what a Web 2.0 website would do cached on our Topspeed servers.

So I think I’m going to give up on my AOL Journal. AOL is moving toward an Internet based platform with the portal and all and I can’t see trying to stay ontop of my A game with the Internet and not getting out there. I already use a few services (Flickr vs. AOL You’ve Got Pictures, and Del.icio.us vs. AOL Favorites), but things like the AOL Suite, AOL 9.0, and others tie you to the service, and these things are going to have to take a break. So I’m gonna give a few things a shot now…I’m going to stick with AIM (I don’t trust anything else) but I’m going to start using Flock vs. AOL Explorer. Mail again is something I’ll use the AOL Mail webpage for…but as for the software…not so much.

Who knows? I could wind up really liking it and being all “gun ho!” about another service…and then again I could just pack it all up and go back with what I know and feel best about at that moment. But you never learn if you don’t do. And I’m a great procrastinator…I can sit on the idea forever…so I better just get to it.

Damn you Sin…

December 5, 2005
All-Around Smart

You are all-around smart. Essentially, that means that you are a good combination of your own knowledge and experience, along with having learned through instruction – and you are equally as good with theoretical things as you are with real-world, applied things. You have a well-rounded brain.

40% applied intelligence
0% learned intelligence

Sin got me started looking at all these quizes and such that she does. So I decided to do this one…damn you.