I few months ago, I had a bar-b-cue at my house and invited the Internet to come over. It was the afternoon before GnomeDex and I wasnâ€™t sure what I was getting into. I didnâ€™t write about it much then, but the results were incredible and I hope others will do similar events. It all stated with the guys at Bryght, who planned to come over that afternoon. I offered a BBQ and someone mentioned that I should have something for other folks coming into town. I accepted the offer and, on a whim... Continue Reading
Spam has been around for a lot longer than computers or email, but weâ€™ve gotten used to it. Ever since I had a real world mailbox, itâ€™s been filled with spam every day. A percentage of my phone calls are spam. Some might even say that billboards on the side of a highway are some sort of road spam, or maybe not. Mailbox spam is expensive. It wastes resources to print all those brochures that I just recycle immediately (which takes time). Phone spam costs a little of my time and there... Continue Reading
Peter Grondal was the guy that you saw in this position throughout GnomeDex and the BBQ: He got some great footage from lots of interesting people and it's now online for your viewing pleasure. Check out the videos. Thanks for getting this out there Peter, and for coming to the BBQ!
As you might have seen, I put a call out to anyone interested in coming to my house for a pre-GnomeDex BBQ. Thankfully, it turned out better than I could have imagined. People seemed to have a great time and the folks that showed up still have me in a bit of awe. It was so very cool to meet so many folks I admire (and lots of new people too), in my own backyard. Oh, and big thanks to Boris for the Mann-ing the grill (I know, bad pun). Check out the photo set on Flickr, where I've been using... Continue Reading
Itâ€™s been fun filled few days at Common Craft headquarters. On Monday Jeremy Wright arrived from the Great White North and spent a night here at the house before starting work at Microsoft. We met Nick Finck and Jordan Rule to see Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. I dug the movie and the company. Here's one of Nick's Pics. It was cool to hang out with Jeremy, who I first met at the Northern Voice blogging conference. These days heâ€™s eyeballs deep in his book on business blogging. Heâ€™s... Continue Reading
My wife and I have been making an effort to move away from the TV. The winter weather in Seattle makes it easy to sit in front of the tube and eat Cheetos all day- which we both agree is a bad, bad thing. Weâ€™re finding that without TV we focus more on computers in the house and getting more things done via wireless Internet connections. I think weâ€™ll have a laptop with a wireless Internet connection in our immediate vicinity from now on. This sets us up for an experiment using wikis in... Continue Reading
Last night my wife Sachiko and I were talking about a trip we're thinking of taking in the next couple of years. As we talked over the evening, it became a brainstroming session on all the things we needed to remember, manage, discuss, archive, etc. After a little while, I said "Hey, what if we had an online place to keep all this information?" Sachiko's first words were, "We could use a wiki!" All I could think was- I love this girl.
A few weeks ago I posted a note about photos from our recent nuptials. Soon after, I notice the entry getting traffic and see that Google is pointing people to it. //--> Then I notice that somehow, at least for now, the entry is at the #2 position in a search for wedding pictures(search results- may change). I cannot imagine how many sites there are devoted to that subject or how my site gets the #2 position. This is telling me that there is a google-niche here that needs to be filled... Continue Reading
Folks, if you're interested, I've been posting a run-down and photos and stories from the wedding at LeeLeFever.com. Update: Wedding day and reception here, here and here.
I awoke this morning to find my Internet service was down. Historically this has been a complete pain, as it was never easy enough to find out if it was a system wide problem or something local about my service or set-up. Eventually I called Comcast, entered my phone number within 2-3 button pushes. The next message was- "We are experiencing service outages in your area, if you would like to receive a phone call when service is restored, please press 1". So, I accepted the offer for the call... Continue Reading