October, 2007 Results

Five Horrific Things You Can Do To Kill Off Your Community

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Running a community site can be absolute murder sometimes. Keeping the balance between a happy operator and happy users is a deadly dance. Being the owner/operator of a now comatose niche community site has given me the supernatural power to see into the future and warn you about the baleful consequences of ignoring the blood-thirsty mob. Here are five grisly mistakes you can make when running a community site, be it a blog, social network, or message board:

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Get Fit Geeks!

Monday, October 29th, 2007

If you’re like me you’ve probably put on a few extra pounds in the last few years.

As a software developer, I sit at my desk for 7 to 9 hours a day and when I get home it’s not unusual for me to spend another couple hours blogging or gaming before bed. So it’s not hard to see how that can affect you; if you let it.

This post is intended to motivate all you desk jockeys, like myself, to start today to live a more active lifestyle; a better lifestyle!

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Links for the Weekend, 10-27-2007

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Some ‘true’ ghost stories for you! Happy Halloween!

More Standards Please

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Can we get some standards people?

The Web Standards Project (WaSP) fights for standards within the web industry. They lobby on behalf of all web developers to have browser companies adhere to community developed standards. Whether the browser companies actually listen to them is another story, but at least there is an organization that works for the people. It seems to me we need MORE of these types of organizations because things are getting out of hand.

Here are just a few areas that come to mind that could greatly benefit from some standards:

Memory Cards

The most common types of flash memory cards for digital cameras are: CompactFlash (CF), Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick and xD-Picture Card. The type of memory card you’ll need is determined by which digital camera you use.

Can we not just have one format please? I bought a new Cannon camera and now all my old memory cards from my old camera, a Kodak, don’t work. Thanks people.

Also, as long as we’re talking about digital cameras and standardizations – how bout you standardize on batteries too? Are you in the battery business or the camera business?

Printer Ink Cartridges

This is all #()%#@ up. Not only does every printer company use its own proprietary ink cartridges, but there are actually different cartridges WITHIN the same company! Why?

Let’s face it, there isn’t a lot of technology involved in the actual cartridge — they’re just little holders of ink. Why can’t they all just standardize and place their focus on making a better printer?

Motherboards

Why so many different motherboard variations? The use of different chipsets for each motherboard really limits you from upgrading your computer. And should you decide to upgrade, you have to take your entire computer apart. It would be really nice to see some standardizations here.

HD DVD

High definition movies are barely out of the gate and that horse is down. Nothing has hurt this more than the lack of standards. Blu-ray or HD DVD? Neither! I’ll wait to see who wins first.

What areas do you see that could benefit from some standards?

Vista Anyone?

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

vista adoption

Anyone using Vista yet?

I haven’t felt a need to take the plunge yet, have you? Sure the Aero interface looks pretty, but that’s not enough to make me switch. I hear that setting up a home network is much improved in Vista, but right now my home network is working perfectly. Security is another thing that’s supposed to be improved with the new OS, but with ZoneAlarm Firewall and AVG anti-virus, I have yet to have a problem with security.

So the only real reason, as I see it, right now to make the switch is if you are a gamer. Windows XP is not capable of DirectX 10 like Vista’s is. If you are a gamer, and I am, then this is almost reason enough to make the switch, but there’s one problem – my Video cards. Two Geforce 7800GTX running in SLI mode are not DirectX10 capable. So once again, no reason to make the switch – yet.

Who’s made the leap to Vista and what’s your thoughts?

Links for the Weekend, 10-20-2007

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

I’m Having an Affair

Friday, October 19th, 2007

gaspThis just in, “I’m Having an Affair”!

I was doing my usual daily blog reading last week when I came across one of those posts, “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while…”. We all know the posts and typically I just skim right through them and move on. This post got me thinking though. The author explained his absence was due to him spending too much time on other projects. All of the sudden, I knew what was happening; I knew the signs. This guy was cheating on his website, and so was I.

One of my first websites was my personal blog (beware, it’s the land of the elephant graveyard). Now this isn’t some great fancy website but it is the first one I created for myself. I had done plenty of websites for clients, but none for myself. ilovecode (yes, she has a name) was my first love and the first website that got me thinking about more websites I could build for myself. ilovecode was a labor of love. I had a lot of things happen there behind the scenes that the public wasn’t aware of. I got into heavy experimentation with different methodologies and different techniques. This was really a learning opportunity for me; much as most first loves are. You make mistakes, you learn from them and try not to repeat them. When I would break her (and I broke her often), I would do whatever I could to fix her.

One day though, I had an idea for a new website. I spent most of my time thinking about this new idea and was consumed with it. Thoughts of it constantly ran through my head. My fire to develop was reignited and it was due to this new site being in my life. See, I told you I was cheating. I continued to cheat, repeatedly. In fact I am still cheating and have a new love that I spend all of my time on: my blog forum and resource site.

I’m going to bet that I’m not alone in my infidelity. I know sometimes when working on one project for too long, you can get lost in the monotony of the day-to-day. Once the excitement has worn off you find that a new project can really get you excited again. I don’t mind my website infidelity although at times it feels more like a polygamous relationship. I’ve got several wives (or husbands) who all pull together for the community or our relationship by promoting each other and linking to each other.

I must say, when Mark told me to write something “light” for a Friday post and I told him my idea, I think he thought I was a little crazy (or maybe a lot) but I don’t think he got the comparison between owning websites and relationships. So I leave it to you to prove one of us wrong (Mark). Do you see the comparison and more importantly, have you experienced it as well?

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