Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Live" blogging the Apple tablet announcement

I missed the Apple announcement today due to some family obligations. I remembered in seminary doing a "missionary week" during the Super Bowl, so then we all would watch the Super Bowl the next day when we were no longer pretending to be missionaries. I decided to do something similar for the Apple press event. I successfully navigated my day until now without hearing anything about the event, so now I am going to watch the keynote and blog about it.

Why? I'm not entirely sure. I definitely won't do as good a job as Engadget, plus the news happened seven hours ago. For that matter, I think my blog is currently restricted anyway. The main reason is that I want to capture my initial reactions to the actual device, plus I want to get a greater appreciation for what the folks at Engadget do at these events.

So, let's get going . . . as soon as I find a video feed that I can get working. I tried all three from Apple's site in Chrome and none of them worked. Front page of Apple said iPad and had a picture. No real surprises that it actually is a tablet, and I didn't look closely at the picture. Internet Explorer is stalling out on the site. Now a bunch of errors and Quicktime not working. . . Real impressive, morons. I was hoping to do something else tonight too.

Screw it. I'm watching the State of the Union. Stupid Apple. You can take your iPad and . . . grrr.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

First post!

I seriously debated whether to start a new blog or to just update my old blog. My old blog did not generate enough traffic to make audience loss a real consideration. The real problem was that I had no idea what to call my new blog. The name I settled on may be a bit grandiose and/or corny, but I think it accurately describes me in a couple of words.

The content of the two blogs should not differ much in type, although I hope to make this blog better across the board. My guess is that the posts will have a tendency toward tech, social media, and programming, but that I will write about a much larger variety than just that. I also suspect that if I can sustain a regular posting schedule that my topics will settle down into a groove.

My impetus for reworking my blog came from setting up a blog with my father-in-law. I am trying to get him excited about potential business models on the internet, starting with a blog to get his feet wet. We put something together in an afternoon and it looked really nice, so I figured I could stand to improve with my blog.

I should start off by clarifying one thing. I am a Yankee. I was born in Boston, I grew up in Boston, and I now live in Boston (for a sufficiently large definition of Boston). I am NOT a fan of the NY Yankees. I am a Red Sox fan. The confusion here may be compounded by the blue background currently gracing my blog. I like blue and it is in slight reference to my undergraduate education. I do not like the Yankees.