Entries from July 2008
Eric Schmidt at Fortune’s Brainstorm conference:
If you look at the history of software development, all the interesting things that have been built have been built by two people. It is the nature of software technology.
From Jay Virdy of Summize:
In fact, the most important advice I received was from Brad Burnham and it’s still ingrained in my head, “Create something simple. Let the market pull you in.”
Evan and I have been trying to hack Android onto one of the Nokia tablets on and off for about four months now. He recently pointed me to a guide that makes the whole process fairly simple. (Note: try at your own risk).
I’m excited to finally be able to have it on an actual device (my N800). It runs a bit slow and the touchscreen doesn’t work (which means no typing) but it looks very neat.
I played around with Path101′s Alpha service a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been itching to write something about it since. I saw Charlie and Nate post the results of their Path101 Personality test, so I decided to play along and post mine as well. It will be cool to eventually compare results directly with others on the site.
Idealist…openness…love of thinking…confidence. Hmmm. So…I’m a big dreamer — and everyone knows it? That sounds about right. ;)
I’ve been finding I use FriendFeed quite a bit. Part of the reason is that Twitter‘s been having so much trouble recently. Replies (@) on Twitter were disabled for a few days – and that made it impossible to have a conversation with others. The main reason I like FriendFeed more now is because of the interface. It’s much faster to browse lists and to add comments. It pulls in updates from various sites almost instantaneously.
I’ve also started using the comments/discussion feature in FF and have come to like it a lot. I like that I can post a comment on just about anything. In the past, I would never be able to comment on something I loved using Hype Machine. Now, I can pull in hypem content and add to it – and have others send me their thoughts as well. The discussion is much more organized than replies are with Twitter. Each individual piece of content can have a discussion attached to it – unlike with Twitter where I have to hunt down the original topic starter by clicking through links.
One thing that I would really like to see in FF, though, is the ability to quickly send notifications anytime a comment is posted on my items. Right now, there’s a setting that offers to send an email notification if I haven’t logged onto the site recently. I’d prefer to get notified every time a comment is left. This will make it even easier to follow the discussion. And as with Disqus, I think having the ability to reply to the email notification with my own comments would be even more useful. That would really encourage even more conversation than what’s possible now.