Saturday, December 29, 2007
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)
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.
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
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.
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?
- 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
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
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 – the 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
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.
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
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.
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Manager, Public Relations
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
In the interest of full disclosure—Network Solutions is nominated in the category ‘Web Hosting Product of the Year
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Monday, December 10, 2007
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
Sunday, December 09, 2007
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.
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007
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
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