Experiments in tagging

February 23, 2006

So after coming home from the Dudes 20th Anniversary Weekend I realise we all have stuff that we’d like to share. Mostly photos.

Could tagging be an answer to help us out?

Perhaps. I’ve chosen a tag that doesn’t seem to be in use at the moment : ‘dudes20th’.

So by tagging all of our stuff we’ll be able to come back and find it later.

See these places for stuff:

[Update - an experiment in tagged video follows]


Googlefasting?

February 23, 2006

What is ?

Chris Pirillo has dared himself to not use Google for one week. A most interesting experiment indeed.

Why would you do this? Why should you do do this?

Firstly – if you have been relying on Google lo these many years then it is time to at least check out the competition. Start with one of the newcomers http://www.icerocket.com/ or the previous king of the heap http://www.altavista.com/. Perhaps you could try some old school with http://www.yahoo.com/ or http://www.excite.com/. Then there are those taking shots at Google like http://www.teoma.com/. For all the antipodeans out there, come and try http://www.webwombat.com.au/ for a while.

There is more than one way to skin a cat. Add another string to your bow. Yadda yadda yadda.

Another reason is to pause and consider why we have been ceding so much control to Google recently. Sure they were fantastic when the started, an order of magnitude better in search. Now what is going on? As a public company (despite all they say) you know that market pressures, investors, analysts and brokers are eventually going to influence Google. By influence I mean mess around with search results or even take control of your own words! They have tried it before, they will again.

Try life without Google for a week. Forward your Gmail somewhere, try another search engine. Try Yahoo’s mail and photos (now with Flickr goodness) Use NASA’s worldwind to peek at the earth.

Try for a short time to change your thinking, be more flexible and see what is happening outside the Google-sphere.


Has it been that long?

February 20, 2006

picture of a kangaroo on the deck outside the lodge where we stayedJust got back into the saddle after a long weekend with a group of friends. Nothing unusual about that, of course. In fact it was rather pleasant.

The unusual part is that these are the friends I made in the first days and weeks at university. After leaving school. Twenty years ago.

Has it really been that long?


When suggestions go bad

February 10, 2006

http://www.crazyapplerumors.com/archives/000647.html

Hmmm.


memo to self – checkout Website Baker

February 1, 2006

This is really a memo to that other me to take a look at Website Baker – now that we have WordPress installed, that one should be a snap to drop in beside it.


That’s why I went TiVo

February 1, 2006

Sbg is wrestling with a TV Card…

The card stopped working when I migrated to Fedora Core 4 and stopped using my own kernel. It started working again for a short period with native FC4 kernels, but I lost track of which kernel was working — there were a lot of updates at once — so I’ve been going without digital TV.

As it says, that’s why I went with a TiVo (that has been pretty good lately.) Of course, when I went to ask the cable company to get disconnected last night I spent an hour on hold! Then was put through to another number (that seemed to be someone’s home answering machine) and when I finally called back the disconnections department (which the thoughtful customer service rep had given me before transferring me to nowhere) they had finished work.

Perhaps I’ll try again today. That will mean replacing the cable set top box and the old vcr (which changed the cable RF signal into RCA outputs) with the new digital set top box. Which *should* work, as other OzTiVo people are using the same model.

All of which brings me to Sbg’s next sentence:

Life, surprisingly, was still okay.

There is hope yet!


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