Getting a web flow going

What you need to have a web presence that can move with you.

So this is my thing. Anyone that still uses there ISPs email address – just doesn’t know what they are doing. Do they really think they will always use the same provider. They will never get ticked-off and change, never move to another location this ISP doesn’t serve?

ISPs should stop giving out email and web space. Their offerings are useless and it really just makes the rest of us feel like they are charging us for something we will never use.

There are several excellent ways of getting around this. Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo all have excellent mail offerings, free, completely mobile, and uses both web and desktop clients. If you’d rather have your own identity – for cheap you can get a domain ( I have about 20 of them now), and find someone to give you free DNS service (I use mydomain.com). Forward the mail to the hosted mail service and you are done.

Since we are starting down this road here are my picks – pretty much eliminates any need for data on my workstation. Give me a copy of Firefox and I can make any computer mine.

Mail, Wordprocessor, Spreadsheet, and Calendar – Google
Pictures – Flickr (YahooID)
Bookmarks – del.icio.us (YahooID)
Notes/Scrapbook – Evernote (Web and desktop, includes iPhone)
Blogging – WordPress.com
IM – GTalk – moving more to Twitter
RSS- Newsgator (desktop and web)
Password manager – Sxipper (not exactly a web site but it makes everything else work)

Personal Profile and Aggregation – Facebook, the "Here I am, and Here’s how you get the rest of me"

Weak
IM/webphone – still use MSN and AOL frequently, would like something that does what iChat, Skype, or such can do.

Missing
Contacts – never found a good stand alone "People Catalog" need someone to come up with ‘CRM-lite’ software that tracks interaction across various machines and web sites.

What ever happened to OpenID?

It was 2 years ago at Northern Voice¬†that I got into some identity management issues. I liked the OpenID and hoped it would go somewhere – hasn’t yet. It is so bad now I need software to keep track of passwords for my software. I haven’t cateloged them all – but I’m at about 152 username/password combos. And that is for sites used in the last 4 months.¬†

Despite some decent uptake from Yahoo, Facebook, it really hasn’t gotten any bigger. Yet the plethora of online tools have kept building.

Twitter Updates for 2009-02-16

  • @jvangorp apparently you have too much time on your hands, although it scores a point for crowdsourcing a problem. in reply to jvangorp #
  • EXIT #
  • OOPS, thats what happens when you tweet your shell commands #
  • @fncll Textedit does RTF and Word .DOC as well in reply to fncll #
  • Social software update day – got my websites updated to the latest Drupal software and modules, updated the software on my personal blog #
  • So that was a weekend – didn’t really notice the difference, but tomorrow night I can turn the Blackberry off~ #

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My life on the Web

Its not so much about having a website anymore – that is almost useless.
Basic updates – what used to be blogging is now on Twitter
Pictures go on Flickr
Conversations go on Facebook.
My favorite websites are on Delicious
Notes to my self are in Evernote

It is almost impossible to think of what to do with this space on my website anymore. Everything else is so easy and quick. They have clients for home, work, blackberry, and iPhone so you don’t need much else. Whatever is left over seems to collect on Google (gmail, calendars, docs).

iTunes Plus Part II

The march to DRM-Free continues……
After cutting it down to about 300 old-style iTunes songs, the addition of new DRM-Free music continues. Its getting a bit expensive but I’m happy to be past the point that I need to worry about ‘losing’ my music if I ever moved away from iTunes. In the 4 days since the Apple Announcement their have been new songs on the iTunes Plus list every day so they are pretty serious about this stuff. Two $30 upgrades and a $15 so I am into this process for about $100 for the 450 DRM-free tracks with about 230 to go.

iTunes plus

Upgraded my iTunes Library today – still have ~300 of 800 with DRM. Hoping all the DRM goes soon.
Apple Announced at Macworld they were going DRM free. My purchases over the last 4 years amounts to almost 800 tracks. Many were already DRM-free. Today added about 150 to leave me with about 300 in the iTunes "Classic" mode with DRM. Other advantages – Can make a ringtone out of just about anything. Shouldn’t have to worry about not-really-owning my musics.

Top Movie Lines from Casablanca

Probably the best collection of memorable quotes from any Movie. "Play it again Sam" … isn’t one of them.
1. Rick: …Here’s looking at you, kid.
2. Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
3. Rick: If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. ….. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now… Here’s looking at you kid.
4. Captain Renault: I’m only a poor corrupt official.
5. Rick: Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
6. Rick: You played it for her, you can play it for me!
7. Rick: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.
8. Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert. Rick: I was misinformed.
9. Banker: What? Do you know who I am? Rick: I do. You’re lucky the bar’s open to you.
10 . Yvonne: Where were you last night? Rick: That’s so long ago, I don’t remember. Yvonne: Will I see you tonight? Rick: I never make plans that far ahead.
11. Rick: If it’s December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?
12. Captain Renault: How extravagant you are, throwing away women like that. Some day they may be scarce.
13. Rick: We all try. You succeed.
14. Rick: You thought what? Ugarte: Hm, what right do I have to think, huh?
15. Captain Renault: Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects.
16. Captain Renault: I’ve often speculated why you don’t return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator’s wife? I like to think you killed a man. It’s the Romantic in me.