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Saturday, April 30, 2005

LAN Party!

I've made it up to Madison safely for the Network of Gamers LAN Party. It's our third event since moving the location to Madison and it's shaping up to be a good one so far. It's interesting to see how much more energetic people are when they're able to come to the event in Madison over driving a half-hour down to Janesville. That said it sure was a lot easier for me to host an event just a few miles away from my house. Oh well, all in the name of progress. We currently have 26+ people here, and if it weren't for the Mifflin Street Block Party there would be more. I hope to see you here next time if you're in the Madison area and looking to play computer games.

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Microsoft Coffee


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Originally uploaded by changpp.
They get their own coffee cups? Those lucky ducks. I wonder who else has their own branded Starbucks cups, Boeing?

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

A Del.icio.us Study

Ericka Menchen has done an interesting pilot study of 70 Del.icio.us users breaking down things such as user gender, linking habits, how frequently they link, and how often they think about the effect of their tags. As a Del.icio.us user (my account) and big proponent of the service it's interesting to see these numbers, unfortunately the study group was a little too small (Ericka is quick to mention that). Great data to start with, I look forward to a more thorough study.

For those of you that don't know, Del.icio.us (read Delicious) is a social bookmarking service. You can see the links others have collected, as well as seeing who else has bookmarked the same site as you. It's also a great way to store your bookmarks online so you can use them from any computer. Learn more.

Del.icio.us works real similar to the tagging system of Flickr, another great example of a folksonomy. Click on the tag at the bottom of the post to see how Flickr and Del.icio.us tags can be used together.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Rush Hour


Rush Hour
Originally uploaded by Travis' Phone.
Glad I don't have to deal with this everyday. Travis appears to be a pilot of some kind who gets the luxury of taking all kinds of photos from the sky. It's awesome that he puts all kinds of them up on Flickr, so I can dream about being able to go on a plane ride again. I suggest you go take a look at his photos, and then if you're like me, enjoy the fact that you live in a town without large traffic problems. The photo is a shot of Dallas, Texas.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Yahoo + Target = Offline Flickr

Odd news on the Yahoo/Flickr front. Yahoo as you may know recently bought Flickr, a service I have been a very big fan of since it first came out. Yahoo has now entered into a parternship with Target to make digital photos printable and able to be picked up at the nearest Target store about an hour later. Awesome, right?

Yes, it is awesome. I can take a picture with my digital camera, run it through this service, buy a print of it, and go pick it up an hour later. No need to buy a fancy photo printer for my house and continually buy more ink. A service similar to this that I had not heard of until this story broke already exists with Google's Picasa and Wal-Mart (further proving Wired's story). I'm glad to see some competetition in a market like this. Either way, this service with Yahoo and Target will all take place using the existing Yahoo Photos website, and that is the downfall for me.

What I really want to know is why Yahoo isn't adding this new service into Flickr, making it an even better photo sharing site. It would be awesome to be able to easily click on someone else's image, purchase a copy of it, and go pick it up an hour later at Target. Why would Yahoo not add this new service into an existing database of millions of user photos?

To me this screams as an instant business model for Flickr. Your pleasing users by making their experience better, and you're making some more cash for the company. Come on Yahoo, make my Flickr experience even more awesome than it is now.

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Interesting Comparison

I'm sitting in church today (thanks to my parents) and the pastor during the sermon starts talking about Wal-Mart. Naturally, I'm like, What, huh, I don't get where this is going. And usually that state of confusion leaves me dissapointed as it goes somewhere meaningless, but today this was not the case. She, the pastor, said that everytime a Wal-Mart opens a few local businesses close. She went on to say that everytime a new mega-church opens, a few local churches may close. Wow, for once something said in a church made perfect sense to me. I've never heard anyone say that the Wal-Mart effect works for churches, what do you think?

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Google is Wal-Mart (Sort Of)

From Wired comes a story entitled "Why Google is Like Wal-Mart". Google scares me right now in a lot of ways. Their absolute dominance of all kinds of new technology markets makes me nervous about who really controls my data? Me or Google with Picasa, Gmail, Google Maps, Froogle, Google Ads, Google News, and most of all their search engine. It's scary to think what they could do with that much information, I'm not sure I'm buying the "Don't Be Evil" thing anymore.

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iPod Shuffle Review

It's time to review the newest gadget in my life, the 1 gigabyte iPod Shuffle. Overall, I have been very impressed with the device. The device does have a few drawbacks, but for what I've found it's perfect for my usage style.

I'll start with the positives and there are quite a few. Judging the size and weight, the device is amazingly small and light. I can easily shove it in my pocket or put it around my neck (with the including lanyard) and within seconds I'll forget it's there. This is a large plus for me, as I want to be able to carry it everywhere effortlessly. A nice feature that avoids bulk is the cover for the USB connector is an interchangeable piece that can either be a flat stub (how the device is often pictured) or the lanyard clip, like I wear it. Most of the accessories take advantage of this space for their connection to the iPod.

The storage capacity of the one-gigabyte version is perfect for my use. I have personally rated most of the music in my iTuneslibrary over the past year (8000+ songs) and use the autofill option to fill the device with music from the "My Top Rated" playlist. I can pick and choose music I would want to include and then autofill the rest of the space, but I rarely go that route. The autofill feature is flawless and ensures a steady variety of good music from my collection. I can go for a couple weeks at a time (or a sixteen-hour drive to North Dakota and back like last weekend) without hearing the same song twice, because I have roughly 220 songs on the device at any time. The battery life seems great to me, it lasts at least the 12 hours Apple says. The battery charges when plugged into any USB port, making it easy to charge anywhere you are. The USB drive function of the device is an added plus, I can carry a gig of data with me at any time if need be and I can play the music on the Shuffle in MP3 software on any computer I plug the device into (like I do at work).

My heaviest use of the device occurs in the car. I want to be able to sit-down, pull the device out of my pocket, plug it in to my tape-deck adaptor, and jam away. That's exactly what I am able to do with the Shuffle. The device pumps out some pretty good sound quality at a volume much higher than my previous MP3 device (Palm Zire 71). I think I would have a much harder time doing this with the other iPods and any larger MP3 player.

Comparing the device to the other iPods and most of the upper-tier MP3 players, it has that nice factor of not having to worry about it. If you're at all like me you want to take good care of your portable devices (PDA, cell phone, digital camera, etc), the iPod Shuffle makes this easy. The device is light but of decent size, this makes it a perfect size to stay in my pocket without annoying me. Because of the cost and size of the device ($150 for the 1GB version) I don't panic when I fall over and have it on, it's small and is not going to set me back a month's salary if it gets damaged. I have successfully (unfortunately) bumped the device into numerous things including the basement and my car door, and when I expected it to quit working it has kept on chugging.

On the negative side... If you're one that has to have your entire collection with you (I can only see this if you are gone for days at a time), this device is not for you. If you're one that needs the screen because you can't handle a random song, this device is not for you. If you're one that really likes big bulky device, the Shuffle is not for you.

If you are one that finds anything I said before remotely applicable to them you may be interested in the iPod Shuffle. It has been definitely been a great device for me, and I recommend it to anyone out there looking for an MP3 player to take jogging, carry in their pocket, or to replace their existing USB flash drive.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Brewer Game Recap

Wanted to update you on what happened with the Brewer game yesterday. Six of us took the day off of school to head up there, it was well worth the trip. That is, it was worth it until the 9th inning. Mike Adams gave up one run, unfortunately that run tied the game at 6. Milton Bradley would go on to hit a game-winning home run in the 10th. It was incredibly painful to watch the Brewers pitching staff give the game right back to the Dodgers after jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Read the game recap for more information on the game.

It was an interesting experiment in mobile blogging with my phone, however I'm not happy with the Cingular message at the bottom of every post. That problem will be gone though once I have my new phone and PDA. More on that later.

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Google Maps, Stadium Viewing

From a blog known as Randomduck comes a great post...

Grand Poobah wrote this mid-afternoon:

The new Google Maps service is really great, especially the satellite imagery option. So I decided to put it to the test and try to find as many present and former MLB ballparks as possible.
Read on...

Visiting the post gives you the list of stadiums and links to view each one. Unfortunately Miller Park is not listed because there doesn't appear to be fancy, color satellite images of Milwaukee.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Making It A Game

The Dodgers are making it a game, coming back to make it 6-5 Brewers as of the top of the 8th.

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Clear The Bases

Lyle Overbay hits a bases clearing double to give the Crew a 6-0 lead in the 4th.

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Home Run

Chris Magruder of the Crew takes it yard, 3-0 Brewers.

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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Cingular Coverage near Fargo

I'm just outside of Fargo, North Dakota in Moorhead, Minnesota and I'm not far from I-94 (I can see it if I go outside). The Cingular coverage here is really spotty, take warning travelers. After checking with other customers I'm here with that have different phones (my mother), it's not just me that I am having a problem. I'll have three bars for a few minutes, and then all the sudden I won't have any connection for about ten minutes. I can move the phone may six inches and the signal will jump back up. This appears to be true of everywhere in this general area, I've never seen anything quite this on-and-off in terms of Cingular coverage, it's odd.

Product of My Environment

I took a fancy American English test online to see what kind of dialect I speak, here's the results...

Your Linguistic Profile:
- 80% General American English
- 15% Upper Midwestern
- 5% Midwestern
- 0% Dixie
- 0% Yankee

Apparently I'm pretty much on par with where I live. I would assume the Upper Midwestern includes the whole state of Wisconsin. How do you fair? Take the test.

Update: I had to remove the table because no matter what I did I couldn't get it to display correctly, I've replaced it with a text listing.

Day's Inn Wifi

The Days Inn Hotel in Moorhead, Minnesota provides free wifi. It was a pleasant surprise when I turned on my laptop since I more or less depressed when I didn't see a RJ-45 network jack to plug my network cable into.

On another note there doesn't appear to be that much to do on the Minnesota-North Dakota border other than watch your cousin get married.


Thursday, April 14, 2005

T.J Ford Resuming Workouts

Good news for the few remaining Milwaukee Bucks, our star point guard is on his way to coming back. ESPN.com has an article about him finally showing signs of recovery and being cleared to workout. Let's hope he's able to play by next season.

Gazette and the Internet

I'm going to go out on a social limb here and be brash, The Janesville Gazette doesn't understand the internet. They're trying, but they're not there. Scott Angus, the editor, was nice enough to come to my AP Government class and talk about the newspaper. He discussed at great length how the Internet is really challenging the newspaper business model and possibly leading to its death. He talked about how GazetteExtra.com, the online version of the Janesville Gazette, isn't making any money. He had just moments before talked about how the paper generates 70% of its revenue from advertising. As I'm sure it has to others, a thought popped into my head. The Janesville Gazette needs to use online advertising to generate revenue.

I'm going to jump off track here for a minute and talk about Gazette Extra. For those of you unfamiliar with Gazette Extra, it's just a website featuring a lot of the same stories featured in the daily newspaper. It's essentially what you would expect from a medium-sized newspaper. Overall, the site does a great job... for about two weeks. After two weeks or so (I could be wrong on the timeframe) the stories are dropped. Google and company will still point to the articles, but they're no longer there. As you may imagine almost all of these articles lack any commercial value after this point, but serve as an excellent record keeping system. Now back to advertising...

If the Janesville Gazette wants to start making money from webpage views they need to get involved with Google AdSense (or a similar program), allowing them to deliver targeted ads based upon page content that pay-per-click. Users view the new stories and old stories (commonly found via search engines) and click on the ads, money in the bank for the Gazette. It's easy money that will grow with time as the collection of articles online start to grow in number.

I understand the fact that using Google AdSense will produce variable income rates. I understand that fact very well, I have Google AdSense running on this site and the small amount of money I do make is all over the board on a daily basis. The Gazette can counter this variable amount by selling banner ads to local companies, similar to the large ads you currently see in the newspaper.

If the Janesville Gazette uses targeted, pay-per-click advertising they will be able to start to generate online revenue.


Drummer Man


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Originally uploaded by joaobambu.
Happy Thursday. I decided I wanted to post a picture tagged with Thursday from Flickr, and this is what I found. Drummers are cool, so I figured hey, you can go up on my site.

Remember to listen to your rock music tonight because it's Thursday, or something.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

YaGoohoo!gle

Someone (I don't really know who) has built a service, YaGoohoo!gle that compares Yahoo and Google search results side-by-side. It's interesting to see how different a search for me, Jeramey Jannene, is between the two. They agree on the first item (this site), but then not much after that.

Feel free to link in the comments to any other terms you find that are quite different.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

WI .NET User Group Event Review

Few comical things happened tonight. First off, Google Maps would not give me correct directions to the Microsoft office in Waukesha, almost wonder if it's a preprogrammed glitch. Second, I managed to get lost in Waukesha tonight on my way there (it's about an hour drive). I wanted to take a different route using I-43 instead of I-94, didn't quite work out how I had planned. It was one of those routes that was much easier to figure out when you had the map in front of you, not when you think you're tough and leave the map at home. Third, I managed to draw my own name to win an ASP. NET book, thanks to whoever donated that to the event (Microsoft, I believe). All in all, there was something I could laugh about at least every 15 minutes, which makes my life much more enjoyable.

Jacob Cynamon's presentation on Performance Tuning in .NET was great, it was at a level I could really understand and he was by far one of the most well prepared speakers I've ever seen. There was no messing around to see if he could remember the lines of code to make his project work, he had it all there and prepackaged. I much prefer that style as it leads to shorter presentations and keeps the speakers concentration on the topic, instead of going "what is wrong with my code?". If you're in the Milwaukee area and interested in .NET or other Microsoft technologies, you should definitely consider attending an event.

Learn more about the event and future events.

MTV to debut Xbox2

The next Xbox console will be debuted on May 12 on MTV at 8:30 P.M. CST. Microsoft has reached a marketing deal with MTV to allow the Xbox to be featured in a half-hour long show. PC World has an article with more information on the deal and resulting show.

Personally I think it's pretty cool that they are allowing the device to be featured first on MTV, as opposed to a big trade show where fans don't have as much access to viewing it. Of course this show will be more or less a teaser until they do debut it at E3, but it's a start.

John and I


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Originally uploaded by johndawg.
So this is what John and I look like at 7:30 A.M. in Florida when we have to go outside to get our marching band uniforms. Beautiful, are we not?

Monday, April 11, 2005

Brewers Back in First

The Milwaukee Brewers won their home opener today against the Pirates and moved back into a tie for first place.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Editing Wikipedia

I've spent quite a bit of time over the past two days editing the Wikipedia. For those of you that don't know, it's a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Neat concept, yes? Here's the Wikipedia page on the the Wikipedia. You can see all the work I have been doing by looking at my contributions page. You may note that my improvements have gotten better over time. I was initially pretty overwhelmed with what I was doing and what the unofficial rules of the community were. I think I have it down now though.

In my view of the future, the Wikipedia is going to be a cornerstone of the future of the Internet. It's going to continue to grow by leaps and bounds, even though it's open to vandalism with the push of an edit button. I figured I would do my part to make the Wikipedia a little bit more complete, you should do yours too.

Feel free to fix any errors I may have made while editing the Wikipedia.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Brewers Still Cruising

My hometown favorite Milwaukee Brewers are still in first place in the National League Central Division. They defeated the Cubs 6-3 in 12 innings on Friday night. The Crew looks to remain perfect today in the second game of the series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Blogger Problems

Wired has noticed that Blogger is down a lot. Good to see that other people are pretty angry about this. Personally it would be nice to see them order users by class (paid users, active free users, inactive free users) and try to get a better service quality for the more active and paid bloggers. They used to have a paid model, but they ditched that idea a few years ago.

I think I may move this blog over to Word Press sometime in the near future and off of Blogger, what do you think?

Water on Mars


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Originally uploaded by Ross Mayfield.
It appears Ross Mayfield thinks they have found water on Mars. I'm happy to be able to bring you a late April Fool's day joke.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Brewers Still In First

The Milwaukee Brewers are still in first place in the NL Central after two games. Go crew!

Deli Dog House

It's worth noting that the Deli Dog House is one exceptional place to eat in Janesville. I went there yesterday for lunch with Lauren, Tiffany, and Charlie and was delighted by the superb food quality. I had an Italian Beef sandwich that was packed to the max with meat and some excellent cheese fries. The Deli Dog House gets my recommendation as a great place to eat for anyone in the Janesville, Wisconsin area.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Time

So much to do, so little time. So I write a blog post, I'm crafty like that. I'm off to write a speech outline.

Brewers in First

The Milwaukee Brewers jumped into first place in the National League Central Division with a win 9-2 over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Brewers are now 1-0. It's time for another season of Brewers baseball.

Sony's Website

Sony apparently doesn't want me to buy their products. Their individual flash MP3 player pages crash Mozilla Firefox.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Wisconsin .NET Users Group Meeting

Wanted to let all of you in Wisconsin (and especially the Milwaukee area) that there is an Wisconsin .NET Developers Group meeting coming up next Tuesday, April 12th, at 7:00 P.M. at the Microsoft office in Waukesha. The event is free to attend, a definite perk. The speaker this time will be Jacob Cynamon, who I have personally seen do excellent presentations in the past. Learn more at the WI .NET website if you're interested in this kind of thing.

Computer Programmers

Ever talk to a computer programmer? You've probably heard them say all kinds of things and then not deliver on it, well truth is they mean something else. Here is a list of what they're saying and what they really mean. I'm guilty of pretty much everything on this list, and I've probably used all of those lines in the past say six months.

Warning


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Originally uploaded by jurvetson.
This is exactly what Monday mornings feel like. Touch the wrong thing and everything will explode.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

More Thoughts on SaveToby.com

Bob Parsons, GoDaddy.com Founder, has posted his thoughts on the SaveToby.com issue. He can speak with more authority than most people as the site was registered using his service. Interesting to note that the Paypal account for the site has now been suspended.

Jon Udell's Language Evolution Screencast

Jon Udell has posted another screencast, this time about Del.icio.us (Delicious) and language evolution. For those of you that haven't seen a screencast yet, this is worth checking out. Jon digs into what goes on with tags and how languages will evolve to create the semantic web.

For those of you that may be interested you can get my Delicious links, Flickr photos, and blog posts all delivered to you via one RSS feed thanks to Feedburner. This works best with an RSS aggregator such as Bloglines, which allows you to easily read a bunch of blogs and get things such as sports scores and news delivered right too.

Grilling

Wonderful, the first grilling of the season for me. Thank you warm weather and bring on Brewers baseball.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Flickr Usage

After finding a link to this service, which creates a nice view of who I am linked to on Flickr, and clicking on my face I found that I have been a Flickr user for more than a year now. I apparently didn't post any pictures for quite a while, but I remember looking at the service when the blogosphere started slowly talking about it. It's crazy to think that I've already been using the service for over a year. I need to find a magical way to slow down time, or something.

On a side note, I'm going to have to start posting about when I join new services. It would be nice to have that kind of data available later on so I can measure what kind of affect the service has on me.

Catching Up

What a ride. The past two weeks have been packed with excitement. The Florida trip, all the computer work I've done for various people, spending time with friends every night, and ending it all with a little party at my house last night. Unfortunately, this means that over the past two weeks I have had little to no time to read all of my RSS feeds for my favorite blogs at Bloglines.com.

It's Saturday night and I have now spent the past two hours attempting to catch up. I've made a serious dent, but sadly will might not be caught up come Monday. If I quit this post now and go back to reading for another hour (before I lose an hour to Daylight Savings Time) I should be able to get it down to 500 items unread. 500 items should take me about an hour and a half I figure. I probably won't be able to tackle that thanks to all the homework I have to makeup from the previous week.

I'm really not looking forward to going back to school. Having to get up early, no Internet access all day long, homework, and lots of annoying kids.

Ouch!


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Originally uploaded by Pixel y Dixel.
Looks like this fall may have hurt, thank you Flickr.

Friday, April 01, 2005

iTube


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Originally uploaded by Privett.
If the iPod craze and the crazy images that come with it weren't crazy enough for you, here you are. The iTube the latest in first class medical technology.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3

Wow, want to talk about addicting. Try RollerCoaster Tycoon 3.