Saturday, December 29, 2007

Upgrade your computer memory with Memoryx.com

Warning ! geeky post ahead !

My Desktop is a pentium 4 with a processor speed of 2.53 GHz. Its about 6 years old but serves my purpose. Of late I have been feeling limited by the 512 RAM it has. When you are faced with a slow computer you consider your options : upgrade it or buy a new one. I use my laptop more than my desktop so I decided to just upgrade it. Here is what i did:

a) From my desktop I went to memoryx.com
b) Using the tool it deteced my computer and told me what i had already . Suggested 4 different combinations.
c) You can order online from them or take the specs and shop around.
d) I called them 1-866-636-6799 and a friendly guy answered all my questions and said i could call tech support and they would walk me thorugh installation if I needed help.
e) I asked for a price match $3 and they did it ( OK. I am a cheap guy:)
f) 2 day shipping was $9
g) Except for UPS having issues in the last 3 miles everyhting went smoothly.
h) Opened the computer.( yes yes. it was swtiched off and the plug out) HP has the screws on the right that you can open with just your fingers.
i) Detected where the RAM pair was on the motherboard. I pressed the tab out and pulled out one of the 256K RAM and pushed the 1GB one in his place. The memoryx guy on the phone had told me that there is only one way the memory can go into the mother board so there is less chance of anyone pushigntnhe board in the wrong way.
j) In 10 minutes I was done.
k) Computer rebooted and I had a computer with 1.25GB RAM.

Memory Ten (http://www.memoryx.com rocks)

Twitter poll - No prize - Just for fun



Do you Listen to NPR?















When I first came to the US over a decade ago, a good friend of mine told me about NPR and since then I am a fan. I listen to 88.5 WAMU whenever I can and that is sadly only while driving. NPR is a great public institution and I hope more people will listen and support NPR.

Update: Dec 29th : Linda Thanks for pointing out that NPR shows can be downloaded on iTunes.

Bill Marriott on YouTube - Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year



When Bill Marriott first started Blogging I posted the news in a previous Blog post :Bill Marriott on the Move Today I saw that the 2007 holiday greeting from Bill Marriott is posted on YouTube. Bill Marriott's blog is actually a podcast. He travels a lot -yet I am happy he finds the time to post .His blog in my opinion follows best practices. I like reading his blog and I am a regular subscriber and a occasional commenter.

Happy new year and congrats Mr. Marriott on your Blog. look forward to your posts in 2008.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Andy Carvin Talks about Twitter & Utterz on NPR

NPR story click here to hear

I got alerted to this NPR story by @podcastjunky Megan Evins who writes the blog
Podcast Junky. I was thrilled to listen to this story. Its about how Blogging is becoming more and more mobile. The story also mentions the Susan Reynolds story without mentioning names I guess for privacy reasons.

Andy Carvin currently "Polishing off a mojito with a plate of jerk shrimp, black beans and plantains." somewhere in Florida - created it and fellow Tweeter Jonny Goldstein is featured.

Great job Andy.

Update 12/29/2007: Clarification from @PodcastJunky (Thank you !- sb): My podcast is kind of a review show. Actually its more of a "best of" show were I talk about and promote other podcasts.

Taking Time During the Holidays

I am having a wonderful Holiday vacation. Along with spending time with the kids I am also catching up on some reading .

Here are some observations on what I have been reading:

I am awed by the fact that as I am reading the Book "Naked Conversations - How Blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers" ,I occasionally exchange Tweets on Twitter with co-author Shel Israel.
Naked Conversations has a lot of the examples of small businesses using Blogs . There is an example of Thomas Mahon and his Blog English Cut where the custom tailoring business can become more successful using Blogs. Horsefeathers - a Bar in North Conway , NH -used Social media to retain as well as expand its guests . The blog address seems to have changed from the one the book mentions. The blog is now at http://horsefeathers.tumblr.com/. The author's of Naked Conversations hope to get the local plumbers to blog - In my new role at Network Solutions I hope we can make that happen ( Network Solutions has a lot of Small business customers who have an online presence)

Another interesting article was from a Twitter Tweet -Social Media can be a Boon or a Bust for your Business written by Lewis Green for Media Bullseye The key questions the article deals with;
  • Why should we invest in social media?
  • What’s in it for us?
  • How do we execute on social media effectively?
I followed Shel Israel's link on his Blog Global Neighbourhoods to Scott Monty's Post on The Best Pitch I have Received . Here the authors of the book " Getting to the first base" - Darren and Julie pitch him to review the book. What he likes about the pitch video:


  • Addressed me by name
  • Made a note of where I'm from
  • Acknowledged that they read the section of my blog about how I like to be pitched
These are good examples to follow.

The New York Times carried an article on Small Business using the Social Media as less expensive marketing tools. 'Blogging’s a Low-Cost, High Return Marketing Tool" . I saw the post article from a Twitter link to Marketing Vox's article "Blogging Dubbed 'Low-Cost, High Return' Marketing Tool for SMBs" -be sure to see the cartoon by Hugh MacLeod ( He is mentioned in the book The Naked Conversations and his Blog is http://www.gapingvoid.com/ ). The New York Times article mentions Aliza Sherman Risdahl, author of “The Everything Blogging Book” who I follow on Twitter as @alizasherman. Congrats Aliza and Hugh.

I am thrilled I am following authors, cartoonist marketers, and Celebrity bloggers in the Social Media. I am so happy that many of the people I connected with will take the time to assist, teach or advice if you ask them a question ot seek advice.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Exciting News

To all my friends in the Blogosphere, Twitter, and Facebook and in my offline life I would like to make an exciting announcement. I am moving from Product Management into a new position within Network Solutions leading Social Media strategy.

It’s a win-win situation – I get to do something that professionally excites me and the company gets to use in-house resources to establish a listening post within Social Media. What will change? My personal blogs/microblogs will continue – I already have a disclaimer that the opinion on my blogs is mine and not that of Network Solutions. I have been blogging for 2 years and participating in forums and social networks as an individual. I am excited and passionate about meeting and connecting with new people. In the new role I will be looking forward to communicating with customers and others who want to reach out and communicate with us.


You may be asking yourself, What are our goals at Network Solutions? We as a company have reinvented ourselves to enable small businesses to succeed online. Our focus is on providing tools to help them to succeed online- ImageCafé Рthe product that I managed was one of them (Publish a website easily with absolutely no tech knowledge.)


We already engage in a community of our customers using Communispace. We hope to extend our reach and learn as we go. Over the next few weeks, I want to spend a lot of time defining our objectives and our goals to achieve success. If you have any ideas, it would be great to hear from you.

I have already received help from many people on Twitter and Facebook; Blogs that made me understand the medium better. The list of people to thank is huge and I am sure to miss someone:

The DC/MD/VA Blogger community: You gave me your time selflessly. I came to your meetups and came away with a lot of knowledge. I am sure I will meet and thank personally. I also should mention my friends from Baltimore.


Connie Bensen: Community Manager for ACDSee for a lot of resources and encouragement and for her blog http://www.conniebensen.com

Chris Brogan: For patiently listening and letting me bounce ideas off him despite his tight schedule. I got introduced to him through the “Call Chris Brogan Show”on Twitter. http://www.chrisbrogan.com


Kami Huyse : She accepted our invitation and came over and spoke to a few of our folks and put in a good word for me :) http://overtonecomm.blogspot.com

Geoff Livingston: His book “Now is Gone” which did exactly what the cover says, it’s a “primer for Social Media.” I’ve met with him several times and he was a great guy to bounce ideas off. His book was a great resource and I remember his words, “First determine if your community is Social media Savvy and engage in the media they use” (I may be paraphrasing). http://www.nowisgone.com

Jeremiah Owyang: His Blog http://www.web-strategist.com has an amazing number of resources for community managers and web/social media strategy for companies.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Twitter / T-Mobile - Updated

I have been watching this episode of Twitter vs. T-mobile erupt since last evening. I am a T-mobile customer but use my Web browser to use Twitter mobile (m.twitter.com)so i am not affected. Now I am not on a unlimited SMS plan so each SMS from Twitter costs me .10 cents I hate paying that so thats the reason why i do not use Twitter SMS much. At the social times launch party I did feel the need to use SMS for direct responses to my tweets from the party. I am puzzled by a few things in this T-mobile-twitter episode:

a) Why do this on Friday ? I have not seen any response from T-mobile but I did see a response from Twitter at getsatisfaction.com. By the time Monday comes the T-mobile brand may have suffered a lot of damage just by their silence.

b) One customer did get a scripted response from T-Mobile which may have done more damage. i wish they had just said they do not know and will try to get an answer.

c) Mkrigsman has written a post on ZDnet to explain the motive :


Twitter / T-Mobile: when policy meets technology by ZDNet's Michael Krigsman -- Twitter (click to follow me) is a social networking phenomenon and powerful communication medium; it’s shown vast growth and currently has almost 700,000 users. With these facts in mind, I was disappointed to hear that T-Mobile is blocking Twitter, since (unfortunately) I’m a T-Mobile customer and frequent Twitter user. When considering failed IT, whether software implementation [...]



TechCrunch coverage here.


In all fairness I would like to say why I chose T-mobile in the first place.

a) They were the only provider who unlocks their phones after 90 days no questions asked.

b) Customer service is usually very good.

c) They have a good choice of phones - I could get the Dash only from them and love it.

I hope the message reaches someone high at T-mobile and they respond over the weekend if not be ready to sell your T-mobile stock on Monday.

Update 12/15/2007

From the Twitter Blog

T-Mobile + Twitter

We've been tracking a missed connection between T-Mobile and Twitter for the past few days. If you're a T-Mobile customer using Twitter in the United States over our shortcode 40404, you may see intermittent failures (both with sending and receiving updates). We're working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Update: I checked from my phone and Twitter SMS works. Response from Tmobile offical Rep at getsatisfaction.com

"We've been working on this problem and believe it to be a technical issue, not a policy issue. That is, we think there is a problem between T-mobile and the folks who handle our text message aggregation; not a decision by T-mobile to cut off Twitter users.

We hope we can get it resolved really quickly because we know how many folks are impacted by it."

How I wish this was the first and only response to this issue and not the last.

This is also confirmed on the Twitter Blog

Update 12/16/2007 - Email from T-Mobile

Thanks, Sashi;

As an FYI to you as a customer...Twitter users are welcome to stay connected through T-Mobile service. Rumors that T-Mobile blocks the service are false. T-Mobile confirmed with Twitter that there was a technical issue between the two companies’ systems that temporarily prevented some customers from utilizing the service this past weekend. That issue has since been resolved and the companies are working to prevent such incidents from re-occurring.

Regards,
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Manager, Public Relations

Wednesday, December 12, 2007



Mobile post sent by shashib using Utterz Replies.  mp3

Movable Type is Open Source

As of today, and forever forward, Movable Type is open source. This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose. Now Word Press has competition. You have the choice of using them or Movable Type for your blog that you want to host on your own hosting account. Thinking of moving I am sure there are easy ways to move from your current blog to this version. The experts will have ti chip in here.

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Twitter Aftershocks: What To Do With The Conversation Now Social Media Explorer.

I have been called many names and now Jason Falls says - "Shashi Bellamkonda, an Internet junkie and thinker from D.C." at http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/2007/12/12/twitter-aftershocks-what-to-do-with-jeremiahs-conversation-now/ . I am thrilled so I am blogging this link. His post says that we should do something about the new followers we have and add value. What is twitter Tuesday and how it changed many lives - read it here

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Vote for the 25 Best Products and Services for Small Business

SmallBusinessComputing.com has a poll where readers can vote for the favorite small business technology tools. Here is a link to the ”.Small Business Technology Tools poll to check it out. The deadline to vote is January 8, 2008.

In the interest of full disclosure—Network Solutions is nominated in the category ‘Web Hosting Product of the Year

Google Accidently Bans Hundreds of Users from Gmail

A Google Groups thread is tracking a major problem for hundreds of Gmail users. Many users were noticing that their Gmail accounts were all of a sudden disabled.

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Led Zeppelin Reunites in honor of Ahmet Ertegun

Great Blog post from Jeff Pulver on the Led Zepplin concert with pics and video

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Monday, December 10, 2007



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Microblogging for Marketers

This is my second post referring to a Forrester Analyst today. I was just on Peter Kims' Blog - "Being Peter Kim" He is @Peterkim on Twitter. He announced that the report on microblogging for marketers is now free (You will need to register)here.

The report is a great resource to hand out at work to the traditional Marketers. One of the statements of the report "6% of US online adults use Twitter regularly" caused a controversy that Peter talks about. I agree with the key takeaway from this report - The audience is growing and Marketers can be smart about it and do it right in a channel where the barrier to entry is low.

The podcast of interview with Jennifer Jones at Marketing Voices/PodTech Microblogging For Marketing is interesting.

Thanks Peter for making the report free. In other news @CharleneLi ( another well known Forrester analyst) posted a Tweet today that CBS was in her opffice filming her Tweeting :) Good for you

Death By PowerPoint



Thanks to Jeremiah Owyang - Web Strategist who posted the link on Twitter.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Twitter Members say goodbye to Marc Orchant

R.I.P. Marc Orchant by ZDNet's Dan Farber -- A week after suffering a massive heart attack Marc Orchant passed away today. Marc was part of our ZDNet blogger team for a few years and well known and respected in the tech blogger community. Marc’s good friend Oliver Starr posted the sad news here. I’ve known Marc and his wife Sue since he started [...]



There was a very emotional moment as you read 1000's of Twitters on the passing of Marc orchant. Jared Goralnick (@Setjared) said it for all "There was not a kinder, more balanced (or productive) person. He always made time for everyone. This is so horrible."

Oliver Starr used his Blog
to coordinate the news.

Marc was a guest blogger at ZDNet. We connected in Twitter in Nov . I did not have the previlege of meeting him yet I feel the void left behind by his passing away. My condolences to his family.

Auto-Follow Those that Follow you on Twitter With this Open Source Script

Jesse Stay wrote this script that you can install on your own server so you no longer have to worry about following those that follow you on Twitter. Run this script, it does all the work for you! Comes with a blacklist to specify those you don't want to follow.Script is here : http://www.jessestay.com/articles/2007/11/14/auto-follow-those-that-follow-you-on-twitter/

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

US House and Senate on Twitter

My impression is that both the houses of legislature adopt technology very fast and have lead to success of companies. RIM ( research in motion) owes a lot to its success to the adoption by both the US senate and House of Representatives.

If you are a Twitter user you can "follow" @HouseFloor you can get tweets directly from the US House of Reps. The US Senate Tweets as @SenateFloor

To follow either of these Twitter feeds you can sign up for Twitter and then search for them using the search box on the right of the Twitter Home Page. 'Follow" measn that once you add them to your following list you will receive their updates on your Twitter homepage.

I am happy to see these legislative bodies embracing technology very fast.

Here are some sample Tweets from @HouseFloor

Suspension Vote: H R 236 North Bay Water Reuse Program Act of 2007: Passed 358-55, 18 .. http://tinyurl.com/2kz87u about 5 hours ago from twitterfeed Icon_star_empty
Suspension Vote: H CON RES 147 Recognizing 200 years of research, service to the peopl.. http://tinyurl.com/2htnjr about 5 hours ago from twitterfeed Icon_star_empty
H.R. 2517: to amend the Missing Children's Assistance Act to authorize appropriations, and for other purposes 5:44 P.M. - On motion to susp about 5 hours ago from TTYtter Icon_star_empty
5:17 P.M. - UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of the Speaker's approval of about 5 hours ago from TTYtter Icon_star_empty
H.R. 3791: to modernize and expand the reporting requirements relating to child pornography, to expand cooperation in combating child porno about 5 hours ago from TTYtter Icon_star_empty
H.R. 4252: to provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act about 5 hours ago from TTYtter Icon_star_empty
H.R. 4253: to improve and expand small business assistance programs for veterans of the armed forces and military reservists, and for other about 5 hours ago from TTYtter Icon_star_empty


Sample Tweets From the SenateFloor

Vote: Motion to Recede and Amend the Bill (On the Motion): Motion Agreed to 56-37, 7 not voting... http://tinyurl.com/ypr8vt 05:19 PM November 08, 2007 from twitterfeed Icon_star_empty
Vote: Motion to Waive Rule XXVIII, Paragraph 3, Re: H.R. 3043 Conference Report (On the Motion):.. http://tinyurl.com/2kvxr9 05:19 PM November 08, 2007 from twitterfeed Icon_star_empty
Vote: H.R. 3963: Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (On Passage of .. http://tinyurl.com/35cc54 07:18 PM November 01, 2007 from twitterfeed Icon_star_empty
Vote: Motion to Invoke Cloture on H.R. 3963: Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization.. http://tinyurl.com/2dkch9 07:18 PM November 01, 2007 from twitterfeed Icon_star_empty
Vote: Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider H.R. 3963: Children's Health.. http://tinyurl.com/ypglvb 12:52 PM November 01, 2007 from twitterfeed

Monday, December 03, 2007

Travel Tips From a Road Warrior

Nicole shares her tips from her travels all over the country in her Blog at nicolespag.com

I have personally suffered by not taking tip 3 seriously. Must read blog post if you travel

Nonpartisan Effort to Support the Troops Needs Help Today

eMail Our Military is sponsoring a mail drive to show support for the troops during the holidays. Whether you support the war or not, the men & women of the military currently deployed could use your comfort while they are away from home. Please pitch in and help. See the Efforts of emailourmilitary.com here When a determined person decides to help bring cheer to the troops help comes in from all corners. It is a pleasure to spread the word for emailourmilitary.com. Please pitch in to help . Your help is needed today.

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