What happened to tr.im (& reviews of URL shorteners)

March 22, 2010

Wandered over to shorten a URL @tr.im and found this:

tr.im is no longer accepting URL shortening requests via its website. May we respectfully suggest that you choose one of the many other wonderful alternatives available.

Please understand that this does not affect any software that has tr.im available within it. tr.im‘s API is available, and redirections are working normally.

Found this article about it:

Oooh, sounds like some political intrigue, hand wringing, and possible hurt feelings (not twitter’s favorite child?) I know that I’m not the only one who used tr.im beyond twitter posts, though….

I know about tinyurl and bit.ly, but I thought I’d check out other options. I found this review of URL shorteners. Probably more info than you’d ever want about them, but there ya go.


end of books? (video)

March 20, 2010

this is kind of nifty.. Just about the time that I was feeling that I was about to click off, it actually changed direction. So stick with it — lots of stereotypes about ‘net users and millenials (altho’ never called such):

Question of the Day: How to search your own tweets at twitter

February 24, 2010

So, this was MY question today: as in, I wanted to re-post a tweet about moonshine arts & literary magazine. I couldn’t quite remember what I wrote and I didn’t use a #hashtag. So what to do? How do you search your own twitter feed? There are lots of cool trending tools out there, but those are very limited in terms of timeframe. I personally like trendtastic.

Per my usual M.O. I tweeted, buzzed, & facebook’d my request –even before I google’d, now what does that tell ya? I tell you what it tells me — I trust my networks of techies, artists, photographers, librarians, metadata mavens, programmers, hackers, writers, proj managers DIVAS — the creme de cool , more than google for quick answers.

Here is what I tried BEFORE I tweeted my plea for help:

None of these achieved any results. Strange, no? Not even the advanced search feature was successful. I know that I can scroll back chronologically through my posts but that is a LOT of work.

Doesn’t this seem like a huge failure on twitter’s part? Surely there are times when people what to see something from a previous week or month…and how will that fit into the semantic web? If the semantic web is all about the data and finding relevant info, whoa… huge hole.

One answer
My friend and webgurl, Amy, tweeted back almost instantly:

set up an RSS feed for own tweets & search in Thunderbird.

Looking at it from the RSS angle, I pulled my twitter feed into google reader, but that pretty pretty much starts with today, so didn’t help me find my moonshine arts tweet. I did find it using advanced search using friendfeed (yeah, I have an account there, too!), so big kudos to them. Good luck if you ever want to find anything in twitter or facebook. It’s nearly impossible — perhaps, this is where google buzz will score its biggest hit.
…and if I’m wrong and there is an easier way to do this, by ALL means, please let me know — because I’m not the only one who wants to see what they have tweeted.

spam, spam, spam @ google groups

February 3, 2010

So, I’m the admin for like 5 different google groups. I’ve set the groups to moderation for new members and membership has to be approved. Still, still, we are getting hit with spam. Finally, as a desperate last measure, I’ve closed the list down for reading, unless you are logged in. I kind of wanted to keep the list open for reading, but oh well…

I discovered that google groups is being hit with spam and there has even been some chatter on the ‘net that google is slowly dumping google groups. I don’t know that to be true, but there’s the ‘net gossip and the Jquery list dumped google groups back in October.

Obsolete technologies: the losers

August 19, 2009

Today’s post is all about obsolete technologies.

Contrary to the what?s next people, I do not believe libraries are going anywhere. I do think libraries will continue to evolve as community space and that more of our products and services will be digitally based (especially if kindle continues to catch on), but considering most libraries are free, we fit perfectly into the economy of free! Also, one of the trends what?snext is predicting for 2010 is back to basics, which includes a re-interest in analog. Sooo…. all of you people who suddenly decide you want to read a real book instead of your kindle? I know where you can find one or two, or several thousand. 😉

PCWorld lists among its 40 losers (I’m not listing them all here):

1. Playing Video Games at the Arcade (I think there will still be arcades around for a while, but they will be big megaplexes aimed at families, kids parties, events, etc., which we have already started to see.)

2. Running out of Hard Drive Space (LOL, I wish this was obsolete and with cloud based services, it may very well be… but honestly, our devices like digital cameras create bigger files, so I will be surprised if I ever get to the point where I feel I will NEVER run out of space…. LOL)

10. Taking Polaroids (sigh, I keep hoping that someone will continue to make the film — there is a market)

11. Waiting for pictures to develop (among the general photographers I can see film dying, but a niche community is already rallied behind film, just as LPs have continued to be popular.)

16. Enjoying complete privacy (sigh, unfortunately, I agree, that this is on the way out — between GPS and cameras most everywhere, there are few places on earth that are truly private

18. Wearing a calculator watch (I would add, wearing any watch… Watches are done, except as either fashion statements or as worn by those who explicitly need a watch visible on their arm, such as divers….)

27. Holding up a lighter at a concert (if you’ve been to any concert in the last few years, what do you see? Cell phones, no lighters…. I can’t believe this made the list of obsolete technologies, though)

29. Using proper grammar and pronunciation (As English is an evolving language, I am really not sure what this means. If it means standard grammar as was taught in the early part of the century, then yes, it is changing. Who uses dreamt anymore?)

31. Flipping on an incandescent light bulb (I surely hope we do not end up as a fluorescent world, fluorescent bulbs are terrible for people with migraines.)

38. Faxing (people still do that? LOL)

Off of the top of my head, here are the things that I see as going the way of the dinosaur: travel agents (but not tour guides), video rental stores, the mp3 player as mp3 player only (wifi/web enabled mp3 will stay for a good long while), digital video cameras (every digital camera will shoot video or every video camera will capture stills, so one device), watches (who wears a watch now besides people without a cell phone or those who need a device on their arm (divers, runners, etc.), and we’ll continue to move to one mobile device for everything.

I do think, at least for a very long time (which in technology terms can be months — LOL), that there will continue to be a division between professional level products and one device that does everything, but at a lesser quality. So while camera/video phones exist and will get better and better, the professional level products will continue to be more purpose driven (i.e., a camera is just a camera…) and offer higher quality. I do think there will be overlay in the prosumer and pro models, but it will be a long time (if ever) before we see professional video or stills from a phone.

Kodak ceases production of kodachrome ;-(

July 22, 2009

Kodak to Stop Making Kodachrome

Eastman Kodak Co. will discontinue its iconic Kodachrone color film this year due to tumbling sales as photographers embrace newer Kodak films or digital imaging technology.

Kodak introduced the amateur color film in 1935 and it became the first commercially successful color film. But sales are just a fraction of 1% of the company’s still-picture film revenue. The company doesn’t break out such figures, but the segment in which Kodak’s film sales are recorded had first-quarter revenue of $503 million.

That 31% drop from a year earlier highlights the woes the company has been undergoing. The company thought that when it completed a wrenching multiyear transition to having a digital focus at the end of 2007 that its restructuring was behind it. But a continued sales slump has resulted in more retrenchment — Kodak in January announced plans to cut another 3,500 to 4,500 jobs, as much as 18% of its work force, this year.

Kodak estimates that current supplies of the film will last until early this fall.

The last rolls of the film will be donated to George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, which houses the world’s largest collection of cameras and related artifacts. In addition, Steve McCurry — known for a 1985 photo of a young Afghan girl peering from the cover of National Geographic magazine — will shoot one of those last rolls and the images will be donated to Eastman House.

The Kodachrome output stoppage is another sign of the company’s transition — by 2004, the company that marketed its first snapshot camera in 1888 had stopped making film cameras.


The death of IE6

July 21, 2009

If you haven’t been following all of the IE6 news of late, Youtube seems to be the most recent site to discontinue support for IE6:

Mashable says that in order for the web to progress, IE6 must go (and briefly explains the major issues with IE6):

…and if you really hate IE6, you can always join the death to IE6 movement. 😉