Andrew Chen writes today on his blog (or is it an essay?) about RSS and more specifically how he found the light with email subscriptions:
RSS was meant to be a different way to present content, and doesn’t have identity or interactivity baked in. One of the best aspects of email subscriptions (and Twitter) is that you can actually see who’s taken interest in your work.
What can I say to that? RSS is a syndicator of content. RSS is a standard. This is something available to anyone that wants to ask for it, and it updates automatically. The identity of the creator is built in, and you definitely know who you’re subscribing too. But, does some sort of feedback loop need to be part of RSS? No, that’s not what it’s about. That’s what the web is for. Continue Reading »
If you’re a Logmein user and you have a free account, you are more than likely aware of Logmein’s plan to limit free accounts to a maximum of ten computers. I think it’s a stupid move on Logmein’s part, but they are free to do what they wish. Users, however, should also avail themselves of all possible options too. This week I received the email that informed me that Logmein would no longer allow access to more than 10 computers, so I decided to look at ways to get around this restriction. Continue Reading »
The massive number of cloud storage and synchronization applications available makes choosing one very difficult. It seems as if a new service is released every day – sometimes very little fanfare. Today, I’m blessed to see one of the more compelling types of cloud synchronization applications out there. This new tool comes from the granddaddy of data movement on the Internet, Bittorrent. The idea behind this tool is not to store your data in the cloud, but use the cloud to keep your data updated on multiple computers. The current Alpha version supports Windows, OS X, and Linux. Continue Reading »
With Google Reader’s demise now just around the corner, I’ve been actively looking for a replacement feed reader that can handle the kind of volume Google did. This is really no easy task, because most of the feed readers today exist to make the feed look pretty, not improve efficiency I’ve recently settled into TT-RSS, but have been open to finding that one RSS reader that suits my needs perfectly. Today, an invite came in for a new reader called FluxReader. While this is still in beta, and much will likely change, I wanted to get a good feel for whether this tool could be a worthy Google Reader replacement. Continue Reading »
We’re back with Talking Calwell #3. Zayd joins me to talk about Windows XP support ending a year from now. Is Windows XP a waste? Should you run out to upgrade? We talk about our thoughts on Windows 8, the Metro interface and really, are operating systems free? We revisit a conversation from last podcast about permissions and using the write attributes permissions.
Also in this edition of Talking Calwell we cover topics as diverse as Hyper V Server, Novell and using ESX to host more than four virtual machines.
In a serious dose of bullshit, I point you to a blog post on Zdnet by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. The title of this post tells you exactly where this one is going: Windows: It’s over. So, Windows is dead? Windows 8 is Dead? Windows and the PC is dead? Certainly, Steven gets much of his fuel from recent reports of a huge decline in PC sales. But, wait; read a little further along and Steven essentially negates the stupid title:
Yes, we are entering a post-PC world. Tablets and smartphones are becoming more important… to sales. PCs are no more going to go away than mainframes did. We’re still going to be using them in offices and homes for the foreseeable future.
Well, clearly he knows PCs are still useful. Windows is still, err, enjoying a more than 90% market share on the desktop – not to mention Windows on the server side. So, what part of Windows is “over”? Is it possible that “not growing” does not equal “death”? It doesn’t seem like Steven got that memo. But, whatever. He likes the Aero interface. Claim Chowder, indeed Mr. Gruber Continue Reading »
As you may (or may not) know, popular aggregator site Digg is working on an RSS reader tool to replace the soon-to-be-dead Google Reader. I’m following Digg’s developments with some interest, looking forward to see what they come up with. I don’t think that we have much out there for power users beyond that of Tiny Tiny RSS. Today, Digg released results from a survey they sent out to the over 17,0000 users that showed interest in what they were working on. Incredibly, 8,000 people responded to this survey (including myself) and created some very interesting data about how users think of Google Reader. Continue Reading »
Just like Google, Microsoft is maturing its web app offerings. With this, they’re becoming more useful and versatile. I’m a big fan of useful and flexible tools on the web. This is really the kind of thing Microsoft should have been working on since the late nineties. Imagine if that was the case, and we’d have a mature, easy, embeddable way to view Office (and PST?) files from Microsoft. Recently, Microsoft has offered a way to publicly view Office files by way of their own Office Web Viewer. I’ll show you how this process works, and how you might make use of it yourself. Continue Reading »
Facebook Home is not a privacy problem. Consider this: If I were to give a set of house keys to my next door neighbor, and find that he’s decided to go inside and take a peek around. Is this a privacy problem? Right, you’d probably say “Why the hell did you give a copy of your house keys to him?”. While, it is clear that you wouldn’t ask for the neighbor to peek in; with all that power to do so, why wouldn’t he? Now, we have Facebook Home, with the ability to replace the launcher on Android, it will have all the keys to your device. If you give that to Facebook, privacy isn’t your problem. But, Facebook Home appears to have other very concerning things you should think about. I take a look at this very interesting development from Facebook. Continue Reading »
Today Zayd and I cover all sorts of topics while in the background, Facebook announces its new “Home” product. We talk about how amazing Dropbox is and how bad Google Drive is, and many other services that seem to copy Dropbox. We talk about the web, web apps and even mention Little Outliner.
Zayd talks about his use of NAS4Free in a RAID 1+0 configuration. We look at file permissions on Windows and discuss features we’d like to see. We look at screening files in relatively unknown File Server Resource Manager. Zayd discusses how setup ESX Server to act as an internal switch. Zayd talks about teaming network cards and bonding Internet connections.