Earlier this week, I received an email invite to contribute to the writing platform Medium. My 1st post is a bit of a break from the norm of what I even post here. What can I say, Life Beyond 140 Characters even counts here. I hope you enjoy that piece. And who knows what I’ll intentionally explore going forward. All I can say is that I have less than 20 tweets till I’m done on Twitter. Its going to be like crawling a web to keep up with me, unless you like RSS.
Yesterday, I opened Google Reader for what should be the last time. I wanted to get a last download of the various subscriptions that I had there (see: Google Takeout). I also wanted to grab an impression of the service since its been a good while and there were some UX aspects that were done well (at least on the iPhone version). Still, I’m kind of in a similar boat to many others where you get this regular behavior of reading a collection of websites just the way you like that’s been shaken. There are many other services that are trying to take on the challenge of being the next Google Reader. But, I’m not sure that July 1 should be a reprise of the history that has been. I think the RSS reading public should be aiming to do better. Continue reading “Of July 1 and RSS”
For one reason or another, I’m finding that life after being a product reviewer is a bit less scripted than marketing budgets and product release schedules would have you believe. You aren’t as ruled by rumors of a misrepresented future, and there’s something to be gained from minding your own roads. Or, something like that. I’m probably a bit on the “ready to share with the world” side of why I’m concluding two experiments, and branching into something like another. Continue reading “Ending 2 Experiments, Branching Another”
I mentioned some time ago that I wanted to move on past Twitter once I hit some kind of plateau. At first, I thought that it would be when I got to a number of followers. But, as you can see in the photo on this post, I’ve not gotten all that far. Instead, after reading about someone else making a cut-off point of Twitter at 20K tweets, I thought that it would be a good idea to do the same. That doesn’t sound like a bad goal for some people, but I might had been at about 19,500 tweets when I said that. Once this post goes up, I’ll probably have about 90 tweets until I hit that mark. Leave Twitter? Yea. That’s what I’m saying. Continue reading “Leave Twitter? Then What?”
One of the things that I’ve enjoyed about my RSS reader is that I’m making something that fits the way that I read across several types of screens. That’s part of the reason why I’ve made the decision to host it on my phone, rather than using a web server/service (I’d been using Dropbox but wanted a bit more control). In hosting it from my mobile, I’ve had to be more creative in how my other screens go about connecting and getting updates. In part, I think instead of the concept of syncing, I’ve come up with a little something that fits better for someone like me who likes to read some articles more than once.
Am spending some neat time working on my Google Reader replacement this weekend. What I’m basically doing is making a web app that lives on my phone (currently the Nokia N9) that is accessible to other devices only when they are on the same network and have the password. I’m using a piece of software called Personal Web Server to do that. And while I work the bugs out, I’m making the fixes using my tablet as its connected to Dropbox. This has been a very good project for me. I just wish that Nokia would fix the authentication issue with Dropbox on the N9. Its kind of hard to take mobile forward when built-in features stop working. Nevertheless, I’m excited for my Google Reader replacement, and think that I’ll learn a lot from this experience of making it.
I’m probably not supposed to admit to these moments. But, over the past weeks, I’ve started to care less that I’m doing the popular thing with this tech, and more that I’m doing the sensible thing. Of those sensible things, its admitting when you make a mistake. That’s a hard one. I don’t make too many of these when it comes to tech purchases. But when I do, its a doozy and sets be back all kinds of ways. The mistake that I’m pointing to is the purchase of the Kindle Fire HD. Continue reading “My Tech Mistake(s)”