Posted on Apr 21, 2010 3 Comments
Twitter recently unloaded a bunch of changes that have already been rolled out or will be making an appearance in the near future. Here’s the highlight…
Lots of stuff for one single bound in time, but it honestly makes sense for it all to come together in one fell swoop. Yay Twitter.. right? Not so as some see it.
Neal Wiser of twitip.com posted an article titled “Twitter Commits Suicide (or Twipocalypse Now: Redux)“. Go read it and then come back if you want…
Basically it states that all of these changes will ultimately result in the demise of Twitter. The reason? Twitter is now competing with it’s own 3rd party developers. Meaning Twitter could potentially run most 3rd party developers into the ground. This part is completely possible. In fact, it’s very likely that developing apps for Twitter will no longer be the gold mine it once was. What I don’t understand is how Neal leaps to this being the catalyst to the demise of Twitter. Will some turn their backs on Twitter as a response to being bitten? Probably. There are even groups looking to respond with a service that will knock Twitter off of it’s pedestal. But will Joe Public even notice or care? Not likely. There are already services out there trying to do what Twitter does… and they are all wildly less popular than Twitter.
3rd party developers got the short end of the stick when all of these announcements were released, but these developers were not signed into any kind of agreement or guarantee with Twitter. They were simply given tools that allowed them to build apps that would interface with Twitter. Everyone, including Tweetie, had access to the same tools. The idea that Twitter will now have “Twitter for iPhone” is not a comforting thought for these developers, but if EVERYONE is allowed the same access to the Twitter API, shouldn’t Twitter themselves be able to release apps using that very API? I think that kind of protection for 3rd party app developers would not only be unreasonable, but would also hold Twitter back since not having an official app causes confusion for many users and makes the trial and error experience of “finding the right app” frustrating. Honestly, for each good Twitter app available right now, there are ten crappy apps. How is the average consumer supposed to wade through all of that? Alternatives will remain, but the Twitter app gold rush has come to an end. For iPhone, Atebits won with Tweetie. Everyone else is free to find their niche spot in the alternative section or find the next service to develop for.
Neal also made a point about innovation. Now it’s true that if many apps fall by the wayside, you won’t have nearly as many developers pushing the innovation of Twitter apps and services. This will ultimately result in a slower “innovation curve” for the service. Personally, I don’t see this as a problem though. I think there is an unreasonable expectation for applications and services to almost reinvent themselves continually to remain relevant and popular. Twitter “has made it”. The changes they are making are specifically geared to maintain the giant they have built. If they reinvent themselves 10 times in the next 10 years, it is likely they will change so much, there will be no REAL resemblance to the original service. If instead, they do EXACTLY what they have done in making these changes, they will be tightening and perfecting a service that millions already know and love. Building and innovating is an essential part of life, but it’s just that.. a PART. The vessel is complete and Twitter knows it. Now all they have to do is maintain it well.
Twitter suicide? Not even. Pissed off nerds? Well, yes… but this is business. Twitter made a business decision and it changed how things will operate, but unless you are one of the developers with an app in your hand that is headed for the trash, you will benefit from this.
That’s my take. And if Neal is reading this, dude, we just disagree. No harm, no foul, that is all.
Posted on Apr 6, 2010 15 Comments
I know it’s been a while… been busy preparing to have / caring for and raising an infant child whilst freaking out about how to make my business thrive. So not much downtime. I do have to take a moment to talk WordPress however.
This is completely subjective. If you want a more technical “observation” of the software you may get nothing out of this.
I have been developing sites with WordPress since 2007 ish. Before then, I toyed with Drupal and Joomla, but settled on WordPress and have actually managed to money developing with WordPress. Let start with the things that I like…
And now the things I don’t like so much…
I have run WordPress on everything… shared hosting, VPS, random box at my house, and on dedicated servers. It never really changes the experience though. It takes an awful lot of work to make WordPress run well in my experience and the most unfortunate part about that is when I go to research solutions, 90% of what I find is information about WP-SuperCache. WP-SuperCache is fine, but it’s not the definitive solution. I see it patching a problem, not adding a feature. Stability under load should come in the box, not as an add-on. I guess I have reached “the next level” and maybe, possibly, I am on that bridge between hardcore coder and WordPress tinkerer, which is why I find this such a challenge. At the end of the day… I see my servers cringe when the loads are high and after throwing a ton of hardware at it, I see improvements, but can’t help but to think that the content should be able to run with much less hardware. So even though I continue to make it over the hurdles, I keep thinking it shouldn’t be THAT hard. I love WordPress… but only because I overlook the faults. I just hope I am not the only one that thinks this. Maybe WordPress is still approaching greatness and I am just being an impatient nerd, complaining on my blog.
Posted on Sep 22, 2009
(Click image to embiggen!) All of heads I have bitten off and I never knew how complex their inner structures really were.
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
You know, neither of our most recent presidents have “won” my heart. Mainly because my heart is not for sale on the political market, but between this little outburst and the hate that seethes from the right daily, it does nothing but put a bad taste in my mouth for politics. At least we have a dude in there that seems to give a crap and has intelligent things to say that at least seem to come from his own head. You know?
Posted on Jun 11, 2009
RVA Mag just posted this video of The Hot Seats, formerly known as Special Ed and the Short Bus. Now I have yet another reason to follow and visit The Camel.
Never seen these guys live, but it makes me miss George Winn and the Bluegrass Partners… While many Richmonders were heading to the clubs in the bottom on Saturday nights, I would pass them and hang @ Poe’s Pub for good beer on tap and some very fantastic bluegrass.
I wish I knew what happened to them because I quit going out as much and they seem to have disappeared. From Poe’s at least. Anyone know?
Another RVA Bluegrass treat is Slack Family Bluegrass Band. You can find them at Shenanigans on North Side and Legend Brewery just across the river.
Posted on Apr 26, 2009 5 Comments
Earlier this month we had a new set of “pictures” taken of the soon to be baby. So first off…. IT’S A BOY! Also, after the pile of more specific images were taken for more important reasons, like verifying that, in fact, everything looks perfect thus far, they were kind enough to give us a couple of shots of our very own…
It’s amazing how much things have changed since last time we had pictures taken back on New Years Eve…. It’s also amazing how though only separated by some skin and tissue, the baby seems far away and almost not real.
We’re getting to the real part though… and quickly. I have taken interest in new things too… strollers, carriers, those weird sling things (Some of which look very questionable if bought by the wrong person). We have picked more normal looking stuff so far, but man there’s some weird stuff out there. Strollers that look like they belong on ET’s space ship that start at over $1000.00. How about the fact that everything seems to have something that requires batteries… Sorry, I don’t need a light show, sing song, vibrating play pen… a normal “keep my kid confined” play pen will do just the trick. Never thought there would be so many options in the bottle category either.. there’s drop-in, air-vac, glass, BPA Free, Wide, Air System Super Anti-Colic… Take your pick, it will probably be the wrong one. May as well buy them all.
Whew.. Anyway, the baby market is, like pretty much every other retail market, saturated with way more choices than we happen to need. I am so thankful for the news that our baby looks perfectly normal so far. Looking forward, I anticipate finding the K.I.S.S. method will apply and will work gloriously. That’s “Keep it Simple Stupid”. Bells and whistles have been around for a long time and though some come in handy on occasion, most are nothing but a waste of plastic or whatever it happens to be made out of.
One more thing… This is going to be awesome!
Posted on Apr 14, 2009 10 Comments
Do you ever go to drive through food establishments? I do occasionally and though I should probably be completely avoiding them with nicknames like Taco Hell, Taco Smell, McDeath, Kentucky Fried Crap, etc., I still end up doing the lap of shame for lunch from time to time.
So here’s a question for all of you Fast Food Foodies… How often do you have to repeat yourself?
Not sure why, but I swear I repeat myself EVERY time I go for a burrito. And I’m not talking about them mistaking one thing for another. I am talking about entire sentences that seem to have fallen off track before they got to window guys ear. Here’s an example… I pull up to Taco He.. ahem… Bell and when prompted to do so, I ask for a 7 layer burrito with no guacamole, a bean burrito, and maybe a drink. The response, after a notable pause is as follows…. “You want a bean burrito and a wha?” in the laziest voice I have ever heard. C’Mon! Your job is to listen to orders and punch the appropriate pictures on the register. I know “a lot” is going on in there, but don’t ask me to order if you have your one headset ear focused on things other than what crap I want to buy…
After it happened several times at more than one establishment, I decided to opt for a simpler system. No more specialty orders like burritos without guacamole, I’m sticking with the numbers ordering system. I find the number I want and say it when asked. I don’t say it lightly, sheepishly, or with the window up, yet the word “Wha?” still manages it’s way into the reply. What the crap!? So what now!?
The solution is to yell, you know, like people talk to blind people on television. Super loud and slow… I… WOULD…. LIKE… A… NUMBER…. 7… WITH… A… COKE…! The main drawback to this method is the unavoidable shame that comes with broadcasting your order to not only the headset inside, but to everyone in line waiting to order. I have decided to accept this reality and simply wear sunglasses and a hat on those days when Supersize, Milkshake, and Extra Fries are part of the order… I just hope this doesn’t become habit and I happen to “slip up” and yell my order inside as well. Though it might be kinda fun.
Posted on Apr 9, 2009
Source: Soul Assassins
One of my homies, Roger Jao, who used to work for Cypress Hill’s marketing company is a big music collector and happens to have a lot of friends who are DJs. He has an extensive catalogue of themed playlists that he’s compiled, and he hired a group of his DJ friends to mix them as part of an ongoing, downloadable mixtape series. This one here was the one I did called Jitterbug Driveby which features classic swing, jazzy hip-hop, party rock and some official DJ SOLO blends. It’s a bangin, feel-good summertime mix, so get it while it’s HOT!
Jitterbug Driveby Tracklist:
01. Intro/Lucas With The Lid Off – Lucas (Us3)
02. Minnie The Moocher (SOLO RMX) – Cab Calloway
03. Don’t Mean A Thing (SOLO RMX) – Duke Ellington
04. Lust For Life – Iggy Pop
05. Walking The Dog (break) – Cab Calloway
06. Life Goes To A Party – Benny Goodman
07. Last Night – The Strokes
08. Intergalactic (break) – Beastie Boys
09. I Am Music – Common
10. Seed 2.0 – The Roots
11. Mid-Town Philly (break) – Soho & Boys II Men
12. That’s Hot Music – Soho (Solo RMX)
13. Me, Myself & Shay-Shay (Break) – De La Soul & Dr. Buzzard
14. Cherchez La Femme – Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band
15. Weird Side – Eyedea
16. Dumb It Down – Ugly Duckling
17. Rappin Duke (break) – Rappin Duke
18. Charleston Butterfly – Parov Stelar
19. Let The Sunshine In (break) – The 5th Dimension
20. Traveling At The Speed Of Thought – Ultramagnetic M.C.s
21. Get A Move On – Mr. Scruff
22. Do Your Thing – Basement Jaxx
23. Song 2 – Blur
24. Reefer Man (break) – Cab Calloway
25. Get Off Of My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
26. You Really Got Me All Day – The Kinks (SOLO re-edit)
27. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction (Live) – The Rolling Stones
28. Dynamite – Junior Senior
29. What I Like About Hip- Hop (DJ SOLO Mashup) – The Romantics and Dead Prez