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Show and tell

Thursday, November 13th, 2003

We had another great WiFi meetup tonight, with all sorts of people and their electronic goodies. Tim and I arrived at 7 and met up with Joy, who works her web wizardry at ACTRA. Soon after that came a contingent of Tucows fellows, headed by boss Ross who had his sleek Gateway laptop, along with Joey with his Mac laptop, and others – I’ll let them blog who all was there – I was wedged into a corner and not able to effectively schmooze along to the other end of the table.

Joey’s housemate Sam, already a tech person, came to widen her geek experience and along with Joy helped to balance the X chromosome deficiency so often found at such gatherings.

Here’s a photo of the non-camera-shy side of the table:

I had just bought a new USB wireless adapter, so I had both the laptop and the Zaurus up and running. I finally got a chance to use the Spotnik wireless access, if only for a short time since there was much conversation to be had.

Ross and Joy got to play with Knoppix on a couple of the laptops. I’m pretty sure that next time we see Joy, she’ll be a newly minted Linux expert with tons of wireless toys and an empty bank account.


Wifi Meetup anyone?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003

I’ve been to the last few Toronto Wifi Meetup meetings. They’ve attracted a good range of people – technical, industry, simply interested. WirelessBandit has been along in the flesh to keep us up on trends and there has been an eclectic range of laptops and handheld devices to fawn over.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm at the SpaHa cafe at Spadina and Harbord in fairly-close-to-downtown Toronto. Wireless access there is provided via Spotnik, whose marketing director known as Spotnik_Girl has attended in the past.

I’ve been trying to get a bunch of people out for some general yappage and cameraderie, so I suggest people sign themselves up for this and come along – Ross and Joey of BlogWare fame are the first two on my list.

Come join us, bring your wireless toys and let’s chew up some bandwidth.


The Clinton Bug

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

Damn. That’s the last time I get Bill Clinton to modify my Javascript code.


Eye to eye and face to face.

Friday, October 24th, 2003

Terry Frazier and I have often see eye to eye but have never met face to face until today.

In town on business, Terry joined me and Tim Aiello for some tangential yakking this afternoon about things topical, technical and philosophical.

We all agreed that blogging and being blogged about establishes a level of “net cred” measurable by google, technorati and feedster that can’t be had any other way – the kind of credibility that is useful in opening conversational doors in the internet community that lead to wider collaborative understanding, and yes, opportunity.

And Terry’s just plain good folk. Something that you can’t help but know before you meet him. Blogs tend to help to spread that kind of intangible impression.


Abandoning a s(t)inking ship

Tuesday, October 21st, 2003

Tim Aiello points out that Network Solutions is offering free registrations and transfers. As bloody if I’m going to get anywhere near that stinkpile.

I bet you dollars to donuts that since the Sitefinder debacle they are processing thousands of outgoing domain transfers every day from people worldwide who finally see them for the charlatans they play so hamfistedly on the internet stage.


Vocal as instrumental

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

I’ve been a Jazz fan for some time now, but only recently have taken interest in vocals, particularly since discovering Cathy Ann Wells, a Canadian Blues and Jazz singer in Kelowna, B.C. (The mp3 attached to that first link is her singing Blues, remarkable and powerful to be sure, but do yourself a favour and find her mostly Jazz live album where her dynamic range is all laid out for you to fully appreciate.)

I don’t often listen closely to vocals. As an amateur musician, I tend to listen to the instruments and rhythms. I’ve been listening to vocals lately though as another instrument, not following the words as much as the modulation, pitch and timbre. Jazz vocals tend to suit this type of listening well.


Grassroots media

Tuesday, October 14th, 2003

As part of researching for our SimpleFilter marketing strategy, Tim and I attended a talk tonight presented by Toronto Talks entitled “The Role Of Media And Your Company” with Larry Jackson, a local media consultant and accomplished news and media talent of some considerable experience.

My contribution was a question (or I suppose more of an observation) near the end of the talk on how non-traditional media and community (online and otherwise) can be used as part of a diversified marketing strategy to increase your profile perhaps even to the extent that you are more attractive to the mainstream media.

Interestingly enough, after the talk, William Stratas came over to say hello, which to me underlined my point nicely. William and I know of each other precisely because of our mutual involvement in online technology communities.


Okay, Game On!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2003

I’ve installed Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist plugin, so we’re back in business.

I’m also keeping my eye out on the Feedster blog (as hosted by the venerable J. Scott Johnson – I’m really E. Brent Ashley as it happens, also preceded my whole life by a rarely expanded initial bestowed on me eponymously by my father). I hope to mix Jay’s peanut butter with Scott’s chocolate sometime soon to really kick this comment spam thing right up its hairy keister.