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Blogging and My Life21 Feb 2007 07:05 pm

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears…

As you may or may not have noticed, I haven’t posted in a while. I have been contemplating a new main personal blog for myself. I feel like I have over the last few months passed into a brand new chapter of my life and that it’d be appropriate to have a new blog. So thats what I’ve done…

I have launched the blog “Oatmeal Stout.”
http://oatmealstout.wordpress.com

I am going to try and stay pretty focused in what I write about. You’ll see current and future trends in the World Wide Web and technology.

I want this blog to a place where I can develop myself as a thought leader. It should be a place where people look to my ideas on where the future should or could go.

The name is completely random and has no meaning other then being catchy.

Please check it out and give me your feedback.

For the time being, this blog will be retired but all of the thoughts and writings will be maintained.

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Wine04 Feb 2007 03:50 pm

Yesterday I made a quick trip to the Target mega-store in Fairfax, Virginia to pick up a few things. Much to my surprise, Target Stores now sell wine. It was half an aisle in this really nicely displayed case. The prices were decent. Its super convenient. Now while you’re at Target picking up a dress shirt and light bulbs, you can also pick up you’re favorite bottle of merlot.

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Geeks29 Jan 2007 10:55 pm

Free Hugs
Image and Sweatshirt from Cindy Li

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Computers29 Jan 2007 10:50 pm

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs has a product launch and the world stops. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has a product launch (Windows Vista) and no one cares.

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My Life17 Jan 2007 10:35 pm

Next month on February 15th from 7 to 8:30pm, I’m going to be giving a talk to Refresh DC, the Washington DC Web Developer Users Group. Its at the Motley Fool Offices (2000 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.)

My talk is titled, “Understanding The Real World Wide Web and Why Web Accessibility Is Crucial.” We are going to get into a discussion about what the World Wide Web actually looks like and how people use it. We will then get into how important Web accessibility is to making sure a Web site gets used (because getting a Web site used is the whole freakin’ point.) I will go through WCAG and other practical tips for making a Web site accessible to people with disabilities.

I’m working on bringing a special surprise to the event. It is going to be something you’re not going to want to miss. It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see something very special.

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Television17 Jan 2007 10:07 pm

Yesterday I was looking around the Apple iTunes Music Store. Much to my surprise, I noticed that the NBC hit tv show West Wing is now available for purchase. YAY!!! You can purchase the first and second season. It is awesome. You knew this was something that had to happen at some point. I’m glad it has finally happened. It is something I have wanted and my readers have wanted for a while.

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Computers10 Jan 2007 10:21 pm

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard about how Apple’s Steve Jobs yesterday announced that they were going to be producing the iPhone. The entire Apple fanboy community (which i’m a member of) crapped their pants when they heard it. It has produced the biggest thread on TechMeme (the meme tracker) I think I have ever seen.

Don’t get me wrong, I think there are some really fantastic innovative things in the phone. The Safari browser seems pretty neat. The multi-touch gesture navigation seems pretty neat. Overall, it has a really nice user interface. The screen is big and crisp. The Apple iPhone just doesn’t seem that revolutionary. It’s evolutionary It’s an Apple iPod on ecstasy.

I’m excited about Apple TV. It allows me to take all the content that I have bought on the Apple iTunes Store and use it on my television. It allows me to take all of the audio and video podcasts that I got from the Apple iTunes Store and use them on my television. This is a huge breakthrough.

Broadcast television is really not necessary any more. The radio isn’t necessary any more. I don’t need main stream media methods, like cable tv, to obtain content. I can do it all through my computer and iTunes. I’m able to take the programming that I want, enjoy it whenever I want, wherever I want.

Mainstream media is dead. I can watch Lost and 24 the same way that I watch Diggnation and Ask A Ninja. In the end whats the difference between the content that I get from NBC versus the content that I get from Revision3? I’m getting the programming that I want and that I enjoy. I’m walking away a happy customer.

This is the way it should be. It promotes real creativity. Anyone with a camera and dream can create great video content that I can watch on my tv. I’m not constrained to only watching the content that comes from big whigs in Hollywood. They are not the only ones creating great content. Everyone should have the chance and opportunity.

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Blogging09 Jan 2007 11:09 pm

I recently joined the Washington D.C. Bloggers Meetup from Meetup.com. One of the first pieces of correspondence that I got from the group was an invitation by the Washington Post to attend a bloggers summit at the Washington Post HQ in NW Washington DC. I was impressed that the Washington Post would make the effort and happily decided to attend.

I got there tonight and my first observation was the impressive spread of food that they had there for us. They had a guy behind a bar serving drinks (no alcohol :/). You could tell that they were really trying hard to show us some love.

I sit down at the table after meeting some fellow Washington DC bloggers. My first inclination was to pull out my laptop and see if they provided us with wifi. I figured that I could live blog the event because there would be some interesting tidbit that someone would let out. Much to my chagrin there was no wireless internet.

I figured then that I would be able to use SMS on my phone with my Twitter account to record some live candid observations and quotes from the event. There was no Cingular service in that part of the room. So I’m feeling a bit cut off from myworld. I had no way to quickly access my readers and let them know whats going on.

Maybe this is me being nit picky but this rubbed me the wrong way. We are a bunch of bloggers. We communicate around the clock with our readers. We depend on Internet access and the Washington Post wasn’t providing that for us.

The first part of the event was a panel with a bunch of the executive editorial staff from the Washington Post. Jim Brady, from the panel, said that the blogging was “the best medium for having a conversation in real time.” I was impressed.

Once we got into the question and answer period, all the bloggers started to perk up with their opinions about everything. My overall impression was that the bloggers felt like they were little kids trying to hang out with the big kids (the Washington Post.) I was kind of disappointed.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m not a little kid begging at the table of the Washington Post for scraps. Obviously there are things the Washington Post can do that I can not do, like print a newspaper and get millions of visitors without batting an eye. On the flip side, there are things that I can do with my blog that the Washington Post can not do. I reach an audience that probably doesn’t read the Washington Post. I can cover things faster they can. I can provide a prospective they can’t.

I should have a relationship with the Washington Post. The relationship goes both ways. I empower them to be able to do their job better and they should empower us to do our job better. I’m not some 12 year old on Live Journal writing about how I talked to a girl today. I take myself and my blog very seriously. The Washington Post should take me seriously. The DC bloggers should act like equals with the Washington Post. They are someone who should be partnered with and not looked down to.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m way impressed that the Washington Post put the event together. I guess I was just a bit disappointed by what felt like a feeling that the Washington Post was better then bloggers.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my laptop was acting funny so I decided to leave early. I wanted to be able to run to the Apple Store before it closed and meet with the Genius bar if I had to. So I probably missed part of the event.

It shall be interesting to see how the relationship between bloggers and the Washington Post plays itself out.

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Computers09 Jan 2007 09:35 pm

Last night my computer was acting up and then tonight I opened up my Apple Powerbook to find that 80% of my processor was getting used by the mds and mdimport computer system processes. I was a bit concerned. I’m not ready for this computer to die yet. It is not normal for the computer just to up and decide to do something major without asking me.

Apparently it was Apple Mac OS X’s Spotlight that was trying to reindex the whole computer without asking me first. I quickly told Spotlight that my entire computer was off limits to its spiders and that resolved the problem.

Does anyone actually use Spotlight in Mac OS X? Apple billed it as this way to instantly find anything on your computer. I dunno. It just feels kind of clunky.

The third-party web application Quicksilver does a much much much better job of allowing me to have quick access to whats on my computer. Why doesn’t Apple buy Quicksilver and integrate it seamlessly into the next version of the operating system?

I have heard good things about the search mechanism on Microsoft’s Windows Vista. It looks like it has the instantaneous results that I’d actually be looking for. Has anyone used it? If so, what do you think? Could it be that there is actually something that Apple could learn from Microsoft.

I’m anxious for the end of the month when Vista comes out. Hopefully I’ll be able to play with it a bit.

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