Archive for the 'chatter' Category

21
May
10

Diaspora & Facebook

I’ve got this personal blog now that I’m using for things that aren’t quite related to all things Drink Tank.  And it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, so i’ll start off short and sweet.

Did a quick post on some thoughts surrounding Diaspora and Facebook/iPhone integration.

Thought you should know.

08
Apr
10

It’s not the device, it’s you…

“Can’t”, “doesn’t”, and “won’t” are things I’ve heard a lot, especially lately regarding the iPad. You are the people who both provide job security for me, thank you.

This is where I solve all the “iPad can’t” complaints regarding software limitations. Granted, it does assume network access, so those of you on flights that don’t have WiFi are SOL. There is this neat thing Microsoft has been pushing for ages called RDP. There is at least one app available. It also does VNC, which means, if you are like me and prefer OS X to Windows, you can have it all, too. Yes, you, the one with the penguin tattoo and the funny hair, VNC will work for you, too. On a side note, you might want to look into getting a cover up for that tattoo, maybe a blowfish?

Oh, wait, what’s that you’re saying? You want something local, but for some reason the Apple App Store cannot be used to distribute your app? What are you trying to do? Could a web application fill that void? Google has done some pretty spectacular things in that arena. With HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript all being supported, there are very few applications that can’t be designed to work on this platform. The added benefit is that if your Android, Blackberry, or even desktop browser supports those web standards, aside from possibly some tweaking for various screen sizes and maybe UI touches to match the platform, your app can work anywhere. You can give it away, you can charge for it, anything you like without Apple interfering at all.

The iPad is not perfect, but then nothing is. Where any tool is concerned, look at your needs, look at what the available tools are, and then look at what can be modified to most closely fit your needs.

So, if I hear “can’t”, it immediately becomes “you can’t”, because, quite frankly, I can, and probably will.

BTW – We are available to perform miracles and minor exorcisms.

23
Mar
09

AIG Bonuses

Originally written on 3/17/2009. Apparently I need to write more here, as I forgot to hit the publish button…

Lots of people are outraged by the bonuses and perks the executives at AIG have been getting. From what I’ve read, it looks like the AIG execs are getting $165 million in bonuses. Considering they were able to wrangle $170 billion in financing with another $30 billion pending, a .1% reward doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. Really, these guys were able to get effectively $200 billion dollars for a company they had driven into the ground. Who are we to say a commission isn’t in order?

 

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley has the right idea, though. He’s suggested the AIG execs resign or commit suicide.

30
Dec
08

Federal Failout

So far we haven’t talked much shit about the federal bailout here at TheDrinkTank. A lot has been posted elsewhere, but today’s news is too much.

The Fed has chosen 4 firms to manage $500 billion. One of them is Goldman Sachs. Yep, they dug this hole and are now expected to blow more money filling it.

On top of that, they are only allowed to purchase loans insured by 3 agencies. One of them being Fannie Mae. Didn’t we already run into trouble here?

Two big strikes. The stipulation that they only purchase fixed rate mortgages is good, although it will still leave a lot of bad paper out there.

15
May
08

Quick thoughts on cleaning windows

Years ago, when the world was young, and the web was a glimmer yet to be realized, there were boot sector viruses. McAfee had this neat feature where you would create a boot floppy and it would scan your machine and clean up these nasty buggers.

 

Today we have neat things like Knoppix. My thought is, where is the Windows Washer distribution of Knoppix? Maybe it’s out there and I’ve missed it. Seems to me the perfect thing for dealing with all the rootkits, spambots, and zombie armies out there.

This article reminded me that there is still a need for these things.
 

 

14
May
08

Twitter Go Crash

Well, within 24 hours of starting to use Twitter I’m seeing what people are talking about with respect to scalability issues. The site crawls when it does serve anything but 404’s and 500’s. Twhirl’s not able to connect to the API backend. And there’s nothing on the twitter blog.

Time to do some digging to figure out wtf’s going on.

Update
It would appear that it’s slowly coming back up. But it’s not just something that’s affecting the web interface. Seems like the message routing that’s going on in the backend is not able to serve messages to the gateways (my terminology for the architecture).

Anyone out there know how I can get Twhirl to give me verbose error messages when request fails?

Update 2

Looks like someone from twitter finally responded to a developer thread about the service being down:

I can confirm that we have been down for some time due to a massive unexpected cache invalidation. We’re working to bring the site back up, although some features will be limited until caches have repopulated.

You can find the entire thread here.

Incidently, my new best friend is IsTwitterDown. Brilliant.

14
May
08

new iphone hotness

My primary interface to Google’s rss client Reader happens to be my iphone. In fact, I imagine that it’s my primary use for the phone as well, since the majority of my time is spent catching up with way too many feeds that I’m following. So I think it’s fucking brilliant that they announced a new version of the site specifically designed for the iphone. From the post:

This new version is designed to offer many of the same features as the desktop, while making it quick and easy to act on items. If you’ve used list view, then it should be familiar to you. Scan the titles for an item that interests you, tap and it expands in place. Starring, sharing, and keeping unread are done in place, so you never have to leave the list view or refresh the page. We think it’s a very fast way to power through your reading list.

More details here.