Month: October 2009

Tumblr Stopped Aggregating My Feeds

I’ve been using Tumblr to serve my content behind www.matthewcanderson.com for the last few months.  For the most part, it does what I want it to: acts as a central point for most of my online postings to be aggregated.  It’s not exactly what I want to have (which I’ll discuss further in another Dream posting) but it’s been good enough.

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Correction-I was satisfied using some standard feature  functionality of their service, until about a month ago when they stopped monitoring my RSS feed.  Boo.  It looks like I’ve had a dead site since September 27th.

My hope was that it was going to be a temporary blip…but at this point I’m pretty confident that there’s a larger issue that’s not going to magically fix itself.

At this point, I’m debating jumping ship from Tumblr altogether.  I haven’t posted anything directly through their interface…not once.  It has truly been a repository for pulling everything into one spot (think Yahoo Pipes but more hidden).

For now, I’m going to sleep on it, hoping I’ll have an epiphany by tomorrow evening when I’ll have time to address the issue.

I’m Excited: PortableApps Adds Freeware

I’m adding a few new PortableApps to my arsenal since they’ve started offering portable versions of some popular freeware.  My first adds are:

  • FreeCommander
  • Skype
  • SpyDLLRemover
  • IcoFXPortable

I’m holding off on portable Google Chrome for now…as I’ll be tempted to uninstall my local copy and I’m not ready to do that until I hear some feedback on the PortableApps version functionality.

The official announcement is here if you care to read it.  Anyone else excited?

Dream: Unified Online Profile

Problem: 

There’s no such thing as a definitive online profile.  There are countless social networking websites, each with their own rules, agenda, privacy issues, and evolving purpose.  For the less one-stop-shop approach, there are blogs, micro blogs, aggregation services, content management systems, and so many other ways to put your ideas in front of the world.  Each of these offer Web 2.0 interaction, and varying levels of  self- and socially-published personal information.

I author a handful of blogs under different service providers covering various topics.  I’m on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter as my core social network connections.  I have a Google Profile (that remains largely underutilized).  I’m slowly reviewing movies on Flixster.  I maintain business relationships on LinkedIn (and I was duped into joining Naymz).  I don’t want or expect these to all be tightly integrated with one another or to contain identical information, but the lack of intelligent communication between services is frustrating.  I also fear investing too much time/effort into a single service, since there’s little guarantee what it will be able to offer me even a few months from now.

Digging the hole even a little deeper, there are still a considerable number of people who don’t buy into one or more of these online islands of social interaction.  I could tell someone to look me up on Facebook or Twitter, but my service of choice may be a put-off.  

This all drives me back to one theme: there needs to be a service-agnostic portal where I can direct someone to…and the only requirement should be that they have a web browser and connection to the web.

Solution:

I don’t have one yet.  As far as I can tell, there’s not a readymade solution that meets my needs.  Honestly, this is a core reason why I created this weblog; to hash out my thoughts on how to best make this happen.  Maybe others out there have a similar dream have ideas/advice for my project.

It’s only fair that I mention that up to this point, I’ve failed miserably at solving this problem.  I think it’s because of the many attempts I’ve made in the past…plenty of plans…but nothing sticks.  It seems like I have set a goal every year for the last five years to revamp my online presence to make it accessible and coordinated.  I know it’s an ambitious goal every time I record it in my journal, but it’s important enough that I keep striving for it.

If you care to take a look at what I have put together at this point, check out http://www.matthewcanderson.com/

The best way I know to solve a problem is to start by figuring out what exactly it is that I’m trying to do…so hopefully that can come through as I strive toward this digitalism dream. 

Now Testing: QT Lite (Codec)

Application: (codec) QT Lite
URL: http://www.codecguide.com/qt_lite.htm

I’ve dragged my feet for a long time, doing anything I can to avoid the bloat of QuickTime. You might be thinking..QuickTime? Really? Yes, really, because it’s more than just QuickTime…it’s QTLoader and the Apple software update service. These kind of processes add up quickly, and I’m doing what I can to avoid them.

I contemplated installing QuickTime Alternative (http://codecguide.com/about_qt.htm), but didn’t want the Media Player Classic software that comes bundled with the install.

I was a happy guy this morning when I was reading through my RSS feeds and found QT Lite. I’ll be testing this out on my work computer before installing on the netbook.