Blow Me – One Thing I Never Want To See If You Repair My Computer

Everybody who’s ever done any kind of work with computer hardware knows just how much of a pain in the backside dust buildup can be, and how potentially damaging it can be over time.

That’s exactly why I was a more than a little surprised to see a clients computer come in from being repaired looking like this. (Sorry about the poor quality pictures, the light was not the best for taking photos with a camera phone.)

The company doing the repairs performed a motherboard replacement, and while I don’t expect machines to ever be squeaky clean, I really believe that repair places need to apply copious use of the compressed air before returning a computer to a client.

Tip:  You can clean your computer, help prevent those fans becoming clogged and avoid some potential overheating by investing in a can of compressed air.

Dust1Dust on motherboard

Reasons Not To Use Embedded Tweets

twitter logoRead Write Web has a post up about Twitters soon to be released “curation feature”, otherwise known as “embeddable Tweets”.

I’m sure there are many who read the post and like Marshall Kirkpatrick think:

That sounds like a small but exciting feature!

But then again, Marshall would think that. It’s not as if Twitter didn’t kiss enough ass in their post in order to get him to write about it. 😛

Seriously though, I’m only poking fun, Marshall has earned the right to have folks kiss his ass.

Lets get back to the issue of embeddable tweets, shall we?

Currently if you want to feature a tweet by somebody in a post of your own, you’ve got to either take a screen shot, crop it, save it and embed it in your post, or copy the text, paste it in, find the link to the individual tweet, and link that.

Sounds complicated right? Certainly a heck of a lot more complicated than the new method proposed by Twitter which will just be a small bit of code that you paste into your post allowing you to have an attractively formatted and embedded tweet.

As wonderful as this simplicity may sound here are a number of reasons why, even before this feature becomes available, I probably won’t be using it:

  1. Uptime – Lets get the obvious over with first. Twitters service is notoriously spotty at best. It’s been known to go down more often than a cheap prostitute at a stag party. My fears are strong about the availability of embedded tweets when Twitter suffers down time.
  2. Embeddable tweets may not be permanent. We’ve already seen how tweets can be taken down by DMCA request and the internet (and this blog) is rife with incidents of people, famous and otherwise, saying stupid things on twitter only to delete them later. I’d bet you a dollar that if you delete a tweet, the embed will stop working, much like a YouTube embed stops working when the owner deletes a video.

If you want to protect the integrity of your post and not risk having content you relied upon as being the focus or the prompting piece for your article disappearing,  then you simply won’t be able to rely on or use embedded tweets as they are liable to vanish into the ether at any time.

It would be incredibly frustrating for a reader to come to your post and suddenly be missing key information, context or a quote because it suddenly vanished from Twitter.

So, unless I hear some announcement from Twitter that once posted tweets will always be available for embedding even if later removed, I’ll be sticking with “Print Screen” and Photoshop.

What People Don’t Get About The iPad

iPad - Service Not A Computer
Service or Computer?

Let me preface this post by saying that I will not be buying an iPad (not in the foreseeable future anyway). I own an iPod Touch and that is the end of my Apple affiliation.

I’ve been reading all the complaints about the iPad: No flash, no multitasking, it’s just a big iPod Touch, it’s a fanny pad sanitary towel in disguise etc…

What nobody seams to realize is that the iPad, just like its baby brethren the Touch, is not a computer (not in the traditional sense), it is a service.

It’s much like a TV. You can turn it on and watch or play what you like, but that’s it. You can watch channel 1 or channel 27 and you can install more channells (applications) when you take a bigger sattelite or cable subscriptions(the App store).

The iPad is not meant to be a desktop, laptop, netbook replacement.

It’s a stylish little one trick pony for people who like to be locked in and like to do one thing at a time.

Defining Professional

There are many different definitions or explanations for “professional”.

  • engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood; “the professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications …
  • a person engaged in one of the learned professions
  • an athlete who plays for pay
  • engaged in by members of a profession; “professional occupations include medicine
  • and the law and teaching”
  • master: an authority qualified to teach apprentices
  • Occupations that require knowledge in a field of science or learning typically acquired through education or training pertinent to the specialized field, as distinguished from general education. …
  • applied to describe a person (or work of such a person) with the following attributes: service orientation, making expertise available to others, based on a distinctive body of knowledge and skills underpinned by abilities and values, autonomy in performing working within defined boundaries …

What does “professional” mean to you as a blogger?