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May 242009
May 242009

I’d been using a really nice iBook G4 since 2005, and it was finally time to upgrade my laptop. I bought a gorgeous MacBook with an illuminated keyboard. The keyboard is really much nicer than I thought it would be! The unibody construction is also amazing.

My new MacBook!

My only complaint (as many others have said) is the glass screen. The matte screens that used to be on all Macs is preferable (at least to me). The only one you can get with a matte screen is the 17inch MacBook Pro…a bit out of my reach. I’ll learn to live with it.

I usually use Migration Assistant to fully pull over my prior self but I didn’t do that this time. The old G4 has been around a long time with an old processor, and I just decided to “stay clean” this time.

This is my first post from this new MacBook. How does it look πŸ™‚

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May 052009

I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve gotten tired of the web. Twitter seems to be the hip thing right now. I’d followed Twitter for a long time (in web time that is) but somewhat refused to jump in. Eventually I did. I’m now starting to find I enjoy it more than the web. That probably isn’t is a good thing.

Renew Chuck

Twitter is truly fascinating. If I was writing a thesis in almost any topic I think I would use it. The vast amount of information (meaningful or not) getting tossed around is staggering and was highlighted by how quickly the picture from the “Miracle on the Hudson” spread through media channels via an iPhone and Twitter. I was reading a story in the NYTimes about scientists that used data from “Where’s George” to simulate how the swine flu might spread. Germs can travel on money. What travels along the Twitterverse? Social norms? Current trends? Micro-local news? I have a feeling if I dug around a bit I’d find quite a few articles about the topic (since it is the hippest thing in town!).

Looking for trends or finding people with similar interests can easily be done on Twitter since tagging a topic is very common, and one that I’m currently watching is #savechuck. NBC is stalling on a decision on whether or not to renew Chuck. In my opinion Chuck is one of the most entertaining shows on television. There has been an uprising of fans as there is almost every year when cancellations are getting announced, but Chuck seems to be the one the web has decided to focus on. There have been dozens of articles written in the past month asking if the new social sites can help fans save a show. In an interview in the NYTimes even the producer of the show was wondering if it could be saved.

If you ever want to see real-time messages on a topic you can just jump over to and enter a word or a tag. For #savechuck there is a lot of activity right now. I’m hoping the tag fades away for another year when NBC announces the renewal. Guess I’ll find out around May 19th. If you like the show be sure to let your voice be heard. Lots of help all over the web if you google “save chuck.”

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