Now Mobile-Friendly

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November 20, 2010 at 11:03 amCategory:News

I’ve installed WPTouch to make my site look better on mobile devices.

When I tested it, it was a very familiar interface. I’ve seen it used on many WordPress sites and didn’t even know it. I just picked it from an article on copyblogger. (Good article, by the way.)

The Tech Apple of Discord

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November 17, 2010 at 10:16 pmCategory:Technology

The original Golden Apple of Discord is, of course, the one that started the Trojan War. “To the fairest.” Well, which one is the fairest? Let’s start a war because that guy picked her as the fairest and get Helen back as our excuse for starting the whole mess.

Of course, in technology, no one cares who the fairest is. Booth babes are outlawed, and most geeks are male with various levels of hygeine.

But, toss in a golden apple marked “To the smartest”, and oh boy! Watch the USB drives fly! Because intellect is a mark of status. Because smart people are at the top of the meritocracy in the tech world because, of course, you need brains to be good in tech.

Well, yeah. You need to be able to at least grasp some elementary  technical concepts, depending in what part of IT you have elected to hang your hat. But what is happening with the world? Social media with the many who don’t care about whether you have a 64-bit architecture or not, and any moron knows Ubuntu Linux is weak compared to the flexible power of Gentoo, especially with the custom kernel you built and compiled for YOUR processor, and…

They don’t care. They just want to get their widget that they paid money for, and they don’t want any techno wafflegab.

But, if someone who has NO technical understanding tries to explain the problem to them, what happens? “Yes, sir, there is a problem. We are working to resolve it. Our technicians are working hard on your issue. It is an issue on our servers. I don’t know how serious it is, but rest assured, we are working hard to resolve it.”

What if you went to a typical high tech company and tossed in a golden apple inscribed “To the most integrated”?

My guess? A lot of head scratching and then coffee break. But really. Shouldn’t that be the apple you should really be fighting over?

The Hero and The Community

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November 2, 2010 at 10:44 pmCategory:Social Media | Technology

There is…wait. Let’s talk about YOU first.

Maybe you’re a teenager. Maybe you’re a geek professional working a good job. But it’s you, right? You are the hero of your everyday life, you make it happen, you’re special.

So, things you do are special. How you dress, what you eat, where you go. Where you go. If only there was some way to track that…

But wait, there is! All these great companies like Foursquare and Gowalla are giving you the ability to check in to places and let people know where you are. You can earn badges, and with Foursquare, you can even become the mayor. The mayor! There’s a nice title for a person like you. President or King or Empress just sounds too much, too ridiculous, but Mayor…there’s a title that’s just right for someone of your eminence. Mayors are important and get things done, but they are approachable, and that’s what you are, right? Approachable.

So check in! Your friends can find you and they can check in, too! You can all check in and tell the world, “Here I am, this is me, this is what I do, this is my life in exquisite personal detail!”

What about the community? You’re in it, right? You’re enriching it by your presence, and everyone should know that!

Wait, I forgot, I was going to talk about something else at the start. But here it is.

There’s a different kind of checking in offered by www.blockchalk.com. It is different in that it’s totally anonymous,m and your “chalks” are sorted by your location. which defaults to your neighbourhood. Not Frou-Frou Cafe, just that you’re in West New Old Portobello.

And your name, or ID, doesn’t show up unless you type it in. So you are sort of coerced to enter something about your neighbourhood, the area where you are existing in at the time. A sort of broader sense of where you are.

You can also categorize your “chalks” around things like Nice, Lame, Crime, or just Ask something of other people. About the neighbourhood in general, or even about Cafe Frou Frou. But it’s not immediately about you, this great person, being the centre of attention, with your ID and your badges and your mayorship. It’s implicitly biased towards making you anonymous and talking about your surroundings and how other people might interact with these same surroundings.

Maybe it’s not surprising that the Hey look at me I’m over here apps have dominated the marketplace, and Block Chalk is sort of over there in the corner. Will it get some market traction? I don’t know. But I wish it did and let us remind each other that life isn’t always about Hey me I’m here me.

Site Launch

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November 2, 2010 at 1:03 amCategory:News

Well, here it is. The launch of my new Web site. Not a launch, really. More like a punt.

He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client. — Proverb

A tech comms specialist who designs his own site has a fool for a client — Me

The site design right now is a bit shaky. CSS has obviously moved forward, while my knowledge of it has not. I will get to cleaning this up this week, but for now, this is what I have at initial launch.

I read a blog recently (and I forget where, sorry, the curse of info overload) which says your site is like a storefront. Right now, I think it is like a place with a lot of “Wet Paint” signs all over the place, with a few cool gizmos on the shelves.

If I’m lucky.

Hello world!

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November 1, 2010 at 10:25 pmCategory:News

Hello and welcome to the first post in the blog part of Tech-Right Documentation.