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Inside Sprint: Take Two

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Inside Sprint: Take Two

Originally uploaded by Joel Tanner

I forgot to rotate the photo on my first attempt to upload from my phone to flickr and my blog…so here it is again.

I’m in the process of switching from t-mobile to sprint. This is a photo from my new Sprint Mogul by HTC.


Tuesday, April 1st, 2008


Originally uploaded by Joel Tanner

An old pic of SoBe when he was a kitten.

The Sweet Escape

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Had the pleasure of seeing Gwen Stefani last night, with Anne, at Sound Advice Amphitheatre (West Palm Beach). Totally amazing show. Gwen really puts on an amazing performance. Since we were sitting in the 5th row, center, I decided it would be a good opp to take some pics… enjoy.

Life Hacks: Un-Hacked

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

My friend, Ethan Kaplan, has got a winning plan. I was doing almost the same thing for a few months, and the results were great… then the holidays came around and my efforts feel to apart. I’ve taken a few steps backward, and I really need to get back on the right path.

I’ve always felt that the day-to-day life of a geek is already ‘hacked’.
Gadgets, toys, networks, hardware, software, etc – all are things that are supposed to make life easier but really just add layers of complexity to your life. You’ve become the Borg, buried so deep in technology and efficiency that you forget the underlying basics of life.  Returning to the basics, and using common sense, is a great start to getting healthy. It’s essential to be able to ‘un-hack’ yourself and be able to separate your ‘digital life’ from your ‘real life’.

My basic plan was to alter my habits without doing a 180. I find it easier to modify my long-term behaviors by slowly changing things. Trying to change to many things at once usually results in failure.

So here is my self-compromised plan:

Exercise: Ok, I wasn’t doing much exercise but I was making a point to try and get out of the house and walk instead of just plopping down at the computer or TV. I’ve got a nice gym here, I never use it… and I should. Some exercise is better than none, and the time spent exercising is time not spent sitting at a desk or couch.

Food:  Essentially I was trying to eat 2 low calorie meals a day. Additionally, I’d have one ‘regular meal’ where I wouldn’t so much worry about the number of calories but instead have exactly what I was craving for the day but eat a smaller portion, and of course try to make it as healthy as I could. Throwing in some low-cal snacks throughout the day kept me going as well. Low-Cal pre-made things to eat:Lean Cuisine meals (300-500 cals) for Lunch or Dinner, Lean Pockets and South Beach breakfast burritos for Breakfast, and 100 Calorie Packs for snacks.

Liquids: Water. Water. Water. I cut out soda, iced tea, and regular (sugary) juices. I substituted  regular  juices with the Ocean Spray low calorie/low sugar Cran-mixes. Adding lemon to water sometimes changes it up nicely too.  If you’re only peeing a few times a day, you’re not drinking enough… and pee is not only a great indication of hydration levels, but also of the amounts of excess intake of sugar (as well as other things). Color is everything ;)

Hobbies/Activities: Computers/electronics SUCK UP ALL MY TIME if I let them. I have to make a concerted effort to find other things to do; walking, exploring, photography, cleaning, doing errands, etc. Anything that gets me out of the house and moving around, or being ‘non-computer’ productive, is a good thing.

And Ethan’s 100% right… wives and girlfriends really do appreciate the last bit.

The hardest thing about all this is just sticking with it.  My 2 month ‘break’ ends now. Today’s the day. Thanks for the re-inspiration Ethan!

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Web 2.0: The Weebles in disguise!

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
The similarity between the spread of Web 2.0 logos and the colors used by children’s toys (ie. Playskool and Fisher Price) is suspicious. I really haven’t looked into if anyone has done a study, research, etc on this. Perhaps someone has a theory about this? Or does this just mean that all of our favorite web 2.0 companies are nothing more than toys that will lose our attention in a few years, or are the Weebles taking over? Either way, they’re doomed, just give up now and wobble in peace. ;)

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Movie studios should get in the bandwidth biz.

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Ethan Kaplan points out the advantages to protocols, like BitTorrent, that lend to large downloads such as HD movies (for purchase/rent of course).

My only problem with the grand idea of doing away with physical media, at this point anyway, is that at 2 Mbps, much more than the average Joe’s downstream bandwidth, a 3GB file will take roughly 3.5 hours. 4hr 40min with a full T1.Over 9 hours at 768Kbps (closer to Joe’s average speed).

Ultimately, bandwidth needs are growing and are going to continue to grow, as are the technologies that support them.

The movie and music industries have both enjoyed tight control over their distribution models. Napster sort of mucked that up, and the land slide hasn’t stopped since. But here’s a great opportunity for both industries, as well as gaming, to invest in the pipes and technologies that pump all this data into our homes. They could make money on the content, and the delivery. The more you consume, the more they make. Pre-Napster Total Control. Different shit, same smell.

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Ordering Lunch, Telepathically

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

The guys in my office were ordering lunch, from a local Mexican joint, and I was thinking “I want 2 beef tacos, crunchy, with EVERYTHING”. I never ordered since I had already brought something for lunch today. The lunch order arrived. The person that placed the order realized he had ordered extra. So what were the left overs? EXACTLY what I had thought about ordering. I have lunch ordering super powers. Just don’t drive-up to me and say “a #1, with a coke, and supersize that”. So far it only works for tacos.

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Web 2.0, Bubble 2.0, or Clique 2.0. Same shit.

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Sooner or later people are going to get sick of hearing themselves, some people will get sick of other people talking about themselves, and the rest of the folks either won’t have a clue or will be the folks blogging for the sake of self-worth. Wait… that’s already happening. Ethan Kaplan drives it home. His post is mostly about himself, but for the sake of discussion, it works and in a way.. sort of proves a point: There are brilliant people out in the ’sphere (and real world) that have a lot to say, and need to be heard, but they can’t seem to poke their voice above the cloud of A-listers talking about each other. The clique-cloud is dense.

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CrazyEgg Must Be Crazy

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

A week ago I setup a trial crazyegg account because I thought their ability to produce a heatmap based on visitor clicks was pretty cool. The trial is limited to 5000 visits, and unfortunately I don’t think that crazyegg is properly measuring/tracking actual clicks. In my 5000 visits for the homepage of crazyegg reported that there were only 413 clicks — and that number is incredibly deficient of the actual number of clicks. Maybe once they get their shit together it could be a useful service, but until then I’ll save my money and stick with good ‘ol grep.

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Business 2.0: Blogging for Dollars

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

The scary/interesting thing thats happening in the online space is how much $ some of these low traffic (in relative terms) blogs are able to demand when peddling their advertising spots. And while they may have return readers, and some of the more tech saavy may have a few rss readers, the majority of these sites dont have newsletters, don’t have interactive communities (besides ‘comments’), and really only have a 1 page view per person per day exposure. I hate to bring up old Web 1.0 terms, but the simple fact is most of the blogs out there aren’t ’sticky’. Sticky is good. Sticky means repeat exposure, which means increased brand awareness. Increased brand awareness means more word of mouth, and ultimately more bang for the buck. I honestly can’t remember what ads I saw on any of the blogs I read today, of the ones I visit daily. I think it’s much easier for community based site’s to modify their appeal to attract to blog-hoppers then it is for a single blog to mass a loyal and addicted community. Think of it this way, blogs are to community sites as one warrior is to an entire army.

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Kiko Collides with Google. dotBOMB!

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Apparently Kiko has tanked and is now for sale on ebay. Guess they couldn’t compete the Goliath Google Calendar. I’m sure this is just the beginning of the falling dotBOMBS from sky, better known as the Internet Web 2.0 gold rush. Maybe I’ll start reading FuckedCompany again for daily bits of amusement.

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NSA Eavesdropping: Unconstitutional!

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

This is the best news I’ve heard all day, all week even. There is some hope left for the United States of America. I’ve been pretty pesimistic about the longterm likelyhood of American freedoms remaining intact but this is welcome news. I love the ACLU and EFF (although not directly related to this article).

Wooo hoo!!!

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RSS Privacy Advocates, Oh Please

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Marshall Kirkpatrick writes on TechCrunch about Bloglines suggesting a standard that basically allows people to opt-out their blog’s RSS feeds from being indexed in the search engines. This has got to be one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard lately. People, if you don’t want your life, business, family, or other dealings public… do this, simply don’t post them in a public medium. Best suggestion is to use a username/password mechanism for those that you actually wish to read your ‘private’ crap. Even then, most people use stupid passwords, easily guessed, or heck.. if someone really wants to get at your information they could always find a way to hack into it. If you truly want something to be private, don’t post it online. It’s amazing to me how many people lack the most basic common sense.

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Video Blogger Jailed

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

A friend of Robert Scoble’s, Josh Wolf, was apparently jailed for withholding evidence (video) of a burning of a San Francisco PD car from the Feds. I’m really shocked to see Scoble using phrases like ‘the government has scary powers and is using them’ when it comes to something like this. I’m 110% for journalists being able to shield their ’sources’, but come’on, give me a break, shooting video of people committing a crime IN PUBLIC is hardly a ’source’. Robert, if Josh shot a video of someone committing a crime in private would you have posted the same way? I believe, either way, this is simply ‘withholding evidence’, and while I’m no lawyer I’d also guess that by withholding the evidence he could actually be charged with something a bit more serious than contempt. There is no justice in protecting criminals.

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Personal ‘Projects’ for the week of June 19th

Monday, June 19th, 2006

A. 22gb, or 21,805 files, of photos to oranize.
B. 123gb, or 24,949 songs,  of music to add to/organize (to add: approx 20-60gb).
C. Setup T-Mobile MDA.

  1. Sync w/home
  2. Work Email
  3. Personal Email
  4. Citrix
  5. SSH

D. Actually play my PS2 (I havent in a couple months).

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Bill Gates is a Part-Timer… in 2008

Friday, June 16th, 2006

I think Bill is just trying to trump Scoble’s news of his departure from Microsoft. But seriously, Bill Gates has actually announced that he’s going to phase himself out, at least somewhat, of Microsoft’s day-to-day operations.

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Kitten SoBe

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Last night Anne and I adopted a new kitten, 5-6 weeks old, from 2 girls in South Beach that are leaving the state and needed to find a good home for him. Appropriately, we named him SoBe. While he may look black in this picture, he actually has a rich dark chocolate brown coat, with nearly black legs, and has no markings. His eyes are a yellow-green, he’s incredibly playful, cuddly, and has been eating, drinking, and using the litter just fine. Anne will be taking him to the vet today to get him all checked out. Willow, our other kittie (3+yrs old) isn’t quite sure how to act around him…. so she’s been checking him out, with the ocassional hiss as well, but I’m sure she’ll come around. It’ll be nice for her to have someone to hang out with when we’re at work/school.

UPDATE: The vet thinks SoBe is around 10 weeks old, he weighs 2lb 11oz and is healthy!
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In The Storm

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

Holy crap. I did it. I upgraded to the lastest version of Wordpress. I only procrastinated for the last 6+ months or so. The weather being what it was, thanks to Tropial Storm Alberto, I basically just sat on couch for half the day working on getting this site fixed, getting Anne’s blog updated, and tweaking Firefox. I’m really going to try and post a list of the extensions I’m using; mostly focused on blogging, browser synchronization, and the Google suite (mail, calendar & personalized search).

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Sunday, June 11th, 2006
  I’ve alwas slacked at blogging, but I’m in the process of switching to Firefox (more on that later) and found this great extension which should take away several excuses of mine!

Google Torrent Search

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Ethan was apparently playing with Google which reminded me of Google’s ‘Vertical’ searches. If the MPAA or RIAA ever manage to completely shutdown all the Torrent search engines out there… you’ll have to go no farther than Google for a replacement. Just use “filetype:torrent” in your search query to find your favorite TV shows, or anything else, such as The Simpsons. In a quick check, I noticed that Google currently has more than 400,000 Torrents indexed. So why haven’t the RIAA and MPAA gone after Google? My guess… they’d probably lose a major battle, set precedence, and lose the war.