I’m not a big fan of Facebook, honestly. I’m glad to be able to hook up (in the non-sexual sense) with old friends from high school and college that I’ve lost track of over the years, catch up on what my b’zillion cousins are doing (that would be the Catholic side of the family, mostly), [...]
Back in mid-November, I wrote a post asking if those ‘unsubscribe’ links in emails of reputable companies actually meant anything. Carly wrote a follow-up post about how companies used junk mail blasts as targeted marketing, because it was surprisingly effective. So now it is about six weeks since I wrote my original post, making it nearly two months [...]
Last month we were part of Best Buy’s ‘Gift That Do’ promotion. As part of it we held a live Gifts That Do conversation during which we talked about tech gifts, answered questions and gave away four $25 Best Buy Gift Certificates. Well, we are back for another ‘Gift That Do’ conversation and giveaway, but [...]
Over the Christmas holiday, Randi Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and former director of Marketing at Facebook) posted a picture of her family around the kitchen island having fun, and someone else shared the image on Twitter. This was picked up on Buzzfeed and more thoroughly explained on GigaOm amongst other places. Zuckerberg called the person [...]
I’ve become increasingly enamored of video chatting. It is handy, convenient and it works well; it also saves gas and time. For example, I do most of my High Holy Day sermon writing with my friend Lawrence. We bounce ideas around, rip initial drafts apart, and share illustrations. In prior years we would get together [...]
Did you know that if you run out of AA batteries, you can use AAA ones and fill the gap with foil? Did you know adding baking powder into your baby’s bath can help relieve diaper rash? Do you want to learn how to make homemade gel ice packs? Do you want a recipe for [...]
(image courtesy TLC) My morning routine during November and December is pretty simple; wake up, throw on warm clothes, grapple the dog into his leash, start our walk, and use my iPhone to begin the mass deletion of every “ONE DAY SALE” email that’s hit overnight. I don’t even read most of the subject lines, [...]
Finding new things to read online can be remarkably difficult. Everyone has their “usual” websites, via RSS, or Flipboard, or Twitter. And there are sites like Stumbleupon that give you fun random ideas. But it can be hard to set the parameters for new sources just right — either you’re looking in too broad an [...]
I used to love hanging out on the Runner’s World online forums. They were a treasure trove of information, support, and stories about running. I have met people from that site at races, and have challenged myself with online mileage games organized through the forums. Unfortunately, over the last year or so there has been [...]
There’s no question that the holiday season has arrived in our mailbox, at least; I think we’ve received several linear feet of catalogs. One would think that in this networked, email-and-texting enabled world that we would be beyond the ol’ “stuff their mailboxes with catalog!” phase of civilization. Not entirely, clearly, or at least [...]
Before we had all these swell software tools and computers in every home and such, following your favorite sports teams was pretty limited. You had the newspaper, TV, and talk radio, and that was pretty much it. Not much chance for the fans to interact with each other and their favorite teams and athletes, unless [...]
(Image courtesy deviantart) I have a coworker who often complains about our limited abilities to discuss work over social media. He claims it is a draconian and old-fashioned approach. Most of the time I let it roll past me, but more and more I think that it’s not strict or unreasonable, but in fact extremely [...]
I was too busy with actual work to get to see the Apple iPhone event this year, so when I heard that Ping was ceasing operations on September 30th through an email … I just assumed it was one of those Apple ‘shutdown in 7 days’ things like we got for iWork and MobileMe and [...]
I think it is accurate to say that I have shown Electronic Arts VERY little kindness in my posts about them. I think they are greedy, petty, and petulant megalomaniacs as a corporate personality, and have a well-established history of buying properties, destroying studios, and running game franchises into the ground while extracting maximum financial [...]
Last month we shared our interview with Roamz CEO Jonathan Baruch. (Read it.) We also noted that an update to the ‘Social Goggles for the Real World’ app would be coming soon. Well Roamz 2.5 has launched and it brings some neat new features. As Baruch notes, “The new version of Roamz takes local discovery [...]
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