Daily Archives: January 2, 2006

Geoff wants Microsoft to get its Digital Photo act together

Geoff Coupe wants Microsoft to support IPTC Metadata for digital photos. He writes “Today, I installed the latest Beta version of Microsoft’s Vista (build 5270) on one of my PCs to take a look at it. And, of course, it does NOT support IPTC metadata, but carries on using its own proprietary metadata.  What is it about Microsoft? Do they never bloody listen?”

I’m forwarding this around to a few PM’s inside Microsoft to try to get their reasoning. Sorry for not listening.

By the way, Geoff, can you educate all of us on what this brings you as a user?

Noah’s guide to the Internet

Since there are a few people who started blogs since my talk at Engelbart’s house yesterday (great writeup on that is here, by the way, thanks to Eileen Clegg and Jeff Saperstein) this is very timely: Noah Kagan has a 2006 Guide to the Internet. Noah says this is the “essential list of sites you need to know to become hip with Web 2.0 or throw down impressive sites at geek parties.

I appreciate being on that list, but think it’s missing a few. I can’t live without a good blog search engine. Choose between Technorati, Feedster, Pubsub, Icerocket, or Google’s blog search (right now I like Technorati better, but that changes daily). I also would put Memeorandum on this list (there are two Memeorandums, one for tech news, and one for politics/current event news — they change every few minutes.

Funny story my son told yesterday. I asked him during our discussion “why did you pick Blogger?” He said “I was bored one day so searched on Google for ‘how do you start a blog?’ The first link was to blogger.”

But, what he said next showed a great deal of astuteness: “of course Blogger is first cause Google owns Blogger.” That shows the power that being the top link on Google has.

Anyway when people ask me: How do you start a blog? I answer: WordPress.com. My wife says she recommends MSN Spaces when people ask her how to blog. Why? Cause it makes it harder to comment so she finds she doesn’t get as many negative comments as I do.

Oh, Eileen, I never owned a camera store. I helped run the camera section of LZ Premiums in the 1980s and early 1990s.

But, back to the topic: what sites do you think deserve to be on a “guide to the Internet?”

Oh, several people lately have been asking me about RSS. I like the BBC’s “what is RSS?” page for that answer.

CES week — where are the best parties?

OK, let’s be honest. Shows like CES are a work hard, play hard kind of gig.

I remember working Comdex for Winnov. We drove down. Hand-carried in all our equipment and booth. Believe it or not, you had to carry it in past the security guard. Union rules kept you from wheeling anything in. Our booth weighed 100 pounds. I had to carry that past the guard myself. The things I’ll do to save a multi-thousand-dollar lading fee.

Anyway, if you’re coming to CES, remember your comfortable shoes! You can walk 10 miles in a single day. Hey, it beats waiting in the two-hour taxi lines.

OK, to the point, we’re gonna work our butts off, so why not have fun in the evening?

Lora is setting up a Tablet PC and Geek/Blogger gathering on Friday evening.

Anyone know of any other things that are cool but open to the public?

Any other trouble we should get into in the evening? Just be warned, it might end up on my Flickr stream! Oh, wait, what happens in Las Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Yeah, right. Heheh.

Fishy stuff at the airport

I forget that people are subscribed to my Flickr feed. I got a couple of questions about the fish picture. In Seattle’s airport there’s all these fish embedded into the walkway in one of the terminals there. I snapped a picture as I walked by. A little blurry I see now.

The digital signs there tell a story too. That on-time performance is not good. Our flight was an hour late.

Also on my Flickr feed from my cell phone: want in on the mind of a 14-year-old? Maryam’s niece, Tanya, has quite a set of pinup posters in her room. That’s Patrick in the picture. Tanya was too embarrassed to have her picture taken.

John Piercy is one of those who asked about the fish. He then said, “I can’t send you fish, I can send you ice.” Yikes, that looks cccccooooollllllddddd.

By the way, what’s up with California’s weather? I couldn’t tell the difference between in and Seattle’s usual weather the past week. Well, except that the trees were falling down in California (on Shel Israel’s street a huge tree fell down and almost killed a guy). Shel has the details on the storm and the tree that fell.

Patrick was stuck with us an extra two days cause of the storm. Turned out that a few of the roads between Silicon Valley and Petaluma (about a two hour drive) were closed. His mom said that downtown Petaluma was flooded too. Several surrounding communities were hit even worse. Not as bad as New Orleans, but having a few feet of water and mud inside your business or home is never fun.

Oh, well, Shel and I found something a little lighter to argue about the other day. He thinks I should call the geek dinners “blogger dinners” instead. In reality that’s pretty much what they are anyway. I like geeks, though. There’s something about the geek mentality. Being a geek means building something. At least in my mind. Anyway, when even the models are calling themselves geeks, I don’t know that it matters that much.

There are geeks, though, who don’t like to think of themselves as bloggers. So, maybe I’ll just call them geek&blogger dinners from now on.

Now you know how things get boring, descriptive names, at Microsoft. ;-)

Update: Dave Winer is thinking of these themes too. That’s weird. I didn’t even read his blog until after I posted this post originally. Anyway, he’s having a geek dinner in Cambridge Thursday night and Boston is preparing for snow.

Jesper has more on WMF exploit

Jesper Johansson is a senior security strategist in the security technology unit at Microsoft. Translation: he is someone worth listening to on the WMF issue. Hint: I am not. He covers the important stuff in a post called “Conscientious Risk Management and WMF.”

Memeorandum has more from blogs on this issue. I really love how a hot issue gets covered on the blogs.

I just got home from a day of traveling. I followed Memeorandum all day on my cell phone. It is real interesting how much stuff shows up on Memeorandum and how it reduces being bored in airports.

Update, Stephen Toulouse, Microsoft’s Security Response Center’s official communications guy, comes over to Channel 9 for a conversation on the WMF issue and what is appropriate for blogging and not.