I got some road work in tonight. I was mad at the G1 C25k app, until I realized I had my phone on quiet mode–which meant I didn’t hear the alarms. So I did a semi-hacked 1st session. It was a good practice run. The REAL first run will be on Sunday night.
I read this daily quote on my iGoogle page today. How it rings so true. It’s essential to avoid this if you’re trying to apply a productivity system.
I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.
- Beryl Pfizer
The tip of the day is to make sure your lists are accessible to you at all times.
I’m going to give this running program a shot. It’s for people like me who need to get in shape.
The program progresses through week phases in order to build up to 5K.
I was never a long distance runner, so 5k is a perfect goal for me. 5k is actually the furthest I ever ran. I got terribly out of shape and am psyched to get back on the saddle. I’m even more psyched that there is an app for the G1 that has alarms to tell you when to jog or walk in the different phases.
Unfortunately it’s about to thunderstorm any minute now, so I’ll have to start tomorrow.
Following my last post… The second thing that stood out from TechCrunch’s CrunchUp is how much time and energy is put into thinking forward on the potential abuse/spam on real time web. We see it on Twitter already. Spam, pranks, attention whoring.
So how will real time web be filtered to separate the bad from good? Maybe the time lapse as it is today is ok. There is some time to determine accuracy and relevance.
It’s kind of sad though to think about human behavior in this light.
I followed along online to TechCrunch’s CrunchUp earlier today. Two thoughts popped into my mind during the parts I was able to follow. First is regarding real time web and its importance. Second is how much thought and energy is put on how real time web will be abused my malicious netizens (which I’ll cover in the post following this).
Ok. Real time web’s importance. First, what information needs to be broadcast and received in real time? Second, who needs it?
I really have a tough time finding any vital uses for real time web. Today, information goes out, gets filtered, and gets consumed. Pretty quickly. How long does it take a breaking news event to reach the media? Not long. Faster the better, right? Perhaps on the surface, but is it better? If there is an earthquake in San Francisco, what good does it do me (in NY) to find about it in real time vs. 15-30 minutes for it to reach the major news sites? My life is unaltered by finding out about events, news, opinions, or anything else in real time.
So then, who really needs it? And what does it do to serve the greater good? Traffic? Weather? hmmm.
I can’t tell how much it bothers me to see so many advice blogs (personal, business, how to, etc) give a list of “simple” steps to accomplish something—when the list is a list of lists of lists.
How to solve widget problem in 2 steps:
Do the following 10 things:
Thing 1: Do these 3 other things:
Other thing 1: Simply do these 5 other other things.
You get the point. It drives me crazy. And why I almost always avoid lists in my feed reader. I’m a prejudiced antilistite.
Same goes for 10 best sites for x. Then the 10 sites are lists of other sites. Repeat, rinse, repeat, rinse.
Google Chrome OS better not crash, ever.
We’ve heard ad nauseum complaining about Windows not being perfect. Is anything perfect? Windows crashes every now and then. Lets see how Google OS fairs. I predict it’ll be more buggy and crash more often than Windows. Why? I’m a heavy Google user and I know from experience that:
- Gmail crashes.
- GReader can be buggy and crashes.
- The Chrome browser crashes.
- Android G1 phone has bugs and crashes.
- Even Google search has issues at times.
- Docs and spreadsheets are a long way from being anywhere close to Word and Excel.
- Calendar does some strange things.
I can go on and on.
Truth be told. I have less issues with Windows and MS Office than I do with Google’s offerings.
Google has been able to get away with it for long enough since most of their offerings are free. Although the G1 phone isn’t, which burns me a bit.
Now that the OS will be integrated with a paid product, they are going to have to be a little more responsible and responsive.
The more they venture out, the more scrutiny they’ll face. Which is long overdue, IMO.
And to be clear. I want Google to succeed. I love their offerings, just not the Microsoft hating apologists’ double standards.
Ok, so I lied. My last post about Twitter I said I gave up on it. I didn’t really. I guess the hype is keeping me engaged a bit. Plus I need to keep my finger on the pulse of this stuff for my career. Anyway, although I’m not completely done with Twitter, I’m happy to see some people agree. What is the value of “real time” information. If we take stock, problably not much.
Here’s a gem of an article, Calling BS on the Real-Time Web.