Category Archives: FriendsinTech

Want 50GB of Cloud Storage?

Thanks to some fellow Friends in Tech members, I learned over the weekend that is giving away upgrades to 50GB of storage if you download their iOS app and log in to the service.

Now, there are some limitations to the service, as laid out over on the Mac Screencast Guy, but 50GB of free storage is still 50Gb of free storage, right?

You never know when that might come in handy. ;-)



Gift Idea for Aspiring Bloggers

A couple of fellow Friends in Tech members, and the hosts of Technorama, Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Steppe, informed me the other day that the new version of their book about learning WordPress, Sams Teach Yourself WordPress 3 in 10 Minutes is now available.

For those of you looking to get started with WordPress, or as a gift to someone you know who is starting out with WordPress for their website platform of choice, this is a great little resource to get you started. Heck, I bet there’s even something new in there for many of us who’ve been using WordPress for awhile!

There’s only a week before Christmas, pick it up now! ;-)


More Holiday Fun

Speaking of Friends in Tech and the holidays, Douglas Welch, of the Career Opportunities podcast, as well as many, many other things, sent an email out last night that I thought you might be interested in. So if you’re looking for a little of the holiday spirit, check it out. I haven’t seen this year’s reading yet, but it’s usually a pretty good time.

As you may have known, we produced our 4th Annual Live Reading of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” on Sunday. Below are links to the audio and the video from uStream, too. If you subscribe to my shows, you will see the audio in your podcast downloads, as well.

The recording of the live video from uStream is here:

Merry Christmas Everyone!


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A Geek Christmas Story

The Friends in Tech group has released our Christmas special, A Geek Christmas Story today.

“Mattie Stevens, a young boy of the early 80’s, dreams of owning a Commodore 64. He sets out to convince everyone this is the perfect gift. But, along the way runs into opposition from his parents and everyone around him including old Santa Claus”

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to participate in this year’s Christmas special (A story for another time in itself…), but I know that a lot of hard work went into it, from FiT members and special guests, and that all that work really shows in the final production. Give it a listen and enjoy the geek humor, and if you enjoy this special, check the bottom of the post for links to previous FiT specials, some of which I did play a small part in. :)

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Not the Only One Starting a Ning Site

Douglas Welch started off the New Year by launching a Ning network tied to his Career Opportunities podcast, which is somewhat interesting. Of course, the one big reason I went with Ning, as opposed to an existing social networking platform like Facebook, was to allow folks to participate in a network for child abuse survivors, without having to tie it to a professional, or other existing profile. I’m not sure why we need to Ning sites to network in common areas of interest instead of existing platforms, thereby making us keep up with yet another profile.

I’ll be interested to see how and if Douglas can differentiate this network from something like a Facebook group, so I did join. (Of course, the fact that I already have a Ning ID makes it easy for me to do that, even though I’d have to recreate profile customizations on this network as well if I wanted it to match the other Ning networks. But I don’t really want to do that, so I left my profile pretty generic for now.)

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Photography Podcast Coming

Victor Cajiao, longtime host of the Typical Mac User Podcast, announced the start of a new podcast coming in January focusing on Photography. The idea came up during the end of year holiday tech discussion on Friends in Tech.

The same day that was released, of course, Victor announced the Typical Shutterbug Podcast would be coming, complete with a new website and Flickr group. I’m excited to see what we can learn from this new endeavor!

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Friends are Hard to Define

I’ve been randomly taking a look at Facebook’s “People you may know” feature over the last week or however long it’s been available. It occurs to me today that this feature is actually a perfect example of the limits of the “friend” definition on Facebook and other social networking services.

Here’s an example. I have some friends on Facebook, and also MySpace, who I only know through one of my websites. For the sake of example, let’s look at my fellow Friends in Tech members, very few of whom I’ve met, and who live in pretty diverse geographical areas. Between all of us, we’re spread pretty much all over the country, but we also interact fairly regularly online and are friends in that sense, so many of the FiT members are also connected on social networks like Facebook. That’s to be expected.

The problem comes in when you consider that to Facebook, any friend is a friend in the same sense. It pulls the “people you may know” group from your friend’s contacts. Just because they know someone who I also know, doesn’t mean I know them, and in the Internet age, where I’m interacting with folks from all over the world, let alone the US, the chances that they have many, many friends that I know nothing at all about, increases dramatically.

I’ve got people on my friends lists who I’ve worked with in the past or people who my wife works with, who are mostly local to us. I’ve got people on my lists who are regular readers of this blog, and people who are regular readers of my child abuse blog. I have folks I met at a legal conference, and people I’ve known from my years in IT. Do you think those groups of people would know each other just by virtue of knowing me? I may be a link between them, but I’m a tenuous link at best.

Wouldn’t it be better if we could better define our friends and this matching feature actually took that data into account when suggesting people we might know? Instead of being presented with a list of people who are local to someone I only know online, wouldn’t it be better to see only the other online friends that person has, and vice versa for people I know and see in real life on a regular basis?

I think that’d be a whole lot more useful than what I’m seeing at Facebook right now, and I’m hopeful that someone over there will take a really hard look at using the Friend List feature, and someone at Myspace is taking a long look at using the friend groups feature to help push this further along that path. Is anyone listening?

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Another Campaign

Yesterday, both Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Steppe, of the Technorama Podcast, and fellow Friends in Tech members, announced that they are running against one another for the office of PodPresident.

If you know these guys from their podcast, then you know that this election will be way more interesting, and entertaining, than that “other one”.

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Friends in Deed

OK, pardon me, but I just wanted to do a little plug for the Friends in Tech blog, mostly because when asked about recovering a forgotten password from a protected PST file, I knew I had seen Kevin Devin talk about that before, and sure enough, there it is on the FiT blog.

Turns out, the tool he recommended did the trick and worked great for this person too. Thanks Kevin!

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