Archive for February, 2007
According to FeedBurner’s latest blog post, Google is now the most used feed reader across all of the blogs that use the FeedBurner service. FeedBurner is a service that tracks a feed’s usage over a period of time. This is a very interesting report, and it certainly caused a lot of chatter all around town. While the report is very interesting, it also definitely raises several questions.
Stowe Boyd’s recent post, entitled ‘Traffic and Flow’, really resonates with me, and the bottom line that I get out of reading it is how future web applications will increasingly have more and more social aspects to them. This is pretty obvious to a lot of people, including me, but what I like about this post was that it really solidifies that idea into my mind a whole lot more. What I dislike about it is that this post is just like the countless other posts that keep on saying the same things over and over again, mentioning the same phrases such as ‘river of news’, the ‘flow of information’, and how data will all soon be ‘pushed’ to the user (these aren’t specific references to Stowe; I’m just generalizing what I see in many blog posts). Emily Chang’s post about her own data stream that she had recently created to consolidate several feeds from different social websites partially stimulated Stowe to post his own thoughts on this topic, and he also mentions that he has a solution for Emily’s initial issue that is in the works.
The web is going to have a more ‘social’ future
For some reason, my iPod’s battery has been practically completely drained every day. I’ve had it for nearly 2 years, and it’s never been like that before. I was going to take advantage of my AppleCare for it, to replace the battery, but then I just so happened to Google for ‘iPod turns on automatically‘ and I luckily found blog posts that also had the same problems. It turns out that I forgot to turn off the Alarm feature of my iPod, which was turning it on at 8 am every morning! I had turned this on sometime last December, so you can imagine the relief that I have now, now that I’ve realized what the simple mistake was.
It would’ve been nice if iTunes had at least had an icon showing that would appear whenever the Alarm was enabled – it’s all that I ask!
As some people know, I purchased a Nintendo Wii about a week ago (from Pittsburgh, PA because they are extremely hard to find here in Toronto!) I’m having a great time with it so far, and have a few events planned and had a few that have passed where we’ve used it to play some games, such as WarioWare, Zelda, and of course, some Wii Sports. I’ve had it for a week now, and so I began to ponder: what else could I do with it?
There’s that Mac Mini that I have…
In today’s world of information overload, it’s hard to keep up with all of the news going on in the blogosphere and the world. For me, there are several ‘containers’ where I keep information stored so I can refer to them when I want, including Gmail for email, Google Calendar for my schedule, Google Reader for my feeds, and a lesser known online service, ListMixer, which I use to save links temporarily (think of del.icio.us, but the links only exist for a maximum of 30 days). As of last count, I’ve got the following number of items:
- Inbox: 1 unread
- Starred: 4 emails
- Google Calendar
- 17 events or to-do items for today
- Google Reader
- 3 unread items
- 23 starred items
- 50 items
Slow over time, this stuff piles up, even though the oldest item out of all of these containers is from less than a week ago!
Starring items to give them priority