2007. The first time I signed up for a twitter account.
2007. The first time I stopped using/de-registered my account.
fast forward to
2009. Twitter is exploding and usage and is becoming so much more useful. Lots of my friends are on it and updating your twitter status is as easy as possible.

It took me a while to become a real fan of twitter. I tried it real early when it came out, played with it again when I was working at Google and doing the communication piece for Google’s acquisition of Jaiku. Surprisingly they didn’t build the service out and now made the Jaiku platform open source.

Now that I am using twitter again, I’ve grown a bit frustrated with the reliability of the service. Now, a fast growing service does have scalability pains. I realize that. But these outages and problems have been there for years. How come that can’t be under control?

Well – I hope they will make the service more stable going forward. I for one can’t see any of my friends’ tweets for over a week now. twitter.com/public_timeline works, but twitter.com/home doesn’t, nor do any third party clients. I can update tweets, but just not follow any friends. At least they know about the problem (and are hopefully!) working on a fix.

Oh and while you’re at it – follow me on twitter.

Update: Seems like I’m not the only one with that (and other) problems on twitter right now.
Update2: Over a week later, Twitter is finally aknowledging the problem and working on a fix. Woohoo.
Update3: Problem got fixed. Woohoo. Took a while and I hope it’ll stay up for a while ;)

Update your status via SMS

April 6th, 2009

Did you know, you can update your status on multiple networks via text messaging?
Once your account is setup you can send a twitter tweet to 40404 and the content of the text message becomes your status text. You can do it similarly by messaging FBOOK (32665).

MySpace users can also update their status. Setup your account once at http://www.myspace.com/mobilesettings and then send a text message to MYSPC (that is: 69772). The text message content will be your status on MySpace. Right now we set your mood to (empty), but we’re working on allowing you to set your mood too. Go try it out!

David is about the cutest 7yr old ever. Poor fella has been coming back from a dentist appointment that really knocked him down. So his dad saw it as an opportunity to film him and subsequently give him internet fame.
Here are a few of the cooler follow-on videos I’ve seen.

The original:

Darth Vader coming back from the dentist:

Techno remix:

Christian Bale meets David:

I want one so bad for my flat screen TV!!

(Too bad it has too many f.. words, but it’s still funny ;))

The new Palm pré

January 8th, 2009

Wow – is all I can say about the release of Palm’s new pre smartphone. So far (having not personally played with it yet) I love the UI (as I’ve seen from reports and pictures/screen grabs) and think the device does look pretty nice. Not Apple nice, but nice.

I have to admit I really thought Palm would not be able to pull this off after years and years of out-of-date offerings.
Now – will this save the company? Or will it be too late? – I don’t know. But they do have a shot! A real good shot!

It seems that US carriers are aligning themself with their unique high-end touch device:

at&t – the iPhone carrier
Verizon – the BlackBerry Storm carrier
T-Mobile – the HTC G1 carrier
Sprint – the Palm pre carrier

Frankly – out of those, I don’t think Palm/Sprint got the worst deal. Sprint will make sure to market the hell out of the device and if it’s priced right, they might have a killer offering for once. It will be interesting what strategy wins at the end:
– the integrated approach with beautiful hardware/software in one hand (iPhone/Palm)
or
– the open approach with hardware/software from different sources (WinMo, Android, Symbian)

For now, I for one welcome our new Palm overlords! Competition never hurts.

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At the beginning of the year some blog statistics from January 1 2008 through January 1 2009. It turns out that readers of this blog are more tech affine than the general population and are happy to use alternative web browsers:
1. Firefox 51.9%
2. Internet Explorer 26.2%
3. Safari 11.8%
4. Chrome 6.8%
5. Opera 1.9%

The overall web statistic for Internet Explorer seems to be more like 70%.

Hi all,

I would like to wish you all the very best this holiday season and a successful and happy 2009!

Ulf

Danny Boy:

Chinese woman fights tow truck

December 10th, 2008

Go girl!

WOW! That’s all that comes to mind when I saw Youtube messing with embedded videos today. All videos have seemingly been getting a really really oh and did I mention REALLY badly designed Search bar on top of it.

So now I had to go through every single embedded Youtube video on this blog and add the &showsearch=0 parameter. Thanks Youtube for messing with an experience that has been fine for years. Why not make the search bar blend in after viewing a video?
I wonder if they are THAT desperate to increase their search numbers now. Why would anyone want to search for a video on an embedded player before (or even instead of) watching the embedded video they came to see in the first place!? Beats me. But hey – what do I know…

Anyways fellow bloggers – here is how to get rid of it.

Update: Dec 5th – apparently they must have fired the useless designer & PM or something and now replaced the search bar with a more black/gray (instead of pale blue) and not-as-invasive one that only blends in when you mouse over the video. I still don’t see the point of searching instead of viewing the movie you intended to see in the first place, but at least now it’s not as annoying.
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Bok bok bok booook

November 30th, 2008