I haven’t had the time to keep up the posting here but I have still been sharing out anything interesting that hits my Google Reader feed, which I then share out here. That feed gets updated all the time and usually has much more interesting things happening than what I come up with.
I love WordPress. It’s an excellent blogging platform. I love my iPod Touch and my wife’s iPhone. Now I get to play with them together as WordPress has been released on the iTunes App store, and of course, it’s free.
I can’t see myself doing long posts with it as using the portrait keyboard on the Touch means I have to type one handed, but for shorter posts, like this one, it will come in handy, especially when not in front of a “real” computer.
Speaking of which, I’ll have to update on my first week with the new 2.0 software and the new apps that I have been using. I will say that I still have issues with AT&T and Apple, as I have already posted, but I underestimated the power of the App store and 3rd party apps. My Touch has taken on a fresh, new life – but that’s for another post; one that requires a real keyboard!
Thank you to the folks at WordPress for the iPhone/iTouch app. I’m using it to write this post and so far it looks like a winner. The only thing i could not see how to do was add an html link inside the post.
I’m usually the one to give the technical help, but now I turn to everyone for my own technical help as I can’t find this answer anywhere – but I’m still looking.
I am using Firefox to access Outlook Web Access and everything works just fine. But I noticed somewhere along the line, I think with the beta of Firefox 3, that the cursor goes to the bottom of an email when I click on reply. It used to go to the top, which is where I want it.
I don’t want to get in to a debate on top posting vs bottom posting, as I understand the history of usenet, etc., but Outlook has conditioned us that use it to post replies at the top of the reply instead of the bottom. I’ve been digging through Google looking for how to get FF version 3 to let me reply at the top of my email but I have yet to find anything.
UPDATE: I failed to mention that this works as expected when using Safari, but I am testing Firefox.
This will be an almost exact duplicate of a post I made nearly one year ago about Infoworld and how they made the decision to clog my RSS reader with their advertisements, so I made the decision to unsubscribe. Today I get to say the same thing about eWeek, but their feeds are even worse. With Infoworld they at least kept a decent amount of content in the feed, but my feeds from eWeek are barely one sentence and then the rest is advertising. That’s no longer acceptable to me and I’ll continue to get my news elsewhere.
For me the pattern is clear, I do not like RSS feeds that do partial posting in an attempt to make me visit their sites, and if you are going to include advertising in my RSS feed you better provide some content as well. Don’t force me to go to your site. I go through way too much data in Google Reader and I’m busy hitting j, j, j, j, etc. reading everything I can and I don’t have the time nor tolerance anymore for those tactics.
So eWeek, just like Infoworld, you’re banned from my feed reader. I’m doing just fine on FriendFeed now anyway. It’s a shame, as I used to enjoy the content you provided, back when you used to provide it. I’m sure somewhere there is an advertising exec that received a bonus for this great idea.
I have always relied on the design of others for my WordPress site. There are some really, really talented people out there and I’ve been very happy with the themes they provide. But I decided to play with CSS a little and modified a Theme I found that happened to be a modification of someone else’s theme.
So Nikolaos Maounis started with the Simpla theme by Phu. He modified it and made it widget capable. I then took Nikolaos’ theme and changed colors, fonts, etc. until I found a combination I liked. I wanted something very simple, basic, elementary, two-column, easy to read, with a right sidebar. I’m happy with it for now, but I’m sure this will wear off eventually.
Thank you to Nikolaos and Phu for creating work that the rest of us can learn from. Nice work guys.
I can’t even successfully use Safari to create or edit a post in WordPress without it shredding the formatting, yet thanks to the brilliant folks in the WordPress community I can manage my blog, including writing this post, from my iPod Touch.
Phenominal. This Touch is the best gadget I’ve ever owned.
Thanks to the creators of the WPhone plugin.
I’ll start with the puppy. Margo is no longer with us. She is now with a very good friend’s mother where she’ll get more love and attention than she knows what to do with. As part of the deal I think we may be watching her over the Thanksgiving holiday so I’ll need to make sure I’m home so Val doesn’t lose her mind while Margo is with us. By then she should be even more house trained and this time I’ll make sure to block off the kitchen so she is a little easier to watch. The kids are excited.
I spent 5 days out in Las Vegas at the Citrix iForim App Delivery Conference. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting too much this time but Citrix surprised me and it was a really good conference. I cared about 3 things when I went there; virtualization, application streaming, and end to end performance monitoring and management. Citrix delivered and I even got to see Cheap Trick at the closing night party. Bun E. Carlos was not there (they said he had an operation earlier) but the band still sounded great. Robin Zander sounds as good today as he did all those years ago.
I picked up a new 16GB iPod Touch a few weeks ago and I am blown away. It is a great iPod even though it is not enough capacity to hold everything I have, but I still have my 80GB for all of that. I use this one for all my purchased music and podcasts, but the real beauty is the built in WiFi and Safari. The first thing I did with it was jailbreak it and add a lot of great applications that are out there. It is actually the main computer I used while in Vegas and I always have it with me. If only we had WiFi at work.
For work I have a Treo 700wx for a cell phone. The Verizon network is good, but overall the phone is a disappointment. It seems like there is always something wrong with it. Right now it won’t ring, regardless of the ringtone I select and am able to play a sample. It will, however, alert me of a missed call or a voice mail, which makes no sense. So I leave it on vibrate all the time since at least that piece works. It connects up to our Exchange environment nicely, but the performance is nothing to write home about. It hangs a lot and opening attachments is really slow. MMS is painful but texting is fantastic, so at least there is something positive. It’s uncomfortable to hold and use for long periods of time. I pull the battery on average 2 times a week to address one problem or another. It is definitely not a fast device.
Lastly, I upgraded to OS X Leopard a couple weeks ago. I think I expected too much because nothing has really impressed me. I don’t use Time Machine or Spaces and the translucent menus are just OK. The Finder is better and there are a lot of little things that are nice improvements, but so far this is not an earth-shattering upgrade. It’s nice to be at 64 bit. I’m sure it will get better as more and more applications come out that require Leopard, but for me, for now, I could have waited this one out.
Did you remember to check your clocks today?