Currently browsing category

Geek

Pondering Friendfeed and Twitter (maybe a little too much…)

Ruminations on Friendfeed after making my first “block”: Since Friendfeed allows for “fake follows”, should I just follow everyone who follows me? After all, I never need to see their updates. I finally understand the power of lists in Friendfeed. With every other tool, S/N ratios have to be controlled …

Getting it wrong – Twice

Browsing through the Straits Times this morning, I came across a photograph that was attributed to “flickr.com”: Attributing the photo this way is wrong in a couple of ways: 1. Flickr is not the organization that “owns” these photos, it’s merely hosting them. 2. If the photo was licensed under …

Fake story, real UI –Photoshop in the movies

From the Evernote archives… Hollywood is well known for fake UI in movies – you know, “Unix is easy“1 or the “VB GUI Interface“. I’d say most geeks get a kick of seeing just how removed from reality Hollywood computers can be. I was very surprised then to spot a …

Information Overload and Creativity – Simplicity is the key

A combination of events got me starting the New Year reflecting on attention and personal creativity. The first event occurred while listening to an episode of the Brainy Gamer Podcast.  At some point during the podcast, every journalist interviewed mentioned being on Twitter. Having found their viewpoints interesting, my first …

That File extension isn’t what you think it is

A welcome trend that I’ve noticed in the last one year or so is that many binary/proprietary file formats are often using a more universal file format under the hood. For example, Firefox extensions are packaged as .xpi files. But really, these are just zip files. You can rename the …

2008 – The Year in Stats

Work Email – 4197 received, 720 sent (that’s 5.82 mails recd. for every 1 email sent) Projects Completed – 4 Projects Completed that came back to life – 1 Projects Kicked off – 1 IRL Apartments I’ve stayed in – 2 Cities I visited this year – Taipei, Port Dickson …

What the Kindle needs for success

I was watching a video of Scoble interviewing Tim O’Reilly in which O’Reilly talks about the Kindle and his belief that it isn’t doing very well. O’Reilly ascribes that to the locked down software (i.e, novels) that ship with the Kindle. Certainly early adopters don’t appreciate DRM’ed media, but it’s …

Things I like – Bitvise Tunnelier

Folks who run their websites on dedicated servers are familiar with SSH as a way to securely connect to their server from any location. A less well-known aspect of SSH is built-in support for tunneling – which can be simply explained as “built-in proxy server”. As the article I’ve linked …

Spokeo and FriendFeed

Popular blogs covering the Web2.0 movement as well the larger web community seem to believe that Spokeo and Friendfeed are competitors. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that Spokeo is about the network while Friendfeed is about the community. Having now used both services for a …